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.
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
New work by Claire Valdez, Charles Fogarty, and Ilene Godofsky
A show about trust” or new work from Claire Valdez and Charles Fogarty, with work selected from Ilene Godofsky's Wish You Were Here and THIS LANDSCAPE
“A sleazy good time”
Featuring “suggestive photography” and “enthusiastic seating”
"Legions of Brando impersonators have turned his performance in this seminal 1954 motorcycle movie into self-parody, but it's still a sleazy good time."
Organized by Heaven Gallery and Charles Fogarty with thematic inspiration taken from Marlon Brando’s perfect characterization of “Johnny” in László Benedek’s 1953 classic The Wild One, and the paradox of an allegorically dynamic character.
Friday, February 15, 2013 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
It's not me, It's you> the couple show
Relationships are a natural element of life, and a romantic bond between two artists can lead to fulfilling and complex collaborations. Work, love and creativity are closely interwoven in these intense relationships. Communication and trust are necessary for both the creation of art and love. Art, like love, opens new and inspiring worlds. Ultimately, a couples’ alliance proves to be the ideal alchemy for love and creativity.
“It’s Not Me It’s You” explores romance in art, presenting collaborations by 11 pairs of talented art makers. By creating an amalgam of practice and approach, the archetype of the artist-couple is investigated. This show reveals the cross-fertilisation of concepts and techniques between separate art makers, to make a unified piece of art. Each piece demonstrates collaborative compatibility and addresses the role of compromise in the complex balance of partnership.
New work by:
Drinks by The Hornswagglers
Friday, January 11, 2013 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Marissa Lee Benedict
In collaboration with ACRE Residency, this proposed exhibition, to be mounted at Heaven Gallery, combines individual research-based practices that explore varying manifestations of what it means to dig, excavate, and uncover. This exhibition will include three divergent projects from artists Nina Barnett, Marissa Lee Benedict, and Allison Rowe that explore the regional-cultural presence of the subterranean, the socioeconomic infrastructure surrounding sites of excavation, and the performative act of the dig. The projects presented by Benedict, Rowe, and Barnett each explore and complicate dual conceptions of the dig as a performative act and its application to the production and accumulation of cognitive and tangible stock. The primary and most literal conception of what it means to dig investigates the labor of unearthing natural resources and material data and its relation to a global economy that valorizes service and information industries. Meanwhile, a concurrent, metaphorical understanding of the term attends to the unearthing of immaterial resources by addressing the field of research-based practice at large, its inherent interdisciplinarity and its impact on the circulation of information within a global marketplace.