Weekend Arts Guide (10/11-10/14 2018)
Image Credit: Detail from painting by Robert Pitts (Black Remus) showcased in Southern Black Cat Call Medicine Show at Agitator Co-operative Gallery, opening Saturday.
True fall weather blows in just in time for our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide! This weekend is marked by a couple of exhibition openings, plenty of signings, readings, and happenings, and a few seasonal makers' markets! Whether you're looking to view a new art show getting some critical acclaim, meet and talk with an acclaimed author, or peruse hand-made goods from local craftspeople and take in the season's energy – we've got everything you need to know to navigate the spectacular array of artistic offerings in the neighborhood over the next few days...
Matthew Thurber Reads from Art Comic
In his new book Art Comic (Drawn & Quarterly), Matthew Thurber skewers the hot mess that is the art world. From sycophantic fans to duplicitous gallerists, fatuous patrons to self-aggrandizing art stars, he lampoons each and every facet of the eminently ridiculous industry of truth and beauty. Follow Cupcake, the Matthew Barney obsessive, Epiphany née Tiffany Clydesdale, the divinely-inspired performance artist, Ivanhoe, a modern Knight is search of artistic vengeance, and his Squire, Turnbuckle. Each artist is more ridiculous than the last, yet they are tested and transformed by the even more absurd machinations of Thurber’s fantastical art world.
Deep Dish: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Series
Deep Dish is baaaccck! This time around we have Cory Doctorow and Alec Nevala-Lee heading up a great group of SFF and speculative fiction writers including Laura Young, Gordon Dymowski, Terry Galvan, and Emily Capettini. This night is going to be HUGE, so grab a seat early! Hosted by Mary Anne Mohanraj and Chris Bauer.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Roots & Culture
An Undoing: Work by Preetika Rajgariah and Zuri Washington
Preetika Rajgariah draws from her personal narrative to manipulate and reappropriate culturally significant materials, such as saris and sindoor, to explore notions of migration and home. Specifically, she concentrates on women in these spaces and uses a number of media to further examine societal standards and gender roles. As a Black American, Zuri Washington’s work relies heavily on the superposition of both the appropriation and eradication of selfhood. Through the making of temporary, vulnerable spiritual structures, they explore and draw upon an ancestral narrative lost to time, violence, and erasure.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe hosts Young Chicago Authors
Kevin Coval & Langston Allston - Milwaukee Ave. Chapbook Release
Join us as we celebrate the exclusive release of a new project from local favorite Kevin Coval and artist Langston Allston. MILWAUKEE AVE. is a long poem inspired by Frank O’hara’s Second Avenue - it is about our storied street of Milwaukee Avenue, those who are there, and those who have been forced to go. This collaboration with Langston and Kevin is a preview of a larger collection they are working on for fall 2019. It will be sold exclusively at Volumes and online at Haymarketbooks.org.
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Southern Black Cat Call Medicine Show
Southern Black Cat Call Medicine Show is a solo show of work by Robert Pitts, AKA Black Remus. The mixed media exhibit presents 12 pieces that are filled with imagery drawing from the vibrant and rich culture of the African American experience, the blues of the Mississippi Delta, folklore, root work, and hoodoo symbolism.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Walking Dead Day + Daniel Warren Johnson Murder Falcon #1 Signing
It's the 15th anniversary of The Walking Dead, and Robert Kirkman is celebrating with Walking Dead Day! For one day only, and while supplies last, we'll have a new 15th Anniversary printing of Walking Dead #1 with a cover by Charlie Adlard, 15 different blind-bagged reprints of classic Walking Dead issues with new covers by some of the best artists around, 20% off all Walking Dead collections (including hardcovers, softcovers, and compendiums), and tons of FREE Walking Dead Day merch, like buttons, bookmarks, postcards, and more! And on top of all that, Daniel Warren Johnson returns to wreak heavy metal havoc on Challengers with Murder Falcon #1! The creator of the Eisner-nominated series Extremity, is signing the first issue of his brand new epic, Murder Falcon! The world is under attack by monsters, and Jake's life is falling apart: no band, no girl, no future...until he meets Murder Falcon. He was sent from The Heavy to destroy all evil, but he can't do it without Jake shredding up a storm. Now, with every chord Jake plays on his guitar, the power of metal fuels Murder Falcon into all-out kung fu fury on those that seek to conquer Earth. Daniel will be at Challengers signing copies of Murder Falcon #1, Extremity, Space Mullet, Ghost Fleet, and anything else you want him to scribble on. Oh, and the soundtrack that day will be legendary: Vinnie Moore, Joe Stump, Marco Sfogli, and more!
