Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Everything to EVERYBODY!

This artwork is by the amazing Laura Park.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wooding Out

Artist Matt Sauermilch has a show of work made with graphite, carved bones, and wood including this piece titled Highlife...

Opens tonight Friday at Heaven Gallery in Wicker Park.

Matt Sauermilch: The Process of Wooding Out
at Heaven Gallery
1550 N Milwaukee Ave
2nd floor
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, December 16, 2011
7 to 11pm
Also open this Saturday, December 17 from noon to 5
The show will be on view through Jan 15, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Revenge of the Nerd...Art Show!

Chicago graffiti artist, NERD, will have an art extravaganza open tomorrow night Friday at the 2612 Space in Chicago featuring artwork and an installation. 

Revenge of the Nerd...Art Show!
at the 2612 Space
2612 W Nelson (at Elston)
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, December 15, 2011
6 to 10 pm
Music by DJ Madcap Mook

Under Monster

A collective from the School of the Art Institute Chicago will have a collaborative installation open tomorrow night Friday at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport.

Under Monster
at the Co-Prosperity Sphere
3221 S Morgan
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, December 16, 2011
6 to 9 pm
On view through January 13, 2012

Register for the Chicago Zine Fest

Registration opened this morning for the Chicago Zine Fest and now more than 1/2 the tables are sold out!  Going on its third year, the 2012 edition will feature more zinesters than ever.  In addition to the day of exhibition and sales there will also be workshops, a film festival, readers, and the Spring '12 Zine Olympics on the night before hosted by Billy da' Bunny.  Fun will be had by all.

Here's the 2012 schedule...

Gender, Race and Sexuality: A Discussion with Women in Self-Publishing 1 - 3pm
A panel discussion to feature Cristy Road, Anne Elizabeth Moore and Mimi Nguyen
Conaway Center
Columbia College
1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL

1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.
SPRING '12 ZINE OLYMPICS, 9:30 - 11pm
Hosted by Billy da Bunny!
Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL

Conaway Center (1st & 8th Floor)
Columbia College
1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL

Featuring a 150+ tablers, DIY Film Festival, Workshops, Kid's activities
and More!
Hosted by Shameless Karaoke!
Location TBA

You can register for a 1/2 table for $10 at Chicago cartoonist Lilli Carré designed this year's poster as well as this t-shirt that you can pre-order here!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

X-Men Crew Art Show

RGB Lounge in Wicker Park is celebrating their 1-year anniversary with an art show celebrating the X-Men graffiti crew.  There'll be photography documenting the crew as well as artwork by crew members.

X-Men Crew Art Show
at RGB Lounge
1420 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Doors open at 7pm

Friday, December 02, 2011

Hold Fast to Dreams

I'll be showing some photographs in a show opening tonight Friday at the Believe Inn.
Chinatown, NYC by Oscar Arriola
Erik DeBat has some mesmerizing geometric pieces that are in a different direction from other work I've seen by him.  Alex Bradley Cohen has a huge, fun drawing full of characters, some of which are replicated with some handmade fabric figures.  Aregentian artist Irana Douer has some beautiful mixed media drawings, David "COVE" Gonzalez is showing several canvases and drawings done in his distinctive abstracted character style that I love.  Kim Hoffman has some great pieces including two that include a Ginko leaf collage that meshes excellently with her artwork.  Ellen Greene has an amazing set of flash tattoo inspired imagery painted on white vintage leather gloves. Erik Harris has drawings and birdhouse-like structures made from relcaimed materials and there'll also be prints, paintings, and constructions by Mirtes Zwierzynski, Chris Silva, Lauren Feece, Andrew Schansberg, and Danny Mansmith.

I'm looking forward to this show because there's a great mix of work on the walls and I've always liked visiting this space.

There are 5 art openings (including this one) in the Bucktown/Wicker Park/West Town area opening tonight and I plan on visiting all of them.  The other 4 shows are listed in the entries below.

Hold Fast to Dreams
at the Believe Inn
2043 N Winchester Ave
(1 block east of Damen, 1 block north of Armitage, look for the black gate that says Believe Inn)
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, December 2, 2011
7pm to 10pm
Other viewing hours by appointment

Text and Drugs and Rock & Roll

Curator Billy Craven has put together a massive show of almost 50 artists from Chicago and around the world opening tonight Friday at Maxwell Collette Gallery.

