Chicago Art Map: Openings Feb 2-4, 2012

Below is a listing from Chicago Art Map of gallery openings taking place this weekend, February 2nd – 4th.


-Thursday February, 2nd-

Film is Dead: Edges of the Digital Frame

I AM Logan Square
2648 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60647

Opening reception February 2nd, 6-8:30PM

I Am Logan Square presents the February gallery opening, “Film Is Dead: Edges of The Digital Frame”. This exhibition is a radical video exhibition that celebrates the new wave of underground cinema. The works of Nelson Carvajal and Amir George represent an underexposed avenue of truly independent filmmaking. The opening reception will be held at the IALS gallery, 2644 N. Milwaukee Ave. Revolution Brewing will be providing its signature bacon fat popcorn and seasonal beer for the reception accompanied by delicious treats by Paper Moon Pastry.


-Friday February, 3rd-

SKY LINES at Chapel Projects

Charnel House Chicago
3421 W. Fullerton Ave.
Logan Square

Opening reception February 3rd, 6-9PM
Closes February 19th

Works by Robin Dluzen; Photographs produced by New Bound Media. Curated by MK Meador. Employing salvaged cardboard to construct her water tower support structures, Dluzen draws parallels to the scavenging history of the forms. The individual sculptures are lined up and stacked on top of one another to create a skyline composed entirely of these formerly functional objects. In this way, Dluzen presents the supports and the city’s landscape in a new light, and restores a bit of this outmoded architecture’s glory. Viewing hours are from 12pm-4pm Saturday and Sunday or by appointment.

Issuing Forth: Benjamin Chaffee, Timothy McMullen, Zoe Nelson, and Josh Reames.

Robert Bills Contemporary
650 W. Lake

Opening reception February 3rd, 6-9PM
Closes February 25th

Curated by Becca Schlossberg and Hannah Klemm. Robert Bills Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Issuing Forth. This group exhibition presents new work by four artists who interrogate, extend, and experiment with the possibilities of painting. Building up, off, and around the traditionally flat plane, these four artists employ distinctive strategies that test both the potential and the limitations of the medium. Each artist creates new supports for the painted surface through a variety of methods and techniques. Resisting traditional painterly methods and artistic methodologies, their work demonstrates ways in which the historical and material trajectory of painting may be redirected to new ends in the contemporary moment. Zoe Nelson dramatizes the division between painted surface and negative space by cutting into the canvas. The cuts, and cut-out shapes and negative spaces produced by them, become key compositional elements. Through an emphasis on addition and subtraction, concealing and revealing, Nelson’s work actively rethinks the acknowledged unity of the object, surface, and frame. Combining a variety of materials such as painted canvas, paper, glass and panels with lean-to wooden structures, Timothy McMullen pushes the concerns of painting into three-dimensional space. McMullen translates elements of the language of painting into the realm of sculpture by inserting two-dimensional media into different spatial and structural frameworks. Josh Reames approximates the material qualities of painting without recourse to a brush. He eschews conventional gestural application, instead mimicking or mirroring its effects. Reames selects alternative tools such as airbrush, palette knife, and paint straight from the tube to reinterpret painterly conventions in a new way. Benjamin Chaffee’s previous work in performance and installation has often addressed and interrogated the act of painting and the conditions necessary for its execution. His new work shows a deep fascination with the materiality, finish, and function of a painted surface and its supports. The resultant objects serve as potential props for a heretofore-unrealized performance, existing in between description and invention.


Survey: Watie White

Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S. Morgan St.

Opening reception February 3rd, 6-8PM
Closes February 17th

The Chicago Project is highlighting the work of artist Watie White. An intermediary, whose traditional selection of mediums, printmaking, painting and drawing, benefits White’s exquisite skill in interpreting our fundamental experiences. A catalog of the Chicago Project will be available at the Teachers Lounge Project Space at DePaul University. The Chicago Project is curated by Jim Duignan.



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

Opening reception February 3rd, 5-8PM
Closes March 17th

It is with great pleasure that Corbett vs. Dempsey presents Negative Joy, a show of new work by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung. In her CvsD debut, Zuckerman-Hartung continues a deeply inquisitive exploration of painting as a primary practice, investigating its material raptures, intellectual speed-bumps, and conceptual limits. Zuckerman-Hartung, who was raised in Olympia, Washington, and now lives and teaches in Chicago, simultaneously has an adoring relationship with paint – its gooey, viscous, repulsive, sexy physicality – and is also instinctively skeptical of its fetishistic power. Working abstractly, in relatively small scale, she reaches into a deep trick-bag, pouring, spraying, incising, collaging, assemblaging, linking, amputating, and otherwise thoroughly working and reworking her canvases. An earlier interest in modernist geometry has been subsumed in a much wider array of effects, blasting open cubist facets and placing them in an explosive array of textures, colors, and even images. Ferociously original and intent on maintaining a permanent personal revolution, Zuckerman-Hartung has rapidly become one of the most visible artists of her generation to emerge in Chicago. Recent exhibitions have included Anna Kustera Gallery (New York) and Spazio Cabinet (Milan), and in upcoming months she will be featured in one-person exhibitions at Jacky Strenz (Frankfurt) in March, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) in May. Negative Joy is accompanied by a 44-page catalog featuring full-color reproductions of the paintings and a conversation between John Corbett and Zuckerman-Hartung.

In the East Wing: MIROSLAV TICHY In the East Wing, CvsD is delighted to present the first Chicago exhibition of work by the maverick Czech photographer Miroslav Tichy (1926-2011). Known for his materially distressed pictures of women in the artist’s hometown of Kyjov, taken on one of several handmade cardboard cameras starting in the 1960s, Tichy’s unique and hermetic images have a mystery and allure that is darkly leering, funny, and often strangely tender. The New York Times called the work an “uncanny fusion of eroticism, paranoia and deliberation.” For some of the prints – which are unique, not editioned –  he created quizzical colored-paper frames, crudely decorated with ballpoint pen. Not quite like any other contemporary photographer, Tichy’s work only came to light in 2004, but since then he has been the subject of many solo exhibitions from Beijing and Tokyo to Paris and London. His first U.S. exhibition was in New York in 2005; in 2010, the International Center for Photography (New York) presented an expansive solo retrospective.


The Question of Their Content

325 W. Huron St.
River North

Opening reception February 3rd, 5-8PM
Closes March 10th

April Behnke Caitlin Berndt Garrett Durant Magalie Guerin Antonia Gurkovska Chinatsu Ikeda Osamu Kobayashi Nazafarin Lotfi Brian Maller Nick Ostoff Mario Romano Kellie Romany Carly Silverman Erin Washington Eros Zhao The Question of Their Content surveys the work of fifteen recent graduate students from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago who explore the ethos of abstraction and the non-objective. Literal depictions are variably reformed and reduced to rudimentary shapes, loose brush work, and informal mediums to depart from conventional symbolic tropes and loaded imagery. The resulting forms dispose images of any easily discernible vintage or origination. The works then exist as a complex sensory experience; independent of influence, like a visual equivalent to atonal music. The viewer approaches each terse description with abandoned ideals in order to focus on the physicality and expression of the mark.


Migraine Weather, Delta Donuts

Linda Warren Projects
327 N. Aberdeen Suite 151, 60607
West Loop

Opening reception February 3rd, 6-9PM
Closes March 10th

Linda Warren Projects is proud to announce the opening of Alex O’Neal’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, “Migraine Weather, Delta Donuts” in Gallery Y, in which, as the title suggests, two prominent formal aspects of imagery have emerged in his latest body of work: migraine auras and donuts. And Nicole Gordon’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, “Asylum”, in Gallery X, further exemplifies her practice of extending the two-dimensional realm of her paintings into installations, creating sculpture and objects from elements within her pictorial plane and providing the viewer another way to experience her strange and surrealistic vision. Axiomatic to both artists are their creation of highly distinct, visually loaded and idiosyncratic subject matter. This includes constructs that are a kind of private personal theater full of enigmatic characters, narratives, set design and costumes that mesh their individual life experiences and stories with the art historical influences they are both drawn to and compelled by.



Kavi Gupta Gallery
835 W. Washington Blvd.
West Loop

Opening reception February 3rd, 5-8PM
Closes March 24th

Kavi Gupta is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition for Antonia Gurkovska entitled Index. Using materials that stand on the periphery of painterly tradition, such as vinyl, latex, staples, packing material, and found fabrics, Gurkovska’s works are critical of the repetitious gestures, marks and interior formal structures that define their aesthetic. Reminiscent of artists Lucio Fontana, Gustav Metzger and Rudolf Stingel the works Gurkovska has included in Index are deliberate in their rough hewn state and almost always involve a cutting or puncturing of the pictorial plane. Works like the eponymous Index (2011) or Holes Of Steel (2011) are epitomic of Gurkovska’s use of negative space or the absence of material as a primary subject in a work’s composition. However, unlike the Arte Povera approach of Fontana, Gurkovska’s work often presents this canvas cutting only to unveil a secondary plane beneath, suggesting that the aesthetic structure that gives a work its form is never singular, but multiple and fractal.


Johalla Projects
1821 west Hubbard suite 110

Opening reception February 3rd, 7-10PM
Closes February 6th

new works by MONTGOMERY KIM. In our era of super-technologies and hyper-infrastructures, the gap between body and mind seems to become exponentially smaller and blurred. The link between the physical world around us and ideology seamlessly blend into one another, as one is borne from the other in no discernible order. The niches we establish are formed by ever more calculated measures, which we perceive as extensions of our selves. In so doing, our person- our physical being – not only becomes one with external stimuli, but exists with infinite potential. It is possible now for us to immortalize our selves, not through God, but by becoming gods of our own.


Of a door, neither open nor closed

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

Opening reception February 3rd, 8PM

“Of a door, neither open nor closed” is a performance of death and time. This new work by Joshua Kent, is the result of a collaboration between the artist and three men with no previous performance experience. A performance of simple movements with text both original and appropriated, the piece vacillates between grinding stillness, and the frenetic energy of everyday lives. Drawing from their collective experience and inexperience the performers move about the space attempting to speak to something they themselves have never personally experienced. Their efforts cannot be called heroic, as they lack virtuosity, yet something else is arrived at in the spaces of the work. As the four men occupy the room, their actions and stillness invite viewers into a liminal space, one seeking to connect viewers with both the present moment and the future. “Of a door, neither open nor closed” is to be shown at DEFIBRILLATOR gallery, a non-profit arts organization and alternative performance space in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Performances are February 3rd and 4th at 8pm with a suggested donation of $5. This project is supported by a Community Art Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Performers include: Douglas Van Ramshorst, Seth A. Bird, Ian Wotkun, and Joshua Kent


-Saturday February, 4th-

Young Sun Han: sooner later

Las Manos Gallery
5220 N. Clark St.

Opening reception February 4th, 6-10PM
Closes February 12th 

Fundraising event for North Korean Refugees, with an exhibition by reality personality Young Sun Han. The recent death of Kim Jong-il prompted Korean-American artist and activist Young Sun Han to think about his own family’s connections to North Korea: “My father’s family escaped North Korea somewhere between 1949 and the summer of 1950 at the outbreak of the Korean War. They got us out just in time by bribing Russian officials and stowing away in military tanks across the border.” When the artist’s father passed away in November 2010, Young Sun Han was left with hundreds of cell phone photos that documented his father’s battle with cancer. About six months later, Han began to assemble an intimate book with these images, recently published under the title, sooner later. The book portrays his family’s daily struggles and efforts to combat the disease.


Inaugural Exhibition of Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago

Bert Green Fine Art
8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1220 Chicago Il 60603

Opening reception February 4th, 12-7PM
Closes March 1st

Bert Green Fine Art, after 13 years in Los Angeles, CA, has relocated to Chicago, IL. The new gallery is located on Michigan Avenue across from Milennium Park and a few blocks from the Art Institute on the 12th floor of the Willoughby Building at 8 S. Michigan Ave., an historic high-rise along the famous South Michigan Avenue row of early skyscrapers. Bert Green Fine Art exhibits contemporary artists of all ages in various media, with a particular focus on painting and works on paper. Artists exhibited by the gallery include Clive Barker, Elizabeth McGrath, Sandra Yagi, Barron Storey, Shane Guffogg, Jessica Curtaz, Scott Horsley, Jeff Gillette, Laurie Hassold, Jen Heaslip, John U. Abrahamson, Eduardo Villacis, David Hollen, Valerie Jacobs, Joe Novak, Carl Ramsey, Scott Siedman, Jerome Caja, Gabor Ekecs, and Carlee Fernandez. Artists included in the inaugural exhibition include: Barron Storey, Elizabeth McGrath, Jeff Gillette, Carlee Fernandez, Laurie Hassold, Jen Heaslip, Shane Guffogg, Sandra Yagi, Clive Barker, Eduardo Villacis, Jessica Curtaz, John U. Abrahamson, Gabor Ekecs. There will be a public Grand Opening “Open House” on Saturday, February 4 from 12, 7 pm. Gallery hours are Wednesday, Friday 11 and Saturday 12-5, or by appointment at other times. This inaugural exhibition will be followed by a series of solo shows beginning in March 2012. The gallery has both a main room and a project room. Watch our website for the schedule, which will be posted as it is confirmed.


Sheree Hovsepian: Haptic Wonders

Monique Meloche
2154 W. Division St.
Wicker Park

Opening reception February 4th, 4-7PM
Closes March 24th

Sheree Hovsepian’s work is a multi-faceted investigation of photographic processes. In our first solo show with the artist, Hovsepian’s black and white photograms, hypnotic video, and delicately balanced wall-based installations have a physicality that relates very naturally to the body, and more specifically to the artist’s hand. Touch, or the haptic sense, may be more commonly associated with painting or sculpture, but Hovsepian’s tactile manipulations are very present in her mostly abstract photographic works.

Kerry James Marshall Black Night Falling: Black holes and constellations February 4 – May 12, 2012 KJM Black Night Falling.jpg For our very special on the wall project by Kerry James Marshall, the artist has been secretly working in his studio to make a site-specific work for our 10 x 25 foot wall visible 24/7 through our Division Street windows. Marshall simply states “come see it” — need we say more? Kerry James Marshall (American b. 1958 Birmingham Alabama, lives Chicago) received his BFA and honorary doctorate from Otis College of Art and Design LA. He was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant in 1997, the same year he was included in the Whitney Biennial. In 1998 The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago was one of the first institutions to give Marshall a solo show that travelled extensively. In 2003 Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art followed suit by mounting a very ambitious travelling exhibition. His work was featured in Carnegie International 1999/2000, Venice Biennale 2003, and Documenta 1997 and 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include the Vancouver Art Gallery 2010, SF MoMA 2009, and Wexner Center 2008. Currently, he is working on a major solo show to open at the SECESSION Vienna in September 2012. His work is in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, MCA Chicago, Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum, LACMA, Denver Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art DC, Contemporary Museum Honolulu, Seattle Art Museum, and SF MoMA to name a few. We are pleased to be the first gallery in Chicago to present Kerry James Marshall with a solo project.