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Weekly Picks: August 11 – 17


Monday || August 11

glitChicago: An Exhibition of Chicago Glitch Art

Over the past decade Chicago has enjoyed a reputation as a center for artists within a worldwide subculture of experimentation in electronic media. Knit together by global communications networks, the tendency known as “glitch” or “glitch art” centers around the noisy and colorful errors propagated when electronic media systems and digital encoding are unexpectedly interrupted or misbehave.

glitChicago presents the work of 24 artists working with glitch in a wide variety of media. All have participated in the city’s glitch art scene, though they may come from other cities and indeed other countries. The two-month long exhibition features wall installations by Melissa Barron, Jon Cates, Theodore Darst, A. Bill Miller, Jon Satrom, Lisa Slodki, and Paul Hertz and free-standing installations by Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Curt Cloninger, James Connolly and Kyle Evans, and Channel TWo.

On Friday, September 19 an evening of media performances will include work by A. Bill Miller, Antonio Roberts, Cracked Ray Tube, Jason Soliday, Jeff Kolar, Joe Chiocchi, Jon Satrom and Ben Syverson, Nick Briz, Nick Kegeyan, I <3 Presets Reunion (Rob Ray, Jason Soliday, Jon Satrom), Rosa Menkman, Curt Cloninger, Shawné MichelainHolloway, jonCates, and stAllio!

The following day, Saturday, September 20, UIMA will host a round table discussion looking at glitch art from an art historical perspective, asking the question: Once we induct glitch art into art history, is glitch art dead?
In keeping with the open nature of glitch subculture, online manifestations of glitChicago will include a portal through which anyone can contribute glitch art to, a repository of glitch art. Contributions will be on display during the exhibition.

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622


Tuesday || August 12

Strokin’ V: Chicago Pastel Painters Fifth Biennial Member Juried Exhibition

Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Illinois, will host The Chicago Pastel Painters 5th Biennial Member Juried Exhibition, Strokin’ V, August 6 – September 6, 2014. The exhibit will feature 60 works of pastel art created by the most elite pastel painters from across the country. A diversity of visual styles and subject matter will be represented, showcasing the broad range of the medium.

The exhibition is curated by Pastel Society of America’s Master Pastelist Jimmy Wright, and awards will be chosen by Victoria Sancho Lobis, Prince Trust Associate Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago.  A free reception will take place Friday, August 8, 2014, 6 – 9 pm. Many of the exhibiting artists will be present at the reception and available to discuss their work with visitors.

The aspiration of the Chicago Pastel Painters is to educate the public about the beauty and permanence of pastels as a viable medium in the world of fine art. for more info visit

Union Street Gallery
1527 Otto Blvd.
Chicago Heights  Illinois  60411


Wednesday || August 13

Dreams of Martha: Watercolors by Kristina Knowski

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the last known Passenger Pigeon, fondly known as Martha. Following in the tradition of artist and ornithologist John James Audubon, Kristina Knowski’s watercolors explore the world of extinct and endangered birds. Knowski’s work invites us to uncover the mystery and fragile beauty of these long lost and threatened animals.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614


Thursday || August 14

Artist-in-Residence Launch Party: Sentrock

Our inaugural #NextBucketFeetArtist winner, Sentrock, is our August Artist-In-Residence – help us celebrate! Come join us at Block 37 as we showcase his artwork, dubbed some of the city’s best by the Chicago Reader. We will have Tiger beer, snacks, and 30% off all Sentrockproducts. The first 10 people in the door will also receive some surprise goodies! Stay tuned for more info about raffles and giveaways during the event.

RSVP here.

BucketFeet shop
Block 37
108 N. State Street
Chicago IL, 60602


Friday || August 15

Rescue or Destroy Art Tournament

There’s an exciting new game in town! It’s called “Rescue-or-Destroy.” And we’d like to invite you to join us.  The best way to describe Rescue-or-Destroy:  It’s like a sports tournament for art – an “Art Tourney.” Eight pairs of artists compete, tournament style, in a bi-weekly event at Gallery Bar in River North. The events are spaced out over several months culminating in a high-profile event slated to run alongside Chicago Expo.

It works like this…  Sixteen artists are selected to participate and are paired up to create eight initial duos. Each artist brings a piece of art (their choice) for the event and the audience is called on to “rescue,” or “destroy” (hack up into a million pieces) one of the two pieces presented on stage.  Rescue or Destroy is a proven concept with successful events at Art Basel Miami, Art Chicago, Zhou B Art Center, Built Art Festival and street art performances at MCA.

Rescue or Destroy kicks off at 8pm on Saturday February 22nd at Gallery Bar – 738 N. Clark St., Chicago. Thereafter events will occur on First Thursdays and Third Saturdays of every month culminating in a grand finale during Art Expo Chicago.

Gallery Bar
738 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL 60616


Saturday || August 16

35th Annual Special Exhibition

This Saturday is the last day to see the 35th Annual Special Exhibition at Josef Glimer Gallery, showcasing select 20th-century masterworks alongside the gallery’s most accomplished contemporary artists. The exhibit will also premiere new bronze works by local artist Thom Kapheim, who has a nearly 30-year relationship with Josef Glimer Gallery.

Josef Glimer Gallery,  formally Gusfield-Glimer Galleries, was founded in 1978 by Josef Glimer and Jeffrey Gusfield over a mutual passion for art history, academic standards and authenticity in the creation process. The gallery, originally located in Northbrook, IL, has exhibited works by an array of important figures including Mary Cassatt, Louis LeGrand, Paul César Helleu, Joan Miró, Francisco Zuniga and Teodulo Romulo. Glimer has also advocated for local artists Thom Kapheim and Sheila Finnigan and has provided U.S. representation for several Israeli artists including Mira Hermoni-Levine and Levan Stepanyan. In 2006,  Josef Glimer Gallery moved to Chicago’s River North neighborhood, where it has continued to be a staple in the exhibition and sales of 20th-century and contemporary art.

Thom Kapheim’s Baseball series will be the highlight of this year’s anniversary exhibition. The bronze-cast sculptures examine how the kinetics of a game can drive form. “I have created a visual dialogue based on tension and eminent action frozen in bronze,” explains Kapheim. The artist, who often explores the commingling of the physical and metaphysical worlds, has exhibited his fantastical drawings, paintings and three-dimensional wall installations in several solo and group shows at Josef Glimer Gallery and will be featured in a solo exhibition at the David Adler Music and Arts Center this fall.

Josef Glimer Gallery
207 W. Superior
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60654


Sunday || August 17

New Works by Lee Bowlin

Illinois, August  17th 2014  Pleasant Home Foundation will host  A Swing Dance Concert Event by The Fat Babies! On the front porch of Pleasant Home, and a one day painting installation in and around the first floor of the museum by  visual artist, Lee Bowlin!  Art Show is open all afternoon. Refreshing sun tea and fruit infused water will be served. Formal and self -guided tours of Pleasant Home will be available. This show is presented by Pleasant Home Foundation as part of the Performing Arts Series and benefits local artists, Pleasant Home Foundation and the Oak Park area community at large.

Art Show is FREE. Concert is $25.  ($20 for members)  and are available online

12:00pm – 6:00pm
Pleasant Home
217 Home Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302

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