Weekend Arts Guide (9/6-9/8 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: September 6, 2019 - September 8, 2019

Image Credit: Work by JC Rivera, as seen in LAX/ORD II opening this weekend at Vertical Gallery.

As the fall gallery season gets fully underway, WPB hits the ground running this weekend with tons to see and do. Area galleries will be opening new shows, closing their summer exhibitions, and offering an array of public programming and special events. In addition to gallery happenings, the next few days will also see the month's First Friday festivities and Renegade Craft Fair comes to the neighborhood! To top it all off, the restoration of Gurgoyle Fountain in Wicker Park, funded by WPB Special Service Area #33, is complete and will be marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the regular Farmers Market and CREATE series. If that all seems like a lot to keep track of, it is! So we've got everything you need to know here in our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide...

Friday (9/6/2019)

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
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm

The Dime
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.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Flat Iron Arts Building
First Friday at the Flat Iron
The Flat Iron Arts Building and Flat Iron Artist Association hold a monthly First Friday event where artists and galleries from Chicago’s historic Flat Iron Arts Building will open their studios to the public for an evening of viewing, chatting, networking, and overall inundation of the arts. This presents the neighborhood's most concentrated area of artists studios in the most accessible way possible. The open studios event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by No Bones Beach Club.
Studios Open 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Jackson Junge Gallery
One Wall: Alex Peyton-Levine
The popular ONE WALL rotating exhibition returns for its fifth season, as four different artists over the course of eight weeks create four unique installations that transform the gallery's front window and space occupied by a single wall. The fourth round features Alex Peyton-Levine. Peyton-Levine moved to Chicago in 2015 to receive her Master's Degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She grew up considering art mostly as a language and tool, rather than an object-oriented practice and states, "Inevitably, I have maintained this relationship to making art, wherein I am more concerned with what my work is saying rather than what it looks like. For me, art has always been a way of looking into myself. I have pursued this career because I embrace the selfish nature of being human, in that our own bodies and our own minds are the fundamental lenses through which we can see the world, and we rely on each other to communicate about our unique experiences and to share what we know. As an artist, my aim is to use my art to engage in conversation." Peyton-Levine is known for her multi-media practice and will adjust her materials and methods to address the circumstances surrounding the space. Working with paint, fabrics, flowers, plastics, paper, wood, found objects, often evokes feminine power.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Friends of Neighborly Pop Up
If you've not been, the Renegade Craft Fair is one of the largest and well-attended craft shows in the country, and it's right outside Neighborly's door on Division Street! To celebrate, Neighborly's hosting a few of their maker buds for a weekend long Mini Market in-store during the fair! Get a sneak peek and special discounts on featured makers' goods during the preview event Friday evening!
4:00pm to 7:00pm

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

Saturday (9/7/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Breaking the Myth: Anti-Model Minority Show
An interdisciplinary art show exhibiting work by nine Asian-American artists based in Chicago and throughout the United States. All work chronicles the Asian-American experience while smashing stereotypes. Exhibiting artists include Alice Mao, Angel AnQi Gu, Archangelo Crelencia, Danesh Kothari, Jen Lau, Joyce Jiao, Kat Liu, Marqus Nguyen with Nick Abad, and Yi Chun (Maggie) Cheng. The closing reception will feature an artist talk and comedy.
Closing Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Challengers Comics + Conversation
Mike Norton's Battlepug Day + Eliot Rahal Midnight Vista Signing
Same dog. New tricks! Mike Norton returns to Challengers in an event fit for dogs! In fact, dogs are welcome!! It's... BATTLEPUG DAY! To celebrate the release of the brand new Battlepug #1, Mike wants to meet your dog(s)! Mike will be petting your pups and signing your comics. Plus, staff will be grilling up some dogs, too! This signing is for the dogs!! No other pets need attend, save for Chance the Snapper, should he decide to come back to the neighborhood.
Comic writer and comedian Eliot Rahal returns to Challengers for the release of Midnight Vista #1! Oliver Flores and his stepfather, Nomar Perez, were turning right onto Midnight Vista Road when they were both abducted by aliens. To Oliver's mother, they were both just missing. To the police, they were declared legally dead. And to everyone else growing up in Albuquerque, Oliver Flores was the "Milk Carton Kid". His life was the cautionary tale of an eight-year-old who was kidnapped and killed by his stepdad while out for some ice cream. But now - years later - a fully grown adult Oliver walks back into town. He has been returned...and he remembers everything. Based on a very personal, true story from writer Eliot Rahal, with out-of-this-world art from Clara Meath, Midnight Vista will make you believe in little grey men. Eliot will be signing copies of Midnight Vista #1 and all of his previous work.
Noon to 3:00pm

Myopic Bookstore
Myopic Poetry Series: Mark & Kasia Tardi
Occasional readings and poet talks happen on the shop's second floor. Admission is free. This week's reading features Mark and Kasia Tardi.

