Weekend Arts Guide (9/6-9/9 2018)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: September 6, 2018 - September 9, 2018

Image Credit: Detail from painting by Kraig Hogan. See more work at his studio during First Friday at Flat Iron Arts.

While the weather may have cooled off for the weekend, the arts in Wicker Park Bucktown are heating up! We've got events and happening all weekend long, starting Thursday evening. Numerous galleries open new exhibitions for the month while a couple of must-see shows come to a close this weekend. The monthly First Friday at the Flat Iron Arts Building is this weekend as well, meaning you'll never run out of art to see! We've got everything you need to know here in our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide.

P.S. Be on the look out for some more exciting public art coming to the neighborhood soon...


Thursday (9/6/2018)


Firecat Projects
Dmitry Samarov: CTA Drawings - a conversation with historian Bill Savage
Join us at Firecat Projects for a conversation about art and public transportation between Chicago historian Bill Savage and artist Dmitry Samarov.
6:30pm


Jackson Junge Gallery
One Wall: SKP + ArtWear: Caridá Cirå Diaz
One Stranger Character is a pop-up shop inspired creation by Chicago artist, SKP. Inspired by anatomy, mental illness, dreams, and oddities alike, the One Wall installation will feature originals, limited edition prints, and small merchandise available for purchase. SKP invites the viewer to take a glance at this pop-up style installation where every strange character is made to feel right at home. One Strange Character is a compilation of the reflections of her mind and all of her inspirations over the course of her past and present. SKP received her undergrad from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied painting, drawing, printmaking and installation. Since, she has been curating while working with local art galleries, collaborating with other local artists, and discovering her own artistic practice.
Diaz earned her degree from Rhode Island School of Design. Since she has been working as a designer of wearable sculpture and interning with design firms around Chicago. She has an excellent eye for detail, which translates into her beautifully embellished necklaces, which will be the highlight of her instillation.
Exhibitions Close - Final Day


Volumes Bookcafe
Deep Dish: Fall Edition
Join us for the return of our quarterly sci-fi and fantasy reading series as we welcome an incredibly lineup of writers including David D. Levine, Mary Robinette Kowal, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Chris Bauer, Cathy Crocco, Steve Silver, Allison Manley, and host Niala Boodhoo.
7:00pm to 9:00pm


Friday (9/7/2018)


AdventureLand Works on Paper
Jet Levant: Inside My Mind
We proudly present the debut art show of Jet Levant. Free drinks sponsored by Tito's. Pet friendly. 
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm


Challengers Comics and Conversation
Ryan Browne God Hates Astronauts New Hardcover Release Party
He’s at it again!! Ryan Browne is bringing back God Hates Astronauts, and he’s doing it at Challengers! Join us (and Ryan Browne) for the release party for the brand new graphic novel GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS presents 3-D COWBOY'S 2-D SPECTACULAR! Ryan Browne's Harvey Award Losing absurdist humor series is back in an all new 80-page hardcover graphic novel! Written by Ryan Browne and drawn by Ryan Browne, Paolo Rivera, James Harren, Greg Smallwood, Andy MacDonald, Ryan Lee, Rob Guillory, Chris Burnham, Zander Cannon, Buster Moody, Robert Wilson 4, and Joe Quinones! An after party will be held at Logan Arcade. Join us for the ridiculousness that is a new Ryan Browne GHA book! Also, there will be beer, but you knew that, right?
7:00pm to 10:00pm


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


Flat Iron Arts
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 throughout the building open their studios to the public for an evening of viewing, chatting, networking, and overall inundation of the arts. The event has also partnered with The Hall at The Robey to keep the party going with drinks, music, and even more artwork just down the street. This presents the neighborhood's most concentrated area of artists studios in the most accessible way possible. Special exhibitions to catch on the third floor tonight include the Red Dress Series by Sally Blood, which benefits Women Empowering Women for Indigenous Nations, and Ryan Goh & Hope Wang: there is spackle stuck in the outlet, a series of visual-spatial interventions that celebrate, challenge and reimagine the politics of image-making, at gallery no one.
Flat Iron Arts open 6:00pm to 10:00pm with happenings at The Hall 7:00pm to 11:00pm


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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Saturday (9/8/2018)


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
One Year Anniversary!!! Reception and Art Sale
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 opening. 
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm


Quimby's Bookstore
Hot Air Balloon Duels! Space Drinks! Junk Drawers! The Antelope Release Party!
check out the release party of your new favorite journal of oral history and mayhem, The Antelope. Co-founders Elisa Shoenberger and Meghan McGrath have put together a great issue, featuring falconers, beekeepers, swashbuckling Frenchmen, drone hobbyists, space-themed drink recipes, artifacts of early flight, comics, poetry, blimp disasters, and more. This event will include a reading from contributor and fancy sweater-wearer Joe Mason, sharing tales of never-ending sushi, and at least one hot balloon duel. ’s famous Junk Drawer zine will make a special appearance, with historical Chicago artifacts galore.
7:00pm


