Weekend Arts Guide (8/23-8/26 2018)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: August 23, 2018 - August 26, 2018

Image Credit: Work by Jeffrey Michael Austin as seen in Outstanding Balance on view now at Heaven Gallery.

This week's WPB Weekend Arts Guide is looking like a full one with several multiple day and neighborhood wide events including the WPB Sidewalk Sale and Bucktown Arts Fest! Check out a reading, a discussion, or artist talk and catch numerous exhibitions and shows while you peruse the neighborhood and all of the art it has to offer this weekend.


Thursday (8/23/2018)


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Art of Science: Reptiles in the Air
Why are birds so light? How did pterosaurs, extinct flying reptiles, grow so big? The answer may lie in the fact that the bones from both groups are filled with air. Using CT scanning, Stephanie Baumgart‘s research begins to explore the skeletons of modern birds and a partial wing of an extinct Niger pterosaur to draw comparisons between the two. In this science outreach series, scientists present different scientific topics to the general public in a laid back atmosphere in an art gallery. Donation bar and vegan desserts for sale.
7:00pm to 10:00pm


Quimby's Bookstore
Kate Gavino Reads from "SANPAKU," In Discussion with Michi Trota
In Kate Gavino’s new book SANPAKU (BOOM! Studios), the author gives voice to the insecurities that haunt teens of all cultures through the lens of her own Catholic, Filipino background. This powerful coming-of-age story about challenging the world around you stars a young woman named Marceline who’s fascinated with the Japanese idea of Sanpaku—the belief that seeing the white above or below the iris of your eyes is a bad omen. Eating a strict macrobiotic diet and meditating is supposed to help, but no matter how much Marcine wants it to, it can’t save her grandmother’s life or make her days at school any easier. 
The work of Kate Gavino has been featured in Rookie Magazine, The Rumpus, Hello Giggles, Buzzfeed, Bustle, The Boston Globe Mashable and more. Her novel Last Night’s Reading drew universal praise as a “love letter to the literary world” (Boston Globe). Michi Trota is a Chicago-based Filipina American freelance writer/editor, communications and content development manager, community organizer, and firespinning geek who collects projects like the Dominion conquers quadrants. She’s the Managing Editor of the Hugo Award-winning and World Fantasy Award finalist Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, a two-time Hugo Award winner, and the first Filipina to win a Hugo Award.
7:00pm


Friday (8/24/2018)


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
ANIMATION: Moving Images Intended to Confound and Delight
As part of our exhibit 3 Comics Artists in Chicago, Agitator Gallery and Sinema Obscura present an evening of work by local animators Lisa Barcy, Margaret Bialis, Nolan Downs, Jefferey Entwistle, Gretchen Hasse, Cristen Leifheit, Tanner Masseth, Tony Schulz/TTM Films, Rob Steinberg, and Paloma Trecka. Also presenting ShineFiend, a multimedia metanarrative by artist ezarago, and a musical act by Logan Kruidenier.
7:00pm to 9:00pm


Firecat Projects
Dmitry Samarov: CTA Drawings
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm


Jackson Junge Gallery
One Wall: SKP + ArtWear: Caridá Cirå Diaz
One Stranger Character is a pop-up shop inspired creation by Chicago artist, SKP. Inspired by anatomy, mental illness, dreams, and oddities alike, the One Wall installation will feature originals, limited edition prints, and small merchandise available for purchase. SKP invites the viewer to take a glance at this pop-up style installation where every strange character is made to feel right at home. One Strange Character is a compilation of the reflections of her mind and all of her inspirations over the course of her past and present. SKP received her undergrad from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied painting, drawing, printmaking and installation. Since, she has been curating while working with local art galleries, collaborating with other local artists, and discovering her own artistic practice.
Diaz earned her degree from Rhode Island School of Design. Since she has been working as a designer of wearable sculpture and interning with design firms around Chicago. She has an excellent eye for detail, which translates into her beautifully embellished necklaces, which will be the highlight of her instillation.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm


No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
BioPharmacoMythology - A Dancer's Reward
BioPharmacoMythology - A Dancer’s Reward brings together a selection of recent works on paper, mixed-media, collaged paintings, and sculptures by Sofia Moreno to address subjects like gender, environmental terrorism, personal mythologies, material histories, and the ancient roots of perversion. Moreno’s work confronts the violence of medical waste and industrial capitalism,as well as its fundamental relationship to her trans body—a violent and erotic dance whose legacy has shaped romantic and exploitative inequities that persist today.
Opening Reception 8:00pm to Midnight


Saturday (8/25/2018)


AdventureLand Works on Paper
A Gift From Elaine by Messejah Washington
Messejah Washington is a visual artist looking to document two constants; time and space, as a result of communication. This communication lies in human interaction and interaction to things pertaining to our senses. Working in both figurative and abstract styles he looks to document history, as a reminder of the fleeting nature of this world, and its everlasting beauty. He looks to allow his work to serve as a fundamental tool in helping to better understand the past and the present in better preparation for the things to come.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day


