Weekend Arts Guide (2/13-2/16 2020)
Image Credit: Dinner Party by Bernadette Despujols as seen in Circle Within a Square, closing this weekend at LVL3.
Stay warm and cozy this Valentine's weekend in Wicker Park Bucktown! Our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide has all you need to know about exhibitions, happenings, and special events across the neighborhood that can help you woo a loved one or simply enjoy the arts...
Challengers Comics + Conversation
I Love You But I've Chosen Comics 2020 Sale
It's that time–time for Challengers' only store-wide sale of the year with 25% off just about everything, not including items marked "New This Week," held items, items previously discounted, consignment items, or C2E2 tickets. The sale has run a full week and is set to close February 13th! If you spend over $100 (after discount; before tax) you'll get a free, exclusive t-shirt designed by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (Laura Jean Keeps Breaking Up With Me). And, for the first time ever, Challengers is offering it in both red and blue colors! But, you have to earn it at the corresponding store. So if you want a red shirt, you have to earn it in Bucktown!
11:00am to 7:00pm - Final Day
DRAMA DJ Set & Album Signing
The talented Chicago dance duo DRAMA will celebrate the release of their album Dance Without Me with a DJ set at Reckless Records' Wicker Park location. They'll be selling copies of the record so come hang out and listen to DRAMA spin some of their favorite tunes and pick up their new record!
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Spellcraft for Love
In this workshop with Sideshow you will learn how to make a mojo bag and smudging wand for manifesting love to yourself and others. Participants will open their hearts with a specialized tea blend made by Green Witch Sarah to embody the tone as intentions are set. Each person will take home a finished mojo bag and embellished wand. Materials that will be used include flowers, crystals, herbs, and charms. The class is $30. Bring your own mug for tea! Tickets available HERE.
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Husband Material Book Launch Party with Bun Undone
Sometimes love is unpredictable...Twenty-nine-year-old Charlotte Rosen has a secret: she’s a widow. Ever since the fateful day that leveled her world, Charlotte has worked hard to move forward. Great job at a hot social media analytics company? Check. Roommate with no knowledge of her past? Check. Adorable dog? Check. All the while, she’s faithfully data-crunched her way through life, calculating the probability of risk—so she can avoid it. Yet Charlotte’s algorithms could never have predicted that her late husband’s ashes would land squarely on her doorstep five years later. Stunned but determined, Charlotte sets out to find meaning in this sudden twist of fate, even if that includes facing her perfectly coiffed, and perfectly difficult, ex-mother-in-law—and her husband’s best friend, who seems to become a fixture at her side whether she likes it or not. But soon a shocking secret surfaces, forcing Charlotte to answer questions she never knew to ask and to consider the possibility of forgiveness. And when a chance at new love arises, she’ll have to decide once and for all whether to follow the numbers or trust her heart...So celebrate the launch of Husband Material with author Emily Belden and famed Chicago blogger, Bun Undone! Cookies, swag bags, and more will be provided.
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Valentine's Craft Night with Deep Dyed Yarns
Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with wool and wine! Firefly is excited to be partnering with Stephanie from Deep Dyed Yarns to bring you a special Valentine’s Day trunk show! Join the craft night and bring a sweet treat to share with your fellow makers! It’s a night celebrating friendship and crafting! Please mark any allergies that might be in your treat for the group.
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Jessica Brackett: I Love You to Death
Join Agitator in celebrating their first Artist in Residence! Jessica Brackett is a Chicago-based artist with ties in LA, Portland, and London. She works in sculpture, painting, and installation. Through her work, she seeks to falsify the familiar and elevate the mundane. Working in still life, she uses plants, insects, and water as metaphor for the human condition. She received her BFA in Painting and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her paintings can be seen throughout the US, and Asia, as well as featured 3 years in a row on Emmy-Winning hit television series Portlandia.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Dancing in Quicksand
A one night showing of new work by artist Joelle Hathaway.
7:00pm to 11:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
The True North Creative Trunk Show
Firefly is excited to be hosting another trunk show of The True North Creative Yarn! This indie dyer is out of Mississauga, Canada, creating beautiful variegated, speckled, and self stripping yarn! The trunk show will run into February and feature the dyer's winter yarn collection.
