Weekend Arts Guide (9/13-9/15 2019)
Image Credit: Profit and Loss by Mason Pott, as seen at AdventureLand Works on Paper.
Between the full moon on Friday the 13th and all the arts on offer in Wicker Park Bucktown, its looking like a great weekend! Read up on our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide...
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Feminist Freelancers: All Are Welcome!
Looking to get work done and hang out with other feminists? Make new friends, start new projects, promote your own project, and find out what everybody’s up to! All are welcome! Tea and coffee will be provided, but BYOB and snacks for networking. 11:00am to 5:00pm is reserved for cowering while 5:00pm to 7:00pm will be for networking. A donation of $5-10 is suggested. The event is co-organized by Film Girl Film Festival.
11:00am to 7:00pm
Knows No Bounds
Immersive. Experiential. Activation. Sensorial. Ever increasingly, descriptors such as these are being used to express and construct the contemporary art-going experience. Trendy pop-ups dubbed as art museums are intensifying the tendency and lending to an expectation and misperception that to feel emotion or to share a connection with art it must be touched, stepped on, laid upon or even jumped into. Through a shared and intimate knowledge of material and subject matter, Knows No Bounds seeks to recalibrate the act of experiencing art, as we know it today. An engagement in which lingering observation is welcomed for its innate ability to spark any infinite number of internal associations for the viewer, bringing all bounds tumbling down. Curated by Denise Joseph, the exhibition features the work of Zachary Buchner, Rachel Eng, Crystal Gregory, Phillip Maisel, Jaclyn Mednicov, Ben Pederson, Mike Rea, and Gwendolyn Zabicki.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Everything Has Changed: Life Altering Health Care Experiences in 21st Century USA
Everything Has Changed features work by artists who have experienced, or are experiencing, life changing health care experiences. The exhibit includes 2D & 3D work, performance and video. Curated by Gretchen Hasse, the exhibition features artists Salvador Campos, Sara Peak Convery, Perry Danis, Tanuja Jagernauth, Micah Dillman, Jessica Fenlon, Michael Gallagher, Jennifer Hochesang and Mimi Wallman, Megan Keating, Brianne LaPelusa, Carole McCurdy, Chuck McNally, Frederick Nitsch, Hamsen Peeler, Mason Pott, Zoë Sapienza, Sara Sinuk, Stephanie Sinuk, Brett Taylor, Kinnari Vora, Rachel Wallis, Patrick Wilkins, and Sid Yiddish. Music for the opening reception will be provided by Andy Slater and the Society of Visually Impaired Sound Artists. Agitator Gallery will be wheelchair accessible for this event and all subsequent events.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Sam Lynn Studio: Landscapes Reimagined
Sam Lynn focuses on the idea of abstracting landscapes in her solo show at Gallery Cafe. All art will be for sale, as well as hand painted jewelry. At the opening, enjoy free food, drinks, and music while hanging out with the artist! There will also be an awesome art lotto, which is back by popular demand.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Knows No Bounds Artist Talk
Join artists Gwendolyn Zabicki, Jaclyn Mednicov, Mike Rea, and Rachel Eng along with curator Denise Joseph to walk through their show Knows No Bounds. Coffee donated by La Colombe and pastries by Artemios.
Question and Answers
LVL3 is proud to present Question and Answer, a two-person exhibition featuring Lyndon Barrois Jr. and Roni Packer. Barrois Jr. prompts conversation through didactic compositions of printer matter and peripheral materials. Packer searches for a generative material presence by making connections with form and color. If Barrois Jr. creates relationships through differences, Packer’s work may manifest as the similarities.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
The Silver Room
Works by Myron Laban
Myron Laban is a visual artist most known for his CTA Project and Uplift pieces. In 2017 he was named "best new visual artist" by Chicago Reader and has been featured on WGN and WCIU. Myron has incorporated his art in the community with organizations such as Sip of Hope, SocialWorks, and Boys and Girls Club of Chicago. The opening event will feature special performances by storyteller Kwynn Riley (Kwynology), Chicago stand-up comic Ontonio Kareem, and amazing musician Reno Cruise. The event is in collaboration and co-curated with Progression With The Krown.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Club Pilates Wicker Park will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Profit and Loss by Mason Pott
"Throughout my youth, the Sears Tower was a beacon of economic prosperity and a symbol of corporate superpower; the tallest building in the world was the physical representation of the size and magnitude of its namesake corporation, Sears Roebuck and Company. The Sears Tower became an instant landmark, as iconic as Comiskey Park, Chicago-style hot dogs, and the ivy of Wrigley Field. As I grew up, Chicago changed faster than my ability to understand the greater implications of those events. The sale of the Sears Tower to The Willis Group is the first memory I have of an iconic American company succumbing to the changing nature of the worldwide economy. Sears was one of the biggest companies in the world, but with its size, it became inflexible and could not adapt to the strategies of new, growing, competitors. The piecemeal sell-off of the American economy to burgeoning foreign entities started slowly, and has continued until the present day. Today, we are lucky to find an American company with the strength and influence to become a modern icon, like Sears Roebuck and Company once was. And with this, I can’t help but notice that sometimes, in pursuit of profit, we witness the loss of the American Dream." -statement by Mason Pott
Interpersonal Spaces: New Work by Dave Roth
Interpersonal Spaces represents a return to form for Roth. His last solo show in 2007 was met with critical recognition. The intervening years have been devoted to the development of a new visual language and subject matter. Interpersonal Spaces is a show about the ways in which people interact and the emotional territories which inform those interactions. The show runs through September 28.
