Weekend Arts Guide (5/17-5/19 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019

Image Credit: Detail of Coy Wolf Mural Study Variant 3, 2018 by Tony Passero, as seen in Public Spaces on view now at Jackson Junge Gallery.

Spring has sprung and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about the neighborhood and enjoy the arts this weekend! Read up on the latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide to learn everything you need to know to support the arts in Wicker Park Bucktown over the next few days...

Friday (5/17/2019)

Heaven Gallery
Breach of Contract + Strained States
We proposed a show. Breach of Contract is something else. Images are often used to access something we long for but can’t have, can’t reconcile. Visualization allows us to proceed as though there is presence. Projected presence, like memory, is soft. Allows all sorts of cheating. Benjamin Bellas, Judith Brotman, Meg Duguid, Brent Garbowski, Jeffrey Grauel. Every one of these artists has engaged someone else, made an agreement with them as a foundational part of making the work. Without the agreement, the work is utterly different. The contract is explicit. It may even be the thing actually on view. But the art, as it so often does, leaks out beyond the scope of the agreement. Or it shifts or generates a shift. Maybe we are all desperate to shift the agreement we have with loss. We find it difficult to have (something or someone) and then not have. Perhaps we all have some kind of desire to cheat something breaking, to cheat loss, cheat death. Careful what you wish for….
Strained States is a group exhibition that translates the snowballing precariousness of global politics into an operative position of instability, one that attempts to acknowledge new subjectivities and methods for living in a groundless present. Playing with identity, form, and material, the artists included take up transition, ambiguity, and the erosion of limits as core interests in their practices. The show is a gesture towards understanding the complexity of our attachments, as well as the state of instability beyond its negative connotations, seeing it instead as a generative position to occupy with rigor, curiosity, and pleasure. Exhibiting artists include Elena Ailes, Cameron Clayborn, Rami George, April Martin, Máire Witt O’Neill, and Derrick Woods-Morrow; curated by Jameson Paige.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Quimby's Bookstore
Chicago Zine Fest 2019 Friday Night

Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor Chicago Zine Fest, a celebration of small press and independent publishers, with free workshops, events, and an annual festival. CZF 2019 is in its tenth year! CZF2019 will take place over three days: May 16th-18th. Saturday, May 18th is the main exhibition at Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd). All events during CZF weekend are always FREE, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public.
On Friday night, Chicago Zine Fest has two special events. The annual Exhibitor Reading will be here at Quimby’s Bookstore. Zine creators share stories and comics from the pages of their publications. Hosted by Megan Kirby with readers including David Alvarado, Julia Arredondo, Ed Blair, Eileen Chavez, Casey Goonan, Jonas, Jaclyn Miller, LizMarie Palomo, Leslie Perrine, Jami Sailor, and Alejandra Trigoso. Afterwards head over to the Cards Against Humanity Theater (1551 W. Homer St) for Zine Jeopardy. Chicago Zine Fest organizer Johnny Misfit will host and contestants John Porcellino, Julia Eff and Billy the Bunny will go head-to-head as we test their knowledge of all things zine.
6:00pm to 8:00pm with Zine Jeopardy 9:00pm

Roots & Culture
ᗡOUBLEHEADED: Andrew Bearnot & Joshua Kent with Amelia Rudder in the Milwaukee Avenue Window
Andrew Bearnot and Joshua Kent are artists who are lovers. Joshua Kent and Andrew Bearnot are lovers who are artists. Though both work independently, for ᗡOUBLEHEADED they attempt the cohesion of a single exhibition which thematizes twoness and the murky zones between defined states. How does the double-headed creature share a heart? Or an apartment? Or, “You had the car keys last–check your pants pocket.” For ᗡOUBLEHEADED, Bearnot and Kent explore ways in which matter registers the experience of time: from the instantaneous ejaculation of confetti, to the gradual process of hair growing gray. Scales of time and attention are modulated throughout Bearnot and Kent’s object based work, opening up opportunities for noticing: A marble statue kisses his own image across the pages of a book. An ombre rope registers transition, revealed by contrasting ends. The space between a first kiss and a fissure.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Young Chicago Authors
Advertising Workshop with Leo Burnett + Forms of Rest
Tuan Huynh is a Senior Art Director with Leo Burnett, and has worked on some of advertising’s most iconic brands. side from his sharp design talent, Tuan’s work in the arena of diversity & inclusion is tireless and expansive – both within the agency and beyond. He is responsible for instituting a field trip program that invites Chicago youth to learn first-hand about careers in advertising and discovery of new professional avenues; developing a creative lab in the Woodlawn where Chicago youth can connect and learn with creative tools and resources; and spearheading The Pencil Project, a collegiate scholarship program where students earn a chance at scholarship money through the submission of work that defines why they are “the difference that makes a difference.” Outside of work,Tuan mentors several youth in Chicago to provide a positive outlet through creativity. In his free time, he loves to wonder the streets with his camera and capture candid moments around the city.
Forms of Rest is a body of work by Jeremy and Farrah based on creating a practice where we carve out time to shut down all the demands, noise, and bright screens in order to focus on an exercise that renews our eyes and mind. Every brush stroke, every shape, and every form are decisive efforts of rest. Each element can be seen stacked, paired, repeated, or juxtaposed with other elements to create a visual narrative of our emotions or mental state.
Workshop 6:00pm to 7:30pm + Exhibition Closes 4:00pm to 8:00pm - Final Day

