Weekend Arts Guide (4/11-4/14 2019)
Image Credit: Gold Coast, 2017 by Benjye Troob as seen in Salt to Sand, opening this weekend at Jackson Junge Gallery.
From openings and readings to markets and special events, this weekend has it all! Check out any of the numerous shows on view throughout Wicker Park Bucktown or indulge your inner audiophile with Record Store Day! There's lots to do and see while you get out and enjoy the spring weather, so read up on our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide to plan your next few days...
Transgender Authors Book Club: Jacob Tobia
This month for the Transgender Authors Book Club, Jacob Tobia will join us via Skype for an author Q&A! Tobia is the author of Sissy, a heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it's like to grow up not sure if you're (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above. Tobia is a gender nonconforming writer, producer, and performer based in Los Angeles. A member of both the Forbes "30 Under 30" and the "OUT 100," Jacob's writing and advocacy have been featured by MSNBC, The New York Times, TIME, The Guardian, and Teen Vogue, among others. A Point Foundation Scholar, Truman Scholar, and member of the Biden Foundation's Advisory Council for Advancing LGBTQ Equality, Jacob has worn high heels in the White House twice.
8:00pm to 9:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery
Salt to Sand
Jackson Junge's Salt to Sand is a solo exhibition featuring paintings from Cape Cod and Scottsdale, AZ. These two places are where painter, Benjye Troob, lives seasonally and draws inspiration. Originally from New York, Troob’s artistic career blossomed while living in Chicago. Troob’s style has evolved from predominately working with the figure to a free flowing impressionist style. Salt to Sand, brings both places together in a way that shows the similarities and differences in these two diverse environments.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
No Rest: A Poetry Reading
Publishers from No Rest Press, Ursus Americanus Press, and Sobotka Lit Mag are bringing out their finest during National Poetry Month. Listen to their featured readers and get acquainted with these Chicago sweethearts of indie publishing!
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Trauma Bodies Birds Waiting For The Bus: New Members Show
Agitator Gallery's newest members are having their first ever show and sell. Each member is showcasing work that is thought-provoking, irreverent, and completely unrelated. Exhibiting artist members include Sarah Bell, Jeff Horwat, Jen Lau, and Danielle "deo" Owensby.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Slow Low Flow Yoga
Join Heaven Gallery for a yoga class led by Jamilah Malika! Some days yoga feels like sunshine; other days we learn how a pose can benefit us after practice, off the mat, over the years. Whether a sequence moves gently or the flow engages strength, I always ask that you take care with attention to your breath - I believe you know your body best. I invite you, cue by cue, to listen, honor and explore. Malika has over 200 hours of teacher training from Kula Yoga Annex, is co-founder of Brown Girls Yoga Collective in Toronto and the senior teacher, mentor lead and teacher trainer at New Leaf Yoga in Toronto. There is a suggested donation of $5 for the workshop.
Noon to 1:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery
Joy: Spring Craft & Accessory Market
Jackson Junge Gallery will be hosting their first handmade market of 2019! Joy is celebrating springtime with beautifully crafted, unique items that "spark joy!" Come by for work by print-makers, jewelers, potters, and more...
Noon to 5:00pm
Record Store Day
This spring's Record Store Day has several shops around Wicker Park Bucktown participating with special releases, deals, sales, give-aways, performances, and other exciting celebrations of all the greatness that is pressed vinyl. WPB record stores will also be a part of the Record Store Day Crawl! So if drinking, listening, and bin digging all sound like your ideal Saturday morning, buy your tickets now! The following are neighborhood record stores and other business participating in this year's Record Store Day in some way.
Dorian's Through the Record Shop
Incubus frontman and visual artist Brandon Boyd appears in a launch and signing event to celebrate the Midwest debut of his art game, Deux Portes/Two Doors: An OptiMystic Memory Game. The game consists of pairing and matching cards based upon his popular watercolor series, Portals. Games, books & small original works will be for sale and showcased. Boyd’s work as a singer, songwriter, both as a solo artist and with his platinum-selling rock band, is well documented and universally acclaimed. But now his other life’s work -- that of a painter -- has been garnering increasing attention and devoted audiences of its own.
3:00pm to 6:00pm
Unicorn Storytime with Dina Saur + Camonghne Felix
Join us for another special storytime with Dina Saur. And this time it is UNICORN time! Wear your best unicorn outfits, and join us for a magical morning at Volumes!