Noon to 6:00pm - Final Day
Presence and Absence Artist Talk
Join the artists of Presence and Absence for a walk through their exhibition. Artists include Joonghan Bae, Seuil Chung, Ray Im, Myungchan Kim, Jeong Hoon Park, and Yena Park. Presence and Absence is a collaborative group show of Korean and Korean-American artists based in Detroit and Chicago. The exhibition includes mixed media photography, video installation, minimalist objects, photographic installation of ceramics, non-traditional woven objects, and portrait paintings. Coffee for the event will donated by La Colombe with pastries provided by Artemios.
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Little Broken Things
Wires & Fires
Join Little Broken Things for Wires & Fires! Ash Kirby's first ever art show will include colorful art prints of dragons and robots! Popping up with Ash will be Albina Tritina handmade beaded and wire wrapped jewelry. The folks of Little Broken Things are so excited for this event, so stop by and have fun with them! Bring a friend and drink, shop and support all things local!
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Myopic Poetry Series
Occasional live readings and poet talks happen on Mypic's second floor. Admission is free. This week's readings are presented by Joseph Harrington and Tony Trigilio.
Art Story Time
Join us for Art Story Time with Miss Jen, a Gems Academy Chicago art teacher. She sings, reads, teaches and guides the children to create a new and fun art project every month. Kids of all ages are welcome! The event is free to attend, but donations to cover the cost of supplies are welcomed and very much appreciated.
10:00am to 11:00am
In a Room with Many Windows Artist Talk
Join artist Gwendolyn Zabicki to walk through her solo exhibition In a Room with Many Windows. Tea for the talk will be donated by David's Tea and pastries provided by Artemios. Gwendolyn Zabicki is a painter from Chicago. She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005 and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. She teaches painting and drawing at the Hyde Park Art Center.
Noon to 1:00pm
Circle Within a Square
LVL3 presents Circle Within a Square, a two-person exhibition featuring Bernadette Despujols and Brittney Leeanne Williams. Despujols’ violent, painterly style confronts contemporary mythologies of women while Williams’ transcendent use of deep red nods to generational and embodied feminine roles. Williams’ paintings feature black women prominently in the composition, blending foreground and background, landscape and subject. The bodies are bent: their postures suggest a state of rest, a burden carried, lovemaking, being anchored. Williams uses these figures and their positionality to reference her own relationship to family history while at the same time speaking about chronicled female characters such as Naomi and Ruth from the Book of Ruth. Despujol’s sculptures and paintings speak about the female body in today’s cultural and social contexts, questioning and embracing notions of objectification and intimacy. Despujol’s compositions depict naked sitting female-bodied figures in their home, on a bed or sitting on a man’s lap; forcing a viewer to question whether the scene depicted is intrusive or empowering. Similarly lonely and internal, Despujol’s interruptions of objects and furniture designed for the body are transfigured to become the body in question. Bending, sitting, propped on chairs or inside a vast landscape, Despujols and Williams’ figures disrupt space through their dynamic expressions of womanhood.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Sideshow Gallery friends from Shaman's Dream will be doing a monthly pop up at Sideshow. Michael Whitcomb will be in the shop to do aura cleansings and astrological chart readings. Readings will be $60. Appointments can be made in advance. Please call (773) 276-1300 to secure your spot. Mary will also be in the shop with her extensive collection of crystals. She will be able to answer any questions about crystal attributes and metaphysical properties.
12:15pm to 5:15pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper
CA$H ONLY by Jacob King
AdventureLand Gallery will open a unique photo exhibition featuring Chicago born artist Jacob King, on view through the end of the month. CA$H ONLY will feature several works by King that explore the microenvironment of a rare Chicago institution, the “Slashie” (half bar/half liquor store). Rite Liquors is a community hub sitting in East Ukrainian Village. This Slashie institution remains a constant amongst the rapidly changing neighborhood King also grew up in. The works presented depict four years of this Chicago community while emphasizing conversations of culture and informational exchanges...All accompanied by a shot and a beer. Born in 1994, Jacob King documents complex and intertwined social scenes within Chicago using 35mm film photography. King first experimented with images at a young age through a darkroom course at Marwen, a youth art center for CPS kids. He continues his education at Northeastern Illinois University and has volunteered as a lab assistant at LATITUDE Chicago, a nonprofit, digital print lab in West Town. King has participated in many group shows over the years and CA$H ONLY will be his first solo exhibition.
