Weekend Arts Guide (10/25-10/28 2018)
Image Credit: A collection of handcrafted and locally made products from Sideshow Gallery.
Our final WPB Weekend Arts Guide for the month of October has arrived on the cusp of a chill breeze passing through the gnarled branches and hoary skies of our autumnal city in a garden. We've got some spooky surprises that overlap with our Thirteen Days of Halloween listings and some excellent exhibitions opening and coming to a close. Be sure to get out and explore the neighborhood as fall graces us with crisp weather and the perfect weekend to see some local artwork!
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Lunar Performance Series: Haxan: A 1922 Spectacle of Horror
This is one of the creepiest, coolest, most oddly beautiful films ever made. The film will feature a live musical score by Superthing – so good it's gotta be the devil's music! All because Halloween comes but once a year. “Imagine if Fritz Lang and Joel Peter Witkin had a baby” – Charles Baudelaire.
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Bourbon on Division
Spooky Spray Paint Party
Have you ever wanted to be the Vincent Van Ghoul of graffiti? Maybe the Fear-da Kahlo of Cans? Native 312 events and Bourbon on Division are putting on a Spooky Spray Paint Party that is sure to prove frighteningly fun! Join us for this interactive Halloween event where we invite you to join in on our Open Paint and create your own spooky piece of art on our communal indoor graffiti wall with the help of our guest artist. Bourbon on Division will be offering devilish drink deals to calm your nerves. Throughout the night your ears will be treated to the tricky musical stylings of our guest DJ Brad Kemp and lyricist Law of Huey. Best of all....it's a free event! Just show up with an awesome costume and ready to create!
8:30pm to 11:30pm
The Robey with Lost Girls Vintage + Store. Revolving Curation
Til Tomorrow: A Night Market
The Robey presents Til Tomorrow: A Night Market, with a theme of Hocus Pocus! Hosted along with Lost Girls Vintage and STORE. Revolving Curation, the market will feature tarot card reading by Alma, bags by Phomaz Handbags, perfumes by Intuitive Essence, style consulting with Infinitestyle, nail art by Lady Legs, vintage clothing and accessories by Kintage, candles by Oliver Saint, vintage clothing and home goods by Alluring Chicago, tin-type photography by Jen Jansen, potion creation with Drop To Health , samples from SomruS, and much more!
5:00pm to 10:00pm
Don Perlis: Trumpworld
This exhibition is Perlis' pictorial commentary on today's political and social environment and its pundits. As in the past there have been times that require thought and action. These are one of those times. Don Perlis' recent paintings of super heroes both from the ordinary to the sublime, Trump antics and common everyday buffoons provoke the viewer to ponder our current state of affairs. Including what some people idealize and what is daunted in Social Media. Scenes reflect disparate worlds of have and have nots, the sublime vs. the vulgar, the fantastical to the ordinary. These beautifully rendered paintings depict vignettes that reflect a world that is colorful, bombastic, full of both promise and despair. Perlis pushes the dialogue button. It's arts way to preserve the right for the democratic values of discourse.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
gallery no one
Earth Is So Much More Wonderful Than Heaven
For Earth Is So Much More Wonderful Than Heaven, Elaine Hsu attempts to make sense of the world and its incurable condition of nostalgia by treating it with curiosity and care. In order to cope with seemingly unexplainable phenomenon like increasing distance, passing of time, and shortcomings of memory, the exhibition presents objects that commemorate precious moments and unlikely happenings. This collection of work explores color, tactile experiences, and drawing as a means to grasp less concrete parts of the multiverse. Fossils, cookies, and enamel charms are considered with quilts and other handmade objects to better understand notions of sentimentality, wishes, fate, longing, and belonging.
Closing Reception 5:00pm to 7:00pm - Final Day
Spectrum of Touch + Static Cling
Marissa and Alex put their bodies of work side by side and similarly put their bodies themselves side by side, sharing their apartment. Without submitting to the conventional abuse of theory for the explanation of art practice; that is a reversal that refers to theory as if it precedes practice; we might find thought emerging from the works in a way other then the awkward positioning of an artist as the translator of ideas to things. In Spectrum of Touch, both Alex and Marissa suggest a triangle of mutual dependence between thought, body and the other.
