Weekend Arts Guide (6/6-6/9 2019)
Image Credit: Detail of work by Stinkfish, whose solo show The short distance between the lands. The long distance between ports. opens Saturday at Vertical Gallery.
With a beautiful weekend in the forecast and all of the month's First Friday festivities, this weekend is shaping up to be a great one for the arts in Wicker Park Bucktown. Take a look at our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide to get the scoop on the openings, happenings, and exhibitions around the neighborhoods over the next several days...
The Silver Room
Health & Wellness Series: Building Bridges Through Communication
COMMUNICATION. LANGUAGE. WORDS. Consider that communication is the missing link to all that you desire. Words, when used effectively, are tools to bridge the gap between your current self and your dream self. Words create meaning and meaning creates life! Your internal dialogue can destroy you, support you and heal you. This workshop by Bhairavi Shera is designed to create awareness in your self-sabotaging communication patterns while restructuring them to guide you to your most vibrant self. Bring a notebook and pen. Be prepared to express and listen to recalibrate your internal mindset to support the dream that is YOU! The workshop is $25.
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
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.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
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.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Flat Iron Arts Building
First Friday at the Flat Iron
The Flat Iron Arts Building and Flat Iron Artist Association hold a monthly First Friday event where artists and galleries from Chicago’s historic Flat Iron Arts Building will open their studios to the public for an evening of viewing, chatting, networking, and overall inundation of the arts. This presents the neighborhood's most concentrated area of artists studios in the most accessible way possible. The open studios event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by No Bones Beach Club.
Studios Open 6:00pm to 10:00pm
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.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Kiddos will be able to follow along as we read 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!
10:00am to 11:00am
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Vanessa Bettencourt Signing for Polly and the Black Ink
Vanessa Bettencourt, author and illustrator of the all-ages Polly and the Black Ink series, will be at Challengers and Sidekicks for International Children's Day! Vanessa loves creating fantasy and new worlds full of epic quests, magical items, breathtaking spells and fantastical creatures. She learned drawing and painting by attending Fine Arts and Live Drawing classes. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Vanessa moved to the U.S where she now lives in Chicago with her husband Jacob Falling, author of the Heir of Scars series. Together they are Violet West Entertainment which agglomerates all their creative projects.
Noon to 4:00pm
Breach of Contract Artist Talk
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. Complimentary coffee will be provided by La Colombe and pastries by Artemios.
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Shop friends from Shaman's Dream contribute to this monthly pop up at Sideshow. Michael Whitcomb will be in the shop to do aura cleansings and astrological chart readings. Mary will also be in the shop with her extensive collection of crystals. She will be able to answer any questions about crystal attributes and metaphysical properties. Readings will last 45 minutes and be $60. Appointments must be made in advance.
12:15pm to 4:15pm
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
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Musical performance by Joe & the Krikorians from noon to 2:00pm.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm
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.
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.
Meg Frazier & Meg Finley
Gallery Cafe is featuring the multi-talented artists Meg Frazier and Meg Finley.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Silver Room: Health & Wellness Series: Building Bridges Through Communication - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Citizens: New Work by Susan Hagen - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Personal History in Narrative Figure Paintings - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
The Dime: Paul Beaty: Midwest American Scenes - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Flat Iron Arts Building: First Friday at the Flat Iron - studios open 6:00pm to 10:00pm
The Silver Room: 100 Canvases: Silent Auction & Party - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Vertical Gallery: Stinkfish: The short distance between the lands. The long distance between ports. - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: StoryTime! - 10:00am to 11:00am
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Vanessa Bettencourt Signing for Polly and the Black Ink - noon to 4:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Breach of Contract Artist Talk - 1:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: LtdWear4 - exhibition closes
Sideshow Gallery: Sacred Sundays - 12:15pm to 4:15pm
Wicker Park Advisory Council: 1099 String Quartet at Wicker Park
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm with music noon to 2:00pm
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
VGA Gallery: PLAY.GROUND II: Video Game Art from Hong Kong
Young Chicago Authors: I am the Art, We Are the Culture