In this exhibition, The Youth Art Board (YAB) explores the concept of distractions found in today’s pop-cultural phenomenon, including social networking sites, media and other devices that have been adopted by contemporary youth culture. Incorporating original installation work created by the YAB along with work by talented youth artists from the neighborhood, the show investigates themes of diversions, leisure and even insanity through line drawings and space-altering painted backgrounds.
The Youth Art Board is a group of teens from Kenwood Academy and King College Prep that explore topics and techniques in the arts and act as the Art Center’s conduit to the teenage experience. In February, the student curators incorporated a “Call For Artists” which was geared toward Chicago public school high-school students that would create work along the same themes the YAB were exploring.
These young artists work with teaching artist Anthony Rea, who is an artist and arts facilitator among many youth communities throughout Chicago including Art Resources in Teaching, Marwen, Puerto Rican Arts and Culture-CAPE, South Chicago Art Center, Changing Worlds, and Pros Arts Studio.