February 2009

Heaven Gallery/Harold Arts
Friday, February 13th, 2009
1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor

New Works by:

Melina Ausikaitis
Leslie Baum
Jeremy Boyle
Jennifer Buffett
Dana Carter
Ken Ellis
Katy Fischer
Daniel Higgs
Andrew Kuo
Alex Lukas
Robert Ryan
Chris Strong
Chris Uphues

Performances by:



Heaven Gallery Presents
Heaven Gallery DVD Release Party
Saturday February 7th, 2009
For the past seven years Heaven Gallery has hosted a continuing film/video experimental shorts show-The Heaven Gallery Screening Series. Comprising of mostly local work, the Screening Series has showcased many different artist’s styles and themes. Heaven Gallery has recently compiled a DVD of work from the screening series.
Please join us for a screening and DVD Release Party-
Saturday February 7th, 2009 at 8pm.
$7 suggested donation

Film/Video work by:
Matthew Stenerson
Mary Scherer
Jim Finn
TV Sheriff
Eric Fensler
Doug Lussenhop
Shayna Connelly
Nick Bahr
Rebekka Kressley
Bobby Ciraldo
Jon Bollo
Animal Charm
Laura Klein
Eric Henry
Yony Leyser
Catie Olson
Ryan Kortman
Chris Hefner
Lillie Carre

$20 For DVD
-if patrons choose to purchase a DVD, then they do not need to pay the donation fee for admittance

!!!!TV POW Plays Post Screening!!!!

Whatever happened to the Pentagon (restaurant)?
photocopied, hand-colored, accordion fold, bound in manila file folder

“Interested in the world of artists’ books? Join former UBS 12×12 artist Deb Sokolow as she guides you through simple book making techniques to create your own accordion fold book. Sokolow’s elaborate drawings and artists’ books investigate human behavior through complex and comical narrative and provide perfect material for further exploring artist books.” –MCA

Museum of Contemporary Art

Saturday Shorts: Exploring Artists’ Books with Deb Sokolow
Saturday, February 7
1-4 pm
Members $40, nonmembers $45

All workshops are open to the public. Registration is required and is available online or by calling 312.397.4010. Space is limited. You must be 18 or older to enroll in MCA adult classes or workshops. Unless noted, all supplies are provided.



More from Deb:
Spertus Museum
commission for the permanent collection
exhibition to open at the end of April 2009
610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605-1901

Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA
Group show
Jan. 29 – March 6, 2009
Opening Reception: Jan. 29, 6 – 8pm

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Feb 2009

24″ x 24″

Artist Statement:
“Exuding implosive energy, my paintings are made in a highly intuitive idiosyncratic manner. With obscure darkness lurking just beneath the surface, these mad saturated surreal color field-like experiments permeate bearded membranes, encrypted anthropomorphic mythical creatures, and biomorphic poisonous blossoms.

I consider the scenes subliminal landscapes. They are created with excruciatingly seductive, lecherous, saturated pours of paint that look at times as though they might ooze off the surface. These amoeba-like pours are juxtaposed with intricate thin black lines similar to ornamental filigree that whisper fragility. Drips become characters that play out feelings of fear and greed as well as ecstasy and joy. Decadent and detailed micro and macro worlds spring from my personal encrypted consciousness that effuses rhythm, flowering complexities and deathly howling disturbances.

Derived from the vernacular of the craft movement these patterned expansive fields are filled with patchwork quilts, poured gem-like charms, and prickly slurping sludge. The abstract content fuses non linear narratives with the language of paint itself.”

untitled (still life #1)
14″ x 17″

Pussi Willow
11″ x 11″

Thanks GENart for turning me on to this great Chicago-based artist. Amy says she finds inspiration in, “the fluidity of entropy found everywhere; botanicals, pornography, music, cellulite, birth defects, interior design, the juxtaposition between cute and unnerving, abstration, children’s books and the confusion of teenage thought.” She also loves textiles, kitsch and superflous decoration.

I concur.

— Anthony P. Munoz