Posted on Dec 16, 2018

November 11th, 2018 1PM

Join us for a walk through with Lauren Carter and Nico Gardner as they talk about their practice and their work featured in our current exhibition Static Cling.

Coffee by La Colombe and pastries by Artemios 

In their second exhibition together, artists Nico Gardner and Lauren Carter continuously shift between the personal and the general, the specific and ambiguous, creating new work in conversation with each other. With a primary focus on desire, ritual, identity, and the expression of human need, Static Cling addresses the power and persuasive nature of mundane, domestic objects.

Ordinary household possessions become intertwined in a person’s daily life as symbolic evidence of a sense of selfhood and identity. These metaphors are employed in this exhibition to explore the universal relationship between people and objects. Gardner and Carter’s use of found or purchased items is a starting point to explore themes that ultimately result in an investigation of both material culture and making. Continuing their collaboration together, Gardner and Carter riff off of each other's frequencies to disrupt their respective practices. The artists ultimately create new works that highlight similarities in their decision making while embracing their respective differences.

NICO GARDNER (http://nicogardner.com/)
Nico Gardner is a Japanese-American interdisciplinary maker and critical thinker. He holds an MFA in Fiber + Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BA in Fine Arts, and a BA in Art History, both from Rice University in Houston, Texas. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and acquired by private collections. 

LAUREN CARTER (http://laurencarterart.com/)
Lauren Carter holds an MFA with Distinction from the University of New Mexico and a BFA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Painting and Metalwork.
Primarily working in mixed media sculpture and installations, she often includes found objects and personal items that are synonymous with loss, vulnerability, and sentimentality. 
Carter is a native of south Louisiana and presently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois where she is a teaching artist at Marwen.

Coffee and pastries provided

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

Opening reception: Friday, February 1st, 2019 from 7 – 11 PM

Show runs through March 3rd


The work in "the world can never be exactly what you want it to be" addresses and puts on display the feeling of unease that living in the United States today imparts. This show grapples with these ideas through painting, sculpture, fiber, and installation. Mayorga, Bowman, and Hilshorst all bring up issues related to gender and identity in their use of material, technique, and subject matter. With themes of the domestic and kitsch a common bond is created throughout the work. Objects celebrate disappointments, paintings created with piping bags and candy colors leave a bad taste in your mouth, and common domestic subjects and images sag, drip, and crack. The work is political in the way it subverts and perverts its subject matter, and nothing is how you want it to be.


Tanner Bowman is a product designer and artist in Chicago IL. Bowman is interested in the intersections between art, design, and craft and is currently producing objects that question the functionality of art in the domestic space. Through playing with traditional crafting techniques with an experimental playfulness, Bowman creates queer and modern objects that give the audience a place to question their surroundings. Tanner’s work is often a tedious process that pushes craftsmanship. Considered an anti- industrial designer, he believes that the most valuable object is one which a person can see and feel emotional labor the maker puts into it.

Tanner Bowman received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. He has shown his work at internationally at Rossana Orlandi Gallery Milan, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, and Super Design Gallery for the London Design Festival. Bowman has also shown locally at Typeforce at Co-prosperity Sphere, Final Resting Place Gallery, and most recently had work sold and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store.


Matthew Hilshorst Is a painter and sculptor living in Chicago. He uses wit, humor, and eye-catching colors to lure a viewer. His work is at first playful, decorative, and familiar but reveals itself to be sad and sinister on closer inspection. His objects literally droop and sag with sarcasm and the physical weight of the world.

Matthew Hilshorst received his MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has recently had work at Andrew Rafacz gallery, LVL3, The Condo Association, and Slow gallery in Chicago. He has shown work at Shoot the Lobster and Bureau in New York, as well as other galleries around the country. He is currently preparing for a solo show at Andrew Rafacz gallery in the summer of 2019.


Yvette Mayorga is an interdisciplinary artist. She uses confection, industrial materials, and American commodities as a conceptual framework to juxtapose the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico. The spaces in the “Candy Lands” of her work relate to immigrant utopian visions of the American Dream. The smell, decoration, and iconography in her work serve to critique the glut of violence at the border.

Mayorga has presented her work at The Vincent Price Art Museum, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, EXPO, LACMA's Pacific Standard Time, The Chicago Cultural Center, The National Museum of Mexican Art, University of Indianapolis, The Arts Incubator, Roots and Culture, Weinberg/Newton, Gallery 400, Ukraine Institute of Modern Art, & GEARY Contemporary.
Mayorga received her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was featured in The Guardian, Artforum, The Inter University Program for Latino Research, Art News, Artnet, REMEZCLA, Teen Vogue, Hyperallergic, and on the cover of the READER..

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

Sunday, January 13th, 2019 at 1 PM


Join curator Darryl DeAngelo Terrell and participating artists:

Kevin Demery, Andrea Coleman, Mark Allen Blanchard, Shanna Merola, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Sadie Woods, Michael Curtis Asbil in a panel discussion for their show Oh Maker.

