Weekend Arts Guide (9/26-9/29 2019)
Image Credit: Work by Jaclyn Mednicov, as seen in Knows No Bounds at Heaven Gallery.
It's a busy and eventful weekend in the arts here in Wicker Park Bucktown. The first full weekend of fall, and the final few days of September, are filled with happenings of note, exhibitions coming to a close, and many ongoing shows worth catching!
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
SWOP-Chicago and Agitator Gallery present Redlight Chicago: A sex worker performance series. The series features death-defying acts of burlesque, rhymes to blow your mind, and words of truth from Chicago’s multitalented sex-working artists, including Lulu Bourdieu, Danielle Malenock, Me’Lo The Generation Hero, Mistress Mara Mayhem, JusKool K.O.E., and more to be announced!
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Sigrún Pálsdóttir: History. A Mess.
Join the Volumes team for an evening with Icelandic author, Sigrún Pálsdóttir, on tour with her new novel History. A Mess. While studying a seventeenth-century diary, the protagonist of History. A Mess. uncovers information about the first documented professional female artist. This discovery promises to change her academic career, and life in general...until she realizes that her "discovery" was nothing more than two pages stuck together. At this point there's no going back though, and she goes to great lengths to hide her mistake—undermining her sanity in the process. A shifty, satirical novel that's funny and colorful, while also raising essential questions about truth, research, and the very nature of belief.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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
David Leonardis Gallery
DLG's September show includes new art works from a collection of working artists. Donald Topp has new Cartoon Tattoo Hipster Girls in. Tinkerbell is the new arrival. Aly Jados has done a vibrant and enthralling series of Monster paintings. Dave Alton has new Pop Crayola crayon drawings. Paul Kostabi has a series of captivating mixed media paintings. Larry Singer is new to the gallery, and his photos of rock and roll legends, the Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Tom Petty, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne and many more. The feature wall is decked out with a Peter Hurley, a Peter Mars, a Dave Alton, 6 Matt Lambs, and 10 Chris Peldo’s! So come in or send an email and collect some of the art available at the DLG!
Closing Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Dragon Breath Knit-Along
Jackie Valdez will be leading the knit-along of the Dragon Breath shawl by Andree Beddoe, every Friday during our Wine and Unwind nights for four weeks. Dragon Breath offers fun and rewarding knitting experiences even to experienced knitters. This design starts with a circular shape, and then through the magic of short rows, it is transformed into the rounded, crescent shape form. Learn to make the very cool Soleil cast-on and use a modified version of Lynne Barr’s Continuously Applied Pieces method to knit the lace edge (Dragon Flames!) continuously without breaking the yarn.
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Rusty Brown: Chris Ware In Conversation with Marnie Galloway
A major graphic novel event more than 16 years in progress: part one of the masterwork from the brilliant and beloved author Chris Ware, Rusty Brown is a fully interactive, full-color articulation of the time-space interrelationships of a couple people in the first half of a single midwestern American day and the tiny piece of human grit about which they involuntarily orbit. A sprawling, special snowflake accumulation of the biggest themes and the smallest moments of life, Rusty Brown aims at nothing less than the coalescence of one half of all of existence into a single museum-quality picture story, expertly arranged to present the most convincingly ineffable and empathetic illusion of experience for both life-curious readers and traditional fans of standard reality. From childhood to old age, no frozen plotline is left unthawed in the entangled stories of a child who awakens without superpowers, a teen who matures into a paternal despot, a father who stores his emotional regrets on the surface of Mars and a late-middle-aged woman who seeks the love of only one other person on planet Earth. Chris Ware is widely acknowledged to be the most gifted and beloved cartoonist of his generation by both his mother and fourteen-year-old daughter. His Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth won the Guardian First Book Award and was listed as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by The Times (London) in 2009. Ware will be in conversation with Marnie Galloway, a Chicago cartoonist who makes literary and poetic comics that experiment with book form and narrative structure.
7:00pm to 8:00pm
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
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
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. Dave Roth will be present for the closing of the show and beer will be served.
Closing Reception Noon to 5:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
Home Surgery in The Field of Vision and Sensation: Short Films & Performances
Home Surgery is an afternuevening of/with film, installation, and performance art featuring works by Misha Duluoz, Ezra Hawkings and Lola Blake, Gonzalo Escobar Mora, Emma Rozanski, Anthony Sims, and more. Pay with a poem, or pay with a butt-print; no one turned away for lack of funds.
6:44pm ot 11:44pm
The Silver Room
The Final Jam: Wicker Park Pop-up Closing
Come say goodbye to The Silver Room Wicker Park Pop-up. The Final Jam will have live performances and a couple of local favorite DJ's from noon to 5:00pm. The shop will host a BBoy battle organized by Brickheadz Crew from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Follow this up with an After Party at Emporium Wicker Park for the monthly S.O.U.L Music showcase (After Party is $5, 21-and-up).
Noon to 10:00pm
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Shop friends from Shaman's Dream will be doing a monthly pop up at Sideshow. Michael Whitcomb will be doing aura cleansings and astrological chart readings. Readings will last 45 minutes and be $60. Appointments must be made in advance. Mary will also be in the shop with her extensive collection of crystals. She will be able to answer any questions about crystal attributes and metaphysical properties.
