Weekend Arts Guide (4/4-4/7 2019)
Image Credit: Detail of work from Interruptions by Olivia Valentine, as seen in Margins, Material and Metaphor on view now at Heaven Gallery.
It's a busy weekend for the arts here in WPB! Friday alone features three exhibition openings and the monthly First Friday festivities at the Flat Iron Arts Building. Saturday kicking things into high gear with openings, closings, and several happenings and special events. Other things of interest include a chance to learn about local Horween Leather, book signings, and one of our last indoor farmers markets of the season!
Sarah Curl-Larson & Rachel Lechocki
Gallery Cafe is continuing International Women’s Day, because one day isn’t enough. Sarah Curl-Larson and Rachel Lechocki have teamed up for this exhibition about visual symbols and representations of feminism. Crafted with earthly elements and themes of ecological issues around human encroachment, the work meshes creative courageousness with irony and humor.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Horween Leather Workshop
Join Jason Schott and Nick Horween of Chicago's legendary leather tannery, for a leather workshop party at the Schott Wicker Park store. Learn how Horween makes their signature Chromexcel horsehide leather using century old family recipes and how Schott NYC creates their iconic leather motorcycle jackets using the Chicago made leather. We will debut a limited edition Horween Chromexcel horsehide Perfecto jacket by Schott NYC exclusively at the event before the worldwide release in mid April. Come monogram Schott NYC belts, wallets, card cases and key chains all made from Horween leather while enjoying snacks and beverages provided by Goose Island Beer Company. 21 and up. Please RSVP for admission.
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Tea Krulos: Apocalypse Any Day Now
Join us as we welcome the author of Heroes in the Night and Monster Hunters: On the Trail With Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators. Secretly bingeing Doomsday Preppers on your days off? Constantly thinking about how you'd get out of the city when the zombie apocalypse comes, or some other malady? It seems like people are always talking about the end of the world, doesn't it? Y2K, the Mayan Apocalypse, Blood Moon Prophecies, nuclear war, killer robots, you name it. In Apocalypse Any Day Now, journalist Tea Krulos travels the country to try to puzzle out America's obsession with the end of days. Along the way he meets doomsday preppers—people who stockpile supplies and learn survival skills—as well as religious prognosticators and climate scientists. He camps out with the Zombie Squad (who use a zombie apocalypse as a survival metaphor); tours the Survival Condos, a luxurious bunker built in an old Atlas missile silo; and attends Wasteland Weekend, where people party like the world has already ended. Frightening and funny, the ideas Krulos explores range from ridiculously outlandish to alarmingly near and present dangers. If we are very good, Tea will even teach us how to do a fun urban prep!
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Flat Iron Arts Building
First Friday at the Flat Iron
The Flat Iron Arts Building and Flat Iron Artist Association hold a monthly First Friday event where artists and galleries throughout the building open their studios to the public for an evening of viewing, chatting, networking, and overall inundation of the arts. This presents the neighborhood's most concentrated area of artists studios in the most accessible way possible. Refreshments will be provided by the Flat Iron Arts Building restaurants and wine shop. The open studios event is free and open to the public.
Studios Open 6:00pm to 10:00pm
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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
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. Join us to celebrate the artists! The closing reception will featuring artist talks, performances, refreshments, and a last chance to see the show. 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.
Closing Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Myopic Poetry Series: Harriet Levin & Bayo Olayinka Ojikutu
Occasional readings and poet talks happen on our second floor. Admission is free.
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)!
Opening Reception Noon to 5:00pm
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).
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Becky Cattie: I Used to be Famous + Rob Roberge: Liar
Join us for a very special storytime with author Becky Cattie. You might remember Becky and her sister for their books I Am Famous and Shark-Nate-O! Becky is back at Volumes with her follow up - I Used to be Famous!
Join us as we celebrate the re-release of Rob Roberge's memoir Liar. When Rob Roberge learns that he’s likely to have developed a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living and frequent concussions, he is terrified by the prospect of becoming a walking shadow. In a desperate attempt to preserve his identity, he sets out to (somewhat faithfully) record the most formative moments of his life—ranging from the brutal murder of his childhood girlfriend, to a diagnosis of rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, to opening for famed indie band Yo La Tengo at The Fillmore in San Francisco. But the process of trying to remember his past only exposes just how fragile the stories that lay at the heart of our self-conception really are. As Liar twists and turns through Roberge’s life, it turns the familiar story of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll on its head. Darkly funny and brutally frank, it offers a remarkable portrait of a down and out existence cobbled together across the country...As Roberge struggles to keep addiction and mental illness from destroying the good life he has built in his better moments, he is forced to acknowledge the increasingly blurred line between the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves. We will have a night filled with a reading, a Booked podcast recording with Robb Olson, live music performances, and more!
Story Time with Becky Cattie 10:00am to 11:00am; Liar 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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 through the winter and into the spring.
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
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.
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.
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. We'll have drinks, snacks, and plenty of art...bring your friends!
Marieke McClendon & Jonathan Van Herik
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.
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.
Gallery Cafe: Sarah Curl-Larson & Rachel Lechocki - exhibition closes
Schott NYC: Horween Leather Workshop - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Tea Krulos: Apocalypse Any Day Now - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Chapter 3: T.U.T.'s Room - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Flat Iron Arts Building: First Friday at the Flat Iron - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Roots & Culture: Bad Taste: Edward Cabral & Nick Van Zanten + Pete Brooks: Fipso Facto in the Window - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: We Sum Indianamals: Lonewolf & VIN - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Chicago Sex Workers Art - closing reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: Source of Origin - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Myopic Books: Myopic Poetry Series: Harriet Levin & Bayo Olayinka Ojikutu - 7:00pm
Toy de Jour: SPACE 2000 - opening reception noon to 5:00pm
Vertical Gallery: 6 Year Anniversary Show - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Becky Cattie: I Used to be Famous - 10:00am to 11:00am + Rob Roberge: Liar - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Crafttea Sunday - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Dreambox Gallery: Piotr Antonow
Firecat Projects: Pop Pulp!
gallery no one: I can't even
Heaven Gallery: Hold Sway + Margins, Material and Metaphor
Jackson Junge Gallery: Time
Little Broken Things: Always In Motion
Rainbo Club: Marieke McClendon & Jonathan Van Herik
The Silver Room: Protect the Weird Kids
VGA Gallery: Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games