Weekend Arts Guide (11/29-12/2 2018)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: November 29, 2018 - December 2, 2018

Image Credit: Detail from work by Laura Junge as seen in Sounds of Music on view at Jackson Junge Gallery.

As the holidays approach, temperatures fall but things are only starting to heat up here in Wicker Park Bucktown. We've got exhibitions opening that are sure to delight as well as shows coming to a close that should be seen before they're gone! Numerous galleries and businesses are hosting their holiday markets and pop-ups with plenty of opportunity to get some holiday shopping done while supporting local makers. And to top it all off, this week marks the return of the Wicker Park Farmers Market as we move indoors for the neighborhood's first ever winter farmers market! Check out all of the exhibits, events, and happenings below in our latest edition of the WPB Weekend Arts Guide...


Thursday (11/29/2018)


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Lunar Film & Performance Series
Live music paired with an obscure, odd, and enthralling silent film!
7:00pm to 9:00pm


Volumes Bookcafe
Hypertext Review Fall 2018 Launch & Reading
A book launch and reading for the fall 2018 edition of Hypertext Review which publishes the finest contemporary short stories, essays, and poetry from across the country. This edition includes work by Jessie Ann Foley, Tony Bowers, Chelsea Laine Wells, Ola Faleti, Karen Halvorsen Schreck, Megan Stielstra, Juan Martinez, M Lynx Qualey, Nancy Ford Dugan, Bridget Apfeld, Tara Betts, Megan Sungyoon, Nico Amador, Stella Rae Binion, Amanda Galvan Huynh, Ari Wolff, Char Lee Lorraine, Yvonne B. Robery, Elizabeth Metzger Sampson, M. Quinn Stifler, Anne-Marie Oomen, Barrie Jean Borich, Anne Calcagno, DeLon Howell.
7:00pm to 9:00pm


Friday 11/30/2018


Firecat Projects
Firecat Winter Fundraiser
Support Firecat's mission by coming to our winter sale featuring artwork along with an extensive collection of vintage records, sports memorabilia, books, and more. Sale runs until December 10.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm


gallery no one
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day


Volumes Bookcafe
Mitchell School Book Fair 2018
Volumes will be hosting the Mitchell School's book fair and will be displaying the artwork of students as well as student performances.
Poetry Jam & Guitar Performances 6:30pm


Saturday (12/1/2018)


AdventureLand Works on Paper
Damara Kaminecki: Raptors
Exhibition Closes - Final Day


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Artist Talk: Picturing Silence: Photos, Paintings, and Sound by Spencer Hutchinson
Spencer Hutchinson will be in the gallery to discuss his current show and how it stems from the self-described "interstitial practice I found myself engaged in after I stopped making electronic music/sound art and began exploring visual art from a fresh perspective."
6:00pm to 7:00pm


Challengers Comics + Conversation
Lumberjanes Day with Lilah Sturges and Kat Leyh
What the junk? It’s Lumberjanes Day at Challengers—the perfect day to celebrate friendship to the max!! We’re making it easy for you, because we’ll have 2, count ‘em 2, Lumberjanes creators on-hand! Lilah Sturges, writer of the original graphic novel Lumberjanes Infernal Compass and current Lumberjanes comic writer Kat Leyh! We’ll be well-stocked on all things Lumberjanes and we encourage you to come dressed as your very own Lumberjane!
4:00pm to 7:00pm


Jackson Junge Gallery
Holiday Gift Market
Jackson Junge Gallery is hosting our annual Holiday Gift Market featuring local artisans and craftspeople. Get a headstart on holiday gift shopping with these handmade, local goods from the likes of Zumo Wood + Design, Paige S. Quinn, Crystal Hartman, Jennifer Mosley, Sam Lynn Studio, Black Apron Goods, Nyet Jewelry, Familiar, Tom Gonzalez, and Nicole Argy. 
Noon to 8:00pm


Sideshow Gallery
Chicago Makers Pop-Up
Sideshow has been doing Christmas events for 6 years...and this year we wanted to give you something different. Without a huge event to have to go to, we will be hosting artists all month long. Join us for some afternoon shopping with some of our newer artists and some who we wish we could always have more of! The first week we are happy to welcome Halfmӫӫn Candle Co., Venerate Jewelry, and Intuitive Essence. Avoid crowds and get out early!
2:00pm to 6:00pm


Toy de Jour
New! from Kenner
The brand that filled everyone's homes with amazing toys for decades now gets the highest accolades, a group art show at the world's best trash store! From Strawberry Shortcake to Star Wars, Centurions to Super Powers, Kenner had the brands we all knew and loved and still hold a special place in our old, shriveled hearts. So come check out some new artwork of classic toy lines - just in time for the holidays. We got your gift ideas covered.
Opening Day Noon to 6:00pm


Volumes Bookcafe
Mitchell School Book Fair 2018
Volumes will be hosting the Mitchell School's book fair and will be displaying the artwork of students as well as student performances.
Story Time with Principal Welsh 10:00am + Choir 4:00pm


