Irene Pérez: (involuntary) Memories
Artists reception Saturday September 26th, 5 – 9pm
Exhibition continues through 10/17/09 by appointment
In psychology the subconscious memories activated by a sensory experience are labeled as involuntary. A touch, a smell, an image suddenly evoke a recollection of a past event without any effort on our part.
(involuntary) Memories is a work that explores the family stories stored in the artist’s memory, which are often triggered by the smell and taste of certain specific dishes that she used to eat in her native Spain.
Irene Pérez is an emerging visual artist making work that explores place, perception, cultural identity, and language. Irene works on projects in a variety of media, including works on paper, fiber pieces, and installations.
Born in 1975 in Terrassa, Spain, near Barcelona, she currently lives in North Aurora, near Chicago, Illinois. Her studies include work in art history at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and photography and fine arts at the College of Dupage in Illinois. Irene graduated with a BFA in studio arts with a focus in sculpture and painting at the University of Illinois at Chicago in May of 2009.
In addition to her practice as an artist, Irene has worked on a number of curatorial projects, serving as the Assistant Director at the Orleans Street Gallery in St. Charles, Illinois from March 2007 to May 2009. She also worked as the curator of the Library Art Exhibition Series at the College of DuPage Library from 2004 to 2006, and as the assistant organizer on artXposium 2007 and co-curator of artXposium 2008. In June 2008 Irene co-founded the Second Bedroom Project Space in Chicago together with Christopher Smith, aiming to offer creative and exhibition opportunities to emerging artists working in installation media. CONSTRUCTIONS, her most recent solo curatorial work opened in January 2009.
Solo exhibitions include Atlantic O, Second Bedroom Project Space, Chicago, IL; (Do) Touch, Project Wall Space, Antena, Chicago, IL; Guest Artist, Stitch’n’Bitch, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL;
Listening Service, performance, Chicago Art Walks, Chicago, IL; Homeland of Many Nations, Art on Artmitage, Chicago, IL; Chicago Passages, Ullastrell Cultural Center, Ullastrell (Barcelona), Spain.