Weekend Arts Guide (9/20-9/23 2018)
Image Credit: Detail from The Odds of Even Showing It, 2018 by Jenn Smith as seen in Local Comfort, opening Saturday at LVL3 Gallery.
This weekend marks the official start of the fall season with the Autumnal Equinox on Saturday. Fall means that the local gallery season is just starting to heat up, even if the weather is cooling down. Several shows open across Wicker Park Bucktown this weekend that promise to pack quite the visual punch with a roster of local artists that is not to be missed! Be sure to also check out all the special happening and ongoing exhibitions while you're out, and catch any of the shows that are coming to a close while you can!
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
The Art of Science: A Brief History of (the Measurement of) Time
Two modern atomic clocks, if switched on simultaneously 14 billion years ago, would disagree by no more than one second when compared today. Is this level of precision…an overkill? In this talk, the University of Chicago's own Dr. Mickey McDonald will discuss the history of timekeeping, how relativity revolutionized our understanding of time, and how current efforts to measure time are shedding light on questions ranging from geophysics to cosmology. The event is free and open to the public. Beverages and vegan snacks will be available.
7:00pm to 9:00pm - presentation begins at 8:00pm
Dmitri Samarov: CTA Drawings
Firecat Projects will host a closing reception for CTA Drawings featuring a set of busker songs by Drag City recording artist Bill MacKay.
Closing Reception 7:00pm
Remember the Moment
Join iD as we present Remember the Moment, a collection of new works on paper by Candace McGarry.
Opening Reception 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Am I Man Enough?
A little over a year ago, Ada Cheng began what has become one of the best and most important shows in Chicago. Am I Man Enough? aims to open a dialogue about toxic masculintiy through storytelling. Each show is curated with a diverse set of voices telling their story. It is always an incredible night. Highly recommend.
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Join Agitator Gallery! / Learn More About Co-ops!
Do you want to join a cooperative storefront art gallery? Do you want to learn more about what a co-op is? This event is for you! Meet and talk with current artist-curator members of Agitator Cooperative Gallery who will attend this event. There will be a brief and informative presentation about cooperatives, in particular worker and nonprofit cooperatives, which is what Agitator Cooperative Gallery is defined as in its bylaws. You can also see the current group art show on display at Agitator Gallery featuring the artwork of the seven current Agitator artist-curator members.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Celeste Rapone & Betsy Odom: Everlast
Sculptor Betsy Odom works in common materials – leather, in particular, but also fabric, cork, plywood, strapping, grommets, foam, and underwear elastic. A magician of the quotidian, she fabricates articles of clothing, often sports-related gear, gently but persuasively undoing their overdetermined cultural associations and rebuilding them from square one. Celeste Rapone's paintings share Odom's commitment to the everyday, but where Odom's work always insinuates an absent human, Rapone hides her figures in complex, often labyrinthine compositions. Narrative, situational paintings, they are portraits of singular women (and a few men), or pairs of figures, in some thematically specific context drawn from a job or activity, unfamiliar to Rapone, that she might do if she fails as a painter.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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
LVL3 is proud to present Local Comfort, a group show featuring over 50 of Chicago’s key local players helping make the community what it is. Kicking off the gallery season highlighting the idea of home Local Comfort brings together work of many mediums to celebrate the diverse range of the makers who call Chicago home. The exhibition includes work from Daniel G. Baird, Leslie Baum, Joseph Belknap, Sarah Belknap, Robert Burnier, Jessica Campbell, Alex Chitty, Nora Chin, Diane Christiansen, Alex Bradley Cohen, Mel Cook, Dan Devening, Óscar I. González Díaz, Stephen Eichhorn, Hope Esser, Whit Forrester, Alejandro Jimenez Flores, Joseph Grigely, Magalie Guérin, Robert Chase Heishman, Molly Hewitt, Daniel Hojnacki, Zachary Hutchinson, Cody Hudson, Sam Jaffe, Jenny Kendler, Annie Kielman, Dave Kruger, Anna Kunz, Chad Kouri, Tony Lewis, Ben Marcus, Jordan Martins, Yvette Mayorga, Liz McCarthy, Jeffly Gabriela Molina, Noël Morical, Christopher Meerdo, Rachel Niffenegger, Roni Packer, Josue Pellot, Jason Pickelman, Cole Pierce, Dan Rizzo-Orr, Jack Schneider, Soo Shin, Adam Scott, Jenn Smith, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Edra Soto, Sabina Ott, Susan Pasowicz, Frances Roberts, Alex Scott, Tim Stone, Marcela Torres, Allison Wade, Cody Tumblin, Erin Washington, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.
Opening Reception 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. 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
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Jet Levant: Inside My Mind
We proudly present the debut art show of Jet Levant.
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.
Landon's semi-abstract style of contemporary painting evolved while attending graduate school in Southern California. Living on the west coast had a significant influence on the development of her art. The ocean conveys a powerful message of strength and energy. The energy she feel in the movement of water provides constant creative stimulation for all of her artistic endeavors.
gallery no one
I can't even + there is spackle stuck in the outlet
I can't even is an online exhibition 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. Ryan Goh & Hope Wang: there is spackle stuck in the outlet is a series of visual-spatial interventions that celebrate, challenge and reimagine the politics of image-making.
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.
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.
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.
Young Chicago Authors
YCA's galleries on the first floor feature artwork by Paul Branton. Artwork and books will be available for sale.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: The Art of Science: A Brief History of (the Measurement of) Time - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Firecat Projects: Dmitri Samarov: CTA Drawings - Closing Reception with Performances 7:00pm
iD Chicago: Remember the Moment - Opening Reception 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Am I Man Enough? - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Join Agitator Gallery! / Learn More About Co-Ops! - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Celeste Rapone & Betsy Odom: Everlast - Opening Reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Fall Read Along Knit Along - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: Local Comfort - Opening Reception 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Jet Levant: Inside My Mind
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: One Year Anniversary!!!
Gallery Cafe: Sarah Landon
gallery no one: I can't even + there is spackle in the outlet
Heaven Gallery: Event of a Thread + not to scale
Jackson Junge Gallery: On the Road Again
Roots & Culture: Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez & Darryl DeAngelo Terrell
Young Chicago Authors: Paul Branton