Including work by Abe Lincoln Jr, Antonio Martinez, Bask, Bill Connors, Brian Knowles, Brooks Golden, Chad Davis, Clown Soldier, Colt Bowden, Dain, Derek Erdman, Don’t Fret, El Celso, Elik, Emily Cunningham, Faust, Fred Litch, Glenn Wexler, Goons, Greg Mike, Hebru Brantley, Infinity, Instigator, Joe Padilla, Klepto, Lloyd Patterson, Mark O’Brien, Mike Murdock, Mike Perry, Nice-One, Posterboy, Priest, Ron Copeland, RP Reeson, Ryan Duggan, Scott Albrecht, Sebastian Napoli, Stikman, Telepath UK, TEWZ, Thomas Billings, Tim Pigott, Victor Kaifas, Weed Wolf, Zero, and Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff, this show will contain a great mix of text-based street art, paintings, drawings, and more.

The Chicago Reader has it listed as their Critic's Pick this week.

Text and Drugs and Rock & Roll
at Maxwell Collette Gallery
908 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, December 2, 2011
6 to 9 pm
On view through January 7, 2012

Bob Jones at 65GRAND Gallery

Milwaukee artist Bob Jones will have a show of new work opening tonight at 65GRAND in West Town.  Exploring various materials to produce artwork that are a mixture of painting and sculpture, this show should have some interesting work to check out.

Bob Jones: Mountains and Matter
at 65GRAND
1369 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, December 2, 2011
7 to 10 pm
On view through December 31, 2011

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Neche Collection

Wicker Park's Public Works Gallery will have a show titled Neche Collection opening tomorrow night Friday.  Veronica Corzo-Duchardt will be showing a series of photo diptychs and prints illustrating the life of her grandfather Neche through images of his possessions.  Public Works is conveniently located just south of the Damen Blue Line CTA station.

Veronica Corzo-Duchardt: Neche Collection
at Public Works Gallery
1539 N Damen Ave
2nd floor
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, December 2, 2011
7 to 11 pm
On view through December

Tony Fitzpatrick: New Etchings

Chicago's Tony Fitzpatrick will have a show of his distinctive etchings at Firecat Projects tomorrow night Friday in Bucktown.  It should be a fun time.

Tony Fitzpatrick
Nickel History: The Nation of Heat
Firecat Projects
2124 N Damen Ave
Friday, December 2, 2011
7 to 10 pm


Grilled, originally uploaded by fotoflow / Oscar Arriola.
I just got this great zine in the mail featuring NYC doors and the tons of tags they're covered with. It's got a silkscreened cover and 72 pages of full-bleed black and white photos by Sabeth.  It's really well done and I highly recommend it. It was put out in an edition of 100 and there's still a few left. Ordering info here.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

2011 Eyeworks Festival

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation 2011 Poster Trailer from Eyeworks Festival on Vimeo.

Today, Sunday is part two of the 2011 Eyeworks Festival.  Eyeworks is dedicated to presenting all kinds of experimental animation, both contemporary and from the past.   Lille Carre and  Alexander Stewart  curated this year's festival and are presenting it at DePaul University's downtown campus.  Here's the schedule for this afternoon...

Program Three
Sunday, November 6, 1:00 pm
65 minutes

Len Lye - Tusalava 10:00, 1929
Takashi Ito - Thunder 5:00, 1985
Eric Patrick - Ablution 13:00, 2001
Gary Beydler - Glass Face 3:00, 1975
Jesse McManus - Macavity 3:00, 2011
Eric Dyer - The Bellows March 5:30, 2009
Bendik Kaltenborn - The End 10:00, 2008
Paul Bush - While Darwin Sleeps 5:00, 2004
Johan Rijpma - Tape Generations 2:30, 2011
John Stehura - Cibernetik 5.3 8:00, 1961-65

Program Four
Sunday, November 6, 3:30 pm
70 minutes

Paul Rayment - Piano 2:00, 2010
Larry Jordan - Solar Sight 15:00, 2011
Josh Bonnetta - First Snow 2:00, 2004
Laura Heit - The Deep Dark 7:07, 2011
Scott Wolniak - Work Movie 2:40, 2001
Takashi Sawa - Mathematica 8:00, 2000
Nicolas Mahler - Mystery Music 5:00, 2009
Priit and Olga Pärn - Divers in the Rain 24:00, 2010
Dalibor Barić - Pain so light that appears as tickle 4:05, 2010

Looping program
Playing on monitors on view in the theater lobby throughout the festival

Julie Doucet - I Need An Escape Plan
Phenakistoscopes by Florent Ruppert and Jerome Mulot

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation 2011 Preview Trailer from Eyeworks Festival on Vimeo.

