Weekend Arts Guide (12/7-12/9 2018)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: December 7, 2018 - December 9, 2018

Image Credit: Things Fall Apart, 2018 by Keven Demery can be seen in Oh, Maker, opening this weekend at Heaven Gallery.

With the winter holidays officially kicking off and the winter weather making periodic appearances, its definitely looking like it 'tis the season here in Wicker Park Bucktown! This weekend is the month's first Friday and comes with all of the festivities and artful happenings that entails. Swing by the Flat Iron building for First Friday open studios and hit up a multitude of exhibitions and openings all over the neighborhood! We've got pop ups and holiday markets in abundance as well, so you can take in local artwork while you take care of you gift list. Maybe even treat yourself while you're at it... Whether you're looking for handmade gifts, or are taking your critical eye to an art show of exceptional caliber, our WPB Weekend Arts Guide has you covered!

Friday (12/7/2018)

AdventureLand Works on Paper
Tom Bachtell in Adventure Land
Join us for fun and beautiful portraits by Tom Bachtell! Free drinks! Pet friendly! Easy parking!
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Dreambox Gallery
West of Western Frequency Limited Edition Holiday Art Sale
We invite you to join us – art, coffee, and unique holiday gift shopping with a chance to meet and recognize the value of artists in our community! WOW (West of Western) Frequency is presenting limited editions prints by Lidia Rozmus and Irena Siwek, photography by Iwona Biedermann and Monica Kass Rogers, painting by Tom Robinson, ceramics by Jolanta Nawrocka, watercolors by Carmella Saraceno, and jewelry by Ala Jaron Design.
Noon to 4:00pm

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.
Studios Open 6:00pm to 10:00pm + The Hall Happenings 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Heaven Gallery
Oh, Maker

Within the current social and political climate we’re found looking backward as a way to find answers for today's problems in America. Oh, Maker explores the work of seven artists who through the act of re-appropriating materials are looking at that history of trauma on American Soil, the act of rebellion, as well the narrative of black women, and families. These artists are building on these conversations in their work. Using mix materials, visual language, and archives as a starting source to re-appropriate materials used to aid conversations about America today. Artists inclkude Kevin Demery, Andrea Coleman, Mark Allen Blanchard, Shanna Merola, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Sadie Woods, and Michael Curtis Asbil. Oh, Maker was conceived and curated by Darryl DeAngelo Terrell.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Little Broken Things
Sam Nigrosh
For the next month, the side gallery at Little Broken Things will feature artwork from Sam Nigrosh.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Draw It: Holiday Pictionary Night
Just like it sounds! Join the crew at Volumes for an evening of holiday themed Pictionary!
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday (12/8/2018)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Holiday Fundraiser Show
Artwork by new Agitator members Sarah Bell, Jen Lau and Danielle Owensby will be featured. This show offers artwork made by Agitator Gallery member artists for sale whose proceeds go to cover gallery operation costs, and artwork for direct sale made by Agitator members — Michelle Graves, Gretchen Hasse, Larry Kamphausen, Andrea Kaspryk, Emilio Nadales, Luna Rail.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Dreambox Gallery
West of Western Frequency Limited Edition Holiday Art Sale
We invite you to join us – art, coffee, and unique holiday gift shopping with a chance to meet and recognize the value of artists in our community! WOW (West of Western) Frequency is presenting limited editions prints by Lidia Rozmus and Irena Siwek, photography by Iwona Biedermann and Monica Kass Rogers, painting by Tom Robinson, ceramics by Jolanta Nawrocka, watercolors by Carmella Saraceno, and jewelry by Ala Jaron Design.
Noon to 4:00pm

The Robey Chicago
Buy Bye Market
Shop some amazing deals at our last market of the year held in The Hall at The Robey! Buy Bye Market is hosted and curated by: Lost Girls Vintage and STORE. Revolving Curation. Featured vendors include Luvsick Plus (vintage clothing), KOLUNTU (fair trade + sustainable goods), Jane & Rosemary, Beauty Moves, Wild Prairie (vinyl and vintage), Electric Flamingo (vintage), and X Vintage.
11:00am to 4:00pm