Bucktown Arts Festival
For more than 30 years, the Bucktown Arts Fest has been a neighborhood tradition and one of Chicago’s premier arts festivals, showcasing close to 200 juried artists who work in oil, watercolor, photography, textile, sculpture, jewelry, and so much more. Attracting more than 30,000 visitors annually, we also focus on making art free to the public—hosting two music stages, dancers, poets and performers, arts activities for kids, food trucks, and craft beer and sangria.
11:00am to 7:00pm


Gallery Cafe
Put the Camera Down
Put the Camera Down is a photography exhibition featuring Kristen Gianaris and her photos from China. Kristen's photos are a collection of photos that highlight China's ethnic minority groups, Tibetans, and tea culture. Her style of photography emphasizes a "put the camera down" approach. In other words, she believes that photography is much more than a point and shoot art. Her work involves the art of connection and communication. Her photos tell stories and experiences, raise cultural awareness, and serve to inspire.
Artist Reception 7:30pm to 11:00pm


Jackson Junge Gallery
DIY Frame Weekend
All ready-made frames will be 40% off! Create perfect, affordable gifts for your friends and loved ones! "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. For larger images, custom framing will also be offered at a 20% discount. 
All Day Event


No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
BioPharmacoMythology - Natural Dye and Re-purposed Fabric Skill-Share
Sofia Moreno's work is trash! Saturday, Sofia shares her approach to materials and the significance of understanding your relationship to what you already have at your disposal. Take back your trash and toss your garbage ideas about disposability. Peel. Smash. Grind. Drench. Boil it down until dissolves it into a solution that pours over you. Dye a little. Bring with you white/light fabric that you already have, turmeric, beets, scissors, needles and thread, plastic bottles, relevant knowledge/technique-sharing.
3:00pm to 6:00pm


WPB Summer Sidewalk Sale
The WPB Summer Sidewalk Sale is our neighborhood shop local event of the season! Come out and enjoy live entertainment, deals, promotions and Al Fresco Fashion Show on Saturday starting at 4:30 at the Boombox Plaza at 1262 North Milwaukee Ave. Participating neighborhood art galleries include Heaven Gallery and Jackson Junge Gallery.
11:00am to 6:00pm


Sunday (8/26/2018)


Bucktown Arts Festival
For more than 30 years, the Bucktown Arts Fest has been a neighborhood tradition and one of Chicago’s premier arts festivals, showcasing close to 200 juried artists who work in oil, watercolor, photography, textile, sculpture, jewelry, and so much more. Attracting more than 30,000 visitors annually, we also focus on making art free to the public—hosting two music stages, dancers, poets and performers, arts activities for kids, food trucks, and craft beer and sangria.
11:00am to 7:00pm


Heaven Gallery
flowers alway... Outstanding Balance Artists
Walkthrough
Join Alejandro Jiménez-Flores and Jeffrey Michael Austin for a casual discussion about their respective exhibitions. Each artist will do a walk-through of their shows followed by a Q&A. Walkthroughts will begin with Jeffrey Michael Austin: Outstanding Balance, followed by Florencio’s performance first hand at playing music and walkthrough of Alejandro Jiménez-Flores: flowers always...
1:00pm


Jackson Junge Gallery
DIY Frame Weekend
All ready-made frames will be 40% off! Create perfect, affordable gifts for your friends and loved ones! "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. For larger images, custom framing will also be offered at a 20% discount. 
All Day Event


No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
BioPharmacoMythology - Collage n' T
Cut, collage, and sip tea with Sofia for an informal afternoon of material manipulation. Bring with you some magazines, newspaper, picture books, encyclopedia britannicas, sequins, beads, gems, shells, buttons, amber encrusted mosquitos, fundamental elements of your existence and resistance, scissors and other slicing blades, glue, needle and thread, a mug or cup for tea. and whatever else you feel.
3:00pm to 6:00pm


Wicker Park Farmers Market
String Quartet + Tom Compton
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Music performances by the String Quartet are from 10:00am to 12:30pm and by Tom Compton from 9:00am to 1:00pm. A new public artwork, Wicker Tree by Mike Helping, commissioned by SSA #33 is another addition to the park and can be seen at the market.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm


WPB Summer Sidewalk Sale
The WPB Summer Sidewalk Sale is our neighborhood shop local event of the season! Come out and enjoy live entertainment, deals, promotions and Al Fresco Fashion Show on Saturday starting at 4:30 at the Boombox Plaza at 1262 North Milwaukee Ave. Participating neighborhood art galleries include Heaven Gallery and Jackson Junge Gallery.
11:00am to 6:00pm


Ongoing Exhibitions


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
A Story I Need To Tell: 3 Comic Artists in Chicago
Gene Ha began his career in comics drawing superheroes for Marvel (X-Men, Captain America etc) and DC Comics (Superman, Justice League etc). Ash H.G. is a cartoonist, illustrator, and painter living and working in Chicago, IL. After completing his raw and visceral 93-page graphic novel, Children of the Black Circus, in 2016, Ash began talking with comics publisher 2dcloud about reworking the story to create a new graphic novel. Gretchen Hasse is a storyteller working in comics, collage, public art, and moving images. Her work is primarily about resilience.


