Weekend Arts Guide (8/2-8/4 2019)
Image Credit: Detail from Czr Prz & Ava Grey's installation for One Wall, on view now at Jackson Junge Gallery.
August is here and so is the return of our First Friday festivities! This weekend is filled with plenty of exhibition openings, a few closings, and some notable happenings and events throughout the Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhoods. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous, so read up on our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide for all the details and get out to enjoy the arts!
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. Reception will include free drinks!
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Hard to Kill: Artwork by Survivors of Sexual Violence
To close out their latest show, Hard to Kill, Agitator will host a closing reception with artist talks and discussion as well as Carole McCurdy performing her piece, Mockingbird, Tasnim Hindeyeh screening her film Valeria,
and Tina Dexter screening her pole performance! Hard to Kill features the work of artists from all over the country who are sharing their experience of the world as a survivor of sexual violence. Exhibiting artists include Katina Bitsicas, Jessica Brackett, Myah Brimmer, Sara Peak Convery, Yvette Cummings, Bill Davis, Jana Dean, Kaiden Dunn, Nicole Foran, Ashley Giles, Geordi Helmick, Anneasha Hogan, Tacie Jones, Rachel Korotkin, Carole McCurdy, Ty Merton, Megumi Naganoma, Azul Nogueron, Jenna Jo Pawlicki, Steve Smith, Deva Suckerman, Rabia Tayyabi, and Oaklee Thiele.
Final Day - Closing Reception 6:00pm 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
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.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
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. Also they'll have space oreos and killer doritos and some cheap cosmic beer. Bring other stuff to drink if you feel like it.
Opening Reception 5:00pm to 9:00pm
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 Flames encompasses deep healing and changes as well as women prevailing over anxieties of everyday urban life. The opening will feature a pop up shop by PattyBags, custom made crossbody, makeup bags, doggie scarves and more! Come hang out, shop, sip and take in some art!
7:00pm to 10:00pm
The Happening: Van & Chopper Show
Back for another bitchin’ summer party... Sideshow presents the Fifth Annual The Happening: Van and Chopper Show! Polish up your bikes and open up your van, because we will be giving away prizes for "Best Bike and Van" and "People’s Choice Bike and Van." The art show includes photography by Alec Ozawa and originals by Jourdon Gullett. Hang loose with us in the back with a few of our favorite vendors including Fire Signs, Heavy Clothing, White Wolf Syndicate, and the ladies of Sideshow. Revolution Tattoo will have some new flash sheets made for the event...$100 designs.... Make sure to sign up early because slots fill up quick. This year will also feature A SPECIAL VAN APPEARANCE so don’t leave early!
2:00pm to 10:00pm
Mau Mau: Bombing walls and painting bridges
Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is very proud to present British urban graffiti artist Mau Mau’s first U.S. solo exhibition Bombing walls and painting bridges. Mau Mau brings to Vertical a wry, colorful approach that is both refreshingly simple and powerfully sophisticated. Often his work comments on the social and political forces shaping life in the 21st century, with a recurring focus on environmental themes, and frequently features his signature red fox character — a mischievous symbol of survival and street savvy.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Volumes' regular StoryTime but with yoga! Hosted by Miss Rebecca from Zen Yoga Garage.
10:00am to 11:00am
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Asylum Fibers Trunk Show
excited to be hosting a trunk show of Asylum Fibers from Queens, NY! Asylum Fibers is made with colorful, fun, and bold color ways. You’ll fall in love with these exciting skeins!
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
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 from 10:00am to noon and Joe and the Krikorians from noon to 2:00pm. The Kambs Jenning Group will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
Secret Agent Story Time
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to sing, dance, read books, and make crafts with Agent Zach and your friends, parents, and siblings on the first Sunday of every month at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. This message will self-destruct in 30 seconds. We're counting on you, junior story agents! This event is free and open to the public. Recommended for junior agents ages 0-4 and their families.
11:00am to noon
David Leonardis Galleries
Sizzling Hot Summer Group Show
There are new Donald Topp Cartoon Tattoo Hipster Girls in. Marge Simpson and Belle are the new arrivals. Aly Jados has done an vibrant and inthralling series of Monster paintings. Matt Geer continues to produce strong hand painted works with his Henchman series. Dave Alton has new Pop Crayola crayon drawings. Paul Kostabi sent a giant new mixed media painting. Larry Singer is new to the gallery and his photos of Rock and Roll legends the Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Tom Petty, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne and many more are a wonderful new addition to the gallery.
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.
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.
Jackson Junge Gallery
One Wall: Ava Grey & Czr Prz
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 Ava Grey and Czr Prz. Ava Grey is an artist duo comprised of Caesar Perez and Nick Glazebrook – a partnership that seamlessly weaves their individual visions and talents. Nick has a background in architecture and had a computer animation company for 11 years before following his passion to create with his hands and become a sculptor. Caesar is a multi-faceted urban contemporary street artist, illustrator and go-to taskmaster for the imagination. Although born and raised in Chicago, his stories have touched countless locations from America to Europe through works like large-scale murals, interior and exterior installations, paintings and sculptures as well as events and photo/video shoots in which he served as a creative director. Fueled by a mutual desire to create larger, more intricate works of art, Caesar and Nick started working together 6 years ago and have evolved their crafts and techniques to create art iconic to their own combined styles.
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
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.
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.
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: Two Worlds: Ashkon Haidari - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Hard to Kill: Artwork by Survivors of Sexual Violence - closing reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Flat Iron Arts Building: First Friday at the Flat Iron - studios open 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Dead Futures - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Toy de Jour: Skeleton Faces and Laser Swords: A Group Art Show Inspired by Phantom Starkiller - opening reception 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Little Broken Things: From Ashes to Flames: New Work by Rachel Lechocki - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: The Happening: Van & Chopper Show - 2:00pm to 10:00pm
Vertical Gallery: Mau Mau: Bombing walls and painting bridges - exhibition closes
Volumes Bookcafe: Yoga StoryTime - 10:00am to 11:00am
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Asylum Fibers Trunk Show - final day
LVL3 Gallery: Where is the Reward - exhibition closes
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.: Secret Agent Story Time - 11:00am to noon
David Leonardis Galleries: Sizzling Hot Summer Group Show
Eskell: Laura Collins: Full Bloom
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Ovis et Cetera Trunk Show
Gallery Cafe: Jenny Vyas
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: Ava Grey & Czr Prz
Langer Over Dickie: Highly Illogical
Line Dot Editions: OakOak Pop Up
Rainbo Club: Brandon Alvendia
Roots & Culture: Mutant Dust Bunnies + No Duermas/Flowers for the Families in the Window
VGA Gallery: PLAY.GROUND II: Video Game Art from Hong Kong