Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Openings For Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th

So appearently the talk of the town right now is Southern Graphics Council's shindigery this weekend. They got all kinds of stuff going on all over town. Shout out to our lovely ladies (and possibly gentelmen) of Grad Print, who are rocking Selective Perceptions and Response on Friday, as well as Fresh Prints and a sweet SGC after party at the VFW on Saturday. I'm heading to a few SGC events myself, then I'm off to the West Loop, it's going to be busy. If you head there, be sure you get into Andrew Rafacz. He's showing someone I recently discovered: Corey Arnold. It's fantastic. If your feeling like venturing out of the "neighborhoods," check out Roots and Culture and/or Old Gold. They'll show you good times. That's all for now, I'll see you on the streets...


The Green Lantern - 1511 N Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor. Without You I am Nothing, curated by Anne Elizabeth Moore and featuring work by Andrew Oesch, Angee Lennard, Agata Michalowska, Dan S. Wang, Myriel Milicivic, and Kevin Haywood, Delia Kovac, DeWayne Slightweight, Karin Patzke, Heather Ault, Jason Tranchida, Jean Cozzens, Laura Szumowski, Matthew Lawrence, Meg Turner, Rob Ray, Sonnenzimmer, Xander Marro. Friday, the 27th of March from 6-9.

The Crown Center Gallery at Loyola University - 1001 W. Loyola. BLING: Student Juried Competition, mixed media. Opening reception, Friday, March 27, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Betty Rymer Gallery – 280 S. Columbus Dr. "Invasive," Brought together in "Invasive," the woodcut prints of Nicola Lopez and Sandow Birk employ centuries old techniques to contemporary subjects and take a careful, personal look at our world. Friday, March 27, 4:30-8:00pm.

Illinois Institute of Art Gallery 180 - 180 N. Wabash. Robert Bornhuetter, Lithographs inspired by the tropics of Brazil. Reception Fri 3/27, 5:30-7:30 PM. 2/16-4/17.

Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery - 100 W. Randolph, Suite 2-100. Nancy Bechtol, Kathy Berger, AnnMarie Cernoch, Mary Patten, Ines Sommer, Joan Truckenbrod: Illinois Women Video Artists. 12:00 PM - 2Link:00 PM

Robert Morris College State Street Gallery - 401 S. State. A Printmaking Trilogy, Work by Leonard Lehrer, Raymond Martin, and Virginia Myers. Reception Fri 3/27, 6-8 PM. 3/27-4/26.

Roots and Culture - 1034 N. Milwaukee. I Don't Believe You, Work by Jamisen Ogg, Oli Watt, and Lauren Anderson. Reception Fri 3/27, 6-9 PM. 3/27-5/2.

Peter Jones - 1806 W. Cuyler. Ivan Trava and Ben Ritchey, Ceramics and collage. Reception Fri 3/27, 6-11 PM. 3/27-3/29.

Marwen - 833 N Orleans St. “Surface Matter/Printed Matter” a group show of student work. Fri 5pm–7pm.

Printworks - 311 W. Superior #105. Fauna and Flora, Paintings, prints, and drawings by James Mesple. Reception Fri 3/27, 5-7:30 PM. 3/27-5/2.

Russell Bowman - 311 W. Superior #115. Roger Brown, Paintings and constructions from 1968-1980. Reception Fri 3/27, 5:30-8 PM. 3/13-5/16.

65Grand - 1378 W. Grand. New Kind of Kick, Paintings by Jasmine Justice. Reception Fri 3/27, 7-10 PM. 3/27-4/25.

Andrew Rafacz Gallery - 835 W. Washington. Corey Arnold, FISH-WORK & Cody Hudson: thanks man, see you around man, fuck yeah, you guys are wild, thanks man, i dig it, see you. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Carrie Secrist Gallery - 835 W. Washington. March 27: Dana DeGiulio: new paintings.

Function + Art - 1046 W. Fulton Mkt. Vitreography, Group show of prints from glass plates. Reception Fri 3/27, 5-8 PM. 3/27-4/25.

Kavi Gupta - 835 W. Washington. Proposals for Remnants, Paintings by Angelina Gualdoni & Vaguely Paperly, Group show curated by Chris Johanson and featuring work by Randy Colosky, Dana Dart-McLean, Brendan Fowler, and others. Reception Fri 3/27, 5-8 PM. 3/27-5/9.

Rhona Hoffman - 118 N. Peoria. Light, Time, Chemistry, Work by Spencer Finch, including a "photographic device composed of mirrors and duct vents that extends out through the gallery window and allows a view of the sky from indoors." Reception Fri 3/27, 5-7:30 PM. 3/27-5/2.

Walsh - 118 N. Peoria, 2nd fl. Winged Pilgims and Other Creatures, Work by photographer and installation artist Sheba Chhachhi. Reception Fri 3/27, 5-8 PM. 3/27

Heartland Café - 7000 N. Glenwood. Global Instigations, Sociopolitical themed work by Wisconsin artist collective Art Surge. Reception Sat 3/28, 5 PM. 3/28-4/25.

