Weekend Arts Guide (3/28-3/31 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: March 28, 2019 - March 31, 2019

Image Credit: Detail of work from the Haas Collection as seen in Pop Pulp! opening this weekend at Firecat Projects.

With March coming to a close, we've got several exhibitions closing across the neighborhood along with a few opening receptions, happenings, and special events! Don't miss out on all that the arts neighborhood has to offer this weekend...

Thursday (3/28/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Lunar Film Performance Series: L'Inferno 
Come spend and evening in hell with your pals at Agitator! This Lunar Night will feature the 1911 silent film L'Inferno with a performed, live score by Monogamy. L'Inferno, based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, is the oldest surviving full length movie and an absolute classic of the horror genre.
Doors Open 7:00pm - Show Starts 8:00pm

Friday (3/29/2019)

Firecat Projects
Pop Pulp!
Comic and novella covers needed to grab a customer’s attention in a quick second at a checkout counter. Easily done with the use of garish color, over the top sexuality, and suggested violence, one would be compelled to buy these myriad serial stories of mystery, suspense, and more...once hooked you’d hopefully buy every week. Writers and illustrators were constantly grinding out ”stories” on a deadline schedule and the tradition continues to this day...these little comic books can still be purchased at Mexican grocery stores and bodegas, all across the United States and the Americas. The works in the exhibition are from the early 1970’s, executed with gouache on illustration board, and are part of the Haas Roche Collection presented by Aron Packer Projects.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm

gallery no one
Catherine Hu: Very Little Changes 
gallery no one is pleased to present Catherine Hu's solo exhibition. Very Little Changes presents a bunch of objects that imitate and combine existing forms, like that of buildings, landscapes and furniture. Functioning like puns, where two meanings share one form, these hybrids attempt to exist simultaneously in places where one or the other might not be welcome, acting like a bridge between discrete ideas.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Heaven Gallery
Jon Collin & Rob Noyes Acoustic Concert
"Collin is a wonderful [guitar] player, incorporating the distention of Loren Connors alongside the blues figures of Jack Rose and the lyrical melodicism of Robbie Basho. He can also throw in blurts that are pure Derek Bailey to throw the punters off, but that's his business. Make time for it. You will be copiously rewarded." - Byron Coley, Feeding Tube Records.
"Usually when punk/hardcore musicians go acoustic, they lean into their Johnny Cash tattoos and call it a day. Noyes' heavy-handed downstroke, a holdover from his old bands, gives his music a chaotic urgency that in lesser hands would fall apart." - NPR 
8:00pm to 9:30pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Speak: All-Ages Open Mic
Welcome to the first all ages Open Mic at Volumes. We want to create a safe space for Chicago's youth to perform and share their stories, poems, music and more! Join us for the last Friday each month as we open the store to Chicago's young talent. Adults can join the fun as well, but we ask that any work shared be appropriate for young audiences (i.e. No racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist language. No sex, drugs or violence.) We're excited to get this started. Teachers, spread the word!
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday (3/30/2019)

