Feeling Shapey

Artists Alberto Aguilar and Alex Bradley Cohen look back on their ten years of collaboration, discussing past work that spans video, sound, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, and performance.


Two-Person Artist Talk

Date: Thursday, July 18
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Gallery 400 (400 S. Peoria St.)

Artists Alberto Aguilar and Alex Bradley Cohen look back on their ten years of collaboration, discussing past work that spans video, sound, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, and performance. They speak about overcoming doubt and utilizing play to produce a vast and prolific body of work.

This artist talk includes an improvised performance, during which Aguilar and Cohen will fully utilize their ability to intuitively communicate through alternative forms. Afterwards, they will open the conversation to the audience for a Q&A, which may lead the two to feel doubtful but end hopefully.

Feeling Shapey is presented in conjunction with Alberto Aguilar moves on human scale. Extended until July 20, this large-scale survey exhibition explores how the Chicago-born and based artist’s various life roles and surroundings have shaped a searching, inquisitive practice that is grounded in, and produces, a radical everyday.

About the Artist

Alex Bradley Cohen has a forthcoming group show at the Hyde Park Art Center in and a solo exhibition at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery (New York, NY) in October. He has had solo exhibitions at Mana Contemporary (Chicago, Il) and Slow Gallery (Chicago, Il). Selected group exhibitions include forthcoming shows at University Art Museum at University of Albany and Heaven Gallery (Chicago, IL) as well as exhibitions at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery (New York, NY), Andrew Rafacz (Chicago, IL), YOGA (Chicago, IL) and Socrates Sculpture Park (Long Island City, NY). Cohen received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He currently lives and works in Chicago.

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About the Exhibition

Alberto Aguilar's first large scale survey explores how the Chicago-born and based artist’s various life roles and surroundings have shaped a searching, inquisitive practice that is grounded in, and produces, a radical everyday. Aguilar’s creative work often incorporates whatever materials he has at hand and has extended into collaborations and exchanges with others, including his own family. Navigating measurement and limits, of his own body or in his ready materials—whether it's the structure of a sheet of mini legal paper or the territory of an area rug, to name a few examples—his work bridges media, from painting and sculpture to video, installation, performance, and sound as well as the use of social media and teaching as art forms.

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Accessibility

Gallery 400 is located on the first level of the Art & Exhibition Hall building with a push-button accessible door and can be accessed by a set of stairs with a railing or an elevator (Level 1R). If there are any barriers to entry on the day of the event, we will post updates through our social media channels.

There are two All Gender restrooms located on the same floor as Gallery 400. While the restrooms are accessible to wheelchair users, the door to the restroom is not. Visitors who use wheelchairs can request personal assistance with opening and closing the restroom doors by asking any Gallery 400 staff member.

The entrance to the building is located in a turn-around where visitors may be dropped off right outside the main door. The closest UIC public parking lot is the Harrison Street Parking Structure. Further information regarding parking on campus can be found at UIC Parking Services. Motorist assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 312.355.0555.

Gallery staff can provide chairs in the gallery space upon request. The front desk attendant is trained in Personal Assistance and can provide audio description, large text labels, and transcriptions.

Other accessibility services are available upon request and may be arranged by contacting the gallery at 312-996-6114 or emailing Gallery 400 at gallery400engagement@gmail.com.