Weekend Arts Guide (12/5-12/8 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: December 5, 2019 - December 8, 2019

Image Credit: *A Glowing Scroll Hovers In Front of You* Do You Approach? >>Yes by Mac Do, on view now in the Milwaukee Avenue window at Roots & Culture.

The first full weekend of December is a busy one for the arts of Wicker Park and Bucktown! Out latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide is packed with exhibition openings, shows coming to a close, holiday markets and specials popping up, and all sort of other events and happenings to see and enjoy. 


Thursday (12/5/2019)


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Fall Sweater Workshop
Learn how to knit The Leelanau Sweater this autumn season, and start building your handmade wardrobe! Lead by Jackie Valdez, the Fall Sweater Workshop will have you creating confidently! The Leelanau Sweater is a fun and beginner friendly knit, teaching several sweater construction techniques and beginner colorwork. Jackie will guide you through the sweater construction, starting with choosing the perfect yarn, sizing, and gauge swatching, then moving to colorwork techniques, creating the perfect fit, picking up stitches, and finally, finishing and blocking. Each class is tailored to each student’s needs and progress and the $80 package includes 4 classes ($20 additional) and all students will receive 10% off yarn and needles needed for the workshop.
6:00pm 


Sideshow Gallery
Oracle's Bug Club: Intro to Entomology
The study of entomology and pinning insects has been a practice since the Victorian Age–a time when trying to reconnect with nature and bringing the wild indoors was coveted. Nerd out with Alessandra of the oddities shop Oracle Natural Science in Kansas City and join her little Bug Club. This introduction to pinning class will focus on the basics of learning how to spread a butterfly and beetle, along with techniques of scientific poses versus natural poses, and other fun facts of entomology. You will be provided with all the materials needed along with a zine for future pinning projects. Please purchase tickets in advance. 
7:00pm to 10:00pm


Friday (12/6/2019)


AdventureLand Works on Paper
A Half-Dozen Pigeon Stories: New Works by Tony Fitzpatrick
AdventureLand Gallery is closing out 2019 with new work from Tony Fitzpatrick. A Half-Dozen Pigeon Stories will run concurrently with The Sky at Diversey at The Dime. The opening reception will feature free drinks, easy parking, CTA accessibility, and a pet-friendly atmosphere.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm


The Dime
The Sky at Diversey: New Works by Tony Fitzpatrick
The Dime is closing out 2019 with new work from Tony Fitzpatrick. The Sky at Diversey will run concurrently with A Half-Dozen Pigeon Stories at AdventureLand Gallery. The opening reception will feature free drinks, easy parking, CTA accessibility, and a pet-friendly atmosphere.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm


Heaven Gallery
Petty Biennial.2
Founded in 2016, The Petty Biennial is not a biennial itself, but a multi-site curatorial investigation towards queering the canon of traditional biennials. The Petty Biennial engages with pettiness as an act of seizing agency within the telling of one’s own story where one asserts themselves unapologetically and finds solidarity from a community of peers. Further expanding on the first Petty Biennial, this iteration challenges the notion of diasporic communities as a dispersion of ethnicities across the globe—understanding diaspora as a network and community of people across races, geographies, and ethnicities who are impacted and connected through the legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberalism. Channeling a heightened social consciousness and spiritual awareness, artists at Heaven Gallery engage with artworks that elucidate the significance of radical imagination as a pathway to paradigm transformation, consciousness expansion, and healing for the diasporic experience. Through practices that span media, these artists explore themes of spirituality, ancestral histories, ritual, alternative realities and re-translate their experiences into manifestations and signifiers found in our current world. Curated by Courtney Cintron, Sabrina Greig, and Adia Sykes, the exhibition features works by Alexandria Eregbu, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Jesus Hilario-Reyes, Luis Sahagun, Edra Soto, Rhonda Weatley, and Santiago X.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm


Sideshow Gallery
Triple Goddess Holiday Pop Up
This year Sideshow is celebrating the season with the Triple Goddess Holiday Pop Up, bringing together a few of their favorite goddesses and their wonders. Oracle Natural Science from Kansas City will be joining the fun with her amazing collection of natural specimens and ritual items. Amar&Riley will be showcasing her new designed enamel pins, ornaments, jewelry and prints. Erika Olandese will be offering up her newest collection of jewelry, including her signature dagger hoops and some pottery pieces. Night Goat Coffee will be keeping everyone warm as they sip their hand roasted coffee blends—their cold brew bottles and 1lb bags will be available for purchase. As always, Revolution Brewing has sponsored the pop up with complimentary beers.
6:00pm to 10:00pm


Saturday (12/7/2019)


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Figure Tuesdays Art Show
Agitator is proud to present a showcase of work produced at and inspired by Figure Tuesdays, their weekly figure drawing meetup. Come support Agitator artists and see some fantastic figurative pieces!
Closing Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm


Dreambox Gallery
WOW Frequency: Limited Edition Holiday Art Sale
Dreambox invites you to join in a unique holiday gift shopping experience and a chance to recognize the value of artists in the community. Limited edition prints, photographs, drawings, small sculptures, paintings, and jewelry will be for sale, at affordable prices. Participating and exhibiting artists include Piotr Antonow, Iwona Biedermann, Ala Jaron, Boruch Lev, Irena Siwek, and Tom Robinson. 
Noon to 6:00pm


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Fall Sweater Workshop
Learn how to knit The Leelanau Sweater this autumn season, and start building your handmade wardrobe! Lead by Jackie Valdez, the Fall Sweater Workshop will have you creating confidently! The Leelanau Sweater is a fun and beginner friendly knit, teaching several sweater construction techniques and beginner colorwork. Jackie will guide you through the sweater construction, starting with choosing the perfect yarn, sizing, and gauge swatching, then moving to colorwork techniques, creating the perfect fit, picking up stitches, and finally, finishing and blocking. Each class is tailored to each student’s needs and progress and the $80 package includes 4 classes ($20 additional) and all students will receive 10% off yarn and needles needed for the workshop.
1:00pm [FULL]


iD Chicago
Holiday Open House
It’s that time of year! iD is excited to announce their Holiday Open House. The shop has once again curated a beautiful collection of gifts for everyone on your list. Enjoy holiday bites and celebratory libations throughout the weekend.
11:00am to 6:00pm


Langer Over Dickie
Modules and Other Nonsense
Langer Over Dickie is proud to present a series of works by artists Elliot Doughtie and Shir Ende in Modules and Other Nonsense. Utilizing silk screen schematics and a contractor’s magic wand, Doughtie and Ende leverage layering and modulation, illustrating transitional architectures of interior built spaces and constructed identities. Constructed environments and non-vernacular architecture serve as default way-finding scenarios, where persons corral through predetermined transitional territories. While adherence is not the twin of conformity, dominant culture prevails in human-designed public spaces, as it does in the structures behind their walls. Modules and Other Nonsense illuminates these tenuous relationships without basely appealing to the target of their subtle restraints: the autonomy of human movement and the desires expressed therein. The works in the exhibition perform a surrogacy for bodies traversing transitional spaces. Doughtie and Ende reassert a choreography with an embedded means of fluidity, via layered processes of screen printing and installation interventions. Here, the artists engender unique encounters and orientations that outstrip fixed perimeters and presumed functionalities. 
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

farmers
Wicker Park Farmers Market
2nd Annual Indoor Winter Market
The Wicker Park Farmers Market is headed inside at The Hall at The Robey for the winter season through April of 2020! Don't forget, the market is plastic-free so please remember to bring your own containers and totes when possible. Vendors will have branded options for sale as well as free totes at the market info booth! The Robey will be selling drinks at the bar including mimosas, Bloody Marys, coffee, and more. The market will feature live music, compost drop-offs with HealthySoil, and more activies to be announced soon! The indoor market will be held the first Saturday of each month, December through April.
10:00am to 3:00pm


Sunday (12/8/2019)


iD Chicago
Holiday Open House
It’s that time of year! iD is excited to announce their Holiday Open House. The shop has once again curated a beautiful collection of gifts for everyone on your list. Enjoy holiday bites and celebratory libations throughout the weekend.
11:00am to 4:00pm


No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
Constants, Proportions, Probabilities: Wishes & Will as Earth's Mechanisms
No Nation presents an afternuevening of performance art and short film featuring Lola Blake, Justin D'Acci, Forest of Ornaments, Leila Ghasempor, Gages Sixkiller Kroll, Alina Orlov, Alice Peacock, and Maria Plotnikova. Pay with a poem or pay with a butt print; no one turned away for lack of funds.
6:00pm to 10:00pm


Ongoing Exhibitions


Firecat Projects
Resilient Souvenir: Alan Lerner & Paul Somers
Firecat Projects is excited to exhibit new work from artists Alan Lerner and Paul Somers.


