Chicago Art Review


Weekend Preview – selected as a finalist to open for Everclear by Steve Ruiz
January 21, 2010, 10:59 pm
Filed under: Chicago, Chicago Art Preview

Here’s a big collection of new shows to see this Friday and Saturday and Sunday. I usually try to keep these lists down to a few favorites, but there’s really just a ton of excellent work hitting the city this weekend. See the post’s toes for extras too.

Andreas Fischer @ Galhberg Gallery

While the Hyde Park Art Center has Andreas Fischer’s Ghost Town portraits, the landscape arm of this two-part exhibition are in Glen Ellyn’s Gahlberg Gallery. See the work and the artist tonight, Thursday, January 21st from 6-8 PMGahlberg Gallery425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn.

Andreas Fischer, Original Location

Andreas Fischer, Original Location

Jeff Marlin @ Corbett vs. Dempsey

Noble Square gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey opens a survey of Jeff Marlin’s work, loaded and worked paintings exploring surface, source, and interaction with mechanical processes. Solid process work like good moons with surfaces guaranteed to reward exploration. Marlin’s show opens this Friday, January 22nd from 5-9 PM @ Corbett vs. Dempsey1120 N. Ashland Ave.

Jeff Marlin, Untitled

Jeff Marlin, Untitled

Mike Kloss @ The Hills

I don’t know much about Mike Kloss or The Hills, but I’ve heard a buzz to follow. Kloss’s show The Hills have Thighs opens this Friday, January 22nd from 7-10 PM @ The Hills Esthetic Center128 N. Campbell Ave.

Mike Kloss, I Dislike Parties

Mike Kloss, I Dislike Parties

Daniel Lavitt @ Peregrine Program

Daniel Lavitt‘s awesome miniature living spaces address domesticity at various economic levels and look damned smart too.  Come see Chicagoland‘s opening on Friday, January 22nd from 6-10 PMPEREGRINEPROGRAM500 W. Cermak Rd, 727.

Daniel Lavitt, Inside the Garden

Daniel Lavitt, Inside the Garden

Rune @ Ben Russell

JT RogstadMelanie SchiffDeborah Stratman, Joshua Manchester, and Ryan Fenchel come together for a show about runic magic and darkness and mystery and other topics of the totally fucking metal persuasion. Rune opens Saturday, January 23rd from 6-9 PM @ BEN RUSSELL1716 S. Morgan St, 2F.

JT Rogstad, Theory

JT Rogstad, Theory

MinimumixaM @ Pentagon

Relatively new space Pentagon hosts the Twelve Galleries Project’s group exhibition curated by Nicholas Cueva, Dan Gunn and Heather Mekkelson, and featuring work by Eric Fleischauer, Chris Edwards, Xavier Jimenez and Liz Nielsen. With a very clever title, layers upon curatorial layers and promising work too, Quarterly Site #1: MinimumixaM opens Saturday, January 23rd 7-10 PM @ Pentagon961 W. 19th St, 1F.

Eric Fleischaur, Untitled (Flowers)

Eric Fleischaur, Untitled (Flowers)

Ethan Greenbaum and Katrin Sigurdardottir @ The Suburban

Architectural, physical, and psychological space are considered this month at The Suburban, with Ethan Greenbaum‘s hard-media installations and more along with Katrin Sigurdardottir‘s documented recreation of the Oak Park exhibition space inside her Iceland studio. Reception this Sunday, January 24th from 2-4 PMThe Suburban125 N Harvey Ave. Oak Park

Ethan Greenbaum, Concrete

Ethan Greenbaum, Concrete

Elijah Burgher @ Shane Campbell

While you’re at the Suburban, don’t forget to check out Shane Campbell’s opening of Elijah Burgher‘s eerily calm blood ritual drawings. Plenty of room in the river. Show opens Sunday, January 24th from 2-4 PM @ Shane Campbell Gallery125 N. Harvey Ave.

Elijah Burgher, Letting Blood

Elijah Burgher, Letting Blood

If that weren’t enough, also check out: Bobby Burg and Jeremy Bolen @ Andrew Rafacz, Vincent Como @ Proof, and Mark Booth, Karen Christopher, and John W. Sisson, Jr @ the Epiphany Episcopal Church, and Cabin Fever @ Co-Prosperity Sphere. That’s a lot to see!

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Weekend Preview – fraught with icy slipscapes by Steve Ruiz
January 14, 2010, 7:22 pm
Filed under: Chicago, Chicago Art Preview

Here’s whats up.

Armita Raafat @ threewalls

Armita Rafaat‘s work goes up this month at threewalls, covering the newly renovated space with Persian and Islamic arabesques falling and spreading and crumbling over and from the freshly built walls. Catch the show‘s opening reception is this Friday, January 15th from 6-9threewalls, 119 N. Peoria St.

