Featured Artist: Carlos Delgado

Featured Artist: Carlos Delgado

Carlos Delgado
Art and Design, 2016


What do you currently have in the March of Miniatures Exhibition?
I currently have two sculptures, One is called "George’s Alley Way Wonders" and the other I called "Balance".

What inspired you to create this series of work?  

"George’s Alley Way Wonders" is inspired by George’s Bar that was across the street of the 623 Wabash Building. An iconic and historic bar that got demolished in my later years at Columbia College. I always chose to walk through the alley way under the “L”, something always drew my attention from it. Whether it’s the graffiti, wheat-pastings, the trance of the rail carts above, the occasional “urban wildlife”. I’d think, damn, this alley is thriving. If you don’t pay attention you’ll miss the little wonders an alley can possess. George’s also wasn’t just a hole in a wall it was a beautiful hole in the south loop.

"Balance" depicts an elephant balancing on a ball. Except this isn’t any ordinary elephant, this one has a “hand” for a head. Hands are something I depict in most of my works.

In what ways do you think you have benefited from being a ShopColumbia artist?
Being at ShopColumbia allowed me to purge old works and generate new ones.

Give us an update about recent projects/artistic life events; what’s next for you?
I am currently planning on putting hand painted wooden signs at a restaurant in Pilsen, Chicago. I have access to some pretty good wood and a workshop on Chicago Ave. I have also picked up the craft of bookbinding and have been making minimal designed sketchbooks that suites my artful and tactile needs. Peep my website at carlosdelgadostudio.com to see the latest works.