Weekend Arts Guide (1/16-1/19 2020)
Image Credit: The Keeper by Santiago X, as seen in the Petty Biennial.2 closing soon at Heaven Gallery.
Don't let the weekend's forecast keep you down, there's much to do and see around Wicker Park Bucktown with exhibitions, workshops, and more! See what's up with the latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide...
House Dance: Self-Guided Dance Session
Join Heaven Gallery for the first of a new series of self-guided house music dance sessions! This series invites house music lovers to come together, enjoy the music, and dance without having to stay out all night. The event is free with tea donated by DavidsTea!
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Candles & Cocktails with Milton & Margie's
Join Neighborly to transform a reused or vintage container into a soy wax candle in an interactive candle-making class. The class, led by Chicago candle-maker Jessica Snively, creator of Milton and Margie’s Soy Wax Candles, provides all the supplies and teaches you everything you need to know. Throughout the process, you’ll create your own signature fragrance from a blend of scented soy-based oils. Jess will supply a bunch of eclectic oils with options from floral (e.g., Lavender and Juniper) to natural (e.g., Cedar and Eucalyptus) and sweet (e.g., Buttercream and Fudge Brownie) to rugged (e.g., Leather). Feel free to bring a container or two (mug, teacup, tin can) of your own to fill with wax (maybe hit up a thrift shop before the class), or select from Jess' collection at the workshop. The workshop is $40 and includes 16oz of soy wax (enough for 1-2 candles depending on container size), fragrance oils to concoct your own custom blend, guidance from Jess on scent mixing and candlemaking, batch cocktails to get the creativity flowing, and 10% off any purchases at Neighborly the day of the workshop.
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Digital Tapestries: Video Screening
Digital Tapestries in collaboration with Agitator Gallery will lead you through a cinematic and musical journey designed to nourish and soothe your mental and emotional states and elicit humanistic connection with a screening of Street Echoes and Red Latte. A marriage of meditation, short films meticulously designed to create visceral and healing experiences, and deeply resonant live flute music combine to bring you into a serene and present state that will allow you to access feelings and authentically altered states of consciousness. Agitator’s vision of curating work that provokes dialog will be realized in the bonding and sharing of participants throughout this event, a natural outcome of this shared experience.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
David Leonardis Gallery
Aly Jados Paintings & DJ Set
This month the main wall at David Leonardis Gallery will be filled with incredible paintings by artist, painter, and musician Aly Jados, of Blood People fame. DLG will be showcasing her new, vibrant and enthralling series of monster paintings and more from her collection. Because that’s how Aly rolls she’ll be doing a couple of DJ sets at the gallery for the opening reception, starting at 8:00pm. As always the PBR, red wine, and bottled water are complimentary!
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Bert Menco: Inspired-Transpired-Expired Artist Talk
Artist Bert Menco will be at Firecat Projects to discuss his current show Inspired -Transpired -Expired, a comprehensive exhibition featuring recent and past works on paper, drawings, etchings, woodcuts and monotypes. Much of Bert’s work deals with human interactions, attempts to communicate, the irony being that visual art is a form of communication. Most of his more elaborate works seem to tell stories, but Bert rather refers to them as poetic visual expressions. Some other works, notably his small, quite immediate produced monotypes, he calls his “catharsis images, as these reflect, with some irony, his discomfort with the tragic on goings in our times, a mere alert, hoping that the tides will turn. Coming from The Netherlands to the US, Bert’s work has a distinct European feeling, and is quite personal, likely in part formed by his family’s history having survived World War II. This will be the final weekend to see the exhibition.
Gallery Talk 7:30pm - Final Weekend
Syd Veverka: Stop Complaining and Kiss Me!
Gallery Café presents Stop Complaining and Kiss Me!, a complete take-over by artist Syd Veverka. Veverka's colorful abstracts and playful imagery are encapsulated by her murals, tables, porcelain animals, paintings on canvas and drywall, and varied artistic output on exhibition. Meet the artist, network, and enjoy free food, drinks, raffles and more at the opening!