Within the current social and political climate we’re found looking backward as a way to find answers for today's problems in America. “Oh, Maker” explores the work of 7 artists who through the act of re-appropriating materials are looking at that history of trauma on American Soil, the act of rebellion, as well the narrative of black women, and families. These artists are building on these conversations in their work. Using mix materials, visual language, and archives as a starting source to re-appropriate materials used to aid conversations about America today.


Coffee and pastries will be provided.

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

Opening reception: Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at 11 AM

Inspire & Empower: Women Creating Change in their Communities

In celebrating International Women’s Day, Heaven Gallery invites nine women who are making positive impacts in their communities. This group includes women that are running for office, activists that are creating housing and art cooperatives, and community leaders. These women will speak about their community-based projects, share their stories, and open the conversation about the importance of women in leadership. The goal of this event is to inspire women to create new initiatives and to bring visibility to the various projects being presented. This day is for women inspiring women to aim higher and that no dream is too big. #PressforProgress

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

Sunday December 16th, 2018 from 7 PM – 9 PM

Partners in Show-Business Ethan Parcell and Alec Watson are proud to present:

"Watson & Parcell present: White Christmas"

Alec Watson as "Watson" (piano)
Ethan Parcell as "Parcell" (drums)

Join us on Sunday, December 16th for a one time only instrumental re-imagining of the classic 1954 Irving Berlin movie-musical "White Christmas." Starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, this holiday favorite has delighted audiences young and old for centuries. 

We will be performing the movie's soundtrack head-to-toe; not an intro untouched, not a dance-break deserted, not a tender ballad betrayed. 

Entertainment duo Ethan Parcell and Alec Watson have been described as "the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of musical comedy," "the Rogers & Hammerstein of popular American song," and "the Marx Brothers of live performance."

Refreshment provided
$10 suggested donation

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

As a part of the Programming for Oh, Maker currently on Display at Heaven Gallery.

FUBU yoga at Heaven Gallery
Saturday Dec 15, 2018 from 2 PM – 3 PM

the way they pathologize our bodies, it can be hard to (re)member our flesh and bone are our home. "wellness" is rarely a site where we are in sight, yoga studios, even less so. this yoga practice is a gentle reminder to feel where tension and tenderness live in our breath and body with curiosity and care to a playlist curated with black folx in mind. this teacher knows no one can know this as deeply as you do because only you breathe your body. we will close with an optional meditation. all levels welcome to explore. please bring your own mat (and a spare if you have it, for someone who may not.) 75m

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Teacher: 
Jamilah Malika
Bio:
some days yoga feels like sunshine; other days we learn how a pose can benefit us after practice, off the mat, over the years. whether a sequence moves gently or the flow engages strength, i always ask that you take care with attention to your breath - i believe you know your body best. i invite you, cue by cue, to listen, honor and explore. as an anti-oppression activist in the yoga community, i teach mindful of the ways the practice can 
play into power via appropriation, physical adjustments without consent, body-shaming for size/ability and so on. i understand that yoga has/can trigger(ed) many of us. i'm open to feedback if you find i do so. i aim for a melanin/trans/queer/fat positive practice. (200hr teacher training, 2010, Kula Yoga Annex. Co-founder, Brown Girls Yoga Collective, Toronto. Senior teacher/Mentor lead, New Leaf Yoga mindfulness-based and trauma-informed practices for youth, Toronto.)

Water and Lite Refreshments will be provided

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, October 26th, 2018

Show runs through December 2nd

In their second exhibition together, artists Nico Gardner and Lauren Carter continuously shift between the personal and the general, the specific and ambiguous, creating new work in conversation with each other. With a primary focus on desire, ritual, identity, and the expression of human need, Static Cling addresses the power and persuasive nature of mundane, domestic objects.

Ordinary household possessions become intertwined in a person’s daily life as symbolic evidence of a sense of selfhood and identity. These metaphors are employed in this exhibition to explore the universal relationship between people and objects. Gardner and Carter’s use of found or purchased items is a starting point to explore themes that ultimately result in an investigation of both material culture and making. Continuing their collaboration together, Gardner and Carter riff off of each other's frequencies to disrupt their respective practices. The artists ultimately create new works that highlight similarities in their decision making while embracing their respective differences.

NICO GARDNER (http://nicogardner.com/)
Nico Gardner is a Japanese-American interdisciplinary maker and critical thinker. He holds an MFA in Fiber + Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BA in Fine Arts, and a BA in Art History, both from Rice University in Houston, Texas. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and acquired by private collections. 

LAUREN CARTER (http://laurencarterart.com/)
Lauren Carter holds an MFA with Distinction from the University of New Mexico and a BFA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Painting and Metalwork.
Primarily working in mixed media sculpture and installations, she often includes found objects and personal items that are synonymous with loss, vulnerability, and sentimentality. 
Carter is a native of south Louisiana and presently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois where she is a teaching artist at Marwen.