Weekend Arts Guide (5/23-5/26 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: May 23, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Image Credit: Montrose Harbor, 2019 by Grant William Thye, as seen in his exhibition Second Time Around, one view now at Vertical Gallery.

With warm weather setting in this weekend and those spring showers making all of Chicago's flowers and greenery nice and happy, its a great weekend to enjoy the arts in Wicker Park Bucktown. Whether you're looking for stimulating discussion, phenomenal performances, fun workshops and happenings, or any of the excellent exhibitions of artwork on display, there's something in the arts for you in WPB...

Thursday (5/23/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Art of Science: Ecology and Conservation of Pollinators
Presented by Professor Alan J. Molumby of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the latest of a series of conversations will discuss the ecology, evolution, and conservation issues of major groups of insect pollinators. The official presentation begins at 8:00pm.
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Rainbo Club
Pray for Me: Meg T. Noe & Leonardo Kaplan
Opening Reception

Volumes Bookcafe
Adult Story Time
Grab a beer, sit down, and listen. We're doing this thing. Our folks from Long Day Press are reading some stories for all you "adults" out there.
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Friday (5/24/2019)

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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Young Chicago Authors
SHERO: A Group Exhibition
YCA's latest group show exhibits artwork based on women that inspire and empower...and have yet to get their own comic books. Exhibiting artists include Sophie Bell, Korina Carpenter, Vivian Le, Mia Lee, Kayla Mahaffey, and Nina Talamantes.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday (5/25/2019)

Heaven Gallery
Chopin at Nohant Concert
Be transported to Nohant, the countryside home of novelist George Sand, where Frédéric Chopin and mezzo-soprano Pauline Viardot retreated as guests of the author. There they spent hours at the piano, playing through opera scores and reviving forgotten works while Sand wrote late into the night, listening to their genius as the scent of lime trees filled the summer air. Marlena Dzis (soprano) and Dhilanthi Fernando (piano) take Chopin's mazurkas, arranged for voice by Viardot, and perform them as they are meant to be heard in an intimate space for a small, captivated audience. Program includes selections from 12 Mazurkas for Voice and Piano, composed by Chopin and arranged by Viardot with lyrics by Louis Pomey, including a duet with Ruth Ginelle Heald, mezzo-soprano. The program will also feature Chopin mazurkas presented in their original form on piano by Fernando. $10 suggested donation.
7:00pm to 8:00pm

LVL3 Gallery
LVL3 and Tusk are happy to present LtdWear4, a group exhibition and a fashion collection presenting one-of-a-kind wearables by over 35 artists. The theme for this year’s LtdWear is spa and relaxation. A variety of bathrobes and slippers will be available for purchase on a first-come/first-serve basis throughout the exhibition period. Exhibiting artists include A. Faysal Altunbozar, Melina Ausikaitis, Andrew Bearnot, Ramona Beattie, Jan Brugger, CM Carney, Oscar Chavez, Nick Demarco, Hope Esser, Karolina Gnatowski, Ava Grannan, Erin Hayden, Gurtie Hansell, Alyx Harch, Anneli Henriksson, David Heo, Mika Horibuchi, Sam Jaffe, Jordan Johnson, Hyun Jung Jun, Kate Klingbeil, Cat Lauigan, Melissa Leandro, Sofia Macht, Marissa Macias, Lillian Martinez, Clee McCracken, Abbey Muza, Justin T. Nalley, Rachel Niffenegger, Daniel Salamanca Nunez, Roni Packer, Kamau Patton, Martha Poggioli, Olivia Rehm, Andrea Smith, Andrew Sokol, David Sprecher, Alexa Stark, Chris Tuttle, and Emily Frances Winter.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Volumes Bookcafe
Kiddos will be able to follow along as Miss Kimberly reads 2-3 hand-picked books. The stories are followed by a singalong and kids can get creative with literary-minded coloring or crafting! Children's ages range from 6 weeks to six years old but all ages are welcome! We ask for a $1 donation. Hope to see you there!
10:00am to 11:00am

Sunday (5/26/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Texas Two-Step Dance Class & Workshop
Put on your boots and come get a refresher on the basic Texas Two-Step taught by Caitlin Rafferty and J.B. Ducketts. Then learn a new spin, tuck and stroll with variations. Good for beginners to moderate dancers. Please note that pace is limited to 30 attendees, and thus ticketed at $13 per ticket.
6:00pm to 8:00pm

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
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



Thursday (5/23/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Art of Science: Ecology and Conservation of Pollinators - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Rainbo Club: Pray for Me: Met T. Noe & Leonardo Kaplan - opening reception 
Volumes Bookcafe: Adult Story Time - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Friday (5/24/2019)
Firecat Projects: Elemental: Paintings by Sarah Kaiseer-Amaral - exhibition closes
Young Chicago Authors: SHERO: A Group Exhibition - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday (5/25/2019)
Heaven Gallery: Chopin at Nohant Concert - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: LtdWear4 - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Line Dot Editions: Kayla Mahaffey: Off to the Races - exhibition closes
Volumes Bookcafe: StoryTime! - 10:00am to 11:00am

Sunday (5/26/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Texas Two-Step Dance Class & Workshop - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Drawing by Nate Otto
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Steven Ediger Art System Retrospective
The Dime: Nasturtium
Gallery Cafe: Meg Frazier & Meg Finley
Heaven Gallery: Breach of Contract Strained States
Jackson Junge Gallery: Public Spaces
Little Broken Things: Under the Influence
Roots & Culture: ᗡOUBLEHEADED: Andrew Bearnot & Joshua Kent + Amelia Rudder in the Window
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