Deals and Giveaways 11:00am to 5:00pm; DWJ Signing 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery
Autumn Handmade Market
Located in Wicker Park, this handmade market features local artisans and craftspeople. Find jewelry, handwoven tapestries, prints, sculpture, and original artwork from the likes of Therese Kuempel, (wired), Allison Mooney, Laura Garza, SKP, Paige Quinn-Vasic, Jennifer Mosley, Emily Breidenbach, Samantha Arnold, and more.
1:00pm to 6:00pm
Join us for our second Night Market for dark festivities and a firelit market including vendors like White Wolf Syndicate, Adam Michaels Art, Heather Gabel Art and Vintage, Friend Prices, Ahki Design jewelry, Kill Hatsumomo Prints, Fee Lion vintage and latex line Abductress, Que Mala Apothecary, Nyxturna, Isabella Rotman, Thunder N' Lightning Supply, and Wayfinder Tarot. Shop and dance around the fire pit or get yourself done up in corpse paint. Start your night of sin with a tarot reading to make sure these seasonal changes will meet you in a good way. Don't forget to partake in the Blood Ritual...our intimate intention setting tattooing with Caitlin Drake McKay of Revolution Tattoo. Caitlin has designed a full sheet of sigil inspired tattoos to bridge the ancient tattoo ideals with the modern world. Tattoos will vary from simple energy point tattoos to elaborate herbal specimens. Time and slots are limited so make an appointment with firstname.lastname@example.org. Night Market is free to attend and we will definitely be pouring some evil cocktails...
5:00pm to 10:00pm
Yoga Story Time with Miss Jessica
Join Miss Jessica for Yoga Story Time every second Saturday of the month. This event is free and open for all ages. You may bring your own mats or use those provided.
10:00am to 11:00am
Young Chicago Authors
Check the Method + Emcee Wreckshop + Writing Teachers Collective
The Writing Teachers Collective is a space to bridge the gap between classroom teachers, mentors, and teaching artists. By sharing best practices, curriculum ideas, and common struggles we can build a better literary community across the borders of Chicago. Get serious about your craft at Check the Method, our poetry writing workshop, with YCA's lead artists. And write and record your bars at our hip hop writing workshop, Emcee Wreckshop, led by Chicago rappers Add-2 and Defcee.
Writing Teachers Collective 11:00am to 1:00pm; Check the Method 1:00pm to 3:00pm; Emcee Wreckshop 4:00pm to 6:00pm
FireFly Fiber Arts Studio
Lost in Time Crochet Along
Want to crochet along with us, but feel like you're not ready? Take our Intro to Lost in Time Workshop! We will go over all the stitch patterns in the pattern and help you pick out color patterns, so you feel confident to start your Lost in Time Shawl! Join us every Sunday in October for our Lost in Time CAL!
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery
Seventh Annual 1:26 The Art of Epilepsy
An fundraiser and exhibition of inspired artwork created by artists across the globe, linked by the common thread of epilepsy. This event is part of The Kant Institute's Hidden Truths Project and honors Miguel and Kelly Cervantes. Proceeds benefit Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), whose mission is to cure epilepsy, transforming and saving millions of lives.
6:00pm to 9:00pm; Tickets Available HERE
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. A new public artwork, Wicker Tree by Mike Helping, commissioned by SSA #33 is another addition to the park and can be seen at the market.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Jonathan Lavan: Full Circle
Jonathan Lavan is a citizen scientist and wildlife expert and has been SCUBA Diving for thirty years and taking photographs both above and below the waterline for ten. As an underwater and topside photographer, he has been a teacher, speaker, author and research associate for many different well-known and little-known environmental organizations. He is a staunch environmentalist and educator of young people. Jonathan is committed to making a difference on this planet through his images and his message of goodwill to all creatures.
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Celeste Rapone & Betsy Odom: Everlast
Sculptor Betsy Odom works in common materials – leather, in particular, but also fabric, cork, plywood, strapping, grommets, foam, and underwear elastic. A magician of the quotidian, she fabricates articles of clothing, often sports-related gear, gently but persuasively undoing their overdetermined cultural associations and rebuilding them from square one. Celeste Rapone's paintings share Odom's commitment to the everyday, but where Odom's work always insinuates an absent human, Rapone hides her figures in complex, often labyrinthine compositions. Narrative, situational paintings, they are portraits of singular women (and a few men), or pairs of figures, in some thematically specific context drawn from a job or activity, unfamiliar to Rapone, that she might do if she fails as a painter.
