Weekend Arts Guide (4/18-4/21 2019)
Image Credit: Detail from Two Swimmers, undressing, Swimmer by Ellen Hanson, as seen in Hold Sway, on view now at Heaven Gallery.
It's a great weekend to support the arts in Wicker Park Bucktown! Things will be warming up with several opening receptions, a few shows coming to a close, and a plethora of happenings and special events, including our final indoor farmers market and Wellness Days. There's certainly a lot to see and do, so peruse our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide to get a head start on what to see and where to see it...
David Dowling: A Delicate Aggression
Join us as we welcome author David Dowling to chat about his book A Delicate Aggression: Savagery and Survival in the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Prepare thyselves for a juicy and thought provoking look at the history of the renowned, and often controversial, Iowa Writers’ Workshop and its celebrated alumni and faculty. This volume follows the program from its rise to prominence in the early 1940s under director Paul Engle, who promoted the “workshop” method of classroom peer criticism. Meant to simulate the rigors of editorial and critical scrutiny in the publishing industry, this educational style created an environment of both competition and community, cooperation and rivalry. David O. Dowling is associate professor at the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His previous books include Literary Partnerships and the Marketplace and Emerson’s Protégés. He lives in Iowa City, IA.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
This month, Gallery Cafe is featuring work by Jim Davis, a multi-talented, painter and poet.
Opening Reception 7:30pm
Teen Movie Hell
An inferno of artistic takes on '80s teen cinema! Curated by Mike "McBeardo" McPadden in celebration of the release of his new book Teen Movie Hell: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped! Beverages at the opening will be provided by Metropolitan Breweing.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Irish Trees: A Celebration of Eileen Myles
Join us for a night honoring Elieen Myles, with listening selections from their LP Aloha/irish trees. Featured readers for the evening include Megan Pietz, Amanda Rozmer, Anna McColgan, and Chris Rife.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Occult Bookstore
Chaos Co-v-N Workshop: Seeing Red
The Chaos C-ov-N is a Chicago-based chaos magick working group led by Nia Ain and Ninov. Chaos magick is a non-dogmatic approach to magick: it requires no specific belief and it is enriched by the diversity of its participants. All are welcome, no matter your background or experience level. Chaos C-ov-N is taking a page out of Pope Pete’s (Peter J. Carrol) Liber Kaos and will be introducing his concept of Eight Magics. In Carrol’s eightfold division of magick, eight forms of magick are conveniently denoted by colors with emotional significance. This month we’re working with the idea of “Red” magick, or the skill to be able to present an overwhelming glamour of personal vitality, morale and potential... This workshop is pay-what-you-will, $15 suggested donation.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
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. The exhibition will conclude with a special 4/20 closing event.
Closing Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Art Story Time
Join the gang at Volumes Bookcafe for a special art-focused version of story time!
10:00am to 11:00am
Wicker Park Farmers Market & WPB Wellness Days
Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop + WPB Wellness Days
The Wicker Park Farmers Market wraps up our first ever indoor market season with our final market at Chop Shop. Local vendors will be offering all the best in handmade and homegrown goods! This weekend includes musical performances by Leanna Brown from noon to 2:00pm. In addition, the WPB Chamber of Commerce will be hosting our Wellness Days event, presenting all things health, beauty, and wellness from the incredible businesses of WPB! Through your support of this health event, you can help to bring awareness on ways to balance and restore the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of our lives through fitness, healthy nutrition, and learning new skills and self-care techniques.
10:00am to 3:00pm
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
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.
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.
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.
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
Salt to Sand + Time
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.
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 features 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.
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.
Volumes Bookcafe: David Dowling: A Delicate Aggression - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Firecat Projects: Pop Pulp! - exhibition closes
Gallery Cafe: Jim Davis - opening reception 7:30pm
Sideshow Gallery: Teen Movie Hell - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Irish Trees: A Celebration of Eileen Myles - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Occult Bookstore: Chaos C0-v-N Workshop: Seeing Red - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
The Silver Room: Protect the Weird Kids - closing reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Art Story Time - 10:00am to 11:00am
Wicker Park Farmers Market: WPB Wellness Days + Winter Market at the Chop Shop - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: We Sum Indianamals: Lonewolf & VIN - exhibition closes
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Chapter 3: T.U.T.'s Room
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Trauma Bodies Birds Waiting For The Bus: New Members Show
Dreambox Gallery: Piotr Antonow
gallery no one: I can't even
Heaven Gallery: Hold Sway + Margins, Material and Metaphor
Jackson Junge Gallery: Salt to Sand + 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
Toy de Jour: SPACE 2000
Vertical Gallery: 6-Year Anniversary Group Show
VGA Gallery: Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games