Weekend Arts Guide (2/21-2/24 2019)
Image Credit: 15 Minutes, by Paul Kolenda as seen in Chicago Perspectives, opening Friday at Jackson Junge Gallery.
With this weekend looking to be warmer than the past few, its a great chance to get out and about in Wicker Park Bucktown! Our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide is loaded with happenings and events, and for every exhibition coming to a close in the next few days, another show opens! So catch several receptions, readings, and events over the next few days while you support local businesses and artists.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
A Lunar Performance Thing
The long awaited continuation and evolution of Agitator Gallery’s Lunar Performance Series is here. This month's iteration features a reading by S.K. Garcia from their new book Skunk Cabbage, Laser Comedy by Chris J. Fair, and a live Cut-Up Poetry experiment with Tina Lefauve. And don't miss the Open Mic starring...YOU!
8:00pm to 10:00pm
You know how when you are on vacation or visiting your grandma and you stumble across a jigsaw puzzle and the next thing you know a few hours have passed and you're calm and warm and filled with the quiet joy wishing you did puzzles more often? Yeah, us too. Stop by for a hot toddy and some mad puzzling with your soon-to-be new friends. Or go solo and get lost in our awesome new Golden Girls puzzle. It's up to you. We're just happy to have an excuse to puzzle for a few hours with you.
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Richard Shipps: I Saw It In The Paper
Firecat Projects presents I Saw It In The Paper, a one person exhibition featuring the work of Richard Shipps, a Chicago-based artist working primarily with cut paper, often incorporating paint, metal, wood and plastic in various combinations. His work looks at shadow as light, and light as shadow, revealing imagery in both positive and negative space in a framework of changing orientations. His unconventional observation of the everyday world leads to a dose of unconventional thought and expression. Forms and patterns, creating visual rhythms, are informed by shape-memories and emotional references. These developing dialogues are enhanced by adjacent counter-forms, creating a constant meditative conversion of rhythmic balance. He has always been fascinated with the interplay of light and shadow. Using a blend of organic and geometric shapes to reveal form and counter-form in often startling and beautiful ways, Richard’s artwork has been exhibited in many art venues in the US and internationally. Recent work has incorporated large displays of dimensional cur paper imagery and painted sculptural structures.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
gallery no one
The Hair Shop: whiteyellowwhite
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.
Closing Reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery
Chicago Perspectives is an exhibition that features urban photographs taken here in Chicago, by Paul Kolenda. Each photograph offers a fresh perspective on this great cities architecture, train system, and weather phenomena. While growing up in Michigan, Kolenda would visit Chicago often. His love for Chicago brought him here in 1998. Since, he has focused on urban photography. Kolenda says, “It’s like a different world when you see these buildings. What were the architects thinking? What did they do to make everyone want to take a picture of their building? These architects have created a fantasy.”
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Join Fathering Together for our first live storytelling event. Tim Schreiber, Joseph Saucedo, Jim Parker, Eric Bennion, and Brian Anderson will be sharing stories of their children’s births, adventures with their kids, and the legacies they are building for their children. This event is free, but a $5 suggested donation is greatly appreciated. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Pixel Project.
6:00pm to 8:30pm
LVL3 blissfully presents Cloud 9, an anniversary show marking our ninth year as an artist-run space. Each year, LVL3 invites back five previously exhibited artists to celebrate their accomplishments and positive impact on our programming as we continue to grow. Cloud 9 refers to the intense feelings of well-being and happiness. The work in this exhibitions, from artists Leslie Baum, Will Hutnick, Dan Rizzo-Orr, Esther Ruiz, and Cecilia Salama, shares the feeling of euphoria and new found heights. It’ll have you walking on air.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
That's right, your pants are wrecked by salt, your scarves are full of snot, your muscle tone has diminished, and you haven't seen your friends in months. It's time for another night of madcap music, performance, and merriment (what highbrows refer to as "pageantry") with old friends and new! We really don't want to give too much away, but meteorologists are predicting 8 to 10 inches of Sean Hughes, Ian Fullerton, Jeff EIichholz, Katy Albert, Katie Williams, Elise Robison, Kathleen Soler, Shelby Turner, Jonathan Carr, Annie Soler, Blair Bogin, Emme Williams, Pete Weiland, Molly Plunk, Jenn Romero, Brian Weza, Jesse Malmed, Sophia Hamilton, Fumo Stromboli, and more, more more...So go out your snow shovel and clear off your calendar, because otherwise, regret and FOMO will be nipping at your nose (until spring comes and you forget about all of this).
8:00pm to 11:11pm
The Great Believers: A Reading and Conversation
Northwestern University's MA in Writing and MFA in Prose and Poetry programs present: A Reading and Conversation with NU instructors Rebecca Makkai and Gerald Butters centered around Makkai's latest book, The Great Believers–a novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy.In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for a Chicago art gallery, is about to pull off a coup, bringing an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDs epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago epidemic, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Yale and Fiona’s intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of 80’s and the chaos of the modern world, as both struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster. The Great Believers is one of the New York Times' top five novels for 2018, a finalist for the National Book Award and the ALA Carnegie Medal and winner of the Chicago Review of Books Award.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
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
Young Chicago Authors
Queeriosity + Ap-Ebonix of Apxink Solo Show
Queeriosity is a open mic for queer and questioning youth poets and their friends. All are welcomed to join us! Each month features a special feature and creative conversation. Starting off the season is Akenya–a multi-genre singer, pianist, composer, and arranger. Her music places a strong emphasis on jazz and incorporates elements of hip-hop, funk, pop, classical, and world music. A proud Chicago native, Akenya has performed and recorded with some of the city's leading artists such as Smino, Saba, and Chance the Rapper.
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.
Queeriosity 6:00pm to 8:30pm + Apxink Exhibition Closes - Final Day
The Den Theatre
Golden Street Presents: Black History Month Fashion Showcase
This is Golden Street's first fashion show! With designs from Yaseen Llewelyn, HBCU Made Love, and Distressed Not Pressed. There will also be performances by Chicago MCs Kotk, Parnell, and Ridgio. With games and prizes, this will be an event for everyone!
6:00pm to 8:00pm
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.
Exhibitions Close - Final Day
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!
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.
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
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.
Little Broken Things
A Common Thread
An exhibition of paintings by Catherine Chinnock.
Aya Nakamura & Megan Diddie: Slow Trace
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.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: A Lunar Performance Thing - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Puzzle Night - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firecat Projects: Richard Shipps: I Saw It In The Paper - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
gallery no one: The Hair Shop: whiteyellowwhite - closing reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Chicago Perspectives - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Simple Mathematics by Gregory Buissereth - exhibition closes
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Fathering Together - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
LVL3 Gallery: Cloud 9 - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: Winter Pageant - 8:00pm to 11:11pm
Volumes Bookcafe: The Great Believers: A Reading and Conversation - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 10:00am to 3:00pm with music noon to 2:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: Queeriosity - 6:00pm to 8:30-pm + Ap-Ebonix of Apxink Solo Show - exhibition closes
The Den Theatre: Golden Street Presents: Black History Month Fashion Showcase - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Roots & Culture: WAGE + David Nasca: Hot Seep in the Window Gallery - exhibitions close
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: A display of Confessions
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Deep Dyed Yarns Trunk Show
Gallery Cafe: Fluid Consciousness
gallery no one: 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
Little Broken Things: A Common Thread
Rainbo Club: Aya Nakamura & Megan Diddie: Slow Trace
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