Weekend Arts Guide (2/7-2/10 2019)
Image Credit: Wave Break, 2019 by Stephanie McMahon as seen in Small Gestures, on view at Heaven Gallery.
Wicker Park Bucktown has something for just about everyone this weekend as every day has happenings and events scheduled. Get out of the house and spend the weekend getting your arts and culture fix at various exhibitions and special programming around the neighborhood! Not sure where to start? No problem! Just take a look at this issue of our Weekend Arts Guide...
Challengers Comics + Conversation
I Love You But I've Chosen Comics Sale
It's time for Challengers' annual storewide sale–25% off everything in the store for a full week! If you spend over $100 (pre-tax) you qualify for a free "I Love You But I've Chosen Comics" t-shirt designed by Melissa Sue Stanley. The sale runs through February 13th.
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!
Draw It: Literary Pictionary Night – Love & Heartbreak Edition
Join us for our 3rd installment of this super fun night - with host Jeremy Owens at the helm. This one's theme is Love & Heartbreak. Think Jane Austen meets Ariana Grande - it's pop culture and literary nerdery all wrapped into one! What's the deal with this thing? Well, a few of us drink and play pictionary to kick off our weekend. It is a lot of fun. You'll enjoy it. We promise. Come meet new people. Draw some things horribly. We don't judge.
7:30pm to 9:00pm
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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
5th Wave Collective Presents: Retreat from Winter
Escape the harsh Chicago winter weather with an evening of light, enchanting music presented by 5th Wave Collective. Enjoy refreshments and peruse Heaven Gallery’s current exhibition. 5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by female composers. Bringing together a diverse group of musicians, they advance their mission by including performers of all genders who support the cause. They seek to celebrate the legacy of female composers who came before, and create a platform for those to come.
Be My Valentine: Zakti Tea Tasting & Crosslyne Jewelry Trunk Show
Enjoy an afternoon of Valentine's Day shopping for your loved ones among handcrafted tea and jewelry. Experience a unique tea tasting with zakti as you shop the Crosslyne jewelry collection. zakti will be featuring their Amour Flowering Tea, which is made from superior quality Maofeng Green Tea and high grade Amaranth, Marigold and Jasmine flowers. The slightly sweet, fresh flavor has bright notes with a delicious light honey blossom aftertaste. These beautiful hand rolled tea balls, which open like two people standing next to each other, is a perfect gift for that special someone you love. Help your love get noticed with a new piece from Crosslyne Jewelry. Chicago designer Julie Crosson will be here with the latest in her latest handcrafted contemporary jewelry collection.
Noon to 4:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
Speculative Fashion: building new worlds through what we wear
A workshop from Xiili Rose and Payal Kumar, Speculative Fashion is an active practice of reimagining our dress as a tool of radical expression, resistance, and future building. After looking at historical and present-day examples of speculative fashion, we will collaboratively construct an imaginative garment that confronts issues facing our communities right now. The workshop will take two hours. Materials will be provided. This event is free and does not cost money, No Nation asks that people exchange a poem or a butt print at the entrance!
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Roots & Culture
Double Vision Gallery Talk and Lunch
The Double Vision gallery talk and lunch features a conversation between February exhibiting artists Marcela Torres and Nayeon Yang and distinguished guests Jennifer Lee and Risa Puleo. Lunch will be prepared by Director Eric May- an intersection of mid-century American convenience food & Korean cuisine. Food will be served a la carte on a first come, first served basis ranging in cost from $3- $9 per dish. Drinks too! The talk is free to the public. Double Vision is a discussion series at Roots & Culture that expands upon the dialogue initiated by the Double Exposure, two person exhibitions.
1:00pm to 3:00pm; Discussion at 2:00pm
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 Leanna Brown from noon to 2:00pm.
Market Open 10:00am to 3:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Sip a cup of tea and eat treats before we start the week with this relaxing makers afternoon.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
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.
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.
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: whiteyellowhite questions 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.
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.
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.
Little Broken Things
A Common Thread
An exhibition of paintings by Catherine Chinnock.
Jacob Bennett, Sam Rosby, and Tom Billings
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.
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.
Challengers Comics + Conversation: I Love You But I've Chosen Comics Sale - now through 2/13/2019
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Deep Dyed Yarns Trunk Show - noon
Volumes Bookcafe: Draw It: Literary Pictionary – Love & Heartbreak Edition - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: A display of Confessions - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Heaven Gallery: 5th Wave Collective Presents: Retreat from Winter - 7:00pm
iD Chicago: Be My Valentine: Zakti Tea Tasting & Crosslyne Jewelry Trunk Show - noon to 4:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: Speculative Fashion: building new worlds through what we wear - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Roots & Culture: Double Vision Gallery Talk and Lunch - 1:00pm to 3:00pm with discussion at 2:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 10:00am to 3:00pm with music noon to 2:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Crafttea Sunday - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Simple Mathematics by Gregory Buissereth
Firecat Projects: Heather McAdams: Pretty as a Picture
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
LVL3 Gallery: Too Good To Be True
Little Broken Things: A Common Thread
Rainbo Club: Jacob Bennett, Sam Rosby, and Tom Billings
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