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Weekly Guide to Art in Chicago: April 2nd – April 8th, 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)


THURSDAY || April 5th, 2012

Tim Nickodemus Artist Talk
Tim Nickodemus will talk about his painting practice and the experiences that influenced him while working on his current exhibition ‘Megatheria’.

Vacillating between messiness and the tight corners of narrative, Tim Nickodemus’ paintings attempt to emulate the nuanced, often unconscious movements of performed exchange. An intensely sensitive and empathetic communicator, Tim absorbs relationships, compressing elements into the gloppy moments, deadpan flatness and sinuousness that characterize his work. The paintings and drawings of Megatheria draw on both a series of deteriorating frescoes by Jacopo Pontormo in Certosa di Galluzzo, a Carthusean monastery south of Florence, and an encounter at Chicago’s Field Museum with the skeleton of one of the largest mammals ever to walk the earth, a species of elephant-sized prehistoric sloth known as megatherium. While seemingly disparate source material, these references summon an arc through time that allows an off kilter sense of entropy and convergence through gestural markers of age, texture and scale.

1138 W Randolph
Chicago, IL 60607
4:00 – 6:30p
RSVP Required: E-mail info(at)

Creative Liberation Speaker Series
First in a multi-part speaker series:
Accounting Best Practices

Speaker: Mike Carney of MWC Accounting

“The most important part of your business is also the most painful. Mike can help.”

Conquer the fear & ease your small business tax anxiety – learn:
Why you need to do accounting from the start
Accounting systems to use (xero, lessaccounting, quickbooks, etc.)
When do you need to file taxes?
Why now rather than later?
Best practices in accounting

Who will benefit:
Freelance creatives (designers, developers, etc.)
Anyone looking to make the leap from their 9-5
Small business owners

Design Cloud, LLC
118 N Peoria 2N
Chicago, IL 60607
6:00 – 9:00p
Admission: $10


FRIDAY || April 6th, 2012

The Profane Illumination – A Solo Show By James Jankowiak
A brief history of collaboration has reached its climax in The Profane Illumination, Johalla Projects Presents…James Jankowiak. This will be James’ first solo show with the collective, but it is definitely not the perfect pair’s first time at the prom, so to speak. Over the last couple of years, Johalla Projects and James have fostered quite the artistic relationship through creative discussions, group shows at NEXT Art Fair, and media shout-outs (James’ work was most recently featured on the cover of The Reader in collaboration with Johalla Projects).

Having recognized James’ strength and fortitude as an artistic force in the vibrant Chicago arts community as far back as his graffiti days in the late 1980s, Johalla Projects acknowledged this seemingly ready-made relationship and has provided Mr. Jankowiak with the ideal platform on which to exhibit a portion of his amazing body of work and installation, including paintings that thoroughly explore the scintillating relationship between the artist’s hand, retinal reaction and the intricacy of the line with which it is connected.

While the atmosphere will be one of white walls and bright lights, Johalla Projects has never been strident on keeping their artists contained. With such community projects like commissioned murals, our display of art through our CTA innovative projects, the upcoming Pop-Up Loop adoption, and a plethora of neighborhood specific directives, the collective has always maintained its integrity and dedication to the urban artist. What better marriage than that of Johalla Projects and James Jankowiak?

Johalla Projects
1821 West Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60622
7:00 – 10:00p

Time To Make The Donuts: The Gigposters of Ryan Duggan
saki, Logan Square’s premiere record store, art gallery, and performance space, is excited to present Time to Make Donuts, an exhibition of gigposters by artist Ryan Duggan. The show will run from April 1st-April 30th.

The influence of punk rock, skateboarding, the Wisconsin Dells, and beer intersect in Duggan’s humorous prints with a slacker edge. Ryan Duggan works as an artist, designer, and screen printer and is based in Chicago. He has exhibited locally at Johalla Projects, The Chicago Tourism Center, and The Co-Prosperity Sphere, and has shown prints in Toronto, Berlin, France, and The Netherlands.

Please join us Friday, April 6th from 7-10pm to view Ryan Duggan’s gigposters and enjoy tunes spun by Matt Hord of Heavy Times. Enjoy food & drink cool beverages. This event is FREE.

