"Daily Life Sucks" by Yony Leyser

Friday, November 21, 2008 - 6:00pm

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 21st. 7-11 pm.

W/ Performances by Grant Hart (Husker Du) and Anni Rossi (4AD)

Heaven Gallery is pleased to present the inaugural exhibition of Daily Life Sucks, photographic works by Yony Leyser that document squat, punk, queer, transgender, anarchist and outsider cultures in central Europe and central USA.

The show is a celebration of outsiders. Over the past several years Leyser has photographed Ida, a utopian vegan transgender commune in Tennessee; Christiana, an anarchist village formed in 1969 in Copenhagen, Denmark; and Kopi, Europe’s largest squat; with plenty of protests and naked bike rides in between.

The show documents people and places under the radar, and beneath the mainstream and media consciousness. It’s about people who are not afraid to break away from of safe normative “lifestyles”.

Grant Hart, drummer of legendary punk band, Husker Du, will be coming out of the woodwork to debut a music set at Heaven Gallery on Friday. He will play songs from his forthcoming solo album to be released on Constellation Records. Chicago Vocalist/Violist Anni Rossi (4AD records) will also be performing.

Yony Leyser attended the California Institute for the Arts and the New School in New York. His visual art and films have been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, and Chicago.

"Daydreams in the Age of Delightenment" by Ryan V. Brennan

Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 6:00pm

"Daydreams in the Age of Delightenment" by Ryan V. Brennan
Opening Saturday, Nov. 8 from 7-11pm
Show runs from Nov. 8-14, 2008

In Ryan’s first Solo Show in Chicago titled “Daydreams in The Age of Delightenment” he expands upon his earlier work of intricate three dimensional collages that combined found objects, cut paper, wood work, and drawings which strung together poetic riddles blurring notions of childhood and adolescent innocence. For Heaven Gallery he has brought his new wall relief collages to life by turning them into wondrous miniature environments which stop animation movies are filmed. The new work is described as Cinemallage: Works that are simultaneously the set and viewing platform for stop animation movies.

Housed within each collage is a video player displaying chapters of an imaginative tale of a young mans journey through a land of make believe where he learns of the power of imagination to make a change in the world around him. This story cleverly utilizes the naïve language of fairytale as a vehicle to engage real issues of modern society evoking hope and community in a trying time of uncertain future.

*Also on view, a screening at 8:00 of the stop animation as well as other films, drawings, collages, and a life size video installation.

Ryan V. Brennan (b. Cincinnati, Ohio 1982) has exhibited internationally (France, and Prague) and nationally (Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Richmond). He has shown in LA Art Fair 08, Scope Miami Fair 07, and Scope Hamptons Fair 07, and will be on exhibit in the LA Art Fair 09 and has a two person show June 09 at Rare Gallery in Chelsea. Ryan received a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center in 06 and has been featured in a variety of publications. (New York Times, Beautiful Decay Magazine website, The Sunday Paper, Atlanta, Biscayne Times, Miami, and Savannah Morning News)

Heaven Gallery
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Chicago, IL

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You Rule Me: a show of power

Friday, October 10, 2008 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Who's in charge here?

That's the question I keep asking myself, and the question that spawned this exhibition. It seems extra timely now, as Congress is debating an economic bailout plan and the nation decides who should be our next leader.

The exhibition offers work that considers questions of authority and power. Initially inspired by the military operations of various factions of bugs residing on the Jeffers Tree Farm, the participating artists responded to my inquiry about their relationships to ruling powers, be they small intimate ones or larger hegemonic ones. The results are varied and textured—Christa Donner responded with drawings focusing on the body and health; Mollie McKinley's response involves a dialog with the supernatural; Tristan Perich and Kunal Gupta's Jelly project offers an alternative strategy to the way we interact with the web; Andreas Warisz's video installation centering around a Chicago Housing project is a rich exploration of the ways information can be disseminated; Melissa Damasauskas offers us a glimpse into a list that rules her; Todd Mattei's photos posit a need for a new deity. Also featuring: drawings by Kelly Allen, Nicholas Wylie, Sarah Beth Woods; photos by Grant Ernhart, Thomas Macker, Lucas Blair; sculpture by Michael Hunter, Scott Cowan, Montgomery Perry Smith and more.

There are rumblings that there might be a piano duel at the closing reception, as well as a performance by Margaret Taylor and music by Doug Rosenberg.

Don't miss it.

Organized by Brieanne Hauger with assistance from Harold Arts.

