Universal Love - 17th Annual Benefit & Art Auction

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 12:00am

Universal Love
17th Annual Benefit & Art Auction
Saturday, May 6
7:00pm - 12:00am
$5 door

Heaven Gallery marks 17 years with a silent art auction and dance party, featuring works by some of Chicago's most talented visual artists. Universal Love is about celebrating our multi-cultural city. Our strength comes from our diversity and we become empowered by honoring our differences. Heaven is a place of Universal Love for all people, always.

Come be uplifted by the riddim and dance away the political darkness to reggae: a global music of healing that ignites unity and love. Sip on tropical libations while listening to Simmer Down Sound, one of Chicago's diverse reggae and dancehall nights from the Double Door. SDS selection is strictly vinyl with resident DJsThe Graduate, Rad Brian, Marcuslyah and King Tony.
Special performance by Cosmos Ray from Akasha!

Food & Beverages by
Big Star
Revolution Brewery
Lagunitas Brewery

Auction Artwork by
Ali Aschman
Ann Chen
Annette Hur
Annie Kielman
April Martin
Aram Han Sifuentes &
Verónica Casado Hernádez 
Aron Gent
Brendan Luchik
Chris Meerdo
Cole Pierce
Danielle Campbell
Delaney DeMott
Edra Soto
Hillary Weidermann
Howard Fonda
James Kao
Jason Lazarus
Jeffrey Michael Austin
Jessica Caponigro
Judith Brotman
Kayla Anderson
Leo Kaplan
Leslie Baum
Lindsey French
Liz McCarthy
Mel Cook
Mika Horibuchi
Morgan Sims
Rafael Vera
Rana Siegel
Raul de Lara
Robert Burnier
Ruffino Jimenez
Sarah Mosk
Soo Shin

Shelter, likewise / Bulk Discount

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Shelter, likewise
James Kao

Sounds fade and time disappears when looking dominates the senses. Landscape motifs give way to this kind of seeing and unfold the eccentric forms that humans have carved into our world. When a dialectic between nature and consciousness mirrors one between observation and representation, the observed world becomes an imagined world, and between unaffected trees and domestic gardens, there is a wild serpent, a flock of fowl, something animate. This new world portends all that is child-like, animal-like, and angelic.

Shelter, likewise presents recent paintings and drawings made while James Kao was in residence at the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists in Lehon, France.

James Kao is a Chicago-based artist, co-director of 4 th Ward Project Space, and Assistant Professor of Art at Aurora University, in Aurora, IL.

Bulk Discount
Evan Stoler

Evan Stoler highlights materials and objects overlooked in everyday life and decontextualizes the familiar– from discarded eggshells to a row of staples. All items featured can be purchased in bulk, and instead of breaking them down into normal usages such as a piece of tape or a sleeve of Smarties, he embraces the army. Capturing motion and bridging spaces are themes that Stoler explores with the different sets of building blocks. He also seeks to intertwine industrial consumption with motifs of the natural world.


Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

O P H I U C H U S 
Annie Kielman and Delaney DeMott

The arrival of Ophiuchus (the snake bearer as well as shiny new zodiac according to NASA’s recent discovery) underlined the looming interchangeability of the prescribed identity both astrological and metaphysical. Searching for new definitions of social behavior, compromise, respect and understanding has had many preoccupied as of late. To survive and flourish we must adapt. How does adaptation lead to questions of existence, orientation, belief, or one’s survival? When the structure shifts, the rules of the game change, and the framework distorts. The collaborative work of Annie and Delaney is choreographed by call and response. Objects, images, and materials owned/made by each artist are shared and then altered by the other. A continuous exchange is exercised until a piece is jointly removed from the cycle. A common sense of humor, material knowledge and history, reveals moments of mimicry, cheeky antics and a clear, inherent desire to fulfill anticipated potential. We both work hard toward an un-hatched collaborative goal. Expectations, surprise and surrender make room for consequence.

Annie Kielman 
ANNIE KIELMAN (www.anniekielman.com)
Annie Kielman is a Chicago based artist whose multi-media work focuses on reconstructed impressions through manipulations of process, material, and language. Annie received her MFA in Printmedia from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. She currently teaches at Harold Washington College and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is co-founder of a Print shop and shared artist space in Pilsen. Annie has exhibited and lectured widely in Chicago and throughout the US.

Delaney DeMott 
Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Fiber and Material Studies and Department of Contemporary Practices (2013-current), BFA, 2004, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; MFA, 2013, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Select exhibitions; Art For Life, Fulton Market Gallery, Chicago, IL; News and Weather, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Art in Craft Media, Burchfield Penny Museum, Buffalo, NY; Delta College, Michigan Ceramic Art Association, Bay City, MI; K[nō][no̵u]W You. McClean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL; Figure and Ground, Miami Basel, Miami, FL; Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; Victory for Tyler Show, Crane Building, Philadelphia, PA; Lectures/Workshops: Lecturer, American University Painting and Drawing, Washington D.C.; Lecturer, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China; Lecturer, Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; Lecturer, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Fibres and Material Practices; Guest Artist/Educator, OxBow School of Art and Artist Residency; Guest Artist/Educator, Logan Center for the Arts, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Awarded: Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT.; HATCH Residency, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago IL.

Classical Music Series - Aether Ensemble

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Classical Music Series
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Heaven Gallery welcomes Aether Ensemble, a Chicago-based woodwind quintet

Artist Talk - Simple Pleasures

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Panel discussion for Simple Pleasures exhibition.

Looking at the way we communicate through personal narrative, artistic practice and identity and magic.

Panel members:
Iris Bernblum, Rebecca Walz, Liz McCarthy, Raul de Lara, and Selina Trepp.

Chicago Solisti Concert

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Heaven Gallery welcomes Chicago Solisti for a stunning performance of Beethoven's Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20.

Suggested $10 donation at the door.

Kyle Dickson, violin (CS Artistic Director, Violinist with Chicago Sinfonietta)
Danielle Taylor, viola (Faculty, Midwest Young Artists)
Denielle Wilson, cello (Northwestern University, Aspen Music Festival)
Dr. Joy Rowland, double bass (Ann Arbor Symphony)
Kyra Sims, french horn (Principal Horn, Taneycomo Festival Orchestra)
Dajuan Evans, clarinet (Northwestern University)
Sandra Bailey, basson (Principal Bassoon, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic; Former Principal Bassoon, Chicago Sinfonietta)

Chicago Solisti is comprised of musicians, students and artists from the metropolitan Chicago area. They've performed individually across the country as soloists, orchestral and chamber musicians and hold degrees in performance, composition and music education from the most prestigious institutions in the country. Our mission is to provide the cultural landscape of Chicago with creatively programmed and varied format concerts in addition to presenting standard repertoire with fresh perspective.

In it’s inaugural season, Chicago Solisti quickly established itself as an ambitious and engaging chamber ensemble in the Chicagoland community. Committed to supporting new works and actively commissioning pieces from contemporary composers, Solisti has collaborated with modern composers to present new compositions and has been engaged to perform concerts, chamber recitals and masterclasses across the Midwest.

Simple Pleasures

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Simple Pleasures
Liz McCarthy, Caleb Yono, Selina Trepp, Raul de Lara, Ryan Pfeiffer & Rebecca Walz
Curated by Iris Bernblum

This show is a love letter. From one artist to another. To those who give me hope in the wake of a new post-election reality. Absorbing the pain I was feeling myself and from those around me, I realized it’s more important than ever to speak to the issues presented here. I came to this show with the body and pleasure in mind.

To put it simply: These artists work with the body, sexuality and gender in ways that push, seduce, and play with us. They bring forward the complexities of our bodies and minds with what it means to be seen, touched, hurt, and loved. What it means to be human.

For me they are magicians in the studio, taking us to places that feel true and full of life. They all invite us to engage on an intimate level; one cannot look and look away. The afterimage stays. It sinks in.