12:15pm to 5:15pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. The market will feature musical performances by Ryan burns from 10:00am to noon. Kambs Jenning Group will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm
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.
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.
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.
Jackson Junge Gallery
The Jackson Junge Gallery presents BLUE, its fourth and final group exhibition of the 2019 season. The exhibition showcases 50 works of art featuring painting, photography and sculpture by 35 American artists from all over the United States exploring the multi-faceted visual and conceptual interpretations of the color blue. Blue, one of the three primary colors, has evolved over time to symbolize an array of definition and appears everywhere in our daily lives. The color of the sky, bodies of water, stones, various flora, and the like have inspired creativity for millennia. Not only does this hue appear in a tangible capacity, it is also used in association with abstract and ephemeral descriptions such as sadness, tranquility, death and inspiration in an amalgam of ways. Exhibiting artists include Sam Arnold, Ryan Blume, Kevin Connaughton, Helen Dannelly, David Decesaris, Dimitre, Faye Earnest, RenO Franczek, Carol Hamilton, Fletcher Hayes, M. Jackson, Jason E. Jones, Rita Dianni Kaleel, Kurt Kreissl, Richard Laurent, Cynthia J. Lee, Paula Loomis, Kelly Mathews, Joan Mclane, James Mesplé, David Moenkhaus, Julie Rivera, Peter E. Russell, Samuel Schwindt, Kristi Sloniger, Smith, Richard Sperry, John Stillmunks, Jim Storrs, Jill Sutton, Pearlie Taylor, Ken Tremback, Cristinia Velazquez, and Derek Walter.
Langer Over Dickie
Hunt and Play: Jonathan Korotko
Jonathan Korotko is an artist who works with fiber in sculptural form. In his current practice, Korotko examines the intersections of aesthetics coming from his own familial history and what an empowering queer aesthetic might look like today. As a maker, Korotko thinks of ways to allow people to connect to a sense of political agency and community through aesthetic form. He is interested in ways objects can be just as influential as people in one’s coming of age. He wants people to think about the significance of style as part of political mobilization in queer history. Korotko is interested in camp aesthetics as a form of play that distorts traditional norms of appearance, drawn to and identifying with certain objects: flamboyant ones, feminine ones. If viewers see his objects and are drawn to them, he wants the viewer to feel affirmed in their desires or fantasies. There is no shame in this.
Question and Answer
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.
Line Dot Editions
Darts on a Map: A Collection of People, Places, and Personalities
Curated by Chicago's own Czr Prz, Darts on a Map brings together a diverse selection of contemporary artistic talent from all over the globe. The lineup of top established and emerging artists includes 2 Alas, Ava Grey Designs, Sarah Best, Denial, Joe Iurato, Ian Kuali'i, Kevin Ledo, Marka27, Ozmo, Pixel Pancho, Czr Prz, Michael Reeder, Nicole Salgar, Rachel Strum, and Marina Zumi.
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.
Andrew Hunt & Caroline Jacobson
Readily described as an installation deploying images, objects and structures, they have yet to be named by their dogs, anonymous canine artists tapped Caroline Jacobson and Andrew Hunt to facilitate reflections on desirability, self-expression and autonomy. The “works” own our beloved artists through their conscription of Hunt & Jacobson to produce images in their doggedness, dollness and humanness.
Video Game Art Gallery
Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History
Based out of Chala, India, Studio Oleomingus is a two-person game studio known for their visually stunning and narrative-driven games and about the history of India, post-colonialism, and a generative approach toward blending fact and fiction. This exhibition will bring together the various parts of "Somewhere," a ongoing video game epic in several episodes. "Somewhere" is a videogame adaptation of an anthology by the Gujarati playwright Mir UmarHassan, about the search for a mythical city called Kayamgadh. Set in nineteenth century British Colonial India, it traces the lives of several people as they search for a fabled journal which charts a route to Kayamgadh. This exhibition will be Oleomingus’ first in America and will include debut work that has not been previously released to the public.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Redlight Chicago - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Sigrún Pálsdóttir: History. A Mess. - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Feminist Freelancers: All Are Welcome! - 11:00am to 7:00pm
David Leonardis Gallery: September Show - closing reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Dragon Breath Knit-Along - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Rusty Brown: Chris Ware In Conversation with Marnie Galloway - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Profit and Loss by Mason Pott - exhibition closes
The Dime: Interpersonal Spaces: New Work by Dave Roth - closing reception noon to 5:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: Home Surgery in The Field of Vision and Sensation: Short Films & Performances - 6:44pm to 11:44pm
The Silver Room: The Final Jam: Wicker Park Pop-Up Closing - noon to 10:00pm
Vertical Gallery: LAX/ORD II - exhibition closes
Sideshow Gallery: Sacred Sundays - 12:15pm to 5:15pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Everything Has Changed: Life Altering Health Care Experiences in 21st Century USA
Gallery Café: Sam Lynn Studio: Landscapes Reimagined
Heaven Gallery: Knows No Bounds
Jackson Junge Gallery: BLUE
Langer Over Dickie: Hunt and Play: Jonathan Korotko
LVL3 Gallery: Question and Answer
Line Dot Editions: Darts on a Map: A Collection of People, Places, and Personalities
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
UGLY: Andrew Hunt & Caroline Jacobson
VGA Gallery: Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History