This Saturday, June 21st, Chicago resistance artist, Victor Montañez, will be hosting the annual open studio in his Avondale home located at 3036 N. Sawyer Avenue from noon until eight PM—offering spectators an action-packed eight hours of visual art, music, social evocation, beer, food, and family fun. Montañez’s unique brand of art is often on display in various street festivals, galleries, and political rallies throughout the city, but this annual event offers spectators the intimate experience of seeing his work in its most natural element.
The anticipated event features new works from the series “Kukulconversations.” which includes animal skulls, mannequins, paintings and installations that seem modern and at the same time quite ancient.
Montañez explains, “This newest art series deals with social constructs, life and death, politics and consumerism. Art and leadership to me are the same thing; they are a process not an object, situational and one of a kind experience, and they are participatory.While Montañez’s art is central to the event’s independent core, the open studio has always served as a platform for other creative souls.
This year’s event will showcase a variety of veteran performers, up-and-coming talent, and a wide spectrum of community activists.Mayoral challenger Dr. Amara Enyia will be presenting her platform, and the studio is welcoming a new sponsor this year, as The Blue Island Beer Co. will be providing drinks to of-age patrons throughout the day. Radio personalities from NOX will MC the entire day.
Ah Art! Community Station—non-profit established in 2012 by Zitlali Yunuhem and Anja Morell to benefit the Garfield Park community. Offering the open studio a participatory custom silk screening station with all proceeds funding future community events.
The Know Art Collective: Fausto Lopez, Rene Montañez, Miguel, Liz Cambray and sons,Live art by professor Jaime Mendoza, MFA
Custom shirts by No Manches,
Designer shirts by El Chimalli,
Original jewelry by Chrystal McGrew,
Art and sound by John Ibarra
Featured Live Music:
The hybrid, half-breed sounds of punk rockers, Los Moruchos
Mexican traditional corridos by Los Delincuentes
The amazing one man band, MG Bailey
Pre-hispanic with modern jazz fusion Hurakan
Crooner, Nic Jones
Chicago’s best protest song interpreter, Ramon Marino
Estrella Negra’s OTOMATIC (Latin Alternative),
Fausto Lopez (world)
BahtNehked (soul and funk)
Freddy Montañez (sophisticated Chicago House)
& host, El DJ Rebel X (Victor Montañez) accompanied by percussionist, Carter O’Brien (eclectic mixes)
The show is sponsored by The Blue Island Beer Co, NOX Online Radio, No Manches Clothing Co.
The artist would like to offer special thanks to Senator Iris Martinez, Paul Levin, Joel and Connie Monarch, The Unity Park Advisory Council, Josi & Camila Montañez, Al Cromwell, Jaime Mendoza, MFA, Mark McKernin MFA and Nancy Schiavone