Mr. Rios


Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17


Mr. Rios is a neighborhood guy. He's lived in West Humboldt Park, a patch of Chicago's west side that floats between Austin and Garfield Park, for as long as anyone can remember. He's an anchor in the community, not only because of his indelible presence as a progressive community member and family man (husband, father, grandfather), but because of the amalgam of outsider pop art that he's manufactured behind his house. Like a horizontal urban totem pole, Mr. Rios's permanent installation gleams behind chainlink fence in a nondescript alley. Combining cartoon characters, namesake license plates, signage, random artifacts, and a crowning pagoda, the patchwork art exhibit wows any onlooker. For years, those who have seen his work are his family members and the neighbors whose garages surround Mr. Rios. But since late 2014, when budding arts space Silent Funny opened its doors, the space's creative directors, who were instantly wowed by the work, always make it a point to show resident artists and gallery attendees Mr. Rios's outdoor exhibit. Based on the unanimously rousing and enthusiastic responses from all who see his work, Silent Funny approached Mr. Rios to find out if he'd be okay with them setting up a show for him as part of Chicago Artists Month 2015. He simply replied: "Anyone who wants to see my art can see my art." Therefore, Silent Funny, a double-wide warehouse space whose west warehouse door opens right up on Mr. Rios's exhibit, or permanent installation, wants to host a show for Mr. Rios where attendees can enter through Silent Funny's front door, walk through the warehouse (which will have information displayed about the artist and celebratory libations like any good art celebration), and enter Mr. Rios's outdoor exhibit through the space's back door onto the alley. The alley entry points will be blocked off on Karlov, Kedvale, and south of Rice so that no thru-traffic will get in the way of people viewing Mr. Rios's work. Coincidentally, Chicago design art gurus Luftwerk have an exhibit set up in Silent Funny's east warehouse through November, so this can run in conjunction with Mr. Rios's show in order to fuse two key elements of Silent Funny’s mission as a mixed-use creative space: to bring blue chip art to West Humboldt Park, and to bring West Humboldt Park to those seeking singular art exhibits.


Friday, October 16  7-10pm


Saturday, October 17 4-10pm

Studio Visit with Mr. Rios


Silent Funny
4106 W Chicago Ave
60651 Chicago, IL

How is the City your studio?

Mr. Rios's studio is the city. He works in his Chicago garage and displays his exhibit outdoors in the alley outside of his house. On any given day, one can pop in and visit Mr. Rios working in his garage. All of the found objects that make up his work are pieces he finds in the city, they are not objects purchased on Ebay or otherwise. His work is both authentically him and the city of Chicago. Event attendees will be able to see the exhibit in the alley, as well as Mr. Rios's garage studio.