Weekend Arts Guide (11/29-12/1 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: November 29, 2019 - December 1, 2019

Image Credit: Photograph by David Obermeyer, as seen in Strong Futures at AdventureLand Works on Paper. Catch the exhibition before it closes Saturday.

The Thanksgiving holiday is wrapping up and now its time to start looking for those holiday gifts! This weekend neighborhood art galleries, studios, spaces, and stores will be participating in Black Friday and Small Business Saturday on top of the usual end-of-month exhibition closings and more. So read up and get out there to support local artists and the businesses and organizations that show them! And don't forget that this weekend launches WPB Window Wonderland!

[Black] Friday (11/29/2019)

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!
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Black Friday Scavenger Hunt
Neighborly will host an in-store scavenger hunt for gift cards ranging from $10 to $100!
11:00am to 7:00pm

Sideshow Gallery
Black Metal Friday
Sideshow Gallery will be open regular hours for Black Friday, but will be offering a twist on the day and recover from the holiday some heavy tunes and a special offer! For every purchase of $50 or more you’ll get a free Sideshow tote with a freaky gift inside.
Noon to 8:00pm

[Small Business] Saturday (11/30/2019)

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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
BrittyReaKnits Trunk Show Small Business Saturday
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!
For Small Business Saturday, Firefly will be offering select yarns on sale and giving out gift certificates with purchases. When you buy $50, get a free enamel pin; $75, get a $10 gift card; $100, get a $15 gift card; $150, get $25 gift card; or $200, and get a $50 gift card.
Noon to 6:00pm; Final Day for Trunk Show

Heaven Gallery
Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit Artist Talk
Join artist Jacqueline Surdell as she walks through her show Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit. Coffee will be donated by La Colombe and pastries by Artemios. 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.
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Jackson Junge Gallery
Small Business Saturday
For Small Business Saturday, Jackson Junge Gallery will be featuring their Holiday Prints and Framing Sale! For a limited time, enjoy a huge discount on a unique inventory of artist prints, reproductions, and on-site custom framing. Prints and reproductions are up to 20% off, with 50% to 70% off ready-made frames, and 20% off custom framing orders.
11:00am to 8:00pm

Small Business Saturday
For Small Business Saturday, Neighborly will be offering 15% off all Chicago-made products! Support a small business and all the local small businesses and makers whose products they carry, doubling your impact.
11:00am to 7:00pm

Rainbo Club
You Walk Into
An exhibition of street jokes and long phrases curated by Jesse Malmed.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Volumes Bookcafe
Small Business Saturday Story Time
Volumes Wicker Park will feature a special Story Time with author Becky Cattie at 10:00am as well as treats and giveaways all day!
9:30am to 9:00pm with Story Time at 10:00am

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce
WPB Window Wonderland 
Make Wicker Park Bucktown your destination this holiday season for shopping, window display gazing, caroling, and much more! Starting on Small Business Saturday and running through December 30th, bring the whole family out to enjoy fun shopping excursions throughout WPB and enjoy special deals and promos from your favorite local shops! Make a purchase at one of your favorite shops, or purchase a gift card from a participating restaurant and you'll be given a WPB Passport packed with deals and promotions for the gift giving season. Get your passport stamped by visiting WPB participating shops to enter to win a $50 Amex Gift Card! Wander around WPB and snap shots of your favorite shop window and cast your vote on Instagram by tagging them at #wpbwindowwonderland so your favorite shop can win Best WPB Holiday Window Display! Your vote gets your favorite shop bragging rights and a fun prize for their team. What a great way to celebrate SHOP SMALL! 
All Holiday Season

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
Small Business Saturday
Show Black Friday who's boss at the Secret Agent Supply on Small Business Saturday. The shop will spin a prize wheel spin with every purchase. Spend $20 or more and they'll sweeten the deal with a...drumroll please...free tote! Just perfect for hauling your Thanksgiving leftovers home. See you on Saturday, agents!
11:00am to 6:00pm

Sunday (12/1/2019)

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.
Exhibitions Close - Final Day

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
ND Yarn Company Trunk Show + Woolfolk Fall Look Book Trunk Show
For the month of December, Firefly will host a trunk show for Austin, TX based ND Yarn Company! ND strives to put forth quality hand-dyed yarns, mostly inspired by nature, with methods that reduce our impact on the environment. The owner, Natalie Dianne Zimmerman is a trained scientist with a degree in microbiology and graduate work in immunology. Her passion for science and love of photography have instilled in her an appreciation of nature that is reflected in her work as in independent dyer and an artist.
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!
ND Yarn Opens & Woolfolk Closes

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
Secret Agent Storytime
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to sing, dance, read books, and make crafts with Agent Zach and your friends, parents, and siblings on the first Sunday of every month at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. This message will self-destruct in 30 seconds. We're counting on you, junior story agents! This event is free and open to the public. Recommended for junior agents ages 0-4 and their families.

Ongoing Exhibitions

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. 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.

Firecat Projects
Resilient Souvenir: Alan Lerner &  Paul Somers
Firecat Projects is excited to exhibit new work from artists Alan Lerner and Paul Somers.

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.

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.”

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."

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.

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.

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.



[Black] Friday (11/29/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Figure Tuesdays Art Show - exhibition closes
Neighborly: Black Friday Scavenger Hunt - 11:00am to 7:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Black Metal Friday - noon to 8:00pm

[Small Business] Saturday (11/30/2019)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Strong Futures by David Obermeyer - exhibition closes
The Dime: X-cavations by Xander Berkeley - exhibition closes
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: BrittyReaKnits Trunk Show Small Business Saturday - noon to 6:00pm; trunk show closes
Heaven Gallery: Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit Artist Talk - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Small Business Saturday - 11:00am to 8:00pm
Neighborly: Small Business Saturday - 11:00pm to 7:00pm
Rainbo Club: You Walk Into - exhibition closes
Volumes Bookcafe: Small Business Saturday Story Time - 9:30am to 9:00pm with Story time 10:00am
Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce: WPB Window Wonderland - Small Business Saturday through the Holiday Season
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.: Small Business Saturday - 11:00am to 6:00pm

Sunday (12/1/2019)
Heaven Gallery: Between a Rock and a Dream Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit - exhibitions close
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: ND Yarn Company Trunk Show + Woolfolk Fall Look Book Trunk Show - ND Yarn opens & Woolfolk closes
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.: Secret Agent Storytime - 11:00am

Ongoing Exhibitions
David Leonardis Gallery: Matt Lamb: Resurrection Art Exhibit
Firecat Projects: Resilient Souvenir: Alan Lerner & Paul Somers
Gallery Cafe: Erasing Boarders: A Collection of Photographs by Tony Menias
Jackson Junge Gallery: A Change of Mind
LVL3 Gallery: Lasting Impressions
Line Dot Editions: 4th Anniversary Show
Little Broken Things: Atlantian Gardens
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
Vertical Gallery: Pizza In The Rain: Landscapes
VGA Gallery: Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History