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
ND Yarn Company Trunk Show
For the month of December, Firefly will host a trunk show for Austin, TX based ND Yarn Company! ND strives to put forth quality hand-dyed yarns, mostly inspired by nature, with methods that reduce our impact on the environment. The owner, Natalie Dianne Zimmerman is a trained scientist with a degree in microbiology and graduate work in immunology. Her passion for science and love of photography have instilled in her an appreciation of nature that is reflected in her work as in independent dyer and an artist.


Gallery Café
Erasing Boarders: A Collection of Photographs by Tony Menias
Travel and documentary photographer, Tony Menias, brings to light images of faraway lands and cultures to our doorstep for this exhibition.


Jackson Junge Gallery
A Change of Mind
A Change of Mind by Laura Lee Junge, is a retrospective of her iconic genres encompassing past and present artworks. Not only is Junge a Chicago based artist, but also co-owner of Jackson Junge Gallery which will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary! Through years of exhibiting throughout the country, Junge has established herself as an intoxicating talent on the artistic front. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Junge has become an influential female figure in Chicago’s prominent art scene. Junge explains, “Over the past 10 years my paintings have evolved. The way I think about life and art has changed. I have grown as a painter, yes, but more importantly this exhibition shows how much my mind and way of thinking has changed.”


LVL3 Gallery
Lasting Impressions
Lasting Impressions explores materiality and permanence through works by Gregory Bae, Bailey Hikawa, and Kay Hofmann. Bae addresses topics of consumption and technology through repurposed objects that indulge in his own internal compulsions. Hikawa’s sculptures treat the iPhone as a relic with designs that compliment the body. Hofmann is separating from the unknown through her laborious work of abstracted forms. Bae, Hikawa, and Hofmann’s approaches to their material reflect on the impact of human existence, be it ecological or philosophical. Lasting Impressions engages in conversations around persistence and excess while hopefully providing a sense of liberation or release from the effects of late-capitalism.


Line Dot Editions
4th Anniversary Show
Line Dot invites you to join them for the opening reception of their 4th Anniversary Show. Come raise a glass as they honor this milestone and the creative community that has made it possible. Featuring new work from 23 beloved artists, the show will be a celebration of the gallery’s past, present, and future. Exhibiting artists include Julia Banderas, Laura Catherwood, Kyle Cobban, DEAL, Laura English, Sergio Farfán, Fourhundred ML, Dovie Golden, Josh Grotto, Sean Hannaway, Hellbent, David Heo, Merry James, JAS, Jeremy & Farrah, Oscar Joyo, Kurt Kreissl, Kate Lewis, Cristi López, Nina Chicago Art, Alice Pasquini, Curtis William Readel, Joseph Renda Jr., Zach Schrey, and Dwight White.


Little Broken Things
Atlantian Gardens
Join Little Broken Things for our next artist event, Atlantian Gardens, collage art with prints for sale by Chace Wall. Wall says of his work, "my aim is to direct the viewer into a deeper questioning of the mind and the nature of the emergent universe around them."


Roots & Culture
Disauders & Marorders: Julietta Cheung & Danny Floyd + Mac Do: *A Glowing Scroll Hovers In Front Of You* Do You Approach? >>Yes in the Window
In the exhibition Disauders & Marorders by Danny Floyd and Julietta Cheung, fabulated identities from the recent and distant past appear in our cultural and political present as Bart Simpson meets the mid-18th to early-20th century’s radicals, menaces, hustlers, fools, and scouts. Cheung and Floyd mediate textual sources through alternating processes of selection and redaction. While pulling from the preexisting or public-facing material, they whittle away details that make the original context fully determined, inviting mystery and contingency and becoming a performance of otherness. Floyd’s paintings navigate both a literal dark space and a space of confusion between agents enmired in emotional conflict. His printed work turns to the page as a space of potential meaning without rushing to what is sensible. The tension between control and incongruence reflects a struggle between mental polarities in a neurotypical-dominated world. Cheung’s project, The Radicals and Other Personages, likewise draws attention to ideas of identity. Using an archive of historical American newspapers from the Library of Congress, she unmakes and remakes the newswriting through prints and videos. Cheung uses her source material to examine contemporary notions of national belonging as she places her own embodied immigrant position in dialogue with American history.