Renegade Craft Fair
Renegade Craft Fair's fall festival takes over Division Street in Wicker Park, where makers from across the nation will be selling their handmade art and wares, including jewelry, pottery, prints, T-shirts and more. When you're not browsing the offerings of more than 400 vendors, you'll enjoy food from local restaurants, cool drinks and hot tunes being spun by Chicago DJs. The street festival occupies Division Street from Ashland west to Damen.
11:00am to 7:00pm

The Silver Room
A Plant Swap Party with The Plantier
The Silver Room is collaborating with The Plantier (a curated exotic plant shop specializing in uncommon and rare plants) to host a Plant Swap Party! It's a free event! Bring yourself, your friends, and plants and cuttings! Don't have any plants, don't worry. Come anyway! There will be music, food, and drinks. 
4:00pm to 9:00pm

Vertical Gallery
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. On top of that, there will be a new print edition from Kayla Mahaffey that will be available exclusively to those attending the opening reception.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge
Just Kitten Around Comedy Show
Comedy show Just Kitten Around is back after selling out their last show! Come on in at 6:30 and play with kitties until the show starts, and BYOB. Hosted by Elsie How and Alex Collyard, this show's lineup will feature magic from Angel Garcia, stand up from Deanna Oritz, characters from Jesse Kendall, and music from Jamie Shriner. Come out if you can! If you can’t, just reserve some time to spend with the kitties on a different day. 18 and older only, please.
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Young Chicago Authors
Artist Bench
A monthly creative space for aspiring and emerging visual artists hosted in the YCA first floor Gallery! This week's Artist Bench will be hosted by artistic fellow Toaster and features artist Myron Laban. Drop in and work with us! 
Noon to 2:00pm

Sunday (9/8/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Manga Art Studio for Students
Manga Art Studio is an ongoing collaborative drawing workshop organized and directed by artist Eric Zaragoza. Zaragoza has worked as a teaching artist at Schurz High School under Columbia College’s non-profit Community Schools program where he introduced the Manga Arts Studio workshop. This engaging and intensive art program offers young artists a chance to improve their manga-art mastery. 20 slots will be available for high schoolers and 10 available for college students. Bring your sketchbook! 
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Heaven Gallery
Dead Futures
Mev Luna, Santiago X, Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez, and Marcela Torres are Dead Futures. Collectively, they inquire into the history of their origins, mining futurity and blurring notions of origin and end. The description of Indigeneity focuses on ones natural origination in location terms. Specifying that plants, animals or people are Indigenous due to their occurring from one particular place, Indigenous to X spot, on a world in rotation, in a multiverse in flux. Currently Indigeneity is disparagingly focused on binaries, of whom can rightfully claim a territory as home through tribal cards, DNA tests, passports and Social Security numbers proving nationality, demarcating the way bureaucracy has taken over the term as that of legal exclusionary access. Yet in the contemporary one still feels the pull of their origins and the need to investigate, pay repeated ritual, feel the changes of time and connect to our familiar and familial. The space of origin has mutated, reacting to the changes of the earth, technological advances, displacement, atrocities and its relation to constant cultural building and it byproducts.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

LVL3 Gallery
LVL3 in partnership with ACRE is proud to present the work of recent residents Janina Anderson, Sera Boeno, Kaveri Raina, and Ellie Tomlinson. Together, the four artists pay homage to the state, feeling, and physical effects of being in-between. In-Betweenness, showcases topics of hybrid identities, objects with multiple functions, and the relationship between content and form. Being “in between” is an awkward state that provides potential for multiple perspectives. While being stuck in the middle, In-Betweennessallows our influences to fall onto either side of the spectrum.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Renegade Craft Fair
Renegade Craft Fair's fall festival takes over Division Street in Wicker Park, where makers from across the nation will be selling their handmade art and wares, including jewelry, pottery, prints, T-shirts and more. When you're not browsing the offerings of more than 400 vendors, you'll enjoy food from local restaurants, cool drinks and hot tunes being spun by Chicago DJs. The street festival occupies Division Street from Ashland west to Damen.
11:00am to 7:00pm

Video Game Art Gallery
PLAY.GROUND II: Video Game Art from Hong Kong
With its distinctive urban landscape and rich cultural legacies, Hong Kong has always been a great source of creative inspiration for video games. Hong Kong is one of the most frequently depicted locations in video games. As both a physical place and a cultural icon, Hong Kong unquestionably occupies a unique position in the video game imaginary. Against this cultural context, PLAY.GROUND II features a collection of video game and game-inspired artworks by five Hong Kong-based media artists: HUI Wai-Keung, IP Yuk-Yiu, Vvzela KOOK, Alan KWAN and Edwin LO, providing an extended showcase and a creative overview of the distinctive state of Hong Kong video game art and its recent development. Originally shown in Tokyo Arts and Space, this is the first exhibition of its kind to tour to North America. The exhibition was curated by IP Yuk-Yiu and supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Wicker Park Advisory Council
CREATE Series & 1099 String Quartet: Sum of the Parts
Wicker Park Advisory Council & Garden Club in partnership with the Chicago Park District will present the 1099 String Quartet, a cutting edge professional string quartet led by Ryan Loeckel. The quartet will present thematic programs and perform outside in the park. The weekends selections is themed Sum of the Parts, and will feature a double string quartet. To enhance thematic content of each performance additional instruments will be added to the quartet at some of the performances. The backdrop artwork for this performance was created by visual artists Moses Hoskins, Adam Francis Scott, Joseph Vallee, and Megan Williamson. This event has also been sponsored in part by Special Service Area #33. 
11:00am to 12:30pm

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Musical performances by Joe and the Krikorians will be from noon to 2:00pm. ComEd will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Wicker Park's Gurgoyle Fountain
Restoration Ribbon Cutting
Our restoration of Gurgoyle Fountain is finally complete! We'll be unveiling the work in a casual ribbon cutting ceremony. Brief comments will be made by First Ward Alderman Daniel LaSpata, WPB SSA #33 Chairman David Ginople, and the Chicago Park District's Wicker Park Supervisor Claribel Rodriguez. The event will run concurrently with the Wicker Park Farmers Market and the CREATE series.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Firecat Projects
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?

Gallery Cafe
Joshua Rhoades
Joshua Rhoades, landscape and astrophotographer, brings us spectacular compositions from the Midwest. He took third place at the 2019 Illinois State Fair photo exhibition, and he took 1st place at Gallery Cafe. On display and for purchase through September.

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.



Friday (9/6/2019)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Profit and Loss by Mason Pott - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
The Dime: Interpersonal Spaces: New Work by Dave Roth - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Flat Iron Arts Building: First Friday at the Flat Iron - studios open 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: Alex Peyton-Levine - exhibition closes
Neighborly: Friends of Neighborly Pop Up - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Roots & Culture: The Way You Talk Queen's Throat - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday (9/7/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Breaking the Myth: Anti-Model Minority Show - closing reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Mike Norton's Battlepug Day Eliot Rahal Midnight Vista Signing - noon to 3:00pm
Myopic Bookstore: Myopic Poetry Series: Mark & Kasia Tardi - 7:00pm
Renegade Craft Fair: 11:00am to 7:00pm on Division St
The Silver Room: A Plant Swap Party with The Plantier - 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Vertical Gallery: LAX/ORD II - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge: Just Kitten Around Comedy Show - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: Artist Bench - noon to 2:00pm

Sunday (9/8/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Manga Art Studio for Students - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Dead Futures - exhibition closes
LVL3 Gallery: In-Betweenness - exhibition closes
Renegade Craft Fair: 11:00am to 7:00pm on Division St
VGA Gallery: PLAY.GROUND II: Video Game Art from Hong Kong - exhibition closes
Wicker Park Advisory Council: CREATE Series & 1099 String Quartet: Sum of the Parts - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
Wicker Park's Gurgoyle Fountain: Restoration Ribbon Cutting - noon

Ongoing Exhibitions
Firecat Projects: Nelson W. Armour: The Identity Project 
Gallery Cafe: Joshua Rhoades
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