Weekend Arts Guide (2/14-2/17 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: February 14, 2019 - February 17, 2019

Image Credit: Warm, 2017 by Errol Jackobson as seen in Inside Out at Jackson Junge Gallery.

It's looking to be a full weekend with tons to do around Wicker Park and Bucktown! This week's WPB Weekend Arts Guide includes several opening receptions, show closings, special events and happenings along with a major national symposium and an excellent opportunity to meet one of Chicago's mayoral candidates! We've even got a few Valentine's Day themed activities on the list! So there's no excuse to not get out and about in the neighborhood this weekend. Don't know where to start? We've got you covered.


Thursday (2/14/2019)


No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
La Casa de Satanas: TEAR or tear
The year of the pig is upon us, wickedly smart, gluttonous and fat, a martyr to feast on. Shall we weep for him or rip the flesh from his bones? Tear at him with our keen teeth or shed a tear of melancholy? Perhaps our options are one and the same. You are cordially invited to No Nation's immersive Valentine's Day haunted house, TEAR or tear.
7:00pm to Midnight - Tickets Here


Young Chicago Authors
Louder Than A Bomb National Symposium
YCA’s annual National Symposium takes place during LTAB Chicago, providing national partners with professional development workshops and a front-row view of how we produce our festival. The Symposium connects educators and organizers interested in developing educational practices based in the poetry of witness, hip-hop pedagogy, and cultural literacy. Over the course of three-and-a-half days, National Organizers will engage in workshops and critical conversations centered around starting or expanding a local LTAB site. Organizers will co-imagine what year-round arts education programming leading up to LTAB could look like. The symposium is facilitated by Young Chicago Authors Staff and Teaching Artists as well as special presentations from regional LTAB partners.
Register Here


Friday (2/15/2019)


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Wine and Unwind
Unwind with us at the end of the week for a BYOB night of making!
4:00pm to 8:00pm


Young Chicago Authors
Ap-Ebonix of Apxink Solo Show
At APX we believe communal progression is important to the development of the creative culture. We aspire to complement our fellow artist craft with our versatile design, animation, illusion and all products we put forth. All of our products are crafted to encourage creativity as well as the promotion of individuality.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm


Young Chicago Authors
Louder Than A Bomb National Symposium
YCA’s annual National Symposium takes place during LTAB Chicago, providing national partners with professional development workshops and a front-row view of how we produce our festival. The Symposium connects educators and organizers interested in developing educational practices based in the poetry of witness, hip-hop pedagogy, and cultural literacy. Over the course of three-and-a-half days, National Organizers will engage in workshops and critical conversations centered around starting or expanding a local LTAB site. Organizers will co-imagine what year-round arts education programming leading up to LTAB could look like. The symposium is facilitated by Young Chicago Authors Staff and Teaching Artists as well as special presentations from regional LTAB partners.
Register Here


Saturday (2/16/2019)


Jackson Junge Gallery
Meet & Greet with Lori Lightfoot
Join us for a meet and greet with Lori Lightfoot. Take this opportunity to meet the mayoral candidate and ask or express any questions or concerns you may have. This event runs concurrently with our exhibition, All Politics Are Local. In this show, local artists express their concerns with local and national politics in relation to the upcoming Chicago elections.
5:00pm to 6:30pm


The Occult Bookstore
Chaos C-ov-N Workshop: Pale or Purple
This month, we will be continuing our Eight Magicks exploration with a loose interpretation of Peter Carrol’s concept of Purple or Sex Magick. While this is technically a “sex magick” discussion, we will be focusing on a/gender representation and self-love so it will be appropriate for all ages! The Chaos C-ov-N is a Chicago-based chaos magick working group led by Nia Ain and Ninov. Chaos magick is a non-dogmatic approach: it requires no specific belief and it is enriched by the diversity of its participants. All are welcome, no matter your background or experience level. This workshop is pay-what-you-will, $10 suggested. All proceeds go to the Occult Bookstore.
3:00pm


Rainbo Club
Aya Nakamura & Megan Diddie: Slow Trace
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Volumes Bookcafe
Art Story Time with Miss Jen
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.
10:00am to 11:00am


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 Kielbasa & Kimchi from 10:00am to noon and Mike Felton from noon to 2:00pm.
Market Open 10:00am to 3:00pm


Young Chicago Authors
Louder Than A Bomb National Symposium
YCA’s annual National Symposium takes place during LTAB Chicago, providing national partners with professional development workshops and a front-row view of how we produce our festival. The Symposium connects educators and organizers interested in developing educational practices based in the poetry of witness, hip-hop pedagogy, and cultural literacy. Over the course of three-and-a-half days, National Organizers will engage in workshops and critical conversations centered around starting or expanding a local LTAB site. Organizers will co-imagine what year-round arts education programming leading up to LTAB could look like. The symposium is facilitated by Young Chicago Authors Staff and Teaching Artists as well as special presentations from regional LTAB partners.
Register Here


