Top 5 Weekend Picks! (10/22 & 10/23)

October 20, 2010 · Print This Article

As I sit here, snuggled up in my polar fleece blanket against the growing chill, I am reminded that the end of comfortable gallery cruising season is almost here. For those intrepid crawlers like Jeriah and myself, this doesn’t mean the end of going out, no no, to us it just means thicker socks and heavier coats. But for many, the onset of cold fall and impending winter slows their gallery crawl motivation. SO my dear friends out there in TV land, get your ass out there before it starts to snow, ‘cus there is still lots of good shit going on!

1. The Level Eater at Co-Prosperity Sphere

A bad ass mix of gaming inspired art and real-time playing. Come to see the work, come to play. Work by Jeriah Hildwine, Luke Willard, Michael Garcia, Nick Bahr, and Sam Sieger.

Co-Prosperity Sphere is locate at 3219 S. Morgan St. Reception begins at 8pm on Friday, gaming begins at midnight.

2. The Uhaul Show at, well, multiple places

A roaming show featuring the work of Kirk Faber, Max Garret, Susie Kimball, Joe Mault, Tim Schade, Qing Yang and Chris Bradley.The people in the above picture are the artists. No, they’re not.

Friday, October 22, The Uhaul show will be parked on Columbus Drive between Monroe and Jackson just East of the Chicago Loop (6-10pm). Saturday, October 23 it will be parked just north of Division at the intersection of Damen and Chrystal (2-6pm). Sunday, October 24 it will be parked outside of our new location (3710 N. Marshfield) just a block northwest of Ashland and Addison (2-6pm).

3. Transformation Opera at Antena

Super crazy video weirdness created by artist Amelia Winger-Bearskin.

Antena is located at 1765 S. Laflin St. Reception is Friday, from 6-10pm.

4. David Maisel and Kim Keever at Carrie Secrist Gallery

Erie landscape imagery by David Maisel and Kim Keever.

Carrie Secrist Gallery is located at 835 W. Washington Blvd. Reception is Saturday from 4-7pm.

5. everything after at Kavi Gupta Gallery

Conflict zones brought to you with a twist by Curtis Mann.

Kavi Gupta Gallery is located at 835 W Washington Blvd. Reception is Saturday from 5-8pm.




Greg Stimac, Susan Giles, and a “secret” Theaster Gates show all closing soon….

March 8, 2010 · Print This Article

Many, though certainly not all, Chicago gallery exhibitions are geared towards openings; often, attending the opening reception of an exhibition is the easiest and most practical way to see a show because the gallery’s subsequent public viewing hours are either infrequent or by appointment only. I dislike seeing works of art during openings because the presence of crowds of people make it very difficult for me to quiet my mind and my body in the manner that many artworks demand (this is especially true if I plan to write about the work later). Because of this, I’m always dashing around trying to make sure I’ve seen all the exhibitions on my list during the last weeks of their run. Here are a couple of shows I’ve seen recently that will close after this weekend. They’re at galleries with standard Tu-Sat viewing hours, and well-worth the effort to check out, if you haven’t already.

Greg Stimac at Andrew Rafacz Gallery (last day open is Saturday, March 13th). Walking into the gallery, you might at first assume that Stimac’s photographs are of a starry night sky, or some kind of close-up shot of dandelion fluff scattering in the wind. Nope. They’re bugs splattered at full speed against Stimac’s car windshield, each inkjet print a record of a particular road trip undertaken by the artist (as Karstun Lund has pointed out in his press release text for the show). My own take on the images veers in a slightly different direction; I like to think of them as a form of battlefield photography. The torn limbs and smashed wings of each dive-bombing bug is reproduced in astonishingly delicate detail. We’re able to focus our attention on the individuality of each dead or dying creature but, inevitably, that attention is quickly revoked,  overwhelmed by the chaotic vision of mass carnage.

Greg Stimac, Untitled (Chicago to Atlanta), 2009

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