3716 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
7:00 – 10:00p

Hammes’ work is a broad exploration of the ambiguous distinction between perception and belief, and the physical and psychological conditions that inform the experience of space and sensory perception. Hammes is concerned with experiences that signal transformation within the tangibility of space and the often illusionistic properties of perception. Hammes uses hypnosis as a performance and collaborative medium towards the creation of images and narrative which disrupt normal perception and moving subjects towards a more desire-oriented experience.
Payne’s work focuses on establishing a physical relationship with the moon, using the cyclical nature of the lunar calendar to create a system to align the cycles of the female body. Payne’s desire to connect is steeped in creating site-specific happenings and rituals in aims of thrusting the content beyond the personal pursuit of connection into a new mythological context by creating a space for shared experiences.
New Capital Projects
3114 W. Carroll St.
Chicago, IL 60612
8:00p – 12:00a

Art & the Urban Garden Reception
Green thumb or not, making a small outdoor space come to life with plants and art objects is a rewarding endeavor for any urban dweller.

In “Art and the Urban Garden,” 22 artists who work with a range of materials–clay, fabric, wood, glass, and metal–come together to provide inspiration to gardening enthusiasts and art lovers alike. Planters, pots, bird houses, lanterns, flags, sculptures, benches and more will transform Lillstreet Gallery into an artful urban garden, complete with live botanicals. The work of Chicago photographer Brad Temkin anchors the exhibition with large, colorful images from his Private Places project, an intimate portrayal of personal green spaces and the symbols hidden within.

Artists include: Adam August, Karen Avery, Sharon Bladholm, Ruby Barnes, Adam Field, Fred Follansbee, Mary Fox, Jeff Grunwald, Jake Johnson, Janet Julian, Linda Hoffhines, Gail Kaplan, Jesus Mejia, Wendy Olson, Robin Power, Jan Schachter, Charles Snow, Debbie Solomon, Brad Temkin, Peter Vale, Vivian Vesser, and Norbert White.
Upcoming Events

Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60640
6:00 – 8:00p

Embody: Works by Jennifer Cronin, Matt Maniscalco, and Ian Mitchell Wallace
Black Cloud Gallery is proud to present Embody. Paintings by Jennifer Cronin, Black Cloud’s Resident Artist Matt Maniscalco, and Ian Mitchell Wallace will be on display throughout the month of April. All three artists offer various takes on contemporary figure painting.

Featured in New American Paintings, Jennifer Cronin’s most recent work is about personal fantasy and escape amidst everyday experience. Her large scale oil paintings are re imaginations of everyday life, based on often small, seemingly insignificant frustrations. They are about what a mind does with what it is given.

In contrast to Jennifer’s cerebral take on figure painting, Matt Maniscalco’s paintings of DIY punk/hardcore shows display physicality and chaos. The unrelenting energy and emotion that circulates during these performances informs Maniscalco’s paintings. Geometric shapes, places, and colors disrupt the background scenes and provoke as sense of tranquility. The two subjects within each painting compete for the viewer’s attention while balancing the overall composition.

In his series of figure paintings, “The Gilded Gaze: Gold Leaf and the Element of Seduction,” Ian Mitchell Wallace sets the gold standard in creating an intelligent and visually striking body of work. His postmodern watercolor paintings entice the viewer to interact with the beautifully crafted figures adorned with golden medallions. His intriguing subject matter depicts mythological tales with humorous contemporary twists.

The Black Cloud Gallery
1909 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60608
7:00 – 10:00p

FERNANDO RIBIERO is a performance artist living and working in Curitiba, a vibrant city in southern Brazil. He graduated in Visual Arts from Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná (2002) where he also did his post-graduate work in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art (2010). His theoretical and practical performance works focus on materials and action. This project has been undertaken with the support ofPrefeitura Municipal de Curitiba, Fundação Cultural de Curitiba, Fundo Municipal da Cultura – Programa de Apoio e Incentivo à Cultura.

Chicago performance artists TODD FRUGIA and MARREKESH are a husband/wife duo who operate out of ROOMS Gallery in Pilsen where they produce monthly performance and video installations. They’re recent work has focused on the development of rules and systems to create ritualistic task oriented performance.

Monica Panzarino (born 1979 in New York City) currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. She recieved an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Her work in video, sound and performance has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Recent venues include the the Chicago Underground Film Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois, the 7th Busan International Video Festival in Busan, South Korea and the European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück, Germany. In conjunction with her window installation in the electrodes, MONICA PANZARINO will be interacting with passers-by on the street at the following times:

Sunday 4.1 @ 7-11pm

Monday 4.2 @ 6-8pm

Tuesday 4.3 @ 6-8pm

Wednesday 4.4 @ 6-8pm

Thursday 4.5 @ 8-11pm

Friday 4.6 @ 8-11pm

Chicago, IL 60642
Suggested donation: $10

“Now You See It, Now You Don’t”
Join the Flat Iron Artists’ Association for its third annual “Now You See It and Now You Don’t” art exhibit – one special show, celebrating the coming of spring and features more than 60 artists. The interior walls of the Flat Iron Arts Building will transform into a lively, colorful canvas displaying a continuous flow of linear art, turning the twisting hallways into a visual artistic journey. The mural, painted by a collaboration of select Chicago artists, will open April 6th and then closing on May 4th, the murals will vanish, covered over in white paint, gone.

This neighborhood celebration is the perfect introduction to the vibrant cultural life and art scene of the Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods.

The Flatiron Artists’ Association is a private, not-for-profit company dedicated to the promotion of the arts in the Wicker Park / Bucktown area. The Flat Iron Artists Association is the sponsor of First Friday art shows in Wicker Park Bucktown. With the support of the WPB SSA#33 and sponsors, the Flat Iron Artists Association and the local artists have been a driving force to revitalize the tradition of art in Wicker Park Bucktown. For more information, please visit

Flat Iron Arts Building
1579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois
6:00 – 10:00p
Suggested donation: $5

April First Friday – Upstairs @ Lillstreet Studios
The birds and the bees are busy and so are we! Please join us as we welcome spring to the upstairs studios with good friends, fun and lots of great art. Musical guests: Mike Baum, accompanied by Ellen Baum. And featuring work by artists Young Cho & Carisa Mitchell in the C Gallery (third floor).

Lillstreet Studios
4401 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
6:30 – 9:00p


SATURDAY || April 7th, 2012

Escape Group: Lectures and Bloody Mary Bar
Join us for threewalls’ Artist in Residency Introductory Event and Bloody Mary Bar.
Doors open at noon, with lectures following at 1pm. Lectures include Dan Quiles, Anthony Romero and Jillian Soto. Sliding Scale: $5-10. All Proceeds help to fund the cost of the residency.

ESCAPE GROUP is a collaborative endeavor by Anthony Romero, Jillian Soto, and any number of past, present, and future participants. From March 27th through April 30th we will be focusing on and around fast and slow systems of communication, performance, and architecture by executing a three-part project that includes an installation, online radio program and a series of public lectures.

Daniel Quiles is a writer and teaches Art History at SAIC. He received his BA in 1997 at Amherst College; and his MA in 2006 at The City University of New York. He is an alumnus of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, was a co-editor of PART, the Journal of the CUNY Ph.D. Program in Art History. He has written criticism of contemporary art and exhibitions in Arte al día, ArtNexus, and Art in America and catalogue essays for expositions of postwar and contemporary art at the Americas Society, Art in General, and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.

119 N. Peoria #2C, North
Chicago, IL 60607
12:00p – 3:00p
Admission: $5 – $10 (Sliding scale)

hArts for Art 3 
LVL3 presents our 3rd annual art auction and raffle. Portion of proceeds benefitting local not-for-profit Yollocalli Arts Reach Advanced bids start Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ All bidding ends at 9:30pm 4/07/12. Raffle immediately following auction.

→ All artwork starts at $20
→ Bids can be made in $10 increments
→ Artwork must be picked up by Sunday, April 8th
→ Cash, credit and check accepted
→ Raffle tickets: 1 for 3$ or 2 for 5$ (cash only)
→ Must be present to win raffle.

