Chicago Gallery Snack Report: 2/18/2011 - 2/27/2011

by Jeriah Hildwine
Photos by  Stephanie Burke


This Snack Report covers the weekends of February 18th and 19th, and February 25th through 28th.  Don’t forget to check out the slideshow for even more pictures from the openings!

Friday, Feb. 18th

Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
– 325 W. Huron St. Repertoire, work by Marie Krane Bergman/Cream Co.,
Samantha Bittman, Fred Camper, Brendan Clenaghen, Dzine, Anoka Faruqee,
Jan Pieter Fokkens, Adam Fung, Josh Garber, Cheonae Kim, Jin Soo Kim,
Margie Livingston, David Lozano, Jim Lutes, Sara Mast, Amy Mayfield,
Elizabeth Newman, Ernesto Neto, Richard Notkin, Roxy Paine, Madeleine
Reyna, Rocio Rodriguez, Buzz Spector, Al Souza, Heidi Van Wieren, and
Glenn Wexler. Reception 5-8pm.

Zolla Lieberman was serving white wine. Steph and I left our reusable wine glasses at home to avoid any misunderstandings.

Packer Schopf Gallery – 942 W.
Lake St. Child’s Play, work by Thomas C. Jackson; Ruskin’s Nine: Bird
Compositions, work by Peggy Macnamara; Views From the International Park
System, work by Renee McGinnis. Reception 5-8pm.

Peggy Macnamara, Renee McGinnis, and Thomas Jackson at Packer Schopf

Jeriah with another cup of white wine, admiring work by Casey Gunschel, at Packer-Schopf.

Threewalls – 119 N. Peoria St., #2C. Subtitles 2, work inspired by Roald Dahl. Reception 6-8pm.

Jeriah with a Miller Genuine Draft at ThreeWalls. Bottled water was also available.

Antena – 1765 S Laflin St. Paint FX, work by Jon Rafman, Parker Ito, Micah Schippa, Tabor Robak and John Transue. Reception 6-10pm.

Antena’s fridge was well stocked with Pabst Blue Ribbon. Jeriah opted instead to try making a calimocho using the red wine and Pepsi. He found it inferior to Coca-Cola in this role.

33 Collective Gallery – 1029 W. 35th St. Get Real, figurative realism. Reception 7-10pm.

Zhou Brothers Art Center – 1029 W. 35th. Third Friday Open Studios. Reception 7-10pm.

Jeriah serves himself some Franzia at Zhou B/33 Collective in Bridgeport.

Co-Prosperity Sphere – 3219 S. Morgan St. The Annual Showcase of Emerging Typographic All-Stars. Reception 6pm-midnight.

Co-Prosperity Sphere had Hornswaggler’s for this event. These guys are doing something pretty amazing with the beverage-serving aspect of the Chicago art scene: you pay a $3 donation, you get an awesome beverage (in this case I had a “Time After Thyme,” which was gin with thyme, line, and a splash of soda), and they use the money to buy a piece from the show. They’ve got a collection and are planning on exhibiting it in the near future.

Saturday, Feb. 19th

Roots and Culture
1034 N. Milwaukee Ave. Instruments of Resurrection, work by Zachary
Cahill, Theaster Gates, Mathew Paul Jinks, Aspen Mays, and Cauleen
Smith. Reception 6-9pm.

Jeriah with sushi from Roots and Culture.

Cleveland Dean Project Space – 1643 N Milwaukee. I HEARD HE’S AN A**HOLE. Reception 6-10pm.

Artist Cleveland Dean and curator Claire Molek had my favorite chef, Nick Jirasek of Guerilla Smiles, cater this one-night show. I didn’t get a chance to talk to Nick about the food. In my memory I think it was something like a piece of sushi-grade raw fish on a fried won-ton wrapper chip, with soy sauce and scallions. But frankly this event came at the end of a very long day for me, and my skills of observation were much impaired. There was also beer and wine; I don’t even remember which I had. But there’s a photograph of me holding a can of Budweiser, so that must be it.

Friday, February 25th

Tony Wight Gallery – 845 W. Washington Blvd. Josh Kolbo. Reception 6-8pm.

Jeriah with a Miller High Life at Tony Wight.

Exhibitions – 119 N. Peoria St., suite 2A. New Art From New Orleans,
work by Stephen Collier, Brian Guidry, and Rachel Jones. Reception

Western Exhibitions was serving Genesee Cream Ale, which I had never had before. A remarkably good beer!

ebersmoore – 213 N Morgan St, 3C. Flowers, work by Stephen Eichhorn. Reception 6-9pm.

ebersmoore had the usual galvanized washtub of Pabst Blue Ribbons, always a winner. Steph also found an amazing little chocolate somewhere.

Pool Project Space – 120 N Green St #5E. The Swimsuit Edition: A
Visceral Body, curated by Lisa Majer. Reception 7-10pm.

Swimming Pool Project Space was serving wine; Liz was pouring while Carolina played DJ. The show also included a piece with an edible component (pictured). This is Jessie Mott’s “Darling Josephine,” an ongoing piece begun in 2010 which utilizes the material components of fur, Persian love cupcakes (I think they have rose petals baked into them), a dessicated bat, and “assorted objects” including a flower which I believe is a member of genus Protea. The cupcakes were delicious. (I didn’t try the bat.)

Firecat Projects – 2124 N. Damen Ave. Duncan Anderson. Reception 7-9pm.

Firecat Projects was serving beers by Three Floyds, and assorted snacks including cheese cubes, sliced deli meat, crackers, and pretzel chips. And olives. I had a couple of the beers, which were awesome, and assembled quite a few little cracker-meat-cheese stacks as well.

After Firecat Projects closed for the night, we headed for the afterparty, where Nick Jirasek had assembled some great sandwiches. The meat ones I think were pork, which were quite good, but I was really impressed by the pickled vegetable sandwiches. Duncan Anderson is a vegetarian, I think Nick said, so he made these with him in mind. If I remember right, Nick pickled the vegetables himself: his first experiment in picking. I’d call it quite a success!

Stephanie Burke
was born in Nevada City, CA in 1984. She received her BA in Studio Art
and Anthropology from Humboldt State University in 2007, and her MFA in
Photography from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009.
Currently she lives in Chicago with her husband Jeriah,
makes work, teaches, writes for Bad at Sports, runs Art Talk Chicago, and maintains
her own blog, The Gallery Crawl and So Much More.
When not making, teaching, looking at, or writing about art, she enjoys
running around in the woods, drinking beer by bonfires, crazy quilting
and target shooting.

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

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