Weekend Arts Guide (11/21-11/24 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: November 22, 2019 - November 24, 2019

Image Credit: The Mayor of Mayhem, oil on canvas by Laura Lee Junge, as seen in  A Change of Mind on view now at Jackson Junge Gallery.

Our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide is full of late fall activities and plenty of exceptional shows to catch, so make the best of the pre-holiday weekend!

Friday (11/22/2019)

David Leonardis Gallery
Matt Lamb: Resurrection Art Exhibit
Matt Lamb’s art has been experiencing a new influx of interested collectors. As a result, DLG has received a fantastic new batch of Matt’s awesome and deeply beautiful paintings in varied sizes and price points. To celebrate, the gallery will host a reception with the usual PBR, red wine, and bottled water provided by DLG. There is also new art from DLG's collection of working artists. Donald Topp has new Cartoon Tattoo Hipster Girls and icon prints in. 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 has photos of rock and roll legends, the Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Tom Petty, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and many more.
Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Firecat Projects
Resilient Souvenir: Alan Lerner &  Paul Somers
Firecat Projects is excited to exhibit new work from artists Alan Lerner and Paul Somers.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Woolfolk Fall Look Book Trunk Show
Firefly is excited to host Woolfolk’s Fall 2019 Look Book Trunk Show! It's the season of texture! Cables, bobbles, and unique surface patterns intermix with ribbing and stockinette for timeless and sophisticated designs. The studio will have finished designs in the shop along with patterns. You won’t want to miss these exquisite pieces!
Opening Noon

Heaven Gallery
5th Wave Collective: Dead Composers Society
5th Wave Collective, a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by womxn composers, is excited to return to Heaven Gallery! The Collective presents the second installment of an audience favorite from last season: Dead Composers Society, reminding audiences that yes, women have been composing music for a very long time. The pinnacle of the Collective’s Clara Schumann celebration, this program of all Schumann works includes her profound and sentimental Piano Sonata in G minor, the Three Romances for Violin and Piano, a song cycle, and the monumental Piano Trio in G minor. Written during a tense and stressful period in her life, the G minor Trio is a testament to graceful perseverance. $10 suggested donation.
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday (11/23/2019)

Challengers Comics + Conversation
GLOW vs the Babyface Signing with AJ Mendez and Aimee Garcia
AJ Mendez (former wrestling champion, author of the New York Times-bestselling Crazy Is My Superpower) and Aimee Garcia (award-winning actress, currently starring on Lucifer) will be at Challengers Comics to meet fans and sign copies of the first issue of their new comic series GLOW vs the Babyface, a new four-issue series based on the characters from the hit Netflix series GLOW. In this original story, the women of GLOW are preparing for an all-new sort of a foe... a news anchor! As they learn the art of the promo to convince the media that GLOW isn't a bad influence on children thank you very much, they discover a much bigger problem-a runaway who's been living under the ring! This is a ticketed event and tickets must be purchased through Eventbrite in advance. 
Noon to 4:00pm

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Fall Sweater Workshop
Learn how to knit The Leelanau Sweater this autumn season, and start building your handmade wardrobe! Lead by Jackie Valdez, the Fall Sweater Workshop will have you creating confidently! The Leelanau Sweater is a fun and beginner friendly knit, teaching several sweater construction techniques and beginner colorwork. Jackie will guide you through the sweater construction, starting with choosing the perfect yarn, sizing, and gauge swatching, then moving to colorwork techniques, creating the perfect fit, picking up stitches, and finally, finishing and blocking. Each class is tailored to each student’s needs and progress and the $80 package includes 4 classes ($20 additional) and all students will receive 10% off yarn and needles needed for the workshop.