Sunday (2/17/2019)


Firecat Projects
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Crafttea Sunday
Sip a cup of tea and eat treats before we start the week with this relaxing makers afternoon.
3:00pm to 5:00pm


LVL3 Gallery
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day


Young Chicago Authors
Louder Than A Bomb National Symposium
YCA’s annual National Symposium takes place during LTAB Chicago, providing national partners with professional development workshops and a front-row view of how we produce our festival. The Symposium connects educators and organizers interested in developing educational practices based in the poetry of witness, hip-hop pedagogy, and cultural literacy. Over the course of three-and-a-half days, National Organizers will engage in workshops and critical conversations centered around starting or expanding a local LTAB site. Organizers will co-imagine what year-round arts education programming leading up to LTAB could look like. The symposium is facilitated by Young Chicago Authors Staff and Teaching Artists as well as special presentations from regional LTAB partners.
Register Here 


Ongoing Exhibitions


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.


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
A display of Confessions
Confessions is an interdisciplinary exhibit of artist’s work displaying a reveal of the personal. Mediums include, writing, zines, paintings, mixed media, and sculptural work. Participating artists are John Airo, Sherry Antonini, Michelle Graves, David Jude Greene, Cathy Hannah, Caroline Liu, Frederick Nitsch, and Joshua Rampage.


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Deep Dyed Yarns Trunk Show
Deep Dyed Yarns is owned and operated by Stephanie, and located in Kentucky. Each base that Stephanie uses for her dying is handpicked with care with the knitter in mind. Each color way is dyed in small batches, to create unique and deeply rich colors. Firefly will only have the hand painted skeins for a limited time! You won’t want to miss these beauties!


Gallery Cafe
Fluid Consciousness
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
The Hair Shop: whiteyellowwhite + I can't even
gallery no one is excited to present a solo exhibition by Sungjae Lee. He will transform the gallery space to a hair shop to perform one-on-one hair cuts. Hours are by appointment only. For haircut or body shave, please make an online reservation. The exhibition The Hair Shop: whiteyellowhitequestions the development of one’s masculinity in conjunction with race/ethnicity and queer desire. The desire of Asian men, who have been regarded as effeminate and sexless in the Western society based on racial and social hierarchy, can widen the hierarchical gap because desire itself works to look up from the bottom. Though not inevitable to entirely escape social constructs, the exhibition investigates how we can alternatively and safely desire without being caught in the racial/ethnic trap or being regulated by the socially constructed norm: masculinity.
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.

   
Heaven Gallery
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.

   
Jackson Junge Gallery
All Politics Are Local Inside Out
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.
Inside Out showcases artworks from local 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.


Little Broken Things
A Common Thread 
An exhibition of paintings by Catherine Chinnock.


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.


Sideshow Gallery
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.


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!


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.


 

 

 

Locations

Thursday (2/14/2019)
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: La Casa de Satanas: TEAR or tear - 7:00pm to midnight
Young Chicago Authors: Louder Than A Bomb National Symposium 

Friday (2/15/2019)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Wine and Unwind - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: Ap-Ebonix of Apxink Solo Show Louder Than A Bomb National Symposium - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday (2/16/2019)
Jackson Junge Gallery: Meet & Greet with Lori Lightfoot - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
The Occult Bookstore: Chaos C-ov-N Workshop: Pale or Purple - 3:00pm
Rainbo Club: Aya Nakamura & Megan Diddie: Slow Trace - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Art Story Time with Miss Jen - 10:00am to 11:00am
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 10:00am to 3:00pm with music 10:00am to 2:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: Louder Than A Bomb National Symposium

Sunday (2/17/2019)
Firecat Projects: Heather McAdams: Pretty as a Picture - exhibition closes
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Crafttea Sunday - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: Too Good To Be True - exhibition closes
Young Chicago Authors: Louder Than A Bomb National Symposium

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Simple Mathematics by Gregory Buissereth
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: A display of Confessions
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Deep Dyed Yarns Trunk Show
Gallery Cafe: 
Fluid Consciousness
gallery no one: The Hair Shop: whiteyellowwhite + I can't even
Heaven Gallery: 
Small Gestures + the world can never be exactly what you want it to be
Jackson Junge Gallery: 
All Politics Are Local + Inside Out
Little Broken Things:
 A Common Thread 
Roots & Culture: WAGE David NAsca: Hot Seep in the Window
Sideshow Gallery: Sacred Heart Show
Toy de Jour: 
The Art of Bort: A Bootleg (B)art Show
VGA Gallery: 
Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games