Armita Raafat

Armita Raafat

Edelweiss Cardenas @ LivingRoom Gallery

Curated by Thea Liberty Nichols, this is a solo drawing and painting show from Edelweiss Cardenas titled Wanderers Wonder Where. Opens this Friday, January 15th, 6-9PM @ LivingRoom Gallery, 1530 W. Superior. As a bonus, and through the magic of online voicemail, here’s Edelweiss herself talking about the show:

Edelweiss Cardenas, No Fall in Sight

Edelweiss Cardenas, No Fall in Sight

Joseph Cassan @ Golden

Joseph Cassan’s essential sculptures will be on display this month at Golden, each a pointed construction made of common materials to make a kind of skinless realism. The show opens Friday, January 15th at 6 – 9 PM @ Golden, 816 W. Newport.

Joseph Cassan

Joseph Cassan

Bob Linder @ He Said-She Said

Britton Bertran helped curate this Bob Linder show at He Said-She Said, the dichotomous Oak Park exhibition space/neat stuff sharing center ran by Pamela Fraser and Randall Szott respectively. Linder’s work should fit right in, using a few different approaches to arrive at sentimental, alternative realities. Whatever it is, it opens this Saturday, January 16th, 6-8 PM @ He Said-She Said, 216 North Harvey Ave., Apt. 1, in Oak Park.

Bob Linder @ He Said-She Said

Bob Linder @ He Said-She Said

EXHIBITION 4.01162010 @ MVSEVM

Group show at MVSEVM this month, featuring the work of Karen Archey, Chris Bradley, Brian Dongarra, Dominic Paul Moore (the moore in ebersmoore), Montgomery Perry Smith, and David Schafer. Also featuring audio recordings from Japanese fluxus composers Toshi Ichiyanagi & Kuniharu Akiyama. Stacked list, I’d see it. The show opens this Saturday, January 16th, 6-10 PM @ MVSEVM, 1626 N. California Ave, #2.

Dominic Paul Moore, Rectangles

Dominic Paul Moore, Rectangles

Andreas Fischer @ Hyde Park Art Center / Gahlberg Gallery

Andreas Fischer’s two part Ghost Town exhibition kicks off this week with its first part, called Sunday Best, at Hyde Park Art Center, with a selection of painted portraits from old west tintype photographs opening Sunday, January 17th @ the Hyde Park Art Center. The second part, Original Location, opens this next Thursday the 21st at 6-8 PM, will be an exhibition of landscapes @ the Gahlberg Gallery in Glen Ellyn.

Andreas Fischer, Original Location

Andreas Fischer, Original Location

Also, the latest Proximity magazine comes out this weekend, with a release party Saturday, January 16th, 9-1 AM@ the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Its a really good issue, thick with contributions from everyone including myself. See you there or elsewhere.

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Weekend Preview – clean hands, empty stomach by Steve Ruiz
January 7, 2010, 6:51 pm
Filed under: Chicago Art Preview

There are actually a ton of shows this weekend due to the holiday bottleneck, but here are my top picks:

Kim Piotrowski @ 65GRAND

65GRAND shows off Kim Piotrowski‘s larger-scale crown forms, paintings and drawings full of dynamic marks and bold designs. The show, titled Crowns, opens this Friday, January 8th from 7-10 PM @ 65GRAND, 1378 W. Grand Ave. Use the Noble Street entrance.

Kim Piotrowski @ 65GRAND

Kim Piotrowski @ 65GRAND

Netherland & Chad Kouri @ Rotofugi

East Village toy store/gallery Rotofugi’s latest show brings together two Chicago collage artists, David “Netherland” van Alphen and The Post Family‘s Chad Kouri. Looking forward to seeing what the two have been lately chopping. In Stereo & Concoction both open this Friday, January 8th from 7-10 PMRotofugi, 1953-55 W. Chicago Ave.

Chad Kouri

Chad Kouri

Mark Mulroney @ Ebersmoore

Fucked up, innocently adolescent perversions of Archie comics and more from Mark Mulroney this month at Ebersmoore, complete with bondage whips and bouncy tits. Weatherbee’s Revenge opens this Friday, January 8th from 6-9 PM @ Ebersmoore, 213 N Morgan, #3C.

Mark Mulrony

Mark Mulrony

Cheat Codes @ Antena

A pretty impressive list of artists for this video art group show in Pilsen, with the full title of Cheat Codes: lessons in love. Keep an eye out for personal fave David Horvitz, along with Joanna BovayJennie H. BringakerEunjung HwangBasim Magdy, Jason Martin, Jay Schleidt, Robert Spees, Brent Stewart, Amber Hawk Swanson, Joseph Whitt, and Grant Worth. The show opens this Friday, January 8th from 6-10 PM @ Antena, 1765 S. Laflin St.

