In a society that has experienced struggles and history rooted in racial issues, we are a people focused on “color.” Whether it’s vibrant, blatant or swept under the rug, society seems to have an aversion to color. The artists featured in amfm’s upcoming art show do not. “Chromophobia: Fear of Color” will celebrate evocative art and explore timely themes featuring artists from Chicago, Madison and Minnesota slated for Friday, July 10, from 6 to 10 PM. The exhibit will be presented as part of the Chicago Arts District 2nd Friday Gallery Night in Pilsen. The event will be located at Cultura in Pilsen, 1900 S. Carpenter Street.
Each body of work presented will deal with color in some realm, whether it be literal through the use of hues or through an interpretation of race and identity when it comes to color issues. amfm is excited to welcome Madison artist Jay Katalansky, whose striking typographical and installation art explores the discrepancies of race and systematic oppression through clever word play and imagery. Sudanese artist Daliyah Jokondo of Minnesota will bring her bold and intricate figure expressions that explore themes of metamorphosis and compulsory assimilation. Local Chicago artists, digital collagist Reginald Eldrigde, photographer Ireashia Bennett, and visual artists Erin Mitchell and Tattianna Howard will also make a colorful splash on the gallery walls.
These artists are not afraid to explore dark, controversial or abstract themes in a colorful way. From Frida Kahlo to Basquiat, historically many artists who have explored the darkest themes have created some of the most vibrant work. The canvas is usually white or blank before it is splashed with the color of life. Fear not, color is everywhere, whether you like it or not.
Jay Katalansky (Madison)
Daliyah Jokondo (Minnesota)
Reginald Eldridge (digital collage)
Ireshia Bennett (photography)
Founder Ciera McKissick created amfm initially as a college thesis in 2009, and it eventually evolved into a complete online publication. amfm is a collective of talented and ardent minds; a hub for artists, makers, thinkers and doers to share their passion, and McKissick further shares their stories with the world. McKissick has always been a writer, art enthusiast, and lover of music and fashion, and she unites all of those mediums into one space online. To learn more, please visitwww.amfm-mag.com, and don’t forget to follow amfm on Facebook, Instagram andTwitter (@amfmMAG) to stay up-to-date on featured artists, exhibits, local concerts and more.
About Cultura in Pilsen
The Chicago Latino cultural scene continues to grow in size and quality, and 1900 Carpenter Street is at the forefront of that growth. In what was the space of a single organization, Calles y Sueños, two organizations now meet to share this space, boost its activities and bring even more vitality to bilingual Latino cultural activities of the city. Cultura in Pilsen brings exhibitions, concerts, readings, performances, forums, workshops, courses, and more to the heart of Pilsen. For more info, visitwww.culturainpilsen.com or visit theirFacebook page.
About Chicago Arts District/2nd Fridays
The Chicago Arts District, formerly known as PilsenEast, encompasses several contiguous blocks of lofts, studios and retail spaces for artists, gallerists, and creative individuals. Every 2nd Friday of the month, the more than 30 galleries of the Chicago Arts District invite the public to view new and exciting exhibitions. There is something for everyone in the Chicago Arts District, from the traditional mediums of painting, photography, and sculpture to avant garde fashion, installation and video art, just to name a few. For more info, please visit www.chicagoartsdistrict.org.