Work by:

Kelly Allen
Lucas Blair
Scott Cowan
Melissa Damasauskas
Christa Donner
Rob Duarte
Grant Ernhart
Maggie Haas
Michael Hunter
Katy Keefe and Frank Van Duerm
Thomas Macker
Todd Mattei
Mollie McKinley
Tristan Perich and Kunal Gupta
Montgomery Perry Smith
Robert Snowden
Margaret Taylor
Andreas Warisz
Sarah Beth Woods
Nicholas Wylie

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Comedy

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

TBA

Phoebe Fisher and Kime Buzzelli Art Opening

Friday, August 8, 2008 - 6:00pm


Phoebe Fisher


and Kime Buzzelli

Friday, August 8, 2008
7-11pm

Death Drive by Cayetano Ferrer Art Opening

Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 11:00am to 9:00pm

Death Drive Art Opening
Artworks by Cayetano Ferrer
August 02, 2008
12pm-10pm

Death Drive is a one-day exhibition of art works that speak to the function of monuments and memory. The main space contains work in various media, including photography, painting and sculpture. Inverted Taj Mirror (2007) a mirror cutout of the Taj Mahal, plays with the history of this architectural monument, and a reassessment of the complicated intentions of it's creator. Historians Against History (2008) is a sculpture made from a book by the same title, where the pages are glued together and all the text on the open page is blacked out except for a single phrase. These and other works in the show play with the processes through which history is recorded by way of object-making. This reference of historical artifacts is interrupted by hyper-specific site works that encapsulate the present moment by enveloping the architecture around them. In contrast to the works that tell a story from the past and from external sources, the site works exercise a sense of place and perform a shift in the activity of citation, bringing the present into the narrative.

The show culminates in the second space, which is a darkened room containing a single sculpture. Launch Ramp (2008) is a skate ramp that is perforated with thousands of small holes, revealing a glow from the interior. A light emanating through the perforations make up a constantly shifting image, an obfuscated film looping on a muted television which is only experienced through its rhythm and palette. Made as a memorial for a friend who died in a skateboarding accident earlier this month, this sculpture will be dismantled after the one-day show, making it less an enduring monument to his death than a moment of contemplation about his spirited, and at times reckless nature.

Live Comedy

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 8:00pm

Sell the Boat brings first-rate improvised comedy (at last!) to our neck of the woods with Chicago's best (honest!) improvisers from the iO, Annoyance, and Second City theaters with two shows in one night (yikes!). Closing out the 9:30 show will be The Reckoning, the most acclaimed improv ensemble in a decade and arguably the best group in existence. At 12:30 will begin the Special Brad Morris Late Show wherein Second City Main Stage star Morris beats it over to our little space to give us a sweet, sweet show. Dozens of dynamite performers at a cozier place and for far fewer dollars than you could ever see them elsewhere. Please come check out the finest practitioners of a truly Chicagoan art form.

Means To An End Art Opening

Friday, July 11, 2008 - 6:00pm

Heaven Gallery will host a free opening to the public on the evening of Friday July 11th, 2008 at 7 p.m: Heaven Gallery presents Means to an End, an exhibition curated by Brad Troemel. The show will feature American artists Melanie Schiff, Jason Lazarus, Hannah Whitaker, Stephen Eichorn, Jessica Hans, Charles Broskoski, Nicholas Grider, Brad Troemel, Hayley Silverman, DB Whitaker, Jessica Williams, Mark C Brown, Centa Petersen, Marco Kane, Martine Syms, and Michael Hunter, Dutch artists Anne De Vries and Harm Van Den Dorpel and German artist Alexander Binder. Means to an End will be hosted at 1550 N. Milwaukee.

Means to An End:
Means to an End explores the ties between the natural world and the different purposes it serves in art. The show sheds light on the natural world as more than the subject, but as source material and canvas. Means to an End brings together artists of various cultures and perspectives, all represented through an array of mediums - sculpture, collage, video, and photography

"RERUN" Art Opening

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

RERUN:

the relation between a symbol and a symptom

"The symbol, ordinarily made to be understood, becomes symptom the moment it displaces itself and loses its primary identity, when its proliferation suffocates its signification."
-Freud, 1916

A common tool of advertising, repetition is known to be effective and persuasive. The fifteen artists presented here explore the point where repetition looses its persuasive power and becomes decorative and pleasing as it does in the tradition of wallpaper.

These wallpapers are mostly created using pre-existing media derived imagery that has been appropriated, re-contextualized and multiplied further. All are achieved through the process of screen-printing, a medium traditionally associated with multiplication and commodity.

This project was designed to challenge artists to create imagery that focused on repetition and simultaneously addressed the multiples role within printmaking, decoration, advertising and design.

The participating artists are (currently local to Boston, MA):

Alexis Adams
Rebecca Bird Grigsby
Ben Smart
Diego Guzman
Hilary McBride
Maggie Haas
Melinda Go
Nahna Kim
Nicole Kita
Rhonda Rat-ray
Wayne Kleppe
Bob Shane
James Nardone
Janine Biunno

"Tense" Art Opening

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

In the front gallery we are showing work of past, present and future shows.

Tense, featuring the work of
Aay Preston-Myint (http://www.illcutyou.com/aay)
Alvaro Ilizarbe (http://freegums.com)
Chris Uphues (http://theheartsproject.blogspot.com)
Clayton Hauck (http://everyoneisfamous.com)
Elisa Harkins (http://pooptronica.com)
Hisham Bharoocha (http://myspace.com/hisham)
Logan Bay (http://loganbay.org)
Justin B. Williams (http://justinbwilliams.blogspot.com)
Raphael Lyon (http://www.mudboymusic.com)
Ryan Brennan (http://www.ryanvbrennan.com)

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