The Family Room - 1821 W Hubbard St, suite 202. Margin Detail: A Doodle Party, The Post Family celebrates the launch of “doodle blog” and zine Margin Detail, which contains contributions from Chad Kouri, Sighn, Sarah Miller and other illustrators. For more information, visit Sat 6pm–10pm

Old Gold - 2022 N. Humboldt, basement. C.J. Matherne and Jamisen Ogg, Paintings and drawings. Reception Sat 3/28, 7-10 PM. 3/28-4/26.

Chicago Art Department - 1837 S Halsted St. Twitter Island, Seth Gershberg and Lauri Apple investigate Twitter's potential to “reveal human behavior and foster artistic inspiration” with 30 laptop–toting volunteers. For more information or to volunteer, contact Apple at Sat 1pm–3pm

Prospectus - 1210 W. 18th. Relief Print Dreams, Relief prints by Rene Hugo Arceo. Reception Sat 3/28, 5-10 PM. 3/25-6/6.

Art Dealers Association of Chicago - 750 N. Franklin St. Meet inside the Starbucks. This week a representative from Perimeter Gallery will lead the tour to: Melanee Cooper Gallery, Judy A Saslow Gallery, Byron Roche Gallery and Perimeter Gallery. 11 AM - 12:30 PM

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art - 2320 W Chicago Ave. Ukrainian Artists in the Context of the Paris School, Artists including Alexander Archipenko and Sonia Delaunay figure in art historian Vita Susak's lecture. Sat 7pm.

Mars Gallery - 1139 W. Fulton Market. March 28: Silent Majority - join us and proclaim your allegiance to creating culture. 8pm-midnight.

Mostly - 1619 W. Julian, #1. Poop Yer Nerfect Pants, Work by Pooper (Elisa Harkins), Nerfect (Mr. Walters), and Pants Laroo. Reception Sat 3/28, 7-11 PM ( 21+). 3/28-4/25.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Openings for Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st

Well hello all of my daises. As I write this, I am watching Six String Samuri. Mmmm...distraction. First off, our dear BFAs are having their coming of age party this Friday, AKA THE BFA SHOW! Woohoo! Bridgeport is rocking this weekend. Friday they're open all over the place, then Saturday night is Co-Prosperity Sphere's one fund raiser for Version 09. It costs $10, but all the scrill is going to put on Version 09. Come if ya got the cash, I'll be there. S'bout all for now. Oh, and if ya have a change, swing by Glass Curtain Gallery, there's a pretty awesome show there right now. I'll discuss in my next round of Notes From the Morning After. Do ya'll even read this stuff? Whateva...enjoy the art.

FRIDAY - LinkAndersonville -
Swedish American Museum - 5211 N. Clark. Between Heaven and Earth. Oil paintings and collages by Katarina Jonsson Soderberg. Reception Fri 3/20, 6-8 PM. 3/20-6/14.

Bridgeport -
33 Collective - 1029 W. 35th. Collective Resonance, Group show. Reception Fri 3/20, 7-10 PM. 3/20-4/17.

Benton House - 3052 S Gratten. viva la RESIDENCE, Artists-in-residence Angela Rojas, Ben Noetzel, Manuel Saucedo, Simeon Nikolov and Olivia May will display their wares and information about our new arts-based after school program. 6-10pm.

Medicine Cabinet - 3216 S Morgan St, Apt. 4R. “JT Rogstad.” Rogstad's sci-fi diorama recreates in miniature “the island city of a fallen street racer.” For more information, call 630-849-7750 or visit Fri 7pm–11pm

Normal Projects - 2844 S Normal Ave. Lydia Moyer/Luke Dowd, Moyer's video Mountain Loop (remix) responds to industrial processes and the American landscape. Gemstone-cutting inspired Dowd's abstract collage, which incorporates watercolor and spray paint. By appointment only through Apr 17.

Second Bedroom Project Space - 3216 Morgan. Lesson Plan, Installation by Edra Soto incorporating work by her students. Reception Fri 3/20, 7-11 PM. 3/20-4/10.

East Rogers Park -
Crown Center Gallery at Loyola University - 1001 W. Loyola, Suite 200. Vesna Jovanovic, Renee Prisble Una: Fluxliminal. 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lakeview -
Diane Tanios - 3243 N. Broadway. Persona Anima, Paintings by Lauren Swedlow. Reception Fri 3/20, 6-10 PM. Swedlow will discuss her work every Friday at 7 PM. 3/20-4/25.

Logan Square -
Mini Dutch - 3111 W. Diversey. Dusty Bunnyfield vs. Molotovia Cottontail, Three-part evolving show of work by EC Brown, Lucia Fabio, and others.

Loop -
Chicago Cultural Center - 78 E. Washington. Inquire Within: Soul Searching and Truth Seeking by Artists With Disabilities, Paintings, drawings, photos, and more by Project Onward artists. Reception Fri 3/20, 6-8 PM. 3/20-5/17.

School of the Art Institute Sullivan Galleries - 33 S. State, 7th fl. BFA Undergraduate Exhibition, Work by 230 SAIC undergrads. Reception Fri 3/20, 7-10 PM. 3/21-4/3. Fri 6pm–9pm

Near North -
Maurice Sternberg - 875 N. Michigan #2850. Light from the Past, Retrospective of paintings by Ian Hornak. Reception Fri 3/20, 5-8 PM. 3/20-4/30.