Rainbo Club
Brian Wells
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm


Renegade Chicago - Division Street Wicker Park
Renegade Craft Fair 
Shop emerging and established Makers’ goods, discover rarities and remixes from local DJs, get creative while workshopping, eat from exceptional food trucks and end the day with a cocktail. Renegade's Flagship Fair in Chicago returns for its 16th year with a celebration of contemporary handmade featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design.
11:00am to 7:00pm


VGA Gallery
HARDCORE / CASUAL 2018: A Benefit Event
Enjoy games, art, music, food, drinks at VGA Gallery and Bloomingdale Arts Building while supporting exhibitions and programs in VGA Gallery's 2018-2019 season. At the event, the VGA Global Illumination Award will be given to game developer and documentarian Josh Tsui for his rich contributions to the medium of video games, culminating in this year's release of Insert Coin: Inside Midway's 90s Revolution. Sponsored by Revolution Brewing, Jen Jansen Gallery, DoomCo, and SPiN. Tickets available online for $50 and up.
VIP Dinner and Private Exhibition Tour 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Hardcore Casual Party 7:30pm to 10:30pm


Sunday (9/9/2018)


Heaven Gallery
flowers always... + Outstanding Balance
In flowers always... Alejandro Jiménez-Flores mines images from memory to explore relationships to self and family (both chosen and determined by birth). Alejandro draws from memory the geraniums from their aunt's garden, where they recall playing with their cousin and collecting dried petals and leaves from the geraniums and placing them into a bucket with water and dirt. With Outstanding Balance, Jeffrey Michael Austin presents a new body of sculptural works that offer playful and poetic lenses through which to meditate on the philosophical paradox of desire for private gain in an inexplicable, omnipresent universe; capitalism in the cosmos.
Exhibitions Close - Final Day


No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
2d, 3d, 4d, 11d Immaculate Procession on Ponques
4d, 3d, 2d, 6d, 8d, 12d, and immaculate procession - an afternuevening of musica, arte, and performance, of flesh ghost innoculating ripples of limb, flapping on a wing anamorphic persistence. With works by Tatiana Sky, Yaazd Contractor, Jenny Collins, Jackson Moran,  \|/ i || i ∆ /|\ ∆ /|\ ∆ y ∆ ‡ () rr 3s, John Lincoln-Vogel, Iza Del Mar Benedetti, Pete Willson & The Rooks, Jury Urso, and more...
5:44pm to 9:44pm


Renegade Chicago - Division Street Wicker Park
Renegade Craft Fair 
Shop emerging and established Makers’ goods, discover rarities and remixes from local DJs, get creative while workshopping, eat from exceptional food trucks and end the day with a cocktail. Renegade's Flagship Fair in Chicago returns for its 16th year with a celebration of contemporary handmade featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design.
11:00am to 7:00pm


Wicker Park Farmers Market
String Quartet + Bradley Smith
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Music performances by the String Quartet from 10:00am to 12:30pm and Bradley Smith from 11:00am to 1:00pm. 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


Ongoing Exhibitions


Firecat Projects
Dmitry Samarov: CTA Drawings


Gallery Cafe
Sarah Landon
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. 


LVL3 Gallery
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.


 

Locations

Thursday (9/6/2018)
Firecat Projects: Dmitry Samarov: CTA Drawings - a conversation with historian bill Savage - 6:30pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: SKP + ArtWear: Caridá Cirå Diaz - exhibitions close
Volumes Bookcafe: Deep Dish: Fall Edition - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (9/7/2018)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Jet Levant: Inside My Mind - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Challengers Comics and Conversation: Ryan Browne God Hates Astronauts New Hardcover Release Party - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Fall Read Along Knit Along - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Flat Iron Arts: First Friday at the Flat Iron - 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Flat Iron Arts Building and 7:00pm to 11:00pm at The Hall at The Robey
     -gallery no one: Ryan Goh & Hope Wang: there is spackle stuck in the outlet
     -Third Floor: Red Dress Series by Sally Blood
Roots & Culture: Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez & Darryl DeAngelo Terrell - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday (9/8/2018)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: One Year Anniversary!!! Reception and Art Sale - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Hot Air Balloon Duels! Space Drinks! Junk Drawers! The Antelope Release Party! - 7:00pm
Rainbo Club: Brian Wells - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Renegade Chicago - Division St: Renegade Craft Fair - 11:00am to 7:00pm
VGA Gallery: HARDCORE / CASUAL 2018: A Benefit Event - Private Dinner and Tour 5:30pm to 7:30pm + Party 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Sunday (9/9/2018)
Heaven Gallery: flowers always... + Outstanding Balance - exhibitions close
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: 2d, 3d, 4d, 11d Immaculate Procession on Ponques - 5:44pm to 9:44pm
Renegade Chicago - Division St: Renegade Craft Fair - 11:00am to 7:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market:
 performances by the String Quartet and Bradley Smith - market open 8:00am to 2:00pm, music 10:30am to 1:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
Firecat Projects: Dmitry Samarov: CTA Drawings
Gallery Cafe: Sarah Landon
LVL3 Gallery: Down with Desire