Weekend Arts Guide (3/7-3/10 2019)
Image Credit: Looking South, 2018 by Paul Kolenda as seen in Chicago Perspectives, on view at Jackson Junge Gallery.
Much of this month's art offerings in Wicker Park Bucktown continue on through this weekend along several happenings and special events each day. There's just about something for everyone with special attention given this weekend to International Women's Day! So be sure you get out and see what you can see in WPB...
Ritual Magic: Introduction to Incense
JB has been making his own incense for years and is now going to impart this knowledge on you! In this class JB will share his extensive knowledge of incense, as well as give a brief historical context for the uses of incense in magic and other rituals. He will explain the differences in quality and types of incense. Students will take home their own incense cone that will be made in class and the knowledge to continue this practice. Class will be $35.
7:00pm to 9:00pm - Register Here
Deep Dish is a reading series devoted to Science Fiction and Fantasy writing and writers. We've been fortunate to host writers like Cory Doctorow, Ada Palmer, Mary Robinette Kowal, Sue Burke and Michael Moreci!
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Lucy Knisley Kid Gloves Signing Event
Lucy Knisley (Relish, French Milk, An Age of License) returns to Challengers for an event 9 months in the making! It's the debut of her brand new graphic novel Kid Gloves! "Kid Gloves follows Lucy's personal transition into motherhood, and it also illustrates the history and science of reproductive health from all angles, full of curious facts and inspiring (and notorious) figures in medicine and midwifery."
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Wine and Unwind
Unwind with us at the end of the week for a BYOB night of making!
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Women's Comic Month: Ashley Woods & Steph Stanga
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 Ashley Woods and Steph Stanga.
Inspire & Empower: Women Creating Change In Their Community
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Heaven Gallery invites ten 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. We hope to encourage women to continue leading, smashing barriers, and doing what they love! Feature women include Kristin Drutchas, Andrea Hart, Tanesha House, Jaclyn Jacunski, Vanessa Creightney-Stokes, Ciera Mckissick, Maria Hadden, Niketa Brar, Vanessa Sanchez, and Alma Wieser.
11:00am to 1:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore + Video Game Art Gallery
Release of VGA Reader Issue II at Quimby's
Join the staff of the VGA Gallery, the editorial board, and their colleagues in celebrating the release of issue 2 of the Video Game Art Reader, a scholarly peer-reviewed art history publication. The VGAR is an attempt to not only deepen the discourse around video games, but to also make it more accessible to the public and inclusive of marginalized voices. The theme for this issue was “survival strategy,” an investigation not just into the defined genre of “survival games,” but the methods by which all games can become tools for conditioning, coping, and creating within the digital world. Issue 2 includes works by Martin Zeilinger writing on the limits of digital performance art, Andrew Bailey examining how exploration of digital spaces can transform understanding of physical ones, Michael Anthony DeAnda investigating the consequences of digital surveillance, Luisa Salvador Dias discussing how video games depict war, Michael Paramo arguing for better representation of queer characters, and Treva Michelle Legassie probing the implications of rendering oneself in a video game. This issue also includes a practitioner statement by Elizabeth LaPensée on her water-protecting side-scroller, Thunderbird Strike, and an interview with the evocative game designer and scholar Anna Anthropy. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Copies of the latest VGAR will be available for sale, as will the Chicago New Media 1973-1992 exhibition catalogue, also produced by the VGA Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
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 Kielbasa & Kimchi from 10:00am to noon.
Market Open 10:00am to 3:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Women's Comic Month: Stephanie Mided & Ali Cantarella
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 Sunday will feature Stephanie Mided and Ali Cantarella.
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
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.
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.
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
Catherine Hu: Very Little Changes + I can't even
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.
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.
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.”
Aya Nakamura & Megan Diddie: Slow Trace
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Sideshow Gallery: Ritual Magic: Introduction to Incense - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Deep Dish - 7:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Lucy Knisley Kid Gloves Signing Event - 7:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Wind and Unwind - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Women's History Month: Ashley Woods & Steph Stanga - 11:00am
Heaven Gallery: Inspire & Empower: Women Creating Change In Their Community - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Release of VGA Reader Issue II - 7:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 10:00am to 3:00pm with music 10:00am to noon
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Women's History Month: Stephanie Mided & Ali Cantarella - 11:00am
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Crafttea Sunday - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Nostalgia by Deal
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Chicago Sex Workers Art Show with SWOP
Firecat Projects: Richard Shipps: I Saw It In The Paper
Gallery Cafe: Fluid Consciousness
gallery no one: Catherine Hu: Very Little Changes + 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
Little Broken Things: Secret Society Dropout
Rainbo Club: Aya Nakamura & Megan Diddie: Slow Trace
Roots & Culture: Sirimas Benz Amatayakul & Alex Stark: Aggregate + Amanda Joy Caobrisi: Act as if I'm not Here in the Window
Sideshow Gallery: Sacred Heart Show
Toy de Jour: The Art of Bort: A Bootleg (B)art Show
Vertical Gallery: Two Sides: Gemma Compton & CopyRight
VGA Gallery: Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games
Young Chicago Authors: In My Feelings