Opening Reception 8:00pm
Extraction leaves a hole
UGLY is pleased to present Output under a relentless duration leaves an exhaustive hollow; and other ways to say “extraction leaves a hole,” an exhibition featuring Efrat Hakimi and Madeline Gallucci. Extraction leaves a hole debases the proposed relationship between teleological and ontological endeavors in art during this contemporary moment: how does one deploy a convention to further articulate a stake? Under the multitude of strategies for the process of restating an already established idea around a situation indebted to an ideological lineage, Gallucci & Hakimi deploy site-conditioned responses.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Align & Manifest: A Workshop by Rhonda Wheatley
In Align & Manifest, artist Rhonda Wheatly will discuss the basics of manifesting and explore the concept of “alignment” while getting at the root of unproductive thought habits that may block us from attracting what we want. Rhonda will lead a writing exercise and guided meditation to help us become more “magnetic” to what we want to create in our lives. You’ll leave this workshop with tools and practices to continue the work on your own. To participate, just bring a notebook, pen, and an open mind! Rhonda Wheatley is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and energy healer whose projects are grounded in the speculative and metaphysical.
Noon to 2:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Doodler Shawl Workshop
Firefly is getting ready for Stephen West’s shop visit with the Doodler Workshop! This is a fun shawl to make for your first Stephen West pattern. Lead by Jackie Valdez, the Doodler Shawl Workshop will have you creating confidently! The Doodler is a great shawl to learn several techniques as Jackie will guide you through the shawl construction, starting with choosing the perfect yarn, learning a new cast-on technique, short rows, cables, pick up stitches and finally, finishing and blocking. Each class is tailored to each student’s needs and progress. This class is perfect for students who are confident knitters looking to learn new techniques. All students will receive 10% off yarn and needles needed for the workshop. Classes are held 2 days a week, on a 4 week schedule. This package includes 4 classes, with additional sessions $20 each. Students will need to sign up for 4 sessions in advance, as each class has a 5 person maximum.
Art Story Time
Join us for Art Story Time with Miss Jen, a Gems Academy Chicago art teacher. She sings, reads, teaches and guides the children to create a new and fun art project every month. Kids of all ages are welcome! The event is free to attend, but donations to cover the cost of supplies are welcomed and very much appreciated.
10:00am to 11:00am
Founded in 2016, The Petty Biennial is not a biennial itself, but a multi-site curatorial investigation towards queering the canon of traditional biennials. The Petty Biennial engages with pettiness as an act of seizing agency within the telling of one’s own story where one asserts themselves unapologetically and finds solidarity from a community of peers. Further expanding on the first Petty Biennial, this iteration challenges the notion of diasporic communities as a dispersion of ethnicities across the globe—understanding diaspora as a network and community of people across races, geographies, and ethnicities who are impacted and connected through the legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberalism. Channeling a heightened social consciousness and spiritual awareness, artists at Heaven Gallery engage with artworks that elucidate the significance of radical imagination as a pathway to paradigm transformation, consciousness expansion, and healing for the diasporic experience. Through practices that span media, these artists explore themes of spirituality, ancestral histories, ritual, alternative realities and re-translate their experiences into manifestations and signifiers found in our current world. Curated by Courtney Cintron, Sabrina Greig, and Adia Sykes, the exhibition features works by Alexandria Eregbu, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Jesus Hilario-Reyes, Luis Sahagun, Edra Soto, Rhonda Weatley, and Santiago X.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Chase the Ace by Yulia Kuznetsova
AdventureLand's first exhibitions of the year is Chase the Ace, a solo show by artist Yulia Kuznetsova!
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
nothing is about us without us: The Art of Harm Reduction
Agitator's first exhibition of the year is also a fundraiser for the Chicago Recover Alliance. CRA is a racially and ethnically diverse group composed of people living with HIV and drug use, working in addiction treatment, healthcare, education, law and other assorted areas. CRA is unique as an organization in that our work entails building one-on-one relationships with individuals affected by HIV and drug use and provide them with a wide array of options for achieving any positive change as they define it for themselves. CRA is an organization for those interested in directly serving, supporting, educating and advocating with others for reducing drug related harm.
On The Beach: John Soss
The Dime's first exhibition of the year is On The Beach, a solo show featuring John Soss. As the artists tells it, "what began as a series of stark, poorly lit, haphazardly arranged photographs of frosted glass evolved over time into more wide-ranging documents of things I’ve found and catalogued from beaches surrounding Lake Michigan...Once the picture is taken and posted I dismantle the layout, stash the good pieces, toss a bunch of it, recycle a portion and then start over again the next day. Nothing is permanent."
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
The True North Creative Trunk Show
Firefly is excited to be hosting another trunk show of The True North Creative Yarn! This indie dyer is out of Mississauga, Canada, creating beautiful variegated, speckled, and self stripping yarn! The trunk show will run to the end of January and feature the dyer's winter yarn collection.
