Weekend Arts Guide (8/30-9/2 2018)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: August 30, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Image Credit: Detail shot from the One Strange Character (2018) installation by SKP in One Wall at Jackson Junge Gallery.

As we transition from August to September, we've got plenty going on in the arts and this weekend is the last chance to catch some of the neighborhood's exhibitions! Get out and make the best of it, see some art, participate in some happenings, and more... We do have some more big art news coming up, so stay tuned to wpbarts.org

Thursday (8/30/2018)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Lunar Performance Series: Killers From Space
See an old guy with ping-pong ball and magic marker prosthetic eyes who looks like your dad talk in a eerie monotone about taking over the world. Feel the Cold War paranoia! Hear a live musical score by our fearless musical hero for the evening, Mason Hammond AKA Jyant Steps. It’s a B-Movie! ...or is it... Reminds me of dear-old-dad, talking in an eerie monotone about taking over the world. So come the show already! You’ll have fun!!!
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Friday (8/31/2018)

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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Saturday (9/1/2018)

AdventureLand Works on Paper
A Gift From Elaine by Messejah Washington (show extended)
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

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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Sunday (9/2/2018)

No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
DIY Jumpsuit(s You! with John Lincoln-Vogel
Suit yourself with your own jumpsuit with John Lincoln-Vogel. Bring: 6 yards of fabric, additional fabric for pockets and other embellishments, needle and thread, and fabric scissors if possible.
4:07pm to 7:04pm

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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Leanna Brown + Paul Palos
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Music performances by Leanna Brown and Paul Palos are from 11:00am 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

Ongoing Exhibitions

Firecat Projects
Dmitry Samarov: CTA Drawings

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.

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.

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.



Thursday (8/30/2018)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Lunar Performance Series: Killers From Space - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Friday (8/31/2018)
Roots & Culture: U.N.I.T. with Chains to Nothing in the Milwaukee Ave Window Gallery - exhibition closes

Saturday (9/1/2018)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: A Gift From Elaine by Messejah Washington (extended) - exhibition closes
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: A Story I Need To Tell: 3 Comic Artists in Chicago - exhibition closes

Sunday (9/2/2018)
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: DIY Jumpsuit(s You! with John Lincoln-Vogel - 4:07pm to 7:04pm
VGA Gallergy: Hunt and Peck: Alternative Expressions of the Keyboard - exhibition closes
Wicker Park Farmers Market: performances by Leanna Brown and Paul Palos - market open 8:00am to 2:00pm, music 11:00am to 1:00pm

Ongoing Exhibition
Firecat Projects: Dmitry Samarov: CTA Drawings
Gallery Cafe: Put the Camera Down
Heaven Gallery: flowers always... + Outstanding Balance
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: SKP + ArtWear: Caridá Cirå Diaz
LVL3 Gallery: Down with Desire