There are a pair of interesting, upcoming shows that are currently soliciting submissions. The first show is titled, Twice Removed: A Survey of Take Away Work, and is curated by Karly Wildenhaus. Twice Removed will consist of a curated display of items that were originally given away free as part of an artwork or installation. If you have anything like this you can submit your offer here for consideration for the show. The resulting exhibition will be on view at Golden Age in Chicago's West Loop and will also be documented in a website and a pamphlet. There's more information listed at their site.
The second show is the 14th Chicago Bike Winter Art Show which will celebrate bike culture in Chicago and is presented in conjunction with Critical Mass Chicago. Bike related artwork will be considered and can be submitted here.
DJ Douggpound, editor, writer, and DJ for Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!among other projects, will be presenting comedy at a free show this Tuesday night at Club Nutz. Club Nutz is the world's smallest roving nightclub. Starting out in Milwaukee, Club Nutz has migrated over to River North in Chicago and has also popped up at the MCA, the Next Art Fair, and the Frieze Art Fair in London. Tuesday's show will also feature music and comedy by Ross Moreno, Chris Edwards, Entro MC (Trouble and Bass), and more.
The Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) and Johalla Projects present a show at the CUAS space in Pilsen dedicated to Mayor Richard M. Daley and his legacy with the city of Chicago. Work by over 20 artists will be displayed including Ray Noland (CRO), Phoebe Fisher, Nick Adam, Lauren Feece, Chris Silva, Ruben Aguirre, Don't Fret, Ryan Duggan, Cynthia Plaster Caster, Jennifer Greenburg, Billy Craven, Jourdon Gullet, and more. This show was curated by Peter Kepha and Anna Cerniglia.
Pilsen's 54B Gallery presents a graffiti themed art and photography show curated by ZORE. There'll be a huge array of work by many great Chicago artists including: SHOE, DGONZ, RISK, TRAZ, Brian Evan, ISH, UNEEK RADAH, NERD, STEF, EMTE, DULCE 37, NICK A., FLASH, Melissa H., MSHEL CHICAGO, NYKE, LEEK, XAUST, CZR PRZ, SOME 1, ZERO, KING 157, ZEB, TETO, EDWIN, ZORE 64, FLEX, DMNOLOGY, GIGS, RAFA, ANNE, ANGEL, DRED, POLACK, Alana C., MUZE, Lucky Lucy, KINGDOM, and more.
Pilsen's 54B Gallery
2128 S Halsted (1/2 blk north of Cermak Rd)
Opening reception: Friday, December 10, 2010
6pm to midnight
Artist residency program, ACRE, which hosts artists during the summer at their space in Wisconsin, is holding a benefit this Friday at Heaven Gallery. Titled, "Country in the City", this Western themed benefit party will feature country sounds and a petting zoo! There will be art available for sale and auction by a large amount of artists listed here, with funds gonig towards supporting both ACRE's 2011 residency program in Wisconsin and gallery exhibitions in Chicago.
Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) which includes 3 raffle tickets for artwork.
ACRE: Country in the City
at Heaven Gallery
1550 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago's Proximity Magazine will have a release party tonight Thursday at Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar in Bridgeport. Issue 8 is themed "Education as Art" and clocks in at a hefty 230 pages. Tonight's release party kicks off the annual Select Fest events for this weekend.
Chicago's Edie Fake is having a book release party for Gaylord Phoenix this Thursday evening at Quimby's Bookstore. Gaylord Phoenix is Edie's phenomenal zine series centering on a being going on a spirtiual and physical journey to figure itself out. I love Edie's drawing style culminating with the epic drawings in the 5th part of the series that was just published recently. The book coming out this week from Secret Acres combines content from the first 5 zines with a new 6th part tying everything together.
Shenanigans, bad jokes, and objet d'art are promised with every purchase!
You only have until this coming Friday to order a completely unique gift by Chicago artist, Chris Kerr. I've long enjoyed his paintings, prints, and installations shown at various art institutions. Now you can have Chris create a ceramic paperweight, pipe, ashtray, soap dish, or pen holder with any theme you'd like. Think of the possiblilites! To give you some ideas check out some of the completed pieces Chris has already made in the past month based on people's requests...
I bought some great work there last year including this Half Man/Half Shark print by Steff Bomb...
....who also creates awesome things like these toothy corn and carrot figures...
Mat Daly creates and prints the various posters for the Renegade Craft Fairs held in Chicago, Brooklyn, LA, and SF...
Other fun and great work will be available this year by over 150 vendors including Jay Ryan of the Bird Machine, Shawnimals, the Star Wars/Hello Kitty mashups of Hello Wars, Diana Sudyka, Crosshair, Delicious Design League, Sonnenzimmer, and Spudnik Press.
In addition to the What Wood You Say project I wrote about recently, Chicago's Sighn is still working on his life long project to produce 1,000,000 "IT'S OK"'s cut out of various kinds of wood. He currently has a colorful selection available that were presented in various installations in Chicago, Philadelphia, Rotterdam, and NYC. Each color is available in a numbered edition of 20 and is also numbered within the 1,000,000 edition.
Chicago photojournalist, Art Shay, has a retrospective of photographs opening this Friday evening at Thomas Masters Gallery in Old Town. The previous show I saw of his at Thomas Masters last year was excellent. This show will include never before seen work.
Corbett vs. Dempsey will be presenting a show of new work by Margot Bergman. Friday's opening will feature found paintings by anonymous artists that Margot has painted over and re-worked. Many of the new pieces feature a cartoonish rabbit incorporated into the artwork.
Margot Bergman: Degree of Separation
at Corbett vs. Dempsey
1120 N Ashland Ave
Opening reception: Friday, December 3, 2010
5 to 9 pm
On view through January 22, 2011
Artist Ray Noland, has a new show opening this Friday at a Loop Pop-Up Gallery titled, Pork & Politics: Stuff It! Chicago Style. Featuring work by Ray and other artists in tribute to two Chicago institutions, politics and hot dogs. Guest artists include: Don't Fret, SOLO, Hebru Brantley, Lashun F. Tines, Dan Lacey, Peter Cuba, Julia Haw, TNOP & Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff.
Ray Noland & Co.- Pork & Politics: Stuff It! Chicago Style
at Loop Pop-Up Gallery
23 E Madison St
Opening reception is Friday, December 3, 2010
5 pm to 10 pm
The show will be on display through December 31, 2010
Chicago & Bronx-based MC trio, Rebel Diaz, is headling a show tomorrow night Wednesday at Martyrs'. Performing with BBU, Scheme, Lungz, I'naru' (Chi Town Bomberas), Tony Centrino, and DJ's Illanoiz, Ozone, and Game Over this show is being held as a fundraiser for the self-defense of peace activists.
On September 24th, the F.B.I. raided the homes and offices of 14 midwest peace activists and subpoenaed them to testify in front of a grand jury regarding "material aid to terrorism". The raids are in response to a recent Supreme Court "decision upholding a dangerously broad interpretation of "material support to foreign terrorist organizations", in which offering advice, training and service to any group deemed to be affiliated with a designated terrorist constitutes material support for terrorism, even if the service in question has nothing to do with any "terrorist" act. In this context, The September 24 FBI raids contribute to the criminalization of any communication with any group the US State Department has designated a terrorist organization or an affiliate of a terrorist organization. Even advocating negotiating with one of these named groups could be construed as a 'crime' - and the ruling effectively criminalizes protest and constricts freedom of speech and dissent."
Rebel Diaz puts on an amazing show. I've seen them play in front of all kinds of crowds and they always do a great job entertaining and spreading knowledge. BBU's been getting a lot of attention lately, especially for their bouncy "Chi Don't Dance" and I've seen Scheme and DJ Illanoiz play some nice sets. All in all it should be a fun night.
Chicago's Sighn is offering a unique art gift idea through the end of December. Based on hisIt's OKwood cutout (being offered in an edition of 1,000,000) and other text artworks by him, What Wood You Say, gives you the ability to collaborate on a Sighn piece by coming up with your own word or phrase to have cut out of wood.
The letters are 2.75" tall and there are approximately 12 characters per foot, cut out of 3/8" basswood. These pieces are priced at $5 per character, with a 50 character maximum. Custom pieces have a two-week turnaround.
Chicago artists, Elisa Harkins and Thorne Brandt aka Pooper and Pizza Dog, just opened a show of new work today at Roxaboxen Exhibitions in Pilsen. Work will include wood cutouts, paintings, and paper-mache sculptures. They'll also present what I'm sure will be a fun performance this Wednesday the 24th. at Roxaboxen or you can spend Thursday with them at Gucci Manners sharing turkey and playing art games.
Deb Sokolow is presenting a show of new work. I've long enjoyed Deb's work presented in huge sprawling installations of hand drawn stories illustrating entertaining conspiracy theories and internal monologues. Her Daley piece shown at the MCA (and now owned by them) was pure genius.
For this show Deb will be presenting large scale hand drawn pages for a novel with no end.
Also, artist/curator Ryan Travis Christian will be presenting Part 3 of The Power of Selection. A series of group shows that he's been showing at Western Exhibitions. Tonight's opening will feature work by a great group of artists including, Maya Hayuk, Andrew Schoultz, Bill McRight, Alex Lucas, and Jason Jagel.
Chicago artist, Tony Fitzpatrick, has a show of new work opening at his newly reconfigured Bucktown art space, FireCat Projects. Tony produces beautiful and intricate collages and etchings incorporating pieces of everyday life from the past like ticket stubs and match covers and combines it with drawings and text. Tony plans to use Firecat Projects as both a place to show his work and to present the work of other artists without taking a commission on sales. Tony and Stan Klein, the co-director of the space, have already scheduled shows for the next 18 months.
The Messenger, 2010 by Tony Fitzpatrick
Tony's latest book, This Train, will also be available at the reception.