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Jonah Ortiz

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Representing galleries
Chicago Artist Coalition Gallery, 2010 w Pierce Chicago IL

exhibition/performance, sculpture, gallery, conceptual, performance, video-art, installation, pop, mixed-media


In this body of work, I explore how the value that we place on objects changes as we grow and become desensitized by convenience, experience, and the passage of time. Toys hold some sentimental attachment as an adult but the worth that we place on the object comes from nostalgia and can never duplicate the joy that a child may find in it.  The want for objects changes with age, as does the growing trend of obsolescence. At one time, the original models of the toys I used in these sculptures were discarded. By changing the material of the objects into pewter, zinc and aluminum, I change the context from a discarded item, into a precious object. I add my absurd humor in the hops of creating a narrative which questions how our society perceives the value of what the toys represent. Tools of measurement, convenience, and simple ways of disposal are all present within this body of work. With my sculptures, I try to create juxtaposition between the cold mechanical elements which people associate with an adult’s image vocabulary, and the restrict color palette of a child. It is my goal to make work, which has the content of an adult’s humor, but the form and quality of an interactive toy.
Jonah Ortiz

Jonah Ortiz
14 N. Wabash
Glenwood Il 60425
BFA in Sculpture from Illinois State University, 2008
Selected Group Exhibitions
2004, Annual Graduate Exhibition, Prairie State College.
2005, Spirituality & Religion in a Modern World, Union Street Gallery.
2007, BFA Show, Transpace Gallery.
2007, Collegiate Artists Competition,
2008, Undergraduate Invitational, Peoria Art Guild.
2008, Collabow Show/Love Kamikaze, Cometogetherstudios.
2009, One in a Million Part 2, River East Art Center Chicago IL.
2009, Parallel Realities, Coalition Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2009,  Water Street Studios, ST. Charls IL
Alternative Space Exhibitions
2006, Latte Times Shows, Normal IL.
2007, Altered Environments, .Bloomington IL.
2007-8, Monthly Under The Bridge Shows, Bloomington IL.
2008, The U-Haul Show General Area Tour, Bloomington/Normal IL.
2009, Fall Show, CometogetherStudios, Bloomington IL
2008 Caffeination, Illinois State University Galleries.
Featured Publications   
2005, Exposure Magazine, Volume 1 Issue 2 Pages 14, 34, 36.
2008, Studio Magazine, Publication 1 Page 8.
2009, Flashquake Magazine, June 2009
2009, New Art Examiner, ?

Go fish

Bone dry

The Tower

Recent Exhibits

Jonah Ortiz participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2012 REVOLUTION 2012: An Exposition on Change Around the World
Jackson Junge Gallery
Nov, 2009 Parallel Realities
Coalition Gallery - Chicago Artists' Coalition
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