10:00am to 11:00am
Join us in celebrating the release of Camonghne Felix's new book of poetry Build Yourself a Boat. She will be joined by Safia Elhillo, Eve Ewing and Britteney Black Rose Kapri! Camonghne Felix, M.A. is a poet, a writer, speaker, and political strategist living in New York City. She received an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU, an MFA from Bard College, and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo & Poets House. Build Yourself a Boat, was a 2017 University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham & Pollak Prize finalist, a 2017 Fordham University Poets Out Loud semi-finalist, & is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in 2019. The author of the chapbook Yolk, she was recently listed by Black Youth Project as a "Black Girl From the Future You Should Know." As a political strategist, Camonghne implements, designs, and drives full communication and branding strategies for progressive campaigns and organizations while working across a range of issues including racial justice, gender equity, criminal justice, homelessness, and education. In 2015, Camonghne was appointed as a speechwriter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, making her the first African-American female speechwriter, and the youngest speechwriter to serve a New York State governor. Currently, at Ms. Foundation For Women, the oldest feminist organization in the country, Camonghne is a Sr. Manager of Strategic Communications.
7:00pm to 9:15pm
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 through the winter and into the spring. This weekend includes musical performances by Kielbasa & Kimchi from 10:00am to noon and Mike Felton fron noon to 2:00pm.
Market Open 10:00am to 3:00pm
Paint Your Pet
Sip on your favorite beverage with like-minded people while creating a unique and colorful portrait of your fur pal! Host Jim Davis, whose work is on display at Gallery Cafe, will walk you through steps of underpainting using complementary colors to create a lively and expressive portrait of your pet. Music, treats will be provided. The event is BYOB.
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Gold Star Bar
Art Show with Davara Fine Art
Join us, for this stunning show by Davoud Rassouli Vossough, of Davara Fine Art. Born in Tehran, Iran in 1952 Davoud was inspired by his fathers love of painting and drawing. Davoud was the first of his family to immigrate to the United States where he went on to study art and receive his BFA from, The School Of The Art Institute in Chicago. His work ranges from chisled marble, cast bronze, painting and woodwork drenched in his signature deep, rich tones and warm hues. His show at GOLD STAR BAR will feature several of his drawings and paintings. His style is seductive, sensual and hauntingly beautiful.
2:00pm to 4:30pm
Shop friends from Shaman's Dream contribute to this monthly pop up at Sideshow. Michael Whitcomb will be in the shop to do aura cleansings and astrological chart readings. Mary will also be in the shop with her extensive collection of crystals. She will be able to answer any questions about crystal attributes and metaphysical properties. Readings will last 45 minutes and be $60. Appointments must be made in advance.
Noon to 5:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Chapter 3: T.U.T.'s Room
The next installment from the literary compass, Into the Wild, Chicago based artist Armani Howard brings us Chapter 3: T.U.T's Room. Covering the theme of reflection and self-growth, Howard creates a space and ode to a younger mind. Keeping the discovery of self at the forefront of his exploration and using his own text as the compass, Howard has orchestrated a body of work that is forever growing as time progress. From thought out childlike drawings adopting there way onto laborious sections of work, to the meticulous groundwork and research creating the world around it...the inclusive world that Howard has created not only allows you to see the world but become connected and apart of it, to feel, smell, hear and taste even.
Piotr Antonow’s paintings combine the elements of abstraction with realistic representation. His compositions allow the lines, colors, and shapes to come together to define the realistic details of the form, that brings into view a degree of the inner world and the individuality of a subject. Piotr was born in Cracow, Poland. Early in his life, he began painting and drawing in his parents’ art studio and he continued his studies at the Secondary School of Fine Arts in Cracow. After moving to the United States in 1986, Antonow took classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and privately studied painting and drawing with Gay Riseborough. He also studied under Eleanor Spiess-Ferris in the Evanston Art Center, where he now runs the figure drawing sessions.