Nelson W. Armour: The Identity Project
In leaving his house of 35 years, Armour tried detaching himself from his T-shirts, hats, and other apparel, but was hampered by the memories. They contained too many of the stories and phases of his life. In these self-portraits, Armour is portrayed as an “everyman,” an archetype of people everywhere. The clothes we wear identify ourselves. The tee goes further; it states and projects, either whimsically or seriously. Why has the T-shirt and hat become so universal? Why do we directly advertise our egos and embrace our idols and causes? What are we trying to say?
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.
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.
Little Broken Things
Samuel Murphy: Jitters, You've got the
Samuel Murphy presents new works of personal reflection through social anxiety, including reworked paintings, stickers, and photography.
Holly Murkerson & Michael Vallera
New photographic works by Holly Murkerson and Michael Vallera.
Roots & Culture
The Way You Talk + Queen's Throat
The Way You Talk is a selection of four series of works including text based paintings and ceramic sculptures made by Jory Drew, who has pulled from a personal archive of audio and written recordings between himself and former sexual and romantic partners. He is concerned with the nature of love and the capitalization of desire through media, technology, and art. Combining critical theory, pornography, and contemporary pop-cultural themes with auto-biographical experiences, Drew chronicles his own sexual promiscuity, emotions, and relationships through interdisciplinary methods modeled after commercial ad campaigns, teen-idol ephemera, and abstract formalism.
In Queen's Throat, drag and figuration act as an intersection between the work of artists Caleb Yono and Zachary Hutchinson, and a method of engagement in their relationship. Yono’s paintings depict a chromatic world of high-femme figures entranced and bewitched by desire. Hutchinson’s sculptures are new works created for this installation. The artist’s experience with previous work creating masks, dolls, and, dresses, take a new form inspired by Yono’s paintings and the work of Greer Lankton experienced in person while working as a docent.
Vertical Gallery presents LAX/ORD II, curated by Thinkspace. The exhibition will feature 100 artists who've been asked to work within the same space confines of 12×12 inches and left to their own devices from there. This collection helps to showcase just how vast and varied the New Contemporary Movement is, from portrait based works to the more fantastical, from landscapes to design based abstract works. The exhibition will also include more of a taste of the local Chicago art scene. JC Rivera will have a site-specific mural on the back wall of the gallery to help accent the group show that will be installed on the gallery’s adjacent side walls.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Feminist Freelancers: All Are Welcome! - 11:00am to 7:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Knows No Bounds - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Everything Has Changed: Life Altering Health Care Experiences in 21st Century USA - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Gallery Cafe: Sam Lynn Studio: Landscapes Reimagined - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Knows No Bounds Artist Talk - 1:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: Questions and Answers - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
The Silver Room: Works by Myron Laban - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Profit and Loss by Mason Pott
The Dime: Interpersonal Spaces: New Work by Dave Roth
Firecat Projects: Nelson W. Armour: The Identity Project
Langer Over Dickie: Never Had a Jumpshot, Never Had a Plan
Line Dot Editions: Should We Maybe Reschedule?: Savannah Jubic & Renée Hrovat
Little Broken Things: Samuel Murphy: Jitters, You've got the
Rainbo Club: Holly Murkerson & Michael Vallera
Roots & Culture: The Way You Talk + Queen's Throat
Vertical Gallery: LAX/ORD II