Daily Archives: May 10, 2015

John Whitlock @ Chicago Urban Art Society


The works in Mirrored Infinity explore ideas of reflection, transformation and personal discovery. Drawing inspiration from Jorge Luis Borges’s short story, The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim, John Whitlock constructs broken narratives that reflect points of thought around existential and spiritual uncertainties.

Whitlock creates small black and white collages that are then scanned, and repurposed into larger mixed media compositions, stretching the boundaries of their original framework. Simple, familiar shapes are combined to create quasi-religious iconography; Gold is introduced as both a symbol of preciousness and an implication of age. For his video installations, Whitlock has run a video feed into an infinite feedback loop that he animates with simple camera movements, creating self-reflexive geometric distortions. The pulsing circular patterns and reflective mirror fragments manifest real-time, infinite transformation.

As the illusory literary critic in The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim might put it, Mirrored Infinity is a “detective story with a mystic undercurrent.”  It’s about finding yourself in the search for another.

Chicago Urban Art Society | 3636 S. IRON STREET | May 1 – June 27

Percieved Realities at Glass Curtain Gallery

Perceived Realities, the MFA Thesis show at Columbia College, brings together the wide-ranging work of Columbia’s MFA photography students: Phaedra Call, Ilana Cheyfitz, Allison Clarke, Juan Giraldo, Yeinier Gonzalez, Elaine Catherine Miller, and Orlenajean Vieira. With only seven artists occupying this roomy gallery, the work has room to breathe and is installed seamlessly in the space, except for a sonic dissonance problem where a few of the pieces with sound conflict with each other (an issue for many gallery spaces, usually unavoidable).

Amongst the expected photographic fare (large-format photographs, videos, collages and artists books), Elaine Catherine Miller’s installation Waiting (for the Sun to Set), 2015 stands apart. Miller’s piece is an room within a room; a corner space built out to mimic the sterile floors, walls, and furniture of a government office or a doctor’s waiting area. A faceless female mannequin in a conservative woman’s suit sits, legs crossed, in a chair, holding an apple, while a generic sunset video plays in a loop on a monitor. The palette of light pink, dark pink, black and gray, along with the fake sunset and an artificial potted palm gives the work, at its surface, a tumblr-esque aesthetic, but at a deeper level the installation calls to mind the worst moments of waiting in our lives, perhaps for results of a medical test, or for a loved one to come out of surgery. The video plays on and on, even when no one is around to watch, projecting a false calm with an undercurrent of desperation.

The Stolbun Collection presents: Hyegyeong “G” Choi

The Stolbun Collection launched it’s Summer Exhibition Series 2015 with current MFA grad, Hyegyeong “G” Choi last week. The Stolbun Collection exists in an apartment building overlooking the Chicago River, with views of the Lake Michigan, and surround architectural gems. Choi’s work was installed in the bedroom and one piece in the bathroom of the apartment.

Choi’s work expresses her turbulent past sexual experiences and current relationships to men through her paintings. She uses bright colors, sculptural elements, and various paint mediums to confront the viewer with her content. By having the work in the pristine apartment environment, Choi’s work came to the fore. With the natural light pouring into the bedroom, the viewer is able to see the nuanced, painterly strategies that Choi employs, where she might perhaps sneak in a secret glossy phallic form that can only be seen in proper lighting.

With Choi’s work specifically, the space is not just a bedroom exhibiting the work, it acts as an entire installation where one can consider the bed as an object in relation to the paintings. We can then ask whose room is this? Who wakes up to these paintings? Is this the bed where the activity in these paintings take place? Probably not, but it is fun to think as such. Choi has often expressed that her paintings explore ideas about sexual desire and how she can subvert and pervert these desires. In this show, I enjoy pondering over the person who “owns” these paintings and perhaps lives his or her desires vicariously through Choi’s painted perversions.

Self Sex in Sauna, 2015

Self Sex in Sauna, 2015


The Juicy Man, 2015






Opening reception Friday, May 15, 5-9pm

Please join Matthew Rachman Gallery for the opening of Traverse, an exhibition of new works by artist Linc Thelen. Meet the artist during the opening reception and hear first hand about the process, inspiration and evolution of Traverse.

Linc Thelen’s new series is a study of lines and their intersections. By incorporating the fundamental use of light, texture and color he creates spontaneous emotion, which reflects the fluidity of life. The work represents real life metaphors relating to human relationships and the evolution of time.

About Linc Thelen
Painting for over two decades, Linc Thelen’s style fuses classical training with a modern perspective. Thelen’s works consist of abstract paintings described as dream-like and esoteric layered with calming emotion – an attempt to deconstruct the form. Thelen received his BFA in painting from Northern Illinois University. Please visitwww.lincthelenart.com for more information.

About Matthew Rachman Gallery
Matthew Rachman Gallery features a carefully curated collection of Mid-Century Modern furniture and contemporary art. Exhibitions are held regularly and their collection of rare vintage finds and curiosities changes constantly. The gallery is also available for event rental for philanthropic and private functions. For more information please visit http://www.matthewrachman.com.
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JUN 06 Closet Clearance Sale

Free and open to the public.

Intuit’s annual Closet Clearance Sale featuring new and gently used women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, hats, scarves, purses, and accessories donated from some of Chicago’s best closets.

Donations will be accepted May 1-June 2 and can be dropped off at Intuit (756 N Milwaukee Avenue) Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 6pm. All donors will receive a free ticket to attend the VIP First Dibs event on June 5

MAY 23 Pot Luck Salon presents Salvage Art

OPEN CALL: Pot Luck Salon seeks discarded art!

Since 2009, the Salvage Art Institute in New York has functioned as a gallery for art considered too physically damaged to circulate in the market. These no-longer-artworks, which have officially lost all value, are currently on view in Chicago.

In response, Pot Luck Salon, a collective engaged with the spoken word and live action, will salvage art discarded by its creators. Pot Luck Salon already has two such works in its collection, one rescued through SAIC’s Craigslist page. Do you have some works you’d rather throw in the trash? Mount them on our walls in a day-long exhibit dedicated to failure and loss at Above the Picture Framing Shop.

To participate, write to potlucksalon@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Lara Schoorl and Zeenat Nagree

Image: Hayan Song, Pigeons, 2015.

MAY 23+24, 2015 Randolph Street Market – Indoor/Outdoor Market

OUR KICK-OFF TO THE OUTDOOR SEASON OVER #MEMORIALDAYWEEKEND (indoors too!) May through Sept! 300 vendors with the best treasures, Live bands outside each day, A DJ Shade Shack, a MillerCoors Beer Garden, Indoor air-conditioned building, kids activities, local eateries, drinks and the best people watching!

Get Tix for Less on our Site:www.randolphstreetmarket.com

ADDRESS: Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W Washington, Chicago 60607 – Lot entrance at 1350 W Randolph, Chicago

TIME: 10am-5pm May 23+24, 2015

-Paid Valet Available at the Randolph Entrance
-Street & Residential Parking where available
-Near the Green and Pink Line El Stops
-Mariano’s Trolley each hour from Water Tower to Market
-West Loop Stop Trolley

Chatter: Architecture Talks Back at the Art Institute of Chicago

The newest Architecture and Design exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago opened on April 11, 2015 with an unconventional, round table ‘salon’ in the middle of the second gallery. The exhibit focuses on five up and coming experimental architects who are challenging the criteria of the existing architectural canon. These young architects: Bureau Spectacular, Erin Besler, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Formlessfinder and John Szot Studio are what the wall-text in the exhibit refer to as digital natives with an enhanced knowledge of architectural history. Both of these qualities are utilized over a range of formats and presentations to convey the new direction these contemporary architects are taking this traditional medium.

The exhibition focuses on the ways in which these five architects are interpreting the use of digital technology while negotiating their place in the past and future of architecture. From Fake Industries Architectural Agonism’s Video Rooms: No Vacancy (2014), a video of baby chickens wandering around an architectural model, to Bureau Spectacular’s Cave Painting VIII/ White Noise from Another Past, a hysterical interpretation of Hieronymus Bosch’s famous triptych using architecture instead of crazy monsters and humans, the exhibit is a conglomeration of every medium you can think of.

How exactly do Twitter and Instagram affect discussions around architecture? This question, among others, is explored in the second gallery where many aesthetically pleasing conversation starters are located. Organized by Chicago’s own publication Mas Context, the events in coordination with the exhibition take place here at a large round table.

Far from being a conventional exhibit, Chatter contrasts strikingly with the museum in which it is located. This exhibit, like many coming from the Architecture and Design Department at the Art Institute of Chicago push the boundaries of exhibiting in a traditional museum setting.

Feminism (n.): Plural @ Woman Made Gallery

Feminism (n.): Plural

 Exhibition Dates: May 15-June 25, 2015

 Inspired by the writings of Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist), “Feminism (n.): Plural includes artists of all genders whose works ask us to rethink what feminism is, was, and can be. The exhibition’s guiding premise is that feminism is not a monolithic movement but instead an ever-evolving, pluralistic concept through which people of various gender identifications, ages, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds espouse and enact their belief in a just and equal society.

The show features work in all media whose form and/or content addresses feminism in daring, unexpected, and potentially controversial ways: for example, Phaedra Call’s neon-bright magazine photo collages, Jesse Harrod’s paracord woven sculptures, and Marjan Moghaddam’s war game style video blur aesthetic categories and create space for nonconforming gender identities; “girl culture”-inspired photographs by Frances F. Denny and large-scale paintings of Riot Grrrls by Michael Hubbard take on pop cultural framings of female experience; and a performance piece by Soheila Azadi (taking place on Sunday, May 17 at 1pm), an audio installation by Katrina Schaag, and zines by Maurene Cooper and Suzy Gonzalez explore feminist movements that take place in various cultural, ethnic, geographic and/or historical contexts. Works in the exhibition were selected by Claudine Ise, Woman Made Gallery’s Executive Director.

Artists in the exhibition: Soheila Azadi, Judith Brotman, Phaedra Call, Liz Cambron, Jennifer Casselberry, Creatura Collective, Maurene Cooper, Frances F. Denny, Danielle Dobies, Jeanne Donegan, Shannon Downey, Rebecca Ebben, Nona Faustine, Bridget Freeman, Chiara Galimberti, Sophia Gardiner, Rebecca George, Shohreh GolAzad, Suzy Gonzalez, Magdalene Gorecki-Eisenberg, Gabriela Guganovic, Jesse Harrod, Michelle Hartney, Michael Hubbard, Vivian Le, Ashley McClenon, H. Melt, Marjan Moghaddam, Carol Neiger, Hanna M. Owens, Wolfie Rawk, Macon Reed, Nancy Roberts, Nazanin Saremi, Katrina Schaag, Leo Selvaggio.

Unknown Conditions: Questions of Maleness @ SUGs


Eric S. Oresick (MFA 2015) collaborates with Woomin Kim (MFA 2015) and Kyle Nilan (MFA 2015), to frame an exhibition around questions of maleness. This exhibition acts as a proposition through which Nilan, Kim, and Oresick complicate maleness by highlighting, contradicting, accepting, and negating concepts in each other’s work. Maleness is a condition, like many, and while directly addressing maleness will provide a frame, this exhibition creates a unifying position: one’s relationship to the unknown.

Woomin Kim’s work can be understood as an unnerving exploration of knowing oneself through an examination of human material existence. Utilizing simple gestures, she is able to reveal deep concerns regarding our lives as producers and consumers. Tension envelopes Kim’s work, as one has the urge to position it as a foil to maleness.

Kyle Nilan’s output of drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures have a meandering response to a male identity. The salon style display of his work mimics his studio in which art and artifact blend. Ranging from a drawing of wind chimes to a portrait of Hank Williams to his mother’s embroidered jean-jacket, an expansive showing of Nilan’s work connect nuances of masculinity.

Eric Oresick’s work addresses themes of alienation, mindfulness, and communication with objects, installations, and text. In this exhibition, caught in the thralls of the concept of maleness, a constellation of works including encased peanut butter, wooden blemishes, poems and cartoons, shape a tonality in relationship to his collaborators.

This exhibition hopes to create a productive tension that explores Maleness as a condition.