River North -
Addington - 704 N. Wells. Waxworks IV, Encaustic paintings by Thomas Frank, Jordi Pedrola, and Dan Addington. Reception Fri 3/20, 5-8 PM. 3/20-4/15.

Carl Hammer - 740 N. Wells. You Get What You Deserve, Paintings by Cameron Gray comprised of several smaller paintings. Reception Fri 3/20, 5:30-8 PM

Marx-Saunders - 230 W. Superior. Drawing on Form, Blown glass by Jose Chardiet. Reception Sat 3/21, noon-5 PM; Chardiet gives a glassblowing demo at 10 AM and discusses his work at 1 PM. 3/21-4/25.

Nicole - 230 W. Huron. Paul S. Benjamin and Salah Mubarek. Reception Fri 3/20, 5-8 PM. 3/20-5/24.

West Loop -
moniquemeloche gallery - 118 N. Peoria. Scott Stack: SCOTT STACK. 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Bridgeport -
Co-Prosperity Sphere - 3219-21 South Morgan Street. Matériel Magazine and Pr Launch Party and fundraiser for Version festival and Public Media Institute. Please come and help us raise funds to pay for Version>09 Immodest Proposals. We will be giving to evreyone who attends a complementary copy of our new Proximity publishing project, Matériel and the new Pr poster/newsletter. $10 Suggested Donation. March 21, 2009, 8pm.

Bucktown -
Green Lantern Gallery - 1511 N Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor. "Dancing Young Men From High Windows.” This Saturday, March 21st @ 7pm.

River North -
Art Dealers Association of Chicago - River North. Saturday Art Gallery Tour Free - guided tour of 4 galleries in the River North district; 750 N. Franklin St. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Chicago & Franklin This week a representative from Ann Nathan Gallery will lead the tour to: Printworks, Russell Bowman Art Advisory, Habatat Galleries and Ann Nathan Gallery. 11 AM - 12:30 PM

South Loop -
Museum of Contemporary Photography - 600 S. MICHIGAN AVE. LECTURE: Humanature by Peter Goin @ Ferguson Auditorium, Columbia College, 600 South Michigan Avenue, 1st Floor / Reception to follow at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Humanature is photographer Peter Goin's attempt to focus public debate on how nature is perceived. According to Goin, nature is a culturally created illusion, a fiction dramatically reinforced through a tradition of environmental management. While our power is unprecedented and profound, humans comprehend little of the long-range impact of the manipulation of nature. Goin's photographs of pristine, human-made lakes, waterfalls, and beaches; designer forests; and a human-made tornado-sites promoted as "natural"-help him interpret and document the human re-creation of nature and confirm the extent to which people and nature have merged to become "humanature." Peter Goin is a Foundation Professor of photography and videography at the University of Nevada, Reno. 6:00-7:15 PM

Monday, March 16, 2009

Notes From the Morning After #5 (and #6, kind of)

Holy crap, I'm way friggin' behind. I want to go over some stuff that I failed to write about last week, as well as the stuff I went to this Friday. So let me take you back, a long, long time ago, to a galaxy far away...

Stardate: March 6th, 2009

I made my second pilgrimage to Lloyd Dobler, pausing momentarily outside to hold my boom box aloft, to see something they were calling “Case-By-Case Basis.” I was initially attracted to the event by my previous memory of the place (“Oh yeah,” says my brain, “that's the awesome apartment gallery I saw John Opera lecture at.”) and partially because I recognized a buddy's name on the line up (Joe Hardesty, who, unfortunately, wasn't there, he's out of the country right now doing art or some such crap). After looking over the show, I decided that the show in particular, and Lloyd Dobler in general, consisted of fine stuff. The show, which consisted primarily of printmaking, was on the whole strong, well curated, and enjoyable to look at. And, of course, the people who run the place are great, hospitable, and giving of their back room for jacket storage, and their beer (sorry if the micro brew wasn't supposed to get drank BTW). After hanging out there for about an hour, Jeriah and I left, with the assumption that we were going to go find more art, then head to David's. Instead, we were sucked in by the Blue Line (the bar, not the transit), stuffed our faces with tasty food, and headed home in a total food coma. Mmm...

Stardate: March 7th, 2009

So, I like Catherine Opie. And I like Robert Mapplethorpe. Thus, I was naturally excited when I heard that Catherine Opie was going the be lecturing on Mapplethorpe at the Block Museum, and I proceeded to tell everyone about it. Unfortunately, I was a bit mistaken. It was not Opie lecturing on him, but rather a panel discussing his Polaroids. The other panelists were informative, but I was there for Opie, and my memory of the panel attests to as much. I enjoyed the way in which she approached the task of the lecture, writing a “Dear Robert” letter and reading it to us a she went through his X Portfolio and her response, her O Portfolio. Though I wished she stayed with the letter format, rather than occasionally breaking character to elaborate on details, I found it the most stimulating part of the panel.

J: I also really liked Catherine Opie; I wasn't familiar with her work before. I really like her images of the performance artist. The imagery, with the pearls coming out of his ass, or dressed up as the queen or whatever, reminded me of the imagery in the movie The Cell, which had some really awesome sets and costumes in the dream or imagination-land sequences.

