Homeroom is thrilled to present a new web-based series featuring comic, graphic and visual artists using Instagram as a medium to present new work. For nine days beginning June 20th, Carlos Matallana will create nine images as part of a single work. Each morning, stop by Breakfast Serial to see each new image. Ultimately, the pieces can be scrolled to be read all as one work. See you on Instagram!
Breakfast Serial in June: Carlos Matallana
Growing up in Bogotá, Colombia, Carlos Matallana witnessed a striking contrast of class, social and cultural backgrounds, similar contradictions to the social segmentation he saw in the city of Chicago, where he now lives. His body of work implies two well defined means, political criticism via cartoons and political representation by virtue of games where social interactions, resources distribution and power conveys real life situations and decision making under specific circumstances. He found, however, that Illustration was not as persuasive as say education, where he had the chance to interact with students from diverse environments and learn from their experiences. Education led Carlos to develop role-play games as pedagogical tools. Both disciplines (Illustrator and Game Developer) convey his working experience and research into complex issues, including violence, urbanism, economics, and housing, which motivates him to question his position as a father, educator and artist, then challenge the audience to reflect about their role in a complex-rich urban society as Chicago.
Breakfast Serial in July: Regin Igloria
Regin Igloria maintains a multidisciplinary studio practice in Chicago, IL, which revolves around teaching and serving as an arts administrator. In 2010, he founded North Branch Projects, a community bookbinding project based in the Albany Park neighborhood, which allows him to combine various aspects of his work as an educator and artist. Select teaching experiences include Marwen, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited and collected internationally, including the ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Finland, Out of Site Performance Festival Chicago, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, The Franklin, Zg Gallery, and The Center for Book Arts NYC. He is a recipient of a 3Arts Teaching Artist Award, Propeller Grant, 96 Acres Project Grant, and an Americans for the Arts Fellowship. Residencies include Montello Foundation, Ucross, ACRE, and The Wormfarm Institute. He received his MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Breakfast Serial in August: Zelda Vidal
Zelda Vidal is an emerging comic and children's book author and illustrator inspired by "nature, bright colors, Dr. Seuss, Japan, folklore, books, music, Vincent Van Gogh, E.H. Shepard, Quentin Blake and a bajillion other things I see and experience every day." Zelda's intricate watercolors emit a warmth and coziness perfectly suited to graphic novels and children's literature. She was part of Emerging & Established Artist Exchange in 2014-2015.