Weekend Arts Guide (8/8-8/11 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: August 8, 2019 - August 11, 2019

Image Credit: Work by Santiago X as seen in Dead Futures, on display now at Heaven Gallery.

Here's our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide and it's got everything you need to know to get your art fix over the next few days! Whether you're catching one of the several openings, attending a special event or happening, catching a show before it comes to a close, or just looking at the work, there's plenty to appeal to just about anyone.

Thursday (8/8/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Breaking the Myth: Anti-Model Minority Show
An interdisciplinary art show exhibiting work by nine Asian-American artists based in Chicago and throughout the United States. All work chronicles the Asian-American experience while smashing stereotypes. Exhibiting artists include Alice Mao, Angel AnQi Gu, Archangelo Crelencia, Danesh Kothari, Jen Lau, Joyce Jiao, Kat Liu, Marqus Nguyen with Nick Abad, and Yi Chun (Maggie) Cheng.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Deep Dish Summer Edition
Join the Volumes crew as they welcome back the quarterly Science Fiction/Fantasy/Speculative Writing reading series DEEP DISH! This month will welcome featured readers S.L. Huang, Scott Woods and TJ Martinson, as well as additional readers Richard Chwedyk, Dawn Hebein, Beth Kander, and Aurelius Raines II. This is a free event. Books for various authors will be available for purchase and signing.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (8/9/2019)

Jackson Junge Gallery
One Wall: Jordan Miller
The popular ONE WALL rotating exhibition returns for its fifth season, as four different artists over the course of eight weeks create four unique installations that transform the gallery's front window and space occupied by a single wall. The second round features Jordan Miller. Miller is an interdisciplinary and conceptual artist whose work looks somewhere between streetlight and starlight, investigating the nuances of our relationship to contemporary constructed light environments. Some works invite reflection or celebration of our command over light, while others offer criticism of the systems, structures, and networks that form and signify this complex relation and the consequences of living within these lit environments. Miller questions, “As we over-light our word, what is lost when darkness is conquered?” 
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Funny Looking Dog Quarterly Issue 2 Reading
Hey! Hi! Henlo! That's right...the summer issue of Funny Looking Dog Quarterly has been released and you can catch this puppy at Volumes! Features doggos include James Ardis, Kyle Francois, Ed McMenamin, and Justin Nalley.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Young Chicago Authors
Louder Than A Bomb Final Showcase
In the months after the annual Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival, poets are invited to apply for Bomb Squad based on their craft, content, dedication, work ethic, interest in pursuing the life of an artist/teaching artist, and ability to be an ambassador for YCA. Over the six-week apprenticeship, poets work on their craft and are initiated into the life of a working artist. They take field trips through Chicago’s rich cultural landscape, meet with professional local artists, and participate in YCA's Write To The City summer camp, all under the guidance of mentors from our artistic team. Once their apprenticeship is complete, Bomb Squad becomes YCA’s battalion of talent, speaking and performing throughout the country on behalf of the organization and the work.
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Saturday (8/10/2019)

LVL3 Gallery
LVL3 in partnership with ACRE is proud to present the work of recent residents Janina Anderson, Sera Boeno, Kaveri Raina, and Ellie Tomlinson. Together, the four artists pay homage to the state, feeling, and physical effects of being in-between. In-Betweenness, showcases topics of hybrid identities, objects with multiple functions, and the relationship between content and form. Being “in between” is an awkward state that provides potential for multiple perspectives. While being stuck in the middle, In-Betweenness, allows our influences to fall onto either side of the spectrum.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Quimby's Bookstore
Compliments of Chicagohoodz: Chicago Street Gang Art & Culture
James “Jinx” O’Connor and Damen Corrado’s new book Compliments of Chicagohoodz: Chicago Street Gang Art and Culture draws upon the world’s largest collection of Chicago street gang memorabilia and research material to decipher their arcane visual language of the city’s street organizations. This comprehensive survey breaks down and analyzes approximately 700 street gang business cards (“compliment cards”), along with photographic documentation of the lost era of street gang graffiti (“emblems”), gang member portraits, archival photos of varsity-style gang sweaters and patches, drawings, and commentary from gang members and artists such as Robert N. Taylor and Jack Walls.
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Rainbo Club
Brandon Alvendia
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Vertical Gallery
Mythical Creatures: Alex Face & Muebon
The first-ever U.S. showing of Alex Face and MUEBON, two of Asia’s most acclaimed and incisive street artists, Mythical Creatures spotlights all-new works from Alex Face and MUEBON, both featured within the famed Souled Out Studios collective of artists. Thailand native Alex Face (born Patcharapol Tangruen) is best known for his signature character Mardi. Bangkok-based MUEBON (real name: classified) is renowned for biting social commentary on subjects spanning from wealth disparity to environmental activism — messages he delivers via his rotating cast of colorful characters. MUEBON is perhaps most synonymous with his skull stickers and wheatpastes, memento mori urging viewers to expel their feelings of anger, frustration and hopelessness in favor of embracing acceptance and finding inner peace.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Rosie Accola: Referential Body Book Release
Join the Volumes team for the release of Rosie Accola's debut full-length collection, Referential Body! Accola is a zine-maker, editor, and poet. She is the online editor of Hooligan Mag. She also ghost-writes queer romance novels in an effort to be her own queer rom-com, and pay her student loans. Her first full-length collection, Referential Body, is out now via Ghost City Press.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday (8/11/2019)

Wicker Park Advisory Council
CREATE Series and 1099 String Quartet at Wicker Park
Wicker Park Advisory Council & Garden Club in partnership with the Chicago Park District will present the 1099 String Quartet, a cutting edge professional string quartet led by Ryan Loeckel. The quartet will present thematic programs and perform outside in the park. To enhance thematic content of each performance additional instruments will be added to the quartet at some of the performances. This week's performance will feature classic video game melodies and original composition of ambient wizard Hippie Priest. The backdrop artwork for this performance was created by visual artists Moses Hoskins, Adam Francis Scott, Joseph Vallee, and Megan Williamson. This event has also been sponsored in part by Special Service Area #33. 
11:00am to 12:30pm

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. Musical performance Joe and the Krikorians from noon to 2:00pm. Envision Foods as well as ComEd will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions

AdventureLand Works on Paper
Two Worlds: Ashkon Haidari
Two Worlds is a showcase of oil paintings and drawings from two bodies of work by artist Ashkon Haidari, naturally manifested from a heart divided between two cultures and two worlds. Pet friendly.

David Leonardis Galleries
Sizzling Hot Summer Group Show
There are new Donald Topp Cartoon Tattoo Hipster Girls in. Marge Simpson and Belle are the new arrivals. Aly Jados has done an vibrant and inthralling series of Monster paintings. Matt Geer continues to produce strong hand painted works with his Henchman series. Dave Alton has new Pop Crayola crayon drawings. Paul Kostabi sent a giant new mixed media painting. Larry Singer is new to the gallery and his photos of Rock and Roll legends the Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Tom Petty, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne and many more are a wonderful new addition to the gallery.

Laura Collins: Full Bloom
Full Bloom is an exploration into floral painting, a tradition that has been practiced by female artists and hobbyists for generations. This series has allowed the artist to feel connected to a lineage of female artists that have worked for centuries with floral subject matter. It stands as a contemporary take on a conventional topic. It has encouraged Collins to embrace a more saturated color palette and has led her to find new ways to engage an audience. The paintings come at a time in her practice when she is eager to see what the future holds. Full Bloom becomes a celebration of renewal and regrowth.

Firecat Projects
William Horberg: Portraits in Jazz
Please join Firecat Projects in welcoming Chicago native William Horberg back home along with his artwork. The exhibition itself consists of William's many watercolors of various Chicago jazz venues and portraits of the performers. They share his love and respect for the musicians in his favorite music form. The sensitivity and warmth towards the subject are clearly apparent in the work.

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Ovis et Cetera Trunk Show
Come in to see the beautiful and natural yarn from Ovis et Cetera. All the way from Germany, Ovis et Cetera sources all their wool from local European farms. Her natural and jewel toned yarn is perfect for color work knits and textural patterns.

Gallery Cafe
Jenny Vyas
You’ve seen her murals all over Chicago and now at Gallery Cafe. Featuring Jenny Vyas the contemporary fine artists capturing the beauty and complexity of human emotion.

Heaven Gallery
Dead Futures
Mev Luna, Santiago X, Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez, and Marcela Torres are Dead Futures. Collectively, they inquire into the history of their origins, mining futurity and blurring notions of origin and end. The description of Indigeneity focuses on ones natural origination in location terms. Specifying that plants, animals or people are Indigenous due to their occurring from one particular place, Indigenous to X spot, on a world in rotation, in a multiverse in flux. Currently Indigeneity is disparagingly focused on binaries, of whom can rightfully claim a territory as home through tribal cards, DNA tests, passports and Social Security numbers proving nationality, demarcating the way bureaucracy has taken over the term as that of legal exclusionary access. Yet in the contemporary one still feels the pull of their origins and the need to investigate, pay repeated ritual, feel the changes of time and connect to our familiar and familial. The space of origin has mutated, reacting to the changes of the earth, technological advances, displacement, atrocities and its relation to constant cultural building and it byproducts.