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
at DePaul University
247 S State St
DePaul CDM Theater
Lower Level
Chicago, IL

Day 2 - Sunday, November 6, 2011
Program 3 begins at 1pm
Program 4 begins at 3:30 pm
Tickets are $6 per program and are available at the door, cash only.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Blaque Lyte and Keith Herzik

Tonight's the reception for Blaque Lyte, an exhibition of work shown under black lights at the Hyde Park Art Center.  Artists Chris Kerr and Paul Nudd curated this show with artwork from Chicago other parts of the world.  I checked out this show earlier this month and really enjoyed it.  Lilli Carre has a really nice vertical totem drawing piece.  There's a huge shag carpet wall hanging that undulates with imagery.  There are also a bunch of funny and raunchy pieces including work from Edie Fake, DeeDee Scaci, Leif Goldberg, David Shrigley, and Onsmith.

Chris and Paul also curated a retrospective show of concert posters and prints by printmaker Keith Herzik.  I'd seen his work here and there over the years but I had never really known who it was by until now.  The amount of work on display is insane.  There are over 200 prints in this show featuring his distinctive drawing style.  I was also blown away by the vitrine filled with many zines and handmade books by Keith.  I had never seen any of these before and I ended up going to Quimby's Bookstore a few days later and bought these two...

I'm glad this show was put together because it's interesting to see Keith's prints together as a body of work.  I also think it adds to the great and visually varied printing reputation that Chicago has.

Blaque Lyte
Keith Herzik: There Are Still Lofty Dreams, Meager Desires, and Still Silliness
at the Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S Cornell
Chicago, IL

Reception: Saturday, October 29, 2011
5 to 8pm
Both exhibitions will be on view through January 9, 2012

Friday, October 28, 2011

Skin Deep

River North's Carl Hammer Gallery will have a show of new drawings by CJ Pyle opening tonight.  I really loved the ballpoint pen drawings on vintage record covers he had on display there a few years ago.  There's more info on Pyle and images from the show at the link below....

CJ Pyle: Skin Deep
at Carl Hammer Gallery
740 N Wells
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, October 28, 2011
6 to 8pm
On view through December 30, 2011

Dia de los Muertos at Maya Essence

Art collective Escapism, in conjunction with fair trade store Maya Essence, will open a Dia de los Muertos show tonight in Lincoln Square. 

Dia de Los Muertos with Escapism
at Maya Essence
4357 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, October 28, 2011
8pm to midnight
The show will also be on view on Saturday, October 29th from 2 to 6pm


Curator Sergio Gomez put together this show of art by Latino artists, including the excellent photographer Joe Compean, multidisciplinary artist Saul Aguirre,  Diana Solis, and painter Marcos Raya. The full list of artists is in the link below. The opening is tonight at the Zhou B. Art Center in Bridgeport.

at the Zhou B. Art Center
1029 W 35th St
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, October 28, 2011
7 to 10 pm
On view through November 12, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Save Chicago Public Libraries!

On a personal note, Chicago's Mayor Emanuel released his proposed 2012 budget last week and wants to fire over 1/4 of the entire staff of the Chicago Public Library in a few months.  He also wants to cut hours on Mondays and Fridays.  This would affect service to the public tremendously especially since the library system laid off 120 Library Pages 2 years ago.  Pages put the books back on the shelves and have many other duties including working as clerical staff at the circulation desks.

This morning they announced that the rest of the Library Pages (146 of them) would be fired, as well as 24 Librarians, and 112 Clerks.  If you live in Chicago please contact your local alderman to put pressure on the mayor and to vote against this cut.

You can find the contact info for your local alderman here.
Info for the Mayor's office is listed here.

