Weekend Arts Guide (7/5-7/7 2019)
Image Credit: Work by Josue Pellot, as seen in Alternative Space on view at Heaven Gallery.
The Fourth of July may have passed, but this weekend is just getting started with First Friday events, an abundance of opening receptions, and other happenings around Wicker Park Bucktown. Whether this is an extra long weekend for you, or you're just looking for something interesting to stop by, we've got what you need to know in our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide...
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Kirk Kerndl: American Pastoral
AdventureLand Gallery is ready to kick off the post-4th of July with the beautiful paintings by Kirk Kerndl! FREE DRINKS! PET FRIENDLY!
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Through the Curtain
Dru Batte is a multidisciplinary artist who employs a variety of analog and digital photographic processes and materials in her work. In Through the Curtain Batte seeks to answer the question of how to make a portrait without the person being in front of the camera. To make that happen, Batte conducts series of interviews with the subjects that inform each photograph. As a result, the photographs investigate depictions of the human subjects embodied in the spaces they occupy and the works they make within, delivering a visual discourse on formed relationships between artists and their workspace.
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
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.
Closing Reception 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Little Broken Things
Created Through You: A Collection of Feelings and Colors by Clay Way
Clay Way's artwork is created not only through acrylic paints and spray paints, but also through people in his life, his feelings, the places that he's been, the songs that he's heard, the dreams that he's dreamed, and most importantly, you...
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Naomi Washer's American Girl Doll Chapbook Release
In apostrophe reminiscent of Ginsberg's America, Washer's American Girl Doll addresses the conditions, frustrations, and expectations of our monolithic and problematic country through a lens that seems both extrinsic and intrinsic, the self being called into the same rhetorical criticism as the setting that conditioned it. The event will also feature discussion from Sara Goodman, Jan-Henry Gray, and Maya Marshall.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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 Rich Williams, Prateek Srivastava, Phoebe Clare Perry, and Chrissi Hartigan! Come out if you can! If you can’t, just reserve some time to spend with the kitties on a different day!
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Young Chicago Authors
Las Caras Lindas Zine Release
1:00pm to 5:00pm
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 6:00pm
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
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Musical performance by Ryan Burns 8:00am to 10:00am; James Fraser 10:00am to noon; and Joe & the Krikorians from noon to 2:00pm. Women Unite! will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm
Laura Collins: Full Bloom
Full Bloom is an exploration into floral painting, a tradition that has been practiced by female artists and hobbyists for generations. This series has allowed the artist to feel connected to a lineage of female artists that have worked for centuries with floral subject matter. It stands as a contemporary take on a conventional topic. It has encouraged Collins to embrace a more saturated color palette and has led her to find new ways to engage an audience. The paintings come at a time in her practice when she is eager to see what the future holds. Full Bloom becomes a celebration of renewal and regrowth.
William Horberg: Portraits in Jazz
Please join Firecat Projects in welcoming Chicago native William Horberg back home along with his artwork. The exhibition itself consists of William's many watercolors of various Chicago jazz venues and portraits of the performers. They share his love and respect for the musicians in his favorite music form. The sensitivity and warmth towards the subject are clearly apparent in the work.
Bear Champ: JC Rivera
For this month, Gallery Cafe is featuring the one and only Bear Champ: J.C. Rivera.
Alternative Space: A simulated art fair
As Heaven Gallery fights to keep space, we asked ourselves: what better way to show the power of Chicago artists than to throw a last minute art fair to celebrate Chicago’s long tradition of alternative spaces? From apartment galleries to artists collectives, our city has always found creative ways to show outsider art. Slow, The Franklin, LVL3, AMFM, Apparatus, Baby Blue, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Heaven Gallery, Adds Donna and curator Oscar Gonzalez Diaz come together for a show that treads the line of art fair and exhibition. They represent alternative inclusive space for women, LGBTQ, and ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American) artists. Alternative Space is named after the book Alternative Spaces written by art historian and MCA Curator Lynne Warren in 1984. Warren defines alternative space as “a nonprofit or noncommercial organization originated by and for artists (and assuring them a primary role in policy development and programming) that primarily shows Chicago-area artist and has had a fixed location, and operated on a continuous basis.” Heaven aims to begin a conversation about the importance of showing outsider art and being a hub for inclusion, while addressing predatory theories of gentrification which indicate that capital follows culture and identifies artists as the main agents for gentrifying working-class neighborhoods. As we celebrate Pride in Chicago, Alternative Space provides a platform to celebrate artists and spaces who take pride in being different with no apologies. Heaven Gallery exhibitors include Marzena Abrahamik, Alexandra Antoine, Yesiena Bello, Andrea Coleman, Lauren Dacy, Meg Duguid, Ellen Hanson, Haerim Lee, Carla Fisher Schwartz, Yasmin Spiro, Sadie Woods, and Gwendolyn Zabicki. LVL3 exhibitors are David Heo, Jenn Smith, Allison Wade, Susan Pasowicz, and Erin Washington.
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.
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.
Beth Klacko: Life Finds a Way + Velvet Goldmine's Clock Collection
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...
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.
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Kirk Kerndl: American Pastoral - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
The Dime: Through the Curtain - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Flat Iron Arts Building: First Friday at the Flat Iron - studios open 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Personal History in Narrative Figure Paintings - closing reception 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Little Broken Things: Created Through You: A Collection of Feelings and Colors by Clay Way - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Naomi Washer's American Girl Doll Chapbook Release - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge: Just Kitten Around! - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: Las Caras Lindas Zine Release - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Sacred Sundays - 12:15pm to 6:00pm
Wicker Park Advisory Council: 1099 String Quartet at Wicker Park - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
Eskell: Laura Collins: Full Bloom
Firecat Projects: William Horberg: Portraits in Jazz
Gallery Cafe: Bear Champ: JC Rivera
Heaven Gallery: Alternative Space: A simulated art fair
Langer Over Dickie: Highly Illogical
LVL3 Gallery: Where is the Reward
Line Dot Editions: Third Annual Juried Show
Rainbo Club: Beth Klacko: Life Finds a Way + Velvet Goldmine's Clock Collection
Toy de Jour: Mega Man Group Art Show
VGA Gallery: PLAY.GROUND II: Video Game Art from Hong Kong