Snack Time Report, Friday, January 8th

This week's snack report reads like an eight-year-old on a road trip:  wine, wine, wine!  Snacks were few and far between as was beer, but I must have put away at least a bottle's worth of white and about half that worth of red.

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Your faithful snacker, checking out work by Gregory Jacobsen.

We started our adventure in River North.  Our first stop was Zg
Gallery, a high priority on my list because Gregory Jacobsen's
deliciously filthy paintings were on display.  I'd seen Jacobsen's work
at Zg Gallery in the past as well as in New American Paintings, and am a huge fan.

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Jeriah with "Wet" by Gregory Jacobsen.

Zg Gallery was serving Trader Joe's Australian Charles Shaw Chardonnay,
with the little kangaroo on the label.  My readers know that I'm no
wine snob; everything I know about wine I learned watching John Cleese's Wine for the Confused
a couple weeks ago and most of that I've since forgotten.  To me, this
tasted like, well, like every other white wine I've ever had.  I prefer
red but most of the River North galleries serve only white; whether
this is to appeal to a certain taste or to avoid stains in the event of
a spill, I don't know.  At any rate, it was much appreciated.  Thanks
for the wine, Zg Galley!  And congrats on a great show, Gregory!

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Jacobsen with one of his pieces. "Let's do it by this one," he said. "It's a self-portrait."

One glass of wine down, and many to go.  We headed across the hall to Catherine Edelman for a photography show.  Edelman is one of the two galleries in Chicago dedicated exclusively to photography (the other is Stephen Daiter),
and she consistently shows strong work.  I always make it a point to
hit her openings, despite the fact that she closes earlier than anyone
else, and serves only fizzy water.  I'm embarrassed to admit, I'll hit
a place that shows good work, even if the snacks are lacking.

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Lauren Simonutti, in front of her work, talking to some guests.

Up
the stairs, then, to Judy Saslow.  The work at Saslow is generally a
bit tame and conservative for my tastes, but I always give it a look
since a.) it's right upstairs from Edelman and Zg, and b.) they usually
have good snacks.  This week the snacks were limited to a bowl of
pretzels, but they did provide me with my second glass of white wine of
the night.  Thanks for the wine, Judy Saslow!

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Steven Blutter, "Leap of Faith," 2009, at Judy Saslow.

Next we headed up one more flight of stairs to David Weinberg
Weinberg is also a pretty mainstream space, but while Saslow shows work
by "intuitive, outsider, and self-taught" artists, the work at Weinberg
tends to be more slick, polished, and highly crafted.  Again, not
normally my cup of tea, but I thought these photographs by Michael
Parker were pretty neat.  Not particularly "challenging" or whatever,
but cool to look at, and well made.  Everybody there is super nice. 
They offered us wine, but we were still working on our glasses from
Judy Saslow!  Thanks anyway, David Weinberg! 

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Jeriah at David Weinberg. Photographs by Michael Parker. Wine from Judy Saslow gallery, downstairs.

That
rounded out our experience at the 300 W. Superior building, our typical
first stop in River North.  We then headed across the street to 311 W.
Superior, another building with a number of galleries in it. 

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Jeriah hits up the generous snack table at Russel Bowman Art Advisory.

My first stop was Russel Bowman Art Advisory,
one of my favorite spaces in River North.  As a secondary market
dealer, Bowman shows work by artists you may have actually heard of,
rather than young, emerging talent.  For a collector, they represent an
opportunity to collect works by established artists.  For the rest of
us, Russel Bowman Art Advisory is like a little museum of modern art,
right in River North.  Unlike most museums, they're free, and they
serve good snacks at their openings.  Plus there's a bathroom in the
building.

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Snacks
at Russel Bowman Art Advisory: cheese (brie and gouda, I think),
crackers, a cup of nuts, pretzels, and grapes. I actually didn't try
the grapes this time, but the cheese was good.

Russel
Bowman provided me with my third glass of wine of the evening, red this
time, and some much-needed snacks.  There was also some good work on
display; I particularly liked the Philip Pearlstein.  Also the people
at Bowman are always very friendly and helpful.

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Jeriah, on his third glass of wine, in front of work by Philip Pearlstein.

After
a quick potty break (the 311 W. Superior building has a public
restroom), I hit the other two spaces on the ground floor of the
building, those being Printworks and Gallery KH
Each of these provided me with a glass of white wine, bringing my
running total to five, and getting me righteous buzz.  Then we headed
over to Ann Nathan.

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A really nice charcoal drawing: Jeriah in front of work by Christoper Ganz.

Ann
Nathan provided me with glass number six (another red), and had some
good work up.  My favorite was a large charcoal drawing by Christopher
Ganz, up in the back room.  Ganz apparently had a show at Ann Nathan
recently, but I missed it.  Too bad, because this image was really good.

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My friend and fellow artist Elise Goldstein was a fan as well.

Ann
Nathan rounded out our River North experience.  My wife Stephanie Burke
then led us to the West Loop.  We took the Brown Line down to the Loop
and then took the Madison bus over to the West Loop.  Our first stop
was Rhona Hoffman

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First
stop in the West Loop: Rhona Hoffman. I'm apparently standing in the
middle of an exhibition by Richard Rezac, but I'm also on my seventh
glass of wine, so don't expect any insightful analysis.

Rhona
Hoffman was packed.  I grabbed a glass of wine (red, I think),
socialized for a few (and man, if ever the term "rubbing elbows" was
appropriate, this was it), then headed upstairs to Walsh.  I didn't see any snacks, although the title of the show was "Simply Fresh" and all of the artworks depicted lettuce leaves.

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Work from "Simply Fresh" by Han Seok Hyun. That might be my leg.

Food-themed work, perhaps, but no snacks.  I headed upstairs to Dubhe Carreño for my eighth glass of wine (red) and artworks by Ann Drew Potter.  Somehow I can remember they had a bowl of weird little candies on the desk.  I stuck to the wine.

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Installation view of Ann Drew Potter's work.

Eight glasses of wine under my belt, and three galleries to go.  We headed downstairs to Peter Miller's
new location on the ground floor.  Showing was new work by Ron
Laboray:  big, shiny abstract paintings in automotive enamel, loosely
based on imagery from popular culture, particularly cartoons.  I don't
remember any snacks but then, I had my drunk on pretty good by this
point.

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The much-needed restroom at Packer-Schopf.

Our next stop was our old favorite, Packer-Schopf Gallery.  Three exhibitions were opening:  DEATHMETALHIPPIEKILLER by Jason Lahr, Moby Dick by Tim Vermeulen, and Vent Figure Fun by Gene Hamilton
As usual, Packer was serving white wine.  This made it my ninth glass. 
In my defense, gallery glasses are about half the size of normal
ones...or so I keep telling myself.

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On
of Jason Lahr's works from DEATHMETALHIPPIEKILLER, featuring what I
believe to be Castle Grayskull from the He-Man animated series. This
image actually looks derived from the playset toy.

Well stupefied, I had one last gallery to attend.  This was ebersmoore,
right around the corner from Packer.  They had the usual bucket of cans
of Pabst, and a dish of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  I had one of each.

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Reese's and Pabst at ebersmoore.

The
show, Mark Mulroney's "Weatherbee's Revenge," was really fun, too:  one
of my favorites yet at ebersmoore, and one of my highlights of the
evening.  Someone, I think it was Grace Hartigan,
once told me that her father allowed dirty jokes at the dinner table,
"as long as they were more funny than they were dirty."  Weatherbee's
Revenge meets this criteria.  The works are both clever (in the good
way) and raunchy (which is pretty much always good for me, as long as
it's well done).

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Work by Mark Mulroney at ebersmoore. Jeriah approves.

Seriously, this stuff is good.  Get over to ebersmoore and check it out! 

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My friend Osvaldo Budet showed up, and joined us for the tail end of our adventure.

Well,
ten drinks in, and relatively few snacks, and we were all pretty ready
for dinner, so we headed over to the Exchequer for burgers and beer. 
Actually I had the fish and chips, which were awesome.  Thanks to
Stephanie Burke for taking care of my in my drunkenness, buying me fish
and chips, and regulating on my crass and abrasive sense of humor.  It
was time for this snacker to get home and sleep off another night of
looking at art...the Jeriah way.

Jeriah is an artist, educator, writer, and snack enthusiast.  You can see his work at www.jeriahhildwine.com, and read his columns at Art Talk Chicago and Chicago Art Magazine.  Jeriah lives and works in Chicago, with his wife Stephanie Burke.

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