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.
Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
On The Origin of Species
"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
On the origin of species examines new ideas of god as creative power and art as evidence for creation, while seeking reconciliation between Darwinian evolution and human creation. The show examines the duality of a natural world and a human created world modeled after nature with altered concepts of evolution as creation over time and natural selection and heredity as a mechanism for creative power. The work explores transformations after billions of years, from cell to plant to animal, to conscious beings, claiming man as lineal descendants of creation and pure consciousness. It investigates principles of inheritance, created potential and the human imagination that lead to hereditary modifications engineering mankind to create art and construct meaning. The idea that art mimics creation is manifest in man’s fulfillment in the creative ritual and this act of creation as a sacred act of worship.
Based on the work of Naturalist Charles Darwin, who sought to uncover the mysteries of the earth with his theory of natural selection in which the environment acts as a sieve through which only certain variations can pass, he was left to wonder why natural selection’s unerring power should choose preservation of favorable variation and the question of heredity. He revolutionized biology proposing that all species have a common ancestor, disproving the biblical story of separate creation. Today Darwin is seen as a symbol for atheism however he was not a crusader against religion but rather a lover of science. In 1859 when Origin of species was published he was a theist, then later he became an agnostic but never an atheist.
This season life blossoms from a variety of pattern on pattern, with bold floral, 80's abstract and animal prints. The show highlights Darwin's five year voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle where he found luxurious vegetation and a wide variety of species. The Collection includes blouses with printed illustrations of species taken from from Darwin's books and reconstructed vintage silk clothing, where a 80's silk printed skirt evolves into a blouse and 90's silk dress into a skirt. Nature selects simplistic cuts in saturated color and rudimentary animal tails on beautiful woman.
This will be the fifth collection for Alma Wieser of Renovar, her other shows include, "Chanel Versus Schiaparelli", "Irregular" an homage to Japaneses designers and "Model Assemblage", based on artist Louise Nevelson.
Doors open at 8pm
Soul music by DJ Ayana
$15 suggestion donation
Friday, October 19, 2012 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
At That Very Moment
Soo Shin is interested in the relationship human beings have to faith. The work explores the desperation and difficulty of keeping faith in the pursuit of meaning, spotlighting the grey area where uncertainty and vulnerability exist.
Kristina Paabus’ work examines systems, which we as groups and individuals use to enforce perceptions of structure. Her hybrid spatial conversations elaborate on constructions that allow us to interact with, and gain control over, our surroundings. These specific systems, such as language, architecture, beliefs, maps, and so on, serve as guides to expose the anatomy of human comprehension, and an inevitable paradox.
Jesse Butcher’s works deal with an American “wanderlust” for meaning and understanding. He is interested in the complex issue of delineating identity and place, and the place between Black and White or Good and Bad.
Soo Shin was born in Korea. She received both her BFA and MFA in painting and printmaking from Ewha Womans University in Seoul and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She recently had a solo exhibition, Weave Between the Two, at the Korean Cultural Museum in Wheeling, IL. She lives and works in Chicago.
Kristina Paabus was born in Massachusetts. She studied Fine Arts and Religious Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Fine and Applied Arts at The Estonian Academy of Arts, and Fine Arts and Art History at Rhode Island School of Design. In 2009 she earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then moved to Estonia as a Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Artist at the EAA. Paabus has exhibited and participated in residencies both nationally and internationally. She currently lives and works in Chicago where she is a faculty member and Graduate Coordinator in SAIC’s Department of Printmedia.
Jesse Butcher was born in Germantown, TN and lives and works in Chicago. He received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. He recently participated in Breaking Glass: Summer Residency at The Graham Foundation. He currently teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
"If ever asked: What decade in art history inspires you most?
The decade expressed a sense of vitality and possibility, shifts in critical thinking and diverse approaches altered our understanding of art.
Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty(1970) and Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field (1977) introduced 'earth art'.
Lawrence Weiner’s wall instillations, Bruce Nauman’s neon, and Sol De Witt’s wall drawings all reflected the sensibilities of the time.
For Heaven's first curated group exhibition we ask artist to redefine 70's art.
Friday, April 13, 2012 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
With Other People, With Other Sons is a group exhibition that approaches themes of American genesis, expansion and hybridization, and the inevitability of disintegration. Ryan Chorbagian, Hao Ni, and Patrick McGuan examine how hand making and nostalgia are synoptic approaches to creating personal and cultural memory.
Friday, July 22, 2011 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Join Heaven Gallery in celebrating 11 years of art and music.
Montgomery Perry Smith
Musical performance by Keith Jackson, Jeff Kimmel, Daniel Fandino, Brian Labycz, and Stephen Hill.
Friday, May 13, 2011 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
May 6th through 28th.
Joseph Patrick Mault
Guest Curated by Max Reinhardt
Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, April 8, 2011 - 9:00am
Featuring the work of:
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8th, 2011. 6 – 9 PM
Regular Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
In order to feel the passage of time we reach out with the unsure hands of a sleepwalker, grasping for the familiar, to validate what we think we know. The featured artists engage in a dialogue that continually reevaluates the hierarchy between the beginning, middle, and end of an experience, process, or work. Prelapse examines the relationship in the human mind of what is seen, when it is seen, to what is known, and how it is known.
Friday, May 6, 2011 - 6:00pm
May 6th through 28th.
Joseph Patrick Mault
Guest Curated by Max Reinhardt