Weekend Arts Guide (2/20-2/23 2020)
Image Credit: Painting by Gwendolyn Zabicki as seen in her exhibition In A Room With Many Windows on view now at Heaven Gallery.
The weekend is warming up and there's a lot happening across the art scene in Wicker Park Bucktown! With an array of openings and closings, reading and workshops, and happenings of all sorts, our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide has the scoop...
Cocktail Infusing and Tasting Class with Aged & Infused
Join Neighborly to learn how to craft up a new cocktail mix with local connoisseurs Aged & Infused! You'll learn about infusing, how to mix cocktails using infusion flavors, and finally taste a few of Aged & Infused's creations! Tickets include an intro to infusing, tips and tricks on flavor pairing, samples of Aged & Infused's mixes, snacks, an infusion kit to take home, and 10% off any purchases at Neighborly the day of the workshop.
6:30pm to 8:00pm [SOLD OUT]
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
What Remains: Off-Site Performance Program - Chapter 3: Referential
Defibrillator Gallery proudly presents Off-Site Performance Programming for their current exhibition What Remains: On the Sacred, the Lost, and the Forgotten Relics of Live Art. Hosted by No Nation Unspace Lab, Chapter 3: Referential relates to participating artists’ personal stories, and experiences. The relics featured in this chapter act as conduits, channeling narratives and associations, referencing biographies and experiences. The evening features performance art by Maya Nguen and Noa/h Fields, Erin Peisert and Amy Whitaker, and will sōderberg. Referential features live installations and sound-performance. Curator ieke Trinks conceived of a project that would speak to the challenges of keeping records of live performances beyond the dominant and didactic lens of video and photographic documentation. What Remains is structured around proposals from artists to re-interpret the relics in the Defibrillator object archive and provide a framework for reconceptualizing their value and meaning through new works.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
David Leonardis Gallery
Matt Lamb Paintings
David Leonardis has over 100 fantastic Matt Lamb artworks available along with new works by Donald Topp (pictured above), Aly Jados, and more. This Friday DLG will hold an artist reception for Matt Lamb and his amazing paintings! As always the PBR, red wine, and bottled water are on the house!
Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Paul Sierra: New Works
Paul Sierra is a storyteller, a literary painter. He equally melds message with the pure art of painting. His works tell of mystic struggles; from coming to terms with life, to the finality of mortality and how that finality affects every day in between.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts
Toy de Jour and Junk Fed present Walrus Mania, a group exhibition featuring 30 artists working in painting, sculpture, toy art, illustration, and photography. The curated works will pay tribute to the vintage Star Wars Walrus Man action figure. Originally sculpted by Stephen Geddes for the now defunct Kenner toy company and released in 1979 as part of the second wave of Star Wars action figures, Walrus Man is one of the most vividly iconic action figures of its time. With a complementary contrast of orange and blue, flippered feet, and vaguely walrus-like head, the figure is a departure from the character depicted in the film, and remains a favorite among toy collectors. The Walrus Mania exhibit was conceived by visual artist Todd S Rogers, under the moniker Junk Fed, out of a personal obsession with the aesthetics of the original action figure and the creative liberties taken in its design, separating it from the creature seen briefly in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Contributing artists include BattleBabies, The Block Watch, CantinaDanny, Cassie Hart, chooseplastik, Dollar $lice Bootlegs, Galaxxor, Green Plastic Tunnels, Nathan Hamill, Handmade Stuffs, Healeymade, Ironoclast, Jellykoe, Junk Fed, Killer Bootlegs, KrymsynGardImmoral, Lab Monkey Number 9, Mad Monster Lady, ManOrMonster?, Mortar Heads, Mr. Walters, Oscar Cisneros, Pez Banana, poopbird, Super Group Hugs, Terra, The Sucklord, The Tennessee Wolfman, Tiffany Flanagan, and Undead Speed Equipment.
Opening Reception 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Nick Van Zanten: easily suede
UGLY is pleased to present easily suede, an exhibition featuring new work by Nick Van Zanten. This is Van Zanten’s first exhibition with the gallery and will feature new entries into his Formfit series of abstract/wearable wall-mounted fabric assemblages as well as a series of photograph and sewn compositions.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
House Dance: Self-Guided Dance Session
Join Heaven Gallery for their second House Dance Self-Guided Session. This new series aims to rebuild community power through dance. Enjoy a night of movement and music without staying out late! The evening features Chicago DJ Cordell Johnson, with mocktails available for a suggested donation and tea donated by DavidsTea. Heaven asks for a suggested entry donation of $5.
7:30pm to 10:00pm
LVL3 is proud to present something blue, a group exhibition marking their first 10 years as an artist-run space. something blue digs through the archives of LVL3 to welcome back 10 previous artists: Jaime Angelopoulos, Alika Cooper, Amy Feldman, Yowshien Kuo, Ryan Lauderdale, Christopher Meerdo, Adam Milner, Daniel Shea, Soo Shin, and Wyne Veen. LVL3 is honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these artists and the impact they’ve had on our programming. To commemorate the past decade, we pay homage to the traditional American 10 year wedding anniversary gift. Tin, aluminum, silver and cyan—the work in this exhibition celebrates something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
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.
