Weekend Arts Guide (5/9-5/12 2019)
Image Credit: Detail of work by Nate Otto, as seen in Drawing, on view now at AdventureLand Works on Paper.
Get out and enjoy your weekend with the many events and happenings across the arts here in Wicker Park Bucktown! Our latest WPB Weekend Arts guide has several exhibitions coming to a close this weekend, and for each one, another show opens. So spring into your local art scene with all the goods we have on offer...
Discover the Dreamer: Dream Practice Workshop
Dreams are deeply entrenched into our everyday lives, regardless of our consciousness of them. We spend nearly 1/3 of our lives asleep. We can use this time for healing, wish fulfillment, spiritual growth, creativity, and more. Whether you're looking to kick start or deepen your dreaming practice, this workshop we will take a deeper look at our dreams and how to make the most of them, learn about Myths and History of Dreams, the Science of Sleep and Dreams, How to Improve Your Sleep, Dream Interpretation, Lucid Dreaming, Dealing With Nightmares and Sleep Paralysis, and the ancient practice of Tibetan Dream Yoga. This workshop will enhance your relationship with your dream life and shed light into the darkness we find in the night to Discover The Dreamer within you. Please bring a dream journal and something to write with. The workshop will be $30.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Deep Dish Spring Edition
Deep Dish is a quarterly reading series of Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction and Fantasy! It is a crazy good event, with some incredible authors working in and out of this genre. This month's incredible lineup includes Mary Anne Mohanraj, Michael Moreci, Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Najm Haq, Angeli Primlani, Ajapa Sharma, and Supipi Weerasooriya.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Bright Endeavors Pop Up
Join us as we host our friends from local non-profit Bright Endeavors. All purchases of their locally-made soy wax candles benefit Moms in need in the Chicago area. We'll have snacks, giveaways (including a $50 Neighborly gift card and Bright Endeavors Candles), and a gift with purchase during the event!
3:00pm to 7:00pm
The Silver Room
Pleasure Principle is a multimedia exhibition exploring the complexities of Black life, subcultural and counter-cultural communities. These select works conceptually engage with love and companionship, collective memory-work as an act of resistance, and query dominant societal narratives. Lustral explorations of civic life, afrofuturism and technology yield works of realism, fantasy and desire through photography, painting, illustration, sculpture, and installation. The exhibition, curated by Sadie Woods, will include work by Nicole Briggs, Dredske, Jory Drew, Stephanie Graham, Caswell James, Allen Moore, and Anthony Williams.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Herbert Marcuse: A Conversation with Nick Thorkolson and Ruby T
Nick Thorkelson is a cartoonist living in Boston. He has done cartoons on local politics for The Boston Globe and in support of organizations working on economic justice, peace, and public health. He is the co-author and/or illustrator of The Earth Belongs to the People, The Underhanded History of the USA, The Legal Rights of Union Stewards, The Comic Strip of Neoliberalism, and Economic Meltdown Funnies, and has contributed to a number of nonfiction comics anthologies. Nick also moonlights as a musician, animator, graphic designer, and painter. Ruby T’s work is an experiment in translating fantasy to reality, and she is fueled by anger, desire, and magic. She investigates the stimulating, banal, and often infrastructural as sites of power and exchange: nightclubs, domestic appliances, conferences, and bodies of water. Ruby received her MFA from SAIC in 2016, and was named a 2018 Newcity Breakout Artist. She has shown at Chicago venues including Randy Alexander Gallery, Iceberg Projects, Hyde Park Art Center, and Roman Susan.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
The Collage Day workshop focuses on inexpensive and easy methods for creating your own collage-based animation. Channel your inner Terry Gilliam and explore the world of cut-out puppets, creating animated sequences, tips and tricks for moveable collages, and how to set up a portable mini-animation stand with your smartphone. Participants will have the opportunity to animate their artwork under the camera, and create movie files they can share with the world. The workshop is open to teens 15 and up and adults. Facilitated by Paloma Trecka, owner of Stroboscopia Animation and Instructor/Lecturer at DePaul University and Columbia College, and Lisa Barcy, Instructor/Lecturer in Animation at DePaul University. Donations accepted on a sliding scale of $5-15.
Workshop Noon to 3:30pm
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.
