Weekend Arts Guide (2/1-2/3 2019)
Image Credit: Yelling at Buses by Brian Morgan as seen in All Politics Are Local, opening this weekend at Jackson Junge Gallery.
As the city thaws from this week's deep freeze and everyone comes out of their hibernation, Wicker Park Bucktown looks to be hoppin' with tons of great art exhibitions and events! Friday night marks February's First Friday festivities along with a host of other exhibition openings across the neighborhood. Saturday continues the opening run and features several special events along with Sunday. There is a lot to see and do! So stretch your stir crazy legs and give your eyes something to see other than your Netflix queue!
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Simple Mathematics by Gregory Buissereth
Gregory Buissereth, Boose for short, transforms imagination into reality. With influences stemming from comedy and design, he’s worked with a wide range of personalities and corporations - but always remained a student of creativity. After 8-years in media production it’s only fitting that the latest foray into his mind comes from yet another form of visual storytelling. Jump in for the ride.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Street Photography by Emilio Nadales
“Street Photography from my point of view is a time-capsule, unintentional document which interweaves a static past and a continuous present. It is a travel to your subconscious mind, inner self, as much as your past. It is so an unique personal experience that any comment about it from external sources is subjective, irrelevant, and nonsense because your personal experience cannot be analyzed for anybody except you who has created it.” - Emilio Nadales
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
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. This week be sure to stop by Kevin Lahvic Gallery 222 for piece of heART, a Valentine's exhibit. 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
Small Gestures + the world can never be exactly what you want it to be
Gestures, or actions of the body (most notably the hands and arms), that are used to communicate ideas and intentions have their source in the physical presence and movement of the communicator. They can be slow or quick, and necessarily have a relationship with time as part of the perceived meaning. A gestural mark can be a very immediate way to respond to a source or a surface. A gesture can also be extensive, and even repeated to determine an entire composition. An accumulation of different gestures, too, can bring ideas into physical presence. Small Gestures is an exhibit of work by Gianna Commito, Nina Rizzo, and Stephanie McMahon.
The work in the world can never be exactly what you want it to be addresses and puts on display the feeling of unease that living in the United States today imparts. This show grapples with these ideas through painting, sculpture, fiber, and installation. Yvette Mayorga, Tanner Bowman, and Matthew Hilshorst all bring up issues related to gender and identity in their use of material, technique, and subject matter. With themes of the domestic and kitsch a common bond is created throughout the work. Objects celebrate disappointments, paintings created with piping bags and candy colors leave a bad taste in your mouth, and common domestic subjects and images sag, drip, and crack. The work is political in the way it subverts and perverts its subject matter, and nothing is how you want it to be.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery
All Politics Are Local
It has been claimed that all politics are local. Many of the current national issues are also relevant to the citizens of Chicago. The upcoming change of leadership will address and stir the debate about what is best for our great city. Hot topics include street parking, citizenship and our status as a sanctuary city, women’s rights, hourly wages, LGBTQIA rights, freedom of the press, and the list goes on and on. Jackson Junge Gallery encouraged artists to convey through mixed mediums their interpretations of the important issues surrounding this election.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Gregg Hurwitz and Bryan Gruley
Join us as we welcome bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz as he stops at Volumes on his nationwide tour for his newest thriller Out of the Dark. He will be joined by author Bryan Hurley with his new book Bleak Harbor.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Small Gestures Artist Walkthrough
Join us for a walk through with Gianna Commito, Nina Rizzo, and Stephanie McMahon as they talk about their practice and their work featured in our current exhibition Small Gestures. Coffee will be provided by La Colombe and pastries by Artemios Bakery.
Little Broken Things
A Common Thread + Nomadic Ant
An exhibition of paintings by Catherine Chinnock and a pop up featuring an evolving collection of unique jewelry, leather goods, artwork & artifacts from local & international designers.
Opening Reception + Pop Up Event 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Sacred Heart Show
40+ artists will join us for a group show about love, pain, and sacrifice. Using traditional sacred heart imagery, the walls of the shop will be lifted with romantic and iconic displays in many different mediums. The opening reception will feature beer from Revolution Brewing.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Toy de Jour
The Art of Bort: A Bootleg (B)art Show
We've got some great artist lined up for the show. Excited to see what all people turn in for this show and you should be too! The opening reception will feature beer from Revolution Brewing as well as light food.
Opening Reception Noon to 5:00pm
Vertical Gallery is proud to present their first exhibition of 2019 titled INSTINCT, featuring Adonna Khare (US), Hama Woods (NO), Dzia (BE), ShadowMonsterBear (US), Sweler (AU), and Ava Grey/Czr Prz (US). Throughout art history, animals have served as inspiration for emotions, conflict, environmental issues, personal experiences, and more. All six of these artists incorporate animals in their work, and are exhibiting at Vertical for the first time.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop
The Wicker Park Farmers Market has begun our first ever indoor market this season at Chop Shop. We will be open every Saturday through April! Local vendors will be offering all the best in handmade and homegrown to get your winter started right. This week includes a musical performance by Celia Rose from noon to 2:00pm.
Market Open 10:00am to 3:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Sip a cup of tea and eat treats before we start the week with this relaxing makers afternoon.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
As I Levitated From The Pose Of Sedation The Dæmonik Trepidation On The Belt
A special evening of performance art and movies with Vimala, Morgan Green, Dove, Lisa Barcy, Karen Faith, John Lincoln-Vogel, Jury Urso, Pete Wilson & The Rooks, and music by Ryan Greenlee and more...
5:18pm to 9:44pm
Heather McAdams: Pretty as a Picture
Mostly known for her cartoon strip in the Chicago Reader, experimental films and her annual country calendar show, Heather McAdams is proud to present a variety of her more personal artwork. From self portraits to needlepoints of her favorite country music stars, this exhibit showcases what happens when her funky cartoon sensibility is applied with a fine art aesthetic in mind.