Natural Illusion: Samantha DeCarlo
Natural Illusion is an exhibit of new work by Samantha DeCarlo.
Syd Veverka: Stop Complaining and Kiss Me!
Gallery Café presents Stop Complaining and Kiss Me!, a complete take-over by artist Syd Veverka. Veverka's colorful abstracts and playful imagery are encapsulated by her murals, tables, porcelain animals, paintings on canvas and drywall, and varied artistic output on exhibition.
In A Room With Many Windows + Presence and Absence
One her exhibition In A Room With Many Windows, Chicago artist Gwendolyn Zabicki says "After becoming a mother, my relationship to time changed and warped. I am awake more hours than I used to be and am busier than before. Yet, there is also a lot of downtime in my day when I am feeding or holding my sleepy daughter. It is during these times that I am alone with my thoughts. Those brief, flickering thoughts that come and go so quickly between so many other things have become the subject of my new work. Sam Anderson wrote, 'How many fleeting associations combine to make up a life? How many rusty pipes do we mistake for owls? A vast majority of our waking hours are filled not with witty jokes or brilliant thoughts or epic feelings but with tiny, private mind-motions—thoughts that are hardly even thoughts at all, that don’t rise to the level of sharing with another human being. That millisecond when—again and again—a rusty pipe looks like an owl, or a newscaster’s voice reminds you of a long-gone uncle, or a daily routine sets off a small chain of involuntary associations. These things are almost nothing, and yet they are who we are.' These uncatchable, ghostly thoughts are almost impossible to notice and then adequately describe-- a kind man who held the door for me and my bulky stroller; the perfect shadows of two curators on a wall; a rainy flight home; that gray lady on a smoke break, seen over a decade ago, blending in with three gray columns; startling myself awake from a nap because I thought I was falling. The act of painting these fleeting thoughts is an attempt to capture a nearly invisible but very large part of being alive."
Presence and Absence is a collaborative group show of Korean and Korean-American artists based in Detroit and Chicago. The exhibition includes mixed media photography, video installation, minimalist objects, photographic installation of ceramics, non-traditional woven objects, and portrait paintings. Presence and Absence presents the artists’ introspective processes and the dialogue between materiality and craft that they each engage with. Stable and serene, historic and contemporary, traditional and speculative—diverse visual languages inform each work and together build a vital conversation about identity, culture, and experience today. The perspectives of each of the Korean or Korean-American artists represented in the exhibition are woven together to address the tension felt between the West and the East. In Presence and Absence, the artists identify conflicts tied to their educational backgrounds in the United States and the surrounding circumstances they are immersed in politically, socially, and culturally in Detroit and Chicago. Exhibiting artists include Joonghan Bae, Seuil Chung, Ray Im, Myungchan Kim, Jeong Hoon Park, and Yena Park.
Jackson Junge Gallery
Cuffing + In The House of Color
With the Holidays and New Year in the rear view mirror, we find ourselves in the midst of Cuffing Season! Cuffing, Jackson Junge Gallery’s first group exhibition of 2020, pays homage to this cultural phenomenon. The seemingly millennial occurrence fools no one...since the dawn of time, couples have turned to each other for warmth, comfort and seasonal fun when the days grow darker and colder. Urban Dictionary defines “cuffing” as the moment when “people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves, along with the rest of the world, desiring to be tied down by a serious relationship.” Cuffing explores these desires and exposes the intimacy and inevitable end to this “thirsty” time of year. The exhibition features artworks by sixteen artists around the United States including Alvin Black III, Michael Coakes, David Decesaris, Anita Frazier, J. Allen Hyde, Kurt Kreissl, Kenneth Marier, James Mesple, Christina Ivelisse Morris, Juan Arango Palacios, Darrin Patton, Karen Remsen, Samuel Schwindt, K Smith, Allan Teger, and Benjye Troob.