“And now, after living beside you all these years, and watching your wheel of a mind bring forth an art of pure wildness - as I labor grimly on these sentences, wondering all the while if prose is but the gravestone marking the forsaking of wildness (fidelity to sense-making, to assertion, to argu- ment, however loose) - I’m no longer sure which of us is more at home in the world, which of us more free.”

-Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts

New Year's Classical Concert

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

For the third consecutive year, join McKenna Glorioso and friends at Heaven Gallery for a concert of chamber music following the busy holiday season. Repertoire will include works by Dvorak, Vaughan-Williams, Piazzolla, Beethoven, and more.

$10 suggested donation at the door.

McKenna Glorioso is an American violinist at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montréal, Quebec. She currently studies with Axel Strauss and Marcelle Mallette and has also recently studied with Aurelien Pederzoli and Ilya Kaler in Chicago. McKenna has held the position of Concertmistress of the DePaul Chamber Orchestra and has played under the baton of conductors such as Dr. Cliff Colnot, Alexis Hauser, Michael Lewanski, and Darryl One. In 2017, she will appear as Assistant-Concertmaster of the McGill Opera Orchestra for their production of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. She plays a violin on generous loan by Dr. Wilhelm Schlag.

Elizabeth Glorioso is an American cellist based in Cleveland, Ohio. She is currently in her second year of studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy in the studio of Sharon Robinson. Passionate about chamber music, Ms. Glorioso has had the pleasure of touring Italy and Slovenia with Trio Glorioso, a piano trio founded in Duino, Italy. This year, Ms. Glorioso was also pleased to be admitted into CIM’s Advanced Piano Trio Program with her ensemble, Trio Zeta.

Jerome de los Santos, a Los Angeles native, has performed in venues across the United States, Canada, Italy, and Philippines. Praised for "possessing qualities of a true artist - maturity, imagination, musicality, sensitivity, amazing stage presence, passion, and effortless technique”, Jerome performs actively both as soloist and as a chamber musician. Aside from music, he enjoys studying foreign languages, spending time with his dog Yana, and traveling to new places. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, in the class of Daniel Shapiro, and a minor in Italian from Case Western University. For more information please visit: www.jeromedelossantos.com.

Pierce the Veil

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Pierce the Veil
Sage Dawson, Chiara Galimberti, Victoria Martinez, Katharine Schutta, and Selina Trepp

Standing stones and monoliths, intentionally constructed so that at significant moments of the year – like transitions between seasons – the sun strikes on predetermined and symbolic elements, are often attributed to astronomical observance; suspected ritual sites but actual functions unknown. Lines of geomagnetic forces run through earth’s crust, and when concentrated in a specific place, intensify and amplify the magnetic field. 

Pierce the Veil, a group exhibition featuring the work of Sage Dawson, Chiara Galimberti, Victoria Martinez, Katharine Schutta, and Selina Trepp, takes its title from the historical television drama Outlander, based on series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. During the first season, an older local woman attempts to interpret the inexplicable disappearance of a visiting woman to her bereft and disbelieving husband. The visitor has touched a magical stone and been transported back in time two hundred years.

Though not all of the included artists create work that explicitly addresses the time-space continuum, they all make work that allows the viewer to transcend reality – to physically or psychologically walk through a portal, connecting distant locations, alternate dimensions, parallel worlds, or breaks with the future and past.

Originally from Italy, Chiara Galimberti is currently residing in Chicago. She earned an MA in Italian Studies from NYU in 2015 and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, where she was a Soros New American Fellow. Her work tends to be context and place specific rather than self-referential, and can take the form of drawing, installation or collaborative performance. She is particularly interested in looking at both public and private space as sites of continual power and boundary negotiation and contestation. Her work was recently shown at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and New York University in Florence, Italy. She is a member of the feminist art collectives W.I.T.C.H and Tracers.