S: Afterward, I took a walk through the show, and it was exactly what it purported to be: Mapplethorpe's early and formative work. Interesting for historical context, but underwhelming in comparison to his later work. After the lecture, the crowd/herd was treated to tasty appitisers and wine. I found Opie in the lobby, but being to shy and unable to come up with anything useful to say, I just stood nearby and made eyes at her. Then we were off again, Jeriah home to work and me to a party to terrorize interviewing potential-photo grads.

TIMEWARP FORWARD! (such a sweet transvestite...)

Stardate: March 13th, 2009

Jeriah and I headed (contrary to our usual bee lines) to River North, primarily 'cus Edelman was having an opening. The work up right now, that of German photographer Achim Lippoth, is hauntingly Leni Riefenstahl's Sound of Music-ish. Beautiful to look, but quite disconcerting at the same time. It gave me the creeps in some ways, but I couldn't stop looking. Strange stuff, a must-see if you ask me.

J: Lippoth's show should have been called, “Triumph of the Village of the Damned.” I liked it, generally, as a sort of Fascist Gregory Crewdsen. There was something about these images that struck me as very specifically artificial, which is perhaps where the Crewdsen association comes from. They look very, very staged, not like period pieces at all but much more like movie stills, maybe like something from a Nazi version of Pleasantville. I liked, also, that there was definitely something creepy about them, but also that it wasn't something you couldn't put your finger on.

S: We popped across the hall to Zg Gallery, and I was pleasantly surprised with the show. Usually a place showing abstract 2-D work (something I often have a hard time getting up in arms about), the group show up right now is a balance of abstract and figurative, with a definite dark and dirty bend to it. I was particularly attracted to the work of Suzy Poling, Mark Murphy, Dan Gamble, and Gregory Jacobsen. Jacobsen's work was of particular interest to both of us, existing as something simultaneously disgusting and titillating. Puss, rot, genitals, you get the picture.

J: I first saw Gregory Jacobsen's work in the 2005 Midwestern Edition of New American Paintings. If I recall correctly he had a very funny artist's photo and a statement that struck me as both hilarious and very sincere. His was some of my favorite work that I've seen in that publication, and also some of the best I've seen in Zg; there was some other good work in the current exhibition but Jacobsen's appeals to my aesthetic. He shares my love of the grotesque, and he uses it well. It's equal parts Hieronymus Bosch and the liner notes from a GWAR album. His paintings evoke some of the more viseral, gritty pieces from Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation; they look like stills from Gumby's secret collection of snuff porn. I love them.

S: We tooled around the neighborhood a bit longer, then we were off to the movies. I had grand plans for arting later in the weekend, but aside from a failed attempting at a meeting at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, the rest of the weekend was work, bookended by the Godfather trilogy. So remember my friends, care for the family, and the family will care for you. Until next time...

J: P.S. Watchmen was alright, certainly better than your average comic book/superhero movie, but it was no Sin City. I'm still waiting for someone to make Transmetropolitan, and I'm praying they don't fuck it up. Over and out.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Stuff, stuff, and more stuff. I'm busy, as I'm sure everyone else in my position is right now. Thesis, thou art love and hate. Busy is good, though. Not much else to say. Lots of stuff, go forth and prosper. And take this time to remember our dear departed Buckey Fuller (courtesy of the MCA). Over and out.



Andersonville –
Las Manos - 5220 N. Clark. Vessel Magnifique, Large-scale works by 16 artists, including Joe Boudreau, Norbert Shimkus, Ted Harris, Michael McGuire, and Michael Del Piero. Fri 3/13, 7 PM. 3/13-4/12.

Bucktown –
360See - 1924 N. Damen. Anatomy of a Book, Book-related sculptures, drawings, and collages by Jennifer Khoshbin, Suzanna Scott, and Pat Swanson. Reception Fri 3/13, 6-9 PM. 3/13-5/1.

Hyde Park -
Hyde Park Art Center - 5020 S. Cornell Avenue. Cocktails and Clay At the Hyde Park Art Center Join us for Cocktails and Clay. A late night clay-making, dance-partying, gallery-hopping good time. Donation is suggested. Friday, March 13, 8pm – midnight.

Lincoln Park -
Chicago Art Source Gallery - 1871 N. Clybourn Ave. Group Show, Kirsten Stolle: Sounding Out. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Logan Square -
Hungry Man - 2135 N. Rockwell. Cloud Form 03.09, Site-specific installation by Mark Rumsey. Reception Fri 3/13, 6-11 PM; Sat-Sun 3/14-3/15, noon-6 PM, then open by appointment through Fri 3/20.

Loop -
Finestra - 410 S. Michigan #516. Integrant Element Lab, Installation by Fletcher Hayes and Kim Laurel. Reception Fri 3/13, 5-9 PM. 3/4-3/30.

Gallery Uno - 410 S. Michigan #541. Conversations: A Comic Relief, Altered vintage comic strips by Sarah Kaiser. Kaiser discusses her work, Fri 3/13, 6-9 PM. 2/13-3/31.