UGLY
Extraction leaves a hole
UGLY is pleased to present Output under a relentless duration leaves an exhaustive hollow; and other ways to say “extraction leaves a hole,” an exhibition featuring Efrat Hakimi and Madeline Gallucci. Extraction leaves a hole debases the proposed relationship between teleological and ontological endeavors in art during this contemporary moment: how does one deploy a convention to further articulate a stake? Under the multitude of strategies for the process of restating an already established idea around a situation indebted to an ideological lineage, Gallucci & Hakimi deploy site-conditioned responses.


Vertical Gallery
Pizza In The Rain: Landscapes
Vertical Gallery is very proud to present Pizza In The Rain: Landscapes, which commemorates the conclusion of a 13-month-long collaborative public art project celebrating the architecture of the Windy City. eatures work from Chicago’s Pizza In The Rain, who spearheaded the project, alongside efforts from Kate Lewis, Joseph Renda Jr., Matt Wojtan, Kirsten Valentine, Polly Jiménez, Danny Sobor, Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff and Lie. The Landscapes initiative reintroduces and reinvigorates familiar and foreign buildings, urban cityscapes and natural settings. The Vertical exhibit and accompanying book preserve Landscapes for posterity.


Video Game Art Gallery
Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History
Based out of Chala, India, Studio Oleomingus is a two-person game studio known for their visually stunning and narrative-driven games and about the history of India, post-colonialism, and a generative approach toward blending fact and fiction. This exhibition will bring together the various parts of "Somewhere," a ongoing video game epic in several episodes. "Somewhere" is a videogame adaptation of an anthology by the Gujarati playwright Mir UmarHassan, about the search for a mythical city called Kayamgadh. Set in nineteenth century British Colonial India, it traces the lives of several people as they search for a fabled journal which charts a route to Kayamgadh. This exhibition will be Oleomingus’ first in America and will include debut work that has not been previously released to the public.


 

Locations

Thursday (12/5/2019)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Fall Sweater Workshop - 6:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Oracle's Bug Club: Intro to Entomology - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Friday (12/6/2019)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: A Half-Dozen Pigeon Stories: New Works by Tony Fitzpatrick - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
The Dime: The Sky at Diversey: New Works by Tony Fitzpatrick - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Petty Biennial.2 - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Triple Goddess Holiday Pop Up - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday (12/7/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Figure Tuesdays Art Show - closing reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Dreambox Gallery: WOW Frequency: Limited Edition Holiday Art Sale - noon to 6:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Fall Sweater Workshop - 1:00pm [FULL]
iD Chicago: Holiday Open House - 11:00am to 6:00pm
Langer Over Dickie: Modules and Other Nonsense - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: 2nd Annual Indoor Winter Market - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday (12/8/2019)
iD Chicago: Holiday Open House - 11:00am to 4:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: Constants, Proportions, Probabilities: Wishes & Will as Earth's Mechanisms - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions 
Firecat Projects: Resilient Souvenir: Alan Lerner & Paul Somers
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: ND Yarn Company Trunk Show
Gallery Café: Erasing Boarders: A Collection of Photographs by Tony Menias
Jackson Junge Gallery: A Change of Mind
LVL3 Gallery: Lasting Impressions
Line Dot Editions: 4th Anniversary Show
Little Broken Things: Atlantian Gardens
Roots & Culture: Disaurders & Marorders: Julietta Cheung & Danny Floyd with Mac Do: *A Glowing Scroll Hovers In Front Of You* Do You Approach? >>Yes in the window
UGLY: Extraction leaves a hole
Vertical Gallery: Pizza In The Rain: Landscapes
VGA Gallery: Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History