Humdrum Town (Canute’s Waves)
Industry of the Ordinary
Opening Saturday September 24 from 7-10pm
September 24 – October 21, 2016
As English artists living in America, Industry of the Ordinary have lived and worked in both countries for some time. Recently the rise of patriotism, intolerance, xenophobia and hysteria has affected communities on both sides of the Atlantic. The candidacy of Donald Trump and the very recent ‘Brexit’ vote in Britain to leave the European Union are the most obvious examples of this. It is becoming acceptable to express intolerant and racist views as politicians have created a celebrity racist class to afford cover for these opinions and their public expression.
Industry of the Ordinary are currently working in England and are in the process of completing a video and audio installation that confronts the feelings of claustrophobia and dread that have engulfed large swathes of the populations of both Britain and America. We propose to show this work, in an expanded form, at Antena, incorporating material gathered and produced on both sides of the Atlantic.
Saul Aguirre: Reload
August 12 – September 9, 2016
Opening Friday August 12 from 6pm-10pm
Saúl Aguirre is a Chicago based multidisciplinary artist/curator born in Mexico City. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Aguirre is has been a continuous contributor and collaborator with Antena and the now defunct Polvo art collective. Aguirre’s recent performances have captivated the viewers for the dramatic slow movements to portray his response to social issues; his paintings reflect the relationship we encounter with society and the problems we face manipulating images that are not to be expected. He has exhibited in Gallery 414 in Fort Worth, Texas; Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College, Chicago; Escuela Superior de Educacion Artistica, Huaraz, Peru; He has been considered a standout at NEXT 2010 Chicago by Pedro Velez who is an artist and critic living in Chicago. His artwork is part of these public collections: Casa de Cultura Calles y Sueños, Juchitan, Oaxaca, México; Escuela Superior de Formación Artística, ANCASH-Huarz Perú. http://www.saulaguirre.com/