PENTAGON

PENTAGON is Michael Garcia a Chicago artist and "curator" of Art exhibitions.

LEVEL EATER 3

Friday November 9th: Opens at 6:00pm to 2:00 am
Saturday November 10th: Opens at 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Work by:
Jason Smith, Jeriah Hildwine, Jesse Avina, Annie Heckman, Jake Myers, Sam Sieger, Ben Dimock, Olivia Strautmanis, Aaron Straus, Laura Boban and Jesse Loosebrock.

Musical Performance by:
Sunsplitter
Oyarsa

Film Screening (Starting at 6:00pm):
Highlander 2
Conan the Destroyer

The annual Level Eater exhibition returns to Co-Prosperity Sphere this November. This year will explore deeper
into the realm of fantasy, science fiction and gaming. Viewers are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the
exhibition. We will have a photo booth, gaming tables, A “metal” tent, a large Zardoz head with a small lounge
area inside and plenty of work around the space. At midnight as with in the tradition of Level Eater a group will
participate in an adventure constructed by Jesse Avina.
Two things for today. 
Level Eater 31. Level Eater 3 is happening again this year on November 9th & 10th. If you are unfamiliar with Level Eater it is an annual event hosted at Co-Prosperity Sphere that focuses on fantasy and science fiction settings. If you are interested in participating please submit me any ideas that you might have. They need to be flushed ideas with some sort of visual reference. I want:
Title, Name of work, Size, Two paragraphs talking about your concept and what it will look like. email that to : PENTAGON961@GMAIL.COM
2. I need Volunteers/ artists this year to construct a large structure. Essentially I want to recreate the floating Zardoz head from the film of the same name Image in post). If anyone is interested in participating in the construction please email me at the one provided above. I was thinking we could make it from 2x4, cardboard, and paint. Cheap, fast and easy. 
3. If you know of any gamers please give them a heads up for this event. I will post images and the such soon. 

Tourtoise Tee
1. This is the last day of my t shirt sale. there is less then 12 hours left to purchase my design. If you are interested please go the site and check it out. I would appreciate the support. 
http://tourtoisetee.com/

Two things for today. 

Level Eater 3
1. Level Eater 3 is happening again this year on November 9th & 10th. If you are unfamiliar with Level Eater it is an annual event hosted at Co-Prosperity Sphere that focuses on fantasy and science fiction settings. If you are interested in participating please submit me any ideas that you might have. They need to be flushed ideas with some sort of visual reference. I want:

Title, Name of work, Size, Two paragraphs talking about your concept and what it will look like. email that to : PENTAGON961@GMAIL.COM

2. I need Volunteers/ artists this year to construct a large structure. Essentially I want to recreate the floating Zardoz head from the film of the same name Image in post). If anyone is interested in participating in the construction please email me at the one provided above. I was thinking we could make it from 2x4, cardboard, and paint. Cheap, fast and easy. 

3. If you know of any gamers please give them a heads up for this event. I will post images and the such soon. 

Tourtoise Tee

1. This is the last day of my t shirt sale. there is less then 12 hours left to purchase my design. If you are interested please go the site and check it out. I would appreciate the support. 

http://tourtoisetee.com/

It has been a long time coming but don’t worry “Pentagon” is coming back full swing this fall. Level Eater 3 is happening this year again at Co-Prosperity Sphere (November 9th) and I just released a design for a new up and coming t-shirt company called Tourtoise Tee. Expect more updates with in this blog. How has life been everyone? By the way for every shirt that I sell, I get $2 back which is a sweet deal for my pocket and a guarantee fund for more pentagon stuff. 
Check out the link below and buy the shirt. 
http://tourtoisetee.com

It has been a long time coming but don’t worry “Pentagon” is coming back full swing this fall. Level Eater 3 is happening this year again at Co-Prosperity Sphere (November 9th) and I just released a design for a new up and coming t-shirt company called Tourtoise Tee. Expect more updates with in this blog. How has life been everyone? By the way for every shirt that I sell, I get $2 back which is a sweet deal for my pocket and a guarantee fund for more pentagon stuff. 

Check out the link below and buy the shirt. 

http://tourtoisetee.com

What am I doing?!?!?

Hello, Everyone. So, I have been pretty busy lately. Pentagon press is going be operational by the end of the month. Miriam and I are working on a vintage store and that has been taking up a lot of my time. Pentagon is still coming and go but as life goes I am developing new ideas. 

If you want to check out my vintage store and see what we are selling here is the link. 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/creamcatstuff

we also have a tumblr page and follow if you like what we are selling. 

http://creamcat.tumblr.com/

We will be posting clothes and more items soon. 

Pentagon press is going well as we speak. Sam Sieger and I are working out the printing process. If you want to see some of the drawings we are working on check out this tumblr I have made. 

http://pentagon-press.tumblr.com/

Hope all of you are planning for a awesome summer. If any of you have any questions you may reach me at pentagon961@gmail.com 

Where have you been?

Pentagon has not disappeared folks, don’t worry I am still around. I have been working on a few projects the past couple of months. I needed some time off from curating. I wanted to check out different things and experience not having an apartment gallery for a while.

1st project is Version fest, http://versionfest.org/

I have been assisting and helping design plans for the festival.

