Wicker Park and Bucktown art scene picks up in the new year

Date: 
01/09/2020
ShirEnde

Shir Ende's work in "Modules and Other Nonsense" at Langer Over Dickie

Things are picking up again with the WPB art scene!

This weekend is full of excellent exhibition openings, special events and happenings, and a variety of workshops. So ride out the weekend's weather with our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide...


Thursday (1/9/2020)


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Doodler Shawl Workshop
Firefly is getting ready for Stephen West’s shop visit with the Doodler Workshop! This is a fun shawl to make for your first Stephen West pattern. Lead by Jackie Valdez, the Doodler Shawl Workshop will have you creating confidently! The Doodler is a great shawl to learn several techniques as Jackie will guide you through the shawl construction, starting with choosing the perfect yarn, learning a new cast-on technique, short rows, cables, pick up stitches and finally, finishing and blocking. Each class is tailored to each student’s needs and progress. This class is perfect for students who are confident knitters looking to learn new techniques. All students will receive 10% off yarn and needles needed for the workshop. Classes are held 2 days a week, on a 4 week schedule. This package includes 4 classes, with additional sessions $20 each. Students will need to sign up for 4 sessions in advance, as each class has a 5 person maximum.
6 p.m.



Friday (1/10/2020)


AdventureLand Works on Paper
Chase the Ace by Yulia Kuznetsova
AdventureLand's first exhibitions of the year is Chase the Ace, a solo show by artist Yulia Kuznetsova! The pet-friendly reception will feature free drinks and easy parking.
Opening Reception 7 to 10 p.m.



David Leonardis Gallery
Matt Lamb Paintings
This month the main wall at David Leonardis Gallery will be filled with incredible paintings by the amazing Matt Lamb. The artist, painter, and musician Aly Jados, of Blood People fame, will be showcasing her new, vibrant and enthralling series of monster paintings and more from her collection. Because that’s how Aly rolls she’ll be doing a couple of DJ sets at the gallery for the opening reception, starting at 8:00pm. As always the PBR, red wine, and bottled water are complimentary!
Opening Reception 6 to 9 p.m.

The Dime
On The Beach: John Soss
The Dime's first exhibition of the year is On The Beach, a solo show featuring John Soss. As the artists tells it, "what began as a series of stark, poorly lit, haphazardly arranged photographs of frosted glass evolved over time into more wide-ranging documents of things I’ve found and catalogued from beaches surrounding Lake Michigan...Once the picture is taken and posted I dismantle the layout, stash the good pieces, toss a bunch of it, recycle a portion and then start over again the next day. Nothing is permanent." The pet-friendly reception will feature free drinks and easy parking.
Opening Reception 7 to 10 p.m.



Roots & Culture
Beyond Reach: Selva Aparicio & Valentina Zamfirescu + Onyx Engobar: Use of the Erotic as Power: A Self Study in Black Myths & Black Eroticism in the Window
Roots & Culture is pleased to present Beyond Reach, an exhibition that pairs artists Selva Aparicio and Valentina Zamfirescu who reflect on the (im)possibility of corporeal touch. In Beyond Reach, viewers near physical bodies and their memory-images yet true connection continually evades; multiple layers of material and technological intervention block the path and problematize skin-to-skin contact. Selva Aparicio gives meaning to the neglected, finds beauty in peril, and empowers her gathered materials to raise questions on mourning, death and fragility. Aparicio has covered an entire room with concrete tiles cast from impressions of human cadavers, inviting viewers to touch and intimately experience the crevices of skin frozen in metamorphosis from living to dead. Valentina Zamfirescu’s sculptural installations likewise center around bodies and mediate corporeal experiences of the world. Working primarily with digital technologies, Zamfirescu brings back suppressed personal memories and stages them in virtual reality or through digital print. While Zamfirescu’s most recent work employs VR, her virtual environments always exist within an installation and employ sculptural elements to direct and constantly pull viewers back to their occupied body. Interwoven together as a two-person exhibition, Selva Aparicio’s and Valentina Zamfirescu’s meticulously crafted installations reference a universality of being and distill our strongest, most human connections as material and digital form.
Opening Reception 6 to 9 p.m.



