Weekend Arts Guide (6/20-6/23 2019)
Image Credit: Photograph, 2018, by Derrick Woods-Morrow as seen in Strained States, on view now at Heaven Gallery.
Summer officially starts on Friday, but the arts in Wicker Park Bucktown get a bit of a head start on the season. Starting Thursday, the neighborhood will host numerous different art events, readings, and happenings that are sure to get you in the summer mood! Take a look at our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide to read up on the neighborhood art offerings over the next few days and plan your weekend...
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Art of Science: Surface Microbes on Earth -> Life on Mars?
In this science outreach series, scientists present different scientific topics to the general public in a laid back atmosphere in an art gallery. If there is, or ever was, life on an extraterrestrial planetary body, we believe evidence of that life would likely be found below the surface, protected from harsh surface conditions. Dr. Elizabeth Momper of Northwestern University uses DNA to study how these microbes subsist, how they gain energy, and how they interact with their environment. She also studies what sorts of traces they leave behind, known as 'biomarkers,' figuring out how to detect life in the subsurface of Earth, what sorts of energy metabolisms that life employs, and what sorts of lasting traces that life leaves behind will help prepare us to do the same on Mars. Vegan snacks will be provided alongside a donation bar.
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Al Burian Brings Anarchy and Apocalypse
Writer, musician, comic artist zine-maker Al Burian (best known for his Orwellian-themed band Milemarker and darkly humorous personal zine Burn Collector) reads from new work and presents his newest book, No Apocalypse: Punk, Politics, and the Great American Weirdness, a collection of columns and miscellany from turn-of-the-millennium publications such as Punk Planet and The Skeleton. The evening also sees the first US appearance of Dean Street, an epic comic book series by Al Burian and Berlin comic artist Oska Wald. The action takes place in a mythical version of Chicago, and features a zany cast of characters, some unnerving supernatural occurrences, and the best rock show ever drawn. The evening will also feature a brief music performance by Anarkuss, the post-apocalyptic no-electricity song and story act, offering a glimpse into what punk bands will sound like when the power grid fails and we all revert to eating nuts and berries…
Beth Klacko: Life Finds a Way + Velvet Goldmine's Clock Collection
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Am I Man Enough?
Organized by Ada Cheng and lending personal narrative with social critique, Am I Man Enough? is the show where people tell personal stories to critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity and the construction of masculinity and manhood. This month's lineup features Ana Diaz, Kelin Hall, Scott Hanada, Jennifer Marcellis, Jasminum McMullen, Rachel Reed, Jojo Rodriguez, and Ryan Paul Nolasco Viloria. You don't see these tellers often, but they all have important stories to tell. For some, this will be their debut in storytelling. This show is committed to developing new and emerging tellers.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Line Dot Editions
Third Annual Juried Show
Line Dot is thrilled to present our Third Annual Juried Show featuring original work from 25 selected local artists, including Aidan Hercules, Ann Weinheimer, Antonio Beniquez, Barry Callahan, Blake Jones, Caroline Liu, Cristi López, Dale Paracuelles, Dovie Golden, Elaine Boby, Emmett Merrill, Eric Weatherford, Frank Quintero, Gary Schechner, Isamar Medina, Joseph Renda Jr., Kurt Kreissl, Laura Catherwood, Lily Cozzens, Merry James, Moises Salazar, Mosher, Oscar Joyo | Sean Hannaway, and Zachary Mory. The opening reception will be sponsored by Old Style.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Voracious Signing with Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr
Voracious creators Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr return to Challengers for the release of the first issue in the new Voracious series: Appetite for Destruction! Markisan and Jason will be in the shop signing copies of all of their Voracious work, and if you haven't caught up yet, they'll have the collections for the first two series available for purchase. Don't miss these two great creators! Also...giveaways!
11:00am to 3:00pm
Tangential States: An Afternoon of Readings
As an expansion to the ideas circulating in the exhibition Strained States, Tangential States brings together a group of artists and writers who push our thoughts elsewhere. Their words evoke notions of embodiment, memory, objecthood, familial ties, and spatiality, while simultaneously adding new layers and lenses for reading the artworks included the exhibition. Come enjoy readings by Elena Ailes, Anna Martine Whitehead, Maggie Wong, and Barbarita Polster. Coffee donated by La Colombe and pastries by Artemios.
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Myopic Poetry Series
Occasional live readings and poet talks happen on Mypic's second floor. Admission is free. This week's readings are presented by Hugh Schwartzberg, John James, and more...
The Occult Bookstore
Choas C-ov-N: They Call Me Mellow Yellow
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 with Carrol’s concept of “Yellow” magick, or ego magick. This workshop is pay-what-you-will, $15 suggested donation.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Teen Movie Hell Author Mike "McBeardo" McPhadden & Infernal Guests Blaze Hot on the History of Youth Cinema Gone Wild!
Teen Movie Hell: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Films From Animal House to Zapped! by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden is the ultimate guide to outrageous, anarchic, over-the-top adolescent film farces of the drive-in and VHS eras. Porky’s. Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The Last American Virgin. Risky Business. Revenge of the Nerds. Valley Girl. Sixteen Candles. Pretty in Pink. These and more than the 300 other vintage party-hearty puberty flicks get reviewed in Teen Movie Hell, in a style befitting their bombastic nature, but also with an eye on how they’re perceived in contemporary culture. For this event, Mike McPadden will present a multimedia history of teen cinema, as well as readings by several Teen Movie Hell contributors including Katie Rife (A.V. Club), Wendy McClure (The Wilder Life), Christina Ward (Feral House), and Liz Mason (Quimby’s, a million zines).
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
The Silver Room
Alive & Well Vendor Fair & Day Party
Alive & Well is a vendor fair created to honor culture, community, and slow fashion. Join in a day party featuring 20 local vendors, live DJ's, chair massages, tarot readings, individualized poems, dance performances, and great food. What does Slow Fashion mean? Slow Fashion is clothing made ethically that keeps quality and craftsmanship as its core ideal. Many of our participating vendors are re-sellers of high quality vintage and one of a kid pieces made to last. This event is free and welcomes all ages.
Noon to 8:00pm
Art Story Time
Join us for Art 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
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Bengala Mud Dye Workshop
Learn the history of Japanese Bengala Mud Dyes with Sarah Jamison, as she guides you through the technique of dyeing wool with these ancient pigments. Bringing her experience and knowledge back from her Japan tour, Sarah will instruct you on how to prep and dye wool with the Bengala Mud Dyes. Learn a new dye technique and have fun creating your own hand painted yarn! The $65 workshop fee includes 1 skein of all natural wool yarn, the Bengala Mud Dye station, and the 2 hours of instruction by Sarah.
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Wicker Park Advisory Council
1099 String Quartet at Wicker Park
Wicker Park Advisory Council & Garden Club in partnership with the Chicago Park District will present the 1099 String Quartet, a cutting edge professional string quartet led by Ryan Loeckel. The quartet will present thematic programs and perform outside in the park. To enhance thematic content of each performance additional instruments will be added to the quartet at some of the performances. This event has also been sponsored in part by Special Service Area #33.
11:00am to 12:30pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Wicker Park Book Swap
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Musical performance by Menage a Trio from 10:00am to noon, and Joe and the Krikorians from noon to 2:00pm. The market will also host the Wicker Park Book Swap with Volumes Bookcafe! It is very simple. Bring a book. Take a book. It is all free! At the end of the season, all remaining books are donated to local literacy organizations. We've had several months worth of donations come in this year, along with a ton of ARCS and Galleys to make things fun.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm with Book Swap 9:00am to 1:00pm
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.
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.
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.
Bear Champ: JC Rivera
For this month, Gallery Cafe is featuring the one and only Bear Champ: J.C. Rivera.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Art of Science: Surface Microbes on Earth -> Life on Mars? - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Al Burian Brings Anarchy and Apocalypse - 7:00pm
Rainbo Club: Beth Klacko: Life Finds a Way + Velvet Goldmine's Clock Collection - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Am I Man Enough? - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Firecat Projects: William Counters: Simple Spells - exhibition closes
Line Dot Editions: Third Annual Juried Show - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Voracious Signing with Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Tangential States: An Afternoon of Readings - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Myopic Books: Myopic Poetry Series - 7:00pm
The Occult Bookstore: Chaos C-ov-N: The Call Me Mellow Yellow - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Teen Movie Hell Author Mike "McBeardo" McPhadden & Infernal Guests Blaze Hot on the History of Youth Cinema Gone Wild! - 7:00pm
Roots & Culture: ᗡOUBLEHEADED: Andrew Bearnot & Joshua Kent + Amelia Rudder in the Window - exhibition closes
The Silver Room: Alive & Well Vendor Fair & Day Party - noon to 8:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Art Story Time - 10:00am to 11:00am
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Bengala Mud Dye Workshop - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Wicker Park Advisory Council: 1099 String Quartet at Wicker Park
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Wicker Park Book Swap - market open 8:00am to 2:00pm with book swap 9:00am to 1:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Citizens: New Works by Susan Hagen
Agitatore Co-operative Gallery: Personal History in Narrative Figure Paintings
The Dime: Paul Beaty: Midwest American Scenes
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: The True North Creative Trunk Show
Gallery Cafe: Bear Champ: JC Rivera
Heaven Gallery: Breach of Contract + Strained States
Jackson Junge Gallery: Public Spaces
Langer Over Dickie: Highly Illogical
LVL3 Gallery: Where is the Reward
Little Broken Things: A System of Signifiers: Matthew Lawson Garrett & Katie Williams
Toy de Jour: Mega Man Group Art Show
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