Exhibitions Close - Final Day
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Babble Bot Story Time + Sarah Kozloff: The Nine Realms
Join Volumes for a very special Storytime with local author Bennett Dixon! Dixon is a former advertising copywriter, an SCBWI member, and the proud father of a four-year-old and a two-year-old. He often wishes he had a translating robot. Babble Bot is a picture book about a baby and a daddy who can't understand one another until a toy robot steps in to translate. Opening a hilarious and heart-warming line of communication, the robot enlightens daddy on the meaning of baby-speak like "Blah-dee, gunk-gunk" ("You are the one who gives me bottle") and "Floompa flimmer--bzzzt!" ("Your outfit--it's terrible!") But when the robot's batteries run out, baby and daddy are on their own. Written by Bennett Dixon, featuring 32 full-color illustrations by renown illustrator Josh Lewis, and made for children aged 2-6, Babble Bot is a light-hearted take on a universal human condition--the need to connect and be understood.
Join Volumes as they welcome author Sarah Kozloff, the debut author of the four book series The Nine Realms. Sarah will be present to talk about her new incredible sweeping, cinematic, epic fantasy series. A Queen in Hiding is book one in this exciting series, and Tor Books is excited to be releasing one book of the quartet per month through April so readers won’t have to wait to binge the whole series. In book one, readers meet Cérulia, Princess of Weirandale. Orphaned, exiled, and hunted, she must master the magic that is her birthright, become a ruthless guerrilla fighter, and transform into the queen that she is destined to be. To do it, she must win the favor of the spirits who play a role in mortal affairs, assemble an unlikely group of rebels, and wrest the throne from a corrupt aristocracy whose rot has spread throughout her kingdom. Kozloff holds an endowed chair as a professor of film history at Vassar College. She worked in the film industry in both television and film before becoming a professor.
Story Time 10:00am to 11:00am; Nine Realms 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Texas Two-Step Dance Class & Workshop
Put on your boots and come learn the basic Texas Two-Step with some spins and dips. Caitlin Rafferty and J.B. Duckett will be teaching a basic refresher on the two-step, then move on to teaching more advance turns, spins and dips. The workshop will have a donation-based beer and wine bar. Space is limited to 30 attendees, so reserve your tickets here or pay $13 at the door.
6:00pm to 8:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
Generational Desidentificación Entrance In2/Or Via The Emerald Nebula Waterfall Abyss
No Nation Tangential Unspace Art Lab presents an afternuevening of/with readings, performance art, 2D and 3D work, and video. Generational Desidentificación Entrance In2/Or Via The Emerald Nebula Waterfall Abyss features work by Mike Burcl, Lauren Chasczewski, Andrew Choate, Trent Helton, Jennifer Karmin, Joey Meland, Natalia Nicholson, Dave Rempis, Garret Roberts, Sophie Schroeders, Chloe Shields & John Cook, Skippie, and Jacob Wick. Pay with a poem, or pay with a butt-print. No one turned away for lack of funds.
6:18pm to 10:44pm
If you have taken a tarot class before or have a familiarity with the cards and want to further awaken the mystic spirits, then this class is just for you! The workshop will focus on the four suits of the minor arcana and their relationship to the major arcana, as well as explore the deeper meanings of card relationships in different spreads. The class will be $30.
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adam Falkner: The Willies
Join Volumes as they welcome Adam Falkner to read from his new poetry collection The Willies. He will be joined by Chicago poet Kee Stein. Dr. Adam Falkner is a poet, educator and arts & culture strategist. He is the author of Adoption and The Willies, and his work has appeared in a range of print and media spaces including on programming for HBO, NBC, NPR, BET, in the New York Times, and elsewhere. He holds a Ph.D. in English and Education from Columbia University. As a researcher, Adam’s work focuses on themes of culturally empowering education, intergroup dialogue and the capacity for the applied arts to facilitate social change. His dissertation examined the impact of an innovative arts-based curriculum designed to disrupt one school’s tolerance-based approaches toward engaging issues of bullying across lines of race, gender, and sexual orientation, and explored the use of student creative writing and performance as tools toward cultivating safer, more courageous classrooms.
6:00pm to 8:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper
CA$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.
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.
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.
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!
Hookups & Breakups
Rainbo hosts an exhibition of wire art by Rich Salamander and collage by Orphan Schlitz.
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?”
Neighborly: Cocktail Infusing and Tasting Class with Aged & Infused - 6:30pm to 8:00pm [SOLD OUT]
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: What Remains: Off-Site Performance Program - Chapter 3: Referential - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
David Leonardis Gallery: Matt Lamb Paintings - reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Firecat Projects: Paul Sierra: New Works - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Toy de Jour: Walrus Mania - opening reception 5:00pm to 9:00pm
UGLY: Nick Van Zanten: easily suede - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Heaven Gallery: House Dance: Self-Guided Dance Session - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: something blue - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
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 - exhibitions close
Vertical Gallery: Winter Group Show - exhibition closes
Volumes Bookcafe: Babble Bot Story Time - 10:00am to 11:00am + Sarah Kozloff: The Nine Realms - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Texas Two-Step Dance Class & Workshop - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery & Tangential Unspace Lab: Generational Desidentificación Entrance In2/Or Via The Emerald Nebula Waterfall Abyss - 6:18pm to 10:44pm
Sideshow Gallery: Tarot 2.0 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Adam Falkner: The Willies - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: CA$H ONLY by Jacob King
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Jessica Brackett: I Love You to Death
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!
Little Broken Things: Wires & Fires
Rainbo Club: Hookups & Breakups
Video Game Art Gallery: System Link: Video Games as Memoir