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


Friday, January 25, 2008 - 5:00pm

birds of prey

Harold Arts presents "Birds of Prey"
Opening Reception Friday January 25th - 6pm
Screening of video works Saturday January 26th - 8pm

Heaven Gallery
1550 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl.
Chicago, IL 60622

Featuring new works by:

Clara Alcott - Thomas Macker -
Jason Ajemian - Curtis Mann -
Justin Berry - Jessye McDowell -
Janine Biunno - Clare Parry -
Jonathan Bush - Marc Riordan -
Melissa Damasauskus - Paul Roux -
Ben Driggs - Jamie Solock -
Natalia Duncan - Greg Stimac -
Stephen Eichhorn - Julie Troost -
Maggie Haas - Jacob Wick -
Jason Lazarus - Nicholas Wylie -
Allie Yasukawa

Birds of Prey is an exhibition of works created by the 2007 Harold Arts Residency Program participants. Each July, Harold Arts invites new, emerging and mid-career artists and musicians to a tree farm in Ohio's Appalachian foothills to collaborate and create new works in a pastoral landscape.

Harold Arts is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago whose mission is to cultivate creative opportunities for new, emerging and mid-career artists and musicians through its annual artist residency, exhibitions, and concerts.

More information on Harold Arts and other events available at

Smile by Aay Preston-Myint Art Opening

Friday, January 4, 2008 - 6:00pm

SMILE an installation by Aay Preston-Myint
Friday, January 4, 7-11pm
Show runs from January 4th through January 19th

SMILE is a participatory installation in which viewers can use props,
backdrops and costumes to stage photos predicting the mutating beings
and environments that will soon populate our future wastelands.


Heaven Gallery
1550 N. Milwaukee
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL

Gallery hours are Saturdays from 1-5pm or by appointment.

Hercrotchules Art Opening

Friday, November 9, 2007 - 6:00pm

"Hercrotchules" Presented by Zach McLuckie
Opening Friday, November 9th from 7-10pm
Performances November 9th from 10pm-12am with a $5 dollar donation
Show runs from November 9th through November 24th

Featuring drawing, painting, stage design, sculpture, and animation by:
Allison Branahm, Anne Wells, Cansifiss Foote, Carol Keitz, Channing Kennedy, Cooper Crain, Dan Browning, Daniel Lutz, Drew Zeigler, Emily Foster, Gabe Viles, Giavana Accuruso, Greg Lewis, Jason Reemer, Jeremy Freeze, Jeremy Knappel, Jill Wait, Kathrin Newyork, Malia Cort, Marci Cole, Mark Arcuri, Mark Treise, Randall Christopher Bailey, Rex McMurry, Sean Weitzman, Sheena Coffee, Steven Haslag, Terry Rice, Tim Keiser, Zach McLuckie

Performances by:
CAVE (includes members of Warhammer 48K, Mah Jongg)
David Diarrhea
Marc Arcuri

Heaven Gallery
1550 N. Milwaukee
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL

Gallery hours are Saturdays from 1-5pm or by appointment.

Wine sponsored by:

The DIY art of Zach McLuckie has arrived in Chicago. This Columbia, Missouri transplant has gathered a motley crew of musicians and artists to create a Xerox and cardboard installation inside of Heaven Gallery. Zach is the creator of Hercrotchules zine; a black and white and color Xerox zine full of weird comics, collages and found clippings. Zach also made the artwork for Warhammer 48k's album cover released on Permanent Records. He also creates animations for Warhammer 48k's live performances.

Going To Bed Art Opening

Friday, October 12, 2007 - 6:00pm

"Going To Bed" Presented by Justin B. Williams
Opening Friday, October 12 from 7-11pm.
Show runs from October 12-27, 2007

A group art installation curated by Justin B. Williams
Featuring drawing, painting, sculpture, sound, and animation by:
Amy Lockhart (CAN), Andrew Dick (CAN), Blami (SPAIN), Dirk Knibbe (USA), Eddie Martinez (USA), Elizabeth Jaeger (USA), Ghazal Hashemi (USA), Hollie Dzama (CAN), Huskmitnavn (DEN), Jesse McManus (USA), Julia Rich (USA), Justin Schaefer (USA), Justin B. Williams (USA), KAM (CAN), Kevin Hooyman (USA), Mike Swaney (CAN), Ola Vasiljeva (NED), Paulina Mäkelä (FIN), Putrid (USA)

Heaven Gallery
1550 N. Milwaukee
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL

Gallery hours are Saturdays from 1-5pm or by appointment.

Jen Stark's Little By Little Art Opening

Friday, September 14, 2007 - 6:00pm

"Little By Little" by Jen Stark
Opening Friday, Sept. 14 from 7-11pm
Show runs from Sept.14-29, 2007

Heaven Gallery
1550 N. Milwaukee
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL

Gallery hours are Saturdays from 1-5pm or by appointment.