Weekend Arts Guide (6/13-6/16 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: June 13, 2019 - June 16, 2019

Image Credit: The Red Brands 7-Letters To Frida/Tenochtitlán, 2019 by Brazilian artist Enivo; as seen in Public Spaces, on view now at Jackson Junge Gallery.

We've got your latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide full of everything going on in the arts around the neighborhood over the next few days! Saturday is a particularly hopping day with several events and happenings. There's something to catch any interest and to please the most discerning of aesthetes, so get out and enjoy the weekend!

Thursday (6/13/2019)

Volumes Bookcafe
Reclaiming Judaism with Brant Rosen & Ben Lorber
Join us as we welcome back Rabbi Brant Rosen in conversation with Ben Lorber, his co-contributor to the new book Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation. This new text is a collection of personal narratives from forty different Jewish activists and scholars. Brant and Ben will be discussing their contributions to the text, as well as the conversation surrounding the topic as a whole. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be on hand for purchase.
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Young Chicago AuthorsAdidas Originals
Emcee Olympics

Join us at Adidas Wicker Park for first all woman alternative rap battle featuring the first 16 emcees to sign up! There are three judges from the community who determine which participants move on to the next round. The participants names are inserted randomly into a bracket-style sheet where two people are paired against one another. Each participant should come prepared to perform their own music. The first round has sixteen people and is your best 16 bars. The second round has eight participants and is a freestyle compliment round. The 3rd round has four semifinalists and involves audience participation–four audience members gives the participants five words and then they go off for 10 minutes and write a 16 and perform it. The last round has two finalists performing tracks of their own.
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Friday (6/14/2019)

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. + 826CHI
This Is What It Feels Like To Exist: Teen Writers Studio Community Celebration
Join 826CHI students, staff, volunteers, friends, and family for a community celebration of This Is What It Feels Like to Exist and the brave young writers behind it. Throughout the school year, members of the Teen Writers Studio meet at 826CHI to practice writing and explore their personal styles. Professional authors visit to lead workshops, share their experiences as writers, and introduce students to a variety of genres. Students explore literature and writing across the rich cultural landscape of Chicago, attending live lit events and Chicago Ideas Week talks. This chapbook is the culmination of all of that hard work and growth, and cause for celebration. Catch and release butterflies, belt "I Want You Back" in the backseat, and feel your heart flutter as you make the first move in This Is What It Feels Like to Exist. Featuring a foreword by poet Tara Betts, this new anthology navigates identity, growing up in a city, and finding hope in the smallest of things.
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Saturday (6/15/2019)

iD Chicago
Tom Ford Eyewear Event
Join iD for an exclusive eyewear event featuring Tom Ford's spring and summer collection. Enjoy personal fittings and light refreshments, and with every frame purchase made, you will be entered to win a free Tom Ford frame. Need to update your eyeglass or contact lens prescription? No problem! The Dr. is in Sunday. Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Davis Vision, Eyemed and VSP insurances accepted.
11:00am to 6:00pm

Jackson Junge Gallery
Rebel Nell Pop Up
Strong. Fierce. Unique. One of no other kind. Rebel Nell exists to employ, educate and empower women with barriers to employment in Detroit. They repurpose fallen graffiti and bits of street art, revealing the beauty underneath each layer. Forged through powerful determination, Rebel Nell jewelry is a testament to the women who created it. This pop-up is the perfect compliment to the gallery's current exhibition, Public Spaces
Noon to 5:00pm

LVL3 Gallery
Where is the Reward
LVL3 presents, Where is the Reward, a two-person exhibition featuring Chicago based Jessie Darnell and Columbus based Morgan Rose Free. Free is breathing new life into objects found through anthropomorphic transformations creating alternative narrative structures and contexts. Darnell is also rewriting narratives by framing sourced imagery of call girls, plumbing books, and fetish letters in combination with materials associated with dominance and desire. The new bodies of work within Where is the Reward examine how Darnell and Free make material connections through assemblage and mixed media collage to discuss ideas around agency. Agency within the forms or figures they uncover and then establish as shiny new objects.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

BYO Container Candle Making Workshop
Join us to transform your favorite mug into an adorable soy wax candle in an interactive candle-making class. The class, led by Chicago candle-maker Jessica Snively, creator of Milton and Margie’s Soy Wax Candles, teaches you everything you need to know to make a soy wax candle in a reused or vintage container. Throughout the process, you’ll create your own signature fragrance from a blend of scented soy-based oils. Jess will supply a bunch of eclectic oils with options from floral (e.g., Lavender and Juniper) to natural (e.g., Cedar and Eucalyptus) and sweet (e.g., Buttercream and Fudge Brownie) to rugged (e.g., Leather). Bring one or two vessels (mug, teacup, tin can) to fill with wax or choose a vintage piece from Jess' collection. Tickets ($40) include 1 lb. of wax (depending on the size of your container(s), you’ll leave with 1–2 completed candles), a vintage vessel (if you didn't BYO), your choice of multiple fragrance oils, beverages and snacks, and 10% off any purchases at Neighborly the day of the workshop.
3:00pm to 5:00pm

No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
Bodymilk Presents: Noise Prom II
For the second time in as many years, Bodymilk Tapes is proud to present a festival of hot noise from all over!!! Noises by Annacetaminophen, Dreamcrusher, Cae Monae, H e a d a c h e, Jen Hill/Nick Meryhew, Middle School Crush (Hedra Rowan, natalie[dot]computer, and vvermikulture), and Sydney Léonie Pritchard. Admission is $10 at the door.
5:00pm to Midnight

Toy de Jour
Mega Man Group Art Show
Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts presents their June group art show based on Mega Man! There may even be a few Mega Man games to play... Snacks and food are a staple, so don't even worry about it!
Opening Reception Noon to 5:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Reading & Conversation with Jeremy T. Wilson, Adam Kovac, and Hugh Martin
Join Volumes in a reading and conversation with authors Jeremy T. Wilson, Adam Kovac, and Hugh Martin. Wilson is the author of the short story collection Adult Teeth. He is a former winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award for short fiction, and his stories have appeared or are forthcoming in literary magazines such as The Carolina QuarterlyThe Florida ReviewHobartSonora ReviewThird Coast and other publications. Kovac served in the U.S. Army infantry, with deployments to Panama, Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan. A former journalist, he's also covered the crime and court beats for newspapers in Indiana, Florida and Illinois. Martin is originally from northeast Ohio and he spent six years in the Army National Guard and deployed to Iraq in 2004. He is the author of So, How Was The War?The Stick Soldiers, and In Country. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Yaddo residency, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a Sewanee Writers' Conference Fellowship. He was the winner of the 11th annual A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions, Ltd., and the winner of the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award from The Iowa Review.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday (6/16/2019)

iD Chicago
Tom Ford Eyewear Event
Join iD for an exclusive eyewear event featuring Tom Ford's spring and summer collection. Enjoy personal fittings and light refreshments, and with every frame purchase made, you will be entered to win a free Tom Ford frame. Need to update your eyeglass or contact lens prescription? No problem! The Dr. is in Sunday. Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Davis Vision, Eyemed and VSP insurances accepted.
11:00am to 3:00pm

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 Ryan Burns (8:00-10:00am), James Fraser (10:00am-noon), and Joe & the Krikorians (noon-2:00pm).
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions

AdventureLand Works on Paper
Citizens: New Work by Susan Hagen
Susan Hagen is a sculptor who lives and works in Philadelphia. Her primary artistic concern is to "convey – through the sensuous forms of wood sculpture and a narrative language informed by current events – some of the raw beauty around [her] in the world." Citizens is a series of works that celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of ordinary people who make up the fabric of urban life. The gallery is pet friendly.

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Personal History in Narrative Figure Paintings
In this group show six artists present their personal histories in their oil and acrylic paintings. Exhibiting artists include Noël Ash, Gabriella Boros, Andrea Kaspryk, Jonathon McKay, Kateryna Tkachenko, and Xiaotong Zhao. The show is curated by Agitator member Andrea Kaspryk.

The Dime
Paul Beaty: Midwest American Scenes
Paul began his love for Small-Town Americana in his hometown of LeRoy, Illinois, which is where he also launched his photojournalism career at the age of 14. In this body of work, created over a span of 30 years, and assembled for the first time under the title Midwest American Scenes, Beaty documented everyday scenes as a  "passive observer." We are proud to host Paul’s first solo show, an exhibition of this American odyssey of the Midwest. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Silver Room
100 Canvases: Silent Auction & Party
The Silver Room is proud to present 100 Canvases, a fundraiser for the 16th Annual Sound System Block Party: The Greater Good. This group exhibition features collage assemblage, graphic design, illustration, installation, painting, photography, and relief sculpture from intergenerational artists SAMO MEDIA, Angela Maria Azmitia, Lindsey Isooto Everett Bates, Wisdom Baty, Tom Burtonwood, Samuel Canales, Lotus Love, Stephen Flemister, Kwabena Foli, Anitra Frazier Art, Iker Gil, Catina Robinson-Hale, Holly Holmes, Elizabeth Jackson, James Jankowiak, Tiye Johnson, Jaymes Josef, Delisha Love, Christopher Tomorrow, Pillsbury Comet, Seyi Olonilua, Vero D Orozco, Anjelic Owens, Dale Paracuelles, Travon Printis, Dewitt Quayim, Kat Anya, Ibrahim Rush, Raquel Dowdy Stallworth, De'Ja' Survillion, Edna Togba, Inspired by Tyler, Aos Vavi, Jess Waldmann, Shan Wallace, Dwight White Art, Anthony Williams, Art4Maaly, Allamar Young, and  Avery R. Young; curated by Sadie Woods. Hosted by Brian Babylon and DJ All The Way Kay.

Vertical Gallery
Stinkfish: The short distance between the lands. The long distance between ports.
Vertical Gallery presents Colombian artist Stinkfish in his second solo exhibition at the gallery. Born in Mexico, but raised in Colombia, Stinkfish has been honing his skills on the streets of his hometown of Bogota since an early age. His murals, always bursting with color, have a stenciled portrait at their center. These portraits are taken from photos that the artist takes during his travels around the world. Stinkfish uses similar color techniques that were popularized in the pop art movement in the 50s. The portrait itself is created with only two or three colors, so the bright and varied colors of the patterns jump to the forefront.

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
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.



Thursday (6/13/2019)
Volumes Bookcafe: Reclaiming Judaism with Brant Rosen & Ben Lorber - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Young Chicago Authors @ Adidas Originals: Emcee Olympics - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Friday (6/14/2019)
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. + 826CHI: This Is What It Feels Like To Exist: Teen Writers Studio Community Celebration - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Saturday (6/15/2019)
iD Chicago: Tom Ford Eyewear Event - 11:00am to 6:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Rebel Nell Pop Up - noon to 5:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: Where is the Reward - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Neighborly: BYO Container Candle Making Workshop - 3:00pm  to 5:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: Bodymilk Presents: Noise Prom II - 5:00pm to midnight
Toy de Jour: Mega Man Group Art Show - opening reception noon to 5:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Reading & Conversation with Jeremy T. Wilson, Adam Kovac, and Hugh Martin - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday (6/16/2019)
iD Chicago: Tom Ford Eyewear Event - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open with music 8:00am to 2:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Citizens: New Work by Susan Hagen
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Personal History in Narrative Figure Paintings
The Dime: Paul Beaty: Midwest American Scenes 
Firecat Projects: William Counter: Simple Spells
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: The True North Creative Trunk Show
Gallery Cafe: Meg Frazier & Meg Finley
Heaven Gallery: Breach of Contract Strained States
Jackson Junge Gallery: Public Spaces
Langer Over Dickie: Highly Illogical
Line Dot Editions: Zach Schrey: What's Up Doc
Little Broken Things: A System of Signifiers: Matthew Lawson Garret & Katie Williams
Rainbo Club: Pray for Me: Met T. Noe & Leonardo Kaplan
Roots & Culture: ᗡOUBLEHEADED: Andrew Bearnot & Joshua Kent + Amelia Rudder in the Window
The Silver Room: 100 Canvases: Silent Auction & Party 
Vertical Gallery: Stinkfish: The short distance between the lands. The long distance between ports.
VGA Gallery: PLAY.GROUND II: Video Game Art from Hong Kong
Young Chicago Authors: I am the Art, We Are the Culture