Gallery Cafe
Put the Camera Down
Put the Camera Down is a photography exhibition featuring Kristen Gianaris and her photos from China. Kristen's photos are a collection of photos that highlight China's ethnic minority groups, Tibetans, and tea culture. Her style of photography emphasizes a "put the camera down" approach. In other words, she believes that photography is much more than a point and shoot art. Her work involves the art of connection and communication. Her photos tell stories and experiences, raise cultural awareness, and serve to inspire.


Heaven Gallery
flowers always... + Outstanding Balance
In flowers always... Alejandro Jiménez-Flores mines images from memory to explore relationships to self and family (both chosen and determined by birth). Alejandro draws from memory the geraniums from their aunt's garden, where they recall playing with their cousin and collecting dried petals and leaves from the geraniums and placing them into a bucket with water and dirt. With Outstanding Balance, Jeffrey Michael Austin presents a new body of sculptural works that offer playful and poetic lenses through which to meditate on the philosophical paradox of desire for private gain in an inexplicable, omnipresent universe; capitalism in the cosmos.


LVL3 Gallery
Down with Desire
LVL3 proudly presents Down with Desire, a group show in partnership with the ACRE residency program. This year we bring together artists Sarah Bowling, Erick Medel, Luis E. Rodriguez, and Crys Yin. Down with Desire is both a protest of being the object of desire as well as a celebration of internal vulnerability and curiosity.


Rainbo Club
Sarah Mosk & Lauren Payne


Roots & Culture
U.N.I.T. with Chains to Nothing in the Milwaukee Ave Window Gallery
Collectively, creative energies are like lighting bolts, whichever space they hit, it is no longer the same. U.N.I.T. is about this connectivity and change that aggregates, inspires and honors communities and culture’s unique presences; Chicago, we’re here. There will be seven artists, designers and musicians who will arrange their DIY music-inspired installations, artifacts, and custom-made performance clothes. The connection between these artists span the range of belonging to the city of Chicago, those who were “born and raised,” some who recently moved here, some who arrived yesterday, some passing through, and some who have already left. These myriad connections showcase the fluctuating nature of cultural production and gradual creation of community.


VGA Gallery
Hunt and Peck: Alternative Expressions of the Keyboard
This exhibition functions as an intervention on the everydayness of keyboards by presenting them as the site of artistic innovation. Each artist featured investigates and prods the capabilities of the keyboard to transform it from a quotidian object into a expressive interactive and visual experience, a practice that video game scholar Brian Schrank refers to as “affordance mining.” These experiments challenge our expectations of what pedestrian technologies are capable of, and in doing so also challenge the rhetorics and values embedded in technology, consumer electronics, and video game development.


 

Locations

Thursday (8/23/2018)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Art of Science: Reptiles in the Air - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Kate Gavino Reads from SANPAKU In Discussion with Michi Trota - 7:00pm

Friday (8/24/2018)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: ANIMATION: Moving Images Intended to Confound and Delight - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Firecat Projects: Dmitry Samarov: CTA Drawings - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: SKP + ArtWear: Caridá Cirå Diaz - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: BioPharmacoMythology - A Dancer's Reward - opening reception 8:00pm to midnight

Saturday (8/25/2018)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: A Gift From Elaine by Messajah Washington - exhibition closes
Gallery Cafe: Put the Camera Down - artist reception 7:30pm to 11:00pm
Holstein Park: Bucktown Arts Fest - 11:00am to 7:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: DIY Frame Weekend - all day
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: BioPharmacoMythology - Natural Dye and Re-purposed Fabric Skill-Share - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
WPB Summer Sidewalk Sale: 11:00am to 6:00pm

Sunday (8/26/2018)
Heaven Gallery: flowers always... + Outstanding Balance Artists Walkthrough - 1:00pm
Holstein Park: Bucktown Arts Fest - 11:00am to 7:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: DIY Frame Weekend - all day
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: BioPharmacoMythology - Collage n' T - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: String Quartet + Tom Compton - market open 8:00am to 2:00pm with performances 9:00am to 1:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: performances by the String Quartet and Tom Compton- market open 8:00am to 2:00pm, music 9:00am to 1:00pm
WPB Summer Sidewalk Sale:
11:00am to 6:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: A Story I Need To Tell: 3 Comic Artists in Chicago
Gallery Cafe: Put the Camera Down
Heaven Gallery: flowers always... + Outstanding Balance
LVL3 Gallery: Down with Desire
Rainbo Club: Sarah Mosk & Lauren Payne
Roots & Culture: U.N.I.T. with Chains to Nothing in the Milwaukee Ave Window Gallery
VGA Gallery: Hunt and Peck: Alternative Expressions of the Keyboard