Saturday (5/18/2019)

Jackson Junge Gallery
DIY Frame Weekend
Our framers have been hard at work and we need to get rid of inventory! Come grab readymade frames at bargain prices! 50%-70% off readymades! All handmade in-house, plus we will help you put together your framing projects!
11:00am to 7:00pm

Myopic Books
Myopic Poetry Series: Quentin Forberg, Lea Graham & Amish Trivedi
Occasional readings and poet talks happen on our second floor. Admission is free. This weekend's readers include Quentin Forberg, Lea Graham, and Amish Trivedi.

The Occult Bookstore
Chaos C-ov-N: Gettin' the Green Light
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 Green magick, or love magick! In this workshop we will refine our self-love and then apply this to making connections to others using empathetic magick with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques of behavior matching and establishing rapport. “Invocations to the green power should begin with self-love; an attempt to see the wonderful side of every self one consists of, and then proceed into a ritual affirmation of the beauty and loveability of all things and all people.” This workshop is pay-what-you-will, $15 suggested donation.
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Sideshow Gallery
Meet the Plants: An Urban Foraging Adventure with Nance Klehm
Join in an urban forage in Humboldt Park during the weekend of the full moon with Nance Klehm, aka 'Weedeater.' The plants have come to communicate their gifts and messages - join us for a walk to listen and learn from them. We will complete our walk with an herbal beverage and a wild finger salad. Meet at the bronze buffalos in Humboldt Park on North Humboldt Blvd/Sacramento and Division. Bring a notebook and pen for note taking! The class with be $35 per person.
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Art Story
Join the gang at Volumes Bookcafe for a special art-focused version of story time with Miss Jen, a Gems Academy Chicago art teacher! She sings, reads, teaches and guides the children to create a new and fun art project every month.
10:00am to 11:00am

Sunday (5/19/2019)

Jackson Junge Gallery
DIY Frame Weekend
Our framers have been hard at work and we need to get rid of inventory! Come grab readymade frames at bargain prices! 50%-70% off readymades! All handmade in-house, plus we will help you put together your framing projects!
11:00am to 7:00pm

LVL3 Gallery
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Ongoing Exhibitions

AdventureLand Works on Paper
Drawing by Nate Otto
Join us for an exhibition of drawings by Nate Otto. Pet friendly.

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Steven Ediger Art System Retrospective World Collage Day Workshop
The Chicago artist and musician Steven Ediger(1962-2016) had his systems. Ediger’s paintings are expressions of an idiosyncratic, experimental, and thus esoteric, system of painting. The body of work produced out of his system is bold and expressive. A mixture of whimsy and mystery. The Steven Ediger Art System is an immersive experience of this artist’s body of work focused on his most prolific period, between 2014-2016, with a sound track of his music.

The Dime
With Nasturtium, Jennifer Shanahan creates a meditation on the ephemeral notions of beauty, impermanence, sensuality, and the passage of time. The Nasturtium, a flower long prized for its beauty as well as being an edible flower, has been an alluring subject for poets and artists for centuries. Jennifer spent three years making photographs that ruminate on this lovely, if elusive, flower.

Firecat Projects
Elemental: Paintings by Sarah Kaiser-Amaral
Sarah Kaiser-Amaral's exhibition of trompe l’oeil paintings is a meditation on the elemental forces of nature that flow through us. Fire, wind, and waves symbolize the energy within that compels her to paint. By blurring the boundaries between the figure and the ground, elements begin to break down and dissolve subjects. Stone, wood and flesh melt into the clouds. Fields of blue color emerge just as a storm breaks over the mountains. The paintings are a reflection of time, and the fleeting nature of life. Seasons change, fruit ripens, and memories fade away. This energy flows through the paint, like the swell of a wave that breaks over the rocks.

Gallery Cafe
Meg Frazier & Meg Finley
Gallery Cafe is featuring the multi-talented artists Meg Frazier and Meg Finley.

Jackson Junge Gallery
Public Spaces 
Public Spaces exhibits an amalgam of artworks created in the studio by artists who are known for making their primary body of work in the public domain. Many are muralists who have left their mark all over the world. Others produce work out in the public domain, utilizing aspects and elements of those public spaces to make their art. Exhibiting artists Ali Six, Ava Grey, Czr Prz, Enivo, Jim Bachor, Jordan Miller, RenO Franczek, Storm Print City, Tony Passero and YAMS have all brought their passion for street art, performance painting, and public practices into a space different from others. Each artist has found their niche out in the public and have brought their work into other avenues. Many have street art and studio work that often connect. With the creation of the new Chicago mural registry, and other neighborhood organizations creating resources for artists, it is an exciting time for muralists and street artists as well as artists making work in public spaces. Public Spaces is curated by Assistant Gallery Director Kaitlyn Miller.

Line Dot Editions
Kayla Mahaffey: Off to the Races
Line Dot is thrilled to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Kayla Mahaffey, following her sold-out debut show last year. Off to the Races builds on the thematic and stylistic principles of Mahaffey’s previous work, further developing the artist’s unique blend of flat, cartoon elements with brilliant photorealism.

Little Broken Things
Under the Influence
Join us for a metal themed art show featuring stencil work by local artist and musican Mike Galvan and a pop up shop by Blnk Haus Gallery.

Rainbo Club
Drinks and Laughs: Works by Stella Brown & Tamara Becerra Valdez

Sideshow Gallery
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!

Toy de Jour
SPACE 2000
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)!

Vertical Gallery
Grant William Thye: Second Time Around
Vertical Gallery presents Chicago-based artist Grant William Thye for his second solo exhibition at the gallery.

Video Game Art Gallery
PLAY.GROUND II: Video Game Art from Hong Kong
With its distinctive urban landscape and rich cultural legacies, Hong Kong has always been a great source of creative inspiration for video games. Hong Kong is one of the most frequently depicted locations in video games. As both a physical place and a cultural icon, Hong Kong unquestionably occupies a unique position in the video game imaginary. Against this cultural context, PLAY.GROUND II features a collection of video game and game-inspired artworks by five Hong Kong-based media artists: HUI Wai-Keung, IP Yuk-Yiu, Vvzela KOOK, Alan KWAN and Edwin LO, providing an extended showcase and a creative overview of the distinctive state of Hong Kong video game art and its recent development. Originally shown in Tokyo Arts and Space, this is the first exhibition of its kind to tour to North America. The exhibition was curated by IP Yuk-Yiu and supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.


Friday (5/17/2019)
Heaven Gallery: Breach of Contract Strained States - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Chicago Zine Fest 2019 Friday Night - 6:00pm to 8:00pm with Zine Jeopardy 9:00pm
Roots & Culture: ᗡOUBLEHEADED: Andrew Bearnot & Joshua Kent + Amelia Rudder in the Window - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: Advertising Workshop with Leo Burnett Forms of Rest - workshop 6:00pm to 7:30pm + exhibition closes 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday (5/18/2019)
Jackson Junge Gallery: DIY Frame Weekend - sale 11:00am to 7:00pm
Myopic Books: Myopic Poetry Series: Quentin Forberg, Lea Graham & Amish Trivedi - 7:00pm
The Occult Bookstore: Chaos C-ov-N: Gettin' the Green Light - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Meet the Plants: An Urban Foraging Adventure with Nance Klehm - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Art Story Time - 10:00am to 11:00am

Sunday (5/19/2019)
Jackson Junge Gallery: DIY Frame Weekend - sale 11:00am to 7:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: Source of Origin - exhibition closes

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Drawing by Nate Otto
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Steven Ediger Art System Retrospective
The Dime: Nasturtium
Firecat Projects: Elemental: Paintings by Sarah Kaiser-Amaral
Gallery Cafe: Meg Frazier & Meg Finley
Jackson Junge Gallery: Public Spaces 
Line Dot Editions: Kayla Mahaffey: Off to the Races
Little Broken Things: Under the Influence
Rainbo Club: Drinks and Laughs: Works by Stella Brown & Tamara Becerra Valdez
Sideshow Gallery: Teen Movie Hell
Toy de Jour: SPACE 2000
Vertical Gallery: Grant William Thye: Second Time Around
VGA Gallery: PLAY.GROUND II: Video Game Art from Hong Kong