ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/show en-us 40 Tegan Brace, Bobbi Meier - Roots & Culture - March 10th - April 9th Sun, 07 Feb 2016 06:43:54 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Jaime Angelopoulos, Benjamin Barretto, Robert Chase Heishman, Morgan Mandalay, Adam Parker Smith - LVL3 Gallery - February 13th - March 27th <p style="text-align: justify;">LVL3 is proud to present <em>Sugar Talk</em>, a group show marking our sixth year as an artist-run space. Every year, LVL3 invites back five previously exhibited artists to celebrate their impact on our programming. <em>Sugar Talk</em> is inspired by the modern sixth anniversary gift of candy. For this exhibition LVL3 looks to draw attention to the sweet influence these artists have had on our programming and beyond.</p> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 06:41:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Mel Pekarsky - Paris London Hong Kong - January 29th - March 12th <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The desert is vast, but fragile and vulnerable; beautiful, rapidly and constantly changing; neat, clean, open, ordered, disciplined and precise. And it&rsquo;s honest, revealing everything, clarifying every relationship. I try to bring this back, not as a souvenir, but as icon and metaphor. I&rsquo;m interested in the tension between abstraction and representation, in the mark and in what it represents; in surface as fragile membrane; in the precision of chance and the controlled chaos of gesture, and, underneath the work, in earth as anxious object because of us.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">-Mel Pekarsky</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Desert</em> brings together a curated selection of watercolor and ink works by artist Mel Pekarsky from the 1980s. In the merging of the traditional landscape and abstraction, Pekarsky creates a contemporary language that reveals the emotive aspects of his favorite subject matter, the desert. He achieves this with simple, articulate brushstrokes and an attention to detail that focuses as much on what is in the landscape than what is not. In this tension between &lsquo;abstraction and representation&rsquo;, Pekarsky provides the viewer with an experience, both visual and emotional.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Mel (Melvin H.) Pekarsky</strong> (born Chicago, IL, September 18, 1934) is an American artist and art educator. He is best known for his paintings and drawings of the desert, and is recognized by art critic Donald Kuspit as &ldquo;one of the most significant contemporary landscape artists.&rdquo; A professor of art at the State University of New York at Stony Brook for forty years, Pekarsky&rsquo;s work has been shown by the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Butler Institute of American Art, among many other venues.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 06:34:32 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Sanford Biggers - moniquemeloche gallery - March 11th - April 2nd <p style="text-align: justify;">Following <em><a href="http://moniquemeloche.com/onthewall/ago-2/" target="_blank">Ago</a></em>, the artist&rsquo;s celebrated 2013<strong> on the wall</strong> installation at moniquemeloche, Sanford Biggers will have his first solo exhibition in Chicago opening February 11, 2016, with a reception for the artist from 5:00-7:30pm.&nbsp;On a large, horizontal, mounted quilt painting, collaged material buckles underneath Biggers&rsquo;s abstracted motifs. With an emphasis placed on materiality, form, collage, and influences ranging from Miriam Schapiro to Frank Stella, <em>the pasts they brought with them</em> will feature this new series of transmogrified quilts alongside bronzed, deconstructed sculptures sourced from street vendors on 125th Street in Harlem. Narrative video works act as accompaniment to each of the sculptures, further elucidating the process Biggers&rsquo; figurines undergo.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Plans are in the works to present a live performance of Biggers&rsquo; &ldquo;Moon Medicin&rdquo; &ndash; an aural and optical experiment conducted by this interdisciplinary artist.&nbsp; This would be another first for Chicago audiences, who got a taste for Biggers&rsquo; theatrics through <em>Ghetto Bird Tunic</em>, a sculpture and costume he created for a 2009 performance that was worn by the late Terry Adkins, which was included in <em>The Freedom Principle</em>: <em>Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now</em> (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2015, travels to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2016). Biggers is spending a year interacting within Detroit&rsquo;s art and music communities in preparation for a seminal exhibition that continues his practice of broadening our understanding of American history. He is a TED2016 Fellow, a group of 21 world-changers working at the very forefront of their fields, representing 12 countries around the world. Biggers is a 2015 recipient of both The Joyce Award from The Joyce Foundation and the NEA Art Works program, to funnel his research into <em>Subjective Cosmology</em>, a multidisciplinary exhibition created in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, opening Fall 2016. An alumni of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Biggers was appointed to their Board of Governors in 2015. moniquemeloche will present a 2 person exhibition by Biggers and Ebony G. Patterson in New York on the Lower East Side during Armory Week March 2016.&nbsp; Please contact the gallery for more details.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A fully illustrated digital catalog with an essay by writer and artist Matt Morris will accompany the exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Sanford Biggers&nbsp;(born 1970 Los Angeles, CA, lives and works New York, NY)</strong>&nbsp;is an interdisciplinary artist who works in film/video, installation, sculpture, music, and performance. Biggers&rsquo;s art frequently references African American ethnography,&nbsp;hip hop music,&nbsp;Buddhism, African spirituality, Indo-European Vodoun, Jazz,&nbsp;Afrofuturism, urban culture and icons from Americana.&nbsp;An L.A. native, he has lived and worked in New York City since 1999. &nbsp;He received a BA from&nbsp;Morehouse College&nbsp;in Atlanta, Georgia, a MFA from the&nbsp;School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and attended&nbsp;Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Biggers is a 2008 Creative Capital Awardee in the Visual Arts. He&nbsp;has been included in several notable exhibitions such as:&nbsp;<em>Prospect 1/New Orleans Biennial </em>(2008),&nbsp;<em>Illuminations</em>&nbsp;at the Tate Modern (2007-08),&nbsp;<em>Performa 07 </em>in NY (2007), the Whitney Biennial of American Art (2002),&nbsp;<em>The Here and Now</em>&nbsp;at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (2005), and&nbsp;<em>Freestyle</em>&nbsp;at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2001). Solo exhibitions include Ringling Museum, Sarasota FL (2012) (which travels to Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts Anderson Gallery this May); MassMoCA (2012); Brooklyn Museum of Art (2011-12); Sculpture Center NY (2010); Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (2010); Portland Art Museum (2009); Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland (2005); Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati (2004); Contemporary Art Museum Baltimore (2004); Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2002); and the Berkeley Art Museum (2002). He is presently Assistant Professor at&nbsp;Columbia University&rsquo;s Visual Arts program.</p> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:12:16 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Group Show - Vertical Gallery - February 6th - February 27th <p>Vertical Gallery is proud to present our first exhibition of 2016 with a massive group show, February 6 - 27, 2016, with all artists contributing two 24 x 24 in. original works. This show features many returning artists to our gallery, as well as a few artists showing with us for the first time.<br /> <br /> Featuring: Stormie Mills, Word to Mother, Martin Whatson, Pure Evil, Hebru Brantley, Miss Van, Collin van der Sluijs, Chad Hasegawa, Pam Glew, FAKE, Alice Pasquini, Ben Slow, Jason Brammer, Xenz, My Dog Sighs, Greg Gossel, Greve, Jack Chappel (Nice One), Ermsy, James Starr, Inkie, Stinkfish, Lie, Chris Cunningham, Brad Novak, David Soukup, Niels Shoe Meulman, The Thomas Brothers, Toasters, Mr. Cenz, ASVP, Max Kauffman, E. LEE, and Pizza in the Rain.<br /> <br /> Opening reception: Saturday, February 6, 6-10pm<br /> Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago</p> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 22:10:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list