Sideshow Gallery
Chicago Makers Pop-Up
Sideshow has been doing Christmas events for 6 years...and this year we wanted to give you something different. Without a huge event to have to go to, we will be hosting artists all month long. Join us for some afternoon shopping with some of our newer artists and some who we wish we could always have more of! This week we are happy to welcome White Wolf Syndicate as they launch some of their men's line of products.
2:00pm to 6:00pm

The Silver Room Wicker Park
Silver Room Pop Up Opening Party
The Silver Room is back in Wicker Park until December 31st! Join us on to celebrate our homecoming with DJ's from noon till 10:00pm with drinks and food starting at 5:00pm. Come vibe! The event is free and all ages are welcome. The DJ line up includes David Chavez, DJ All The Way Kay, Sonny Daze, and Daryll Mellowman.
Noon to 10:00pm

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop
The Wicker Park Farmers Market will begin our first ever indoor market on December 1st at Chop Shop. We will be open every Saturday through April, 2019! Local vendors will be offering all the best in handmade and homegrown to get your winter started right. This week also features a holiday wreath making workshop for those who like to get crafty and personal with their decorations!
Market Open 9:00am to 2:00pm + Wreath Making Workshop 11:00am

The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge
Movie Night with Cats: Love Actually
Movie Nite and snuggle time with kitties! PJ's encouraged! Bring anything you'd like to make yourself at home as we take in a showing of Love Actually with our furry feline friends. See ya soon!
6:15pm to 8:30pm

Ongoing Exhibitions

Corbett vs. Dempsey
Robert Lostutter: Kyōsei
It is with pleasure that Corbett vs. Dempsey presents its third exhibition with Robert Lostutter. Entitled Kyōsei, it will feature a suite of fresh works in graphite and a new poem. This show is the ghost that we leave behind. We are pleased to announce that Kyōsei will be the final show in the original CvsD space at 1120 N. Ashland Avenue. We have been here for 15 years and are now excited for the next chapter in a new space...

Firecat Projects
Firecat Winter Fundraiser
Support Firecat's mission by coming to our winter sale featuring artwork along with an extensive collection of vintage records, sports memorabilia, books, and more. Sale runs until December 10.

Gallery Cafe
Audriana Jane Vandenoever
Vandenoever's artwork captures the beauty of the mundane that surrounds us with little notice in the everyday. She seeks to develop that essence through sill life or poetic landscapes and to explore the true nature of a moment.

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.

Jackson Junge Gallery
Reality Bytes + Sounds of Music + Holiday Sale and Market (continued)
Reatlity Bytes is an exhibition of work by artists Jason Bruek and Kate Harrold.
Music and fine art have a long history of exchange and harmony. In this Sounds of Music, the Jackson Junge Gallery features artwork with a wide veriety of interpretations of music and sound in art. 
The gallery will also be carrying a variety of local, handmade products featured in their Holiday Gift Market as well as continuing their holiday sale, which grants 20% discounts on reproduction prints and custom framing as well as sales between 50% and 70% off for ready-made frames! Sale runs through December 31, 2018.

LVL3 Gallery
messy universe
LVL3 is proud to present messy universe, a two-person show featuring Adam Milner and Erin Washington. Milner meticulously creates intimate collections as reflections of daily life, routine and personal relationships; his archival process reveal objects as active subjects. Washington’s process of mark making and materiality, symbolic to permanence and histories, demands an active presence which highlights disharmony and failures in search of meaning. messy universe investigates the artists’ processes of collecting and uncovering in order to find meaning in the things that are right in front of us.

