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!

Friday, September 09, 2011

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts

This weekend is the 7th edition of the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts.  This year Anna Cerniglia of Johalla Projects was invited to curate a section of the festival at Broadway and Roscoe.  I'm glad to be taking part in it this year.  I'll be working with the Chicago Zine Fest and Grime Time Magazine.  There'll be a lot of things to see and do in our part of the fair including live art by Brooks Golden and Drastic, new t-shirts and prints by Grime Time, zine workshops, brand new things at the ITSOKLANDIA booth by Matthew Hoffman, Steff Bomb and her amazing handmade plush creations and music by DJ's British Knights.

The rest of the fair will feature work by over 150 more artists.  It should be a fun time.

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts
Broadway between Belmont and Roscoe
Saturday & Sunday September 10 & 11, 2011
10am to 6pm Saturday
10am to 5pm Sunday

Renegade Chicago

Fall brings us the latest edition of the grandpappy of craft fairs, Renegade.  I always find great screenprints here.  There'll be over 300 artists on hand and lots of great work to check out.

Chicago Renegade Craft Fair
Division St at Damen Ave
Chicago, IL

Saturday and Sunday September 10 and 11, 2011
11am to 7pm

Alex Webb at Stephen Daiter Gallery

Photojournalist Alex Webb, a member of the Magnum photo agency, will have a show opening tonight Friday at Stephen Daiter Gallery in River North.

Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light
at Stephen Daiter Gallery
230 W Superior St
4th Floor
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, September 9, 2011
Exhibition on view through October 29, 2011

Cody Hudson Jason Lazarus at Andrew Rafacz Gallery

Chicago artists Cody Hudson and Jason Lazarus will both have solo shows opening at Andrew Rafacz tonight Friday in the West Loop

Cody Hudson: They Both Ride Horses
Jason Lazarus: The Search
at Andrew Rafacz Gallery
835 W Washington
2nd floor
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, September 9, 2011
4 to 7pm
On view through October 15, 2011

Public Works 3

Tonight's the opening of the third iteration of the art and design show, Public Works.  Being shown in the new Public Works space located in a large vintage loft next to the Damen Blue Line station in Wicker Park, Public Works 3 will contain work by Evan Hecox, Chris Strong, Andy Jenkins, and Michael Cina.

Public Works 3
at Public Works Gallery
1539 N Damen Ave
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL

Opening reception:  Friday, September 9, 2011
7 to 11 pm
On view through October 15, 2011

William Stapes at 65Grand

Williams Staples explores the structural framework behind canvases by opening up the surface of his paintings in this show opening tonight Friday at 65Grand in West Town.

Williams Staples:  Picture Framing
at 65Grand
1369 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL

Opening reception:  Friday, September 9, 2011
7 to 10 pm
On view through October 8, 2011

Mystical Outlaw Rebel Baaddaasss Drawings

The Prince of the Power of the Air or Lucifer G. Carmichael, 2011
ink, salt, watercolor, metallic pigments, spray, and crayon on Bristol paper, 14 x 17
Boasting the best title of any show this weekend, Thomas Robertello Gallery in the West Loop will present a drawing show by Jason Robert Bell.  Jason will have autobiographical mixed media work and drawings on display.

Jason Robert Bell: Mystical Outlaw Rebel Baaddaasss Drawings
at Thomas Robertello Gallery
27 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, September 9, 2011
6 to 8 pm
On view through October 15, 2011

Ed Paschke: Early Paintings and Drawings

Ed Paschke
Untitled, ca. 1960s
Graphite and ink wash on paper
21 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches
Russell Bowman Art Advisory in River North will open a show of early paintings, drawings, and a fabric piece by the late Ed Paschke from the late 60's and early 70's.  This space always manages to find rare pieces by Chicago and outsider artists that you probably won't see again for many years.  There's always something interesting in their shows.

Ed Paschke
Cleon, 1974
Pencil on Paper
24 x 17 1/2 inches
Ed Paschke: Early Paintings and Drawings
at Russell Bowman Art Advisory
311 W Superior
Suite 115
Chicago, IL

Opening reception:  Friday, September 9, 2011
5:30 to 8pm
On view through October 29, 2011

Maria Gaspar at Woman Made Gallery

Versatile Chicago artist, Maria Gaspar, has a solo show opening tonight at Woman Made Gallery in West Town.  She'll show a series of sculptures, drawings, and a site-specific work.

Maria Gaspar:  All That Also Means to See
at Woman Made Gallery
685 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, September 9, 2011
6 to 9 pm
On view through October 27, 2011

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Cartoon Ink!

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago presents a huge show of artwork by comic artists opening this Friday.  Curated by Jeremy Tinder, Christa Donner, and Surabhi Ghosh, this show will feature an extensive selection of work by artists like Chris Ware, Lilli Carre, Jeffrey Brown, and Anders Nilsen.

Cartoon Ink!:  Emerging Comics in Context
at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Betty Rymer Gallery
280 S Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, September 9, 2011
4:30 to 7pm
On view through October 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Dia de Muertos XXV

Chicago's National Museum of Mexican Art is presenting their 25th year of celebrating Day of the Dead in their Pilsen exhibition space.  In addition to work like this ceramic piece by Francisco Flores
 and this linocut lithograph by Cesar A. Martinez this Friday's opening will also feature a new installation piece by Juan Angel Chavez titled, Neptuno.

Dia De Muertos XXV
and Neptuno by Juan Angel Chavez
at the National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St
Chicago, IL

Free opening reception: Friday, September 9, 2011
6pm to 8:30pm
Dia de Muertos will be on view through December 11, 2011
Neptuno will be on view through January 8, 2012

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Get busy with Busy Beaver Button Company

Join Chicago's Busy Beaver Button Co this Friday as they unleash their newest series of Button-O-Matic artist designed buttons.  Titled, "Superhero!", this series will feature buttons designed by some of my favorite artists in the city including Laura Park, Jay Ryan, Lilli Carre, Shawnimals, Jeffrey Brown, Anders Nilsen, and the people behind OhNo!Doom.  There'll also be buttons by some people that are new to me like Box Brown, Cakespy, and Wolf Gnards.

3279 W Armitage
Chicago, IL

Friday, September 9, 2011
6 to 9pm
Mask and cape are optional
First 50 guests get a super gift bag!
Free beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery and Revolution Brewing, snacks from Pepperoni King and Nice Cream, and a free photo booth by Magnolia Photo Booth Co.
It should be a fun time.

Monday, September 05, 2011

High & Tight

Ted Boggs will have a solo show of new work opening this Friday at Casualiving in the West Loop.  Will he show photography?  Paintings?  A popsicle stick sculpture?  Who knows but whatever it is I'm sure it'll be great!

Ted Boggs:  High & Tight
at Casualiving
119 N Peoria
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Friday, September 9, 2011
5 to 10 pm

It's time for more art!

I'm back on here after a short break.  Chicago is always fun in the summer but the beginning of September is when every gallery and art space in town kicks off their exhibition schedules.  The majority of shows will all open this Friday, September 9th.  I'll be posting shows for this weekend all week....