Weekend Arts Guide (3/5-3/8 2020)
Image Credit: Time for Tea, 2018 by Donna Koranek as seen in The Funk Machine, opening this weekend at Jackson Junge Gallery.
The first WPB Weekend Arts Guide of March is packed with openings and happenings and even a host of events commemorating International Women's Day and National Women's Month! Plus, it's First Friday and that means there's plenty of great art to see and much to do across the Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhoods...
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Lyceum Series: Psychedelics in Personal and Social Change
Licensed psychologist Geoff Bathje will discuss the therapeutic use of Ketamine and psychedelics, along with the role they can play in facilitating broader social change.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab's Smudge Cinema Project
Smut Cinema: Part XX: Surreal Feels
Smudge Cinema presents, in collaboration with Jules Zinn: Smut Cinema—a look at what happens when vintage queer erotica is projected on a wall for people to watch. Smut Cinema’s Tour de Porn is a smorgasbord of pornographic film spanning decades, genres, and legalities. With the second installment, Part XX: Surreal Feels, the film series dives into the odd, avant garde, and experimental in vintage queer porn and erotica. Phantasm orgasms! Psilocybin sex? Infrared voyeurism will be featured. Let the lines between sexy, kinky, kooky, and sublime blur and melt before you. Snacks and drinks welcome!
6:00pm to 9:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Car Wreck by Max Unterhaslberger
Car Wreck by Maximillian Unterhaslberger is a show for the art neophyte and connoisseurs alike. The show includes works on die-cut aluminum municipal signs created using collage, painting, physical and mechanical interventions. Car Wreck is a material investigation into the methods used to create this art. The works are interwoven historical, societal and economic references. Join in to be conflicted and inspired. Prints will be for sale starting at $20 and will be available, first come first served. Supply is limited so it is best to arrive
early for the full spectrum. 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Arbor Foundation. This solo exhibition is sponsored by Forbidden Root Brewery. Please enjoy a craft beer while you browse Car Wreck and plant some trees around the globe. Max is a painter, a collage artist currently attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for his BFA, and has also attended The Art Academy of Cincinnati. Max worked for BLDG (Covington,KY) as a mural consultant as well as an Artist in Residence/Gallery Assistant at the late Phyllis Weston’s Gallery (Cincinnati,OH). Max has worked as an assistant for numerous artists such as Maser, The London Police, Ruben Aguirre, Lady Lucx, and Judy Ledgerwood.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Babes Make: Drink & Draw for Womxn & Nonbinary Makers
Join Rebeca Soto, Agitator's new Artist in Residence, for an evening of art making and friend making specially oriented for women and nonbinary artists and makers.
6:00pm to 9:00pm
HOPE Dies Last: Toni Maugeri
HOPE Dies Last is Toni Maugeri's series of assemblage urban artifacts inspired by people, society and the environment. The artworks are made with words and symbols interwoven with ritual. Each work begins as a tale of empowerment and transformation. As Toni creates her art, the materials delicately twist together layer by layer. She gently encourages a journey of personal crossings that unfold slowly and naturally, in all their glorious grit, for better or worse. Born and raised in Chicago, Toni developed an appreciation for the beauty of urban grit. Her assemblage urban artifacts are made by combining things that have been discarded or not considered beautiful in a conventional way with wood, organics, naturals, metal, fiber, found and charged objects, concrete, encaustic, charring, repurposed and reclaimed materials, paper, spray paint, ink and stain. The materials are assembled with glue and cold connections. Her colors evolve from the materials and she often uses them symbolically. HOPE Dies Last is Toni's first one woman show in Chicago.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Flat Iron Arts Building
First Fridays at the Flat Iron
Join the artists of the Flat Iron Arts Building for the monthly First Fridays festivities! Artists will open their studios to the public for free access and engagement. Would you like a more intimate tour of The Flat Iron Arts Building? Join a private tour of Wicker Park's historic and recently remodeled Flat Iron Arts Building. Once a month, artists and musicians open their studios to the public. The meet-up group will gather in a different artist's studio each month, where you can get a private studio tour and a talk about the artist's work, followed by a guided tour of the building, where you can peak into the studios of other artists and musician's work spaces.