Comic and novella covers needed to grab a customer’s attention in a quick second at a checkout counter. Easily done with the use of garish color, over the top sexuality, and suggested violence, one would be compelled to buy these myriad serial stories of mystery, suspense, and more...once hooked you’d hopefully buy every week. Writers and illustrators were constantly grinding out ”stories” on a deadline schedule and the tradition continues to this day...these little comic books can still be purchased at Mexican grocery stores and bodegas, all across the United States and the Americas. The works in the exhibition are from the early 1970’s, executed with gouache on illustration board, and are part of the Haas Roche Collection presented by Aron Packer Projects.
This month, Gallery Cafe is featuring work by Jim Davis, a multi-talented, painter and poet.
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.
Hold Sway + Margins, Material and Metaphor
Hold Sway brings together two artists working with overlapping perspectives in paint and photography. Ellen Hanson’s paintings reveal partial views on free-standing intersecting canvases, emphasizing the illusion of the image. Hanson's multi-paneled paintings reveal intimate moments while at other angles their built-in barriers conceal, underscoring the nature of privacy. Aimée Beaubien draws parallels between photographs and landmasses in states of flux. Photos cascade and plates shift in a fractured landscape shaped by subterranean forces. At the core of this photo-based installation is a chance encounter with a three-ring binder of 35mm black and white contact sheets dating from the early 1970’s. Beaubien builds bridges between past and future via the visual records of two women, unknown to one another.
In Margin, Material and Metaphor, Surabhi Ghosh resituates marginalized narratives of everyday spaces by combining the spectacular with the mundane, transforming materials such as upholstery, vinyl and glass beads through repetitive processes of drawing, cutting, and stitching. Olivia Valentine’s work focuses on the construction of edges and interstitial spaces, stemming from her investigations into the space of the textile edge. Both Ghosh and Valentine use material and metaphor to challenge the composition of constructed spaces. In this exhibition, the two artists investigate their overlapping interest in materialized edges and metaphorical boundaries as defined by visual patterning. The installation the work is a collaborative process between the two as they respond to the interior architecture of the gallery.
Jackson Junge Gallery
The Jackson Junge Gallery presents Time, its second group exhibition of their 2019 season. This exhibit features 20 works of art in various mediums by artists from around the world. Time is a thought-provoking concept due to its many definitions and interpretations. For this exhibition, artists were encouraged to bring forth their own understandings of time. Time is endless. However, in our world today, time is considered one of the most valuable assets. The concept of time has been the subject of study in many different fields, including the arts, sociology, geology, biology and physics. When defined as a noun, time is “the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). In this exhibition, concepts revolve around time as an illusion, time’s effect on human life and time in regard to the environment.
Source of Origin
LVL3 is proud to present Source of Origin a two-person show featuring Yani Aviles and Wyne Veen. Aviles works through objects and space using experimental material processes to complicate our awareness and challenge the way we receive information. Veen’s photographic and sculptural arrangements question concepts of production and scale in our overly manufactured lives. Source of Origin brings these two artists together to take a look at our perspectives and what it means to be with and without context. This exhibition highlights methods that reconsider platforms for processing information.
Little Broken Things
Always In Motion
Please join us for the first ever solo art show by Tracy Conoboy! The exhibition will feature her work and street photography.
Roots & Culture
Bad Taste: Edward Cabral & Nick Van Zanten with Pete Brooks: Flipso Facto in the Milwaukee Avenue Window
Edward Cabral’s sculptures utilize the aesthetics of industrially processed foods to highlight their importance to American culture and identity. Using a combination of raw materials and the food itself, he pulls from his fabrication background to produce highly crafted objects that fragment the viewer’s expectations. His artwork is meant to blurs the line between industrially processed and industrial goods, and allow humor to be the point of entry for a critique on our contemporary foodways. Nick Van Zanten’s "Formfit" assemblages are entanglements of sewn “paintings,” garments, and their display stands. Born out of an attraction to gaudy synthetic fabrics, from which he began to make himself clothes, they are designed to evoke a desiring gaze, and their physical form – soft, puffy, and (partly) wearable – begs to be held and touched. Yet they are also abject, being made of cheap fabric, reminiscent of outdated aesthetics, and most often lying unworn. The ‘Formfits’ are repellant and a bit embarrassing even as they draw you in.
The Silver Room
Protect the Weird Kids
Presented by the Silver Room and Kings Without Crowns, this group art show features the work of Ali 6, Con _Leche, Kawaii.Suga, Tori Torsion, Erica Contreras, Melissa Castro Almandina, Devine Gratitude, Plant Shop Chicago, and Intuitive Healing By Jennifer Love x XOCHITL.
