ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/show en-us 40 Bryan Volta - Gallery 400 - January 15th - May 10th Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:58:46 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Rebecca Gray Smith - Bert Green Fine Art - May 3rd - June 21st <p>Rebecca Gray Smith is debuting a complete series of etchings called "The Alphabet", letters A-Z plus two repeated letters for a total of 28 images. The series was begun in fits and starts over a 25 year period, originally intended as a response to the AIDS crisis. It has recently been completed, and was printed at Anchor Graphics in Chicago. These works explore the presence of death in all human endeavor, using traditional signifiers of mortality such as the skeleton as a primary actor and subject. Each letter corresponds to a specific fatal activity or malady, highlighting the act of existence as a high risk activity fraught with peril.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:08:36 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - Bert Green Fine Art - May 3rd - June 21st <p>Jennifer Mills&rsquo; artworks are rooted in traditional humor; she uses novelty items such as rubber chickens, whoopee cushions, fake dog poop, etc., as conceptual source material, then recreates them from scratch as unique, handmade versions, and serializes them. The repetition of forms, still all unique and not identical, retain their original humorous characteristics but overlap with and satirize the serious contemplation of fine art objects. It is rare for fine art to explore humor, and even more so, for art to be outright funny, but Mills manages to achieve this.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:05:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Jennifer Mills - Bert Green Fine Art - May 3rd - June 21st <p>Jennifer Mills&rsquo; artworks are rooted in traditional humor; she uses novelty items such as rubber chickens, whoopee cushions, fake dog poop, etc., as conceptual source material, then recreates them from scratch as unique, handmade versions, and serializes them. The repetition of forms, still all unique and not identical, retain their original humorous characteristics but overlap with and satirize the serious contemplation of fine art objects. It is rare for fine art to explore humor, and even more so, for art to be outright funny, but Mills manages to achieve this.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:05:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Cody Hudson, José Lerma, Josh Reames, Kate Ruggeri, Adam Scott, Peter Skvara, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Scott Wolniak - Western Exhibitions - April 25th - June 6th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif;">Rear exterior wall of the 845 W Washington Building<br /> View via the alley between Green and Peoria Streets. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="left"><span style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif;">RYAN TRAVIS CHRISTIAN plus contributions by <strong><br /> Cody Hudson, Jose Lerma, Josh Reames, Kate Ruggeri, Adam Scott, Peter Skvara, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Scott Wolniak</strong><br /> with more to come ...</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:01:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th - April 16th Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:54:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th - April 16th Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:52:23 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th - April 16th Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:33:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th - April 16th Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:24:12 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list M.ANAND SWAROOP - Chicago International Vintage Poster Fair - April 16th - April 16th <p>ACRYLICS ON PAPER</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:18:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Raushan Togabayeva - Gallery Uno - February 1st - April 27th Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:35:16 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - Chicago Art Department - April 11th - April 18th <p style="text-align: justify;">Chicago Art Department is pleased to present design work from The School of the Art Institute. Held in the CAD East Gallery (1932 South Halsted #100), this exhibition will feature BFA and MFA artists, &nbsp;celebrating&nbsp;design of many kinds including print, digital, 2D, 3D, and object works. </p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:31:30 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Ryan Travis Christian - Western Exhibitions - April 25th - June 6th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif;">For<em> Check please</em>, his second solo show at Western Exhibitions, <strong>Ryan Travis Christian</strong> presents graphite on paper drawings featuring his signature cartoon-style alongside a second suite of works on paper and sculptures that employ color. These new bodies of work introduce new elements and motifs (chevrons, spirals and lighting bolts), building on the artist&rsquo;s already extensive and distinct visual vocabulary (zig-zag linear patterns, hallucinatory energy, optical illusions and fractured spaces). The show opens with a free public reception on <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Friday, April 25</span> from <span style="text-decoration: underline;">5 to 8pm</span> and runs through June 6, 2014. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm and by appointment.<br /> <br /> Ryan Travis Christian&rsquo;s drawings, (per critic Jason Foumberg) &ldquo;though not literally animated, are full of motion, explosions, eye-bulges, jazz hands, frenetic patterns and formal gymnastics worthy of a Futurist&rsquo;s kaleidoscopic vision of a speeding, pulsating humanity.