Friday, May 8, 2015 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Opening 7 PM Friday, May 8 2015 thru
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
ACRE has partnered with Heaven Gallery to host MEND THINE EVERY FLAW: works by SHAWN CREEDEN, MARSHALL ELLIOTT, & RACHAEL STARBUCK, the next installment in ACRE's year-long series of exhibitions by 2013 ACRE summer residents.
Mend Thine Every Flaw
While Starbuck revels in poignant experiences of our relationship to the landscape, Shawn Creeden’s work is occupied with the tools and techniques that humans employ in effort to control their surroundings and their experience of the world. In Creeden’s work there is an underlying question about how far humanity has gone to shape its surroundings and to what ends we understand the effects of that manipulation. Like Starbuck, Creeden also plays with scale, bringing the overwhelming travesties of pollution and the manipulation of the natural world to an uncomfortably intimate size. Utilizing traditional craft techniques and tropes of domestic spaces, Creeden’s approach opens up for a complex read on humanity’s struggle to define itself against the backdrop of its landscape throughout the ages. In his aquarium installation, Creeden creates objects that appear to be a formal exercise in minimalism or a dazzling color study. Their material components, however, include living algaes, some of which flourish dangerously in the runoff of industrial agriculture, while others are threatened by pollution and human activity or are exploited to our benefit. Similarly, Creeden’s embroideries present as gentle abstractions but take their lines and shapes from the original borders imposed on to the landscape of the American West. These borders, which seem innocuous in Creeden’s delicate abstractions, were a key part of the doctrine of Manifest Destiny and the conquest of the indigenous people, wildlife and land itself. Using the techniques of formalism and abstraction, which historically incorporate ideas of masking the author or master, Creeden highlights the keen manipulation of material by a human and uncovers the hidden histories and unseen destructions that come as the price for mastering the landscape.
Marshall Elliott’s use of the classical symbols of Heartland America hints at the ideology of self-identification through a relationship to place. Patriotism is a cultural attachment to one's homeland or devotion to one's country. Human’s have long expressed their devotion to their place through objects and symbols. National flags are probably the most universal symbol of this relationship and the American flag is a recurring motif in Elliott’s work. The traditions associated with the flag and the particularities of its use and handling are indicative of the way these symbols of patriotism are embedded in a sense of national and personal identity. In Retired Flag, Elliott dissects a retired American flag, taking each element and separating it from the whole. It is a gentle, reflective deconstruction, viewed as more of an investigation by the artist than an act of destruction. His process could be seen as very similar to the actual process of decommissioning an American flag in which the flag is disassembled and then incinerated, yet it differs in that he presents the disassembled flag for contemplation, standing in as a placeholder for a much larger concept of the country it stands for. Another recurring motif in Elliott’s work is the windmill. The American windmill played a major role in the ability for Western Expansion in the settling of the United States. Elliott plays with its history and significance by subverting its function in the video animation The American Windmill. Through his manipulation of symbols and objects that are considered truly American, Elliott’s work explores the strong human desire to take ownership of their place and the manufacture of that desire.
MARSHALL ELLIOTT (born Eglin, Florida, 1976), lives in Oakland, CA and recently completed his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he won the Anne Bremer Memorial Prize. In addition to Bay-area galleries, he has shown work in Colorado, Oregon, and Nebraska with upcoming shows in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York.
More information about Marshall Elliott can be found at www.marshallelliott.com.
RACHAEL STARBUCK is an interdisciplinary artist from Miami, Fl working primarily with sculpture and video. Rachael received her BFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 and is currently living and working in Austin, TX. She has attended residencies at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, ACRE and The Wassaic Project and has shown work in Richmond, VA, Chicago, Miami and Austin. She is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Texas at Austin.
More information about Rachael Starbuck can be found at rachaelstarbuck.com.
SHAWN CREEDEN (born Newport, RI 1981) received his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including at The Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), Artists Space (NY, NY), Fontanelle Gallery (Portland, OR), The Filippo Gallery (Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA), Lamp Gallery (Tokyo), Grotto Gallerie (Brooklyn, NY), and The Manuel Izquierdo Gallery (Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR). His books and multiples are held in the collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, The Museum Library at MOMA, and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT. He has participated in artist residencies including Signal Fire (Portland/Gila Wilderness, NM), ACRE (Chicago/Steuben, WI), and Epicenter (Green River, UT). Creeden currently lives and works in Portland, OR.
More information about Shawn Creeden can be found at www.shawncreeden.com.
HEAVEN GALLERY established in 1997 is a non-profit arts space in Wicker Park that presents emerging artists and musicians. The gallery host 8-10 art shows and over 40 music shows a year. Heaven strives to make exhibitions and music shows accessible to the artist community by widely promoting its open proposal process. The visual art exhibitions are devoted to contemporary art, primarily sculpture painting and photography with a preference for simple smart art.
More information about Heaven gallery can be found at heavengallery.com.
ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibition) was founded in 2010 with the ambition to provide the arts community with an affordable, cooperative, and dialogue-oriented residency program. The residency itself takes place each summer in rural southwest Wisconsin and brings together artists from across disciplines and levels of experience to create a regenerative community of cultural producers. Over the course of the following year ACRE endeavors to further support its residents by providing venues for exhibitions, idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.
More information about ACRE can be found at www.acreresidency.org.
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE
Heaven Gallery, the non-profit art space, is celebrating it's 14th year anniversary with the Annual Benefit & Art Auction. The gallery, established in 2000, has greatly contributed to the culture of Wicker Park, presenting emerging local artists in Chicago. Heaven hosts eight shows a year, most combining sculpture, painting, and photography as well as other non traditional media. Heaven strives to make exhibitions accessible to artists in the community by widely promoting its open proposal process. All of the art events are free to the public, this made possible by the help and generous support of our art community.
Music By Disco DJ Ayana Contreras
auction works by:
A special thanks to all artist who donated
All funds raised will go towards supporting the art exhibitions and daily operation costs at Heaven Gallery.
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Bismuth, bones, brass, and bronze: COLUNGA combines everything from mixed metal to hand-grown crystals to porcelain limbs.
On June 21 at Heaven Gallery, creator Stephany Colunga will present COLUNGA’s first jewelry trunk show. Emphasizing the significance of one-of-a-kind pieces, displayed will be three collections; each themed and centered on a specific material.
*Hazel Bishop, a nod to the natural world, incorporates bismuth’s multifaceted aesthetic.
*Ode to Ernst alludes to the life and art of the great surrealist, featuring a patina techniques invented by Colunga, herself.
*Rarities brings Colunga’s focus on individuality full-circle with each piece including a unique found object.
All three collections highlight House of Colunga’s belief that jewelry isn’t just an accessory, but a treasured artifact.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
If Vogue is the fashion bible then Diana Vreeland is the high priestess. She preached style as a way of life and the importance of living beautifully, she said “a new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress.”
The divinely quotable Vreeland was a magazine editor, fashion curator and life enthusiast. She was fashion advisor and lifetime friend to first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Truman Capote described her “as one of the great Americans who had, more than anyone, improved the level of taste in American women” and former assistant Andre Leon Talley regards her as one of the most important women in his entire life.
Her impeccable appearance and grand manner was bewitching to all who knew her. Diana's was from a world of regalia, custom shoes, and fittings at courtier houses. This was a woman whose elegance extended to having the soles of her shoes polished and her dollar bills pressed.
Today, her signature epigrammatic style, her strong art direction, and attention to detail continues to inspire. At a time when costume was regarded by academics as too frivolous for serious examination, Vreeland said “Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.” Diana, recalling a Balenciaga show in the early 1960s: “One simply fainted. It was possible to blow up and die.” Although she was known to embellish, mixing truth with fiction, a term she coined as “faction.” The world she created was one of fantasy and splendor.
She wasn't a typical beauty but in the 1930's her style caught the attention of Carmel Snow, the editor and chief of Harpers Bazaar, beginning Vreeland's 26 year tenure at the magazine. She wrote a column, “Why Don’t You…” featuring style and fashion suggestions for the rich. The column was a personal credo: Why don't you be original? By the 60's, Diana would become editor and chief of Vogue, bringing the magazine to the fashion powerhouse it is today. Famous for her memos to models and photographers shooting on location, she directed fashion into fantasy to fill the pages of Vogue. She reigned there for almost a decade until she was fired in 1971, accused of being out of touch and having too expensive of an editorial style. At age 69, Vreeland began the most successful act of her career as a Special Consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum. She curated 15 costume exhibitions including The World of Balenciaga, The 10's The 20's and The 30's, and Hollywood Costume. Her openings attracted celebrities, with lines out the door and turning the MET into a scene out of Studio 54.
“Give'em What They Never Knew They Wanted” tells the inspiring story of Diana Vreeland. Beyond the lacquered exterior and perfectly manicured talons lies the power to channel personal style and own it. The collection reflects Diana's love for Chanel, Balenciaga and Halston in luxury sportswear and exaggerated silhouettes. Presenting articulate clothes with alluring personality, Renovar captures Diana's sense of adventure with wildly chic animal prints, theatrical snuggies and a over-the-top kaftan jumpsuit that thrill to pure madness.
Renovar Fall 2014
Center of the Circle work by:Sarah and Joseph Belknap/ Everything you need is already here work by Stacia Yeapanis
Friday, January 17, 2014 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Center of the Circle/Everything you need is already here
An exhibition of work by Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap explores a shared experience with the cosmos, as described by the artists themselves:
“All of us grow up with the sense that there is some personal relationship between us, ourselves, and the universe.”
