Weekend Arts Guide (11/15-11/18 2018)
Image Credit: Work by Alex Bradley Cohen as seen in Spectrum of Touch at Heaven Gallery.
There may be snow in the forecast, and things around town may be slowing down, but the arts here in Wicker Park Bucktown keep steady! This weekend has some exceptional exhibition openings to check out and continuing shows to keep you gallery hopping and staying warm all weekend long! Other events and happenings are popping up all over the neighborhood along with holiday markets and sales, so you won't have any shortage of things to do or see or shop local!
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Art of Science: Gravitational Lensing - The Cosmic Spectacles
In this free science outreach series, scientists present different scientific topics to the general public in a laid back atmosphere in an art gallery. This month, Professor Chihway Chang of the University of Chicago presents on gravitational lensing—a phenomenon in which gravity bends light, in a similar way to a wine glass on the dinner table distorting the light of a candle behind it. For cosmologists, this is one of the most straightforward ways to measure the distribution of "stuff," or mass, in the Universe. Professor Chang will describe several different types of gravitational lensing and present results from some current experiments. The event includes a donation bar, vegan snacks, exciting science, art, and socializing!
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Patrick Nathan - Some Hell
Volumes Bookcafe is delighted to announce they will be hosting author Patrick Nathan as he reads from and discusses his book Some Hell (Graywolf Press). Patrick will be joined by local authors Jessica Anne and Christian Tebordo. Some Hell is a wrenching and layered debut novel about a gay teen’s coming-of-age in the aftermath of his father’s suicide.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Thanksgiving Cookie Exchange
It’s a week before Thanksgiving, and our Wine and Unwind Maker Night will turn into a Thanksgiving Cookie Exchange Maker Night! The cookie exchange is easy! Just bring in your favorite homemade cookies, the recipe to exchange, and a list of ingredients used in your cookies (for allergy reasons). We cant wait to see what kind of cookies come in! This night is still BYOB, so bring a drink that would perfectly pair with your cookies! Don’t forget your projects! We’ll be tasting and making the night away!
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery
This holiday sale grants 20% discounts on reproduction prints and custom framing as well as sales between 50% and 70% off for ready-made frames!
Friday 11/16 through Monday 12/31
Roots & Culture
Total Information Objects: New work by Colin Matthes & Christopher Smith
with Charles E. Robert III: Work days-for work, holidays-for sorcery in the Window Gallery
For Total Information Objects, Colin Matthes’ work includes home defense paintings, instructional drawings, and decoys for home décor. These works aim to solve, create, or poke at looming environmental, domestic, and cultural problems. The father of two young kids, Matthes is occupying an increasingly isolated space and letting anxiousness and humor guide his making. Works in this exhibition deal with launching nukes, riding horses, truth, productivity, and fucking ticks. Christopher Smith designed workstations inspired by office supplies, shipping/receiving facilities, and experiments in the field of chronobiology. These experiments involve isolating a human test subject deep in a cave away from any sense of time (sunlight, moonlight, clocks, etc). These hybrid workstations become backgrounds for digital labor, a type of labor that extends beyond human circadian time, and collapses administration with production, management, and public relations.
Charles Robert borrowed the title of Work days-for work, holidays-for sorcery from text noted in the subtitles of Sergei Parajanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors during a recent viewing. It seemed to perfectly encapsulate the artist's approach to creating this installation. As a departure from several ongoing projects this piece casts a series of spells with a hybrid of decorative symbologies and re-imagined folk traditions.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Andrew Rostan "Form of a Question" Signing
Graphic novel writer and JEOPARDY! contestant Andrew Rostan is coming to Challengers to sign his brand new book Form of a Question! Rostan is excellent at remembering facts and recalling the memories he associates with those facts. Memories of deaths in the family and extraordinary people. At the age of twenty-two and suddenly a contestant on the very game show he associates with the happiest moments in his life, Andrew is about to realize that existence is like JEOPARDY! and that all the answers are staring you in the face if only you ask the right questions. Form of a Question is a moving memoir from writer Rostan (An Elegy for Amelia Johnson), along with artists Kate Kasenow (All Saint's Day) and Jenna Ayoub (Adventure Time Comics), that revisits one of the most formative moments in his life and reveals how a chance opportunity to appear on a game show taught him much more about living than he knew he needed.
