Weekend Arts Guide: The Socially Distant Edition

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: March 19, 2020 - March 22, 2020

Image Credit: Work by Marzena Abrahamik, as seen in From a Strange Place on display now at Heaven Gallery.

With all of the social distancing measures and response to the spread of COVID-19, the numerous galleries, businesses, and organizations that support the arts in Wicker Park Bucktown have been faced with unprecedented challenges. In addition to cancelling events and gatherings, many have closed temporarily while others work to find ways to stay open in accordance with the best practices outlined by the CDC. As such, our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide offers a list of many neighborhood arts organizations, galleries, and businesses and their current status. Most offer online shopping, pickup and delivery, virtual tours and workshops, as well as a variety of ways to stay engaged and inundated in the aesthetic offerings of WPB. These spaces and the artists and makers they represent need your continued support! You may be cooped up inside for a while, but the arts still have a lot to offer! Whether you're looking for a new book to read, items to adorn your home, or a new painting to print to stare at for hours, there's sure to be something from one of the businesses in our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide: The Socially Distant Edition to catch your eye! And if you have the means, consider offering a little extra support and assistance to one of the organizations who may rely on it. 

*Please note that the situation is changing rapidly and not all information may be up to date. Please call ahead and confirm before visiting a location or placing an order.

AdventureLand Works on Paper
Car Wreck by Max Unterhaslberger
Car Wreck by Maximillian Unterhaslberger is a show for the art neophyte and connoisseurs alike. The show includes works on die-cut aluminum municipal signs created using collage, painting, physical and mechanical interventions. Car Wreck is a material investigation into the methods used to create this art. The works are interwoven historical, societal and economic references. Join in to be conflicted and inspired. Prints will be for sale starting at $20 and will be available, first come first served. 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Arbor Foundation. Max is a painter, a collage artist currently attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for his BFA, and has also attended The Art Academy of Cincinnati. Max worked for BLDG (Covington,KY) as a mural consultant as well as an Artist in Residence/Gallery Assistant at the late Phyllis Weston’s Gallery (Cincinnati,OH). Max has worked as an assistant for numerous artists such as Maser, The London Police, Ruben Aguirre, Lady Lucx, and Judy Ledgerwood.

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
SWOP Chicago Sex Workers Art Show 2020
Celebrate your local sex-worker artists! Join SWOP-Chicago and Agitator Gallery to observe International Sex Workers Rights Day and open Chicago Sex Workers Art Show 2020. The exhibition features work by artists Goldie, Grandpa, Healing is imperfecT, Jade (Queer Kink), Julia Arredondo, Morgan Claire Sirene, whyknotrobot, Shaina Skeen, Sia Serafina, Steef, and Wanbli Gamache.
Gallery hosting increased online and social media content and programming
Virtual Exhibition Tour Scheduled for Friday (3/20)

Challengers Comics + Conversation
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Offering gift cards, curbside pickup, and mail orders

David Leonardis Gallery

The Dime
HOPE Dies Last: Toni Maugeri
HOPE Dies Last is Toni Maugeri's series of assemblage urban artifacts inspired by people, society and the environment. The artworks are made with words and symbols interwoven with ritual. Each work begins as a tale of empowerment and transformation. As Toni creates her art, the materials delicately twist together layer by layer. She gently encourages a journey of personal crossings that unfold slowly and naturally, in all their glorious grit, for better or worse. Born and raised in Chicago, Toni developed an appreciation for the beauty of urban grit. Her assemblage urban artifacts are made by combining things that have been discarded or not considered beautiful in a conventional way with wood, organics, naturals, metal, fiber, found and charged objects, concrete, encaustic, charring, repurposed and reclaimed materials, paper, spray paint, ink and stain. The materials are assembled with glue and cold connections. Her colors evolve from the materials and she often uses them symbolically. HOPE Dies Last is Toni's first one woman show in Chicago.

Dreambox Gallery

Dusty Groove
Offering curbside pickup and mail orders

Firecat Projects
Paul Sierra: New Works
Paul Sierra is a storyteller, a literary painter. He equally melds message with the pure art of painting. His works tell of mystic struggles; from coming to terms with life, to the finality of mortality and how that finality affects every day in between.
Limited Hours: M-Sat 10:00am to 4:00pm

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Knitcraft and Knittery Trunk Show
Firefly is excited to be hosting Knitcraft and Knittery for their March trunk show! Knitcraft and Knittery is owned and operated by Morgan, a scientist by degree who has found that nothing can compare to being your own boss and getting to create something magical. Morgan considers knitting to be an art form and loves creating rich colorways inspired by nature. Knitcraft and Knittery tries to be as environmentally conscious as possible in their business practices, whether that is through dyeing habits or choice of fiber. The wool they source for dyeing is 100% untreated wool that comes from farms committed to protecting the environment and maintaining sustainable practices.
Limited Hours: W-Sat 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Gallery Café
Crossroads: A Group Exhibit Intersecting Variety and Vibrancy
Gallery Café is excited to announce Crossroads: A Group Exhibit Intersecting Variety and Vibrancy. The exhibition features the work of over 15 artists, including Dawn Bertuca, Clare Bollnow, Mercedes Cardenas, Jessica Checkeroski, Jake Collings, Lauren O'Conner, Rodney Duran, Kira Fox, Eric Jimenez, Jeremy Johnson, Kurt Kreissl, Cookie Kwan, Rachel Lechocki, Hanh Nguyen, Ben Oshana, Brandon Perl, Jenna Summa, Katharine Szymanski, Jacob Wayne, and Alison Wheeler.
Offering curbside pickup and to-go ordering