Hiding in Public - Conversation Pieces
Carmella Saraceno gathers found objects and materials, and through deliberate selection, creates free-standing figures that are constructed from plywood. Each individual sculpture is intended to initiate a conversation. Stripped from their initial meaning, the objects are chosen for their shape, form, and color. In the process, the utilitarian is transformed into something new, yet familiar, ushering the viewer into a place of discovery and fresh insights. Alongside these sculptures, Saraceno is showing a series of watercolors that inform her sculptural work.
Zach Balousek & Soumya Netrabile: Scratching Below the Surface
Netrabile’s abstract paintings restructure parts taken from anatomy, mechanisms, and natural world. By experimentally juxtaposing, bending, and layering these parts, Netrabile tries to find new relationships and intimacies that might emerge. The final works can appear as fantastical amalgamations, interior structures of an unknown entity, or strange landscapes. Balousek is a musician and a sculptor who creates one of a kind instruments. Just as Stradivarius took generations of skilled Luthiers to “perfect” the violin, Balousek attempts to build upon the past, employing rudimentary mechanics and primitive materials such as clay, gut, wood, and bone to sculpt his own voice as unique and fleeting as the present. The works of both artists engage the idea of palimpsest where the works undergo numerous transformations before settling into their final forms. The significance of each phase, taken as a whole, forms a basis for one continuous thread that holds the work together and allows the makers to explore ideas of transformation, destruction and regeneration inside the artistic process.
Neighborhood Youth Art Exhibit
It’s the first annual Youth Exhibit at Gallery Cafe! Join the already dozens of kids that are submitting art work to be featured in next month exhibit. It’s not too late!
gallery no one
I can't even + Earth Is So Much More Wonderful Than Heaven
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. For Earth Is So Much More Wonderful Than Heaven, Elaine Hsu attempts to make sense of the world and its incurable condition of nostalgia by treating it with curiosity and care. In order to cope with seemingly unexplainable phenomenon like increasing distance, passing of time, and shortcomings of memory, the exhibition presents objects that commemorate precious moments and unlikely happenings. This collection of work explores color, tactile experiences, and drawing as a means to grasp less concrete parts of the multiverse. Fossils, cookies, and enamel charms are considered with quilts and other handmade objects to better understand notions of sentimentality, wishes, fate, longing, and belonging.
Event of a Thread + not to scale
Curated by Elizabeth Lalley, Event of a Thread brings together three artists whose nuanced and abiding interests in weaving, fiber, and textile arts evoke the multilinear progression of both thought and material that Albers describes. Melding traditional processes with experimental techniques, Jeffrey Grauel, Melissa Leandro, and Noël Morical create works that are not defined by clear beginnings or ends, but are instead filled with layered compositions that activate color, form, and surface—built thread by thread, knot by knot. The phrase not to scale implies an inaccurate representation of something with regards to proportion. It also suggests that the “thing” being represented has rational, accepted dimensions, typically “scaled” or understood in relation to the human figure. In not to scale, Matt Brett and Shir Ende present sculptures, drawings, and videos that combine architectural language and a degree of speculative thinking to explore movement (of both body and eye) within modern space. Both artists look beyond familiar scales and surfaces, past hard edges and rigid grids, to expose constructed barriers that attempt to dictate or inhibit motion.
Remember the Moment
Join iD as we present Remember the Moment, a collection of new works on paper by Candace McGarry.
Jackson Junge Gallery
On the Road Again + TaiThirty
Iconic American road-stops have been the subject of music, film and literature. For On the Road Again, the gallery aims to challenge the viewer to reflect on their own memories, and to encompass the feeling of being on the open road, surrounded by this country's beautiful landscape and history. Each artist adds to the feeling of nostalgia and national identity through various mediums and inspires the viewer to reflect on their own past. Nostalgia has challenged each one of these artists to reflect on their past, whether it be an influential memory or a simple reminiscence to times past. This exhibition will guide us through rural and urban America, past and present, all the way to your favorite late night restaurant. Featured artists include Allan Teger, Anastasia Mak, David Mayhew, Dominic Sansone, Jessica Brewer Prugh, John Greiner, Karen Hanrahan, Kris Kramer, Kurt Kramer, M. Jackson, Robert Tolchin, Russell Muits, and Tom Duffy. TaiThirty is an exhibition featuring portrait sketches of famous personalities by Tai Taeoalii. Known for his use of ballpoint pen, Taeoalii has continued his award-winning style on brown paper bags. All the works are completed within a self-challenged time limit of 30-45 minutes. Taeoalii references imagery during the creation of these drawings, but more importantly he relies on his memories of the specific person.
