Weekend Arts Guide (5/31-6/2 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: May 31, 2019 - June 2, 2019

Image Credit: Drone 4, 2019 by Czr Prz, as seen in Public Spaces on view now at Jackson Junge Gallery.

It's a big weekend in Wicker Park Bucktown with Do Division Street Fest dominating the weekend, the return of our farmers market, and a plethora of exhibitions, events, and happenings all across the neighborhoods! There's something for just about any taste or age group and spring is looking wonderful right about now, so get out and support your local artists, businesses, and organizations!


Friday (5/31/2019)


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Spring Fling
This gallery party is held in conjunction with the nearby Do Division street festival. Stop by for some Agitator swag, a photobooth, participatory art, sponsorship opportunities, and more...
7:00pm to 10:00pm


Do Division Street Fest
Do Division Street Fest takes place on Division Street between Damen and Leavitt in West Town Chicago and features two live music stages, a wide variety of local vendors and food, plenty of ice cold beer from sponsor Goose Island, wine and spirits, a dedicated Family Fun Fest area with family activities and stage (which exclusively benefits local elementary schools), plus Do Fashion with local designer runway shows and DJs. Division Street between Ashland and Leavitt is packed with independent businesses, salons, spas, restaurants, bars, bakeries, coffee shops and cafes. It’s wide, tree-lined sidewalks and dozens of outdoor sidewalk cafes give it a distinctly European feel. There is an optional $10 donation requested to attend the event. Proceeds from Do Division Street Fest benefits local non-profits and schools.
5:00pm to 10:00pm


Firecat Projects
William Counter: Simple Spells
Firecat Projects presents Simple Spells, a one-person exhibition featuring the works of Kansas artist William Counter. Media theorist Dick Hebdige identifies an individual as a bricoleur when they "appropriate another range of commodities by placing them in a symbolic ensemble which serve to erase or subvert their original straight meanings." Simple Spells’ is a visual example of bricolage, where the artist has collected common objects–yardsticks, advertisement flyers–and utilized them to facilitate a vision based on "magical thinking." This is an outsider art where the objects themselves are to be experienced through their talismanic value and numinous qualities.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm


OuterSpace Studios
HautNAH: Butoh Intensive Workshop Student Performance
Six days of Intensive Butoh Workshop with Tadashi Endo over the past month, culminate with a student performance. HAUTNAH means "close to the skin." We will focus on recovering, the space between things, finding new patterns, new imaginations, discovering new sensations, and encouraging continued growth in each of our bodies.
7:00pm to 9:00pm


Quimby's Bookstore
Drink N' Draw: CAKE Friday Edition
Quimby’s is proud to help co-sponsor CAKE—The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, a weekend fest featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more. The night before the fest join comics artists for a special edition of Drink n’ Draw where comics artists and educators, Aaron Renier (author of Spiral-Bound, Walker Bean,and Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon) and Alex Nall (author of Teaching Comics, Let Some Word That Is Heard Be Yours, Lawns) will lead a series of drawing games and activities! Come out for a fun time featuring refreshments, socializing and secret prizes!
7:00pm


Volumes Bookcafe
Speak: All-Ages Open Mic
Welcome to Volumes' all ages Open Mic. We want to create a safe space for Chicago's youth to perform and share their stories, poems, music and more! Join us for the last Friday each month as we open the store to Chicago's young talent. Adults can join the fun as well, but we ask that any work shared be appropriate for young audiences (i.e. No racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist language. No sex, drugs or violence.) We're excited to get this started. Teachers, spread the word!
6:30pm to 8:30pm


Saturday (6/1/2019)


AdventureLand Works on Paper
Drawing by Nate Otto
Join us for an exhibition of drawings by Nate Otto. Pet friendly.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day


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. A conversation with the curator and recollections of the artist and his work will be held at 7:00pm.
Closing Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm


The Dime
Nasturtium
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. Refreshments will be served for the closing reception.
Closing Reception 4:00pm to 8:00pm


Do Division Street Fest
Do Division Street Fest takes place on Division Street between Damen and Leavitt in West Town Chicago and features two live music stages, a wide variety of local vendors and food, plenty of ice cold beer from sponsor Goose Island, wine and spirits, a dedicated Family Fun Fest area with family activities and stage (which exclusively benefits local elementary schools), plus Do Fashion with local designer runway shows and DJs. Division Street between Ashland and Leavitt is packed with independent businesses, salons, spas, restaurants, bars, bakeries, coffee shops and cafes. It’s wide, tree-lined sidewalks and dozens of outdoor sidewalk cafes give it a distinctly European feel. There is an optional $10 donation requested to attend the event. Proceeds from Do Division Street Fest benefits local non-profits and schools.
Noon to 10:00pm


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
The True North Creative Trunk Show
Firefly is excited to be hosting a trunk show of The True North Creative Yarn! This indie dyer is out of Mississauga, Canada, creating beautiful variegated, speckled, and self stripping yarn! The trunk show will run for the month of June.
Show Opens Noon