2nd is PENTAGON press, a project I am working on with Sam Sieger. It will be the print and drawing branch of PENTAGON and will releasing a website by next month.

3rd will be PENTAGON Is going to have a website as stated above. INTERNET GLORY!

4th is an ultra secret project I am working on with Jake Myers of Octagon Gallery and  of former PENTAGON fame. We will be announcing the project soon.

If you are sad that there are no ‘new’ PENTAGON art shows coming up then go check out

Robin Kang’s opening at the Milk Factory (907 N. Winchester) tomorrow February 25th.

http://www.thevisualist.org/2012/02/robin-kang-cry-or-dont/

I will be there, if you find me then let me know. I will give you a cookie.

Oh, I forgot I had an article written about me. Check it out here:

http://chicagoartmagazine.com/2012/02/wait-where-are-you-located-again-pentagon-gallery/

-Michael

Level Eater 2 

 

LEVEL EATER 2

at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 South Morgan st. Chicago, Il

NOVEMBER 18th & 19th, 2011 

OPENING RECEPITION: NOVEMBER 18TH, 2011 AT 6:00PM TO 9:00PM

LIVE MUSIC STARTING AT 9:00PM to 11:00PM

($5 COVER AFTER 9:00PM)

Galley Hours for Saturday November 19th, 2011, 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Work by:

Ben Carney, Carl Baratta, Caroline Carlsmith, Daniel Everett, Grant Reynolds, Jake Myers, Jenn Wilson, Jenny Kendler, Jeriah Hildwine, Jesse Avina, Johana Wawro, Michael Garcia, Montgomery Perry Smith, Sam Sieger, Stephanie Burke, William Bacarella

Calling Planeswalkers, Art Stalkers and Dice Haulers

The Level Eater is an annual event hosted by the Co-Prosperity Sphere in collaboration with Pentagon.

This 2nd annual event will focus on artists’ work that play with or have gained influence from Science Fiction or Fantasy. The work was all curated under the mission of Level Eater’s gaming retreat. There will be a selection of painting, drawing, sculpture, sound, photography and video. There will be also areas for viewers to participate and play fantasy games. Viewers are encouraged to bring any game they wish to share. There will be an assortment of games to also be played. 

We have included this year a Magic: the Gathering Tournament open to all who bring their cards. 

At 9:00pm Level Eater will host live music brought to you by Ed Marszewski in Co-Pros basement by Winston the Wizard & Friends.

 At midnight spectators are encouraged to participate in a large Dungeons & Dragons adventure hosted by Michael Garcia, Mike Hampton and with’ professional players’. Character info and resources will be provided. On Saturday at 12:00pm we will continue playing Dungeons & Dragons as is the tradition of Level Eater. People are welcome to come play or watch.

If you are interested in participating this year in the Level Eater or have any questions please email Michael Garcia at pentagon961@gmail.com. If you want to be guaranteed a players chair in the large Dungeon’s Dragons campaign please email us also. Don’t forget some dice and a #2 pencil. 

Pentagon is technically No more but I am still pretty busy making art, collaborating and curating art shows. This winter I will be doing three projects. The first will be Tent Night at Octagon gallery, The second will be a Haunted House Room at Hyde Park art center and the third will be the Level Eater2 at Co Property Sphere.

These Images were from last month were Jesse Avina and I performed our Wizard duel at the Octagon.

Level Eater 2

Looking for artists to be in the next level eater Co-properity sphere show. I am curating it and participating. If anyone is interested then please email at pentagon961@gmail.com. The is themed around fantasy and science fiction. There will be a game of Dungeons and Dragons.

The Future

Lately I have not had the time to post anything on the subject of Pentagon’s future. I frankly have not even had the time to post anything. I feel obligated to at least address the Chicago art community on the matter of Pentagon’s future. As of September 1st, 2011 Pentagon will no longer exist at 2655 West Homer St. I am not moving the location and have decided to reconstruct Pentagon’s mission/goals. Jolie and I after 1 year are parting our ways in co-directing the space. She will be moving into another space and I feel it is her right to announce where. On another note Miriam and I are moving in together! 

What will be happening to Pentagon? 

Well as of now I am working on two shows. As always Pentagon will be hosting the ‘Level Eater’ at Co Prosperity Sphere in November. I will post more information on that in the following weeks. The second will be this Saturday, August 18th at Octagon Gallery. Jesse Avina and I will be performing at ‘Fight Night’ including a whole group of other artists.  

If there will not be a space, what will Pentagon become?

I think two years of running an apartment gallery seems like enough time for me. I feel like in order to challenge myself there needs to be changes. I have always tried to be as progressive of a space as possible and still want to hold up those ideals. There has been talk of curating at other spaces, developing social avenues for other artists and creating a ‘Sound’ record label. Pentagon will still be there but it might be represented by other things. I want Pentagon to be a lot of things.

Will there be a space in the future?

I have some time to think about this. I cannot run a space from my apartment anymore, I just do see what I could next with that. I have done all that I could ever want in an apartment. If had a space it would be a store front and I would continue into another direction.  

Why not have a final show?

No Time. I was thinking of doing a retrospective but maybe later on this year at another space. 

Well I hope that answered some of your questions or concerns. If you would like more information please email at pentagon961@gmail.com. 

Michael Garcia