1:00pm to 4:00pm
LVL3 is proud to present messy universe, a two-person show featuring Adam Milner and Erin Washington. Milner meticulously creates intimate collections as reflections of daily life, routine and personal relationships; his archival process reveal objects as active subjects. Washington’s process of mark making and materiality, symbolic to permanence and histories, demands an active presence which highlights disharmony and failures in search of meaning. messy universe investigates the artists’ processes of collecting and uncovering in order to find meaning in the things that are right in front of us.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Art Story Time
Join the gang at Volumes Bookcafe for a special art-focused version of story time!
10:00am to 11:00am
The Robey Hotel
Come for a drink at the iconic hotel's bar and shop fantastic sustainable fashion brands like Abby Alley, Kathmandu Yogi, Koluntu, Project Style, Susu Accessories, and Tulia's Artisan Gallery. You can also refresh your wardrobe for free by bringing a bag of gently used clothes and participating in the clothing swap!
5:00pm to 9:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Damara Kaminecki: Raptors
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Picturing Silence: Photos, Paintings, and Sound by Spencer Hutchinson
Picturing Silence is a show about the interstitial practice I found myself engaged in after I stopped making electronic music/sound art and began exploring visual art from a fresh perspective. The centerpiece of the show consists of a collection of large photographs of the sides of picture frames, photographs that represent my own Cagean experience of silence that occurred while I was working as a visitor service representative at the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, TN. The paintings represent my own exploration of sound related themes that carry over into painting. The single sound piece in the show, 8-track sinfonia, is comprised of several hours of music by J.S. Bach slowed down and represented in ambient musical form, a sound project I engaged in while pursuing my reinvigorated visual art practice. - Spencer Hutchinson
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Robert Lostutter: Kyōsei
It is with pleasure that Corbett vs. Dempsey presents its third exhibition with Robert Lostutter. Entitled Kyōsei, it will feature a suite of fresh works in graphite and a new poem. This show is the ghost that we leave behind. We are pleased to announce that Kyōsei will be the final show in the original CvsD space at 1120 N. Ashland Avenue. We have been here for 15 years and are now excited for the next chapter in a new space...
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.
Audriana Jane Vandenoever
Vandenoever's artwork captures the beauty of the mundane that surrounds us with little notice in the everyday. She seeks to develop that essence through sill life or poetic landscapes and to explore the true nature of a moment.
gallery no one
Year Zero: Amanda K. Guerra & Stephen Proski + I can't even
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.
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.
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.
Little Broken Things
A show of abstract works by Will McEvilly.
We are super pumped to have our old friend and Brown Brothers Tattoo shop owner Max Brown for his first solo Chicago art show. With plenty of years of good times under our belt, we are looking forward to having Max back again and for him to be exhibiting what he has been up to.
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
Work: A Tararchy Solo Show
Tara Zanzig is a Chicago based artist working in hand embellished, screen printed media. Characterized by an unrefined, analog aesthetic, Tara’s work seeks meaning in a commercially driven society through portraiture of its icons and idols. For almost 70 years, Lucy Parsons (c. 1853 – March 7, 1942) fought for the rights of the poor and disenfranchised in the face of an oppressive industrial economic system. While there is much perceived socioeconomic advancement since the early 20th century, Lucy’s work is remarkably relevant and increasingly important given our current political climate. Work explores the work and life of this preeminent activist. In addition to a consistent art practice, Tara teaches screen printing and is the studio coordinator for Spudnik Press Cooperative. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Art of Science: Gravitational Lensing - The Cosmic Spectacles - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Patrick Nathan - Some Hell - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Thanksgiving Cookie Exchange - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Holiday Sale - now through 12/31
Roots & Culture: Total Information Objects + Work days-for work, holidays-for sorcery - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Andrew Rostan Form of a Question Signing - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: messy universe - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Art Story Time - 10:00am to 11:00am
The Robey Hotel: Sustainable Sundays - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Damara Kaminecki: Raptors
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Picturing Silence: Photos, Paintings, and Sound by Spencer Hutchinson
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Robert Lostutter: Kyōsei
Firecat Projects: Don Perlis: Trumpworld
Gallery Cafe: Audriana Jane Vandenoever
gallery no one: I can't even + Year Zero: Amanda K Guerra & Stephen Proski
Heaven Gallery: Spectrum of Touch + Static Cling
iD Chicago: Remember the Moment
Jackson Junge Gallery: Sounds of Music
Little Broken Things: Down Faithful
Sideshow Gallery: Dominant Submission
VGA Gallery: Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection