Weekend Arts Guide (2/28-3/3 2019)
Image Credit: Work by Gianna Commito as seen in Small Gestures, on view now at Heaven Gallery.
The month of February comes to a close and the arts in Wicker Park Bucktown start off with a bang in March! This weekend marks the neighborhood's First Friday events and there are shows opening every night starting Friday. Don't miss the shows that are coming to a close, though! Not to mention the neighborhood's many special events and happenings. So wind down after a (long) short month and see what WPB has to offer in the arts as we head toward spring!
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!
Show Closes - Final Day
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Nostalgia by Deal
The Chicago artist known as "Deal" specializes in street art and caricature illustrations. His interests and influences stem from cartoons, graffiti art, hip hop culture, sports, and television and film. Deal's work often depicts humorous situations or renditions of famous pop-culture icons. Deal is a graduate of Columbia College and has exhibited across the nation and been features in various publications.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Flat Iron Arts + The Hall at The Robey
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. 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. This month's show at The Hall is Tactical Healing, featuring work by Heather Lynn, Sam Jo, Marie Pena, and Laura Gonzalez with music by Real Dominic.
Studios Open 6:00pm to 10:00pm + The Hall Happenings 7:00pm to 11:00pm
gallery no one
Catherine Hu: Very Little Changes
gallery no one is pleased to present Catherine Hu's solo exhibition. Very Little Changes presents a bunch of objects that imitate and combine existing forms, like that of buildings, landscapes and furniture. Functioning like puns, where two meanings share one form, these hybrids attempt to exist simultaneously in places where one or the other might not be welcome, acting like a bridge between discrete ideas. This opening reception is part of First Friday at the Flat Iron.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Christina Ward presents a thrillingly gruesome slide show talk about 20th Century American food
In Christina Ward’s new book American Advertising Cookbooks-How Corporations Taught Us to Love Spam®, Bananas, and Jell-O® is a deeply researched and entertaining survey of American food history; connecting cultural, social, and geopolitical events. Author Christina Ward uses her vast collection of cookbooks to tell the fascinating and often infuriating story of corporate greed and advertising and the manipulation of American cuisine. Academic researchers have published histories of American food and politics, but Ward brings all these elements together to tell the larger story of why we eat what we do. Though easy to mock, once you learn the real history, you will never look at Jell-O® the same way again! And yes, there will be snacks!!
Roots & Culture
Sirimas Benz Amatayakul & Alex Stark: Aggregate with Amanda Joy Calobrisi: Act as if I’m not Here in the Milwaukee Avenue Window
Sirimas Benz Amatayakul creates abstract paintings to honor the unrelenting energy, rawness, innocence, courage, spontaneity, and joy that she observes in her children when they’re creating art. Alex Stark’s drawings describe the body and its surroundings. Birds are a personal symbol representing both fragility and an alternate way of seeing that comes from flight. The birds are seen in relation to a vulnerable nude figure that establishes a connection or kind of empathy between them. Under the transformative night sky these emotively drawn elements find strength in each other.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Young Chicago Authors
In My Feelings
In My Feelings explores concepts of empathy and intimacy as these ideas have shifted as we become more dependent on our technological devices. Can we re-engage or re-imagine the practices of being empathetic? The artists in this exhibition survey our intimate relationships with one another, the objects we encounter every day, and object to object relationships. The exhibition features work by Angela Azmitia, Aviv Benn, David Heo, Anneli Goeller, Polina Protsenko (and Martel Tinsley performing with Polina), Logan Kruidenier, Neil Patrick O’Malley, Jonathan Korotko, Naoki Nakatani, Sara Salass, and Yae Jee Min.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Women's Comics Month
It's time for Women's Comics Month! Challengers is once again celebrating Women and Non-binary comic creators for the month of March, and this year we’ll have 2 creators exhibiting their work, showing off their comics and talking shop each Saturday and Sunday of the month. This Saturday will feature Marie Enger and Rachel Bard.
Two Sides: Gemma Compton & CopyRight
Vertical Gallery presents a special two artist exhibition from contemporary British artists CopyRight and Gemma Compton titled Two Sides. For this exhibition, the husband and wife team wanted to explore how their individual artistic practice could be combined into a collaborative project, exploring the ‘two sides’ of relationships. The work has been curated into 3 sections. A third each for the individual, to showcase their signature style and the other third are blending their two different artistic practices to create something unique. Gemma Compton’s highly stylized works explore ideas of love and loss portrayed through natural form. CopyRight has combined his roots in street art with his dark, romantic narrative to create a pulp fiction of strong iconographic artworks.
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 Ryan Burns from 10:00am to noon.
Market Open 10:00am to 3:00pm
Young Chicago Authors
Louder Than A Bomba!
Co-presented by Yollocalli, this evening of music, poetry and performance celebrates Latinx artists, with a special performance from musical group Rosal de Oro. Sign-up for the open mic starts at 6:00pm.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Chicago Sex Workers Art Show with SWOP
Agitator Gallery has partnered with the Chicago chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) to bring the neighborhood Chicago's latest iteration of the Sex Workers Art Show, celebrating International Sex Workers Rights Day. The exhibition foregrounds the talent of artists who have worked in the sex trade. By centering their art, labor, and lived experiences, SWOP aims to sex work stigma.
Opening Reception 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Women's Comics Month
It's time for Women's Comics Month! Challengers is once again celebrating Women and Non-binary comic creators for the month of March, and this year we’ll have 2 creators exhibiting their work, showing off their comics and talking shop each Saturday and Sunday of the month. This Saturday will feature Sage Coffey and Bianca Xunise, plus a Girl Scout Cookie booth from Troop 20353 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.
11:00am with Girl Scout Cookies 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Little Broken Things
Secret Society Dropout
Of her new show, Laura Catherwood states “Creatively, I have been inspired by animals my whole life. My creative work now is based on the personal symbols we develop in our lives and our ambiguous feelings, using quietly surreal animals and monsters to illustrate them. I often ask people ‘what is your favorite animal and why’, and the pieces in this show are a new series of illustrations based on the answers I have gotten. These paintings are also new experiments for me using acrylic, as I was trained as an oil painter. They are painted on wood and clayboard.”
Opening Reception 2:00pm to 5:00pm
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.
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 + Chicago Perspectives
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Deep Dyed Yarns Trunk Show - show closes
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Nostalgia by Deal - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Flat Iron Arts + The Hall at The Robey: First Friday at the Flat Iron - open studios 6:00pm to 10:00pm + happenings at The Robey 7:00pm to 11:00pm
gallery no one: Catherine Hu: Very Little Changes - opening reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Christina Ward presents a thrillingly gruesome slide show talk about 20th Century American food - 7:00pm
Roots & Culture: Sirimas Benz Amatayakul & Alex Stark: Aggregate with Amanda Joy Calobrisi: Act as if I'm not Here in the Window - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: In My Feelings - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Women's Comics Month - 11:00am
Vertical Gallery: Two Sides: Gemma Compton & CopyRight - 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 10:00am to noon
Young Chicago Authors: Louder Than A Bomba! - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Chicago Sex Workers Art Show with SWOP - opening reception 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Women's Comics Month 11:00am with Girl Scout Cookies 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Little Broken Things: Secret Society Dropout - opening reception 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Firecat Projects: Richard Shipps: I Saw It In The Paper
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 + Chicago Perspectives
LVL3 Gallery: Cloud 9
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