&rdquo; Smiling faces hide dark secrets in this world as the artist freely imitates retro cartoons such as early Disney and Looney Tunes. He references their slyly vicious humor by stretching, multiplying and isolating the eyes and limbs of his figures and placing them in exaggerated environments. Just as the Imagists did before him, Christian constructs surreal spaces while utilizing dark pop cultural sources as well as an aesthetic akin to visionary artists. <br /> <br /> Ryan Travis Christian&rsquo;s first solo show at Western Exhibitions in 2011 was reviewed in frieze, art ltd, New American Paintings, Daily Serving, and New City. His first museum show at CAM Raleigh in North Carolina in 2013 was reviewed in Art Papers, Indy Week and featured by the Associated Press (video here). Christian&rsquo;s solo gallery shows include Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco, Halsey McKay in East Hampton, NY and Cooper Cole in Toronto, and has been included in group shows in London, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Dallas and Los Angeles and has curated exhibitions at many of these same venues. New City named Christian as one of Chicago&rsquo;s &ldquo;Breakout Artists&rdquo; for 2010 and named by the same publication as one of Chicago&rsquo;s &ldquo;Top 50 Artists&rsquo; Artists&rdquo; in 2012. He lives and works in the Chicagoland area.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:58:06 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Elena Feijoo, Jesse Malmed, Jonathan Loïc Rogers, Julie Potratz - Gallery 400 - April 15th - April 19th <p style="text-align: justify;">The fifth in a series of five UIC MFA Thesis Exhibitions in Studio Arts, Photography, Moving Image, and New Media Arts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Through idiosyncratic siting and citing, we offer an articulation of the spaces between spaces. Using video, photography, sculpture, installation and performance, liminalities in language, home, identity, and humor are traced. Unnaming the nameable, we think through the way these ideas, images and objects feel and feel through the way they make us think.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Interested in the futile obsession to define one&rsquo;s identity, <strong>Elena Feijoo</strong> investigates the social and political constructs that are used to determine cultural legitimacy within differing but often overlapping communities. Drawing from her personal experience as the child of culturally diverse parents, Ms. Feijoo creates mixed media sculptures, videos, and installations that attempt to illuminate the physical, mental, and emotional space in between established cultural communities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Embracing video, performance, text, occasional objects and the overlaps and gaps thereof,<strong> Jesse Malmed</strong> works and plays in creative reading, studied density, the one-liner, choirs, screen texts, the bootleg, the cover, jokes, speculative etymologies, citation, and human voice.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Julie Potratz</strong> is a performance artist whose skits, videos, and celebrity impersonations, humorously investigate themes of identity, power dynamics, personae, and all the psychological bumps and bruises acquired along the way. Her work merges the body and sculpture, by utilizing hand&shy;made props and wearable sculptures, in a way that makes these two components inseparable.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Focusing on the actions or instances that create, define or give importance to space, <strong>Jonathan&nbsp;Lo&iuml;c Rogers</strong> works in photography, video, and installation too.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:20:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - Evanston Art Center - April 27th - May 17th <p style="text-align: justify;">Mark your calendars for our upcoming Benefit - <strong>Saturday Night, May 17</strong> at the Evanston Art Center. TICKETS $100 per person, $75 35-years old and younger</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">6:30pm - fine art auction featuring a Live Auction (8pm Live Auction begins)&nbsp;of a selection of artist-made books fashioned specifically for our Benefit, an Experience Auction,&nbsp;wine, food and more fun!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">All auction items will be on view in the galleries for preview and&nbsp;advanced silent auction bidding&nbsp;from April 27 at 1pm until May 17 at 3pm.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Proceeds from the auction benefit the Evanston Art Center's exhibition, scholarship and community outreach programming.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:16:51 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Jennifer Mills, Rebecca Gray Smith - Bert Green Fine Art - May 3rd - June 21st <p class="PageHead100 f-fp" style="text-align: justify;">Rebecca Gray Smith</p> <p class="TextJustified" style="text-align: justify;">The Alphabet is a complete series of etchings, letters A-Z plus two repeated letters for a total of 28 images. The series was begun in fits and starts over a 25 year period, originally intended as a response to the AIDS crisis. It has recently been completed, and was printed at Anchor Graphics in Chicago. These works explore the presence of death in all human endeavor, using traditional signifiers of mortality such as the skeleton as a primary actor and subject. Each letter corresponds to a specific fatal actiivity or malady, highlighting the act of existence as a high risk actiivity fraught with peril.</p> <p class="PageHead100 f-fp" style="text-align: justify;">Jennifer Mills</p> <p class="TextJustified" style="text-align: justify;">Jennifer Mills&rsquo; artworks are rooted in traditional humor; she uses novelty items such as rubber chickens, whoopee cushions, fake dog poop, etc., as conceptual source material, then recreates them from scratch as unique, handmade versions, and serializes them. The repetition of forms, still all unique and not identical, retain their original humorous characteristics but overlap with and satirize the serious contemplation of fine art objects. It is rare for fine art to explore humor, and even more so, for art to be outright funny, but Mills manages to achieve this.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:07:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list