Roots & Culture
Total Information Objects: New work by Colin Matthes & Christopher Smith
with Charles E. Robert III: Work days-for work, holidays-for sorcery in the Window Gallery
For Total Information Objects, Colin Matthes’ work includes home defense paintings, instructional drawings, and decoys for home décor. These works aim to solve, create, or poke at looming environmental, domestic, and cultural problems. The father of two young kids, Matthes is occupying an increasingly isolated space and letting anxiousness and humor guide his making. Works in this exhibition deal with launching nukes, riding horses, truth, productivity, and fucking ticks. Christopher Smith designed workstations inspired by office supplies, shipping/receiving facilities, and experiments in the field of chronobiology. These experiments involve isolating a human test subject deep in a cave away from any sense of time (sunlight, moonlight, clocks, etc). These hybrid workstations become backgrounds for digital labor, a type of labor that extends beyond human circadian time, and collapses administration with production, management, and public relations. 
Charles Robert borrowed the title of Work days-for work, holidays-for sorcery from text noted in the subtitles of Sergei Parajanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors during a recent viewing. It seemed to perfectly encapsulate the artist's approach to creating this installation. As a departure from several ongoing projects this piece casts a series of spells with a hybrid of decorative symbologies and re-imagined folk traditions.

Sideshow Gallery
Dominant Submission
We are super pumped to have our old friend and Brown Brothers Tattoo shop owner Max Brown for his first solo Chicago art show. With plenty of years of good times under our belt, we are looking forward to having Max back again and for him to be exhibiting what he has been up to.

Toy de Jour
New! from Kenner
The brand that filled everyone's homes with amazing toys for decades now gets the highest accolades, a group art show at the world's best trash store! From Strawberry Shortcake to Star Wars, Centurions to Super Powers, Kenner had the brands we all knew and loved and still hold a special place in our old, shriveled hearts. So come check out some new artwork of classic toy lines - just in time for the holidays. We got your gift ideas covered.

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.

Young Chicago Authors
Work: A Tararchy Solo Show
Tara Zanzig is a Chicago based artist working in hand embellished, screen printed media. Characterized by an unrefined, analog aesthetic, Tara’s work seeks meaning in a commercially driven society through portraiture of its icons and idols. For almost 70 years, Lucy Parsons (c. 1853 – March 7, 1942) fought for the rights of the poor and disenfranchised in the face of an oppressive industrial economic system. While there is much perceived socioeconomic advancement since the early 20th century, Lucy’s work is remarkably relevant and increasingly important given our current political climate. Work explores the work and life of this preeminent activist. In addition to a consistent art practice, Tara teaches screen printing and is the studio coordinator for Spudnik Press Cooperative. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.




Friday (12/7/2018)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Tom Bachtell in Adventure Land - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Dreambox Gallery: West of Western Frequency Limited Edition Holiday Art Sale - noon to 4:00pm
Flat Iron Arts: First Friday at the Flat Iron - open studios 6:00pm to 10:00pm + happenings at The Hall at The Robey 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Oh, Maker - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Little Broken Things: Sam Nigrosh - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Draw It: Holiday Pictionary Night - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday (12/8/2018)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Holiday Fundraiser Show - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Dreambox Gallery:
 West of Western Frequency Limited Edition Holiday Art Sale - noon to 4:00pm
The Robey Chicago:
Buy Bye Market - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: 
Chicago Makers Pop-Up - 2:00pm to 6:00pm
The Silver Room Wicker Park: Silver Room Pop Up Opening Party - noon to 10:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 9:00am to 2:00pm with wreath making 11:00am
The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge: Movie Night with Cats: Love Actually - 6:15pm to 8:30pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Robert Lostutter: Kyōsei
Firecat Projects: Firecat Winter Fundraiser
Gallery Cafe: 
Audriana Jane Vandenoever
gallery no one: I can't even
Jackson Junge Gallery: Reality Bytes Sounds of Music + continued Holiday Market Sale (through 12/31/18)
LVL3 Gallery: messy universe
Roots & Culture: Total Information Objects Work days-for work, holidays-for sorcery
Sideshow Gallery: Dominant Submission
Toy de Jour: New! from Kenner
VGA Gallery: 
Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection
Young Chicago Authors: Work: A Tararchy Solo Show