Grant Worth, Raven

Grant Worth, Raven

Getting Aquainted @ Johalla Projects

This multi-media group show from curator (and solid photographer) Joseph Rynkiewicz is all about strangers and getting to know them, and features work from In b FlatKristin FreemanShane LavaletteJason PolanThe Listening Project, and Daniel Shea. Show opens (when else?) this Friday, January 8th from 7-10 PM @ Johalla Projects, 1561 N Milwaukee Ave.

Daniel Shea, Bocek Park II from the series Baltimore

Daniel Shea, Bocek Park II from the series Baltimore

Why is everything happening on Friday?

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Weekend Preview – where is tiger woods by Steve Ruiz
December 17, 2009, 10:39 pm
Filed under: Chicago Art Preview

In addition to all the great events below, this weekend I get to attend a special dinner at the residence of Alberto Aguilar as part of his dinner series celebrating his 36th year. Not bad!

Trendbeheer @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

To coincide with the content and release of the newest issue of Proximity Magazine (which should feature among many things an edited, less hostile copy of my review of Heartland), the CPS crew is bringing in Trendbeheer, a Rotterdam based art and culture blog/collective. They’ll be hosting a few events at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, including a VHS festival this Saturday, November 19th @ 7PM, and a general opening reception with performances this Friday, November 18th, 7 PM – 1 AM @ the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan St.

Trendbeheer @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Trendbeheer @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

To Face @ Lloyd Dobler Gallery

Group show with contemporary portrait work from Ben Fain, Ian Hokin, Andrew Holmquist, Autumn Ramsey, and Alice Tippit, great collection of talent. Opening Friday, December 18th from 6-10 PM @ Lloyd Dobler Gallery,
1545 W. Division, 2nd floor.

Autumn Ramsey, Untitled

Autumn Ramsey, Untitled

Νέμεσις ((Nemesis)) @ PENTAGON

This brand new Pilsen space is opening with a spookier exhibition about socially determined evil, with an appropriately metal Norse title to match. Artists include: Casey McGonagleBret Schneider, Jake Myers, Michael Garcia, Robin Juan, and Sam Sieger. Opening this Saturday, December 19th from 6-11 PM @ PENTAGON, 961 W. 19th Street #1F.

Robin Juan, Sidewalk

Robin Juan, Sidewalk

Thats all I’ve got for now. Trend harder!

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Weekend Preview – i’m too cold for this shit by Steve Ruiz
December 11, 2009, 2:46 am
Filed under: Chicago Art Preview

This weekends picks, front heavy and lurching goodwise.

Juan Angel Chavez @ Linda Warren

Linda Warren will be showing new work by Chicago found-art sculptor Juan Angel Chavez in Dragging the Leash. Also on display: Diatoms, Doilies and Diseases, works by Shannon Kerrigan. I’d expect both shows to play off eachother pretty well, with Kerrigan’s flowering steelcuts and Chavez’s katamarish refuse sculptures both colliding organic designs with conscious use of materials. Opening this Friday, December 11th from 6-9 PM @ Linda Warren Gallery, 1052 Fulton Market.

Juan Angel Chavez, Get Them

Juan Angel Chavez, Get Them

Scott Stulen @ Ebersmoore

With a M.O. something like an early Ruscha meets turntablism, Scott Stulen (aka DJ Black Lacquer) clips and places pop culture within space and landscape. His latest show, Kool-Aid Drunk, opens this Friday, December 11th from 6-9 PM @ ebersmoore, 213 N. Morgan, #3C.

Scott Stulen, Vista

Scott Stulen, Vista

Lauren Gregory @ Swimming Pool Project Space

I hyped Lauren Gregory’s work a few months ago when she was showed at Eel Space, and have followed her work from a distance since. Her portraits, executed on false and furry material, are both gutted up and awesome. Swimming Pool Project Space is giving her a solo show this month, and it opens with a reception this Friday, December 11th, from 7-11 PM @ Swimming Pool Project Space, 2858 W. Montrose.

Lauren Gregory, Mother

Lauren Gregory, Mother

Picturing the Studio @ SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries

If you’re in the mood for a giant institutional exhibition, check out SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries this winter for Picturing the Studio, a show featuring over 30 artists (everyone from Baldessari to Ross-Ho) and centering around the place and role and use of the artist’s studio in contemporary art. The opening is this Friday, December 11th from 4:30-7 PM @ Sullivan Galleries, 33 S State St., 7th floor.

Picturing the Studio @ Sullivan Galleries

Picturing the Studio @ Sullivan Galleries (pictured above, Studio of Michelle Grabner, co-curator)

Matt Stolle @ Andrew Rafacz

Another relatively recent SAIC grad, Matt Stolle‘s monochrome paintings appear to raise up throwing aesthetic hammers at modernism, reclaiming the simplicity and icy design. His latest show, MODERNISTPHALLUS, opens this Saturday, December 12th @ Andrew Rafacz Gallery, 835 W. Washington.

