Weekend Arts Guide (11/1-11/4 2018)
Image Credit: Bad Teeth, 2017 by Sarah and Joseph Belknap as seen in Local Comfort, closing this weekend at LVL3 Gallery.
Our WPB Weekend Arts Guide opens November with a bang! A whole slew of exhibitions open across the neighborhood this Friday along with the usual First Friday affairs. In addition, a couple of shows come to a close while area galleries, shops, and businesses host events, happenings, and workshops all weekend long. Make the best of official scarf-and-beanie season and get out and explore the neighborhood's artistic offerings!
Anne Elizabeth Moore Reads from "Sweet Little Cunt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet" in Conversation with John Porcellino
In Anne Elizabeth Moore’s new book Sweet Little Cunt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet, long considered one of the most influential women in American independent comics—although she left the field, and is Canadian—Julie Doucet finally receives a full-length critical overview of her work, from Anne Elizabeth Moore, a noted chronicler of independent media and critical gender theorist. Sweet Little Cunt is the first book-length critical analysis of a female cartoonist by a female theorist in the English language. It is a landmark production, both in Moore’s unique and defiant analysis of Doucet’s work, and the significance of a woman reorienting the entire dialogue around Doucet and comics in general, in a field that is so thoroughly and toxically dominated by men.
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Damara Kaminecki: Raptors
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
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.
Closing Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Robert Lostutter: Kyōsei
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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 + The Hall Happenings 7:00pm to 11:00pm
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Year Zero: Amanda K. Guerra & Stephen Proski
Year Zero presents a collection of photographs and hand-sewn constructions made by artists Amanda K. Guerra and Stephen Proski. Working at disparate levels of the all too teetering spectrum, an architectural photographer and a painter (who cuts up their paintings to make new ones), try to find balance careening through the turbulence of our collective post digital existence. In doing so, both artists reference and utilize various elements of architecture on, off, and around the picture plane.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm - Part of First Friday at the Flat Iron
Jackson Junge Gallery
Sounds of Music
Music and fine art have a long history of exchange and harmony. In this exhibition, the Jackson Junge Gallery features artwork with a wide veriety of interpretations of music and sound in art.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Little Broken Things
A show of abstract works by Will McEvilly.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Midnight Mystery #1 Signing with Bernie Gonzalez
Follow the strange adventures of detective Zeke King as his latest horrifying case goes from freaky to fatal when he's hired to find the lost son of a deceased horror host. The mystery begins in the first issue of Alterna Comics' new supernatural horror series Midnight Mystery written and drawn by Bernie Gonzalez! Bernie will be present and signing copies of the $1.50 first issue.
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Toe-Up Two at a Time Sock Workshop
Say goodbye to second sock syndrome with this Toe-Up Two at a Time Sock Workshop! Stephanie Warren will lead you through each step from cast-on, to bind off. Learn how to fly through your sock patterns and never worry if your pairs will end differently!
2:00pm to 4:00pm
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
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!
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Time Travel and Predicting the Future
Join us for a a recording of the podcast The Extraordinary Project, with your host Suzanne Clores and special guest, author Dr. Julia Mossbridge! Julia Mossbridge, PhD, is a scientist at IONS and the Director of the IONS Innovation Lab. She is also a Visiting Scholar in the Psychology Department at Northwestern University and the Science Director at Focus @ Will. She is best known for her work on presentiment. Her research interests are: time and the unconscious mind, intuition, dreaming, soundscape influence on mood, and models of transformation and transcendence. Suzanne Clores is a writer, editor, consultant, and teacher. She is the author of Memoirs of a Spiritual Outsider (Conari 2000) among other books, essays and stories. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona. Currently she lives and teaches in Chicago.
5:00pm to 7:00pm
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.
Don Perlis: Trumpworld
This exhibition is Perlis' pictorial commentary on today's political and social environment and its pundits. As in the past there have been times that require thought and action. These are one of those times. Don Perlis' recent paintings of super heroes both from the ordinary to the sublime, Trump antics and common everyday buffoons provoke the viewer to ponder our current state of affairs. Including what some people idealize and what is daunted in Social Media. Scenes reflect disparate worlds of have and have nots, the sublime vs. the vulgar, the fantastical to the ordinary. These beautifully rendered paintings depict vignettes that reflect a world that is colorful, bombastic, full of both promise and despair. Perlis pushes the dialogue button. It's arts way to preserve the right for the democratic values of discourse.
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.
Spectrum of Touch + Static Cling
Marissa and Alex put their bodies of work side by side and similarly put their bodies themselves side by side, sharing their apartment. Without submitting to the conventional abuse of theory for the explanation of art practice; that is a reversal that refers to theory as if it precedes practice; we might find thought emerging from the works in a way other then the awkward positioning of an artist as the translator of ideas to things. In Spectrum of Touch, both Alex and Marissa suggest a triangle of mutual dependence between thought, body and the other.
In their second exhibition together, artists Nico Gardner and Lauren Carter continuously shift between the personal and the general, the specific and ambiguous, creating new work in conversation with each other. With a primary focus on desire, ritual, identity, and the expression of human need, Static Cling addresses the power and persuasive nature of mundane, domestic objects. The artists ultimately create new works that highlight similarities in their decision making while embracing their respective differences.
Remember the Moment
Join iD as we present Remember the Moment, a collection of new works on paper by Candace McGarry.
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.
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.
Quimby's Bookstore: Anne Elizabeth Moore Reads from Sweet Little Cunt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet in Conversation with John Porcellino - 7:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Damara Kaminecki: Raptors - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Southern Black Cat Call Medicine Show - closing reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Robert Lostutter: Kyōsei - opening reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Flat Iron Arts: First Friday at the Flat Iron - open studios 6:00pm to 10:00pm with happenings at The Hall at The Robey 7:00pm to 11:00pm
gallery no one: Year Zero: Amanda K. Guerra & Stephen Proski - opening reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm as part of First Friday
Jackson Junge Gallery: Sounds of Music - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Little Broken Things: Down Faithful - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Midnight Mystery #1 Signing with Bernie Gonzalez - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Toe-Up Two at a Time Sock Workshop - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: Local Comfort - exhibition closes
Sideshow Gallery: Hellbound - exhibition closes
Volumes Bookcafe: Time Travel and Predicting the Future - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Dreambox Gallery: Hiding in Public - Conversation Pieces
Firecat Projects: Don Perlis: Trumpworld
gallery no one: I can't even
Heaven Gallery: Spectrum of Touch + Static Cling
iD Chicago: Remember the Moment
Rainbo Club: Ken Ellis + Eric Claridge
Roots & Culture: An Undoing: Work by Preetika Rajgariah and Zuri Washington
VGA Gallery: Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection