Chicago Art Map: Openings Dec 9-11, 2011

Below is a listing from Chicago Art Map of gallery openings taking place this weekend, December 9th – 11th.


-Friday December, 9th-

Artifact: A Group Show of the BOLT Residents Marty Burns, Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite, Eric Wall, and Stacia Yeapanis

Chicago Artists’ Coalition
217 N Carpenter, Chicago, Il 60607

Opening reception December 9th, 6-10PM
Closes January 13th

ARTIFACT, an exhibition of four CAC BOLT Residents co-curated by the husband-and-wife team Jeriah Hildwine and Stephanie Burke. Eric Wall was born in Denver, Colorado. His work has been exhibited in Sweden, Germany, and the United States. Eric Wall’s artwork often references interior architecture, ambiguous space, theatrics, and the history of painting. While primarily known for his mixed media oil painting, in this exhibition he explores and creates a sitespecific installation for the first time. This new exploration outside of painting has allowed him to use familiar material and visual language in new ways. In this installation titled “Still Life of Plants With Artifcial Lighting” , ” Wall alludes to Dutch still life paintings, magazine-like domestic interiors, and film and theatrical lighting. While combining all these elements and influences, Wall seduces and interacts with the viewer in a techno-color investigation of sculpture, painting, and space.


Tell Tale Signs

Corbett vs. Dempsey
1120 N. Ashland Ave.
Noble Square

Opening reception December 9th, 5-8PM
Closes January 21st

It is with great pleasure that Corbett vs. Dempsey presents Tell Tale Signs, an exhibition of new paintings by Art Green. A member of the original Hairy Who exhibition group, which showed at the Hyde Park Art Center (1966-1968) and introduced the Chicago Imagist notion to the world, Green has been mining a shaft of potent images for the last 45 years. He brings together a puzzle master’s love of pattern, illusion, code and system, a Pop artist’s interest in vibrant commercial and vernacular source images, and a festidious nish fetish. This new group of paintings, which represents Green’s first solo show in Chicago in many years, features several elaborately shaped canvases, including “Hang Time,” a giant dollar sign-shaped painting inspired by the global economic downturn, and various approaches to perspectival confusion. The brilliantly colored, dizzyingly detailed images take great concentration to parse, yielding layers of interlocking imagery, all composed with a wry sense of humor, rich in visual puns and subtle allusions. The exhibition is accompanied by a 28-page catalog featuring an interview with Green and reproductions of all the work, plus images of source material and sketches.


Sze Lin Pang “An Exhibition of International Artists”

Roots and Culture
1034 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Noble Square

Opening reception December 9th, 6-9PM
Closes January 7th

Sze Lin Pang “An Exhibition of International Artists” w/ Craft Mystery Cult.


F*ck Em

310 N. Peoria st. Chicago, IL 60607
West Loop

Opening reception December 9th
Closes February 3rd 

A group show at FM* December 9th, 2011 thru February 3rd, 2012 Reception and “Forgive Me” unveiling, 6PM January 13th, 2012 FM*Gallery is pleased to present a themed group show of works by selected gallery artists Cesar Conde, Mark Hansen, Eileen Miller, Rory Coyne, Melanie Brown, CJ Hungerman, Hebru Brantley, Joshua Backus, Andrew Rauhauser, Dominic Sansone, Franklin Riley, and guest artist Archangelo Crelencia. Each artist has been invited to create 2 identical sized pieces of artwork – the first, with a F*ck Em theme, will be on display starting Dec 9th. The artists were open to interpret the theme however they like… They will then artistically ask for your forgiveness when their second piece is unveiled at the Forgive Me show and reception on Jan 13th. Each pair of paintings or sculpture will be displayed together thru February 3rd.


Samantha Bittman – Perceptual Notions

Thomas Robertello Gallery
27 N Morgan St Chicago, IL 60607
West Loop

Opening reception December 9th, 6-8PM
Closes January 21st

Bittman explores the ways in which perception is in constant flux by employing rigorous visual systems of assertive and contrary elements. While the non-woven paintings are visual systems akin to, and an extension of weave structures, the process of weaving, and the image/structure relationship inherent in a woven textile; all works point toward more complicated layers of cognition and experience. In decoding the material construction and strategies for building each painting, the viewer becomes aware that the logic present in the blueprint of each work breaks with the experience of viewing the work as a whole entity.



Rhona Hoffman Gallery
118 North Peoria St.
West Loop

Opening reception December 9th, 5:00-7:30PM
Closes January 21st


Justyna Adamczyk and Aleksandra Urban

EC Gallery
215 N. Aberdeen
West Loop

Opening reception December 9th, 6-8PM
Closes January 21st

EC Gallery is pleased to present “Dark Corner”  an exhibition featuring new works by Justyna Adamczyk and Aleksandra Urban. The exhibition of works by Polish female artists of the young generation graduates of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw will be on display at the Gallery from December 9th through January 21st, 2012. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, December 9th, 6 pm 8pm. Justyna Adamczyk will present her very intimate painting which is a combination of organicity (in its literal sense) and surrealistic abstraction. On display will also be a series of graphic works by Alex Urban. These works can remind one of fairy tales in which everyday life and fantasy come together. Both artists escape from the boredom of everyday life into overflowing imagination filled up with a great number of themes. Both artists have a lot in common: fascination with human physiology, the sacral sphere, introversion, but predominantly with the dark side of humanity. They are both looking for inspiration amongst human phobias and they are not afraid to give shape to what can be lurking in a dark corner, especially when this dark corner is a place in our own mind.



Western Exhibitions
119 N. Peoria St.
West Loop

Opening reception December 9th, 5-8PM
Closes January 21st

A series of collaborative sculptures presented by John Riepenhoff. Featuring Peter Barrickman, Nicholas Frank, Richard Galling, Michelle Grabner, Greg Klassen, Jose Lerma, Scott Reeder, Tyson Reeder In Gallery 2 : John Riepenhoff – Plein Air Paintings.


David Gillanders

Packer Schopf Gallery
942 W. Lake St.
West Loop

Opening reception December 9th, 5-8PM
Closes January 7th

David Gillanders is fascinated by maps, globes, calendars, alphabets, and mathematical notation; all the ways we’ve found to symbolize, simplify, codify and communicate our experiences of space, time, and ideas. A few years ago in a small Parisian gallery of old prints and documents he found an etching, a celestial map by the 17th century English astronomer John Flamsteed documenting the positions of the stars visible in the northern hemisphere, with the Milky Way cutting a blue swath through the otherwise mathematical image. On the back, in pencil, was written “Petite carte du ciel”, Little Map of the Sky. It seemed to him a beautiful and audacious thing to attempt, to condense the endless night sky to a few marks on an eight by ten inch piece of paper. The paintings in this exhibition, though inspired by Flamsteed, are maps of a different kind.

-Saturday December, 10th-

Tony Lewis

Autumn Space
1700 W Irving Park Road #207, Chicago IL 60613

Opening reception December 10th, 6-9PM
Closes December 31st

Once again I find myself in the position of a considerate provocateur. However, I presumably behave as one should (as I imagine most people do) and adapt to the limitations and expectations of a kind of bodily consensus. So I relentlessly use graphite. I find amusement within the work’s authoritatively primordial presence and the baroque, ethereal gravity of its implied character.

Decompositions, new works by Emily Green

Happy Collaborationist Exhibition Space
1254 N. Noble St.
Noble Square

Opening reception December 10th, 6-10PM

Decompositions is an exploration of decay and deterioration both natural and coerced. Through a variety of time-intensive processes Emily Green takes on the roles of excavator, biologist and meditator, experimenting with organic and synthetic materials while examining the structures of familiar objects and patterns. Green’ approach to the relationship between these objects, the body and nature reveals something hidden and unsettling, drawing connections between human impression on the objects that surround us to erosion found in the natural world. Green plays with ideas of nostalgia associated with worn upholstery, decaying fabric and decorative patterns of a bygone era.