Matt Stolle, Untitled

Matt Stolle, Untitled

More coming as I hear about them.

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Weekend Preview – this weekend by Steve Ruiz
December 3, 2009, 10:01 pm
Filed under: Chicago Art Preview

There are a few openings this weekend at which I encourage attendance. Freshly updated with Sunday’s events.

Margo Hoff @ Corbett vs. Dempsey

Noble square gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey will be showing a retrospective of sorts of renowned artist Margo Hoff‘s work, titled Restless City. The content spans many decades and many mediums and includes the work she executed while in Chicago. Opening reception this Friday, December 4th from 5-9 PM @ Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1120 N. Ashland, 3rd floor.

Margo Hoff, Siesta Upstairs

Margo Hoff, Siesta Upstairs

Tony Fitzpatrick @ Eyeporium

Chicago artist/establishment Tony Fitzpatrick is showing small aquatint/etching prints this month at Wicker Park’s Eyeporium Gallery. Dig the series, titled Autumn Etchings, here; and see the work itself at the opening this Friday, November 4th from 6-9 PM @ Eyeporium Gallery, 1543 N. Milwaukee.

Tony Fitzpatrick, Autumn Composition

Tony Fitzpatrick, Autumn Composition

Co-Paintings, Cute Puppies @ Spoke

Spoke’s latest event, Co-Paintings, Cute Puppies looks to keep up this year’s streak of good one-night art events with an exhibition of collaborative paintings by artists John Henley and Pete Frederiksen. Puppies are also promised. Real puppies. The event starts and runs Saturday, December 5th from from 5-8PM @ Spoke, 119 N. Peoria, #3D.

Henley & Frederiksen

Henley & Frederiksen

Exhibition 3.12052009 @ MVSEVM

A group show at one of the city’s more considered apartment galleries, Exhibition 3.12052009 will feature the work of artists Sarah Elliott, Zak Arctander, Joe Craig, Cameron Crawford, Tom Kinsella, and Forrest Nash. Opening reception this Saturday, December 5th from 5-9 PM @ MVSEVM, 1626 N. California, #2.

Forrest Nash, IPVTF 17

Forrest Nash, IPVTF 17

Michelle Welzen Collazo Anderson
& Bernard Williams @ What It Is

Two artists, Michelle Welzen Collazo Anderson and Bernard Williams show off new sculpture and painting at Oak Park’s What It Is project space. Opening reception this Saturday, December 5th from 3-5 PM @ What It Is, 1155 Lymann, in Oak Park.

Blum Jerro

Blum Jerro

Homewreckers @ Devening Projects + Editions

Devening Projects + Editions is opening Homewreckers this sunday, a group show focusing in domestic issues, interactions, phenomena, etc. See work from John ArndtClaire AshleyAlexander BraunThe FranksPatrick Gavin,
Marie HermannRoxane HopperPeter PowerAnders RuhwaldWolfgang Schlegel, and Roman Signer. Opening reception this Sunday, December 6th from 4-7PM @ Dan Devening Projects + Editions, 3039 W. Carroll.

Homewreckers at Dan Devening Projects + Editions

Roxana Hopper, In the Act of Casual Business

Scott Wolniak @ Roots & Culture

Wicker Park’s Roots & Culture will be holding a rare screening  lost of video work from artist Scott Wolniak. Looks really interesting. The event will be held this Sunday, December 6th from 7-9 PM @ Roots & Culture, 1034 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Scott Wolniak, Musican Notes in Harmony with the Attuned Healing Colors

Scott Wolniak, Musican Notes in Harmony with the Attuned Healing Colors

Also, check out Monument 2 for Daniel Sullivan’s show, SOFT THROAT.

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Weekend Preview: Crash and Bury by Steve Ruiz
November 14, 2009, 12:35 am
Filed under: Chicago Art Preview

Late late late:

Future Facing @ Old Gold

Return of Old Gold at new location with Aline Cautis, Josh Mannis, and Andy Roche. Friday, November 13th from 7-10 @ Old Gold, 3102 W Palmer Blvd.

Aline Cautis

Existence Value @ Happy Collaborationist Exhibition Space

Paul Cowan and Scott Cowan (AKA the Cowan brothers). Saturday, November 14th, 7-11 PM @ Happy Collaborationist Exhibition Space, 1254 N. Noble.

Los Hermanos Cowan

Los Hermanos Cowan

Deedee Davis and Casey Roberts @ Home Gallery

More human than a human, more nature than a nature. Closing reception Sunday, November 15th 12-3 PM @ Home Gallery, 1407 E. 54th Pl.

Deedee Davis, Pluto and the Plague Doctor

Deedee Davis, Pluto and the Plague Doctor

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