Weekend Arts Guide (1/24-1/27 2019)
Image Credit: KMG Tournament: Kiss More Girls by Ali Krouse, as seen in Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games currently up at VGA Gallery.
We've got your hotly anticipated WPB Weekend Arts Guide for this cold weekend! Friday is full of exhibition openings and receptions with happenings and special events Saturday and Sunday. And while a whole slew of artwork will be making its way to the public, several shows will come down to hibernate for the winter, so don't miss out on your last chance to see them! No matter your interests, there's plenty going on around the neighborhood this weekend to keep you busy and warm.
Heather McAdams: Pretty as a Picture
Mostly known for her cartoon strip in the Chicago Reader, experimental films and her annual country calendar show, Heather McAdams is proud to present a variety of her more personal artwork. From self portraits to needlepoints of her favorite country music stars, this exhibit showcases what happens when her funky cartoon sensibility is applied with a fine art aesthetic in mind.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery
The Jackson Junge Gallery presents their first exhibition of 2019, Inside Out, showcasing artworks from artists Errol Jacobson and Stephanie Weidner. Both plein air painters explore the differences and similarities between en plein air painting and studio painting. These two painting styles have been practiced for generations, but it is well known that the early masters preferred the studio because they were able to control the environment and spend more time with the subject matter. Both Errol Jacobson and Stephanie Weidner live in the Bucktown neighborhood on the north side of Chicago with their two cats, Cecil and Toulouse. Jacobson and Weidner received training at the renowned Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts located in Chicago. Both are members of the Chicago Plein Air Society.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Roots & Culture
WAGE with David Nasca: Hot Seep in the Milwaukee Avenue Window
WAGE is a film set for a dystopian drama about a futuristic state of neoliberalism and its absurdist effect on the humanities and its practitioners. Or rather WAGE is an art exhibition where contemporary artists Yang and Torres have artwork in a gallery together. The protagonists, Nayeon Yang and Marcela Torres, question if they are the protagonist and what is entailed in the position? They contemplate the art market, cyclical violent human history and their own role as disposable labor related to their non-white, female status. Yang and Torres seem to be stuck within the juxtaposition of making artwork about social change, yet operating within a hegemonic structure that eats up their effort and turns it into a cute trend. Yang will present a series of immersive, yet occasionally hard to find installations that employ video, statistics about U.S labor politics, site-specific photo and objects that have been sites of routine unnecessary work. Yang asks, have you ever laughed so hard til you cried? Or cried so hard it became laughter? Torres counters with a series of fraught text installations, sound objects based on martial arts training objects and performance documentation. These projects compare the psychological and emotional weight of contemporary poverty to mindsets during wartimes, to uncover the labor of survival. Projects center on inherent shadiem that creates these permanent war zones in U.S cities.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Join us for twenty-five year old School of the Art Institute of Chicago student Max Unterhaslberger’s first solo exhibition in Chicago, showing calligraphic and deceptive abstract paintings on glass.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
The Occult Bookstore
Chaos Cov3n: 'Orange' You Glad
The Chaos C-ov-N is a Chicago-based chaos magick working group led by Nia Ain and Ninov. Chaos magick is a non-dogmatic approach to magick: it requires no specific belief and it is enriched by the diversity of its participants. All are welcome, no matter your background or experience level. To open the new year, the Chaos C-ov-N is taking a page out of Pope Pete’s (Peter J. Carrol) Liber Kaos and will be introducing his concept of Eight Magics. In Carrol’s eightfold division of magick, eight forms of magick are conveniently denoted by colors with emotional significance. This month, we’ll be working with Orange or Thinking Magick. We’ll be discussing approaches to Orange magick, experimenting with improvisation techniques, and playing a ritualized game of skill.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Hey zinesters and comics artists! Come to our Zlumber Party (as in Zine Slumber Party)! This is the seventh year in a row we’re inviting you to come in and spend the night with us working on your zine, and start your year off with a creative frenzy! Get here at 9:30pm on Saturday, January 26th (the store closes at 10:00pm). Then spend the night here! Stay until 6:00am Sunday, January 27th! And yes, you can leave whenever you want before then if you want or need to. So bring yer jammies and a sleeping bag, then leave in the morning with what you’ve been workin’ on! There will be snacks! And coffee! Give us a holler so we have a head count and know how much pizza to order! RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:30pm to 6:00am
StoryTime with Jameeleh Shelo and A Wicker Park Seance: The Life & Death of Nelson Algren
In the morning, Volumes will have a special guest reader for this week's StoryTime: author Jameeleh Shelo. Their book Laith the Lion Goes to Palestine is inspired by real images of Palestine and infuses a whimsical tale with real location, culture and feeling. The characters and story are inspired by real people and events. It’s a book for anyone who wants to give their child a heartwarming glimpse into a land so often misunderstood.
In the evening, the Drinking & Writing Theater teams up with Atlas Obscura to attempt to contact famed Chicago writer Nelson Algren in the great beyond! Let us guide you through Algren's final days and possible ghostly present, all while nestled in the heart of his old neighborhood, Wicker Park. The veil can be lifted only once, so secure your seats for the seance soon - we'd hate for you to miss it. Bring walking shoes and a warm coat, as this seance might take us outside of the realm of our cozy book cafe. Refreshments (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase at Volumes Bookcafe with cash or card. Tickets for this event can be purchased here.
