Weekend Arts Guide (9/27-9/30 2018)
Image Credit: Untitled (Collage Book 2_16), 1971 by Kelichi Tanaami as featured by Corbett vs. Dempsey at EXPO Chicago this weekend.
Between being the final few days of September and the art week of the EXPO Chicago art fair, the Wicker Park Bucktown art scene is packed with exhibitions, events, and happenings to fill your weekend!
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Lunar Film Performance Series: The Symbol of the Unconquered
Written, directed, and produced in 1920 in response to DW Griffith’s the Birth of a Nation. This is civil rights history. This is our history. This is for so many reasons a film we don’t want to watch alone.
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Art After Hours + EXPO Chicago
Free, extended hours at numerous galleries throughout the city and neighborhood. Participating WPB galleries include:
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Pavilion Antiques and 20th Century Design
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
One Year Anniversary!!! Closing Night
We have learned so much over the past year and are definitely looking forward to providing even more community events and artist opportunities.This is the public closing reception for the Agitator member group art show with artwork by seven Agitator members: Michelle Graves, Gretchen Hasse, Spencer Hutchinson, Larry Kamphausen, Andrea Kaspryk, Emilio Nadales, Luna Rail. Several Agitator member curator-artists will offer brief talks about their work on display in the gallery. There will be a raffle to win artwork by Agitator members.
Closing Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Zach Balousek & Soumya Netrabile: Scratching Below the Surface
Netrabile’s abstract paintings restructure parts taken from anatomy, mechanisms, and natural world. By experimentally juxtaposing, bending, and layering these parts, Netrabile tries to find new relationships and intimacies that might emerge. The final works can appear as fantastical amalgamations, interior structures of an unknown entity, or strange landscapes. Balousek is a musician and a sculptor who creates one of a kind instruments. Just as Stradivarius took generations of skilled Luthiers to “perfect” the violin, Balousek attempts to build upon the past, employing rudimentary mechanics and primitive materials such as clay, gut, wood, and bone to sculpt his own voice as unique and fleeting as the present. The works of both artists engage the idea of palimpsest where the works undergo numerous transformations before settling into their final forms. The significance of each phase, taken as a whole, forms a basis for one continuous thread that holds the work together and allows the makers to explore ideas of transformation, destruction and regeneration inside the artistic process.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
gallery no one
there is spackle stuck in the outlet
Ryan Goh & Hope Wang: there is spackle stuck in the outlet is a series of visual-spatial interventions that celebrate, challenge and reimagine the politics of image-making. Self-referential weavings and videos engage in the reconstruction of experience through the translation of architectural representations, and image as signifiers. Driven by our shared curiosity of the spaces we inhabit, the exhibition sets out to investigate how facade and image simultaneously both embody, obfuscate, and belie narrative and meaning.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Jackson Junge Gallery
Drum Jewels: After Hours Reception + Concert
Maker's Mark Whiskey and Jackson Junge Gallery invite you to Drum Jewels an Art EXPO After Hours Reception featuring live music from Boody Dust Project, the artwork of Laura Lee Junge, and jewelry by Teri Coté. The Boody Dust Project showcases vocalist and drummer, Teri Coté, Poet, Rapper, Singer and MC, Ken Burroughs, and world-renowned producer and keyboardist, Craig J. Snider. Jackson Junge Gallery is also exhibiting the artwork of our On the Road Again exhibition. The event is sponsored by Maker's Mark Whiskey, who will offer free tastings for those 21 and over. The event is free to the public.
7:00pm to 11:00pm
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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Jet Levant: Inside My Mind
We proudly present the debut art show of Jet Levant.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Rhyme or Reason
2018 EXPO Art Week Afterparty with Arts of Life, LVL3, and Inside/Within
LVL3, Arts of Life, and Inside/Within present an exclusive afterparty for the EXPO Chicago Art Week. Arrive early. Stay late. The event is hosted by Rhyme or Reason and will feature music by Hijo Prodigo.
RSVP is required by Thursday, September 27th!
10:00pm to 1:00am
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Intro to Lost in Time Workshop
Get started on the Lost in Time Shawl with this workshop! Shop owner Leslie, will be going over the stitch patterns used in the Lost in Time Shawl, so you feel confident to begin our CAL. She will also help anyone who needs to pick out yarn, or help with color choices. This workshop is the perfect introduction to get you started on our Lost In Time Crochet Along. After the workshop, we'll be starting the CAL. Join us every Sunday in October for the Lost In Time CAL Meet Up!
2:00pm to 4:00pm - $30
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. A new public artwork, Wicker Tree by Mike Helping, commissioned by SSA #33 is another addition to the park and can be seen at the market.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Celeste Rapone & Betsy Odom: Everlast
Sculptor Betsy Odom works in common materials – leather, in particular, but also fabric, cork, plywood, strapping, grommets, foam, and underwear elastic. A magician of the quotidian, she fabricates articles of clothing, often sports-related gear, gently but persuasively undoing their overdetermined cultural associations and rebuilding them from square one. Celeste Rapone's paintings share Odom's commitment to the everyday, but where Odom's work always insinuates an absent human, Rapone hides her figures in complex, often labyrinthine compositions. Narrative, situational paintings, they are portraits of singular women (and a few men), or pairs of figures, in some thematically specific context drawn from a job or activity, unfamiliar to Rapone, that she might do if she fails as a painter.
Landon's semi-abstract style of contemporary painting evolved while attending graduate school in Southern California. Living on the west coast had a significant influence on the development of her art. The ocean conveys a powerful message of strength and energy. The energy she feel in the movement of water provides constant creative stimulation for all of her artistic endeavors.
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.
Event of a Thread + not to scale
Curated by Elizabeth Lalley, Event of a Thread brings together three artists whose nuanced and abiding interests in weaving, fiber, and textile arts evoke the multilinear progression of both thought and material that Albers describes. Melding traditional processes with experimental techniques, Jeffrey Grauel, Melissa Leandro, and Noël Morical create works that are not defined by clear beginnings or ends, but are instead filled with layered compositions that activate color, form, and surface—built thread by thread, knot by knot. The phrase not to scale implies an inaccurate representation of something with regards to proportion. It also suggests that the “thing” being represented has rational, accepted dimensions, typically “scaled” or understood in relation to the human figure. In not to scale, Matt Brett and Shir Ende present sculptures, drawings, and videos that combine architectural language and a degree of speculative thinking to explore movement (of both body and eye) within modern space. Both artists look beyond familiar scales and surfaces, past hard edges and rigid grids, to expose constructed barriers that attempt to dictate or inhibit motion.
Remember the Moment
Join iD as we present Remember the Moment, a collection of new works on paper by Candace McGarry.
Jackson Junge Gallery
On the Road Again
Iconic American road-stops have been the subject of music, film and literature. For this exhibition, the gallery aims to challenge the viewer to reflect on their own memories, and to encompass the feeling of being on the open road, surrounded by this country's beautiful landscape and history. Each artist adds to the feeling of nostalgia and national identity through various mediums and inspires the viewer to reflect on their own past. Nostalgia has challenged each one of these artists to reflect on their past, whether it be an influential memory or a simple reminiscence to times past. This exhibition will guide us through rural and urban America, past and present, all the way to your favorite late night restaurant. Featured artists include Allan Teger, Anastasia Mak, David Mayhew, Dominic Sansone, Jessica Brewer Prugh, John Greiner, Karen Hanrahan, Kris Kramer, Kurt Kramer, M. Jackson, Robert Tolchin, Russell Muits, and Tom Duffy.
LVL3 is proud to present Local Comfort, a group show featuring over 50 of Chicago’s key local players helping make the community what it is. Kicking off the gallery season highlighting the idea of home Local Comfort brings together work of many mediums to celebrate the diverse range of the makers who call Chicago home. The exhibition includes work from Daniel G. Baird, Leslie Baum, Joseph Belknap, Sarah Belknap, Robert Burnier, Jessica Campbell, Alex Chitty, Nora Chin, Diane Christiansen, Alex Bradley Cohen, Mel Cook, Dan Devening, Óscar I. González Díaz, Stephen Eichhorn, Hope Esser, Whit Forrester, Alejandro Jimenez Flores, Joseph Grigely, Magalie Guérin, Robert Chase Heishman, Molly Hewitt, Daniel Hojnacki, Zachary Hutchinson, Cody Hudson, Sam Jaffe, Jenny Kendler, Annie Kielman, Dave Kruger, Anna Kunz, Chad Kouri, Tony Lewis, Ben Marcus, Jordan Martins, Yvette Mayorga, Liz McCarthy, Jeffly Gabriela Molina, Noël Morical, Christopher Meerdo, Rachel Niffenegger, Roni Packer, Josue Pellot, Jason Pickelman, Cole Pierce, Dan Rizzo-Orr, Jack Schneider, Soo Shin, Adam Scott, Jenn Smith, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Edra Soto, Sabina Ott, Susan Pasowicz, Frances Roberts, Alex Scott, Tim Stone, Marcela Torres, Allison Wade, Cody Tumblin, Erin Washington, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.
Roots & Culture
Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez & Darryl DeAngelo Terrell
Time shifting images exploiting the ambiguities inherent in historicizing the legacy of documentary and representational forms are at the center of new work by Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez. Employing diverse material from the recent past such as Playboy interviews with the Sandinista National Liberation Front, and declassified School of the America’s psychological operations manuals to question the history of cultural consensus that grows around these subjects, Rodriguez’s work exposes the anomalies that affect the materiality of a picture, document, or fact when transposed from its original historical context to the present time, and the relationship of textual and visual information to address broader critical questions. The concern for black well-being, in a time when black bodies don’t make it home, is a consistent worry of Darryl DeAngelo Terrell. Through their work, Terrell considers the collective anxiety within the black community, specifically the anxiety black mothers hold for their children, which in result has them to turn to God and Pray for their protection. Terrell is interested in making the words of mothers as important as possible by collecting, archiving, and enlarging hand written prayers, as well as visualizing fragmented conversations.
Young Chicago Authors
YCA's galleries on the first floor feature artwork by Paul Branton. Artwork and books will be available for sale.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Lunar Film Performance Series: The Symbol of the Unconquered - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: One Year Anniversary!!! Closing Night - closing reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Art After Hours + EXPO Chicago - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firecat Projects: Zach Balousek & Soumya Netrabile: Scratching Below the Surface - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
gallery no one: there is spackle stuck in the outlet - exhibition closes
Heaven Gallery: Art After Hours + EXPO Chicago - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: Drum Jewels: After Hours Reception + Concert - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: Art After Hours + EXPO Chicago - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Pavilion Antiques and 20th Century Design: Art After Hours + EXPO Chicago - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
VGA Gallery: Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Jet Levant: Inside My Mind - exhibition closes
Ryme or Reason (with LVL3): 2018 EXPO Art Week Afterparty with Arts of LIfe, LVL3, and Inside/Within - 10:00pm to 1:00am (RSVP by 9/27)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Intro to Lost in Time Workshop - 2:00pm to 4:00pm at $30
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00pm to 2:00pm
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Celeste Rapone & Betsy Odom: Everlast
Gallery Cafe: Sarah Landon
gallery no one: I can't even
Heaven Gallery: Event of a Thread + not to scale
iD Chicago: Remember the Moment
Jackson Junge Gallery: On the Road Again
LVL3 Gallery: Local Comfort
Roots & Culture: Gonzalo Reyes Rodriquez & Darryl DeAngelo Terrell
Young Chicago Authors: Paul Branton