Weekend Arts Guide (9/13-9/16 2018)
Image Credit: Wonderful Time, 2014 by Allan Teger as seen in On the Road Again at Jackson Junge Gallery
This weekend is shaping up to be a nice few days to be out exploring the arts of Wicker Park Bucktown. We've got several exhibitions opening this Friday and special receptions and events all weekend. Our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide has all the details. Catch shows coming to a close as well as new exhibits and take some time to stroll through the neighborhood and see some public art!
September Book Club Discussion
The end of summer/beginning of fall book club discussion features Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays by Chelsea Hodson as the book of the month while spotlighting Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik in Sci-Fi/Fantacy, If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar in Feminist literature, and Even This Page is White by Vivek Shraya in Trans and Gay authors.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Fall Read Along Knit Along
Firefly hosts Heidi Gustad of Hands Occupied for her Fall Read Along Knit Along In Real Life! We will be meeting every Friday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm in September and October! This RALKAL is inspired by the book The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Read or listen along as we make Heidi's Intarsia Mountain.
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Event of a Thread + not to scale
Curated by Elizabeth Lalley, Event of a Thread brings together three artists whose nuanced and abiding interests in weaving, fiber, and textile arts evoke the multilinear progression of both thought and material that Albers describes. Melding traditional processes with experimental techniques, Jeffrey Grauel, Melissa Leandro, and Noël Morical create works that are not defined by clear beginnings or ends, but are instead filled with layered compositions that activate color, form, and surface—built thread by thread, knot by knot. The phrase not to scale implies an inaccurate representation of something with regards to proportion. It also suggests that the “thing” being represented has rational, accepted dimensions, typically “scaled” or understood in relation to the human figure. In not to scale, Matt Brett and Shir Ende present sculptures, drawings, and videos that combine architectural language and a degree of speculative thinking to explore movement (of both body and eye) within modern space. Both artists look beyond familiar scales and surfaces, past hard edges and rigid grids, to expose constructed barriers that attempt to dictate or inhibit motion.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery
On the Road Again
Iconic American road-stops have been the subject of music, film and literature. For this exhibition, the gallery aims to challenge the viewer to reflect on their own memories, and to encompass the feeling of being on the open road, surrounded by this country's beautiful landscape and history. Each artist adds to the feeling of nostalgia and national identity through various mediums and inspires the viewer to reflect on their own past. Nostalgia has challenged each one of these artists to reflect on their past, whether it be an influential memory or a simple reminiscence to times past. This exhibition will guide us through rural and urban America, past and present, all the way to your favorite late night restaurant. Featured artists include Allan Teger, Anastasia Mak, David Mayhew, Dominic Sansone, Jessica Brewer Prugh, John Greiner, Karen Hanrahan, Kris Kramer, Kurt Kramer, M. Jackson, Robert Tolchin, Russell Muits, and Tom Duffy.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Challengers Comics and Conversation
It's Batman Day 2018! And that means...free exclusive Batman comic! Free exclusive Batman sketches! And 20% off all Batman products! Plus Batman-themed activities and more!
11:00am to 5:00pm
Artist Reception and Pop Up Music Performance
Blues, folk, jazz the one man band Nicolas Barron will be at Gallery Cafe singing his soulful tunes. Its a special treat for our monthly artist appreciation night. As Sarah Landon will also be exhibiting her work along with Nicholas himself. 2 artist 1 exhibit! There will be free food, drinks, art on display to purchase, networking, and plenty of good times to be had.
Artist Reception and Performance 7:30pm
Young Chicago Authors
YCA's galleries on the first floor feature artwork by Paul Branton. Artwork and books will be available for sale.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Stranded Colorwork Workshop
If you ever wanted to knit a colorful yolk sweater, mittens with magical designs, or a multi-color hat, this is the workshop for you! Let Jackie guide you through the basics of stranded color-work technique. Jackie will focus on two color stranded colorwork in the round, so you can confidently start that colorful pattern you've been eyeing!
2:00pm to 4:00pm - $35
Jackson Junge Gallery
ER the Element of Style & Witchsugar presents The Alley of Misfits Pop Up Shop
2:00pm to 6:00pm
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Music performances by Mike Felton from noon to 2:00pm. 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 with musical performance noon to 2:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
One Year Anniversary!!!
We have learned so much over the past year and are definitely looking forward to providing even more community events and artist opportunities. Some of these include Art of Science lecture series, artist talks, art critiques, the Lunar Performance series, Figure Tuesday model drawing sessions, creative workshops, a Ballot Party where we learn about issues and candidates on the November state ballot, and more! Learn about our new Artist Subsbriber opportunities at the gallery while perusing the anniversary exhibition.
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Jet Levant: Inside My Mind
We proudly present the debut art show of Jet Levant.
Dmitry Samarov: CTA Drawings
gallery no one
I can't even
This online exhibition is made up of work from seven artists touching on the characteristics of the Internet in varying degrees, providing new modes of thinking for the new media and the contemporary Internet language.
Roots & Culture
Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez & Darryl DeAngelo Terrell
Time shifting images exploiting the ambiguities inherent in historicizing the legacy of documentary and representational forms are at the center of new work by Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez. Employing diverse material from the recent past such as Playboy interviews with the Sandinista National Liberation Front, and declassified School of the America’s psychological operations manuals to question the history of cultural consensus that grows around these subjects, Rodriguez’s work exposes the anomalies that affect the materiality of a picture, document, or fact when transposed from its original historical context to the present time, and the relationship of textual and visual information to address broader critical questions. The concern for black well-being, in a time when black bodies don’t make it home, is a consistent worry of Darryl DeAngelo Terrell. Through their work, Terrell considers the collective anxiety within the black community, specifically the anxiety black mothers hold for their children, which in result has them to turn to God and Pray for their protection. Terrell is interested in making the words of mothers as important as possible by collecting, archiving, and enlarging hand written prayers, as well as visualizing fragmented conversations.
Volumes Bookcafe: September Book Club Discussion - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Fall Read Along Knit Along - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Event of a Thread + not to scale - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: On the Road Again - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Challengers Comics and Conversation: Batman Day - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Gallery Cafe: Artist Reception for Sarah Landon and Pop Up Music Performance by Nicolas Barron - 7:30pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Stranded Colorwork Workshop - 2:00pm to 4:00pm at $35
Jackson Junge Gallery: ER the Element of Style & Witchsugar presents The Alley of Misfits Pop Up Shop - 2:00pm to 6:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: Down with Desire - exhibition closes
Wicker Park Farmers Market: performances by Mike Felton - market open 8:00am to 2:00pm, music noon to 2:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: One Year Anniversary!!!
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Jet Levant: Inside My Mind
Firecat Projects: Dmitry Samarov: CTA Drawings
gallery no one: I can't even
Rainbo Club: Brian Wells
Roots & Culture: Gonzalo Reyes Rodriquez & Darryl DeAngelo Terrell