AdventureLand Works on Paper
Nostalgia by Deal
The Chicago artist known as "Deal" specializes in street art and caricature illustrations. His interests and influences stem from cartoons, graffiti art, hip hop culture, sports, and television and film. Deal's work often depicts humorous situations or renditions of famous pop-culture icons. Deal is a graduate of Columbia College and has exhibited across the nation and been features in various publications.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Challengers Comics + Conversation
Women's Comic Month: Andrea Bell & Vixtopher
It's time for Women's Comics Month! Challengers is once again celebrating Women and Non-binary comic creators for the month of March, and this year we’ll have 2 creators exhibiting their work, showing off their comics and talking shop each Saturday and Sunday of the month. This Saturday will feature Andrea Bell and Vixtopher along with a special Girl Scout Cookies booth from Troop 20353!
11:00am with Girl Scout Cookies 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Easel Art Studio + Pork & Mindy's
Food Art Class at Pork & Mindy's
Pork & Mindy's and Wicker Park neighbor Easel Art Studio are teaming up for a children’s art class. Bring the kiddos for an afternoon of painting and get creative while munching on complimentary treats. Guests are welcome to order from Pork & Mindy's full family-friendly menu, too. Particpants will be painting a "Candy BLT" masterpiece! Kids from 3-7 years of age are welcome! Tickets are $25 per child.
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Little Broken Things
Always In Motion
Please join us for the first ever solo art show by Tracy Conoboy! The exhibition will feature her work and street photography. We'll have drinks, snacks, and plenty of art...bring your friends!
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Roots & Culture
Sirimas Benz Amatayakul & Alex Stark: Aggregate with Amanda Joy Calobrisi: Act as if I’m not Here in the Milwaukee Avenue Window
Sirimas Benz Amatayakul creates abstract paintings to honor the unrelenting energy, rawness, innocence, courage, spontaneity, and joy that she observes in her children when they’re creating art. Alex Stark’s drawings describe the body and its surroundings. Birds are a personal symbol representing both fragility and an alternate way of seeing that comes from flight. The birds are seen in relation to a vulnerable nude figure that establishes a connection or kind of empathy between them. Under the transformative night sky these emotively drawn elements find strength in each other.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Sideshow Gallery
Mystic Bazaar
Join Sideshow Gallery and the Suiheart Club for a full shop evening pop-up party. This event will have a little of something for everyone...This is going to be a special night of shopping and hanging, and as always, we will have tarot readers in the shop to help you set things straight...Suiheart Club is teaming up with Half Moon candles to release 2 new scents for the evening and will have their apparel line to shop for the evening. If that's not enough, Suiheart Club will be teaming up with Revolution Tattoo to offer a special flash sheet for the evening... think mystic mama meets sideshow... if you are interested in booking an appointment please email revolutiontattoo@gmail.com. This is a ticketed event which can be purchased on EventBrite for $10, and will include your first drink!! A free beer supplied by Revolution Brewing!
4:00pm to 8:00pm

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop
The Wicker Park Farmers Market has begun our first ever indoor market this season at Chop Shop. We will be open every Saturday through April! Local vendors will be offering all the best in handmade and homegrown to get your winter started right. This week includes a musical performance by Celia Rose from noon to 2:00pm.
Market Open 10:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday (3/31/2019)

Challengers Comics + Conversation
Women's Comic Month: Alex Kostiw & Amber Huff
It's time for Women's Comics Month! Challengers is once again celebrating Women and Non-binary comic creators for the month of March, and this year we’ll have 2 creators exhibiting their work, showing off their comics and talking shop each Saturday and Sunday of the month. This Sunday will feature Alex Kostiw and Amber Huff.

LVL3 Gallery
Cloud 9
LVL3 blissfully presents Cloud 9, an anniversary show marking our ninth year as an artist-run space. Each year, LVL3 invites back five previously exhibited artists to celebrate their accomplishments and positive impact on our programming as we continue to grow. Cloud 9 refers to the intense feelings of well-being and happiness. The work in this exhibitions, from artists Leslie Baum, Will Hutnick, Dan Rizzo-Orr, Esther Ruiz, and Cecilia Salama, shares the feeling of euphoria and new found heights. It’ll have you walking on air.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Ongoing Exhibitions

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Chicago Sex Workers Art Show with SWOP
Agitator Gallery has partnered with the Chicago chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) to bring the neighborhood Chicago's latest iteration of the Sex Workers Art Show, celebrating International Sex Workers Rights Day. The exhibition foregrounds the talent of artists who have worked in the sex trade. By centering their art, labor, and lived experiences, SWOP aims to sex work stigma.

Dreambox Gallery
Piotr Antonow 
Piotr Antonow’s paintings combine the elements of abstraction with realistic representation.  His compositions allow the lines, colors, and shapes to come together to define the realistic details of the form, that brings into view a degree of the inner world and the individuality of a subject. Piotr was born in Cracow, Poland.  Early in his life, he began painting and drawing in his parents’ art studio and he continued his studies at the Secondary School of Fine Arts in Cracow. After moving to the United States in 1986, Antonow took classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and privately studied painting and drawing with Gay Riseborough.  He also studied under Eleanor Spiess-Ferris in the Evanston Art Center, where he now runs the figure drawing sessions.

Gallery Cafe
Sarah Curl-Larson & Rachel Lechocki
Gallery Cafe is continuing International Women’s Day, because one day isn’t enough. Sarah Curl-Larson and Rachel Lechocki have teamed up for this exhibition about visual symbols and representations of feminism. Crafted with earthly elements and themes of ecological issues around human encroachment, the work meshes creative courageousness with irony and humor.

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.

Heaven Gallery
Hold Sway + Margins, Material and Metaphor
Hold Sway brings together two artists working with overlapping perspectives in paint and photography. Ellen Hanson’s paintings reveal partial views on free-standing intersecting canvases, emphasizing the illusion of the image. Hanson's multi-paneled paintings reveal intimate moments while at other angles their built-in barriers conceal, underscoring the nature of privacy. Aimée Beaubien draws parallels between photographs and landmasses in states of flux. Photos cascade and plates shift in a fractured landscape shaped by subterranean forces. At the core of this photo-based installation is a chance encounter with a three-ring binder of 35mm black and white contact sheets dating from the early 1970’s. Beaubien builds bridges between past and future via the visual records of two women, unknown to one another.
In Margin, Material and Metaphor, Surabhi Ghosh resituates marginalized narratives of everyday spaces by combining the spectacular with the mundane, transforming materials such as upholstery, vinyl and glass beads through repetitive processes of drawing, cutting, and stitching. Olivia Valentine’s work focuses on the construction of edges and interstitial spaces, stemming from her investigations into the space of the textile edge. Both Ghosh and Valentine use material and metaphor to challenge the composition of constructed spaces. In this exhibition, the two artists investigate their overlapping interest in materialized edges and metaphorical boundaries as defined by visual patterning. The installation the work is a collaborative process between the two as they respond to the interior architecture of the gallery.

Jackson Junge Gallery
The Jackson Junge Gallery presents Time, its second group exhibition of their 2019 season. This exhibit features 20 works of art in various mediums by artists from around the world. Time is a thought-provoking concept due to its many definitions and interpretations. For this exhibition, artists were encouraged to bring forth their own understandings of time. Time is endless. However, in our world today, time is considered one of the most valuable assets. The concept of time has been the subject of study in many different fields, including the arts, sociology, geology, biology and physics. When defined as a noun, time is “the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). In this exhibition, concepts revolve around time as an illusion, time’s effect on human life and time in regard to the environment.

Rainbo Club
Marieke McClendon & Jonathan Van Herik

The Silver Room
Protect the Weird Kids
Presented by the Silver Room and Kings Without Crowns, this group art show features the work of Ali 6, Con _Leche, Kawaii.Suga, Tori Torsion, Erica Contreras, Melissa Castro Almandina, Devine Gratitude, Plant Shop Chicago, and Intuitive Healing By Jennifer Love x XOCHITL.

Video Game Art Gallery
Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games
This exhibition explores the burgeoning field of interactive queer art, which gamifies the mechanics of intimate relationships and reinterprets traditional game concepts as a means to experience affection, desire, and love. While queer desire has been marginalized and pathologized in the mainstream, within LGBTQIA+ culture, a more inclusive acceptance of kink and diverse relationship structures is being articulated. Whether in the context of long-term romance, intimacy with multiple partners, or casual sex, these artworks place the practice of acting on attraction in the hands of the player, furthering our ability to express the personal experiences of an underserved culture and drawing a wider audience into conversations about gameplay and desire. Please be advised that this is a explicit show and content warnings may include nudity, sex, violence, mental illness, and suicide.



Thursday (3/28/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Lunar Film Performance Series: L'Inferno - doors open 7:00pm, show starts 8:00pm

Friday (3/29/2019)
Firecat Projects: Pop Pulp! - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
gallery no one: Catherine Hu: Very Little Changes - exhibition closes
Heaven Gallery: Jon Collins & Rob Noyes Acoustic Concert - 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Speak: All-Ages Open Mic - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday (3/30/2019)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Nostalgia by Deal - exhibition closes
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Women's Comic Month: Andrea Bell & Vixtopher - 11:00am with Girl Scout Cookies 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Easel Art Studio + Pork & Mindy's: Food Art Class - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Little Broken Things: Always In Motion - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Roots & Culture: Sirimas Benz Amatayakul & Alex Stark: Aggregate Amanda Joy Calobrisi: Act as if I'm not Here in the Window - exhibition closes
Sideshow Gallery: Mystic Bazaar - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 10:00am to 3:00pm with music noon to 2:00pm

Sunday (3/31/2019)
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Women's Comic Month: Alex Kostiw & Amber Huff - 11:00am
LVL3 Gallery: Cloud 9 - exhibition closes

Ongoing Exhibitions
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Chicago Sex Workers Art Show with SWOP 
Dreambox Gallery: Piotr Antonow 
Gallery Cafe: Sarah Curl-Larson & Rachel Lechocki 
gallery no one: I can't even
Heaven Gallery: Hold Sway Margins, Material and Metaphor
Jackson Junge Gallery: Time
Rainbo Club: Marieke McClendon & Jonathan Van Herik
The Silver Room: Protect the Weird Kids
VGA Gallery: Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games