Selina Trepp is an artist whose work explores economy and improvisation. Finding a balance between the intuitive and conceptual is the goal, living a life of adventure is a way, embarrassment is often the result.
She combines installation, drawing, painting, and sculpture to create intricate setups for photos and videos. Selina Trepps work has been exhibited widely internationally and has received several awards and honors including the Swiss Art Award and the Illinois Arts council Fellowship. In addition to the studio-based work, Selina is active in the experimental music scene. In this context she sings and plays the videolah, her midi controlled video synthesizer, to create projected animations in real-time as visual music. She performs with a varying cast of collaborators and as one half of Spectralina, her audiovisual collaboration with Dan Bitney.

Sage Dawson is a Saint Louis-based artist, educator, and curator. Her work examines dwelling rights, land use, and the identity of spaces. Recent exhibitions were held at Pyramid Atlantic, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston University, the City University of New York, and the International Print Center New York. Sage’s work has been featured in Elephant Magazine and in From Here to There published by Princeton Architectural Press. Her work has been reviewed at Art in Print, Hyperallergic, and by Lori Waxman for 60 wrd/min art critic. Sage teaches printmaking at Washington University, and runs STNDRD–a gallery project based in Saint Louis.

Victoria Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from Chicago who explores installation, site-specific intervention, screenprinting, and painting. She believes in chance and intuition, creating projects for galleries and ephemeral experiences in the urban environment. Martinez works with vibrant colors; pattern based textiles, and overlooked items, sewing them together to create fresh perspectives. She has exhibited at Northwestern University, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Cultural Center, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and Chicago Artists Coalition. Upcoming projects include group exhibitions at the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Franklin, and a solo exhibition at Washington State University.

Katharine Schutta is a Chicago-based artist. She creates paper collages, visual poems, that are explorations of the human condition - of art, intimacy, and transgression. Culling, cropping, repositioning and realigning images from a vast collection of auction catalogues, magazines and books, Schutta collides contemporary art and art history, science, technology and the natural world.

We Have A Back Room With Other Things

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

We Have a Back Room With Other Things
Oct. 21- Dec 3

Mel Cook and Megan Stroech address the conceptual space of the conventional through a combination of images, objects and replications. Taking a skewed glance at domesticity and the production of place, their collaboration makes various gestures towards a generalization of home that is at once political, satirical, man-made and personal.

Both artists make work that is most comfortable communicating indirectly. Megan Stroech’s irreverent approach to material and the appropriation of luxury puts her work both at odds with authenticity and squarely embedded in it. By straddling humor and earnestness, the real and the fake, and the original and the reproduced, she initiates a conversation between high and low culture that invites the viewer to have the last say. Like Stroech’s sculptural compositions and installations, Mel Cook’s paintings disrupt traditional models of space. Cook’s work is often evasive, gesturing loosely towards the political of the everyday and the construct of place-making, while embracing the way images often fail in their attempts to articulate. Permanence collapses into suggestion, and desire for the represented object quickly switches to ambivalence.

If both artists’ work moves towards a translation of home, it is one mediated.

Mel Cook is a visual artist currently living and working in Chicago, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 2009 and attended Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois where she received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting in 2012. She has previously taught at Illinois State University and Illinois Central College. She currently teaches at Marwen in Chicago, Illinois. Her work has been featured in Art in Print, Studio Visit magazine, and most recently in New American Paintings, Midwest ed. No 125. This year she was a participant in The Center Program at Hyde Park Art Center and a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Most recently her work has been exhibited at The Hyde Park Art Center.

Megan Stroech is an artist living and working in Chicago, IL. Stroech received her MFA in Printmaking with Exceptional Merit from Illinois State University in 2012, and her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Stroech was a recent artist in residence at the Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY) and has completed artist residencies at Chicago Artist Coalition’s HATCH Projects (Chicago, IL) and ACRE (Steuben, WI). Stroech has been a featured artist in the contemporary art publications: Artforum, Hyperallergic, LVL3 Media, and New American Paintings. Some recent exhibitions include: Ortega Y Gasset Projects (Brooklyn, NY), PULSE Contemporary Art Fair (Miami Beach, FL), Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (Austin, TX), Fernwey (Chicago, IL), ROCKELMANN& (Berlin, Germany), The SUB-MISSION (Chicago), and Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass, CO), where she was an artist-in- residence in 2012