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Week Ends, Art Begins || January 13th – January 15th

FRIDAY || JANUARY 13th, 2012

New Formalisms 2: Curated by Abraham Ritchie
The follow up to the 2009 exhibition “Beautiful Form” at 65GRAND, “New Formalisms 2″ continues to explore painters making strongly geometric work. As stated in the title, this exhibition indicates new directions in formal painting.

All four artists, Samantha Bittman, Todd Chilton, Steven Husby and Melissa Oresky, maintain an intense attention to the formal aspects of painting: the application of paint or other media to the support, and the method by which this is achieved. While this is a similarity in their general approach to artmaking, each artist also expresses and follows his or her own specific interests, whether that is the interaction of color, the role of the handmade or the tension between flatness and depth. The results are exquisite artworks that both carry on and complicate a modernist approach to painting, while showing the enduring importance and appeal of aesthetics. In this, “New Formalisms 2″ proposes that instead of the common narrative of a single Modernism that neatly and linearly ends, there are in fact Modernisms that mutate, grow and live on, yielding startling new results within formalist rigor.

1369 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642
7:00 – 10:00pm

Hebru Brantley’s Open Studio
You’re all invited to a night for the arts with me! I’ll be hosting an open studio tonight.  Hope to see u there!

2150 S Canalport #4A-9
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 10:00pm

Emily Clayton’s recent work began as a series informed by sunsets, occult photography and stage curtains. Charged with spacial impossibilities, each are asking the viewer for the same thing, to willfully suspend disbelief. Distilling from this a sense of illusion and visual deception, the works are reduced to an atmospheric gradient of color. The series examines the two dimensional plane of an artificial horizon in relation to the stage and studio photography. They are backdrops, scenery, simulated landscapes all void of subject or performer. Situated within the historical tenet of process driven practices the work aims to exhibit a calculated control of material and form.

Roots & Culture
1034 N Milwaukee
Chicago, Illinois 60622
6:00 – 9:00pm

Laura Mackin: 120 Years
For her threewalls’ exhibition 120 Years, Mackin has worked with two physical collections of images: a collection of home movies (1946-2006) by a man named Dean and a collection of postcards from 1910-1968 predominantly mailed to a woman named Mrs. Ernest. With only these two collections to build from, Mackin remixes these materials into comparative grids, diptychs, collages and maps (both static and moving image) that look at landscape and travel through the idiosyncratic perspective of the vernacular. However ‘unknown’ to us the original authors or owners of the archives might be, Mackin’s nuanced and elegant treatment of these collections render characters from otherwise ambiguous materials while simultaneously furnishing a kind of elegiac lens with which to consider “America.”

119 N. Peoria #2C
Chicago, IL 60607
6:00 – 9:00pm

South Side Projections and Roxaboxen Exhibitions are pleased to present a Jack Smith themed night of titillation and entertainment. We will be screening Smith’s legendary and notorious film FLAMING CREATURES (1962, 43 min., 16mm) and Jill Godmilow’s film of Ron Vawter’s performance of Jack Smith’s play WHAT’S UNDERGROUND ABOUT MARSHMALLOWS (1996, 60 min., DVD). Godmilow will be on hand to discuss Smith’s influence on Vawter and the world at large. Then a performance by Chicago’s unclassifiable punk-performance art-rock band ONO will conclude the evening’s events.

Roxaboxen Exhibitions
2130 W. 21st Street
Chicago, Illinois
7:00 – 11:00pm
Suggested Donation $9

I Shall Be Released // Juried by Sergio Gomez
Join Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL, as we kick off 2012 with I Shall Be Released, an emotional and powerful exhibit juried exhibit featuring 30 artists from the Midwest chosen by juror Sergio Gomez (Director at 33 Contemporary, Chicago). Art exhibited represen…ts painting, drawing, printmaking, digital art, ceramic, sculpture, and mixed media. The artwork addresses a diverse mix of issues, from cultural and societal histories, to current sociopolitical issues, to personal evolutions and transformations. Themes such as oppression, love, loss, depression, evolution, identity, and the will to survive are represented and explored. Many of the pieces are obvious translations or narratives, and others are abstracted personal responses. In some cases the art itself serves as the means of overcoming.

I Shall Be Released will also debut a new painting by Chicago artist Cleveland Dean. This painting titled “Hidden in Clear View” was created specifically for this exhibit.