Jackson Junge Gallery presents In The House of Color, its first solo exhibition of 2020. This exhibition features paintings on both panel and paper by M Jackson, created at her studio here in Chicago. M Jackson, also known as L Lee Junge, has been hailed as an ‘intoxicating' new talent on the American artistic front. A fascination with movement typifies much of Jackson's artwork, which ranges dramatically from floral and inanimate renditions, to the worlds of musical expression or evocative, often jaded bar scenes. No matter what the depiction, the fluidity of her work channels an energy that seems to defy the very nature of a one-dimensional canvas. In this exhibition Jackson has altered her “In the House of” mindset to focus on “The House of Color,” or the theory that different colors, lines and shapes provoke a range of different emotions in an audience. The inspiration for In The House of Color stems from a passion for new artistic horizons. Experimenting with fresh forms of abstraction, Jackson has explored a new approach to her paper pieces. Allowing for a more flexible and oftentimes smaller surface than her usual large compositions these works challenge Jackson in a new way. Fascinated by color theory, Jackson’s focus lies with two of the primaries, blue and red. She is interested in the way that people are drawn to certain colors and the way those colors create energy and set a mood. In her own words, “When one asks why or what it is that I paint, the answer is very simple. I paint because I must and I paint what I feel. My inspirations are energy and movement and I strive to capture these as I explore various subject matters; it is my goal to touch the emotions of the human spirit.” Both panel and paper works will be on display and available for purchase during the exhibition.
Langer Over Dickie
Controlling Time extrapolates on the quick media that places a halt on late capitalism’s infinite stream of time. Based around “vignettes” of video made for the portable device screen that can be viewed anywhere, the videos in the exhibition mystify and evade immediate consumption. The videos are elusive in their subject matter and in their creation. They are the shadows and alternate temporalities that late capitalism abhors, and they become the lull contemporary society needs. The artists in Controlling Time use the materiality of video to assert autonomy and regain control over their temporal situation. As video continues to be the medium for emancipatory practices, envisioning alternative histories and possible futures, the artists in the show engage video art’s subversive history, and leverage its potential in order to create new discourse, and in turn regain control of the constant flow of time. The exhibition features work by Chekwube Danladi, Tanya Garcia, Jiwon Ham, Taha Heydari & James Williams II, Shawné Michaelain Holloway, Kasem Kydd, Charles Long, Yvette Mayorga, Jessye McDowell, Danielle Rosen, Vida Sačić, Alfredo Salazar- Caro, Rabia Tayyabi, and Marcela Torres. An concurrent pop-up will feature work by exhibiting artists as well as additional artists including AjA Design/Elnaz Javani, Shir Ende, Yvonne Martinez, and Xandria Phillips, with a make-up bar by Kate Bowen. Controlling Time is currated by KT Duffy.
Line Dot Editions
Sean Hannaway: Now With More Extra!
Line Dot is thrilled to present Sean Hannaway’s first solo show, Now with More Extra!, featuring a new collection of original paintings on reclaimed rococo-style mirrors. Hannaway is a Chicago born-and-based painter known for his punchy, densely layered style that blends high Renaissance subjects and graffiti aesthetics. The push and pull between his techniques, colors, and influences creates a dynamic tension in his work. A cheeky sense of humor pervades his practice, and is manifest in his use of plastic framed rococo-style mirrors from the 1960s as his canvases. Once obscured by layers of paint, the forms of the mirrors lose their gilded, gaudy essence and become graceful curves and flourishes that seamlessly blend into the final painting. Hannaway daylights as a Creative Director at Leo Burnett and has been featured in three previous shows at Line Dot, all of which sold out.
First Last In Between
New work by Sam, Tom, and Adrian.
Roots & Culture
Beyond Reach: Selva Aparicio & Valentina Zamfirescu + Onyx Engobar: Use of the Erotic as Power: A Self Study in Black Myths & Black Eroticism in the Window
Roots & Culture is pleased to present Beyond Reach, an exhibition that pairs artists Selva Aparicio and Valentina Zamfirescu who reflect on the (im)possibility of corporeal touch. In Beyond Reach, viewers near physical bodies and their memory-images yet true connection continually evades; multiple layers of material and technological intervention block the path and problematize skin-to-skin contact. Selva Aparicio gives meaning to the neglected, finds beauty in peril, and empowers her gathered materials to raise questions on mourning, death and fragility. Aparicio has covered an entire room with concrete tiles cast from impressions of human cadavers, inviting viewers to touch and intimately experience the crevices of skin frozen in metamorphosis from living to dead. Valentina Zamfirescu’s sculptural installations likewise center around bodies and mediate corporeal experiences of the world. Working primarily with digital technologies, Zamfirescu brings back suppressed personal memories and stages them in virtual reality or through digital print. While Zamfirescu’s most recent work employs VR, her virtual environments always exist within an installation and employ sculptural elements to direct and constantly pull viewers back to their occupied body. Interwoven together as a two-person exhibition, Selva Aparicio’s and Valentina Zamfirescu’s meticulously crafted installations reference a universality of being and distill our strongest, most human connections as material and digital form.
