Weekend Arts Guide (10/5-10/7 2018)
Image Credit: The Collector (Lego Headless Horseman) by Tai Taeoalii. See more of his work in TaiThirty at Jackson Junge Gallery.
A chill is in the air as our first weekend of October blows into Wicker Park and Bucktown. That means all of the festivities of First Friday with none of the sweat! Friday evening is filled with exhibition openings and special events and readings. Catch some shows as they come to a close on Saturday, and participate in workshops, artist talks, and the farmers market on Sunday. Stop by some of the neighborhood's ongoing exhibitions throughout the weekend and enjoy the fall weather! We've got all you need to know in our WPB Weekend Arts Guide...
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.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Democracy: Present & Future
Let’s talk about democracy! What does it mean to you? How is it changing? What responsibilities do we have individually and collectively to ensure that it regenerates and flourishes? Please join Dreambox Gallery for a lively discussion with Distinguished Professor Louis Silverstein, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Columbia College. Introduction by Ingrid Riedle. Using a wide-lens perspective—philosophical, historical, socio/economic, psychological, spiritual, Silverstein will lead us in a fascinating discourse on the nature and practice of democracy. The gallery is currently featuring Hiding in Public – Conversation Pieces, sculptural and watercolor works by artist Carmella Saraceno.
Doors Open at 5:30pm with Conversation at 6:00pm
Flat Iron Arts
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 throughout the building open their studios to the public for an evening of viewing, chatting, networking, and overall inundation of the arts. The event has also partnered with The Hall at The Robey to keep the party going with drinks, music, and even more artwork just down the street. This presents the neighborhood's most concentrated area of artists studios in the most accessible way possible.
Studios Open 6:00pm to 10:00pm
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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, Earth Is So Much More Wonderful Than Heaven 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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm - Part of First Fridays at the Flat Iron
Jackson Junge Gallery
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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Jessica Campbell Reads from XTC69 & Keiler Roberts Reads from Chlorine Gardens
Dealing with pregnancy, child-rearing, art-making, mental illness, and an MS diagnosis, the parts of Chlorine Gardens sum sound heavy, but Keiler Roberts’ gift is the deft drollness in which she presents life’s darker moments. She doesn’t whistle past graveyards, but rather finds the punch line in the pitiful. In XTC69, artist Jessica Campbell presents the tale Commander Jessica Campbell of the planet L8DZ N1T3. She and her crew are searching for men to breed with when they discover the last human on Earth, the cryogenically frozen Jessica Campbell. With a new, but familiar crewmember, the search for men continues, but will it be worth it?
Readings begin 7:00pm
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!
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
One Year Anniversary!!!
We have learned so much over the past year and are definitely looking forward to providing even more community events and artist opportunities. Some of these include Art of Science lecture series, artist talks, art critiques, the Lunar Performance series, Figure Tuesday model drawing sessions, creative workshops, a Ballot Party where we learn about issues and candidates on the November state ballot, and more! Learn about our new Artist Subsbriber opportunities at the gallery while perusing the anniversary exhibition.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Roots & Culture
Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez & Darryl DeAngelo Terrell
Time shifting images exploiting the ambiguities inherent in historicizing the legacy of documentary and representational forms are at the center of new work by Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez. Employing diverse material from the recent past such as Playboy interviews with the Sandinista National Liberation Front, and declassified School of the America’s psychological operations manuals to question the history of cultural consensus that grows around these subjects, Rodriguez’s work exposes the anomalies that affect the materiality of a picture, document, or fact when transposed from its original historical context to the present time, and the relationship of textual and visual information to address broader critical questions. The concern for black well-being, in a time when black bodies don’t make it home, is a consistent worry of Darryl DeAngelo Terrell. Through their work, Terrell considers the collective anxiety within the black community, specifically the anxiety black mothers hold for their children, which in result has them to turn to God and Pray for their protection. Terrell is interested in making the words of mothers as important as possible by collecting, archiving, and enlarging hand written prayers, as well as visualizing fragmented conversations.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Truth or Lie Reading Series
Truth or Lie is a Live Lit event which runs the first Sunday of the month. The event features five to six story tellers spinning true or fictive tales and leaving the audience to wonder, truth or lie?
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
not to scale Artist Talk
Join artists Shir Ende and Matt Brett and curator Elizabeth Lalley for a walk-through of Shir and Matt’s two-person show not to scale. The artists will discuss their practices and also lead an impromptu exercise and experiment in choreography, inviting participants to engage in a walking session through and around Brett’s sculptural arrangement in the gallery.
1:00pm to 2:00pm
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
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!
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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.
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
Iconic American road-stops have been the subject of music, film and literature. For this exhibition, 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.
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.
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.
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Jonathan Lavan: Full Circle - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Dreambox Gallery: Democracy: Present & Future - doors open 5:30 with talk 6:00pm
Flat Iron Arts: First Friday - studios open 6:00pm to 10:00pm
gallery no one: Earth Is So Much More Wonderful Than Heaven - opening reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm during First Friday
Jackson Junge Gallery: TaiThirty - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Jessica Campbell Reads from XTC69 & Keiler Roverts Reads from Chlorine Gardens - 7:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Hellbound - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: One Year Anniversary!!! - exhibition closes
Roots & Culture: Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez & Darryl DeAngelo Terrell - exhibition closes
Firecat Projects: Truth or Lie Reading Series - 7:00pm
FireFly Fiber Arts Studio: Lost in Time Crochet Along - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Heaven Gallery: not to scale Artist Talk - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
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
Heaven Gallery: Event of a Thread + not to scale
iD Chicago: Remember the Moment
Jackson Junge Gallery: On the Road Again
LVL3 Gallery: Local Comfort
VGA Gallery: Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection
Young Chicago Authors: Paul Branton