• You Are Looking Good, A Real Good Looker

    You Are Looking Good, A Real Good Looker

    Friday, January 8, 2016 to Thursday, January 28, 2016
    Opening Reception: Friday, January 8, 6-9 pm
    Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N Carpenter St., Chicago, IL.

    The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present You Are Looking Good, A Real Good Looker. Co-curated by Allison Lacher and Cole Lu, this culminating HATCH Projects exhibition brings together contemporary artists from both Chicago and St. Louis.

    The two groups encounter each other as strange reflections, both individually and as cities. A convergence of works and styles, as if in a hall-of-mirrors, suggests the multifaceted feelings of admiration, competition, aversion, and desire experienced when facing one’s own reflection.

    Featured Chicago-based HATCH Projects artists are Jeffrey Michael Austin, Hideous Beast, Jessica Caponigro, Snow Yunxue Fu, Andy Roche, and Rafael E. Vera. Featured St. Louis-based artists are Brandon Anschultz, Lyndon Barrois Jr., Michael Byron, Sage Dawson, Lilly Randall, and Deborah Alma Wheeler. The exhibition will travel to Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts in St. Louis later in 2016.

    Opening Night:

    Hideous Beast will perform, First Art Work, continuously from 6 - 9 pm during the opening reception.

    Gallery Talk:

    On Saturday, January 16, from 1 - 3 pm, co-curators Allison Lacher and Cole Lu will lead a discussion with exhibiting artists Jeffrey Michael Austin, Lyndon Barrois Jr., Jessica Caponigro, and Sage Dawson. After the discussion, there will be an open session with other exhibiting artists who will provide a tour and talk about their work with individuals. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Rafael E. Vera: Mutual Dealings

    Rafael E. Vera: Mutual Dealings

    November 7 - December 19, 2015

    Opening Reception Saturday November 7, 2015 5-8pm

    Artist’s Talk Saturday December 5, 2015 4pm

    Bert Green Fine Art
    8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 620, Chicago IL 60603 bgfa.us
    312-434-7544, Twitter @bgfa, Instagram @bertgreenfineart

    Gallery Hours Wednesday–Friday 11-6 pm, Saturday 12–5 pm. Free Admission.

    Bert Green Fine Art is pleased to present our second show of works by Chicago-based artist Rafael E. Vera. For this exhibition he collaborates with two other artists, Jessica Caponigro and Rachel Fenker-Vera on individual pieces. He has also included a separate, single work by artist Julie Weber, from her “Uncertain Objects” series.

    Rafael E. Vera continues his ongoing engagement with the domestic environment through explorations of its formal qualities, and examines the relationships and resulting symbolism inherent in creating and occupying interior space. Vera fashions unique objects and sets up tableaux which elevate the ordinariness of utilitarian components into an aesthetic inquiry. By isolating and studying the mechanics of daily life, Vera exposes a formerly unexamined realm of hyper-objects that assume powerful roles, yet attract little or no attention to themselves until revealed.

    Going beyond the well-established trope of the ready-made, Vera deconstructs domestic objects down to their constituent elements — a sheet of glass, a blanket, wallpaper, a dryer vent — and reassembles them for inspection as iconic elements in a larger story. This is a narrative that just about everyone has lived but is rarely celebrated or promulgated.

    There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday November 7, 2015 from 5-8 pm. An Artist’s Talk with Rafael E. Vera will take place Saturday December 5 at 4 pm.
    Gallery hours are Wednesday–Friday 11–6 and Saturday 12-5, or by appointment at other times.

  • Newcity Review on "The Moments Between: New Work by Rafael E. Vera"

    Wonderful review by Maria Girgenti from Newcity!
    Review of The Moments Between: recommended

  • The Moments Between: New Work by Rafael E. Vera

    Curated by Jessica Cochran
    January 15 - February 21, 2015
    Opening Reception: Jan. 29, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
    Special Exhibition Event "Some Moments" Saturday, Feb. 7th, 3-6:00pm

    In The Moments Between, Vera’s new sculptures utilize building materials and domestic objects, which revel in a state of in between-ness and occupy ambiguous space relative to production and consumption. Fabricating his palettes, furniture and other objects entirely from scratch and combined with brand new pillows, cinder blocks or palette trucks, these materials are sourced for artistic purposes alone. Soft surfaces meet hard edges where lightness and weight collude in works characterized as much by finesse as they are by heavy lifting. In this way, each sculpture is a proposal.

    To provide discursive context for Vera’s practice, curator Jessica Cochran integrates into the exhibition additional works from Vera’s archive and by other artists, including: Jessica Bardsley, Jaclyn Jacunski, Kirsten Leenaars, and Sonja Thomsen.

    Also join us for "Some Moments" on Feb. 7, 3- 6 p.m. “Some Moments” is a curated invitational of performance, with words, movement and sound, followed by an artist talk and the launch of Vera’s artist’s book published by PIECRUST Publishing and commissioned for the exhibition. Participating artists include Victor Marquez Barrios, Rachel Foster, Becky Grajeda, and Erik L. Peterson.

  • New American Paintings

    I'm being featured as one of the selected artists for New American Paintings, Fall 2013, issue #107