Vertical Gallery
Pizza In The Rain: Landscapes
Vertical Gallery is very proud to present Pizza In The Rain: Landscapes, which commemorates the conclusion of a 13-month-long collaborative public art project celebrating the architecture of the Windy City. eatures work from Chicago’s Pizza In The Rain, who spearheaded the project, alongside efforts from Kate Lewis, Joseph Renda Jr., Matt Wojtan, Kirsten Valentine, Polly Jiménez, Danny Sobor, Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff and Lie. The Landscapes initiative reintroduces and reinvigorates familiar and foreign buildings, urban cityscapes and natural settings. The Vertical exhibit and accompanying book preserve Landscapes for posterity.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Poetry with Leah Umansky, Jose-Luis Moctezuma, and Sam Herschel Wein
Join Volumes for a night of poetry from Leah Umansky, Jose-Luis Moctezuma, and Sam Herschel Wein. Jose-Luis Moctezuma is the local author of Spring Tlaloc Seance and Place-Discipline, which was the winner of the 2017 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize. Leah Umansky is the author of two full length collections, The Barbarous Century and Domestic Uncertainties, among others. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as POETRY, Guernica, Bennington Review, The Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day, Poetry International, The New York Times, Rhino, Pleiades, and the anthologies, The Eloquent Poem and Misrepresented Peoples. Sam Herschel Wein is a Chicago based poet who specializes in perpetual frolicking. Their first chapbook Fruit Mansion was selected as the winner of the 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook prize. Their second chapbook Gesundheit!, a collaboration with Chen Chen, is forthcoming from Glass Poetry Press. He co-founded and edits Underblong Journal.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday (11/24/2019)

No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
Across Unbaptizmz in Lava Through The Pores Of 444 Heads Birthing
No Nation presents an afternuevening of performance art and short film featuring the work of Holly Arsenault, Marina Cortés Calle, Wolfgang Gillette, Ryan Greenlee, Juma Gitirana Tapuya Marruá, Paige Naylor, Maria Plotnikova, Anthony Sims, Julie Stopper & Seamus Carey, Sofia Wehrle, Margarita Rodriguez Weweli-Lukana, and Jade White. Pay with a poem or pay with a butt print; no one turned away for lack of funds.
6:00pm to 10:00p

Ongoing Exhibitions

AdventureLand Works on Paper
Strong Futures by David Obermeyer
Obermeyer first met Father Pfleger while working on Spike Lee’s film Chiraq as the Production Sound Mixer. Months after the film wrapped he was approaching Father Pfleger asking how he could help through photography. Pfleger brought Obermeyer to the Strong Futures program, which seeks through mentoring and love to help and find employment for the most underserved young adults in our city. For the past couple of years Obermeyer has been photographing the Strong Futures program. His hope is that these portraits expose an invisible part of our city, the part that through racism and neglect remain unseen and forgotten. That this invisible part of our city is able to attain what all strive for; food, shelter, work that is rewarding and a chance to provide for our families.

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Figure Tuesdays Art Show
Agitator is proud to present a showcase of work produced at and inspired by Figure Tuesdays, their weekly figure drawing meetup. Come support Agitator artists and see some fantastic figurative pieces!

The Dime
X-cavations by Xander Berkeley
The Dime is excited to announce X-cavations, a new solo show of paintings by Xander Berkeley. As an actor Berkeley has both the luxury and curse of time. And as a painter, time to experiment (and obsess), building up layers, creating characters in portraiture which would one day hopefully reflect the depth, dimension and the weight of time that exists in a human being. Exhibited works, primarily on board, display the process by which Berkeley built up a history of skeletal, muscular and epidermal layers and then cut or scraped back in with different tools to reveal colors, textures and angles contained within the medium. Both the paint and various mediums are applied at that "speed of life" and the processes of excavating back to reveal past layers are an attempt to collaborate with the laws of accident.

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
BrittyReaKnits Trunk Show
Brittney of BrittyRaeKnits spent most of her life in sunny Arizona until she found herself moving to Northern Michigan. To keep her desert blood warm in the Great White North, she immediately took up knitting and it quickly became an obsession! Though Brittney loved knitting, she had a hard time finding the exact colors she wanted to work with. Not one to give up, she began to create her own colors, experimenting with different techniques and fibers. Thus, BrittyRaeKnits was born! Now, Brittney creates super-saturated, speckly colorways on high quality yarn bases for makers who love color as much as she does!

Gallery Café
Erasing Boarders: A Collection of Photographs by Tony Menias
Travel and documentary photographer, Tony Menias, brings to light images of faraway lands and cultures to our doorstep for this exhibition.

Heaven Gallery
Between a Rock and a Dream + Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit
We forge objects as a way to satisfy a lack, to fill the gap that materialises when something is both wanted and out of reach. The works of Catherine Hu and Yunhee Min in Between a Rock and a Dream are an attempt to reconcile the world as experienced and the world as desired. They work like puns, bringing two meanings together into one word or form. Existing forms and imagery are drawn from the world, then played with, to create situations that expose habits we take for granted, and allow for alternative ways of interpreting our environment.
Jacqueline Surdell’s latest solo exhibition, Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit, draws upon the tradition of storytelling as it forms personal histories and subsequent understandings of self. Through seemingly disparate objects, Surdell re-tells the tale of the first irreverent woman as “She” explains her complex journey through time. Strange, grotesque forms exist as monuments to the inexplicable — creating confusion and a sense of the unknown. Mythical masks protect the wearer and explosions of light and dark represent “Her” struggles in a world that is impossible to understand. It is here Surdell manifests architectural realms that slip between the known past and unknown futures.

Jackson Junge Gallery
A Change of Mind
A Change of Mind by Laura Lee Junge, is a retrospective of her iconic genres encompassing past and present artworks. Not only is Junge a Chicago based artist, but also co-owner of Jackson Junge Gallery which will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary! Through years of exhibiting throughout the country, Junge has established herself as an intoxicating talent on the artistic front. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Junge has become an influential female figure in Chicago’s prominent art scene. Junge explains, “Over the past 10 years my paintings have evolved. The way I think about life and art has changed. I have grown as a painter, yes, but more importantly this exhibition shows how much my mind and way of thinking has changed.”

Langer Over Dickie
Portate Bien: Jackie Milad
Jackie Milad creates textured collage and drawing works on paper and canvas. Milad has been featured in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Milad is a three-time recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from Maryland State Arts Council. In 2019 she was honored as a finalist for the prestigious Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize. Milad received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, and her MFA from Towson University. Besides her active studio practice, Jackie Milad has an extensive career as a curator and educator, where she has committed many years to the education and support of emerging artists.

LVL3 Gallery
Lasting Impressions
Lasting Impressions explores materiality and permanence through works by Gregory Bae, Bailey Hikawa, and Kay Hofmann. Bae addresses topics of consumption and technology through repurposed objects that indulge in his own internal compulsions. Hikawa’s sculptures treat the iPhone as a relic with designs that compliment the body. Hofmann is separating from the unknown through her laborious work of abstracted forms. Bae, Hikawa, and Hofmann’s approaches to their material reflect on the impact of human existence, be it ecological or philosophical. Lasting Impressions engages in conversations around persistence and excess while hopefully providing a sense of liberation or release from the effects of late-capitalism.

Line Dot Editions
4th Anniversary Show
Line Dot invites you to join them for the opening reception of their 4th Anniversary Show. Come raise a glass as they honor this milestone and the creative community that has made it possible. Featuring new work from 23 beloved artists, the show will be a celebration of the gallery’s past, present, and future. Exhibiting artists include Julia Banderas, Laura Catherwood, Kyle Cobban, DEAL, Laura English, Sergio Farfán, Fourhundred ML, Dovie Golden, Josh Grotto, Sean Hannaway, Hellbent, David Heo, Merry James, JAS, Jeremy & Farrah, Oscar Joyo, Kurt Kreissl, Kate Lewis, Cristi López, Nina Chicago Art, Alice Pasquini, Curtis William Readel, Joseph Renda Jr., Zach Schrey, and Dwight White.

