Weekend Arts Guide (8/3-8/5 2018)
Image Credit: Detail from Under the L, 2018 by Russell Muits in One Wall at Jackson Junge Gallery
August is upon us, and that means another First Friday event! With Wicker Park Fest wound down and two new art installations going in around the neighborhood (Lynn Basa's Worker Cottage Parklet and Mike Helbing's Wicker Tree) there couldn't be a better weekend to get out and enjoy some art! We've got all you need to know in our WPB Weekend Arts Guide!
AdventureLand Works on Paper
A Gift from Elain by Messejah Washington
Messejah Washington is a visual artist looking to document two constants; time and space, as a result of communication. This communication lies in human interaction and interaction to things pertaining to our senses. Working in both figurative and abstract styles he looks to document history, as a reminder of the fleeting nature of this world, and its everlasting beauty. He looks to allow his work to serve as a fundamental tool in helping to better understand the past and the present in better preparation for the things to come.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Flat Iron Arts
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.
Flat Iron Arts open 6:00pm to 10:00pm with happenings at The Hall 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Roots & Culture
U.N.I.T. with Chains to Nothing in the Milwaukee Ave Window Gallery
Collectively, creative energies are like lighting bolts, whichever space they hit, it is no longer the same. U.N.I.T. is about this connectivity and change that aggregates, inspires and honors communities and culture’s unique presences; Chicago, we’re here. There will be seven artists, designers and musicians who will arrange their DIY music-inspired installations, artifacts, and custom-made performance clothes. The connection between these artists span the range of belonging to the city of Chicago, those who were “born and raised,” some who recently moved here, some who arrived yesterday, some passing through, and some who have already left. These myriad connections showcase the fluctuating nature of cultural production and gradual creation of community.
Opening Reception 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Owensby & Walsh: contemplative work of childhood trauma and transcendent experiences
Owensby's work explores the complexities of childhood trauma, identity, and memory through constructed photographs, metaphor, and collaboration. Walsh is always looking and always connecting with beauty and humor and tenderness and humanity that’s overlooked by most of us. Some of the most powerful photos from this series are of children and homeless people.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Josiah McElheny: Cosmic Love
An exhibition of new works by Josiah McElheny, a diverse array of pieces that include brilliant and joyous Cosmic Sun Paintings, inspired by Sonia Delaunay; Cosmic Galaxy Paintings, black and blue with impossible inset galactic glass; the Cosmic Blue Trumpet, designed to be played by Joe McPhee; a Cosmic Love Blue Record, which can only been seen, not described; and bottles of the Cosmic Elixir, a handblown blue glass bottle filled with music that has been distilled into liquid form, a magical and elusive potion known to free one from many afflictions and to set the particles of the brain into ultra-high-speed motion. McElheny has been working on this exhibition in his secret laboratory in Brooklyn for the last year.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
T. Sean Steele - Tacky Goblin Launch
T. Sean Steele dropped into the Chicago literary scene with a BANG back in 2016 with his book Tacky Goblin. We could barely keep it in stock. Now Tacky Goblin is BACK - from Unnamed Press, and better than ever! Absurdist, nihilistic, and lovable, Tacky Goblin is a very funny look at the dark side of (not) becoming a grown-up. The diary of a young man’s journey through the grotesque underbelly of daily life. Or maybe it’s the exposure of daily life itself as a grotesque underbelly, blistered and searing and glaringly obvious, like a passed-out sunbather.
