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


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


Phoebe Fisher and Kime Buzzelli Art Opening

Friday, August 8, 2008 - 6:00pm

Phoebe Fisher

and Kime Buzzelli

Friday, August 8, 2008

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

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


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 (
Alvaro Ilizarbe (
Chris Uphues (
Clayton Hauck (
Elisa Harkins (
Hisham Bharoocha (
Logan Bay (
Justin B. Williams (
Raphael Lyon (
Ryan Brennan (

The Lyon Family Circus Art Opening

Friday, February 22, 2008 - 6:00pm

Raphael Lyon (Mudboy) and Noah Lyon (Retard Riot) are having a show at heaven!
Opening Friday, Feb. 22nd 7-11pm

DOCTOR NINJA (the Ol’ Dirty Mental Retard)
& MUDBOY (the Doctor of Experimental Organomics) proudly present:


Inspired by great works of art like Todd Browning’s “Freaks”, John Waters’ “Cavalcade of Perversion”, the brotherly love of punk rock workaholics the Ramones, and the collective sound mastery of the Wu-Tang Clan family; notorious east coast ringmasters Noah & Raphael Lyon said “Gooba-gabba, gooba-gabba, hey ho, let’s go, Chicago!”.
The main event opens at Heaven Gallery on February 22, 2008

“… Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions - everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.”
- Juvenal, from “Satire X” (late 1st – early 2nd century A.D.)

“…Reunited on the radio, Wu-Tang superb,
In the sprinklers girls double-dutchin on the curb,
Sinatra, the pop, the Jackson 5 recordings,
Uptown Saturday, "Cotton Came to Harlem"
Ringmaster circus was Bailey and Barnum,
Crack a Coca-Cola, summer heat was my boredom,
Dr. J before Jordan, Al Green on the organ,
When Rerun did the dance, the whole world saw him…”
– U-God of the Wu-Tang Clan from “Soul Power (Black Jungle)”

Noah Lyon hails from the Big Apple circus town of New York and Raphael Lyon is based in the freakish land of Providence, RI. The Lyon brothers are contributors to the Fort Thunder Paper Rodeo and are critically acclaimed multi media artists. This exhibition marks their first collaborative installation.

Mudboy graduated with honors from the art-semiotics program at Brown University. He produces and directs Free Matter for the Blind He performs internationally on his 1975 circuit-bent church organ.

Doctor Ninja graduated from the Cooper Union and has a degree in social responsibility from the Queens County Mental Health Court. He is a cultural critic and creator of RETARD RIOT His work is in galleries and museums worldwide including MoMA in New York, the Tate Britain in London. He is represented by Brändström & Stene in Stockholm Sweden.

For more information contact (773) 342-4597 | Email: | Heaven Gallery 1550 N. Milwaukee 2nd Fl. Chicago, IL 60622

Gutter Gums Art Opening

Friday, February 8, 2008 - 6:00pm

Alvaro Ilizarbe (Freegums) and Logan Bay (Gutter Butter) are having a collaborative show at Heaven Gallery.
Friday, February 08, 7-11pm