Circle Within a Square
LVL3 presents Circle Within a Square, a two-person exhibition featuring Bernadette Despujols and Brittney Leeanne Williams. Despujols’ violent, painterly style confronts contemporary mythologies of women while Williams’ transcendent use of deep red nods to generational and embodied feminine roles. Williams’ paintings feature black women prominently in the composition, blending foreground and background, landscape and subject. The bodies are bent: their postures suggest a state of rest, a burden carried, lovemaking, being anchored. Williams uses these figures and their positionality to reference her own relationship to family history while at the same time speaking about chronicled female characters such as Naomi and Ruth from the Book of Ruth. Despujol’s sculptures and paintings speak about the female body in today’s cultural and social contexts, questioning and embracing notions of objectification and intimacy. Despujol’s compositions depict naked sitting female-bodied figures in their home, on a bed or sitting on a man’s lap; forcing a viewer to question whether the scene depicted is intrusive or empowering. Similarly lonely and internal, Despujol’s interruptions of objects and furniture designed for the body are transfigured to become the body in question. Bending, sitting, propped on chairs or inside a vast landscape, Despujols and Williams’ figures disrupt space through their dynamic expressions of womanhood.
Little Broken Things
Year One: Halftone Projects Anniversary Exhibition
Little Broken Things is excited to announce their current art show with Chicago-based Halftone Projects, a second bedroom turned print studio run by Victoria Marie Barquin. Located in Logan Square, Halftone Projects publishes prints for artists and January is their anniversary! This exhibition features all of the work they’ve made in their first year of programming, which includes collaborations with Colleen Hardison, Nicole Del Rio, Haejin Lee, and Catherine Martzloff.
Roots & Culture
Beyond Reach: Selva Aparicio & Valentina Zamfirescu + Onyx Engobar: Use of the Erotic as Power: A Self Study in Black Myths & Black Eroticism in the Window
Roots & Culture is pleased to present Beyond Reach, an exhibition that pairs artists Selva Aparicio and Valentina Zamfirescu who reflect on the (im)possibility of corporeal touch. In Beyond Reach, viewers near physical bodies and their memory-images yet true connection continually evades; multiple layers of material and technological intervention block the path and problematize skin-to-skin contact. Selva Aparicio gives meaning to the neglected, finds beauty in peril, and empowers her gathered materials to raise questions on mourning, death and fragility. Aparicio has covered an entire room with concrete tiles cast from impressions of human cadavers, inviting viewers to touch and intimately experience the crevices of skin frozen in metamorphosis from living to dead. Valentina Zamfirescu’s sculptural installations likewise center around bodies and mediate corporeal experiences of the world. Working primarily with digital technologies, Zamfirescu brings back suppressed personal memories and stages them in virtual reality or through digital print. While Zamfirescu’s most recent work employs VR, her virtual environments always exist within an installation and employ sculptural elements to direct and constantly pull viewers back to their occupied body. Interwoven together as a two-person exhibition, Selva Aparicio’s and Valentina Zamfirescu’s meticulously crafted installations reference a universality of being and distill our strongest, most human connections as material and digital form.
Heaven Gallery: House Dance: Self-Guided Dance Session - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Neighborly: Candles & Cocktails with Milton & Margie's - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Digital Tapestries: Video Screening - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
David Leonardis Gallery: Aly Jados Paintings & DJ Set - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Firecat Projects: Bert Menco: Inspired-Transpired-Expired Artist Talk - 7:30pm; final weekend
Gallery Café: Syd Veverka: Stop Complaining and Kiss Me! - opening reception 8:00pm
UGLY: Extraction leaves a hole - exhibition closes
Heaven Gallery: Align & Manifest: A Workshop by Rhonda Wheatley - noon to 2:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Doodler Shawl Workshop - 1:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Art Story Time - 10:00am to 11:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Petty Biennial.2 - exhibition closes
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Chase the Ace by Yulia Kuznetsova
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: nothing is about us without us: The Art of Harm Reduction
The Dime: One The Beach: John Soss
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: The True North Creative Trunk Show
LVL3 Gallery: Circle Within a Square
Little Broken Things: Year One: Halftone Projects Anniversary Exhibition
Roots & Culture: Beyond Reach: Selva Aparicio & Valentina Zamfirescu with Onyx Engobar: Use of the Erotix as Power: A Self Study in Black Myths & Black Eroticism in the Window