In their second exhibition together, artists Nico Gardner and Lauren Carter continuously shift between the personal and the general, the specific and ambiguous, creating new work in conversation with each other. With a primary focus on desire, ritual, identity, and the expression of human need, Static Cling addresses the power and persuasive nature of mundane, domestic objects. The artists ultimately create new works that highlight similarities in their decision making while embracing their respective differences.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Aaron Renier Discusses The Unsinkable Walker Bean & The Knights of the Waxing Moon
After their perilous encounter with the sea-witches, Walker and the pirate crew of the Jacklight find refuge on a deserted island. But it might not be as deserted as it seems–shadowy creatures have been spotted in the jungle, and strange animal tracks appear overnight. When Walker, Shiv, and Genoa discover a secret passage and mysterious ruins, the dark history of the archipelago begins to unravel. Aaron Renier is the author of three graphic novels for younger readers; Spiral-Bound, Walker Bean, and Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon. He is the recipient of the Eisner award in 2006 for talent deserving of wider recognition, and was an inaugural resident for the Sendak Fellowship in 2010. He teaches at DePaul University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Jonathan Lavan: Full Circle
Jonathan Lavan is a citizen scientist and wildlife expert and has been SCUBA Diving for thirty years and taking photographs both above and below the waterline for ten. As an underwater and topside photographer, he has been a teacher, speaker, author and research associate for many different well-known and little-known environmental organizations. He is a staunch environmentalist and educator of young people. Jonathan is committed to making a difference on this planet through his images and his message of goodwill to all creatures.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Hell House: Art Gallery, Hip Hop Showcase, and Late Nite Boogie with Demons Juke Party
Volumes Noir Murder Mystery Party
Join us for the first ever Volumes Noir Murder Mystery Party. Along with Sisters in Crime and Chicago Review of Books, we bring you a Halloween night filled with food, drinks, trivia, spooky stories and a full-fledged murder-mystery game! Can you solve the crime with the help of these three authors? Lori Rader Day, Julia Fine, and Mary Robinette Kowal will be on hand to help solve along with you - and provide a dose of awesome, because these ladies are pretty great. The night will begin with trivia and food! Your ticket includes a buffet of noir-worthy food & desserts! The mystery game will unfold soon thereafter, where you, and all in attendance that night will work together (and apart) to find the murderer(s)! There will be riddles! There will be loads of fun! There will be a costume contest for the best noir or literary mystery-ish character in attendance!
7:00pm to 10:00pm with Ticket
The Wicker Park Advisory Council’s BOO-PALOOZA 2018 will feature numerous organizations working together to present a memorable event for all ages in Wicker Park. Produced in Partnership with Chicago Park District and the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and SSA #33. The event will include activity tables, bobbing for apples, costume parades and prizes, dog activities, face painting, ghost bingo, live music, a maze, a pumpkin patch and decorating area, and much more!
10:00am to 2:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
We encourage all to vote this midterm. This is a short, free workshop on BallotReady.org, a website containing all candidates and their descriptions in your jurisdiction. We will walk you through it’s capabilities and show you how to save the candidates you like. Then you can bring that list to the polls for quick, easy, and informed voting!! We will have free Ballot Party swag to give away as well. Who doesn’t love free stuff??
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Lost In Time Crochet Along
Want to crochet along with us, but feel like you're not ready? Take our Intro to Lost in Time Workshop! We will go over all the stitch patterns in the pattern and help you pick out color patterns, so you feel confident to start your Lost in Time Shawl! Join us every Sunday in October for our Lost in Time CAL!
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Sad Animal Babies with Brooke Barker
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. This will be the final week for the outdoor open market before it moves indoors for the first time December 1st at the Chop Shop. Two public artworks, Wicker Tree by Mike Helbing and commissioned by SSA #33, along Seeking Shelter by Andrew Aravantez, part of the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit and sponsored by the SSA, are on display at the current Wicker Park market.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm - Final Day
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Southern Black Cat Call Medicine Show
Southern Black Cat Call Medicine Show is a solo show of work by Robert Pitts, AKA Black Remus. The mixed media exhibit presents 12 pieces that are filled with imagery drawing from the vibrant and rich culture of the African American experience, the blues of the Mississippi Delta, folklore, root work, and hoodoo symbolism.
