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Week Ends, Art Begins || January 20th – January 22nd

FRIDAY || JANUARY 20th, 2012

Opening Reception // STUCK UP: A Selected History of Alternative & Pop Culture Told Through Stickers
Maxwell Colette Gallery and DB Burkeman are excited to present STUCK UP: A selected history of alternative & pop culture told though stickers. This museum-quality traveling exhibition, curated by Burkeman from his extensive personal collection, provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore the expanding role that stickers have played in popular culture over the past four decades. STUCK UP… features stickers from Street Art legends (Banksy, Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Space Invader, KAWS), and internationally lauded contemporary artists (Andy Warhol, Jenny Holzer, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Tom Sachs) shown side by side with anonymous stickers peeled from the streets of NYC.

Maxwell Colette Gallery
908 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 10:00pm
FREE

Unfolding Space | An Architecture of Moments
A perceptual investigation of place by architect Charlotte Page with contributed work by preeminent mezzotint artist Yozo Hamaguchi.

Floating World Gallery
1925 N. Halsted Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60614
6:00 – 8:00pm
FREE

Quarterly Site #9
In collaboration with CAC’s Hatch Projects, Twelve Galleries Project presents Quarterly Site #9: Support curated by female design collective Quite Strong. The exhibition showcases two communities of visual creatives-HATCH Projects artists and Quite Strong Lust List designers.

Featuring installations by HATCH Projects artists including Amanda Greive, Renee Prisble, Brittany Ransom, David Wittig, Jim Zimpel and Marissa Lee Benedict

Art and design works by Quite Strong Lust List designers including Alanna MacGowan, Cave Party Collective, Firebelly Design, Elaine Fong, José Scaglione, Julia Stotz, Katherine Verhoeven, Linsey Burritt, Margot Harrington, Monina Velarde, Nancy A. Bernardo, Nancy McCabe, Nicole Lavelle, Renata Graw, Tinne Van Loon, Tonya Douraghy, Veronica Corzo-Duchardt, Veronika Burian and Zara Picken

Chicago Artists’ Coalition
217 North Carpenter
Chicago, IL 60607
6:00 – 9:00pm
FREE

REVOLUTION 2012: OPENING RECEPTION & EXHIBIT
The word revolution inspires reactions and emotions of varying degrees. To some, it’s fighting words. To others, it’s hope. To the artists involved in the special exhibit titled “Revolution 2012”, it is artistic expression. Change is constantly happening around the world, and currently the middle class worldwide is standing together to insist change happen for them, for us, for the 99%. The artwork for this exhibit portrays where artists think 2012 will take us. The artwork will be displayed in a group exhibit “Revolution 2012”, at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago from January 17th to February 26th, 2012. An opening reception, free to the public, will be held Friday, January 20th from 6 – 9pm.

Jackson Junge Gallery
1389 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
6:00 – 9:00pm
FREE

ASCENT
Homa Shojaie presents ASCENT, an installation that investigates the material space of canvas to explore archetypal personas. Shojaie’s new work creates a meditative space that builds on the potential of canvas while metaphorically referencing the body. As the warps and the wefts of the raw canvas are methodically peeled away, layers of meaning reveal the subject’s emotional landscape. Hovering on the edges of painting, architecture, sculpture and text, Shojaie’s installation references a zone that never fully attaches itself to any one discipline. Instead, ASCENT is continuously shifting, carefully diffusing the boundary of the threads found in the frayed canvas, simultaneously revealing everything and nothing.

Chicago Artists’ Coalition
217 North Carpenter
Chicago, IL 60607
6:00 – 9:00pm
FREE

DRESSING THE LOOM // new works by ALEX MILLER + LORRAINE BARGER
DRESSING THE LOOM is a collaborative large-scale installation by ACRE resident Alex Miller and Lorraine Barger. Taking inspiration from the process and structure of weaving and presenting it in an abstracted sculptural form, Miller and Barger break down weaving into basic concepts: line, tension, organization, building and layers. This then emphasizes the beauty of the warp (the vertical element of a woven fabric, threaded on the loom) at the point before weaving begins. Walking with the warp provides quiet meditation and an exploration of the state between tension and potential.

THE PLAINES PROJECT
1822 S Des Plaines St.
Chicago, Illinois
7:00 – 10:00pm
FREE

2012 National Wet Paint Exhibition | Make Sound Exhibition and Performance
The National Wet Paint Exhibition and Make Sound Exhibition and Performance is a painting and sound exhibition by MFA candidates and recent MFA recipients.

Curated by Sergio Gomez, Wet Paint 2012 is an outlook and an overview of top MFA painting programs in the United States. Now on its third year, this growing and highly competitive juried exhibition will bring to Chicago some of the most talented emerging artists in the country. Wet Paint 2012 takes place from January 20 to March 10 in the spacious main gallery of the Zhou B Art Center.

Make Sound 2012, curated by Julia Miller, Eric Leonardson, and Christopher Preissing, is an inaugural partner sound exhibition to Wet Paint. MFA candidates and recent MFA recipients in sound art, installation, and performance will be honored and exhibited alongside those in Wet Paint. Now in its first year, Make Sound 2012 will focus on Chicago-based artists, expanding to national submission-based curatorial efforts in the future.

Zhou B Art Center
1029 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
7:00 – 10:00pm
FREE

Night of Insight : Re-Frame: Communing
Please join Insight Arts as we present our first winter series’ Nights of Insight on Friday, January 20 from 7 to 9 PM at Rumble Arts Center (3413 W North Ave). This is an accessible event.

This month we will be Re-Framing Community (facilitated by Baraka de Soleil) exploring issues and challenges artists face in the creative process. Topics to be explored include community, gender politics and artists’ vulnerabilities. Participants will also get the chance to experience the process of Re-Frame.

Last month artists participating in Re-Frame: A Gathering, a D UNDERBELLY initiative curated by Awilda Rodríguez Lora and Baraka de Soleil, sought to create a communal space for rigorous experimentation and investigation of an expansive performance aesthetic. They offered three unique showings of their process in partnership with Insight Arts, Rumble Arts Center and Links Hall.

Rumble Arts Center
3413 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
7:00 – 9:00pm
FREE

Reception: Global Cities, Model Worlds + The World Finder
Join us for an opening reception for two exhibitions on mega-events, architecture and urbanism: Global Cities, Model Worlds and The World Finder, both running January 20 through March 3, 2012.

Global Cities, Model Worlds by Ryan Griffis, Lize Mogel, and Sarah Ross is an exhibition that explores the spatial and social impacts of “mega events,” such as the Olympics and World’s Fairs. The host cities of these international spectacles seek to transform themselves into “global cities” through planning, architecture, and ideology. Locally, these events pave the way for redevelopment projects that can create new public resources such as parks, stadiums, or transportation infrastructure, but often result in significant displacement of residents or industry, reinforcing existing inequalities.

Gallery 400
400 S Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60622
5:00 – 8:00pm
FREE

LOSSY: Jeremy Bolen, Raquel Ladensack, Christopher Meerdo and Paul Nelson
Lossy presents four artists that have invested heavily in the limitations of the photographic medium and respond to this contemporary notion of ubiquity and propagation. Both the analog and the digital contain a kind of interference, a warble, which give us clues to the underpinnings of the construction of language. Photography, often considered to be a hyper-manicured and infallible system of referentiality, is a medium that typically strives for accuracy, clarity, and analogous representation. Lossy presents a decidedly antithetical position to the regularity of photographic representation. The four, while formally trained in photography, seek to push the boundaries of the photographic medium through film, painting, sculpture, and installation.

Roots and Culture
1034 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 9:00pm
FREE

Group and Solo Shows Opening at WMG
Group show “20 in Their Twenties” juried by Betsy Odom with works by Indrani Ashe, An-Li Cheng, Kari Cholnoky, Missy Hammond Dunaway, Alexandria Eregbu, Rachel Fay, Silvia Gonzalez, Kate Hampel, Alyce Haliday McQueen, Monika Meler, Emily Moorhead, Liz Moretti, Eileen Mueller, Gaia Nardie-Warner, Allison Nault, Zahra Nazari, Anna Reich, Stacie Scott, Leah Shirley, Jamie Steele. Solo shows by Alexandria Eregbu and Betsy Odom. January 20 – February 23, 2012

Woman Made Gallery
685 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
6:00 – 9:00pm
FREE

SATURDAY || JANUARY 21st, 2012

The 4th Annual Winter Block Party for Chicago’s Hip-Hop Arts
This year’s ALL-DAY FREE Party will feature a graffiti and street gallery, a film screening, a literary event, breakdancing exhibitions, the Emcee Olympics, the Hip-Hop Barbershop, live painting by Ruben Aguirre, music all afternoon by some of Chicago’s best DJs, and more.

First held in January 2009, this all-ages, all-city celebration of Chicago’s new and emerging artists of the hip-hop generation is truly a chance for everybody from anywhere to experience the breadth and style, multiple elements and forms of the hip-hop arts.

Join us for the 2012 culminating event: “Legends of the BodyRock: An All-City 3-on-3″ beginning at 8pm (doors at 7:30pm). This retrospective on the history of breakdancing in Chicago will include feature interviews and archive footage, live guests, and the semi-final and final rounds of a live head-to-head “3 on 3” dance battle hosted by Legendary Brickheadz.

Metro Chicago
3730 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613
12:00pm – 11:00pm
Purchase Tickets HERE

Book Signing Event with DB Burkeman & Martha Cooper
Maxwell Colette Gallery and DB Burkeman are excited to present STUCK UP: A selected history of alternative & pop culture told though stickers. This museum-quality traveling exhibition, curated by Burkeman from his extensive personal collection, provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore the expanding role that stickers have played in popular culture over the past four decades. STUCK UP… features stickers from Street Art legends (Banksy, Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Space Invader, KAWS), and internationally lauded contemporary artists (Andy Warhol, Jenny Holzer, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Tom Sachs) shown side by side with anonymous stickers peeled from the streets of NYC.

On Friday, January 20th Maxwell Colette Gallery and DB Burkeman will host the exhibitions opening reception from 6pm – 10pm. Then on Saturday, January 21st the gallery will host a book signing from 1pm – 3pm featuring DB Burkeman and the celebrated photographer, author, and self- described sticker thief Martha Cooper. Concurrent with these happenings, the gallery will present a selection of new sticker-based collage work from the ever-talented Chris Mendoza, and will showcase an incarnation of “Slap Happy”, the charity sticker invitational that made its debut as a part of SCOPE 2011 in Miami. This will be the only place outside of that art fair where the limited edition stickers and signed black books from the project will be available to view and purchase in person.

Maxwell Colette Gallery
908 N Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
1:00 – 3:00pm
FREE

De-Mystifying the Art Critic
De-mystifying the Art Critic surfaced out of a conversation with contemporary, emerging Chicago artists and intends to define the current climate of art criticism and break down the relationship between artist and art critic. Representing local and international, print and web-based publications, this dynamic panel (Duncan MacKenzie , Lane Relyea, Lori Waxman, and James Yood) moderated by BOLT artist-in- residence Stacia Yeapanis will speak to both the theoretical and practical considerations of art criticism for both art writers and artists.

Chicago Artists’ Coalition
217 North Carpenter
Chicago, Illinois
1:00 – 3:00pm

To purchase tickets, please call 312.491.8888 or click HERE to purchase online. Price: $5 for Students and Non-Members, free for CAC Members.

SUNDAY || JANUARY 22nd, 2012

Cathy Wilkes Opening Reception and Artist Talk
“I Give You All My Money”, is an installation by Irish artist, Cathy Wilkes. The opening reception will also include a conversation with the artist from 5 to 6pm in Kent Hall, Room 107 (directly northeast of Cobb Hall on the University of Chicago quadrangle).

Over the past five years, Irish artist Cathy Wilkes (b. 1966) has garnered international attention for her installations whose signature elements are set amongst, and outfitted with, accoutrements of an abject, quotidian nature. Wilkes’ highly subjective work consists of objects (strollers, soiled dishes, dolls, dried flower petals) that recur as symbolic leitmotifs. Her process of selection and arrangement of materials is measured and refined, drawing equally on a precise formal language and the most intimate of personal experiences to create a compelling autobiographical thread. The Renaissance Society will present “I Give You All My Money” whose title, like that of several other works, has a biblical reference regarding sacrifice.

The Renaissance Society
5811 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
4:00 – 7:00pm
FREE

NOT ALL DAYS ARE THE SAME; A CONTEMPLATION OF TRANSITS
Through sculptural subtleties, Bovinich examines the accidental and insignificant gestures that speak to a living body. If identity is made up of an individual’s actions, how do we compute the resulting sculptures of existence: hand-written notes, a bodily indentation on a couch, wipe marks on the bathroom mirror—all objects that shadow us momentarily and precede us inevitably. Inspired by celestial transits such as Jupiter’s moon, Io, whose shadow leads its path across the surface of Jupiter; Bovinich draws attention to the remnants of living within transient time.

KAREN BOVINICH is an installation and performance artist. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Columbia College in 2010. In 2008, Bovinich started a collaborative live sculpture group known as Before Cake, After Dinner (BC,AD). She now participates as half of the newly formed collaboration, Jesus Mejia & Ruth. Bovinich currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

RoxaBoxen Exhibitions
2130 W 21st Street
Chicago, Illinois 60608
7:00 – 10:00pm
FREE

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