Omar Velazquez


June 2015

Omar Velázquez presents ME & THE DEVIL BLUES, sculpture, paintings, and music equipment that explores the relationship between an artist practice and rock ‘n’ roll. The objects, paintings, and instruments, created using a range of materials including cardboard, paint, fabric, LED fixtures, and wood, break down established dynamics between performance-and-stage and performers-and-audience. The work functions as a simultaneous cross examination of the exchange and parallels between the “death of painting” and the “death of rock ‘n’ roll.” Velasquez will also be performing during the crawl; specifics TBA.

Omar Velázquez (b. 1984) is an interdisciplinary artist currently pursuing his MFA in Painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has shown several times in individual projects at the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, and the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art.  He has also participated in a numerous group exhibitions, biennials and triennials including Japan, Beijing, Spain, Republic of Macedonia, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia.