Weekend Arts Guide (8/23-8/25 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: August 23, 2019 - August 25, 2019

Image Credit: Work by Marcela Torres as seen in Dead Futures, on display now at Heaven Gallery.

Between the Bucktown Arts Fest and WPB End of Summer Sale, this weekend is sure to be a busy one in the neighborhoods! There's still plenty going on in area galleries and shops to check out too, so get the full scoop with our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide...


Friday (8/23/2019)


Jackson Junge Gallery
One Wall: Alex Peyton-Levine
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 fourth round features Alex Peyton-Levine. Peyton-Levine moved to Chicago in 2015 to receive her Master's Degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She grew up considering art mostly as a language and tool, rather than an object-oriented practice and states, "Inevitably, I have maintained this relationship to making art, wherein I am more concerned with what my work is saying rather than what it looks like. For me, art has always been a way of looking into myself. I have pursued this career because I embrace the selfish nature of being human, in that our own bodies and our own minds are the fundamental lenses through which we can see the world, and we rely on each other to communicate about our unique experiences and to share what we know. As an artist, my aim is to use my art to engage in conversation." Peyton-Levine is known for her multi-media practice and will adjust her materials and methods to address the circumstances surrounding the space. Working with paint, fabrics, flowers, plastics, paper, wood, found objects, often evokes feminine power.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm Show Opens (Artist Reception rescheduled for Friday, August 30th)


Line Dot Editions
Should We Maybe Reschedule?: Savannah Jubic & Renée Hrovat
Line Dot is thrilled to present Should We Maybe Reschedule? featuring original work from emerging Chicago artists Savannah Jubic and Renée Hrovat. In distinct yet complementary art practices, Jubic and Hrovat explore the anxieties and obsessions of the modern moment through labor-intensive gestures spanning multiple media. Should We Maybe Reschedule? reflects the central tensions of the contemporary human condition, from artificiality to reality, constant interaction to loneliness, excessive consumption to emptiness. Processes such as hand-weaving, oil painting, and embroidery lend materiality to these abstract concepts, opening a space for direct physical engagement with the intangible. Each artist offers an intimate glimpse into their personal fixations and vulnerabilities as an invitation to the viewer to reflect on—and connect with—their own experiences.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Wicker Park Advisory Council
Wicker Mic
Wicker Park Advisory Council in partnership with the Chicago Park District and In One Ear will present Wicker Mic.You are invited to perform music, poetry, or the spoken word or just listen and enjoy. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy! Performers sign up at the softball field near Schiller at 5:45pm. This is a free event; here is no admission charge!
6:00pm to 8:45pm


Saturday (8/24/2019)


Bucktown Arts Fest
The fest of fests! By the community and for the community! Chicago's premier neighborhood celebration of the arts returns for its 34th year. Come check out the work of 200 artists, all while enjoying our food and beer tents, live music, kids activities and more (who can forget the dog parade!). Free admission, no tickets required. Bucktown Arts Fest is a non-profit, volunteer-run festival. All proceeds go to fund and support art education at Holstein Park and in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhoods.
11:00am to 7:00pm


Eskell
Furniture Sidewalk Sale
Eskell's biggest sale of the summer is happening this weekend! Join in for the Annual Sidewalk Furniture Sale. Enjoy 30-70% off on furniture, home goods, and clothing! All sales are first come-first serve.
11:00am to 7:00pm 


Jackson Junge Gallery
DIY Frame Weekend
Create perfect affordable gifts for your friends and loved ones! All ready-made frames will be 50% to 70% off! "Hang" around to frame your artwork, family photos, postcards, game tickets, and other memorabilia! Staff will be available to answer questions and help customers insert their artwork, photos, and other special items into a wide range of standard size ready-made frames. Standard sizes include 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 16 x 20 inch frames. For larger images, custom framing will also be offered at a 25% discount.
11:00am to 8:00pm


WPB End of Summer Sale
The WPB End of Summer Sale is our neighborhood shop local event of the season! Come out and enjoy deals, promotions and sales at your favorite shops throughout Wicker Park Bucktown. The End of Summer Sale is organized by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce.
11:00am to 6:00pm


Sunday (8/25/2019)


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Manga Art Studio for Students: Preview Session
Manga Art Studio is a collaborative workshop organized and directed by artist Eric Zaragoza. Zaragoza has worked as a teaching artist at Schurz High School under Columbia College’s non-profit Community Schools program where he introduced the Manga Arts Studio workshop. This engaging and intensive art program offers young artists a chance to improve their manga-art mastery. 20 slots will be available for high schoolers and 10 available for college students. August 25 is the preview session, where you’ll learn more about the sessions, upcoming events and requirements. Bring your sketchbook! The regular workshops will be held every Sunday between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.
1:00pm to 4:00pm


Bucktown Arts Fest
The fest of fests! By the community and for the community! Chicago's premier neighborhood celebration of the arts returns for its 34th year. Come check out the work of 200 artists, all while enjoying our food and beer tents, live music, kids activities and more (who can forget the dog parade!). Free admission, no tickets required. Bucktown Arts Fest is a non-profit, volunteer-run festival. All proceeds go to fund and support art education at Holstein Park and in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhoods.
11:00am to 7:00pm


Eskell
Furniture Sidewalk Sale
Eskell's biggest sale of the summer is happening this weekend! Join in for the Annual Sidewalk Furniture Sale. Enjoy 30-70% off on furniture, home goods, and clothing! All sales are first come-first serve.
11:00pm to 5:00pm 


Firecat Projects
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day


Jackson Junge Gallery
DIY Frame Weekend
Create perfect affordable gifts for your friends and loved ones! All ready-made frames will be 50% to 70% off! "Hang" around to frame your artwork, family photos, postcards, game tickets, and other memorabilia! Staff will be available to answer questions and help customers insert their artwork, photos, and other special items into a wide range of standard size ready-made frames. Standard sizes include 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 16 x 20 inch frames. For larger images, custom framing will also be offered at a 25% discount.
11:00am to 7:00pm


The Occult Bookstore
Michael Bertiaux's Esoteric Film Society: Zombie Movie Double Feature
Come join Michael Bertiaux for the Esoteric Film Society. This month will mark final film night in Occult's beloved space at 1164 N Milwaukee. To mark the occasion, the screening will be a double feature of classic zombie films dear to Michael Bertiaux: I Walked with a Zombie and White Zombie. Tickets are $15 at the door.
6:00pm to 8:30pm


Wicker Park Advisory Council
CREATE Series & 1099 String Quartet: Bach to Broadway
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. The weekends selections span over 300 years of musical repertoire, including selections from the Baroque, Romantic opera, and modern Musical Theatre. To enhance thematic content of each performance additional instruments will be added to the quartet at some of the performances. The backdrop artwork for this performance was created by visual artists Moses Hoskins, Adam Francis Scott, Joseph Vallee, and Megan Williamson. 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. Cortland Smiles and Getaround will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm


WPB End of Summer Sale
The WPB End of Summer Sale is our neighborhood shop local event of the season! Come out and enjoy deals, promotions and sales at your favorite shops throughout Wicker Park Bucktown. The End of Summer Sale is organized by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce.
11:00am to 6:00pm

 


Ongoing Exhibitions


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. 


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.


Eskell
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.


Gallery Cafe
Joshua Rhoades
Joshua Rhoades, landscape and astrophotographer, brings us spectacular compositions from the Midwest. He took third place at the 2019 Illinois State Fair photo exhibition, and he took 1st place at Gallery Cafe. On display and for purchase through September.


Heaven Gallery
Dead Futures
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.


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.


LVL3 Gallery
In-Betweenness
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-Betweennessallows our influences to fall onto either side of the spectrum.


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.


Rainbo Club
Kari Abromitis & Dmitry


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.


Vertical Gallery
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.


 

Locations

Friday (8/23/2019)
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: Alex Peyton-Levine - opens (artist reception rescheduled for Friday, August 30th)
Line Dot Editions: Should We Maybe Reschedule?: Savannah Jubic & Renée Hrovat - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Advisory Council: Wicker Mic - 6:00pm to 8:45pm

Saturday (8/24/2019)
Bucktown Arts Fest11:00am to 7:00pm
Eskell: Furniture Sidewalk Sale - 11:00am to 7:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: DIY Frame Weekend - 11:00am to 8:00pm
WPB End of Summer Sale: 11:00am to 6:00pm

Sunday (8/25/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Manga Art Studio for Students: Preview Session - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Bucktown Arts Fest11:00am to 7:00pm
Eskell: Furniture Sidewalk Sale - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Firecat Projects: William Horberg: Portraits in Jazz - exhibition closes
Jackson Junge Gallery: DIY Frame Weekend - 11:00am to 7:00pm
The Occult Bookstore: Michael Bertiaux's Esoteric Film Society: Zombie Movie Double Feature - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Wicker Park Advisory Council: CREATE Series & 1099 String Quartet: Bach to Broadway - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
WPB End of Summer Sale: 11:00am to 6:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Two Worlds: Ashkon Hairdari
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Breaking the Myth: Anti-Model Minority Show
David Leonardis Gallery: August Group Show
Eskell: Laura Collins: Full Bloom
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Ovis et Cetera Trunk Show
Gallery Cafe: Joshua Rhoades
Heaven Gallery: Dead Futures
Langer Over Dickie: Never Had a Jumpshot, Never Had a Plan 
LVL3 Gallery: In-Betweenness
Little Broken Things: From Ashes to Flames: New Work by Rachel Lechocki
Rainbo Club: Kari Abromitis & Dmitry
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