Union Street Gallery
1527 Otto Blvd.
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411
6:00 – 9:00pm

PROOF Book Release Party // Works by the 2010 UIC MFA Grads
The PROOF Book Release Party will be held in the historic library of the Southside Hub of Production (SHOP) at 5638 S. Woodlawn Ave. in Hyde Park. PROOF is an experimental art catalog, a collaboration between UIC’s 2010 class of MFA artists and critics from the art histor.y grad program. The book contains an introduction by Anthony Elms, founder of artist book publisher WhiteWalls, Inc. This is your chance to meet the artists and writers in PROOF and have them sign your copy, dance to the beats of Chaz Evans, and enjoy some craft brews from Red Flags Salo(o)n for just $3 each (suggested donation). We’ll also be serving fabulous cocktails, keeping in mind that our book is named PROOF! A limited number of books will be for sale, as will a limited edition silkscreen of the cover by PROOF’s designer, Mary Katie Leech. A portion of the proceeds will go to SHOP, a non-profit art and cultural center.

SHoP (Southside Hub of Production)
5638 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
7:00 – 10:00pm

Opening Reception for Netherland Exhibit // Work by David “Netherland” van Alphen
Artist/ gallery curator David “Netherland” van Alphen lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Though David’s family was from Holland, he was born in Toronto, and has been in Chicago for the last eight years. Being a child of the 70′s has influenced him greatly and is reflected in most of his work. Juxtaposing images, his color choices and the new modern context comes through his nostalgic imagery and helps to isolate and enhance them into a beautiful montage. David does not resize, photocopy or scan any of the images he uses. All images are cut directly from their original source and and pieced together to keep each piece unique. David has shown at many galleries throughout the U.S. and sold out his first solo show in January 2008.

Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery
2780 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60614
7:00 – 10:00pm

This show brings together three artists who deconstruct the ideologies inherent in our built environment. Susan Giles, Jeroen Nelemans, and David Salkin present new works that examine our experiences of cities, buildings, and nature, as well as the cultural conventions of their representation.

Susan Giles’ colossal site-specific sculpture envisions the unbuilt Chicago Spire as a crumpled skeleton, like a broken dream. Jeroen Nelemans questions the tradition of landscape art by manipulating so-called ‘beautiful’ found photographs of nature using post-production imaging effects. David Salkin exhibits drawings of improvisational mapping systems that are inspired by geometric patterns. The three artists critique three components of Chicago’s designed character: its iconic architecture (Giles), its systematic urban plan (Salkin), and its meticulous landscaping (Nelemans).

The Mission Projects
1431 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
6:00 – 9:00pm

Structures: Art, Music & Awesomeness @ New Wave Coffee
New Wave Coffee’s newest gallery show, Structures, offers a look at societal and artistic structures at play in work by three Chicago artists, Kristine Campbell, Robert Clarke and Charles Jurgus. The artists will be on hand, there will be music from Phillip Michael Scales of the band Briar Rabbit , and we will be offering limited edition buttons to benefit Chicago Anti-Hunger. Also, there will be snacks!

New Wave Coffee
3103 W Logan Blvd / 2557 N Milwaukee Ave
Logan Square, Chicago Illinois
6:00 – 8:00pm

SATURDAY || JANUARY 14th, 2012

Huck Gee Book Signing This Saturday @ Rotofugi
We’re happy to announce we’ll be hosting artist/creator Huck Gee for a book signing. Huck will be signing his new full-color retrospective, The Art of Huck Gee. We’ll have the regular edition (red cover) as well as the special signing tour edition (white cover) for just $35, while they last.

NOTE: We will begin handing out LINE TICKETS and selling books beginning when we open at 11am on the day of the signing. Huck usually draws a good size crowd wherever he goes, so PLEASE be sure to come by the store early and get a line ticket and purchase your book ahead of time if you can.

Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery
2780 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60614
6:00 – 8:00pm

Tax and Record Keeping Workshop @ Chicago Artist Coalition
Taxes are unavoidable, but they shouldn’t be incomprehensible. This workshop is designed for anyone involved in a creative practice seeking to enhance their knowledge of general tax preparation. Julie Herwitt will provide vital information about preparing a tax return, about when artists can declare their art as a business, about how to maintain records of art expenditures, and about maximizing art related deductions.

About the Speaker: Julie Herwitt is a Certified Public Accountant and a working artist.

Chicago Artists’ Coalition
217 N. Carpenter
Chicago, IL 60607
1:00 – 4:00pm
Cost: $20 for CAC Members, $40 for Non-Members

Hinge Gallery Exhibit Opening: Group Exhibition
Hinge Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a group exhibition featuring the work of six notable emerging artist curated by Hinge Gallery. This exhibition will include painting, drawing, and sculpture. There will also be a performance piece by Hannis Pannis at the opening reception. Artists include Corydon Cowansage, Aaron Delehanty, Brent Houston, Charles Mahaffee, MaryKate Maher, and Ryan Richey. Performance piece by Chris Lin and Ryan Richey of Hannis Pannis.

Hinge Gallery
1955 W Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622
6:00 – 9:00pm

Best Of Cast And Crew Show
Come join us for the opening of this local artist show featuring RGB Lounge Artists in their atmosphere. Check out art from local artists including Abdel Morched, Ralph Browne, Adam Mitchell, Morris Jamlang, Glyph Sputnik, Ivan Garcia, Lewis Graham Taylor, Edouard Pierre and Clone.

RGB Lounge
1420 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60622

I’M HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS: An exhibit of new works ‘by’ Aay Preston-Myint
In “I’m Here To Make Friends,” part of Happy Collaborationists’ ‘Nostalgia’ series, Aay Preston-Myint digs through eight years of friendships, roommates, lovers, spaces, and collectives to assemble a body of work for a “solo” show using collaboration as its foundation. This body of work explores the conceptual and ideological push-and-pull between ephemeral social practices and material-based, individual artistic practices, and then uses it as fodder for the artistic output itself. As the basis for working together, the artists navigate through the supposedly neutral territory of non-art objects commonly found in the apartment gallery (itself a site of nostalgia) – such as projection screens, pedestals, linens, furniture, and house plants. Infrastructures of domesticity, display, and performance are imagined as the ends, and not just the means, of aesthetic production. A consciously reductive, oblique approach reveals a tenuous grasp on shared experiences and identities, while at the same time providing new platforms (literal and figurative) on which acts of consumption, looking, posing/posturing, projection and reflection take place. More casually, the show could be described as a glorious failed attempt at visionary interior design and party planning.

I’M HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS is an exhibit of new works ‘by’ Aay Preston-Myint
featuring collaborations with and performances by Mark Aguhar, Claire Arctander, R.E.H. Gordon, Dan Luedtke, Rebecca Mir, Alexander Valentine, Viktor Van Bramer, Charles Vinz, Xina Xurner and Latham Z…earfoss

Happy Collaborationists Exhibition Space
1254 N Noble
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 10:00pm

Veronica Bruce @ threewalls January/February Artist-in-Research Resident
threewalls recently took back the Golden Age bookstore space and turned it over to our Artist-in-Research resident Veronica Bruce. She’ll be hosting open hours for her evolving installation every Saturday from January 14 to February 10 from 12 to 2 PM. Come by and visit!

Veronica Bruce works across multiple disciplines of sculpture, photography, painting and hybrids of these genres with the vocabulary of painting at the core. During her residency with threewalls she plans to continue this practice of observation, play and interaction with materials, while also working towards establishing a connection for artists to give and take “unwanted” materials at Chicago facilities. If you are an artist who utilizes found or discarded materials in Chicago please contact her at For more information visit

Each week there will be a new version of the piece with new photographs and/or paintings to accompany it on view at threewalls from 12 pm to 2 pm.

Round One: January 14, 12 pm to 2 pm
Round Two: January 21, 12 pm to 2 pm
Round Three: January 28, 12 pm to 2 pm
Round Four: February 4, 12 pm to 2 pm
Final Format: February 10 (Friday night) time TBD

119 N. Peoria #2C, North
Chicago, Illinois 60607
12:00 – 5:00pm
*Veronica will be present from 12 to 2 PM

SUNDAY || JANUARY 15th, 2012

This film walk will be a bit different (and of course even better) than last year.
We will meet at Caribou Coffee across from the Bean (Cloud Gate) on Michigan Ave.
Two Photographers will win surprise gifts!!!! Make sure to bring biz. cards with you. Feel free to bring your significant other or a guest (free)
This will be another great opportunity to make new friends.
If anyone wold like to stick around we will have some photography talk /round table discussion at nearby coffee house.

*CAMERA/GEAR requirements: Bring what you can carry. Film cameras encouraged of course! And please take a look at before you arrive.

Caribou Coffee Company
20 N Michigan Ave Frnt 3
Chicago, IL 60602
2:00 – 4:00pm
Entry cost $10 (Pay at arrival)

OTHER FLOWERS is made up of a series of manipulated cross-stitch patterns on paper. The patterns were found in a town near to the site of the ACRE artist residency in rural Wisconsin and were hand-sewn with embroidery floss, which was dyed using a variety of plants from the property. Using these patterns as a starting point, the work magnifies the tension between abstraction and representation present in traditional needlework. By repeating and collaging pieces from the larger patterns into new forms, the past is obscured but always present in the work. The muted colors mimic a connection to place and history faded by time and memory.

ACRE Projects
1913 W 17th Street
Chicago, Illinois
4:00 – 8:00pm


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