Wicker Park Seance 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop
The Wicker Park Farmers Market has begun our first ever indoor market this season at Chop Shop. We will be open every Saturday through April! Local vendors will be offering all the best in handmade and homegrown to get your winter started right. This week includes a musical performance by Leanna Brown from noon to 2:00pm.
Market Open 10:00am to 3:00pm
Within the current social and political climate we’re found looking backward as a way to find answers for today's problems in America. Oh, Maker explores the work of seven artists who through the act of re-appropriating materials are looking at that history of trauma on American Soil, the act of rebellion, as well the narrative of black women, and families. These artists are building on these conversations in their work. Using mix materials, visual language, and archives as a starting source to re-appropriate materials used to aid conversations about America today. Artists inclkude Kevin Demery, Andrea Coleman, Mark Allen Blanchard, Shanna Merola, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Sadie Woods, and Michael Curtis Asbil. Oh, Maker was conceived and curated by Darryl DeAngelo Terrell.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Wheel of the Year Tarot
Get your yearly forecast read by The Demon Cleaner Anne Elliot with a 12 card spread offering insight for the year to come... Readings will be 1 hour long and $40. Please email email@example.com to reserve your spot.
10:00am to 3:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Street Photography by Emilio Nadales
“Street Photography from my point of view is a time-capsule, unintentional document which interweaves a static past and a continuous present. It is a travel to your subconscious mind, inner self, as much as your past. It is so an unique personal experience that any comment about it from external sources is subjective, irrelevant, and nonsense because your personal experience cannot be analyzed for anybody except you who has created it.” - Emilio Nadales
Fluid Consciousness is a group exhibition showcasing local artists using painting techniques such as acrylic pour and drip painting, who leave the will of air, gravity and the paint itself to co-pilot their creations. This requires a great understanding of the properties and behaviors of the materials they use, as well as a comfort level with experimentation and embracing beautiful accidents in their practice. The exhibition features work by Megan Morey and Shannon Rose.
gallery no one
I can't even
I can't even is an online exhibition made up of work from seven artists touching on the characteristics of the Internet in varying degrees, providing new modes of thinking for the new media and the contemporary Internet language.
Too Good To Be True
LVL3 is excited to present Too Good To Be True, a two-person show featuring Chicago-based David Heo and St. Louis-based Yowshien Kuo. Kuo utilizes symbolic details to comment on the constructed and bias histories of America. The work captures the tension and disorienting experience of existing within this country. Heo’s work is focused on the culture of nightlife and subtle intimacies within this world. Lingering feelings of desire are present within the work as they capture these fleeting experiences. The work in this show follows an omnipresent misinterpretation of everyday encounters. Too Good To Be True is a reflection of how these two artists play with symbolic histories to reframe the seemingly familiar.
Little Broken Things
New Year New Wu
An exhibition of woodwork art by Andrew Rehs.
Jacob Bennett, Sam Rosby, and Tom Billings
Toy de Jour
New! from Kenner
The brand that filled everyone's homes with amazing toys for decades now gets the highest accolades, a group art show at the world's best trash store! From Strawberry Shortcake to Star Wars, Centurions to Super Powers, Kenner had the brands we all knew and loved and still hold a special place in our old, shriveled hearts. So come check out some new artwork of classic toy lines.
Video Game Art Gallery
Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games
This exhibition explores the burgeoning field of interactive queer art, which gamifies the mechanics of intimate relationships and reinterprets traditional game concepts as a means to experience affection, desire, and love. While queer desire has been marginalized and pathologized in the mainstream, within LGBTQIA+ culture, a more inclusive acceptance of kink and diverse relationship structures is being articulated. Whether in the context of long-term romance, intimacy with multiple partners, or casual sex, these artworks place the practice of acting on attraction in the hands of the player, furthering our ability to express the personal experiences of an underserved culture and drawing a wider audience into conversations about gameplay and desire. Please be advised that this is a explicit show and content warnings may include nudity, sex, violence, mental illness, and suicide.
Young Chicago Authors
Say My Name
How does the color orange make you feel? How powerful is the color red? How soft is the color yellow? Explore color and the feelings it evokes at Say My Name, a curious exhibit by Mercedes Zapata. Share in the experience by indulging your senses. Featured artists include Rebeca Soto, Gloe One, Melissa Castro Almandina, Angelica Frausto, Casey Knutel, Ari Granados, Kare Spears, Diana Pietrzyk, Voeta, Nina Talamantes, Samantha Jo, Just Fanni, E'mon Lauren (Black), Sabrina Rose Sabella, and Desiree Guzman.
Firecat Projects: Heather McAdams: Pretty as a Picture - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Inside Out - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Roots & Culture: WAGE with David Nasca: Hot Seep in the Window - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Unterhaslberger II - exhibition closes
The Occult Bookstore: Chaos Cov3n: 'Orange' You Glad - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Zlumber Party - 9:30pm to 6:00am
Volumes Bookcafe: StoryTime with Jameeleh Shelo - 10:00am
Volumes Bookcafe: A Wicker Park Seance: The Life & Death of Nelson Algren - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 10:00am to 3:00pm with music noon to 2:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Oh, Maker - exhibition closes
Sideshow Gallery: Wheel of the Year Tarot - 10:00am to 3:00pm with reservation
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Street Photography by Emilio Nadales
Gallery Cafe: Ariana Goitia
gallery no one: I can't even
LVL3 Gallery: Too Good To Be True
Little Broken Things: New Year New Wu
Toy de Jour: New! from Kenner
VGA Gallery: Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games
Young Chicago Authors: Say My Name