Little Broken Things
Atlantian Gardens
Join Little Broken Things for our next artist event, Atlantian Gardens, collage art with prints for sale by Chace Wall. Wall says of his work, "my aim is to direct the viewer into a deeper questioning of the mind and the nature of the emergent universe around them."

Rainbo Club
You Walk Into
An exhibition of street jokes and long phrases curated by Jesse Malmed.

Roots & Culture
Disauders & Marorders: Julietta Cheung & Danny Floyd + Mac Do: *A Glowing Scroll Hovers In Front Of You* Do You Approach? >>Yes in the Window
In the exhibition Disauders & Marorders by Danny Floyd and Julietta Cheung, fabulated identities from the recent and distant past appear in our cultural and political present as Bart Simpson meets the mid-18th to early-20th century’s radicals, menaces, hustlers, fools, and scouts. Cheung and Floyd mediate textual sources through alternating processes of selection and redaction. While pulling from the preexisting or public-facing material, they whittle away details that make the original context fully determined, inviting mystery and contingency and becoming a performance of otherness. Floyd’s paintings navigate both a literal dark space and a space of confusion between agents enmired in emotional conflict. His printed work turns to the page as a space of potential meaning without rushing to what is sensible. The tension between control and incongruence reflects a struggle between mental polarities in a neurotypical-dominated world. Cheung’s project, The Radicals and Other Personages, likewise draws attention to ideas of identity. Using an archive of historical American newspapers from the Library of Congress, she unmakes and remakes the newswriting through prints and videos. Cheung uses her source material to examine contemporary notions of national belonging as she places her own embodied immigrant position in dialogue with American history.

Extraction leaves a hole
UGLY is pleased to present Output under a relentless duration leaves an exhaustive hollow; and other ways to say “extraction leaves a hole,” an exhibition featuring Efrat Hakimi and Madeline Gallucci. Extraction leaves a hole debases the proposed relationship between teleological and ontological endeavors in art during this contemporary moment: how does one deploy a convention to further articulate a stake? Under the multitude of strategies for the process of restating an already established idea around a situation indebted to an ideological lineage, Gallucci & Hakimi deploy site-conditioned responses.

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.



Friday (11/22/2019)
David Leonardis Gallery: Matt Lamb: Resurrection Art Exhibit - reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firecat Projects: Resilient Souvenir: Alan Lerner & Paul Somers - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Woolfolk Fall Look Book Trunk Show - opening noon
Heaven Gallery: 5th Wave Collective: Dead Composers Society - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday (11/23/2019)
Challengers Comics + Conversation: GLOW vs the Babyface Signing with AJ Mendez and Aimee Garcia - noon to 4:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Fall Sweater Workshop - 1:00pm
Vertical Gallery: Pizza In The Rain: Landscapes - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Poetry with Leah Umansky, Jose-Luis Moctezuma, and Sam Herschel Wein - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday (11/24/2019)
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: Across Unbaptizmz in Lava Through The Pores Of 444 Heads Birthing - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Strong Futures by David Obermeyer
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Figure Tuesdays Art Show
The Dime: X-cavations by Xander Berkeley
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: BrittyReaKnits Trunk Show
Gallery Café: Erasing Boarders: A Collection of Photographs by Tony Menias
Heaven Gallery: Between a Rock and a Dream Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit
Jackson Junge Gallery: A Change of Mind
Langer Over Dickie: Portate Bien: Jackie Milad
LVL3 Gallery: Lasting Impressions
Line Dot Editions: 4th Anniversary Show
Little Broken Things: Atlantian Gardens
Rainbo Club: You Walk Into
Roots & Culture: Disauders & Marorders: Julietta Cheung & Danny Floyd with Mac Do: *A Glowing Scroll Hovers In Front Of You* Do You Approach? >>Yes in the Window
UGLY: Extraction leaves a hole
VGA Gallery: Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History