Heaven Gallery
From a Strange Place + Open 24 Hours
From a Strange Place is a two person exhibition joining the work of Marzena Abrahamik and Jordan Martins to ponder questions of hallucination and psychedelic experience. Abrahamik’s photographs integrate objects and references from her research into both the cultural history of psychotropic substances in the twentieth century as well as the potential these substances have for creating a feeling of connection with nature for those who take them. Martins approaches painting as an intrinsically hallucinogenic practice, using patterns and colors that seek to confound and tease the perceptual faculties of those viewing his surfaces. Running through their varied approaches to materials and image making is a shared attempt at blurring boundaries, destabilizing appearances, and pointing to tensions that exist in the day-to-day. By incorporating signifiers from various communities and discourses that have formed around psychedelic practices, Abrahamik invokes the range of lived experience (with pleasure and pain) that these practices tap into. Martins intertwines processes of photography, collage, and painting to create surfaces reveal subtle distortions of scale, surface and materiality.
Motivated by seeing the excessive amounts of litter and detritus in her neighborhood, Edra created the project Open 24 Hours. The project's name refers to the accumulation of litter visible to everyone, at all times, in East Garfield Park, a historic African American neighborhood in Chicago, where Edra has lived with her husband for over a decade. For this iteration of Open 24 Hours, she will present accumulated documentation material that maps her findings, research, and processes since she started this project in 2017.

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Jackson Junge Gallery
The Funk Machine
The Jackson Junge Gallery presents The Funk Machine, its second group exhibition of 2020. Literature, film, music, fashion, and fine art have all been influenced by steampunk since the mid-20th century. However, the fundamental inspirations behind steampunk go back to the late 19th century. Authors like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells wrote inspiring novels filled with steam powered alternative vehicles set in the Victorian era. While using steam power and adopting the past in order to create a new dystopian future, current steampunk romanticizes the grit of history while re-imagining these times with sleek sci-fi elements. The Funk Machine showcases artworks in a variety of media that take viewers through comical takes on steampunk and various visions of a post-apocalyptic Victorian era joyride. Exhibiting artists include Nancy Bechtol, Edita Birschbach, Jake Buntjer, Audry Cramblit, Bruce Holwerda, Karl Jahnke, Laura Lee Junge, Mat Barber Kennedy, Donna Koranek, Karina Llegro, Brian Morgan, Gina Lee Robbins, Tom Robinson, K Smith, Tai Taeoalii, Anna Wasilczuk, and Aaron Wooten. 
Limited Hours: M-Sun 11:00am to 6:00pm
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Langer Over Dickie
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LVL3 Gallery
something blue
LVL3 is proud to present something bluea group exhibition marking their first 10 years as an artist-run space. something blue digs through the archives of LVL3 to welcome back 10 previous artists: Jaime Angelopoulos, Alika Cooper, Amy Feldman, Yowshien Kuo, Ryan Lauderdale, Christopher Meerdo, Adam Milner, Daniel Shea, Soo Shin, and Wyne VeenLVL3 is honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these artists and the impact they’ve had on our programming. To commemorate the past decade, we pay homage to the traditional American 10 year wedding anniversary gift. Tin, aluminum, silver and cyan—the work in this exhibition celebrates something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
Private viewings will be limited to 2 people or scheduled virtual tours
Gallery offers a wide variety of online content and archives

Line Dot Editions
Sean Hannaway: Now With More Extra!
Line Dot is thrilled to present Sean Hannaway’s first solo show, Now with More Extra!, featuring a new collection of original paintings on reclaimed rococo-style mirrors. Hannaway is a Chicago born-and-based painter known for his punchy, densely layered style that blends high Renaissance subjects and graffiti aesthetics. The push and pull between his techniques, colors, and influences creates a dynamic tension in his work. A cheeky sense of humor pervades his practice, and is manifest in his use of plastic framed rococo-style mirrors from the 1960s as his canvases. Once obscured by layers of paint, the forms of the mirrors lose their gilded, gaudy essence and become graceful curves and flourishes that seamlessly blend into the final painting. Hannaway daylights as a Creative Director at Leo Burnett and has been featured in three previous shows at Line Dot, all of which sold out.
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Online print release scheduled for Saturday (3/21)

Little Broken Things
Wires & Fires
Join Little Broken Things for Wires & Fires! Ash Kirby's first ever art show will include colorful art prints of dragons and robots! Popping up with Ash will be Albina Tritina handmade beaded and wire wrapped jewelry.
Offering gift card purchases as well as fundraising for employees 

Myopic Books

Offering curbside pickup, mail orders, and gift cards
Free local delivery & domestic shipping on orders over $15