Hiding in Public - Conversation Pieces
Carmella Saraceno gathers found objects and materials, and through deliberate selection, creates free-standing figures that are constructed from plywood. Each individual sculpture is intended to initiate a conversation. Stripped from their initial meaning, the objects are chosen for their shape, form, and color. In the process, the utilitarian is transformed into something new, yet familiar, ushering the viewer into a place of discovery and fresh insights. Alongside these sculptures, Saraceno is showing a series of watercolors that inform her sculptural work.
Neighborhood Youth Art Exhibit
It’s the first annual Youth Exhibit at Gallery Cafe! Join the already dozens of kids that are submitting art work to be featured in next month exhibit. It’s not too late! Opening reception will be held October 20th at 7:30pm.
gallery no one
I can't even
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.
Remember the Moment
Join iD as we present Remember the Moment, a collection of new works on paper by Candace McGarry.
Jackson Junge Gallery
On the Road Again + TaiThirty
Iconic American road-stops have been the subject of music, film and literature. For On the Road Again, 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. TaiThirty is an exhibition featuring portrait sketches of famous personalities by Tai Taeoalii. Known for his use of ballpoint pen, Taeoalii has continued his award-winning style on brown paper bags. All the works are completed within a self-challenged time limit of 30-45 minutes. Taeoalii references imagery during the creation of these drawings, but more importantly he relies on his memories of the specific person.
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.
Ken Ellis + Eric Claridge
Roots & Culture
An Undoing: Work by Preetika Rajgariah and Zuri Washington
Preetika Rajgariah draws from her personal narrative to manipulate and reappropriate culturally significant materials, such as saris and sindoor, to explore notions of migration and home. Specifically, she concentrates on women in these spaces and uses a number of media to further examine societal standards and gender roles. As a Black American, Zuri Washington’s work relies heavily on the superposition of both the appropriation and eradication of selfhood. Through the making of temporary, vulnerable spiritual structures, they explore and draw upon an ancestral narrative lost to time, violence, and erasure.
Sinners and saints, join us for the opening ceremony of Hellbound!! The show features work by Corinne Halbert and Kristin Scholz. Fawn over the paintings and embroidery pieces from Sea of Doom and be titillated by all the scandalous paintings, pins, and other goods from Hate Baby Comix! The show will be up all month, but you don't wanna miss the wild good time sure to ensue!
Video Game Art Gallery
Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection
Since 2013 VGA Gallery has collected two-dimensional prints related to significant works of video game art. To mark the five year anniversary of our continually growing archive this exhibition will mix the old and the new as well as the local and the international of video game art prints. Never presented as a substitution for the experience of real-time play, prints offer incredible value in the ongoing art history of video games. Whether they are a document of an artist’s process, a capture of a significant moment that might pass by quickly in live media, or a closer look at what is underneath the surface of games, prints expand and explode the highly concentrated storage of concepts and experiences packed into each title.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Lunar Performance Series: Haxan: A 1922 Spectacle of Horror - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Bourbon on Division: Spooky Spray Paint Party - 8:30pm to 11:30pm
The Robey with Lost Girl Vintage + Store. Revolving Curation: Til Tomorrow: A Night Market - 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Firecat Projects: Don Perlis: Trumpworld - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
gallery no one: Earth Is So Much More Wonderful Than Heaven - closing reception 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Spectrum of Touch + Static Cling - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Aaron Renier Discusses The Unsinkable Walker Bean & The Knights of the Waxing Moon - 7:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Jonathan Lavan: Full Circle - exhibition closes
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Celeste Rapone & Betsy Odom: Everlast - exhibition closes
The Subterranean: Hell House: Art Gallery, Hip Hop Showcase, and Late Nite Boogie with Demons Juke Party - 8:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Volumes Noir Murder Mystery Party - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Wicker Park: Boo-Palooza - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Ballot Party - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Lost In Time Crochet Along - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Sad Animal Babies with Brooke Barker - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Final Market Day of the Season - market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Southern Black Cat Call Medicine Show
Dreambox Gallery: Hiding in Public - Conversation Pieces
Gallery Cafe: Neighborhood Youth Art Exhibit
gallery no one: I can't even
iD Chicago: Remember the Moment
Jackson Junge Gallery: On the Road Again + TaiThirty
LVL3 Gallery: Local Comfort
Rainbo Club: Ken Ellis + Eric Claridge
Roots & Culture: An Undoing: Work by Preetika Rajgariah and Zuri Washington
Sideshow Gallery: Hellbound
VGA Gallery: Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection