Chicago Art Map: Openings Jan 20-22, 2012

Below is a listing from Chicago Art Map of gallery openings taking place this weekend, January 20th – 22nd.

-Friday January, 20th-


The Maxwell Colette Gallery
908 N Ashland Ave
Wicker Park

Opening reception January 20th, 6-10PM

Maxwell Colette Gallery and DB Burkeman are excited to present STUCK-UP: A Selected History of Alternative and Popular Culture Told Though Stickers. This traveling exhibition, curated by Burkeman from his extensive personal collection, provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore the expanding role that stickers have played in popular culture over the past four decades. STUCK-UP… features stickers from Street Art legends (Banksy, Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Space Invader, KAWS), and internationally lauded contemporary artists not necessarily known for stickers (Andy Warhol, Jenny Holzer, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Tom Sachs) shown side by side with anonymous stickers peeled from the streets of NYC.


Unfolding Space

Floating World
1925 N. Halsted St.
Lincoln Park

Opening reception January 20th, 6-8PM
Closes February 17th

A special exhibition brought to you by Floating World Gallery and architects Charlotte Page and Susan Conger-Austin. As each user perceives the elements and installation differently, Unfolding Space addresses the question: is there a way to represent a place objectively? That is, can an object shed the veil of subjective influence? Can information be known without connotation? Or, is the object truly known by all subjective experiences of it? With her system of drawing that melds techniques from cinema and analytical architectural drawing, Charlotte Page unfolds each object in a series of ink drawings to reveal a spectrum of cognitive influence from the most objective to the most subjective, and back again. This exhibition is presented with the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.



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

Opening reception January 20th, 6-9PM
Closes February 10th

Homa Shojaie presents ASCENT, an installation that investigates the material space of canvas to explore archetypal personas. Shojaie’s new work creates a meditative space that builds on the potential of canvas while metaphorically referencing the body. As the warps and the wefts of the raw canvas are methodically peeled away, layers of meaning reveal the subject’s emotional landscape. Hovering on the edges of painting, architecture, sculpture and text, Shojaie’s installation references a zone that never fully attaches itself to any one discipline. Instead, ASCENT is continuously shifting, carefully diffusing the boundary of the threads found in the frayed canvas, simultaneously revealing everything and nothing.


LOSSY: Bolen, Ladensack, Meerdo and Nelson

Roots and Culture
1034 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Noble Square

Opening reception January 20th, 6-9PM
Closes February 18th

Nearly every minute of every day we are inundated with photographic images. The instantaneity of digital photography coupled with internet sharing has shifted our temporal awareness. And as a continuation of photography’s complicated relationship with truth, the expansiveness of Photoshop has further skewed the validity of images once trusted as authentic. These images have come to shape our consciousness. It is this multitude of images that recontextualize photographs once held as autonomous and idiosyncratic. Our photographs are now part of a larger conglomeration of image equivalents, produced by a global authorship.


Plaines Project
1822 S. Desplaines St. Chicago, IL

Opening reception January 20th, 7-10PM
Closes January 27th 

DRESSING THE LOOM is a collaborative large-scale installation by ACRE resident Alex Miller and Lorraine Barger. Taking inspiration from the process and structure of weaving and presenting it in an abstracted sculptural form, Miller and Barger break down weaving into basic concepts: line, tension, organization, building and layers. This then emphasizes the beauty of the warp (the vertical element of a woven fabric, threaded on the loom) at the point before weaving begins. Walking with the warp provides quiet meditation and an exploration of the state between tension and potential.


National Wet Paint Exhibition 2012

Zhou B Art Center
1029 W. 35th St.
South Chicago

Opening reception January 20th
Closes March 10th

The National Wet Paint Exhibition 2012 is an outlook and an overview of top MFA painting programs in the United States. Wet Paint refers to the idea that this is a fresh group of artists. They are MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) candidates and recent MFA recipients working primarily in the medium of painting. Now on its third year, this growing and highly competitive juried exhibition will bring to Chicago some of the most talented emerging artists in the country. Wet Paint 2012 is fully funded by the Zhou B. Art Center which makes it possible for graduate students to submit works for consideration at no cost. Wet Paint 2012 takes place from January 20 to March 10 in the spacious main gallery of the Zhou B Art Center. Wet Paint is juried and curated by Sergio Gomez, MFA.


Global Cities, Model Worlds and The World Finder

Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.
West Loop

Opening reception January 20th, 5-8PM
Closes March 3rd

In Global Cities, Model Worlds artists Ryan Griffis, Lize Mogel, and Sarah Ross explore the spatial and social impacts of mega events, such as the Olympics and World’s Fairs. The host cities of these international spectacles seek to transform themselves into global cities through planning, architecture, and ideology. Locally, these events pave the way for redevelopment projects that can create new public resources such as parks, stadiums, or transportation infrastructure, but often result in significant displacement of residents or industry, reinforcing existing inequalities.


-Saturday January, 21st-

Anagram City

3319 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

Opening reception January 21st, 6-9PM
Closes March 3rd 

Taking its title from an Amazon.com review by Kevin Killian (The Time Traveler’s Wife on Blu-ray), the artists in this exhibition use strategies of representation to present a different recording of the world around us and our perception of it. Featuring: Joseph Cassan, Julia Fish, Kevin Killian, Jessica Labatte, John Neff, and B. Wurtz.


-Sunday January, 22nd-

CATHY WILKES: I Give You All My Money

The Renaissance Society
5811 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL 60637
Hyde Park

Opening reception January 22nd, 4-7PM

The opening reception will also include a conversation with the artist from 5 to 6pm in Kent Hall, Room 107 (directly northeast of Cobb Hall on the University of Chicago quadrangle). Over the past five years, Irish artist Cathy Wilkes (b. 1966) has garnered international attention for her installations whose signature elements are set amongst, and outfitted with, accoutrements of an abject, quotidian nature. Wilkes’ highly subjective work consists of objects (strollers, soiled dishes, dolls, dried flower petals) that recur as symbolic leitmotifs. Her process of selection and arrangement of materials is measured and refined, drawing equally on a precise formal language and the most intimate of personal experiences to create a compelling autobiographical thread. The Renaissance Society will present “I Give You All My Money” whose title, like that of several other works, has a biblical reference regarding sacrifice.


Michelle Grabner: Black Swan

Shane Campbell Gallery (Oak Park)
125 N. Harvey Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
Oak Park

Opening reception January 22nd, 2-4PM
Closes February 26th

“Black Swan” hosts a selection of new work by Michelle Grabner, that includes embroideries and paintings. The works reinvest in the iconic imagery of the circle and gingham patterning, through the clashing of domestic and minimalist vocabulary. This curatorial project by Shane Campbell’s School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Contemporary Art Seminar will be held at the Shane Campbell Gallery in Oak Park. The proximity of the work to Grabner’s Suburban galleries, studio, and home play an integral role in its inception and reception.



Roxaboxen Exhibitions
2130 W. 21st St.

Opening reception January 22nd, 7-10PM
Closes January 29th

new works by KAREN BOVINICH. ACRE and ROXABOXEN EXHIBITIONS present an opening reception on SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012 from 7-10pm at 2130 W 21ST ST, Chicago 60608. ACRE has partnered with ROXABOXEN EXHIBITIONS to host NOT ALL DAYS ARE THE SAME; A CONTEMPLATION OF TRANSITS: new works by KAREN BOVINICH, the next installment in ACRE’s year-long series of exhibitions by 2011 ACRE summer residents.