Weekend Arts Guide (8/9-8/12 2018)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: August 9, 2018 - August 12, 2018

Image Credit: detail from work by Alejandro Jiménez-Flores in flowers always... at Heaven Gallery.

There's a ton to do and see in the arts around Wicker Park Bucktown this weekend! Starting Thursday and going through Sunday, our weekend arts guide has all you need to know to catch some of the best shows, happenings, and artwork in Chicago.

Thursday (8/9/2018)

Jackson Junge Gallery

One Wall: Lindsey Liss + ArtWear: Steven Clarke
Lindsey Liss is an intuitive creator, idea incubator, love generator, bad energy terminator, speaker of truth, ego-slayer, light saber, knowledge collector, and self-inspector. She is a poet, designer and artist. Steven Clarke's digital sculptures are explorations of balance, the forces and curves of water. His series, Smooth Sailing, combines the ephemeral and reflective quality of water's surface with the solidity and strength of stainless steel.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Quimby's Bookstore
Nate Powell Discusses "Come Again"
Nate Powell’s new graphic novel Come Again (Top Shelf) is a demon-filled 1970’s Ozark fairy tale, following two families pursuing elusive dreams in their dried-up hippie community. Powell will deliver a multimedia presentation exploring the book’s themes, influences, and creative development, followed by audience questions and a book signing.

Friday (8/10/2018)

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.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm

No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
Sonic Spatialization of Whisper Pieces
Elements of improvisation will open the space for the multiple arrangements, using sonic spatialization of whisper pieces of each instrument and set of ears.
7:00pm to 11:00pm

Roots & Culture
U.N.I.T.Y. Music Night
For U.N.I.T.Y Music Night, HE VALENCIA, Y2K, p1nkstar, and MYSKA will turn the main atrium of Roots and Culture into a dance floor through their sonic beats with DJ sets and performances.
9:00pm to 11:00pm

Saturday (8/11/2018)

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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

ARC Gallery
Monica J. Brown: Mythical Memory/Abstract Lens Granite Palombo (Amit): The Movement for the Liberation of the Narrative + Debby Spertus Tehilla Newman
Memory is an abstraction. It holds our entire history, but how much of that is our “real” story? And what stories do we tell ourselves about this story? Also explore strong textual components and installations and performances using projected animations and projections of real-time interactive animation reflecting the dancers’ movements with narratives concerning social issues. The show also includes artwork that is both dreamlike and evocative.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Corbett vs. Dempsey
Josiah McElheny: Cosmic Love (exhibition extended)
An exhibition of new works by Josiah McElheny, a diverse array of pieces that include brilliant and joyous Cosmic Sun Paintings, inspired by Sonia Delaunay; Cosmic Galaxy Paintings, black and blue with impossible inset galactic glass; the Cosmic Blue Trumpet, designed to be played by Joe McPhee; a Cosmic Love Blue Record, which can only been seen, not described; and bottles of the Cosmic Elixir, a handblown blue glass bottle filled with music that has been distilled into liquid form, a magical and elusive potion known to free one from many afflictions and to set the particles of the brain into ultra-high-speed motion. McElheny has been working on this exhibition in his secret laboratory in Brooklyn for the last year.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Quimby's Bookstore
Christopher Schreck and Casey Hudetz Preview "Art Damaged"
In their forthcoming book Art Damaged, Christopher Schreck and Casey Hudetz offer a sweeping study of the methods and motivations behind acts of art vandalism. For their talk at Quimby’s, Schreck and Hudetz will recount a choice selection of incidents, using witness accounts, forensic photographs, and surveillance footage to depict a series of events whose varied, often sensational circumstances suggest a larger underlying narrative regarding art’s position in modern society.

Rainbo Club
Sarah Mosk & Lauren Payne
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Roots & Culture
U.N.I.T.(E) Screening & Conversation Night
For the U.N.I.T.(E) Screening And Conversation Night, we will screen videos of Thoom, Y2K, Marcel Alcala, and p1nkstar’s videos. There will also be an informal discussion with curator, Hiba Ali and artists, HE VALENCIA and MYSKA. They will discuss music production, inspirations and their respective artistic trajectories.
7:30pm to 9:00pm

Toy de Jour
GI Joe vs Transformers Art Show
In addition to artwork based on the two toy powerhouses, Toy de Jour will provide people space to sell/trade their own Joe and Transformers collectibles.
Noon to 5:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Poet Charles Alexander Reading
Join us for an evening of poetry with Charles Alexander, Jennifer Karmin, Jose-Luis Moctezuma, Jennifer Nelson and blake nemec.
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Sunday (8/12/2018)

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Colorwork & Mini-Sweater Workshop
Learn the basics of knitting colorwork with a fun Mini Fandom Sweater! Mini-Sweater designer, Heidi Gustad, will lead the workshop, going through intarsia and stranded color work techniques. She will also cover the fundamentals of bottom-up raglan sweater construction so you can make your own Mini Fandom Sweater, even if you're a sweater novice!
2:00pm to 4:00pm - $50

Wicker Park Farmers Market
String Quartet
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Musical performance by the String Quartet are from 10:00am to 12:30pm. A new public artwork, Wicker Tree by Mike Helping, has been 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

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.

Firecat Projects
Rebekka Federle & Christopher Michael Hefner: Attractive & Popular

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.

No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
The Return of Ji the Cat
Please join us for the exhibition Return of Ji the Cat. Leaping off of the previous performance, Bardo, I have continued with the cultish veneration of Ji Yang, an old friend and contemporary. The drawings are grotesque depictions of half-dazed subconscious fantasies featuring Mr. Yang and several other internalized figures. The renderings, featuring landscapes filled with half working decapitated limbs, pirate rats projecting live porn onto sails, and fart propelled buses all tap into an absurdity beyond words. The constant reference to Yang does not explain the cacophony, but acts as a signature of acceptance.

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.



Thursday (8/9/2018)
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: Lindsey Liss + ArtWear: Steven Clarke - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Quimby’s Bookstore: Nate Powell Discusses Come Again - 7:00pm

Friday (8/10/2018)
Heaven Gallery: flowers always… + Outstanding Balance - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: Sonic Spatialization Of Whisper Pieces - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Roots & Culture: U.N.I.T.Y. Music Night - 9:00pm to 11:00pm

Saturday (8/11/2018)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: A Story I Need To Tell: 3 Comic Artists in Chicago - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
ARC Gallery: Monica J. Brown: Mythical Memory/Abstract Lens Granite Palombo (Amit): The Movement for the Liberation of the Narrative + Debby Spertus Tehilla Newman - exhibitions close
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Josiah McElheny: Cosmic Love - exhibition closes
LVL3 Gallery: Down with Desire - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Quimby’s Bookstore: Christopher Schreck and Casey Hudetz Preview Art Damaged - 7:00pm
Rainbo Club: Sarah Mosk & Lauren Payne - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Roots & Culture: U.N.I.T.(E) Screening & Conversation Night - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Toy de Jour: GI Joe vs Transformers Art Show - noon to 5:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Poet Charles Alexander Reading - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Sunday (8/12/2018)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Colorwork & Mini-Sweater Workshop - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: performances by the String Quartet - market open 8:00am to 2:00pm with music 10:00am to 12:30pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: A Gift From Elaine by Messijah Washington
Firecat Projects: Rebekka Federle & Christopher Michael Hefner: Attractive & Popular
Gallery Café: Kristen Gianaris: Put the Camera Down
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: The Return of Ji the Cat
Roots & Culture: U.N.I.T. with Chains to Nothing in the Window Gallery
VGA Gallery: Hunt and Peck: Alternative Expressions of the Keyboard