Closing Reception 1:00pm to 4:00pm
gallery no one
Bye Bye America
Bye Bye America is an event that celebrates the farewell to a period of time and prospects for the future. Through the transformation of the gallery, the exhibition creates a space to conjure the audience’s memories when they first entered the United States. They may also have the chance to re-experience the feeling of anticipation, joy, panic, or fear. Meanwhile, the video work American Dream focuses on seven international students who shared different lives and changes in the United States over the years. The event attempts to value different kinds of emotion and memories that relate to the experience of being a nonresident alien in the US but have been staying here for a great amount of time. Specifically for people like international students, this experience is always more than a piece of visa on a foreign passport. Eventually, when they leave the States, it is undoubtedly beyond a one-way ticket. This is the last event of gallery no one. It marks the gallery’s three years of commitment of supporting and promoting emerging artists. Please come to celebrate with us and say goodbye to the gallery.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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.
Exhibitions Close - Final Day
Grant William Thye: Second Time Around
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
FRESH INK: Resistance through Self-Representation with Hoda Katebi
FRESH INK is a year-long community workshop series that brings in seasoned teaching artists to lead intergenerational, interdisciplinary workshops. Join Hoda Katebi, Chicago-based community organizer and author of the radical, internationally-acclaimed platform JooJoo Azad, as she guides participants in an engaging conversation on resistance through self-documentation, both online and offline. Our stories are far too often left to be told by those in power and those who have incentive to dehumanize the other for their own privilege and profit. From the prevalence of fake news to the consistent erasure of stories of the oppressed from history books, it has never been more important to have the tools at our disposal to control our own narratives, tell our own stories, and take our education and representation into our own hands.
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Butoh: Body + Imagination
This class is for dancers, actors, martial artists, butoh artists or the butoh-curious. You do not need to have previous experience with butoh, but it helps. Whatever your circumstance, please show up ready to do your best! In this 4 hour workshop, we use center (hara/tanden/dantian) work and specific imagery to dive deep into dancing butoh. You'll learn different techniques for releasing tension to open physically and energetically. This class uses a combination of improv and technique. Finally, using embodied imagery, we create dances that can carry us and support our daily lives. Instruction for butoh is instruction for life!
Noon to 4:00pm
Tarot Readings by Sarah Luczko
Quimby’s is proud to welcome back tarot readings by Sarah Luczko. Sarah is a poet, dancer, performance artist, bookstore owner (Space Oddities), and Tarot reader. Her readings are down to earth, while still keeping one foot in the other world. Sarah works with querents to produce a reading through collaboration with the cards. She embraces the traveling tradition of party readings. She prefers to read in loud bars, outdoors, in a garden, at art openings, or anywhere away from more traditional settings. $20 per reading.
1:00pm to 6:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Drawing by Nate Otto
Join us for an exhibition of drawings by Nate Otto. Pet friendly.
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.
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.
This month, Gallery Cafe is featuring work by Jim Davis, a multi-talented, painter and poet.
Jackson Junge Gallery
Public Spaces + Salt to Sand (extended)
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.
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. This exhibition has been extended until May 15.
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.
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.
Drinks and Laughs: Works by Stella Brown & Tamara Becerra Valdez
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
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)!
Young Chicago Authors
Forms of Rest
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.
Sideshow Gallery: Discover the Dreamer: Dream Practice Workshop - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Deep Dish Spring Edition - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Neighborly: Bright Endeavors Pop Up - 3:00pm to 7:00pm
The Silver Room: Pleasure Principle - exhibition closes
VGA Gallery: PLAY.GROUND II: Video Game Art from Hong Kong - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Herbert Marcuse: A Conversation with Nick Thorkolson and Ruby T - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Steven Ediger Art System Retrospective - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm + World Collage Day Workshop - noon to 3:30pm
Dreambox Gallery: Piotr Antonow - closing reception 1:00pm to 4:00pm
gallery no one: Bye Bye America - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Roots & Culture: Bad Taste: Edward Cabral & Nick Van Zanten + Pete Brooks: Fipso Facto in the Window - exhibitions close
Vertical Gallery: Grant William Thye: Second Time Around - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: StoryTime! - 10:00am to 11:00am
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.: FRESH INK: Resistance through Self-Representation with Hoda Katebi - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
OuterSpace: Butoh: Body + Imagination - noon to 4:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Tarot Readings by Sarah Lucsko - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Drawing by Nate Otto
The Dime: Nasturtium
Firecat Projects: Elemental: Paintings by Sarah Kaiser-Amaral
Gallery Cafe: Jim Davis
Jackson Junge Gallery: Public Spaces + Salt to Sand (extended)
LVL3 Gallery: Source of Origin
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
Young Chicago Authors: Forms of Rest