The first meteorite we physically encountered was at the Hayden Planetarium. It was the Willamette meteorite- steeped in history, controversy and legend. We hugged it and it felt like magic and our hearts were won over and we started making work that looked at the cosmos. In this new body of video, photography and sculpture we try to recreate that magic- we are looking at the moon, meteorites, comets, the myths and romance they produce, and our love of the wild.
A solo exhibition by Stacia Yeapanis exploring repetition, desire and impermanence.
Everything You Need Is Already Here (2014) explores the spiritual predicament of desire, the presence of impermanence in everyday life and the possibility of responding to it with wonder and play, as opposed to anxiety. This solo exhibition brings together works from Specimens (2013), a series of pinned, shadowbox collages made of advertising images collected from glossy magazines, with an improvisational sculptural installation assembled on the floor of Heaven Gallery.
Stacia Yeapanis highlights the nature of impermanence in an installation that only lasts the length of the exhibition. One Day to Install (Heaven Gallery, Chicago) (2014) is inspired by the sites and relics of the human pursuit of a spiritual life—shrines and altars, mandalas, rock gardens and cairns, stupas, rosary beads, icons. The thousands of individual components, which will be reconfigured in future installations, are byproducts of the artist’s private meditation practice. The repeated gesture of coiling, winding, rolling easily-accessible materials, which results in an accumulation of empty centers, becomes an embodied metaphor for presence. Yeapanis selects both manufactured goods and collected detritus of her life as an artist, a consumer, a cultural participant and a waitress, because these materials represent an acceptance and engagement with what is, rather than a striving towards what should/could be.
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Over the past 13 years Heaven's has had many incarnations. There was the prepubescent party years with Ed Mar's "Buddy," described by many as the best years of their lives. There was the video and film era with Doug Lussenhop and Eric Fensler's GI Joe video's that went viral before the age of youtube, there was the pre-fence years with movie screened on the back porch, the Pooper art years and the Harold Arts/Joe Jeffers years that helped to define the Heaven style.
Happy Birthday Heaven
Heaven Gallery's 13 year anniversary party will include a silent art auction and art raffle in the main gallery featuring work by over 30 artists.
Best of Heaven, an annual curated show will be in the front gallery.
Music by Soul DJ Ayana Contreras and Joe Jeffers
Best of Heaven show with work by:
Art donated by:
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
WEIRD DUDE ENERGY is a survey of artist dudes who cultivate the intersection of elegance and Dudeliness. Coursing between the tiles of the weight room’s floor and pulling the foam through a beer bong’s tube there is an energy. In WEIRD DUDE ENERGY an unease transmits through the works like the dissonant proportions cursing the limbs of pubescent boys. Stained with the trauma of puberty WEIRD DUDE ENERGY strikes a balance between restraint and total release. GDBD is drawn to the complicated and embarrassing gestures of Dudehood. Bask in the glory of this Dudery and join GDBD in inviting the WEIRD DUDE ENERGY to wash over us like an enveloping mist of AXE. Can you abide?
Alan and Michael Fleming
Friday, May 10, 2013 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
“No Stairway to Heaven”
The ubiquity of Led Zeppelin’s 1971 song “Stairway to Heaven” is both impressive and nauseating. Forty years after its release, it continues to receive near constant airplay on terrestrial radio, providing nostalgic affirmation for older generations and a virtuosic canonical reference point for newer audiences. Musically the song is structurally convincing enough to support whimsical and campy lyrics that fetishize a diluted and confused understanding of Anglo folklore, with a few self-referential lines about the genre of rock music and the gestalt of a rock band sprinkled in. A form of low-grade populist poetry, when combined with emotional crescendo, the song becomes legitimate. With the right mix of media saturation, consistency, and myth, the piece becomes legendary, clichéd and parodied. The title of this exhibition comes from a minor scene in “Wayne’s World” (1992), in which Wayne is prohibited from playing the classic rock anthem when purchasing a guitar. A sight gag; the printed sign on the wall that says “No Stairway to Heaven” indicates the scale and absurdity of the problem. The works address topicality and anachronism, in a dialectic between concrete reality and nostalgia. Platonic form, ascetic irony, and sublimated associations allow for this conversation to exist as conflated singular images and objects.
Josué Pellot received his MFA from Northwestern University, Evanston
Josh Reames received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has recently been shown at Circuit 12 Contemporary (Dallas), Devening Projects (Chicago), Dittrich & Schlechtreim (Berlin), Monya Rowe Gallery (NYC), and Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago).
Morgan Sims received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in
Ron Ewert received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Recent exhibitions include: The Green Gallery and American Fantasy Classics (Milwaukee), The Freies Museum (Berlin), Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Autumn Space and Peregrine Program (Chicago), as well as Monya Rowe Gallery and Launch F18 (NY). Ron Ewert is Co-Director of The Hills Esthetic Center, an exhibition space in Chicago dedicated to emerging local and international artists.