Don't Fret at Maxwell Colette

Don't Fret, a Chicago street artist whose drawings and work have also graced the walls of Brazil and beyond, will have a large solo show opening tomorrow night Saturday at the Maxwell Colette Gallery.  This exhibition also inaugurates the brand new West Town space for Maxwell Colette at a much more pedestrian friendly spot on Ashland Ave a block south of Augusta.  Maxwell Colette specializes in street art and has been instrumental in bringing several artists out to Chicago in the past year to share their work.

Here are some recent installation shots from their site, as well as new work on the streets of Chicago...

This should be a fun show and I highly recommend it.

Don't Fret: Man... the times... man
at Maxwell Colette Gallery
908 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Saturday, October 22, 2011
6pm to 9pm

Madison Zine Fest

Tomorrow Saturday is the Madison Zine Fest in Madison, WI.  A contingent of Chicago zinemakers including Erik of Junk Drawer will be out there.  There'll also be people from the Chicago Zine Fest present (I'm on the organizing committee).  This fest will be held as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival and is free to attend.  Full schedule and information in the link below.

Madison Zine Fest
Varsity Hall
Union South
1308 W Dayton St.
Madison, Wisconsin

Saturday, October 22, 2011
10am to 6pm


SUBP-A-ROHT has just released issue #2 of their drawing-oriented art zine.  Printed on oversize newsprint,  this free publication based in Thailand is dedicated to showcasing artwork by contemporary Southeast Asian artists and designers.  SUBP-A-ROHT is the brainchild of Logan Bay and Sandy Voratanitkitkul, who moved to Thailand from Chicago a few years ago.  Logan and Sandy began meeting many in the Thai art and design community and also started a site called Sook Yawd! to feature interviews with artists.  The title of the magazine is the English phonetic spelling of the word "pineapple" in Thai.

Issue #1 featured work by Thai artists.  Here are some pictures I shot at the local release at the Chicago Printers' Ball a few months ago...

The new monster/Halloween-themed issue #2 has expanded to also include contributors from Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, and Cambodia.

SUBP-A-ROHT will be available free tonight Friday at the MDW Fair in Bridgeport as well as a few other locations in Chicago.  It'll also be available in Miami, NYC, and San Francisco.

20 Years of Lumpen Magazine

I remember first exploring Wicker Park in the early 90's.  Back when the whole neighborhood was an interesting and slightly dangerous adventure.  I'd see people openly dealing drugs in the park, I witnessed a drive-by shooting around the corner by the Double Door, and the neighborhood was just starting to become a locus for the art scene in Chicago.  Within a few years, the Around the Coyote art festival was bringing thousands of people into the neighborhood to check out artists and their studios, which in turn sped up the gentrification of the neighborhood and its transformation into Lincoln Park West.

But in that period 20 years ago a lot of excellent independent galleries and organizations opened up in Wicker Park including Quimby's Bookstore, Myopic Books, Billy "Upski" Wimsatt's Vision Village (a hip-hop oriented activist center), The A-Zone (an anarchist community center) , the activist black bookstore Lit-X (in the basement where Starbucks and Flash Taco are now located), and galleries like Beret International and Ten-in-One. 

Another well curated and low budget art space that opened during that period was Buddy, which was the precursor to the vast Lumpen/Co-Prosperity Sphere/Public Media Institute/Version Fest/Select Fest/and Proximity magazine media and art empire that Edmar (Ed Marzewski) and friends currently run.  They also began Lumpen Magazine at that time.  

This was a period when new computer programs were allowing people to design and publish interesting magazines themselves.  Magazines would come and go, lasting only a few issues.  I'd pick up Lumpen with its mix of politics, art, and music coverage and then find another issue months later that was magically several issue numbers after the one I had last seen.  I started keeping an eye out for it every time I went to Wicker Park because I liked it and the drastically different cover designs that they had.  

Well, 117 issues later they've now reached their 20th anniversary.  This is an amazing run for any kind of publication and I'd just like to say congratulations!   They've carried articles on timely topics that I first read about there, they've been a source of independent comics, and their pages have also functioned as a diary of the Chicago art scene, including the infamous Party Steve columns.

The special all-color 20th anniverary edition of Lumpen will be released free at the MDW Fair tonight (which I wrote about below) as well as other spots in Bridgeport.

