P.O.P : Perceptions of Population

My first time curating an exhibition! I feel very fortunate and lucky to have been able to bring international artists to Chicago’s 33 Contemporary Gallery.


The internet has made it possible for global interaction to exist on a massive scale. Through this, we are able to witness cultural occurrences and differentiations that may not have been possible to witness otherwise.

P.O.P (Perceptions of Population) is an avenue of joining a group of artists together and offering a visual consciousness of how our geographical locations directly impact our impressions of the human population. These works on paper, offer a range of thematics from satirical, political, philosophical, spiritual or emotional and represent the locals of the United States, Germany, Austria, Indonesia and Greece.

Blue Collar Project
Liz Mares Blue Collar Duo
Steel Mill Uniforms, Dried Roses – Portion of Installation


For at least a year, I have been working on a project that involves the culture of heavy industry. This project has been a bit difficult and challenging, but within the last few weeks it has started to devolop into the visual words I’ve been wanting to say.

I come from an area of steel mills, oil refineries and train yards and the more I delve into the culture of other countries, I started to question the culture that I come from. It was in this search that I discovered and realized that I am from a Blue Collar world.

In this body of work, I am going to explore Blue Collar culture and how it effects the region as a whole and also how it effects (or has effected) me personally.

This is a long term projects, but one that will take time to cultivate. Updates as they come!