LVL3 is proud to present Local Comfort, a group show featuring over 50 of Chicago’s key local players helping make the community what it is. Kicking off the gallery season highlighting the idea of home Local Comfort brings together work of many mediums to celebrate the diverse range of the makers who call Chicago home. The exhibition includes work from Daniel G. Baird, Leslie Baum, Joseph Belknap, Sarah Belknap, Robert Burnier, Jessica Campbell, Alex Chitty, Nora Chin, Diane Christiansen, Alex Bradley Cohen, Mel Cook, Dan Devening, Óscar I. González Díaz, Stephen Eichhorn, Hope Esser, Whit Forrester, Alejandro Jimenez Flores, Joseph Grigely, Magalie Guérin, Robert Chase Heishman, Molly Hewitt, Daniel Hojnacki, Zachary Hutchinson, Cody Hudson, Sam Jaffe, Jenny Kendler, Annie Kielman, Dave Kruger, Anna Kunz, Chad Kouri, Tony Lewis, Ben Marcus, Jordan Martins, Yvette Mayorga, Liz McCarthy, Jeffly Gabriela Molina, Noël Morical, Christopher Meerdo, Rachel Niffenegger, Roni Packer, Josue Pellot, Jason Pickelman, Cole Pierce, Dan Rizzo-Orr, Jack Schneider, Soo Shin, Adam Scott, Jenn Smith, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Edra Soto, Sabina Ott, Susan Pasowicz, Frances Roberts, Alex Scott, Tim Stone, Marcela Torres, Allison Wade, Cody Tumblin, Erin Washington, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.
Sinners and saints, join us for the opening ceremony of Hellbound!! The show features work by Corinne Halbert and Kristin Scholz. Fawn over the paintings and embroidery pieces from Sea of Doom and be titillated by all the scandalous paintings, pins, and other goods from Hate Baby Comix! The show will be up all month, but you don't wanna miss the wild good time sure to ensue!
Video Game Art Gallery
Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection
Since 2013 VGA Gallery has collected two-dimensional prints related to significant works of video game art. To mark the five year anniversary of our continually growing archive this exhibition will mix the old and the new as well as the local and the international of video game art prints. Never presented as a substitution for the experience of real-time play, prints offer incredible value in the ongoing art history of video games. Whether they are a document of an artist’s process, a capture of a significant moment that might pass by quickly in live media, or a closer look at what is underneath the surface of games, prints expand and explode the highly concentrated storage of concepts and experiences packed into each title.
Young Chicago Authors
YCA's galleries on the first floor feature artwork by Paul Branton. Artwork and books will be available for sale.
Quimby's Bookstore: Matthew Thurber Reads from Art Comic - 7:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Deep Dish: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Series - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Roots & Culture: An Undoing: Work by Preetika Rajgariah and Zuri Washington - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe hosts Young Chicago Authors: Kevin Coval & Langston Allston - Milwaukee Ave. Chapbook Release - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Southern Black Cat Call Medicine Show - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Walking Dead Day + Daniel Warren Johnson Murder Falcon #1 Signing - deals & givaways 11:00am to 5:00pm with DWJ signing 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Autumn Handmade Market - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Night Market - 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Yoga Story Time with Miss Jessica - 10:00am to 11:00am
Young Chicago Authors: Check the Method + Emcee Wreckshop + Writing Teachers Collective - WTC 11:00am to 1:00pm; CtM 1:00pm to 3:00pm; EW 4:00pm to 6:00pm
FireFly Fiber Arts Studio: Lost in Time Crochet Along - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Seventh Annual 1:26 The Art of Epilepsy - 6:00pm to 9:00pm; tickets required
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Jonathan Lavan: Full Circle
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Celeste Rapone & Betsy Odom: Everlast
Dreambox Gallery: Hiding in Public - Conversation Pieces
Firecat Projects: Zach Balousek & Soumya Netrabile: Scratching Below the Surface
Gallery Cafe: Neighborhood Youth Art Exhibit
gallery no one: I can't even + Earth Is So Much More Wonderful Than Heaven
Heaven Gallery: Event of a Thread + not to scale
iD Chicago: Remember the Moment
Jackson Junge Gallery: On the Road Again + TaiThirty
LVL3 Gallery: Local Comfort
Sideshow Gallery: Hellbound
VGA Gallery: Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection
Young Chicago Authors: Paul Branton