Toy de Jour
Episode One: The Future Doesn't Exist! SPACE 2000 is a Galaxxor group custom show starring Battle Babies, Dollar $lice Bootlegs, Doomco Designs, The Godbeast, Hammer of the Gods, Josh Izzo, JunkFed, Killer Bootlegs, ManorMonster? Studios, Mechazone, Mistuh Thye, Monsterforge, Nerfect, Shawnimals, Tyke Smyers, Toy Aisle Customs, Toy de Jour, Turbo Pistola, and Galaxxor (as himself)!
6-Year Anniversary Group Show
Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is thrilled to present a special exhibition celebrating our 6-year anniversary. Since opening our doors at 1016 N. Western Avenue in 2013, we have presented ambitious exhibitions with work influenced by street art, urban environments, graffiti, pop culture, graphic design and illustration. The show will feature over 40 artists - local, national & international - from 14 different countries with artistic styles that have shaped the gallery’s programming over the years including Alex Senna (BR), Amose (FR), Andreas Englund (SE), Andrew Watch (CA), Anthony Lister (AU), Beejoir (TH), Ben Eine (UK), Ben Frost (AU), Ben Slow (UK), Brad Novak (NZ), Brandon Boyd (US), Candice Tripp (UK), Chad Hasegawa (US), Christopher Cosnowski (US), Chris Cunningham (UK), CLS (US), Collin van der Sluijs (NL), Deih (ES), Dot Dot Dot (NO), Fourhundred ML (CA), Grant William Thye (US), Hebru Brantley (US), Herakut (DE), James Thistlethwaite (UK), Jas Petersen (US), Joseph Renda Jr. (US), Kayla Mahaffey (US), LIE (US), Martin Whatson (NO), Mau Mau (UK), Merlot (US), Merry James (US), Philip Bosmans (BE), Pipsqueak Was Here!!! (NL), Pizza in the Rain (US), Pure Evil (UK), RYCA (UK), Sergio Farfan (US), Shark Toof (US), Steve Seeley (US), TRUST iCON (UK), and XOOOOX (DE).
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
We Sum Indianamals: Lonewolf & VIN
Director Lonewolf and photographer VIN take you into the world of two Indiana creatives who found a place for their art outside the confines of their hometown. Zachary Matias (also known as Lonewolf) is a director and editor from Hammond Indiana. Using his unique DIY/newspaper effects, Lonewolf has been able to make a name for himself in the music video industry. VIN (Vin Romero) is a photographer from Indiana who found passion in still images through photographing everything from people to places and anything that makes sense in that time to comprehend the moment.
Volumes Bookcafe: Transgender Authors Book Club: Jacob Tobia - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Salt to Sand - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: No Rest: A Poetry Reading - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Trauma Bodies Birds Waiting For The Bus: New Members Show - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Slow Low Flow Yoga - noon to 1:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Joy: Spring Craft & Accessory Market - noon to 5:00pm
Record Store Day: all day with Dorian's Through the Record Shop, Dusty Groove, Reckless Records, Shuga Records, and Chicago's own Record Store Day Crawl
Vertical Gallery: Brandon Boyd - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Unicorn Storytime with Dina Saur - 10:00am to 11:00am + Camonghne Felix - 7:00pm to 9:15pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Gallery Cafe: Paint Your Pet - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Gold Star Bar: Art Show with Davara Fine Art - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Sideshow Gallery: Sacred Sundays - noon to 5:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Chapter 3: T.U.T.'s Room
Dreambox Gallery: Piotr Antonow
Firecat Projects: Pop Pulp!
Gallery Cafe: Jim Davis
gallery no one: I can't even
Heaven Gallery: Hold Sway + Margins, Material and Metaphor
Jackson Junge Gallery: Time
LVL3 Gallery: Source of Origin
Little Broken Things: Always In Motion
Roots & Culture: Bad Taste: Edward Cabral & Nick Van Zanten + Pete Brooks: Fipso Facto in the Window
The Silver Room: Protect the Weird Kids
Toy de Jour: SPACE 2000
Vertical Gallery: 6-Year Anniversary Group Show
VGA Gallery: Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games
Young Chicago Authors: We Sum Indianamals: Lonewolf & VIN