IN PLACE OF DREAMS
Alberto Aguilar and Alexander "Turbo/Buster Bear" Cohen
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, April 10, 7-11pm
Armed with ADHD, skittles, and raw unadulterated man-child silliness secondBEDROOM becomes the battleground for a war against sleep. With play at stake, our slumber party soldiers Alberto Aguilar and Alexander "Turbo/Buster Bear" Cohen will brave the harsh biological demands of their bodies for art, a la building forts, swapping stories, confessing crushes, and making prank phone calls, the product of which will be the material for the exhibit. United for the cause since September 2009, the duo has collaborated on countless drawings, two major installations, video, sound works, and has formed the band "The Loookers" which will perform opening night.
Raised in the notorious mob run town of Cicero, IL. After five turbulent years of high school he enrolled in The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he received his BFA in 1997 and MFA in 2001. For five years Alberto taught part-time at various colleges throughout Chicago and painted several public murals with assistance of students. In 2004 he decided to give up painting due to a growing skepticism
towards the sloppy medium and a feeling of isolation brought on by his studio practice. Alberto got a full-time job teaching Art History in 2004 at McHenry County College. During this time he started documenting exchange with others, family life and household chores and designating them his artwork. In 2006 he received a position at Harold Washington College in downtown Chicago where he teaches painting and drawing. In 2007 Alberto started Pedestrian Project, an art initiative dedicated to making art accessible to people from all walks of life. He regularly collaborates with others under various guises.
Alexander Turbo Cohen the wildest creature. Knew to taking tyme and developing ideas, werks of pureness. Straight from his curls and the soul he breathes creativity. Mic check one two one two. He aspires to be a poet but hes stuck in a painting. A painterly werld he knows and he expresses that. Stay tru he myte wall ride your house and tri to eat kandi wyth your daughter. awkward amongst the prettiest of humans he has enough fokus to get werk done. An artist pure no skillz just keepin it reelz. Must make someone smile as hes livyng.