Winter Group Show
Vertical Gallery presents a special five-artist exhibition for their first exhibition of 2020. The Winter Group Show will feature Julieta XLF, Leon Keer, James Knight (Fourhundred ML), Li-Hill, and Martin Whatson. Julieta XLF (Valencia, Spain) paints whimsical figures, often entwined with nature, that seem larger than life. Since 2004, she has been focusing on mural interventions in public spaces. Leon Keer (Utrecht, Netherlands) is a Dutch pop-surrealist artist. He is a leading artist in anamorphic street art. James Knight (Fourhundred ML) (Vancouver, Canada) began in the graffiti art scene, and has continued to define his style to what he calls ‘rough realism’ – hyper-detailed photorealistic paintings created with spray paint. Li-Hill (Toronto, Canada) employs painting, illustration, stenciling, and sculptural elements within his works. Martin Whatson (Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian street artist best known for his calligraphic scribbles in grayscale voids. Over the past decade, Martin has developed an unmistakable aesthetic combining abstract movement with figurative stenciled compositions.
Video Game Art Gallery
System Link: Video Game as Memoir
Video games have historically been a product catered to the player. A focus on engagement, replayability, and general entertainment value has guided design strategies that create impersonal pieces, appealing to the widest range of players possible. While film, music, writing, and other media have historically been vehicles of memoir and personal storytelling, games often maintain a trajectory as products of their audience and not their creator. The voices of the individual artists have recently begun to break through the standards of generalization in the medium, creating stories where players are able to experience the emotional perspectives of the creator. In doing so memoir games reveal that assumptions about the general audience skew toward specific perspectives, and exclude others. VGA Gallery's first exhibition of 2020 seeks to highlight those works, exploring how a range of game makers and artists have translated their personal experiences into the interactive context. Each work is designed to allow the player to understand, empathize with, and connect to other lived realities, using the participatory advantages of video games to express a story as no other medium can. The different projects showcased in System Link: Video Game as Memoir offer different answers to the question “What happens when you let the player of games into your story?”
Challengers Comics + Conversation: I Love You But I've Chosen Comics 2020 Sale - final day 11:00am to 7:00pm
Reckless Records: DRAMA DJ Set & Album Signing - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Spellcraft for Love - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Husband Material Book Launch with Bun Undone - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Valentine's Craft Night with Deep Dyed Yarns - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Jessica Brackett: I Love You to Death - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firecat Projects: Dancing in Quicksand - one night show 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: The True North Creative Trunk Show - final day noon to 6:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Presence and Absence Artist Talk - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Little Broken Things: Wires & Fires - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Myopic Books: Myopic Poetry Series - 7:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Art Story Time - 10:00am to 11:00am
Heaven Gallery: In a Room with Many Windows Artist Talk - noon to 1:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: Circle Within a Square - exhibition closes
Sideshow Gallery: Sacred Sundays - 12:15pm to 5:15pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: CA$H ONLY by Jacob King
The Dime: Natural Illusion: Samantha DeCarlo
Gallery Café: Syd Veverka: Stop Complaining and Kiss Me!
Heaven Gallery: In A Room With Many Windows + Presence and Absence
Jackson Junge Gallery: Cuffing + In The House of Color
Langer Over Dickie: Controlling Time
Line Dot Editions: Sean Hannaway: Now With More Extra!
Rainbo Club: First Last In Between
Roots & Culture: Beyond Reach: Selva Aparicio & Valentina Zamfirescu with Onyx Engobar: Use of the Erotix as Power: A Self Study in Black Myths & Black Eroticism in the Window
Vertical Gallery: Winter Group Show
Video Game Art Gallery: System Link: Video Game as Memoir