Near North -
Museum of Contemporary Art - 220 E. Chicago. Starting with the Universe, Models, sketches, and other work by Buckminster Fuller demonstrating his approach to housing, transportation, communication, and cartography. The exhibit includes models of Fuller's geodesic dome and Dymaxion designs and dome structures as well as photos and documents from the years he lived in Chicago. March 14-June 21.
Join us for the Dynamic Maximum Celebration opening night party on Friday, 3.13 from 6-9pm.

Pilsen -
Chicago Arts District - 1945 S. Halsted, Ste. 101. March 13: 2nd FRIDAYS Gallery Night; Reception 6-10pm.

he said-she said - 831 S Grove Ave. Michael Stickrod, Tonight, he screens his films—which make innovative use of recorded conversations and ambient sound—and shows related objects from his art practice. Fri 6pm–8pm.

Logsdon - 1909 S. Halsted. Superstition, Prints and textiles by Jill Lanza and paintings and sculptures by Gabe Lanza. Reception Fri 3/13, 6-10 PM. 3/13-4/4.
River North -
Addington Gallery - 704 N. Wells. March 13: Group show featuring encaustic work.

Andrew Bae - 300 W. Superior. Abstract and Figure, Prints by Kwang Jean Park and Tetsuya Noda. Reception Fri 3/13, 5-8 PM. 3/13-4/11.

Byron Roche Gallery - 750 N. Franklin. Contemporary paintings with an emphasis on process and materials. Representing: Lisa Erf, Margaret Evangeline, Michael Hoffman, Paul Hunter, Blanca Lopez, Isabelle duToit, Leopold Segedin, Jiwon Son, Jeremy Vajda, Ann Wiens and Steve Zieverink. Opening reception March 13 from 5-8pm.

Catherine Edelman - 300 W. Superior. Pictures, Work by German photographer Achim Lippoth. Reception Fri 3/13, 5-7 PM. 3/13-5/9.

Gallery KH
- 311 W. Superior. Middle Ground, Landscapes by Rodger Bechtold. Reception Fri 3/13, 5-8 PM. 3/13-4/18.

Gruen Galleries - 226 W. Superior. March 13: Gallery 1 & 2 will feature group show with gallery artists, Gallery 3: African Art

Habatat - 222 W. Superior. Ten: 10, Sculptures by ten artists. Reception Fri 3/13, 5-7 PM. 3/13-4/25.

Josef Glimer Gallery, Ltd. - 207 W. Superior. March 13 - May 15: MAGICAL VOYAGE: Recent Paintings by Vladimir Pailodze.

Judy Saslow - 300 W. Superior. Fresh Faces 2009, Group show featuring Otto Lange, Jonah Burlingame, and Wendy Seller. Reception Fri 3/13, 5-8 PM. 3/13-4/11

Melanee Cooper - 740 N. Franklin. Branching Out, Paintings by Michael Kessler. Reception Fri 3/13, 5-8 PM. 3/13-4/11.

Perimeter - 210 W. Superior. Suites: Visions and Revisions, Etchings and Paintings, Work by Warrington Colescott. Reception Fri 3/13, 5-8 PM. 3/13-4/11.

Zolla/Lieberman - 325 W. Huron. Heather Becker, Paintings & Veil of History, Work by Peter Stephens & Glenn Wexler, Photo-based work. Reception Fri 3/13, 5-7:30 PM. 3/13-4/11.

West Loop -
Thrones Gallery – 123 N Jefferson St. Insiderart, group show: Artists: Jason Benson, Joel Dean, Austin Eddy, John Friel, Dom Garritano, George Gittins, Jacob Goudreault, Ian Hokin, Sachi Pollard, & Justin Swinburne. Opening Reception: March 13th, 2009. 6 - 9 PM

Wicker Park -
THE SILVER ROOM - 1442 N. Milwaukee. Exhibition openings with featured artist occur on the 2nd Fridays of each month from 7p – 10p (+ wine, live Dj).


Bridgeport –
Co-Prosperity Sphere - performances by this incredible line up: aids wolf, us girls, mayor daley, & cacaw. 9pm.

Homan Square -
Murphy Hill - 3333 W. Arthingon. Photography: A Post Modern View, Photos by Jon Shaft documenting the influence of Daniel Burnham on Chicago's architecture. Reception Sat 3/14, 6-10 PM. 3/11-4/18.

Lincoln Square –
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative - 4642 N. Western. Rebellious Integration, Portfolio exhibition curated by Megan Sterling and Katarzyna Cepek. March 14-April 25.

Pilsen –
Golden Age - 1744 W 18th St. Taxis Pleins, Taxis Vides launch party, Published in an edition of 500 by Je Suis une Bande de Jeunes, Taxis Pleins, Taxis Vides compiles the work of 12 young photographers from around the world. Grolsch. Sat 7pm–10pm.

River North -
Art Dealers Association of Chicago – River North, Franklin St. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Chicago & Franklin. Saturday Art Gallery Tour Free - guided tour of 4 galleries in the River North district. This week a representative from Addington Gallery will lead the tour to: Andrew Bae Gallery, Stephen Daiter Gallery, Roy Boyd Gallery and Addington Gallery. 11 AM - 12:30 PM; 750 N.

River West -
Scott Projects - 1542 N Milwaukee Avenue, 3rd floor. Samuel Lipp: Dedicated to the Oneness. 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

South Loop -
Framing Mode - 1526 S. Wabash. Behind the Wheel: A Celebration of Feminism, Work by artists including Dana Day, Jessica Kronika, Elsa Muñoz, Jennifer Greenburg, and Lynda Glyman celebrating Women's History Month. Reception Sat 3/14, 6-10 PM. 3/14-4/4.

West Loop -
Art Dealers Association of Chicago – West Loop, Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Randolph and N. Morgan Streets. Saturday West Loop Gallery Tour, This week a representative from Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery will lead the tour to: FLATFILEgalleries, Mars Gallery, Linda Warren Gallery and Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery. 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Wicker Park -
David Leonardis Gallery: Wicker Park - 1346 North Paulina. Jesy Grose, Tom Townsend, Mark Flores, Andrew DeLeo: New Blood Group Show. 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM.


Bucktown -
The Green Lantern – 1511 N Milwaukee Ave. Matthew Paul Jinks: The Queen's Tailor. Jinks's closing reception includes a screening of his new video—which re-creates scenes from the film The Man in the White Suit, shifting the context from 1950s England to Chicago's contemporary Indian/Pakistani community—as well as the original film, which stars Alec Guinness. Light refreshments will be served. Sun 2pm–5pm.

Hyde Park -
Hyde Park Art Center - 5020 S. Cornell Avenue. Bits and Pieces, a video mini-exhibition inspired by the work of Mary Lou Zelazny and curated by Livebox. Works by Gregg Biermann, Sean Capone, Valerie George, Henry Gwiazda, Ellen Lake, Jodie Mack, ManosBuckius, Ruth Pringle, and Michael Szpakowski. Sunday, March 15, 6-8 pm.

Logan Square -
New Wave Coffee - 3103 W Logan Blvd. N.A.I.L.S.: The CMYK Show. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

River North -
Josef Glimer Gallery - 207 W. Superior St. Vladimir Pailodze: Magical Voyage. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Openings for Fri. Mar. 6, Sat. Mar. 7, & Sun. Mar. 8

The Ides of March is but ten days away. If you're into togas and world domination, you better watch your back. On a lighter note, as dearest Scondo said but a few days ago, it is March, "in like a lion, out like a lamb." And I must say, it's getting mutton-ish already. Let's hope it stays this way (yeah, I know, fat chance). There are a few awesome things going down this weekend. The first thing to mention is a lecture by Catherine Opie (among others, or so it says) on Mapplethorpe. The Block Museum up in Evanston is putting it on Saturday. I'm going for sure. Wicker Park appears to be somewhat happening on Friday. If you're there, make sure you get to Lloyd Dobler, a bunch of our fellow emergin' artists, including Joe Hardesty, are showing. And if you're looking for something to do after the Opie lecture, head over to Eel Space in Humboldt Park. A whole slew of our printmaker extraordinaires are showing over there. But those are only three of the bizillion (ok, over statement, but still...) things going on. So, come on, get out of your house and enjoy the warmth, it's going to go away again before it stays for summer. Don't blow it, buddies!

Openings for Fri. Mar. 6, Sat. Mar. 7, & Sun. Mar. 8:


Morpho - 5216 N. Damen. Global Implications, Work by 25 local printmakers, part of the 2009 Global Implications Conference. Reception Fri 3/6, 6-10 PM. 3/1-3/31.

Art Center in Highland Park - 1957 Sheridan Rd. For a Limited Time Only features work created to deliberately decay, disintegrate, or otherwise disappear during its relatively short run & TENDER CONTRADICTION – ABUNDANT AMBIVALENCE & IMAGE & WORD. Opens Friday Mar 6 (6:30–9pm). Mar 6–28

Bella Vista Gallery - 1000 N. California. Body and Terrain, Work by Audry and Peter Cramblit, Lenin Delsol, Ted Preuss, Mary Qian, and Phil Renaud, with poetry. Reception Fri 3/6, 5-9 PM. 3/6-5/23.

Chicago Art Source - 1871 N. Clybourn, 2nd fl. Sounding Out, Group show exploring the relationships of 11 artists to "either a common language or an invented one." Reception Fri 3/13, 6-9 PM. 3/6-4/18.

Peter Jones - 1806 W. Cuyler. Goodbye Caravaggio, Paintings by Tom Danch. Reception Fri 3/6, 6-10 PM. 3/5-3/22.

Thomas Masters - 245 W. North. Niente Paura, Abstract paintings by Thomas Masters. Reception Fri 3/6, 5-8 PM. 3/6-4/20.
Fill in the Blank - 5038 N. Lincoln. The Alchemy of Cooperation, Work by Alice K. DuBois and Timothy L. Campbell. Reception Fri 3/6, 8-11 PM. 3/6-4/26.

ARC - 832 W. Superior #204. Contemporary Sculpture and Prints by Emerging Local and International Artists, Work by NIU grad students Danielle Barton, Maribeth Coffey-Sears, Eric Fuertes, Peter Kenar, and Anna Kenar & Pueblitos, Photography by filmmakers Jorge Estrada and Daniela Paasch & Travel Journals, Installation by Laura Cloud. Reception Fri 3/6, 6-9 PM. 3/4-3/28.

Gruen Galleries - 226 W. Superior. march 6: Gallery 1 & 2 will feature group show with gallery artists, Gallery 3: African Art.

Jean Albano - 215 W. Superior. Valerie Beller, paintings. Reception Fri 3/6, 5:30-7:30 PM. 3/6-4/18.

Richard Norton Gallery - 612 Merchandise Mart Plaza. The I.D. Years, Paintings and drawings by Richard Koppe. 3/6-4/3.

Roy Boyd - 739 N. Wells. Blindsighted, Paintings by Sarah Krepp. Reception Fri 3/6, 5-8 PM. 3/6-4/14.

Schneider Gallery - 230 W. Superior. March 6– April 28: Gordon Muehle.

Stephen Daiter - 311 W. Superior #408. Marvin E. Newman and Yasuhiro Ishimoto, photos. Reception Fri 3/6, 5-8 PM. 3/6-4/25.

Woman Made Gallery - 685 N. Milwaukee. 12th International Open, Juried group show featureing work by 44 women & Dig In, Float Up, Photos and "wearable sculptures" by Tracy Featherstone and Krista Connerly. Reception Fri 3/6, 6-9 PM. 3/6-4/16.

Black Walnut - 220 N. Aberdeen. We, the Mennonites, Group show of work by 11 Mennonite artists. Reception Fri 3/6, 6-9 PM.

Flatfile - 217 N Carpenter. Kahil El'Zabar and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble featuring Corey Wilkes and Ernest Kahbeer Dawkins and special guest DJ Madrid this Friday, March 6 (Doors open 8PM) They are performing within Inspired Terrain, "In the Land of Love There is No Garbage." installation.

Function+Art - 1046 W Fulton Market. TransAtlantic Ties: Tomas Brzon and Chad Holliday. Opening reception Friday, March 6, 2009, 5 to 8 p.m.

Ukrainian National Museum - 2249 W. Superior. The Krychevskys' Artistic Dynasty, Work by Vasyl H. Krychevsky and his daughter Halyna Krychevska-Linde, granddaughter Oksana Linde de Ochoa, and great-granddaughter Blanca M. Linde. Reception Fri 3/6, 7 PM. 3/6-4/26.

Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture - 6500 S. Pulaski. Something in Common, Photos and other work by Aurelija Cepulinskaite. Reception Fri 3/6, 7 PM. 3/6-4/10.

Flat Iron Arts Building - 1579 N. Milwaukee. Flat Iron Artists' Association Presents Wicker Park / Bucktown First Fridays. First Friday of each month. March 6, 6-10pm

Gallery 203 - 1579 N. Milwaukee. Todd Willing II, metal sculptures. Reception Fri 3/6, 6-9 PM. 3/6-3/39.

Lloyd Dobler Gallery - 1545 W. Division. Diana Behl, Shira Soskel, Amanda Repo Taiwo Thomson, Ryan McMurran, Jeremy Lundquist, Noah Hyleck, Joe Hardesty, Regan Golden-McNerney, Alex Chitty: Case-By-Case Basis. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

ThinkArt - 1530 N. Paulina, suite F. An Eye on Music: 1982-2007, Photos of music icons by French rock photographer Richard Bellia, accompanied by a screening of Shanti Masud's 2008 rock doc But We Have the Music. Reception Fri 3/6, 5-11 PM. 3/6-3/30.


Caro d'Offay Gallery - 2204 W. North Ave. March 7: A closing reception for Chad Attie and Luftwerk takes place from 6-10pm.

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art - 40 Arts Circle Drive Evanston, IL. Robert Mapplethorpe: Artist and Activist A Panel Discussion with Catherine Opie and others Saturday, March 7, 2 to 4 pm Reception to follow

Eel Space - 2846 W. North #1A. Forces of Nature, Work by Katy Collier, Rebecca Schoenecker, Val Snobeck, and Brett Tracy. Reception Sat 3/7, 6-9 PM. 3/7-4/5.

Chicago Art Department - 1837 South Halsted. Evita el Exceso, In the second coming of Tripa Colectivo, Mike Wilgus joins the experimental artist group in their continued exploration of culture and gender issues embedded in the mundane. Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 7pm-12am.

Art Dealers Association of Chicago - Saturday Art Gallery Tour, guided tour of 4 galleries in the River North district. 11AM - 12:30PM; 750 N. Franklin St. Meet inside the Starbucks at the corner of Chicago & Franklin. This week a representative from Schneider Gallery will lead the tour to: Catherine Edelman Gallery, Perimeter Gallery, Carl Hammer Gallery, and Schneider Gallery. FREE.

Spudnik Press - 1821 W. Hubbard, suite 308. Tender Twenties Print Exchange. Work by twenty artists addressing what it means to have been born after 1979 and before 1988. Reception Sat 3/7, 6-10 PM. 3/7-3/28.


Renaissance Society at UC- Cobb Hall, 4th floor, 5811 South Ellis Avenue. LECTURE: Bernard E. Harcourt, “You are entering a gay and lesbian free zone.” Sunday, March 8, 2:00 pm.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Notes From the Morning After #4: Oh God, I Think I Just Arted All Over Myself...

Hello all,

Stephanie: It has been a long weekend of arting (and settling Catan, and drunk dialing my grandpa, among other notable adventures). It's weekends like this that make me think I should do my listing for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday I went a-WestLooping, and popped in at Thomas Robertello, Tony Wight, and Spoke. I wanted to make it to Thomas Masters, but when the openings end at 8pm all over the city, and I'm reliant on PT, some shit just doesn't get seen. I went to Robertello to see Lilly's work, but ended up in love with three other people's work: Adam Ekberg's photos, Amy Cutler's drawing/painting of the cake fight, and Travis LeRoy Southworth's “Wrestler Nebula.” The photos were very simple, and encompassed the psudo-science aesthetic that seem to be all the rage right now. I found them relaxing, and (my ultimate positive litmus test) they made me giggle. Wrestlers and the cake fight also passed the giggle test, and the cake fight was especially good in eliciting flashbacks of Baba Yaga.

Jeriah: Amy Cutler's two pieces, The Cake Fight and the one with the alligators and the pile of furniture, were pleasant surprises for me to see here. I've been a big fan of Cutler's work since I saw some of her stuff back in San Francisco, somewhere between 01 and 03. I really like the way she misuses perspective, how in the painting on panel, each piece of furniture exists in its own word, is in correct perspective internally but each object goes to its own, different, vanishing point. It makes the piece feel sort of like a collage, and more awkward, more precarious. I spent a lot of time in front of this painting. The Cake Fight was cool, too.

S: At Wight, I found the drawings (by Jessica Mein) in the back room quite enjoyable. The ones on the back wall looked like piles of melons, very big piles. I imagined being crushed beneath thousands of Honeydews. I waved bye to Tony and left feeling slightly awkward. Venturing upstairs (to look for a bathroom, I think) I discovered that Spoke, up on the third floor of 119 Peoria, was having a reading session. I found a room packed with many familiar faces and a big bottle of Jack. Lane Williams was reading, finishing off a story I found so enjoyable, I pestered him for a transcript once he was off “stage” so that I could read the whole thing. He politely obliged. Thank you Lane. After that I was off to Coraline, which, the obnoxious audience non withstanding, was watchable.

J: I wish we could have stayed for more of the performance; a fellow I met last week with an awesome tattoo, the only good neck tattoo I can recall seeing, was playing later. And that big bottle of Jack was pretty appealing. But, we had a date with Coraline, and I found it more than watchable. I was into this movie, big time. It didn't tickle my Goth fetish like Nightmare Before Christmas did, but it did a good job of being its own movie, rather than feeling like a “follow up.” The director actually seems to have done better post-Nightmare than Tim Burton has, in terms of the quality of the work.

S: Next night (sorry I didn't list it, I didn't realize it was happening that night) I went to check out Women Get Fucked. By showing up right at 7pm, I managed to see all the work unimpeded. I must insist that the rejection letters were the best pieces in the whole show. No STDs in your romance novels kids, you'll never get published. I also enjoyed the “Babysitting” photo. Overall, however, I must say, with a title like that, I felt a touch over sold and under delivered. But hey, what do I know. Thank you Alogon, for once again putting on a good event. Then it was home for Catan! (and the afore mentioned drunk dial).

J: This show is good for our relationship; for once I find myself 100% in agreement with everything you just said. The “Sexy Librarian” rejection letters (by Julia Weist) were hilarious, especially the one that got into the specifics, and that photo of the cat behind the knives (by Annie Purpura)was awkward, funny, and cool. But, from the title of the show, I was expecting work that was more aggressive, maybe more feminist, perhaps more sexual, and certainly more outrageous. The work in this show didn't seem to have a lot in common, other than the biographical line item of the artists' gender. It's more interesting for me to see a group show of work that addresses a common theme or is related in some way (the role of gravity in the work at Robertello's last night, for example), rather than work by artists who happen to have something in common (for example, their gender). It may be that I need to take on a second hat and curate a show at some point. Oh and hey...nobody got hurt playing Catan this time!

S: Sunday, I spent with my houseplants, then headed down to UC to check out Paul Chan at the Renn Society. The “lecture” was quite entertaining, through which he continued to consume whiskey from a bottle under the table, yell to various friends in the audience and alternate back and fourth between pithy commentary and and genuinely thoughtful insights. All in all, an enjoyable experience. The show itself was sparse, in a good way. I especially enjoyed the video piece, though the twitching was a little off-putting. If you're down south, check it out. He is speaking again tomorrow as well, so if you missed tonight, you still have a chance. Then I went to a Korean grocery and bought tasty food. Good end for a good weekend. See ya'll next week.

J: I liked Paul Chan's work that I saw, I think it was at the Whitney, a few years back. I was surprised at how different this work was, but it had a similar sensibility. This guy's definitely not a one-trick pony, smart guy, I liked hearing him speak. Definitely worth the trip.

Kisses from S + J, crawln' for ya'll