    
Heaven Gallery
Breach of Contract Artist Talk + Janette King/Brittany Nacole/Tiara Déshané Concert + Strained States Readings
Join artists Judith Brotman, Jeffrey Grauel, Meg Duguid and curator Paul Hopkin as they discuss their artistic practices and walk through their group show, Breach of Contract.
Janette King is a producer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and DJ based in Montreal. Janette’s unique sound blends together soulful vocals, upbeat production style, and honest lyrics to create a truly captivating listening experience. EP 143 is her most engaging work yet. The collection takes you through the many different sides of love; the pain in losing it, the anxieties and uncertainty in having it, and the excitement in finding it. Told from Janette King’s own experiences, the personal nature of 143 can be heard in the emotive delivery of the tracks and felt within each penetrating beat.
Join us for readings and performances by artists Cameron Clayborn and Elena Ailes that provide thoughtful tangents to their works included in Strained States.
Artist Talk and Readings 1:00pm + Concert 7:00pm


Langer Over Dickie
Highly Illogical 
Langer/Dickie presents as its inaugural exhibition, Highly Illogical, a hybrid two-person show and collaborative installation by Chicago-based artists Jason Dunda and Erin Washington. The two artists come together to transform the gallery space into one of tangential thinking, humor, and improvisation. In addition to selections from their individual studio practices, Dunda and Washington will present collaborative works that draw connections between disparate images and materials from the history of art, design, and popular culture. The audience will likely recognize references to Star Trek, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Buckminster Fuller, and other cultural iconography.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Line Dot Editions
Zach Schrey: What's Up Doc
Line Dot is excited to present our second exclusive release of new paintings by Zach Schrey, a Chicago-based artist and printmaker/co-owner of Pop!nk Editions. Rooted in contemporary urban culture, Schrey creates an alternate world of characters and designs that remind us of the everyday, yet have an instant presence because of their bold, clean aesthetic. Influenced by the ubiquitous imagery of cartoons, comics, and corporate logos/brands, Schrey’s work collectively pokes fun at these cultural icons, heightening our awareness of their superficiality and constant presence in our lives.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Little Broken Things
A System of Signifiers: Matthew Lawson Garrett & Katie Williams
Little Broken Things hosts their first two person exhibition featuring the work of Matthew Lawson Garrett and Katie Williams with a pop up table with Ahki Design offering handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry designed to protect, inspire and feed the spirit of the modern day warrior.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm


The Plantier: A Rare Plant Shop & Gallery
Soft Opening
A new plant shop and gallery will be hold their soft opening. There will be great deals! You will find various amounts of rare plants procured from the shopkeep's travels. Come to support the shop and gallery and check out a new small, local business. 
9:00am to 9:00pm


The Silver Room + Chicago Black Social Culture Map
Black Migrations: House, Hip Hop & Acid Jazz–90s Wicker Park/Northside Edition
Join Chicago Black Social Culture Map at The Silver Room Wicker Park for Black Migrations, the third edition of 2019 exploring the 1990s through early 2000s nightlife and social culture of Chicago's Wicker Park and the Northside. Panel conversations will explore Black Chicago's influx into the Northside scene through house, disco, hip hop, acid jazz, and spoken word cultural circulations. As always, bring your photos, flyers, fashion, and stories to be archived on site and added to the digital map!
Noon to 5:00pm


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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day


Volumes Bookcafe
Alex Willan: Jasper & Ollie
Join us the much anticipated debut of Alex Willan's children's book Jasper & Ollie! We will be celebrating with drinks and treats! Two funny, unlikely friends—a thoughtful, deliberate sloth and an impulsive, impatient fox—make their big debut in this hilarious new picture book celebrating friendship and the wonderful ways in which we’re all different. With a clever design that shows Jasper’s hectic rush compared with Ollie’s casual stroll, this hilarious and visual story allows young readers to easily recognize the differences between the two pals. It’s a smartly paced, hugely funny celebration of our differences.
6:30pm to 8:30pm


The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge
Just Kitten Around!
Comedy show Just Kitten Around is back and we are so excited to start this new chapter with the wonderful people at The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge! It’s such a cute space with tons of different types of chairs and CATS and KITTENS. We can’t wait to help raise money with some funnies for this beautiful and warm space. Come on in at 6:30pm and play with kitties until the show starts. BYOB! Elsie How and Alex Collyard are excited to host Megan Stalter, Megan Hosack, Luis Arevalo, and a special secret 4th act for our very first show! Come out if you can! If you can’t, just reserve some time to spend with the kitties on a different day!
6:00pm to 8:00pm


Young Chicago Authors
I am the Art, We Are the Culture
In winter 2019, Young Chicago Authors and South Side in Focus came together to produce an exhibition with the theme I am the Art, We Are the Culture. After learning more about the practice of photography, Louder than A Bomb team captains took photos based on this theme at their practices, competitions, and celebrations. Come see the final presentation of their work. Food and refreshments will be provided, and entrance is free.
Opening Reception 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Sunday (6/2/2019)


