The Nature of Thing

Mat 7th through June 25th


Artist: Juan Fernandez and Antonio Martinez


Gallery19 in partnership with Pilsen Arts and Community House is excited to present new work by two dynamic artists Juan Fernandez and Antonio Martinez in our Spring exhibition titled “The Nature of Things”.  Both artists push the boundaries of the photographic medium into a unique perspective that challenges the viewer to think about what they are looking at and the nature of photography.  Antonio combines cyanotypes with digital photo-grams while Juan creates digital photographs that references portraiture and painting more than landscape photography.


Artist Biographies


Juan Fernandez

Juan Fernandez is an artist based in the suburbs of Chicago, Il. He has taught as a photography instructor at Northern IL University and as an Assistant Professor of Photography at Grand Rapids Community College.  His work references the perceptions of form, structure and order in common materials and subject matter.  His photographs are in the collection of various private collections, Columbia College Chicago, and in The Midwest Photographers Project at The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.


Antonio Martinez

Antonio Martinez is a visual artist and educator working in photography and video at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. He received his B.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting in 2001 from the Creighton University. In 2005 he completed his MFA in Photography from East Carolina University’s School of Fine Art and Design. Martinez’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, film festivals, galleries, and art fairs. Martinez’s Near the Egress experimental video has been exhibited at Blue Sky Gallery, SFMOMA, Portland Museum of Art, along with being featured on Lensculture.org and in PDN magazine.




MEED 4: The Power if Identity



Artist: Corinne Whittemore, Melinda Rushing, and Thad Higa


This year’s competition Gallery19 will delve into the ever changing definition of the artists self-portrait.  While a portrait refers to any image that depicts a human figure, a self-portrait refers to a work that depicts the artist that produced it. Self-portraiture, whether produced in the medium of painting, photography, drawing, or mixed media is its own distinct genre of art, like that of the landscape or the still life. That is, the common features of all self-portraits unify the genre in content and means of expression. We will be looking for work by artists that explore the ideas of self-identity through the power of the self-portrait.  .