7:00pm to 9:30pm
I See Cat People
We can hardly remember a time prior to the ubiquity of cat-related memes and the oft- celebrated/oft-derided sharing of adorable pics, gifs, and vids in which these felines present an array of subjectivities we daren’t publicize about ourselves; instead, finding fuzzy avatars to display our joy, our worry, and our vulnerability. In the gathering (mis)assumption that we distract ourselves with overloads of cuteness, we in fact find ways to cope with recognized and unrecognized difficulties, dealing with trauma through meowing pratfalls, unabashed grumpiness, elegance, (c)attitude, playful destructions of language, wide-eyed obliviousness, neediness, and defiance. The artists compiled in I See Cat People acknowledge and pay homage to this grand history of imagery. They also, and perhaps more importantly, render not just images and objects, but something personal and affecting as well.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
LtdWear3, both a group exhibition and a fashion collection, gears up for summer rainstorms with custom umbrellas, raincoats, and one-of-a-kind wearables by over 25 artists, that will be available for purchase on a first-come/first-serve basis throughout the exhibition period. Check out the looks and prepare for your rainy day adventures.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
The Return of Ji the Cat
Please join us for the exhibition Return of Ji the Cat. Leaping off of the previous performance, Bardo, I have continued with the cultish veneration of Ji Yang, an old friend and contemporary. The drawings are grotesque depictions of half-dazed subconscious fantasies featuring Mr. Yang and several other internalized figures. The renderings, featuring landscapes filled with half working decapitated limbs, pirate rats projecting live porn onto sails, and fart propelled buses all tap into an absurdity beyond words. The constant reference to Yang does not explain the cacophony, but acts as a signature of acceptance.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Musical performance by Heidi Serwer are from 10:00am to noon. A new public artwork, Wicker Tree by Mike Helping, has been commissioned by SSA #33 is another addition to the park and can be seen at the market.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm
Monica J. Brown: Mythical Memory/Abstract Lens + Granite Palombo (Amit): The Movement for the Liberation of the Narrative + Debby Spertus + Tehilla Newman
Memory is an abstraction. It holds our entire history, but how much of that is our “real” story? And what stories do we tell ourselves about this story? Also explore strong textual components and installations and performances using projected animations and projections of real-time interactive animation reflecting the dancers’ movements with narratives concerning social issues. The show also includes artwork that is both dreamlike and evocative.
Rebekka Federle & Christopher Michael Hefner: Attractive & Popular
Put the Camera Down
Put the Camera Down is a photography exhibition featuring Kristen Gianaris and her photos from China. Kristen's photos are a collection of photos that highlight China's ethnic minority groups, Tibetans, and tea culture. Her style of photography emphasizes a "put the camera down" approach. In other words, she believes that photography is much more than a point and shoot art. Her work involves the art of connection and communication. Her photos tell stories and experiences, raise cultural awareness, and serve to inspire.
Jackson Junge Gallery
One Wall: Russell Muits + ArtWear: Katie Netti
Muits’ ONE WALL instillation is made up of 3 canvas prints, Under the L, Chicago Street Iron, and Richard’s Corner. Each is an amalgam of maintenance hole cover prints. Katie Netti is an ethical taxidermist combining the traditional practice of taxidermy with art and jewelry, raising questions of agency and source ethics.
K. Kellogg: Volcano!
Hunt and Peck: Alternative Expressions of the Keyboard
This exhibition functions as an intervention on the everydayness of keyboards by presenting them as the site of artistic innovation. Each artist featured investigates and prods the capabilities of the keyboard to transform it from a quotidian object into a expressive interactive and visual experience, a practice that video game scholar Brian Schrank refers to as “affordance mining.” These experiments challenge our expectations of what pedestrian technologies are capable of, and in doing so also challenge the rhetorics and values embedded in technology, consumer electronics, and video game development.
AdventureLand Works on Paper: A Gift from Elain by Messejah Washington - opeing reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Flat Iron Arts: First Friday! - 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Flat Iron Arts Building and 7:00pm to 11:00pm at The Hall at The Robey
Roots & Culture: U.N.I.T. with Chains to Nothing in the Window Gallery - opening reception 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Owensby & Walsh: contemplative work of childhood trauma and transcendent experiences - exhibition closes
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Josiah McElheny: Cosmic Love - exhibition closes
Volumes Bookcafe: T. Sean Steele - Tacky Goblin Launch - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Heaven Gallery: I See Cat People - exhibition closes
LVL3 Gallery: LtdWear3 - exhibition closes
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: The Return of Ji the Cat - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: performances by Heidi Serwer- market open 8:00am to 2:00pm, music 10:00am to 2:00pm
ARC Gallery: Monica J. Brown: Mythical Memory/Abstract Lens + Granite Palombo (Amit): The Movement for the Liberation of the Narrative + Debby Spertus + Tehilla Newman
Firecat Projects: Rebekka Federle & Christopher Michael Hefner: Attractive & Popular
Gallery Cafe: Kristen Gianaris: Put the Camera Down
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: Russell Muits + ArtWear: Katie Netti
Rainbo Club: K. Kellog: Volcano!
VGA Gallery: Hunt and Peck: Alternative Expressions of the Keyboard