Do Division Street Fest
Do Division Street Fest takes place on Division Street between Damen and Leavitt in West Town Chicago and features two live music stages, a wide variety of local vendors and food, plenty of ice cold beer from sponsor Goose Island, wine and spirits, a dedicated Family Fun Fest area with family activities and stage (which exclusively benefits local elementary schools), plus Do Fashion with local designer runway shows and DJs. Division Street between Ashland and Leavitt is packed with independent businesses, salons, spas, restaurants, bars, bakeries, coffee shops and cafes. It’s wide, tree-lined sidewalks and dozens of outdoor sidewalk cafes give it a distinctly European feel. There is an optional $10 donation requested to attend the event. Proceeds from Do Division Street Fest benefits local non-profits and schools.
Noon to 10:00pm


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Amigurumi Crochet Workshop
Create some magic with our Spirited Away themed Amigurumi Crochet Workshop! We’ll be crocheting a miniature Haku dragon and learning the basics of crocheting adorable stuffed creations! Sarah Jamison will be leading you through the workshop, guiding you to crochet in the round and sculpt with your stitches. We’ll also work on adding finishing details to bring life and personality to your creation! Must know how to crochet the basic stitches to participate in this workshop. If you do not know the basic crochet stitches but would like to participate in this workshop, we suggest taking an Intro to Crochet class.
2:00pm to 4:00pm


Wicker Park Advisory Council
Mr. Dave at the Wicker Park Playground

Wicker Park Advisory Council & Garden Club in partnership with the Chicago Park District will present Mr. Dave Music in the Playground. He will get the littlest kids singing, clapping, jumping and dancing. With a mix of original songs and children’s classics, Mr. Dave sparks a lifelong love of music and encourages a creative spirit. Being hailed by parents as “pure magic” and an “absolute must do activity for the entire family,” this is a show you do not want to miss! This event has also been sponsored in part by Special Service Area #33.
10:00am to 10:45am


Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Musical performance by Menage a Trio are from 10:00am to noon and Van Isaacson from noon to 2:00pm.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm


Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
Secret Agent Storytime
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to sing, dance, read books, and make crafts with Agent Zach and your friends, parents, and siblings on the first Sunday of every month at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. This message will self-destruct in 30 seconds. We're counting on you, junior story agents! This event is free and open to the public. Recommended for junior agents ages 0-4 and their families.
11:00am


Ongoing Exhibitions


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.


LVL3 Gallery
LtdWear4
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.


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


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.


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.


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.


 

Locations

Friday (5/31/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Spring Fling - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Do Division Street Fest: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Firecat Projects: William Counter: Simple Spells - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
OuterSpace Studios: HautNAH: Butoh Intensive Workshop Student Performance - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Drink N' Draw: CAKE Friday Edition - 7:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Speak: All-Ages Open Mic - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday (6/1/2019)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Drawing by Nate Otto - exhibition closes
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Steven Ediger Art Stystem Retrospective - closing reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
The Dime: Nasturtium - closing reception 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Do Division Street Fest: noon to 10:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: The True North Creative Trunk Show - starts noon
Heaven Gallery: Breach of Contract Artist Talk Janette King/Brittany Nacole/Tiara Déshané Concert Strained States Reading - talk and readings 1:00pm with concert 7:00pm
Langer Over Dickie: Highly Illogical - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Line Dot Editions: Zach Schrey: What's Up Doc - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Little Broken Things: A System of Signifiers: Matthew Lawson Garrett & Katie Williams - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
The Plantier: A Rare Plant Shop & Gallery: Soft Opening - 9:00am to 9:00pm
The Silver Room: Black Migrations: House, Hip Hop & Acid Jazz–90s Wicker Park/Northside Edition - noon to 5:00pm
Vertical Gallery: Grant William Thye: Second Time Around - exhibition closes
Volumes Bookcafe: Alex Willan: Jasper & Ollie - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge: Just Kitten Around! - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: I am the Art, We Are the Culture - opening reception 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Sunday (6/2/2019)
Do Division Street Fest: noon to 10:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Amigurumi Crochet Workshop - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Wicker Park Advisory Council: Mr. Dave at the Wicker Park Playground - 10:00am to 10:45am
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm with music 10:00am to 2:00pm
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.: Secret Agent Storytime - 11:00am 

Ongoing Exhibitions
Gallery Cafe: Meg Frazier & Meg Finley 
Heaven Gallery: Breach of Contract Strained States
Jackson Junge Gallery: Public Spaces
LVL3 Gallery: LtdWear4
Rainbo Club: Pray for Me: Meg T. Noe & Leondardo Kaplan
Roots & Culture: ᗡOUBLEHEADED: Andrew Bearnot & Joshua Kent + Amelia Rudder in the Window
VGA Gallery: PLAY.GROUND II: Video Game Art from Hong Kong
Young Chicago Authors: SHERO: A Group Exhibition