Studios Open 6:00pm to 10:00pm with Meet Up 5:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery
The Funk Machine
The Jackson Junge Gallery presents The Funk Machine, its second group exhibition of 2020. Literature, film, music, fashion, and fine art have all been influenced by steampunk since the mid-20th century. However, the fundamental inspirations behind steampunk go back to the late 19th century. Authors like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells wrote inspiring novels filled with steam powered alternative vehicles set in the Victorian era. While using steam power and adopting the past in order to create a new dystopian future, current steampunk romanticizes the grit of history while re-imagining these times with sleek sci-fi elements. The Funk Machine showcases artworks in a variety of media that take viewers through comical takes on steampunk and various visions of a post-apocalyptic Victorian era joyride. Exhibiting artists include Nancy Bechtol, Edita Birschbach, Jake Buntjer, Audry Cramblit, Bruce Holwerda, Karl Jahnke, Laura Lee Junge, Mat Barber Kennedy, Donna Koranek, Karina Llegro, Brian Morgan, Gina Lee Robbins, Tom Robinson, K Smith, Tai Taeoalii, Anna Wasilczuk, and Aaron Wooten.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Build a Terrarium with Plant Shop Chicago
Bring a mini ecosystem into your home! Join Neighborly to craft your own terrarium. You bring the vessel and the green thumbs of Plant Shop Chicago will supply everything else to make a one-of-a-kind sculptural modern terrarium. Bring your own container (vase, fishbowl, or get creative!) or purchase one on-site ($15-$20). Each $50 workshop ticket also includes a variety of plants and succulents; sand, soil, rocks, and other filler; hands-on planting assistance and care info; beverages and snacks; and 10% off any purchases at Neighborly the day of the workshop.
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Roots & Culture
In This House We Laugh: Chelsea A. Flowers & Jesse Meredith with Hex: Voyeur in the Window
In this house we laugh. We laugh at the banal, the stupid, the hidden and the obtuse. What is laughter? It’s visceral. Reactionary. Guttural. It’s the final option when nothing else is left. Does our laughter change in the domestic vs. the public? Where do we proclaim ourselves to ourselves? What parts of our identities do we inherit, which parts did we cultivate, and what did we buy at Target? How do our surroundings affect our ability to contend with difference? Through tangible and digital forms, Chelsea A. Flowers and Jesse Meredith explore laughter, decor, and their ideological reverberations through our physical, virtual, and personal environments.
Voyeur is an investigative series of interior spaces, both experienced and observed. Surveillance culture and performativity as a consequence are central themes of this series. By giving these works attention, the viewer is now the voyeur.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
SWOP Chicago Sex Workers Art Show 2020
Celebrate your local sex-worker artists! Join SWOP-Chicago and Agitator Gallery to observe International Sex Workers Rights Day and open Chicago Sex Workers Art Show 2020. The exhibition features work by artists Goldie, Grandpa, Healing is imperfecT, Jade (Queer Kink), Julia Arredondo, Morgan Claire Sirene, whyknotrobot, Shaina Skeen, Sia Serafina, Steef, and Wanbli Gamache.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Inspire & Empower: Women Creating Change in their Communities
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Heaven Gallery invites five women working toward positive change within their communities to speak about their respective projects. This group includes activists and community leaders paving the way for social change. The goal of this event is to inspire people to take initiative while raising awareness and celebrating the achievements of our speakers. Heaven Gallery hopes to encourage women to continue leading, smashing barriers, and doing what they love! Heaven Gallery is pleased to feature Madison Smith,Tania Cordova, Kamilah Rashied, Liz Jansen, and Tracy Kostenbader. The event is free with coffee donated by La Colombe and pastries by Artemios.