Floor Length and Tux (FLAT)
2332 W. Augusta Blvd. #3F
Ukranian Village

Opening reception December 10th, 7-10PM 

FLAT 11 will feature new work from Chuck Jones, Danielle Paz and Frank Pollard, alongside resident FLAT artists Catie Olson and EC Brown.


Derek Chan: All Our Relations

Carrie Secrist Gallery
835 W. Washington Blvd.
West Loop

Opening reception December 10th, 5-8PM
Closes January 15th

Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to present Derek Chan: All Our Relations, opening Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 5 – 8 PM. All Our Relations, Chan’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, comprises paintings, drawings, and installation to contemplate cultural myth and sacred writings. Driven by the significant role symbols play in our everyday lives, Chan’s new body of work is born from an exploration of the hieroglyphs and petroglyphs of indigenous cultures. Central to this exhibition is the theme of “The Weaver”, inspired by Native American myth. These works are Chan’s interpretation of the exoteric teachings of indigenous cultures, applied to personal and collective lived experience. The imagery in this exhibition pulls from a series of created symbols, found universally across cultures in the East and the West and in the lexicon of abstract painting.




Beth Campbell: Periodic Split

Andrew Rafacz Gallery
835 W. Washington Blvd
West Loop

Opening Reception December 10th, 4-7pm
Exhibition closes January 21

ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce Periodic Split, new and recent works by Beth Campbell in collaboration with Los Angeles-based COUNTRY CLUB, in Gallery One.


Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery
1136 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60642
East Village

Opening reception December 10th, 8:30 PM

Siren songs, grotesque drama, noise and projection and SUN 12.18.11 at 7PM Longtime collaborators Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim curate ON | OFF, an evening with internationally celebrated artists Will Bond, LeRoy Bach, Mark Jeffery and Judd Morrissey.

-Sunday December, 11th-


Devening Projects and Editions
3039 W. Carroll Ave.
Garfield Park

Opening reception December 11th, 4-7PM
Closes January 21st

devening projects editions is pleased to announce the opening of Mark Booth’s exhibition, THE SEA IS REPRESENTED BY AN IRREGULAR SHAPE and Unfurl, a series of new photographs in the off space by Scott Fortino. Please join us on Sunday, December 11 for a reception for both artists. Mark Booth’s exhibition THE SEA IS REPRESENTED BY AN IRREGULAR SHAPE is situated around Booth’s evolving project God is Represented by the Sea, a recursive language-based audio work. The title is the second line of the audio work God is Represented by the Sea. All subsequent exhibitions and iterations of the work will be titled with successive lines in the text. Additional lines are added to the list with each exhibition, so that the text is perpetually evolving and increasing in length. As a result, the system of representation also expands with each exhibition, with the theoretically possible eventual result that every object, perception, and concept in the frame of human experience could be represented by some other object, perception, or concept. The exhibition at devening projects editions is a 3-channel audio installation of God is Represented by the Sea with instrumentals by the Chicago duo Coppice, a durational live audio performance of the work, paintings on paper and polyester film visualizing lines from the audio text and a site-specific installation in adhesive vinyl.



Roxaboxen Exhibitions
2130 W. 21st St.

Opening reception December 11th, 7-10PM
Closes December 25th

Paul Virilio’s War and Cinema ends with a great and final cinematic metaphor: an ultimate flash that will end all. Virilio’s notion of corporal distancing between casualty of war and end-user (via technological apparatus) is the impetus behind Christopher Meerdo’s photographic installation Stalemate: a proportionally scaled glow-in-the-dark photographic reproduction of an M1A1 Abrahams tank.