Sideshow Gallery
Empowering the Dark Feminine: A Cacao Ceremony and Intention Setting Meet-Up
There is an ancient body of knowledge that contemporary women have lost regarding natural feminine power. Join Ashlee Stewak of Wayfinder at Sideshow gallery, on the night of the lunar eclipse, for the accessing and sharing of this lost archetype through an educational ritual and burning ceremony. Through this and the utilization of the ancient cacao ceremony, participants will reclaim and integrate this lost part of their natures together.
8 to 10 p.m.



Saturday (1/11/2020)


Agitator Co-operative Gallery
nothing is about us without us: The Art of Harm Reduction
Agitator's first exhibition of the year is also a fundraiser for the Chicago Recover Alliance. CRA is a racially and ethnically diverse group composed of people living with HIV and drug use, working in addiction treatment, healthcare, education, law and other assorted areas. CRA is unique as an organization in that our work entails building one-on-one relationships with individuals affected by HIV and drug use and provide them with a wide array of options for achieving any positive change as they define it for themselves. CRA is an organization for those interested in directly serving, supporting, educating and advocating with others for reducing drug related harm.
Opening Reception 6 to 10 p.m.


   
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Doodler Shawl Workshop Firefly 3 Year Anniversary Weekend
Firefly is getting ready for Stephen West’s shop visit with the Doodler Workshop! This is a fun shawl to make for your first Stephen West pattern. Lead by Jackie Valdez, the Doodler Shawl Workshop will have you creating confidently! The Doodler is a great shawl to learn several techniques as Jackie will guide you through the shawl construction, starting with choosing the perfect yarn, learning a new cast-on technique, short rows, cables, pick up stitches and finally, finishing and blocking. Each class is tailored to each student’s needs and progress. This class is perfect for students who are confident knitters looking to learn new techniques. All students will receive 10% off yarn and needles needed for the workshop. Classes are held 2 days a week, on a 4 week schedule. This package includes 4 classes, with additional sessions $20 each. Students will need to sign up for 4 sessions in advance, as each class has a 5 person maximum.
Firefly had a wonderful 2019 thanks to you, the community, and they can’t believe it has only been 3 years since they opened! Firefly is starting the new year with a celebration and Anniversary Sale! The shop will have select yarn and notions on sale, plus their first sample sale!
Workshop 1:00pm; Anniversary Sale Noon to 6 p.m.



LVL3 Gallery
Circle Within a Square
LVL3 presents Circle Within a Square, a two-person exhibition featuring Bernadette Despujols and Brittney Leeanne Williams. Despujols’ violent, painterly style confronts contemporary mythologies of women while Williams’ transcendent use of deep red nods to generational and embodied feminine roles. Williams’ paintings feature black women prominently in the composition, blending foreground and background, landscape and subject. The bodies are bent: their postures suggest a state of rest, a burden carried, lovemaking, being anchored. Williams uses these figures and their positionality to reference her own relationship to family history while at the same time speaking about chronicled female characters such as Naomi and Ruth from the Book of Ruth. Despujol’s sculptures and paintings speak about the female body in today’s cultural and social contexts, questioning and embracing notions of objectification and intimacy. Despujol’s compositions depict naked sitting female-bodied figures in their home, on a bed or sitting on a man’s lap; forcing a viewer to question whether the scene depicted is intrusive or empowering. Similarly lonely and internal, Despujol’s interruptions of objects and furniture designed for the body are transfigured to become the body in question. Bending, sitting, propped on chairs or inside a vast landscape, Despujols and Williams’ figures disrupt space through their dynamic expressions of womanhood.
Opening Reception 6 to 10 p.m.



Sideshow Gallery
Divination Saturday
The beginning of the year is always a time to reflect and recharge...to start new habits and banish those that do not serve us. Come spend the day with all of Sideshow's wellness gurus and recharge your body to meet the upcoming year with vigor and inspiration. Good vibes will include a crystal pop-up with Shaman's Dream, aura cleansings with Michael Whitcomb ($60), herbal tinctures from Wax and Wane, and tarot and oracle readings ($20). Please call to reserve your reading or feel free to walk-in for open spots.
Noon to 6 p.m.



Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. & 826CHI
New Volunteer Orientation
826CHI is a nonprofit writing center dedicated to amplifying the voices of Chicago youth, and they're seeking enthusiastic volunteers! 826CHI offers tuition-free writing programs to over 3,600 students ages 6-18 each year. Every single one of those students leaves the programs a published author. 826CHI always looking for volunteers to make our work possible, whether by mentoring students, providing homework help, designing book covers, translating chapbooks, serving as storefront ambassadors, or more! Will you help us support Chicago youth as they develop their creative writing and critical thinking skills? Sign up to volunteer in three easy steps: fill out the volunteer form; attend a New Volunteer Orientation; and complete a simple background check. See you in our writing lab soon, agents!
10 to 11:30 p.m.



Sunday (1/12/2020)


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Firefly 3 Year Anniversary Weekend
Firefly had a wonderful 2019 thanks to you, the community, and they can’t believe it has only been 3 years since they opened! Firefly is starting the new year with a celebration and Anniversary Sale! The shop will have select yarn and notions on sale, plus their first sample sale!
Noon to 6 p.m.



Neighborly
Mini Loom Weaving with J Villa Workshops
Head to Neighborly to play with shape, color, and texture on a mini weaving loom. Joslyn of J Villa Workshops will be showing you several techniques to build a weaving unique to you. This gathering is perfect for beginners and no weaving experience is necessary. You’ll most likely not finish your piece during the workshop, but you will leave with everything you need to keep weaving at home. The workshop includes one mini loom and toolkit; roving, yarn, and string to use to complete your piece; guidance from Joslyn on weaving basics; drinks and snacks; and 10% off any purchases at Neighborly the day of the workshop.
1 to 3:30 p.m. [FULL]



No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
Aerial Dissemination As Insemination Of Space, Memory, and Physiological Orders
No Nation Tangential Unspace Art Lab presents an afternuevening of/with performance art, sounds, and short film featuring artists Thorne Brandt, Rush Falknor, Noah Fields, MEL, Mayte Gómez Molina, Nu A.M., Schlomo & Gabe, Charles Joseph Smith, and more. Pay with a poem, or pay with a butt-print; no one turned away for lack of funds. 
6 to 10 p.m.


Ongoing Exhibitions


Firecat Projects
Bert Menco: Inspired-Transpired-Expired
Firecat Projects presents Inspired -Transpired -Expired, a comprehensive exhibition featuring recent and past works on paper, drawings, etchings, woodcuts and monotypes by Bert Menco. Much of Bert’s work deals with human interactions, attempts to communicate, the irony being that visual art is a form of communication. Most of his more elaborate works seem to tell stories, but Bert rather refers to them as poetic visual expressions. Some other works, notably his small, quite immediate produced monotypes, he calls his “catharsis images, as these reflect, with some irony, his discomfort with the tragic on goings in our times, a mere alert, hoping that the tides will turn. Coming from The Netherlands to the US, Bert’s work has a distinct European feeling, and is quite personal, likely in part formed by his family’s history having survived World War II.

 


Heaven Gallery
Petty Biennial.2
Founded in 2016, The Petty Biennial is not a biennial itself, but a multi-site curatorial investigation towards queering the canon of traditional biennials. The Petty Biennial engages with pettiness as an act of seizing agency within the telling of one’s own story where one asserts themselves unapologetically and finds solidarity from a community of peers. Further expanding on the first Petty Biennial, this iteration challenges the notion of diasporic communities as a dispersion of ethnicities across the globe—understanding diaspora as a network and community of people across races, geographies, and ethnicities who are impacted and connected through the legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberalism. Channeling a heightened social consciousness and spiritual awareness, artists at Heaven Gallery engage with artworks that elucidate the significance of radical imagination as a pathway to paradigm transformation, consciousness expansion, and healing for the diasporic experience. Through practices that span media, these artists explore themes of spirituality, ancestral histories, ritual, alternative realities and re-translate their experiences into manifestations and signifiers found in our current world. Curated by Courtney Cintron, Sabrina Greig, and Adia Sykes, the exhibition features works by Alexandria Eregbu, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Jesus Hilario-Reyes, Luis Sahagun, Edra Soto, Rhonda Weatley, and Santiago X.

 


Langer Over Dickie
Modules and Other Nonsense
Langer Over Dickie is proud to present a series of works by artists Elliot Doughtie and Shir Ende in Modules and Other Nonsense. Utilizing silk screen schematics and a contractor’s magic wand, Doughtie and Ende leverage layering and modulation, illustrating transitional architectures of interior built spaces and constructed identities. Constructed environments and non-vernacular architecture serve as default way-finding scenarios, where persons corral through predetermined transitional territories. While adherence is not the twin of conformity, dominant culture prevails in human-designed public spaces, as it does in the structures behind their walls. Modules and Other Nonsenseilluminates these tenuous relationships without basely appealing to the target of their subtle restraints: the autonomy of human movement and the desires expressed therein. The works in the exhibition perform a surrogacy for bodies traversing transitional spaces. Doughtie and Ende reassert a choreography with an embedded means of fluidity, via layered processes of screen printing and installation interventions. Here, the artists engender unique encounters and orientations that outstrip fixed perimeters and presumed functionalities. 

 


Little Broken Things
Year One: Halftone Projects Anniversary Exhibition
Little Broken Things is excited to announce their current art show with Chicago-based Halftone Projects, a second bedroom turned print studio run by Victoria Marie Barquin. Located in Logan Square, Halftone Projects publishes prints for artists and January is their anniversary! This exhibition features all of the work they’ve made in their first year of programming, which includes collaborations with Colleen Hardison, Nicole Del Rio, Haejin Lee, and Catherine Martzloff. 

 


UGLY
Extraction leaves a hole
UGLY is pleased to present Output under a relentless duration leaves an exhaustive hollow; and other ways to say “extraction leaves a hole,” an exhibition featuring Efrat Hakimi and Madeline Gallucci. Extraction leaves a hole debases the proposed relationship between teleological and ontological endeavors in art during this contemporary moment: how does one deploy a convention to further articulate a stake? Under the multitude of strategies for the process of restating an already established idea around a situation indebted to an ideological lineage, Gallucci & Hakimi deploy site-conditioned responses.


LOCATIONS

Thursday (1/9/2020)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Doodler Shawl Workshop - 6:00pm

Friday (1/10/2020)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Chase the Ace by Yulia Kuznetsova - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
David Leonardis Gallery: Matt Lamb Paintings - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Dime: On The Beach: John Soss - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Roots & Culture: Beyond Reach: Selva Aparicio & Valentina Zamfirescu with Onyx Engobar: Use of the Erotix as Power: A Self Study in Black Myths & Black Eroticism in the Window - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Empowering the Dark Feminine: A Cacao Ceremony and Intention Setting Meet-Up - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday (1/11/2020)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: nothing is about us without us: The Art of Harm Reduction - opening reception 6 to 10 p.m.
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Doodler Shawl Workshop - 1 p.m. Firefly 3 Year Anniversary Weekend - noon to 6 p.m.
LVL3 Gallery: Circle Within a Square - opening reception 6 to 10 p.m.
Sideshow Gallery: Divination Saturday - noon to 6 p.m.
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. & 826CHI: New Volunteer Orientation - 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Sunday (1/12/2020)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Firefly 3 Year Anniversary Weekend - noon to 6 p.m.
Neighborly: Mini Loom Weaving with J Villa Workshops - 1 to 3:30 p.m. [FULL]
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: Aerial Dissemination As Insemination Of Space, Memory, and Physiological Orders - 6 to 10 p.m.

Ongoing Exhibitions
Firecat Projects: Bert Menco: Inspired-Transpired-Expired
Heaven Gallery: Petty Biennial.2
Langer Over Dickie: Modules and Other Nonsense
Little Broken Things: Year One: Halftone Projects Anniversary Exhibition
UGLY: Extraction leaves a hole 

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