No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab

Odd Obsession Movies
Associated late fees will be waived

Quimby's Bookstore
Offering curbside pickup, mail orders, and gift cards

Rainbo Club
Raising funds for employees

Reckless Records
Offering curbside pickup and mail orders

Roots & Culture
In This House We Laugh: Chelsea A. Flowers & Jesse Meredith with Hex: Voyeur in the Window
In this house we laugh. We laugh at the banal, the stupid, the hidden and the obtuse. What is laughter? It’s visceral. Reactionary. Guttural. It’s the final option when nothing else is left. Does our laughter change in the domestic vs. the public? Where do we proclaim ourselves to ourselves? What parts of our identities do we inherit, which parts did we cultivate, and what did we buy at Target? How do our surroundings affect our ability to contend with difference? Through tangible and digital forms, Chelsea A. Flowers and Jesse Meredith explore laughter, decor, and their ideological reverberations through our physical, virtual, and personal environments.
Voyeur is an investigative series of interior spaces, both experienced and observed. Surveillance culture and performativity as a consequence are central themes of this series. By giving these works attention, the viewer is now the voyeur.

Shuga Records
Offering curbside pickup and mail orders
Free shipping on orders over $49.99

Sideshow Gallery
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Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts
Walrus Mania
Toy de Jour and Junk Fed present Walrus Mania, a group exhibition featuring 30 artists working in painting, sculpture, toy art, illustration, and photography. The curated works will pay tribute to the vintage Star Wars Walrus Man action figure. Originally sculpted by Stephen Geddes for the now defunct Kenner toy company and released in 1979 as part of the second wave of Star Wars action figures, Walrus Man is one of the most vividly iconic action figures of its time. With a complementary contrast of orange and blue, flippered feet, and vaguely walrus-like head, the figure is a departure from the character depicted in the film, and remains a favorite among toy collectors. The Walrus Mania exhibit was conceived by visual artist Todd S Rogers, under the moniker Junk Fed, out of a personal obsession with the aesthetics of the original action figure and the creative liberties taken in its design, separating it from the creature seen briefly in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Contributing artists include BattleBabies, The Block Watch, CantinaDanny, Cassie Hart, chooseplastik, Dollar $lice Bootlegs, Galaxxor, Green Plastic Tunnels, Nathan Hamill, Handmade Stuffs, Healeymade, Ironoclast, Jellykoe, Junk Fed, Killer Bootlegs, KrymsynGardImmoral, Lab Monkey Number 9, Mad Monster Lady, ManOrMonster?, Mortar Heads, Mr. Walters, Oscar Cisneros, Pez Banana, poopbird, Super Group Hugs, Terra, The Sucklord, The Tennessee Wolfman, Tiffany Flanagan, and Undead Speed Equipment.
Offering curbside pickup and mail order

Nick Van Zanten: easily suede 
UGLY is pleased to present easily suede, an exhibition featuring new work by Nick Van Zanten. This is Van Zanten’s first exhibition with the gallery and will feature new entries into his Formfit series of abstract/wearable wall-mounted fabric assemblages as well as a series of photograph and sewn compositions.

Vertical Gallery
David Heo: Honey & Smoke
Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is very proud to present Honey & Smoke, a solo exhibit spotlighting Chicago artist David Heo. Honey & Smoke assembles a series of paintings and collages exploring the underbelly of social settings like bars and nightclubs—after-hours milieus where human interactions can suddenly and irrevocably erupt into animalistic violence. Heo received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; while at SAIC, he frequently employed non-traditional materials like crayons, house paint and construction paper, anticipating the collages on display in Honey & Smoke. Heo mounted his first solo exhibit in Chicago in late 2017; he’s since exhibited in galleries across Chicago as well as London and San Francisco, and collaborated on projects with brands including Lo Rez Brewing, the Ace Hotel and Newcity.
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Video Game Art Gallery
System Link: Video Game as Memoir
Video games have historically been a product catered to the player. A focus on engagement, replayability, and general entertainment value has guided design strategies that create impersonal pieces, appealing to the widest range of players possible. While film, music, writing, and other media have historically been vehicles of memoir and personal storytelling, games often maintain a trajectory as products of their audience and not their creator. The voices of the individual artists have recently begun to break through the standards of generalization in the medium, creating stories where players are able to experience the emotional perspectives of the creator. In doing so memoir games reveal that assumptions about the general audience skew toward specific perspectives, and exclude others. VGA Gallery's first exhibition of 2020 seeks to highlight those works, exploring how a range of game makers and artists have translated their personal experiences into the interactive context. Each work is designed to allow the player to understand, empathize with, and connect to other lived realities, using the participatory advantages of video games to express a story as no other medium can. The different projects showcased in System Link: Video Game as Memoir offer different answers to the question “What happens when you let the player of games into your story?”
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Volumes Bookcafe
Offering curbside pickup, local deliver, and mail orders
Free local deliver & shipping

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Follow on social media for a virtual market highlighting local vendors to help support them and stay well stocked and fed during the coming weeks of social distancing.

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge
Fundraising, seeking volunteers, foster homes, and adoptions

Young Chicago Authors
Events Cancelled or postponed