11:00am to 1:00pm
David Heo: Honey & Smoke
Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is very proud to present Honey & Smoke, a solo exhibit spotlighting Chicago artist David Heo. Honey & Smoke assembles a series of paintings and collages exploring the underbelly of social settings like bars and nightclubs—after-hours milieus where human interactions can suddenly and irrevocably erupt into animalistic violence. Heo received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; while at SAIC, he frequently employed non-traditional materials like crayons, house paint and construction paper, anticipating the collages on display in Honey & Smoke. Heo mounted his first solo exhibit in Chicago in late 2017; he’s since exhibited in galleries across Chicago as well as London and San Francisco, and collaborated on projects with brands including Lo Rez Brewing, the Ace Hotel and Newcity.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market
2nd Annual Indoor Winter Market
The Wicker Park Farmers Market is headed inside at The Hall at The Robey for the winter season through April of 2020! Don't forget, the market is plastic-free so please remember to bring your own containers and totes when possible. Vendors will have branded options for sale as well as free totes at the market info booth! The Robey will be selling drinks at the bar including mimosas, Bloody Marys, coffee, and more. The market will feature live music, compost drop-offs with HealthySoil, and more activies to be announced soon! The indoor market will be held the first Saturday of each month, December through April.
10:00am to 3:00pm
Crossroads: A Group Exhibit Intersecting Variety and Vibrancy
Gallery Café is excited to announce Crossroads: A Group Exhibit Intersecting Variety and Vibrancy. The exhibition features the work of over 15 artists, including Dawn Bertuca, Clare Bollnow, Mercedes Cardenas, Jessica Checkeroski, Jake Collings, Lauren O'Conner, Rodney Duran, Kira Fox, Eric Jimenez, Jeremy Johnson, Kurt Kreissl, Cookie Kwan, Rachel Lechocki, Hanh Nguyen, Ben Oshana, Brandon Perl, Jenna Summa, Katharine Szymanski, Jacob Wayne, and Alison Wheeler. There will be plenty of food, drinks, raffles, giveaways, music, DJs, live art, and more for the opening reception.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
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.
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Knitcraft and Knittery Trunk Show
Firefly is excited to be hosting Knitcraft and Knittery for their March trunk show! Knitcraft and Knittery is owned and operated by Morgan, a scientist by degree who has found that nothing can compare to being your own boss and getting to create something magical. Morgan considers knitting to be an art form and loves creating rich colorways inspired by nature. Knitcraft and Knittery tries to be as environmentally conscious as possible in their business practices, whether that is through dyeing habits or choice of fiber. The wool they source for dyeing is 100% untreated wool that comes from farms committed to protecting the environment and maintaining sustainable practices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Lyceum Series: Psychedelics in Personal and Social Change - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab's Smudge Cinema Project: Smut Cinema: Part XX: Surreal Feels - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Car Wreck by Max Unterhaslberger - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Babes Make: Drink & Draw for Womxn & Nonbinary Makers - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Dime: HOPE Dies Last: Toni Maugeri - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Flat Iron Arts Building: First Fridays at the Flat Iron - studios open 6:00pm to 10:00pm with meet up 5:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: The Funk Machine - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Neighborly: Build a Terrarium with Plant Shop Chicago - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Roots & Culture: In This House We Laugh: Chelsea A. Flowers & Jesse Meredith with Hex: Voyeur in the Window - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: SWOP Chicago Sex Workers Art Show 2020 - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Inspire & Empower: Women Creating Change in their Communities - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Vertical Gallery: David Heo: Honey & Smoke - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market @ The Robey Hall: 2nd Annual Indoor Winter Market - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Gallery Café: Crossroads: A Group Exhibit Intersecting Variety and Vibrancy - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Langer Over Dickie: Controlling Time - exhibition closes
Firecat Projects: Paul Sierra: New Works
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Knitcraft and Knittery Trunk Show
Heaven Gallery: In A Room With Many Windows + Presence and Absence
LVL3 Gallery: something blue
Line Dot Editions: Sean Hannaway: Now With More Extra!
Little Broken Things: Wires & Fires
Rainbo Club: Hookups & Breakups
Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts: Walrus Mania
UGLY: Nick Van Zanten: easily suede
Video Game Art Gallery: System Link: Video Game as Memoir