Fluid Consciousness is a group exhibition showcasing local artists using painting techniques such as acrylic pour and drip painting, who leave the will of air, gravity and the paint itself to co-pilot their creations. This requires a great understanding of the properties and behaviors of the materials they use, as well as a comfort level with experimentation and embracing beautiful accidents in their practice. The exhibition features work by Megan Morey and Shannon Rose.
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
The Jackson Junge Gallery presents their first exhibition of 2019, Inside Out, showcasing artworks from artists Errol Jacobson and Stephanie Weidner. Both plein air painters explore the differences and similarities between en plein air painting and studio painting. These two painting styles have been practiced for generations, but it is well known that the early masters preferred the studio because they were able to control the environment and spend more time with the subject matter. Both Errol Jacobson and Stephanie Weidner live in the Bucktown neighborhood on the north side of Chicago with their two cats, Cecil and Toulouse. Jacobson and Weidner received training at the renowned Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts located in Chicago. Both are members of the Chicago Plein Air Society.
Too Good To Be True
LVL3 is excited to present Too Good To Be True, a two-person show featuring Chicago-based David Heo and St. Louis-based Yowshien Kuo. Kuo utilizes symbolic details to comment on the constructed and bias histories of America. The work captures the tension and disorienting experience of existing within this country. Heo’s work is focused on the culture of nightlife and subtle intimacies within this world. Lingering feelings of desire are present within the work as they capture these fleeting experiences. The work in this show follows an omnipresent misinterpretation of everyday encounters. Too Good To Be True is a reflection of how these two artists play with symbolic histories to reframe the seemingly familiar.
Jacob Bennett, Sam Rosby, and Tom Billings
Roots & Culture
WAGE with David Nasca: Hot Seep in the Milwaukee Avenue Window
WAGE is a film set for a dystopian drama about a futuristic state of neoliberalism and its absurdist effect on the humanities and its practitioners. Or rather WAGE is an art exhibition where contemporary artists Yang and Torres have artwork in a gallery together. The protagonists, Nayeon Yang and Marcela Torres, question if they are the protagonist and what is entailed in the position? They contemplate the art market, cyclical violent human history and their own role as disposable labor related to their non-white, female status. Yang and Torres seem to be stuck within the juxtaposition of making artwork about social change, yet operating within a hegemonic structure that eats up their effort and turns it into a cute trend. Yang will present a series of immersive, yet occasionally hard to find installations that employ video, statistics about U.S labor politics, site-specific photo and objects that have been sites of routine unnecessary work. Yang asks, have you ever laughed so hard til you cried? Or cried so hard it became laughter? Torres counters with a series of fraught text installations, sound objects based on martial arts training objects and performance documentation. These projects compare the psychological and emotional weight of contemporary poverty to mindsets during wartimes, to uncover the labor of survival. Projects center on inherent shadiem that creates these permanent war zones in U.S cities.
Video Game Art Gallery
Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games
This exhibition explores the burgeoning field of interactive queer art, which gamifies the mechanics of intimate relationships and reinterprets traditional game concepts as a means to experience affection, desire, and love. While queer desire has been marginalized and pathologized in the mainstream, within LGBTQIA+ culture, a more inclusive acceptance of kink and diverse relationship structures is being articulated. Whether in the context of long-term romance, intimacy with multiple partners, or casual sex, these artworks place the practice of acting on attraction in the hands of the player, furthering our ability to express the personal experiences of an underserved culture and drawing a wider audience into conversations about gameplay and desire. Please be advised that this is a explicit show and content warnings may include nudity, sex, violence, mental illness, and suicide.
Young Chicago Authors
Say My Name
How does the color orange make you feel? How powerful is the color red? How soft is the color yellow? Explore color and the feelings it evokes at Say My Name, a curious exhibit by Mercedes Zapata. Share in the experience by indulging your senses. Featured artists include Rebeca Soto, Gloe One, Melissa Castro Almandina, Angelica Frausto, Casey Knutel, Ari Granados, Kare Spears, Diana Pietrzyk, Voeta, Nina Talamantes, Samantha Jo, Just Fanni, E'mon Lauren (Black), Sabrina Rose Sabella, and Desiree Guzman.
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Simple Mathematics by Gregory Buissereth - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Street Photography by Emilio Nadales - exhibition closes
Flat Iron Arts: First Friday at the Flat Iron + a piece of heART - open studios 6:00pm to 10:00pm + happenings at The Hall at The Robey 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Small Gestures + the world can never be exactly what you want it to be - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: All Politics Are Local - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Gregg Hurwitz and Bryan Gruley - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Small Gestures Artist Walkthrough - 1:00pm
Little Broken Things: A Common Thread + Nomadic Ant - opening reception & pop up 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Sacred Heart Show - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Toy de Jour: The Art of Bort: A Bootleg (B)art Show - opening reception noon to 5:00pm
Vertical Gallery: INSTINCT - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 10:00am to 3:00pm with music noon to 2:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Crafttea Sunday - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: As I Levitated From The Pose Of Sedation The Dæmonik Trepidation On The Belt - 5:18pm to 9:44pm
Firecat Projects: Heather McAdams: Pretty as a Picture
Gallery Cafe: Ariana Goitia
gallery no one: I can't even
Jackson Junge Gallery: Inside Out
LVL3 Gallery: Too Good To Be True
Rainbo Club: Jacob Bennett, Sam Rosby, and Tom Billings
Roots & Culture: WAGE + David NAsca: Hot Seep in the Window
VGA Gallery: Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games
Young Chicago Authors: Say My Name