The future of Antena.

So I have lived in Pilsen since 1998 and have curated many art exhibits over the years. I have since moved out of Pilsen. I plan on continuing to do art shows in one way or another. For now Antena is on hold. Thank all of you for your support over the years and see you soon.

Industry of the Ordinary

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

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.

Making Mystery With Sound: Jeff Kolar in Profile

By Kerry Cardoza

“The cop smelled the pork,” a man jokes.

A few dozen people, including the aforementioned police officer, gathers on the sidewalk outside Pilsen’s Antena gallery on a chilly July night, eating barbecue and fruit salad. They came for the opening of “Wind Chimes,” a sound installation by the Chicago-based artist and radio producer Jeff Kolar.

The project, up for most of July, consists mainly of three copper wind chimes attached to custom electronics hung in the trees on the sidewalk outside the gallery. The chimes are wind-powered and, in addition to the sound of the copper resonating, nearby speakers play electronic sounds produced by the artist. A small sound work is also on display inside the gallery proper. This is Kolar’s first outdoor sound installation, but as with much of his other work, you really have to be there.

“I’ve always been interested in unconventional, temporary and ephemeral ways in which artwork can be presented,” he says. Previous projects have involved reprogramming the audio of an ice-cream truck with circuit-bent variations of percussive sounds (“Ice Cream Truck Songs”) and “Car Alarms,” a set of custom-made security alerts available for installation in vehicles.

In the internet age, Kolar’s work is refreshing for its immediacy and intimacy, qualities also inherent in Radius, an experimental radio broadcast he founded in 2011. “I think in particular sound is a medium that I hope can still hold mystery,” he says. “I think in a lot of artwork, or life in general, mystery is being stripped more and more away.”

As Kolar’s work is largely installation-based and/or performative, it lends itself well to a place like Antena. Miguel Cortez, who directs the space, says it’s not exactly a gallery. “It’s more like an experimental space where artists can come in,” he says. “They don’t have to worry about selling. They can just experiment with the space and go nuts with it. If I know their work, then I trust that the show will be good.”

Kolar performed at the gallery a few years back, and Cortez was enough of a fan of his work to invite him back for the summer. A magnet advertising Kolar’s “Car Alarms” project was visible on Cortez’s fridge on the night of the opening.

The ephemeral nature of many of Kolar’s projects relate to other contemporary peers doing similarly short-lived work. David Horvitz, a Brooklyn-based artist who often uses the mail or the internet to execute his projects, is in some ways also rethinking the boundaries of the art community. In one project, if you PayPal the artist one dollar, he will think about you for one minute. He emails you when he starts thinking about you and again when he concludes. For the 2016 Frieze Art Fair, he hired a pickpocket to place small sculptures in the pockets of attendees. The sound artist Miya Masaoka also recalls Kolar’s ephemeral practice—her performances have involved mapping the movements of insects to sound or using medical equipment, like EKG and EEG sensors, to record “internal body sounds” and then use the real-time information in her show.

“Wind Chimes” in particular strikes a certain mood. While Kolar often makes work that references chimes or alerts, what he calls “sounds you get accustomed to,” he says hearing a wind chime really tells you “to sit down and relax.” He also likes that the project is “ultra specific to being the sounds of the summer.”

Situated on the corner of Laflin and 18th street in Pilsen, the pieces are sure to interact with a lot of passersby throughout the month. Kolar was drawn to the passive nature of the installation. He likes the idea that people in the neighborhood might not notice them right away, but Cortez doesn’t think this will be the case.

“I think people will notice them,” Cortez says. “I think they’ll be pleasantly surprised to find where that noise is coming from.” One of the chimes emits a low hum. Another broadcasts a din of white noise. Copper in particular is a very resonant metal, but the wind wasn’t strong enough on the night of the opening to produce many chimes.

“I like this idea of an echo,” Kolar says. “And kind of like hearing the wind whistle through the city.”

Jeff Kolar’s “Wind Chimes” shows through July 29 at Antena, 1755 South Laflin.

Jeff Kolar: Wind Chimes

“Wind Chimes” is a multichannel, wind powered sound installation composed for prepared copper wind chimes and custom electronics. “Wind Chimes” will be installed outdoors hanging from tree limbs on the 1700 block of South Laflin Street in Chicago for July 1 – July 29, 2016.

Jeff Kolar: Wind Chimes
Opening Friday July 1 from 6pm-10pm
July 1 – July 29, 2016

Jeff Kolar is a sound artist, radio producer, and curator working in Chicago, USA. His work, described as “speaker-shredding” (Half Letter Press), “wonderfully strange” (John Corbett), and “characteristically curious” (Marc Weidenbaum), includes cross-platform collaboration, low-powered radio, and live performance. His work activates sound in unconventional,temporary, and ephemeral ways using appropriation and remix as a critical practice. His solo and collaborative projects, installations, and public performances often investigate the mundane sonic nuances of everyday electronic devices.

Jeff is a free103point9 Transmission Artist, and the Founder and Artistic Director of Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform. Since 2011, Radius has commissioned over 50 original radio works by artists from over 20 different countries.

His work has been commissioned by the Propeller Fund, a re-granting agency of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and free103point9, a re-granting agency of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Arts Council. He has delivered lectures at New Adventures in Sound Art (Toronto, Canada), Le Cube Centre de création numérique (Paris, France), Concordia University Topological Media Lab (Montreal, Canada), Parsons Paris School of Art & Design (Paris, France), Wave Farm Study Center (New York, USA), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, USA), and led workshops at Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Ecole d’Enseignement Supérieur d’Art de Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France).

He has performed and exhibited widely across the United States, and at international venues and festivals such as the New Museum (New York, USA), The Kitchen (New York, USA), ORF RadioKulturhaus (Vienna, Austria), CTM Festival for Adventurous Music (Berlin, Germany), University of Illinois Chicago Gallery 400 (Chicago, USA), Columbia College Chicago A+D Gallery (Chicago, USA), Sonic Circuits (Washington DC, USA), Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Urbana, USA), GLI.TC/H (Chicago, USA), Megapolis Audio Festival (New York, USA), and LAK Festival of Nordic Sound Art (København, Denmark).

His work has been broadcasted internationally on radio stations including ORF Kunstradio (Vienna, Austria), Radia Network, WFMU (New Jersey, USA), CKUT (Montreal, Canada), CKUW (Winnipeg, Canada), Radio23 (Portland, USA), Radio Eterogenia (Córdoba, Argentina), Red Radio UDG (Guadalajara, Mexico), Radio Libertaire (Paris, France), Stress FM (Lisbon, Portugal), and WGXC (New York, USA).

In 2013, Time Out New York awarded his work with choreographer Jennifer Monson as the “Best Dance of 2013”. He has also composed music for dance at the Dance Improvisation Festival at Columbia College Chicago (Chicago, USA), American Realness at Abrons Art Center (New York, USA), and Open Studio at the Krannert Art Museum (Champaign-Urbana, USA).

His work has been released on a variety of record labels such as Panospria (Canada), HAK Lo-Fi Record (France), free103point9 (USA), and has appeared in compilations by, iFAR (England), and Sonic Circuits (USA). His video work was published in the DVD journal ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art.

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