Weekend Arts Guide (10/18-10/21 2018)
Image Credit: Detail shot of work by Melissa Leandro as seen in Event of a Thread, closing this weekend at Heaven Gallery.
With fall in full swing, we're counting down the days to Halloween and celebrating this beautiful autumn in every way we can! From some occult explorations and fun crafts, to must-see art shows and exhibitions, there's just about something for everyone this weekend. Be sure to stop in at Damen Harvest and catch as many art shows and happenings as you can! It's a great time of year to be out and about and exploring the neighborhood...
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Art of Science: Nanomicroscopy and the Mystery of Picasso's Paints
Scientists are using high-energy X-ray instruments to solve mysteries behind art masterpieces, including artwork by Picasso. Learn how Dr. Volker Rose, a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory, is working with major art institutions, such as The Art Institute of Chicago and The Smithsonian Institute, to unlock groundbreaking information about art, the artist, and our cultural heritage.
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Last Pick Vol. 1 Signing with Jason Walz
Jason Walz pairs vivid world-building and a fast-paced adventure in a beautiful story of sibling devotion in Last Pick Vol. 1. An alien abduction has left behind only those younger than sixteen, older than sixty-five, or too "disabled" to work. In other words, people who weren't a threat - until now. Twins Sam and Wyatt are ready to chuck their labels, break free from their captors, and inspire others to do the same. It's time for "the last picked" to step into the game. With humor and action, Last Pick shares an empowering message about the dangers of labeling and writing people off. Available in softcover and hardcover editions with Jason Walz present for book signing.
6:00pm to 8:00pm
SpellCraft: Get Witchy, Get Crafty
Experience creating 3 witch-tastic practices with Cheri and Anne of Sideshow: Broom Protection, Candle Dressing, and Tarot Card Collage. All supplies will be provided. There will be samples and guides to help you through each of these fun and cathartic witch crafts. These projects will be proceeded by a brief informational talk describing the process of setting one's intention and creating spells. And of course cocktails will be provided.
7:00pm to 9:00pm - Reservation Required ($40)
Britteney Black Rose Kapri
Chicago's own Britteney Black Rose Kapri, joined by Kennedy Harris, will read from her new poetry collection Black Queer Hoe, a refreshing, unapologetic intervention into ongoing conversations about the line between sexual freedom and sexual exploitation. Women’s sexuality is often used as a weapon against them. In this powerful debut, Britteney Black Rose Kapri lends her unmistakable voice to fraught questions of identity, sexuality, reclamation, and power, in a world that refuses Black Queer women permission to define their own lives and boundaries.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Experience the shops north of the 606 on Damen Avenue in a new way at the first annual Damen Harvest, presented by Indie Row. A celebration of shopping, special events and exclusive promotions! Participating locations and events include:
iD Chicago: Crosslyne Jewelry Trunk Show
Robin Richman: Herman & Herman
Virtu: Dahlia Kanner Trunk Show
Moth: Three Year Anniversary
The Red Balloon: Game Night
6 Degrees: $6 Cocktails
Pistil & Vine
Havlan & West
6:00pm to 9:00pm
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Don't Kid Yourself
Don't Kid Yourself is a monthly comedy show at the Volumes Bookcafe centered around the weirdness of childhood. Each month tackles a different childhood theme.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Occult Bookstore
Chaos Coven Workshop
This month we will be continuing to enrich our Chicago Magick paradigm by digging into one of the city’s most influential events: the Great Chicago Fire. With Election Day around the corner, we will also conduct an open discussion about political magick and magickal activism. 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. This workshop is pay-what-you-will, $10 suggested. All proceeds go to the Occult Bookstore.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Art Story Time with Nikkolas Smith + Barry Eidlin: Labor and the Class Idea
Join us for a special art-focused Story Time with Nikkolas Smith in the morning! Return later in the evening for a conversation between author of Labor and the Class Idea In The United States and Canada, Barry Eidlin,and the Managing Editor of Jacobin Magazine, Micah Uetricht, as they ask "why are unions weaker in the U.S. than in Canada, despite the two countries’ socio-economic similarities?" Many view this cross-border difference as a byproduct of long-standing differences in political cultures and institutions. But using detailed archival and statistical data, Eidlin find this divergence is relatively recent, resulting from different ruling party responses to working class upsurge in both countries during the Great Depression and World War II. The author illustrate this through comparative studies of party-class relations, postwar Red scares, and divergence in labor policy between the two countries.
Story Time 10:00am to 11:00am & Conversation 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge
Paint Nite with Cats!
Come and play with your inner Purrcasso in the company of other like minded peeps – cat lovers! Laugh as the cats walk across your masterpieces and judge your painting skills. All ages and skill levels welcome and all supplies included!
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Double Knit Workshop + Lost In Time Crochet Along
Learn how to double knit with this fun Double Knit Workshop! We’ll be learning how to double knit with Jackie Valdez while we make fall and Halloween themed coasters. You’ll be able to learn and take home your project!
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!
Double Knit 2:00pm to 4:00pm & Lost In Time 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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.
Exhibitions Close - Final Day
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
Eightween Toes of Pneumococcal Joi:: a CarnalVale
An evenoon of performance art, mentally matched by the sun transporting a lick in the mouth, of/on/to Eightween Toes of Pneumococcal Joi:: a CarnalVale. Works by Caroline Joy Dahlberg, Marina Cortez Calle, Erin Delaney, Mariel Martinez, Daniel Robles, Dove Rutter, John Lincoln Vogel, Ryan Greenlee, Angeliki Tsoli , Hernan, and more.
5:13pm to 9:13pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. This week's special community vendor is Simply Smita. Two public artworks, Wicker Tree by Mike Helbing and commissioned by SSA #33, along Seeking Shelter by Andrew Aravantez, part of the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit and sponsored by the SSA, are on display 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ken Ellis + Eric Claridge
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.
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.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Art of Science: Nanomicroscopy and the Mystery of Picasso's Paints - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Last Pick Vol. 1 Signing with Jason Walz - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: SpellCraft: Get Witchy, Get Crafty - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Britteney Black Rose Kapri - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
6 Degrees, Havlan & West, iD Chicago, Moth, Native Cloth, Pistil & Vine, The Red Ballon, Robin Richman, and Virtu: Damen Harvest - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firecat Projects: Zach Balousek & Soumya Netrabile: Scratching Below the Surface - exhibition closes
Volumes Bookcafe: Don't Kid Yourself - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Occult Bookstore: Chaos Coven Workshop - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Art Story Time with Nikkolas Smith + Barry Eidlin: Labor and the Class Idea - 10:00am to 11:00am + 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge: Paint Nite with Cats! - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Double Knit Workshop + Lost In Time Crochet Along - 2:00pm to 4:00pm + 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Event of a Thread + not to scale - exhibitions close
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: Eightween Toes of Pneumococcal Joi:: a CarnalVale - 5:13pm to 9:13pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Simply Smita - market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Jonathan Lavan: Full Circle
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Southern Black Cat Call Medicine Show
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Celeste Rapone & Betsy Odom: Everlast
Dreambox Gallery: Hiding in Public - Conversation Pieces
Gallery Cafe: Neighborhood Youth Art Exhibit
gallery no one: I can't even + Earth Is So Much More Wonderful Than Heaven
iD Chicago: Remember the Moment
Jackson Junge Gallery: On the Road Again + TaiThirty
LVL3 Gallery: Local Comfort
Rainbo Club: Ken Ellis + Eric Claridge
Roots & Culture: An Undoing: Work by Preetika Rajgariah and Zuri Washington
Sideshow Gallery: Hellbound
VGA Gallery: Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection