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Weekly Guide to Art in Chicago // January 30th – February 5th, 2012

Our weekly calendar is a list of visual art related events happening in Chicago. The events that we choose are loosely curated based on the information that is put in front of us. If you would like to take advantage of having your event listed on our website please send a press release to nicolettecaldwell(at)

TUESDAY || JANUARY 31st, 2012

Re-Thinking Soup: Cultivating Creative Civil Disobedience
Nicolas Lampert and Emmanuel Pratt discuss how artists create a culture of resistance. Pratt is an urban planner, artist, and Executive Director of the Sweet Water Foundation. He was recently in residence at the Hyde park Art Center and has shown his work at the Studio Museum of Harlem. Lampert is an interdisciplinary artist and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. Lampert’s recent Chicago-based projects include a 2009 mud stencil action with TAMMS Year Ten, a 2009 sign project that involved working with the Rain Forest Action Network, and the 2010 street art campaign with Justseeds and Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Pratt and Lampert’s work verges on community engagement, sustainability, collaboration, and civil disobedience.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S. Halsted street
Chicago, IL 60607
12:00 – 1:00pm

I Am Logan Square Presents Industry Night: Film
Industry Night is a professional arts networking series happening the last Tuesday of every month. Come connect with emerging and established professionals and rub elbows with esteemed personalities in your arts industry.

Special Guests:
Nelson Carvajal: Digital Filmmaker, Bridgework Pictures
Shaylah Kloska: Marketing Director, The Logan Theatre
David Schmüdde: Executive Producer, EarthCircle Films LLC & Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Art

2710 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 8:00pm
Admission $15 – Includes open beer, sangria bar and appetizers.
Space is limited and RSVP is required – Email



In our era of super-technologies and hyper-infrastructures, the gap between body and mind seems to become exponentially smaller and blurred. The link between the physical world around us and ideology seamlessly blend into one another, as one is borne from the other in no discernible order. The niches we establish are formed by ever more calculated measures, which we perceive as extensions of our selves. In so doing, our person- our physical being – not only becomes one with external stimuli, but exists with infinite potential. It is possible now for us to immortalize our selves, not through God, but by becoming gods of our own.

The process for producing these works has been one of collecting and combining distinct visual elements from one overarching theme, and combining them in a collage-like manner. The elements presented in a piece, though visually cohesive, are meant to be brought together in the viewer’s mind in an intuitive manner. The shapes, colors, and objects brought together in these works exist through a kind of dream logic, whereby these elements ebb and flow between being singular parts and being a singular unit.

Johalla Projects
1821 West Hubbard
Chicago, Illinois 60622
7:00 – 10:00pm

‘In Opposition’ Opening Reception
‘In Opposition’ features photographs that depict contrasting social themes, juxtapose the natural and man-made worlds or portray people, places or things that are in direct visual or philosophical opposition with a single image, among other interpretations.

Images by the following photographers will be featured: Lloyd DeGrane, Brooke Herbert Hayes, Michael Jackson, David Kamba, Ron Gordon, Ken Ilio, Emily Long, Paul Natkin, Marcia Palazzolo, Tom Palazzolo, Jeff Phillips, Marc PoKempner, Alfred Rasho, Ron Seymour, Damon Shell, Jean Sousa, Sandy Steinbrecher, Alan Teller and Matt Tuteur.

The collective is a group of 30 established photographers whose methods and subject matter run the photographic gamut: digital and film, black and white and color, portraits, street photography, abstracts and documentary.

Block 37 building (just inside the entrance)
108 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60602
5:00 – 8:00pm

Film Is Dead: Edges Of The Digital Frame
“Film Is Dead: Edges of The Digital Frame” is a radical video exhibition that celebrates the new wave of underground cinema. Incorporating aspects of video appropriation, off-kilter narratives and culturally conscious video mash-ups, the works of Nelson Carvajal and Amir George represent an underexposed avenue of truly independent filmmaking—one that steers clear of traditional “film school” tropes and textbook rhetoric. Film Is Dead: Edges of the Digital Frame, a video exhibition that celebrates the new wave of underground cinema, will open on Thursday, February 2nd from 6 to 8:30 pm, at the I Am Logan Square Gallery, located at 2644 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Revolution Brewing will be providing its signature bacon fat popcorn and seasonal beer for the reception accompanied by delicious treats by Paper Moon Pastry.

Carvajal, the exhibition’s curator and featured artist, helped launch Cinefile, a niche online networking platform for independent filmmakers. His handheld camera technique was a topic point in Jim Emerson’s (editor of essay “Screw the Tripod” earlier last year. George is the head programmer behind the Cinema Culture. His festival platforms have included the likes of the Seen and Heard Music Video Showcase (in collaboration with Chicago Filmmakers) and guest curating a Salonathon video event for the Chicago Underground Film Festival.

I AM Logan Square
2644 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
6:00 – 8:30pm

FM*CLUB – Artists Talk Series at FM*Gallery
All of the artists will talk about their technique, inspiration, and why the heck they did what they did for the F*ck Em show. This will be the first of monthly sessions where a featured artist will discuss their upcoming work or solo show. Maybe you’ll even see one of them punch a gallery director in the mouth! A great way to find out more about what we are doing at FM*.

“The first rule of FM*CLUB.. is that we talk at FM*CLUB.”

310 N Peoria St
Chicago, IL 60607
6:30 – 9:30pm


FRIDAY || FEBRUARY 3rd, 2012

Watie White @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
The Chicago Project is highlighting the work of artist Watie White. An intermediary, whose traditional selection of mediums, printmaking, painting and drawing, benefits White’s exquisite skill in interpreting our fundamental experiences. A catalog of the Chicago Project will be available at the Teachers Lounge Project Space at DePaul University. The Chicago Project is curated by Jim Duignan.

Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219-21 South Morgan Street
Chicago Illinois, 60608
6:00 – 8:00pm

Antonia Gurkovska : Index
Kavi Gupta is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition for Antonia Gurkovska entitled Index. Using materials that stand on the periphery of painterly tradition, such as vinyl, latex, staples, packing material, and found fabrics, Gurkovska’s works are critical of the repetitious gestures, marks and interior formal structures that define their aesthetic. Reminiscent of artists Lucio Fontana, Gustav Metzger and Rudolf Stingel the works Gurkovska has included in Index are deliberate in their rough hewn state and almost always involve a cutting or puncturing of the pictorial plane. Works like the eponymous Index (2011) or Holes Of Steel (2011) are epitomic of Gurkovska’s use of negative space or the absence of material as a primary subject in a work’s composition. However, unlike the Arte Povera approach of Fontana, Gurkovska’s work often presents this canvas cutting only to unveil a secondary plane beneath, suggesting that the aesthetic structure that gives a work its form is never singular, but multiple and fractal.

Kavi Gupta
835 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60607
6:00 – 9:00pm

Employing salvaged cardboard to construct her water tower support structures, Dluzen draws parallels to the scavenging history of the forms. The individual sculptures are lined up and stacked on top of one another to create a skyline composed entirely of these formerly functional objects. In this way, Dluzen presents the supports and the city’s landscape in a new light, and restores a bit of this outmoded architecture’s glory. Works by Robin Dluzen, photographs produced by New Bound Media and curated by MK Meador. Exhibition runs through February 19th.

The Charnel House
3421 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
6:00 – 9:00pm

‘A Series of Poor Decisions’ Artwork by Brian Beard
Come check out the latest gallery show, warm up with libations and sandwiches by Bánh Mì & Co. Brian Beard has been living and drawing in Chicago for the past 6 years. His mom wanted him to be an architect, but instead he’s drawing pictures of sloths playing flutes. Brian’s darkly humorous vignettes, realistically rendered in watercolors and ink, illustrate a world where worst-case scenarios are the norm and misunderstandings have hilariously terrible consequences.

2917 1/2 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
6:00 – 10:00pm

Lillstreet Art Center First Fridays
Visit Artist Studios filled with pottery, prints, sculpture, jewelry, paintings and photography! Music will be provided by Andrew Francis! For information on which artist will be participating at Lillstreet see the Lillstreet Studios Facebook Page or the Lillstreet Studios Website.

Lillstreet Art Center
4401 North Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, Illinois
6:30 – 9:00pm

The Sweet Goddess Project
The Sweet Goddess Project is a multimedia dance theater work exploring women’s experiences in Chicago House music and dance culture. While women have long been essential to the sounds and scenes of house as vocalists, dancers and DJs, this urban performance tradition is often narrated as a male-dominated practice and cultural space. Conceived by Meida McNeal. Choreography in collaboration with Abra Johnson, Boogie McClarin and Ni’Ja Whitson. Restaged by Meida McNeal, Abra Johnson & Boogie McClarin. More info and tickets HERE.

Friday, February 3 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 4, 8:00 pm

Ballroom Theater of the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center
10 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL

Ian Ferguson // Gold Huffing
Ian Ferguson is a visual artist/musician living in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. In this solo exhibition “Gold Huffing”, Ian aims to visually narrate the dramatic scenarios of the “hermtrogladites”, a term for his imagined hermaphrodite cave dwelling characters. Depicted in indecipherable landscapes, these “herms” play out intense narratives of “Gold Huffing”. The herms are possessed by gold and barter for drugs and other substance in a cultural tableaux. In Ian’s words the herms “are still possessed by power and set gold bricks ablaze in surrounding tar pits in order to inhale the fumes to get high. The gold fumes crystallize inside their lungs, rapidly shrinking brain mass, causing radical retardation, consciousness depletion, separation from motor function and greediness on the highest-level imaginable.” All this and more will graze the walls of One Strange Bird on February 3rd, 2012. Come by from 6:00 – 9:00 for an opening celebration with live dj’s and drinks.

One Strange Bird (and Lady Bird)
2515 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
6:00 – 9:00pm

Philip Dembinski Photography-Wavelength
Featuring 20 images selected from a new series titled Wavelength. These photographs explore the landscape that circumnavigates the outline of Lake Michigan. I made these images during a twenty day span of traveling on a bicycle, starting from Chicago and navigating counter-clockwise around the lake. While traveling in such manor, I was able to more closely immerse myself into the landscape compared to conventionally driving a vehicle from spot to spot. These pictures represent a wavelength consisting of time, distance, and a specific region of mid-west America.

Jupiter Outpost
1139 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 9:00pm

Christina A Long’s “Antipathies” Art Opening Reception
The Silver Room Presents “Antipathies” A solo exhibition by Christina Long. Long’s (MFA 2012) complex improvisational murals and found objects explore personal narratives of the ever-changing ‘black experience ‘ among a back drop of story-telling and family life. Through line and organic forms, Antipathies discusses the influences of pop culture on the experiences of black youth as they continue to forge their own identities in a highly mediated world shifting issues of class and gender.

The Silver Room
1442 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
7:00 – 12:00am

A brand new exhibition of works on paper by Hebru Brantley.

Grand Bizzare Gallery
1418 W Division St.
Chicago, Illinois
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Issuing Forth
Issuing Forth presents new work by Benjamin Chaffee, Timothy McMullen, Zoe Nelson and Josh Reames, whose works interrogate, extend, and experiment with the possibilities of painting. Building up, off, and around the traditionally flat plane, these four artists employ distinctive strategies that test both the potential and the limitations of the medium. Each artist creates new supports for the painted surface through a variety of methods and techniques.

Robert Bills Contemporary
222 North Desplaines Street
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 9:00pm

Negative Joy
Negative Joy is a show of new work by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung. In her CvsD debut, Zuckerman-Hartung continues a deeply inquisitive exploration of painting as a primary practice, investigating its material raptures, intellectual speed-bumps, and conceptual limits. Zuckerman-Hartung, who was raised in Olympia, Washington, and now lives and teaches in Chicago, simultaneously has an adoring relationship with paint – its gooey, viscous, repulsive, sexy physicality – and is also instinctively skeptical of its fetishistic power. Working abstractly, in relatively small scale, she reaches into a deep trick-bag, pouring, spraying, incising, collaging, assemblaging, linking, amputating, and otherwise thoroughly working and reworking her canvases. An earlier interest in modernist geometry has been subsumed in a much wider array of effects, blasting open cubist facets and placing them in an explosive array of textures, colors, and even images. Ferociously original and intent on maintaining a permanent personal revolution, Zuckerman-Hartung has rapidly become one of the most visible artists of her generation to emerge in Chicago. Recent exhibitions have included Anna Kustera Gallery (New York) and Spazio Cabinet (Milan), and in upcoming months she will be featured in one-person exhibitions at Jacky Strenz (Frankfurt) in March, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) in May.

Corbett vs. Dempsey
1120 N. Ashland Avenue
3rd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60622
5:00 – 8:00pm



JON WAITES: Radical, Work
Musing on both the language of minimalism and an adolescent obsession, Jon Waites makes. Objects that allude to ramps and inclines, ollies and grinds. In sight of the work, one could start to pair labels: painting and/or sculpture, classical and/or adolescent, narrative and/or formal. The artist would rather we parse his approach and process. These works are first and foremost projections. Desired projections. Things that are made to be beheld with both the eyes and the body. Things that remind one of carefree yesterdays. Things that have to be made.

3311 W Carroll Avenue, #119
Chicago, Illinois 60624
3:00 – 5:00pm

2nd Floor Rear: A 24-hour Festival of Alternative and Itinerate Spaces
2nd Floor Rear is a 24-hour festival of alternative spaces, apartment galleries, and ephemeral and migrant projects celebrating Chicago’s vibrant community of alternative and DIY art spaces.

In 1980, the Neoists, a little-known avant-garde subculture descended from Fluxus, held their first annual “International Neoist Apartment Festival” or APT, a four-day long event complete with concerts, performances, film screenings, and installations, in the apartment of one of the members of the Neoist group. Poorly documented and marginally historicized, it is thought that APT carried on annually, in various iterations, until 1988.

Drawing on the 24-hour block party model (think Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Mainx24 festival), 2nd Floor Rear adapts the spirit of APT to a condensed, 24-hour timeline. From noon on February 4th to noon on February 5th, festival participants such as Pop-up Art Loop, Carousel Space Projects,the Happy Collaborationists, and individual artists will host pop-up exhibitions, dream yoga sleepovers, site-specific installations, performances, late-night studio square dancing, a PJ party brunch, and more. Get your art party on for the whole 24-hour cycle (like a champ!) or pick and choose your events.

***For more information about location and times check out their website***

On The Wall
Sheree Hovsepian’s work is a multi-faceted investigation of photographic processes. In our first solo show with the artist, Hovsepian’s black and white photograms, hypnotic video, and delicately balanced wall-based installations have a physicality that relates very naturally to the body, and more specifically to the artist’s hand. Touch, or the haptic sense, may be more commonly associated with painting or sculpture, but Hovsepian’s tactile manipulations are very present in her mostly abstract photographic works.

For our very special on the wall project by Kerry James Marshall, the artist has been secretly working in his studio to make a site-specific work for our 10 x 25 foot wall visible 24/7 through our Division Street windows. Marshall simply states “come see it” — need we say more?

2154 West Division St.
Chicago, Illinois 60622
4:00 – 7:00pm

Finding Funding for Creative Projects
Presented by Creative Capital’s Professional Development Series, this program will instruct anyone in a creative practice on the different avenues of funding creative projects. Topics covered include Fundraising from Individuals, Writing about your projects and Real Cost budgeting. Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines.

Chicago Artists’ Coalition
217 North Carpenter
Chicago, Illinois 60607
10:00am – 2:00pm
FREE for CAC Members, $21 for Non-Members
To purchase tickets call 312.491.8888 or email

Florida Oasis
For the month of February, The Logan Square Comfort Station will house a mini video and performance festival, Florida Oasis, by artists Erica Gressman and Katie Torn. An event will take place every Saturday from 5-7pm, showcasing local video artists and performers/ musicians. The Comfort Station will be decked out in Florida decor to offer an oasis from the Chicago winter chill. For the first Saturday, February 4th artist, Gressman will perform a sound piece entitled Full Frontal Biopsy. The piece involves the use of technology on the body as a means to compose sound, creating a biofeedback composition. Accompanying the performance will be a live video mix by Torn that employs painting, sculpture and computer generated imagery to create a fantasy landscape of the inside of the body and hybrid figures that that could only exist in a virtual world.

Comfort Station Logan Square
2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60647
5:00 – 7:00pm

(NO) Vacancy
(NO) Vacancy is a group survey assembling artists investigating, inventing or otherwise working with holes. The exhibition shies away from the notion of “wholes” in terms of trying to answer larger questions about existence and infinity – though we have learned that by trying to fill a hole one inevitably makes it complete. Instead, the work we have chosen examines architecture or framework, exposes a lacuna in personal knowledge, or nods to a cheekier and more literal use of the word hole.

Building upon the gallery’s renewed commitment to emerging artists, (NO) Vacancy will feature a handful of makers new to our space. For example, we will show objects that study structural portals (Jamisen Ogg), emotional gaps (Paul Anthony Smith) and cosmological voids (Vincent Como).

Likewise the work of gallery artists Dietrich Wegner (showing Black Oracle, a large-scale sculpture of an asshole) and Angelo Musco (Chicago debut of Xylem, an 8 x 20 feet photographic installation composed of human figures) will reveal formal chasms and imagine an environmental and sensory abyss, respectively.

Carrie Secrist Gallery
835 W Washington Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60607
6:30 – 9:30pm

Aron Gent Connects with Larry Sultan
AIC Artists Connect Series Lecture: Artist Aron Gent will be discussing Larry Sultan’s work and its influence on his own practice.

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
2:00 – 3:00pm
Held in the Price Auditorium (in the Basement opposite the Photo Galleries)

Home Knowledge Spectacular
A three part project curated by Alberto Aguilar and Jorge Lucero that consists of an exhibition, a series of workshops, and a publication with contributions from all the participating artists.

The publication will simultaneously function as an exhibition catalogue and an artists’ book on and around the project’s subject of “home knowledge”. Home knowledge is defined as learning and understanding that is acquired through an act of personal will. These types of “knowledge(s) can frequently be passed down intergenerationally, attained through self-motivated research means, and developed through amateurish and deskilled practices/ habits.

Home Knowledge Spectacular brings together artists’ contributions made at a point where the artist’s practice converges with their domestic-manner-of-being. These works take the form of home collections, personal belongings, arrangements, and/or shared-home-knowledge.

North Branch Projects
3550 W. Lawrence
Chicago, Illinois
7:00 – 9:00pm

SUNDAY || FEBRUARY 4th, 2012

I’d Languish in your Dust’ New Work by Alice Feldt
Sex is both universal and completely unique. It is so personal that it feels like you’re inventing it. But often, photography about sex is clinical, to the point where sex is mistaken for a visual experience rather than a visceral one. This work is extremely personal, so each piece interprets emotions and thoughts as they are felt through my body. My goal is to express these experiences honestly and with vulnerability. Text acts as a memory catalyst, allowing the viewer to emotionally enter the work and recall their own intimate experiences. Bound together by red and the circle, the text is enlivened by photography, video, and installation, creating a incubator of intimacy and the transformative memory of being in love.

Alice Feldt is an artist living in Chicago. She received a BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. She works in a variety of media (such as photography, video, animation, and poetry) and currently is exploring intimacy and sexuality through the combination of text and image.

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

Evolution: New Works by Dayo Laoye
A solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Yoruba native and long-time Chicago resident Dayo Laoye. Catch the exhibition before it closes on March 6, 2012.

South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Chicago, Illinois
2:00 – 6:00pm

ORM OVER FUNCTION is a multimedia group exhibition opening Sunday, February 5 featuring non-functional new work by twelve furniture makers. The premise of the show is to challenge the designer to break the mindset of functionality and explore materials for their aesthetic value; to simply to create an object that has no function other than visual interest. FOF gives the artists the impetus to create settings and objects that are not constrained by the human form.

Peanut Gallery
1000 N. California Ave.
Chicago, Illinois
5:00 – 9:00pm

With formal and ephemeral gestures of processing and repair, Rebecca Beachy’s sculpture recasts narratives of animal bodies as use objects: deer ground up by hand and returned to the site of collision as highway dust, repairing cracks in the asphalt; a muslin pillow accumulates the down from birds that collided with windows; the stain in a copy paper box is the evidence of having held an injured duck. The work, concerned with the damaged interstice between the wild and human structures, articulates physical engagement as an ethical gauge, positioning meaning as resting first in the material and the concrete. This sculptural presence is used to foreground questions regarding humans as animals, especially the question of the human relationship with gravity and mortality, and hopes to show the complexities in the interconnections between animals, people, and the ground on which both meet, collide, and dwell.

Roxaboxen Exhibitions
2130 West 21st Street
Chicago, Illinois
7:00 – 10:00pm


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