In addition to the 80-page issue there'll also be a 24-page bonus publication inside featuring highlights from previous issues...
Click on the covers to view all the image madness.

More info here on the Proximity magazine site.  You can also catch some of the old issues at Lumpen's former site.


Pop-UPtown is a new pop-up art event opening tonight in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood.  An area full of creative people but low on art exhibition spaces, this event will highlight local artists and DJ's.  It's free and runs from 6 to 11pm.

4664 N Broadway
Chicago, IL
In three storefronts across the street from the main entrance of the Red Line Wilson station

Friday, October 21, 2011
6 to 11pm

Thursday, October 20, 2011

MDW Fair

Fresh off the success of their inaugural edition this past spring, the Midway Fair (MDW) is back again at the Geolofts in Bridgeport.  Featuring several floors of exhibitions and publications, this fall edition will focus more on solo and duo art shows curated by various collectives, curators, artists, and independent galleries from around the country.  There'll also be a publishers' area on the 3rd floor.  Check out this link for the floorplans, schedules, and map to the Geolofts.

List of participants includes:
2612 Space
Alderman Exhibitions
Bad at Sports
Chicago Artists Coalition
BOLT Residency
Chicago Urban Arts Society
Devening Projects + Editions
Drawn Lots
Green Gallery
Happy Collaborationists
Harold Arts
High Concept Lab
The Hills
Hinge Gallery
Iceberg Projects
Trevor Martin
Abr Gallery
North Branch Projects
Old Seoul
Packer Schopf Gallery
Peanut Gallery
portage ARTspace
Reuben Kincaid
Roots & Culture
Sixty Inches From Center
Small Space
Spudnik Press
Uncle Freddy’s Treats
Linda Warren
Western Exhibitions
What It Is
Propeller Fund grantees 2010
Publishers and other organizations:
Alternative Press Center
AREA Magazine
Golden Age
Green Lantern Press
Klein Art works
Make Magazine
Neoteric Art
Proximity, Lumpen, Materiél
Soberscove Press

at the Geolofts
3636 S Iron St
Chicago, IL

Friday, October 21, 2011
from 8 to 11pm
Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 2011
from noon to 6pm
$5 admission

If you're taking public transportation an easy way to get there is to take the CTA Red Line to 35th St and then take the #35 35th st bus west to Iron St.  Or take the #8 Halsted bus to 35th st and walk several blocks west as well.  You can also get there from the Orange Line and from the Ashland bus.

There's free parking in the lot just south of the building.

Def Jam 25: A Conversation with Bill Adler and Cey Adams

Pilsen's Chicago Urban Art Society will be the first stop after the new Def Jam 25 record label book comes out in NYC this week.  Cey Adams and Bill Adler, Def Jam Records' original creative director and publicist respectively, wrote this book about the long and influential history of Def Jam.

The book features numerous interviews with perfomers and the people behind the scenes at the label, as well as photography by some great photographers including Glen E Friedman and Annie Leibovitz.

Cey Adams will have a slide presentation/talk about the book and there'll be a Q&A afterwards.

Def Jam 25: A Conversation with Bill Adler and Cey Adams
at the Chicago Urban Art Society
2229 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL

Friday, October 21, 2011
6 to 10 pm

3 Man Weave

Uriel Correa, Revise CMW, and Sam Alcarez will have a pop-up show opening tomorrow night Friday in a beautiful historic space on Chicago's West Side.  I'm a fan of Uriel's drawings and Revise's paintings.  I'm not familiar with Sam's work but if they invited him then it must be good.  There's going to be a tamale truck stationed outside as well as some craft beer.  It should be a fun time!

3 Man Weave: Uriel Correa, Revise CMW, and Sam Alcarez
2620 W Washington Blvd (corner of Talman & Washington)
Chicago, IL

Friday, October 21, 2011
6pm to 9:30pm

Saturday, October 15, 2011

OpenhouseChicago 2011

This weekend is OpenhouseChicago, where over 130 buildings, studios, houses, and other normally private locations will be open to the public for free tours.  Check out the link for the full list of locations.  There will also be shuttle buses to take you to places within the different featured neighborhoods.

Highlights include the Emil Bach house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Rogers Park, backstage areas of the Pritzker Pavilion at Millenium Park, the art deco murals at the former Chicago Motor Club building, and the former offices of the Chicago Tribune's publisher on the 24th floor of their building.

OpenhouseChicago 2011
Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16, 2011

Annual 18th St Open Studios

It's time once again for one my favorite art walks in Chicago.  Pilsen contains many more artists than the ones with studios in the Halsted St area.  This particular open studio weekend covers the entirety of Pilsen between 16th St and 24th St area and between Western and Halsted.  There's a lot of unusual spaces to explore and great artwork to discover.  There's a map and list of the over 40 participating locations in the link below.

18th St Open Studios
throughout the neighborhood of Pilsen
Chicago, IL

You can pick up maps at the studios and at Colibri Studio Gallery at 2032 W 18th St.  This is also where free buses will start their route to take you to different parts of the neighborhood.

Saturday & Sunday, October 15 and 16, 2011
Noon to 6pm

Le Petit Monstres

OhNo!Doom Gallery in Wicker Park opens a show tonight Saturday featuring work by artists/toy designers Abe Lincoln Jr, Scott Tolleson, and Patricio Oliver.  All three will have tiny monsteriffic work on display.  It should be a fun show.

Le Petit Monstres: Abe Lincoln Jr, Scott Tolleson, and Patricio Oliver
at OhNo!Doom Gallery
1800 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Saturday, October 15, 2011
6 to 10 pm
On view through November 5, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

There is a Wanderlust Growing in Your Bones

Daniel Danger will present new paintings and prints tonight Friday at Rotofugi Gallery in Lincoln Park.  Rotofugi will also unveil this new paper lantern featuring a design by Daniel...
Daniel Danger: There is a Wanderlust Growing in Your Bones
at Rotofugi
2780 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL

Snacks by Fritz Bakery and music by DJ Carrie Weston

Opening reception: Friday, October 14, 2011
7 to 10 pm
On view through November 6, 2011

Yesterday's Losers

Hebru Brantley will open a huge show of his paintings tonight Friday. There will also be an installation by Chicago graffiti artists honoring graffiti writer DARE, who was killed several weeks ago.  I've heard good things about this show from several people who've had a sneak peak.  Here's a video shot during the install...

Yesterdays Losers from Bradley Murray on Vimeo.

Hebru Brantley

Hebru Brantley: Yesterday's Losers
at 2150 S Canalport (between Chinatown and Pilsen)
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, October 14, 2011
6 to 9pm

Alberto Aguilar & Michelle Harris at Roots & Culture

Chicago artist Alberto Aguilar and Michelle Harris will have video work on display at Roots & Culture in West Town.  There's an opening reception tonight Friday.

Alberto Aguilar & Michelle Harris
at Roots & Culture
1034 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, October 14, 2011
On view through November 12, 2011

Saturday, October 08, 2011

James Gallagher at Pawn Works

Pawn Works in Ukrainian Village presents a collage show tonight Saturday by NYC-based artist James Gallagher.  James curated a traveling group show titled, "Cutters Edges" earlier this year featuring collage artists from around the globe.  Gestalten published a corresponding catalog for that show as well.  Tonight's show at Pawn Works should have some interesting work.

James also recently made some t-shirts for Stussy.  In this video he explains how he started working with collage....

Stussy - James Gallagher from Stussy on Vimeo.

James Gallagher: Frequent Fits
at Pawn Works
1050 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Saturday, October 8, 2011
7 to 10 pm

Tigers, Totems, and Tamales

Tonight Saturday is the closing party for the Tigers, Totems, and Tamales show at Oxala Gallery in Pilsen.  Featuring paintings and illustrative work by Chema Skandal, Diana Solis, and Eric Garcia.  Chema Skandal moved here to Chicago from Mexico a few years ago and I've enjoyed seeing his work popping up here and there.

Tigers, Totems, and Tamales
at Oxala Gallery
1653 W 18th. St
Chicago, IL

Closing reception: Saturday, October 8, 2011
6 to 9 pm

Friday, September 30, 2011

Verma and Radar Eyes at Favorite Records Chicago

I don't know anything about these two bands but I wanted to post this great flyer design by Joe Tallarico for  in-store sets by Verma and Radar Eyes at Favorite Records in Chicago.  Favorite Records specializes in 45's and just opened a few months ago in Wicker Park near the CTA Division Blue Line station.

Verma and Radar Eyes
at Favorite Records
1535 W Division
Chicago, IL

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sam Valenti & Michael Cina at Public Works 3

Public Works and Someodd Pilot present the final event in their month-long Public Works 3 speaker series tonight Friday.  Sam Valenti of Ghostly International Records and designer Michael Cina will speak from 7 to 9 pm tonight about their work and record label.  And then there'll be a dance party from 9 to 11 pm along with a bar hosted by Finch Beer Co and AIGA Chicago. 

You'll also have the opportunity to check out the Public Works 3 art exhibition featuring work by Evan Hecox, Michael Cina, Andy Jenkins, and Chris Strong.

Public Works 3 Speaker Series
at Public Works Gallery
1539 N Damen Ave, 2nd floor (next to the CTA Damen Blue Line Station)
Chicago, IL

Friday, September 30, 2011
Talk by Michael Cina and Sam Valenti from 7 to 9 pm
Dance party from 9 to 11 pm

Out Of Line

Jane George curated this show of 27 artists around the idea of lines.  Disrupting lines, using them as a graphic element, and more.

Out of Line
at Prak-Sis Gallery
1721 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Saturday, October 1, 2011
7 to 11pm
There will also be music by Onetwokno and Release

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Write Now: Artists & Letterforms

The Chicago Cultural Center has organized an exhibition dedicated to text and letterforms that will open this Friday evening.  There's a tremendous cross section of over 60 up and coming and established artists in this show including Bernard Williams, Michael Genovese, Christine Tarkowski, Nick Adam, Erik DeBat, Tom Burtonwood, Buzz Spector, Kathleen Judge, Harold Mendez, Cody Hudson, Matthew Hoffman, Aron Gent, Mario Gonzalez, Jr, Ray Noland, Tom Torluemke, Rick Valicenti, Rahmaan "Statik" Barnes, Dzine, Doug Fogelson, Dan Grzeca, and Chad Kouri.

The Chicago Rooms 
78 E Washington
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, September 30, 2011
5:30 to 7:30 pm
On view through April 29, 2012

In conjunction with this exhibition there will also be a talk with artists Mike Genovese, Bernard Williams, and Christine Tarkowski on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 6pm in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ballad of the Tattooed Lady

Artist Ellen Greene will show vintage leather gloves painted with tattoo flash designs at Firecat Projects in Bucktown this Friday evening.

Ellen Greene: Ballad of the Tattooed Lady
at Firecat Projects
2124 N Damen Ave

Opening reception: Friday, September 16, 2011
7 to 10 pm


Holy moly the Believe Inn is back in business after a two year hiatus.  Nestled in a side street in Bucktown this cozy gallery will present a group show this coming Friday.  There'll be an array of work by an excellent roster of artists including: Matthew Hoffman, Tom Torluemke, Lauren Feece, Chris Silva, Kim Frieders, Jourdon Gullett, Renee Robbins, Ruben Aguirre, Liza Berkoff, Doug Fogelson, Beth Pearlman, Anthony Lewellen, Eric Mecum, and Robert Stevenson. 

With their front yard (and uh, picnic table) this will be the end of summer art blowout you've been waiting for.

at the Believe Inn
2043 N Winchester
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, September 16, 2011
7 to 10 pm

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Year of Edie Fake

I was happy to hear that Chicago artist and Quimby's Books comic sommelier Edie Fake just won a 2011 Ignatz award for Outstanding Graphic Novel.  Honored for the mind blowing, Gaylord Phoenix, Edie was also nominated in several other categories.  Gaylord Phoenix is an intriguing and beautifully drawn story of a creature going on a journey and figuring itself out.

Edie has had a lot of amazing work out this year including cover work for Mildred Pierce magazine and the Gay Genius Anthology edited by Annie Murphy.

Edie was also featured in shows at UIC's Gallery 400, the NEXT Art Fair, and Columbia College's Center for Book and Paper in the past few months.  I'm pretty obsessed with the building drawing series that Edie's been working on recently.

Here's the poster that Edie designed for this year's 2011 Chicago Zine Fest....
And thus ends our proclamation that this is the Year of Edie Fake. Congrats Edie!