Wicker Park Farmers Market
Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop
The Wicker Park Farmers Market will begin our first ever indoor market on December 1st at Chop Shop. We will be open every Saturday through April, 2019! Local vendors will be offering all the best in handmade and homegrown to get your winter started right. Not to mention, Santa Clause will be at our first indoor market! Come get your photo with Santa and frame it for free with The Frame Shop!
Market Open 9:00am to 2:00pm + Photos and Framing with Santa 10:00am to 1:00pm


Sunday (12/2/2018)

   
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Two Color Brioche Workshop + The Holly Trolley
Master two-color brioche with this workshop lead by Stephanie Warren. Stephanie will cover the basics of two color brioche worked flat, with increases and decreases. This workshop with get you set for all of those beautiful 2 color brioche shawls you’ve been eyeing! Needles and yarn are not included, but will be available at the shop at the time of the workshop. We kindly ask that you use yarn purchased from Firefly for this workshop.
Join Knit 1, Sister-Arts Studio, Firefly Fiber Arts Studio and Nina Chicago for a fun, holiday, yarn-filled tour to each shop on the Windy City LYS Holly Trolley! This 4-hour tour starts at Knit 1, where you’ll be able to pick up your festive goody-filled tote bag. Shop for 45 minutes while enjoying seasonal treats and beverages. Then board our trolley to continue the tour through our holiday-lit city to the next LYS. En route, knit, relax, and enjoy the tour as we guide you to each shop, sharing the unique characteristics they bring to the Chicago fiber community. Tickets for the Holly Trolley are $50.
Workshop 2:00pm to 4:00pm + Trolley 2:30pm to 7:00pm

   
Heaven Gallery
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.
Exhibitions Close - Final Day


Jackson Junge Gallery
Holiday Gift Market
Jackson Junge Gallery is hosting our annual Holiday Gift Market featuring local artisans and craftspeople. Get a headstart on holiday gift shopping with these handmade, local goods from the likes of Zumo Wood + Design, Paige S. Quinn, Crystal Hartman, Jennifer Mosley, Sam Lynn Studio, Black Apron Goods, Nyet Jewelry, Familiar, Tom Gonzalez, and Nicole Argy.
11:00am to 6:00pm


Volumes Bookcafe
Mitchell School Book Fair 2018
Volumes will be hosting the Mitchell School's book fair and will be displaying the artwork of students as well as student performances.
Violin Performance 4:00pm


Ongoing Exhibitions


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...


Gallery Cafe
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
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.

   
Jackson Junge Gallery
Reality Bytes + Sounds of Music + Holiday Sale
Reatlity Bytes is an exhibition of work by artists Jason Bruek and Kate Harrold.
Music and fine art have a long history of exchange and harmony. In this Sounds of Music, the Jackson Junge Gallery features artwork with a wide veriety of interpretations of music and sound in art. 
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! Sale runs through December 31, 2018.


LVL3 Gallery
messy universe
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.


Little Broken Things
Down Faithful

A show of abstract works by Will McEvilly.


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.


Sideshow Gallery
Dominant Submission
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.


 

Locations

Thursday (11/29/2018)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Lunar Film & Performance Series - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Hypertext Review Fall 2018 Launch & Reading - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (11/30/2018)
Firecat Projects: Firecat Winter Fundraiser - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
gallery no one: Year Zero: Amanda K. Guerra & Stephen Proski - exhibition closes
Volumes Bookcafe: Mitchell School Book Fair 2018 poetry jam & guitar performances - 6:30pm

Saturday (12/1/2018)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Damara Kaminecki: Raptors - exhibition closes
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Artist Talk: Picturing Silence: Photos, Paitings, and Sound by Spencer Hutchinson - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Lumberjanes Day with Lilah Sturges and Kat Leyh - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Holiday Gift Market - noon to 8:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Chicago Makers Pop-Up - 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Toy de Jour: New! from Kenner - opening day noon to 6:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Mitchel School Book Fair 2018 Story Time with Principal Welsh + Choir - 10:00am + 4:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 9:00am to 2:00pm with photos with Santa from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Sunday (12/2/2018)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Two Color Brioche Workshop + The Holly Trolley - 2:00pm to 4:00pm + 2:30pm to 7:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Spectrum of Touch Static Cling - exhibitions close
Jackson Junge Gallery: Holiday Gift Market - 11:00am to 6:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Mitchell School Book Fair 2018 violin performance - 4:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Picturing Silence: Photos, Paintings, and Sound by Spencer Hutchinson
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Robert Lostutter: Kyōsei
Gallery Cafe: Audriana Jane Vandenoever
gallery no one: I can't even
Jackson Junge Gallery: Reality Bytes Sounds of Music + Holiday Sale (through 12/31/18)
LVL3 Gallery: messy universe
Little Broken Things: Down Faithful
Roots & Culture: Total Information Objects + Work days-for work, holidays-for sorcery
Sideshow Gallery: Dominant Submission
VGA Gallery: Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection
Young Chicago Authors: Work: A Tararchy Solo Show