Weekend Arts Guide (8/15-8/18 2019)
Image Credit: Artwork by Kaveri Raina, as seen in In-Betweenness, on view now at LVL3 Gallery.
This weekend is looking like a beautiful one with plenty of continuing exhibitions and a handful of of new shows opening. Check out some of the neighborhood happening and events that are occurring concurrently as well! We've got plenty of things for you to do and see in Wicker Park Bucktown over the next few days in our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide...
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Art of Science: Tides in the Solar System and the Universe
The twice-daily rise and fall of sea levels due to the gravitational influence of the Sun and the Moon is undoubtedly the most familiar manifestation of tides. But ocean tides are just one example of a much more general phenomenon. Tides also cause the solid part of the Earth to rise and fall, and they are the reason that the dark side of the Moon permanently faces away from our planet. Elsewhere in the solar system, on Jupiter’s moon Io, tides power the most spectacular volcanic activity ever observed. Tides even affect the gravitational waves produced by merging neutron stars in distant galaxies, revealing information about the densest matter in the universe. University of Chicago's Dr. Phillippe Landry will highlight the far-reaching impact of tides on Earth and in the heavens. He will also discuss their historical role in the development of Newton’s theory of gravity and their continued relevance in the context of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
7:00pm to 10:00pm
David Leonardis Gallery
August Group Show
The August Group show is up, so come on in or send an email and collect some of the art available at the DLG. There are new art works from their collection of working artists including Donald Topp, Aly Jados, Matt Geer, Dave Alton, Paul Kostabi, and newcomer Larry Singer.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Langer Over Dickie
Never Had a Jumpshot, Never Had a Plan
James Williams II is featured in his solo show Never had a Jumpshot, Never Had a Plan. Williams is a curator and interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses painting, sculpture and photography. His works center on topics of social and cultural identity in the United States tied together by self-portraiture and narration. During an attempt to make sense of race and visual representation for his five-year-old daughter, Indigo, Williams began to see similarities between her anthropomorphic cartoons and the origin of racial constructs in America, particularly in Black Americans. Anthropomorphized animals and inanimate objects in traditional stories or Disney movies are relatable to children. Williams’ work uses satire and visual riposte to challenge the ambiguity of the black construct as both an object and racial classification. He uses shadows, video, paper, velcro, and sculpted wooden objects to find humor in the inaccuracies and indecisiveness of racial classifications of Black Americans and the achromatic color they both share.
Opening Reception 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Roots & Culture
Mutant Dust Bunnies + No Duermas/Flowers for the Families in the Window
Mutant Dust Bunnies is a call for the dust within sound archives to shapeshift into radical narratives for decolonial futures. The visionary ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, created an extraordinary document of American Roots and World Music that influenced the American Folk Revival of the 1950’s, and today continues to influence listeners around the globe. Materials from his accessible archive will be in active conversation with contemporary artworks examining narratives about place, culture, and methods of production within recorded and embodied histories. Artists presenting work in this exhibition include: Sonia Louise Davis, Manal Kara, Parissah Lin, Yvette Ramirez, and RaFia Santana. Through video, sculpture, text, sound installation, and archival practices, the artists carefully envision ways that cultural technologies continue to evolve rather than conform to being framed as a relic of the past. The exhibition was currated by CONNECT Curator-in-Residence Catherine Feliz. No Duermas/Flowers for the Families in the window by Stephany Colunga.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
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
Articulate a Cat Skeleton
Have you ever wanted to learn how to put together a full skeleton? As a part of Sideshow's "Workshop Weekends" series, in association with the upcoming Oddities Flea Market Chicago, Ryan Matthew Cohn will be conducting a skeletal articulation class! You will have the opportunity to pose and piece together a complete genuine cat skeleton, and give new life to your feline friend! You will be provided all supplies, a skeleton (ethically and humanely sourced), base, and all required tools for building your skeleton. Each student will leave the class with a fully finished piece! Please not that tickets for August 18th are sold out, barring further updates, but that tickets for August 20th are available.
1:00pm to 5:00pm
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 Joe and the Krikorians from noon to 2:00pm. Medspring will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Two Worlds: Ashkon Haidari
Two Worlds is a showcase of oil paintings and drawings from two bodies of work by artist Ashkon Haidari, naturally manifested from a heart divided between two cultures and two worlds. Pet friendly.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Breaking the Myth: Anti-Model Minority Show
An interdisciplinary art show exhibiting work by nine Asian-American artists based in Chicago and throughout the United States. All work chronicles the Asian-American experience while smashing stereotypes. Exhibiting artists include Alice Mao, Angel AnQi Gu, Archangelo Crelencia, Danesh Kothari, Jen Lau, Joyce Jiao, Kat Liu, Marqus Nguyen with Nick Abad, and Yi Chun (Maggie) Cheng.
Please note that Agitator will be closed 8/16 & 8/17
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.
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Ovis et Cetera Trunk Show
Come in to see the beautiful and natural yarn from Ovis et Cetera. All the way from Germany, Ovis et Cetera sources all their wool from local European farms. Her natural and jewel toned yarn is perfect for color work knits and textural patterns.
You’ve seen her murals all over Chicago and now at Gallery Cafe. Featuring Jenny Vyas the contemporary fine artists capturing the beauty and complexity of human emotion.
Mev Luna, Santiago X, Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez, and Marcela Torres are Dead Futures. Collectively, they inquire into the history of their origins, mining futurity and blurring notions of origin and end. The description of Indigeneity focuses on ones natural origination in location terms. Specifying that plants, animals or people are Indigenous due to their occurring from one particular place, Indigenous to X spot, on a world in rotation, in a multiverse in flux. Currently Indigeneity is disparagingly focused on binaries, of whom can rightfully claim a territory as home through tribal cards, DNA tests, passports and Social Security numbers proving nationality, demarcating the way bureaucracy has taken over the term as that of legal exclusionary access. Yet in the contemporary one still feels the pull of their origins and the need to investigate, pay repeated ritual, feel the changes of time and connect to our familiar and familial. The space of origin has mutated, reacting to the changes of the earth, technological advances, displacement, atrocities and its relation to constant cultural building and it byproducts.
Jackson Junge Gallery
One Wall: Jordan Miller
The popular ONE WALL rotating exhibition returns for its fifth season, as four different artists over the course of eight weeks create four unique installations that transform the gallery's front window and space occupied by a single wall. The second round features Jordan Miller. Miller is an interdisciplinary and conceptual artist whose work looks somewhere between streetlight and starlight, investigating the nuances of our relationship to contemporary constructed light environments. Some works invite reflection or celebration of our command over light, while others offer criticism of the systems, structures, and networks that form and signify this complex relation and the consequences of living within these lit environments. Miller questions, “As we over-light our word, what is lost when darkness is conquered?”
LVL3 in partnership with ACRE is proud to present the work of recent residents Janina Anderson, Sera Boeno, Kaveri Raina, and Ellie Tomlinson. Together, the four artists pay homage to the state, feeling, and physical effects of being in-between. In-Betweenness, showcases topics of hybrid identities, objects with multiple functions, and the relationship between content and form. Being “in between” is an awkward state that provides potential for multiple perspectives. While being stuck in the middle, In-Betweenness, allows our influences to fall onto either side of the spectrum.
Line Dot Editions
OakOak Pop Up
Line Dot is thrilled to have the world-renowned street artist OakOak in for an exclusive pop-up event! OakOak's urban interventions play upon existing elements of their environments, drawing our attention to oft-overlooked details and enlivening city streets with his wit and humor. Come check out a new collection of paintings, prints, and three-dimensional works.
Little Broken Things
From Ashes to Flames: New Work by Rachel Lechocki
Join Little Broken Things for the solo show of work by Rachel Lechocki. From Ashes to Flamesencompasses deep healing and changes as well as women prevailing over anxieties of everyday urban life.
Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts
Skeleton Faces and Laser Swords: A Group Art Show Inspired by Phantom Starkiller
Over two thousand years ago Killer Bootlegs created one of the greatest warriors of all time, known throughout the galaxy as "Phantom Starkiller." Through legends and fables passed down through generations this warrior remained celebrated and feared at the same time. All over the universe, various societies created countless representations of his likeness through paintings, carvings, drawings, and even play toys. Toy de Jour is very excited to announce that they have the privilege of hosting the first ever exhibit showcasing the largest collection of artwork based on Phantom Starkiller.
Mythical Creatures: Alex Face & Muebon
The first-ever U.S. showing of Alex Face and MUEBON, two of Asia’s most acclaimed and incisive street artists, Mythical Creatures spotlights all-new works from Alex Face and MUEBON, both featured within the famed Souled Out Studios collective of artists. Thailand native Alex Face (born Patcharapol Tangruen) is best known for his signature character Mardi. Bangkok-based MUEBON (real name: classified) is renowned for biting social commentary on subjects spanning from wealth disparity to environmental activism — messages he delivers via his rotating cast of colorful characters. MUEBON is perhaps most synonymous with his skull stickers and wheatpastes, memento mori urging viewers to expel their feelings of anger, frustration and hopelessness in favor of embracing acceptance and finding inner peace.
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.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Art of Science: Tides in the Solar System and the Universe - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
David Leonardis Gallery: August Group Show - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Langer Over Dickie: Never Had a Jumpshot, Never Had a Plan - opening reception 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Roots & Culture: Mutant Dust Bunnies + No Duermas/Flowers for the Families in the Window - exhibition closes
Volumes Bookcafe: Art Story Time - 10:00am to 11:00am
Sideshow Gallery: Articulate a Cat Skeletron - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Two Worlds: Ashkon Hairdari
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Breaking the Myth: Anti-Model Minority Show
Eskell: Laura Collins: Full Bloom
Firecat Projects: William Horberg: Portraits in Jazz
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Ovis et Cetera Trunk Show
Gallery Cafe: Jenny Vyas
Heaven Gallery: Dead Futures
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: Jordan Miller
LVL3 Gallery: In-Betweenness
Line Dot Editions: OakOak Pop Up
Little Broken Things: From Ashes to Flames: New Work by Rachel Lechocki
Toy de Jour: Skeleton Faces and Laser Swords: A Group Art Show Inspired by Phantom Starkiller
Vertical Gallery: Mythical Creatures: Alex Face & Muebon
VGA Gallery: PLAY.GROUND II: Video Game Art from Hong Kong