Featuring work by:
Alex Ebstein
Amy Feldman
Bobby Scheidemann
Conor Backman
Dan Bradica
Daniel Shea
Dave Murray
Emily Keegan
Fraser Taylor
Hans Peter Sundquist
Jeremy Liebman
Leslie Baum
Magalie Guérin
Matt Nichols
Michael Bussell
Nathan Green
Paul Kenneth
Peter Shear
Ryan Fenchel
Sofia Leiby
Wyatt Grant
Zak Arctander

1542 N. Milwaukee Ave. 3rd fl
Chicago, IL 60622
6:00 – 10:30p

not a fact, still extremely real – new work by Joseph G. Cruz
Joseph G. Cruz’s new solo exhibition, not a fact, still extremely real, swirls around representations of an iconic vista, the Matterhorn. Cruz plays with the concept of diffraction as a means of investigating how these representations move and intertwine with History, social paradigms, and epistemology.

Patterns in text systematically pulled from Edward Whymper’s journals chronicling the first ascent of the Matterhorn build a system of data. A mountain of data. From this data comes player piano scores, scroll drawings, photographs. Cruz employs the method of diffraction to investigate his subject matter, aligning his project’s investigation with those of quantum physicists.

The Matterhorn in reproduction, Cruz overlays romantic paintings with documentary photos and promotional images of Disney’s ride. The representations push and pull at each other, revealing fragments of each, intruding on conceptual stability.

Comfort Station Logan Square
2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
7:00 – 10:00p

Artist Talk: Bolen, Cowan, Milhorat, and Vandenbergh
The third in a series of four 2012 UIC MFA candidate artist talks. The four students will discuss their work and their concurrently running thesis exhibition, On Beyond Zebra.

Jeremy Bolen grew up moving throughout America, living in seven different states before turning 18. A recent recipient of the Provost Award for Graduate Research, Bolen will be using the award to travel to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland, continuing his collaborations with experimental high energy particle physics. Bolen’s work was recently exhibited at Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago and Roots and Culture, Chicago. Bolen will be exhibiting his work at Co-Prosperity Sphere and Andrew Rafacz Gallery, both Chicago.

Paul Cowan is a painter whose work has been exhibited at venues including Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; West Street, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Michael Jon, Miami; Young Art, Los Angeles; and Jancar Jones, San Francisco. His work will be included in upcoming exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Clifton Benevento, New York; and Important Projects, Oakland. Cowan received a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2007.

Working in film and video, Marianna Milhorat utilizes landscape and duration to disrupt and transform notions of space and perspective. Milhorat’s work has screened at festivals including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, and the Images Festival, Toronto. She received a BFA from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinéma at Concordia University in 2007.

Neal Vandenbergh is a Chicago-based artist working in sculpture, drawing, and video both in and outside of traditional exhibition spaces. His work was recently included in exhibitions at Eelspace, Chicago, IL, and Heavybrow Gallery, Bloomington, IL.

Gallery 400
400 S Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60622
2:00 – 4:00p

Come Out For A Benefit For CAKE – The First Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (!

In the ring:
**JUST ADDED!** Jeffrey Brown
Joe Tallarico
Aaron Renier
Jo Dery
Brooks Golden
Susan Sarandon
Jeremy Pettis
David Alvarado
Krystal DiFronzo

Refereed by the illustrious Ezra Claytan Daniels!

Fatty Jubbo DJs Post-Battle!

The Hideout
Chicago, IL 60642


SUNDAY || April 8th, 2012

Caleb Cole photographs himself in Other People’s Clothes. Each photograph in the series is a constructed scene that begins with an outfit or piece of clothing (either bought, found, or borrowed), then a person imagined to fill those clothes, and finally a location where that person can play out a silent moment alone. Stepping into the shoes, literally, of invented people, he takes on the personality of an individual in a transitional moment, a moment that highlights how human expectations and desires are often at odds with the reality of one’s life. Cate McQuaid of the Boston Globe explains that “the artist himself becomes an expression of his character’s inner sadness or shame, and the accouterments of clothing and place heighten the sense of not quite belonging, and at the same time, being entrenched.” Cole will exhibit prints from the span of the project, from 2007 to present.

ACRE Projects
1913 W. 17th Street
Chicago, IL 60608
4:00 – 8:00p

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