Line Dot Editions
OakOak Pop Up
Line Dot is thrilled to have the world-renowned street artist OakOak in for an exclusive pop-up event! OakOak's urban interventions play upon existing elements of their environments, drawing our attention to oft-overlooked details and enlivening city streets with his wit and humor. Come check out a new collection of paintings, prints, and three-dimensional works.

Little Broken Things
From Ashes to Flames: New Work by Rachel Lechocki
Join Little Broken Things for the solo show of work by Rachel Lechocki. From Ashes to Flamesencompasses deep healing and changes as well as women prevailing over anxieties of everyday urban life.

Roots & Culture
Mutant Dust Bunnies + No Duermas/Flowers for the Families in the Window
Mutant Dust Bunnies is a call for the dust within sound archives to shapeshift into radical narratives for decolonial futures. The visionary ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, created an extraordinary document of American Roots and World Music that influenced the American Folk Revival of the 1950’s, and today continues to influence listeners around the globe. Materials from his accessible archive will be in active conversation with contemporary artworks examining narratives about place, culture, and methods of production within recorded and embodied histories. Artists presenting work in this exhibition include: Sonia Louise Davis, Manal Kara, Parissah Lin, Yvette Ramirez, and RaFia Santana. Through video, sculpture, text, sound installation, and archival practices, the artists carefully envision ways that cultural technologies continue to evolve rather than conform to being framed as a relic of the past. The exhibition was currated by CONNECT Curator-in-Residence Catherine Feliz. No Duermas/Flowers for the Families in the window by Stephany Colunga.

Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts
Skeleton Faces and Laser Swords: A Group Art Show Inspired by Phantom Starkiller
Over two thousand years ago Killer Bootlegs created one of the greatest warriors of all time, known throughout the galaxy as "Phantom Starkiller." Through legends and fables passed down through generations this warrior remained celebrated and feared at the same time. All over the universe, various societies created countless representations of his likeness through paintings, carvings, drawings, and even play toys. Toy de Jour is very excited to announce that they have the privilege of hosting the first ever exhibit showcasing the largest collection of artwork based on Phantom Starkiller.

Video Game Art Gallery
PLAY.GROUND II: Video Game Art from Hong Kong
With its distinctive urban landscape and rich cultural legacies, Hong Kong has always been a great source of creative inspiration for video games. Hong Kong is one of the most frequently depicted locations in video games. As both a physical place and a cultural icon, Hong Kong unquestionably occupies a unique position in the video game imaginary. Against this cultural context, PLAY.GROUND II features a collection of video game and game-inspired artworks by five Hong Kong-based media artists: HUI Wai-Keung, IP Yuk-Yiu, Vvzela KOOK, Alan KWAN and Edwin LO, providing an extended showcase and a creative overview of the distinctive state of Hong Kong video game art and its recent development. Originally shown in Tokyo Arts and Space, this is the first exhibition of its kind to tour to North America. The exhibition was curated by IP Yuk-Yiu and supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.



Thursday (8/8/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Breaking the Myth: Anti-Model Minority Show - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Deep Dish Summer Edition - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (8/9/2019)
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: Jordan Miller - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Funny Looking Dog Quarterly Issue 2 Reading - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: Louder Than A Bomb Final Showcase - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Saturday (8/10/2019)
LVL3 Gallery: In-Betweenness - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Compliments of Chicagohoodz: Chicago Street Gang Art & Culture - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Rainbo Club: Brandon Alvendia - exhibition closes
Vertical Gallery: Mythical Creatures: Alex Face & Muebon - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Rosie Accola: Referential Body Book Release - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday (8/11/2019)
Wicker Park Advisory Council: CREATE Series and 1099 String Quartet at Wicker Park - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Two Worlds: Ashkon Haidari
David Leonardis Gallery: Sizzling Hot Summer Group Show
Eskell: Laura Collins: Full Bloom
Firecat Projects: William Horberg: Portraits in Jazz
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Ovis et Cetera Trunk Show
Gallery Cafe: Jenny Vyas
Heaven Gallery: Dead Futures
Line Dot Editions: OakOak Pop Up
Little Broken Things: From Ashes to Flames: New Work by Rachel Lechocki
Roots & Culture: Mutant Dust Bunnies No Duermas/Flowers for the Families in the Window
Toy de Jour: Skeleton Faces and Laser Swords: A Group Art Show Inspired by Phantom Starkiller
VGA Gallery: PLAY.GROUND II: Video Game Art from Hong Kong