Weekend Arts Guide (1/2-1/5 2020)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: January 2, 2020 - January 5, 2020

Image Credit: Detail of artwork by Luis Sahagun, as seen in Petty Biennial.2 on view now at Heaven Gallery.

Look! It's the first WPB Weekend Arts Guide of the new year! Most of the area galleries are taking bit of a break this month, but that doesn't mean its time to slouch on our neighborhood galleries and artists. This week is the first First Friday event of the year (and decade) and the return of the Wicker Park Farmers Market for another day of their indoor season. Plus, there are still shows opening and closing and plenty more continuing their run for you to see! So get out this weekend and support the arts in Wicker Park and Bucktown...


Thursday (1/2/2020)


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.
6:00pm


Friday (1/3/2020)


Flat Iron Arts Building
First Friday at the Flat Iron
The Flat Iron Arts Building and Flat Iron Artist Association hold a monthly First Friday event where artists and galleries from Chicago’s historic Flat Iron Arts Building will open their studios to the public for an evening of viewing, chatting, networking, and overall inundation of the arts. This presents the neighborhood's most concentrated area of artists studios in the most accessible way possible. The open studios event is free and open to the public.
6:00pm to 10:00pm


Saturday (1/4/2020)


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.
1:00pm


Little Broken Things
Year One: Halftone Projects Anniversary Exhibition
Little Broken Things is excited to announce their next 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 will feature 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. There will also be a pop up shop from Greetings by Jenny, handmade greeting cards for all occasions. Bring your friends and join the fun and art!
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm


Wicker Park Farmers Market
2nd Annual Indoor Winter Market
The Wicker Park Farmers Market is headed inside at The Hall at The Robey for the winter season through April of 2020! Don't forget, the market is plastic-free so please remember to bring your own containers and totes when possible. Vendors will have branded options for sale as well as free totes at the market info booth! The Robey will be selling drinks at the bar including mimosas, Bloody Marys, coffee, and more. The market will feature live music, compost drop-offs with HealthySoil, and more activies to be announced soon! The indoor market will be held the first Saturday of each month, December through April.
10:00am to 3:00pm


Sunday (1/5/2020)


Jackson Junge Gallery
A Change of Mind
A Change of Mind by Laura Lee Junge, is a retrospective of her iconic genres encompassing past and present artworks. Not only is Junge a Chicago based artist, but also co-owner of Jackson Junge Gallery which will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary! Through years of exhibiting throughout the country, Junge has established herself as an intoxicating talent on the artistic front. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Junge has become an influential female figure in Chicago’s prominent art scene. Junge explains, “Over the past 10 years my paintings have evolved. The way I think about life and art has changed. I have grown as a painter, yes, but more importantly this exhibition shows how much my mind and way of thinking has changed.”
Exhibition Closes - Final Day


Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
Secret Agent Storytime
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to sing, dance, read books, and make crafts with Agent Zach and your friends, parents, and siblings on the first Sunday of every month at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. This message will self-destruct in 30 seconds. We're counting on you, junior story agents! This event is free and open to the public. Recommended for junior agents ages 0-4 and their families.
11:00am


Ongoing Exhibitions


Firecat Projects
Bert Menco: Inspired-Transpired-Expired
Firecat Projects presents Inspired -Transpired -Expired, a comprehensive exhibition featuring recent and past works on paper, drawings, etchings, woodcuts and monotypes by Bert Menco. 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.


Gallery Café
Erasing Borders: A Collection of Photographs by Tony Menias
Travel and documentary photographer, Tony Menias, brings to light images of faraway lands and cultures to our doorstep for this exhibition.


Heaven Gallery
Petty Biennial.2
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.


Langer Over Dickie
Modules and Other Nonsense
Langer Over Dickie is proud to present a series of works by artists Elliot Doughtie and Shir Ende in Modules and Other Nonsense. Utilizing silk screen schematics and a contractor’s magic wand, Doughtie and Ende leverage layering and modulation, illustrating transitional architectures of interior built spaces and constructed identities. Constructed environments and non-vernacular architecture serve as default way-finding scenarios, where persons corral through predetermined transitional territories. While adherence is not the twin of conformity, dominant culture prevails in human-designed public spaces, as it does in the structures behind their walls. Modules and Other Nonsenseilluminates these tenuous relationships without basely appealing to the target of their subtle restraints: the autonomy of human movement and the desires expressed therein. The works in the exhibition perform a surrogacy for bodies traversing transitional spaces. Doughtie and Ende reassert a choreography with an embedded means of fluidity, via layered processes of screen printing and installation interventions. Here, the artists engender unique encounters and orientations that outstrip fixed perimeters and presumed functionalities. 


UGLY
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.


 

 

Locations

Thursday (1/2/2020)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Doodler Shawl Workshop - 6:00pm

Friday (1/3/2020)
Flat Iron Arts Building: First Friday at the Flat Iron - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday (1/4/2020)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Doodler Shawl Workshop - 1:00pm
Little Broken Things: Year One: Halftone Projects Anniversary Exhibition - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: 2nd Annual Indoor Winter Market - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday (1/5/2020)
Jackson Junge Gallery: A Change of Mind - exhibition closes
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.: Secret Agent Storytime - 11:00am

Ongoing Exhibitions
Firecat Projects: Bert Menco: Inspired-Transpired-Expired
Gallery Café: Erasing Borders: A Collection of Photographs by Tony Menias
Heaven Gallery: Petty Biennial.2
Langer Over Dickie: Modules and Other Nonsense
UGLY: Extraction leaves a hole