The curatorial premise for 2nd Floor Rear 2015 is part feeling, part idea; it’s Chicagoans’ annual substitution of “stay warm” for “see you later”. It’s also the hypnotic quiet at winter’s core that makes the season’s deep melancholy savorable. In the midst of another winter, we sought forms of art that might warm us, draw us in, and make us stay.
This year, we hope to bring audiences anti-spectacular wonder and radical tenderness. We want Chicagoans feel present and connected even in their winter fugue states. We want to carve out a safe place to be vulnerable and wildish. We want things to resonate–to find us all again days later while we’re waiting in line at the Walgreens checkout counter. This year, we’re offering utopic gestures, cathartic documents, collaborative making, rituals, immersion, hangouts, feminisms, forms of encounter, virtual hypnosis, and one (maybe more than one) freewheeling, sweaty dance party.
Saturday and Sunday, February 7-8, 2015
See the full 2015 photo set
Documents Bureau (Climatic Cathartic Confessions Desk)
Society of Smallness
I am Logan Square Gallery, 2644 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Featuring: Carl Boyd, Lisette Bustamante, Captain Chicago, Perry Cowdery (on melodica), Caitlin Devitt, Paul Durica, David Gries, Bryant Godinez, Henry Harris, Marcos Herrera, Marianne Joyce, Karolina Kowalczyk, Vivian Malmgren, Jeff Michalski, Emmy Midnightingale, Annie Morse, Lili Mugnier, Allison Muscolino, Elizabeth Murphy, Daniela Perez, Mack Perry, Jennifer Pham, Kat Seno, Matt Stone, and Georgina Valverde
*12-1am features burlesque performer Emmy Midnightingale
Photo by Laura Moore
Playtime Is About You!
Hume Gallery, 3203 W. North Ave.
Collaboration hours: Saturday, 3-7pm
Viewing hours: Sunday, 1-5pm
Colorful ropes, confetti, and lots of fun. We will use colorful materials to build costumes, temporary sculptures, and murals. We will make videos, take pictures together and build a collective installation. If you’re in the mood, you can bring your singing while we celebrate playing. Expect some YouTube tutorials for stretching and dancing. The unexpected is welcome in this collective creative frenzy.
A collective creation by Elena Tejada-Herrera and You The Very Creative Public.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Installation, Party, Day-time Hang, Pre-game, Performance
Crown Liquors, 2821 N. Milwaukee Ave. / noon-6pm
Desert Cheese: A ladies’ night to contemplate all other ladies’ nights (that lasts all damn day). An oozy, psychedelic friendzone/wasteland of sights and smells, Tegan Brace’s installation in Crown Liquors calls attention to projected feminine attributes, offers up an alternative social organization, and drags your cheese stereotypes out to the desert to melt.
Tegan crafts aesthetic atmospheres and party sculptures in semi-private and public social spaces which exist at the boundaries of fiction and reality.
Photo by Hannah Welever
A*Haul: Part Duh
Betsy Zacsek + Juneer Kibria
Public Art Installations
Multiple Undisclosed Locations / noon-whenever in the evening
Sequel to 2014’s A*HAUL: Unauthorized mobile art installations, A*HAUL: Part Duh is part performance, part urban intervention, part guerrilla public art gallery, part pure mischief. 2015 artists TBA.
Photo courtesy A*Haul
Directions de Digital
Exhibition and Film Screening
Dreamland D, 3459 W. Diversey Ave. #1 / noon-midnight
For 2nd Floor Rear 2015, Dreamland D welcomes you into a warm and cozy wonderland of 3D animation and digital film with the exhibition DIRECTIONS de DIGITAL. Noon to 7:00pm will see an exhibition featuring Chicago artist Alfredo Salazar-Caro, whose works are digital sculptures infused with media including video, animated gifs, and virtual reality. Later that evening, we will continue in the digital milieu by screening a series of short films produced by artist Cooper Collier, who works within the realm of digital video, using non-traditional methods to produce short films that are part induced-phenomenon and part-performance. Couple the two artists’ works with piping hot chocolate, popcorn and perhaps a PBR or two, who would want to leave the toasty warm confines of a Logan Square apartment gallery? What more could you want during a nasty sparring bout with the latest rendition of the Dreaded Polar Vortex?
Photo by Slaveya Minkova
Potluck & Stitch ‘n’ Bitch
Kitchen Space Gallery, 2716 N Monticello Ave. #1F / 1-5pm
An inclusive, welcoming potluck meets stitch n’ bitch at Kitchen Space. Take a break from the cold to enjoy comforting foods and fiber crafts. Feel free to bring your in-progress projects or start something new! Coffee and tea provided but feel free to BYOB. Stop by, bring along your favorite dish, eat, drink, knit, and make yourself at home.
Photo by Hannah Welever
The Non-Denominational Caroling Project
Marya Spont-Lemus + friends (and maybe even you!)
Rehearsal: 2844 W. Dickens Ave. #1 / Rehearsal: 2-4pm; Caroling: 4-6pm
The Non-Denominational Caroling Project is about friends and strangers alike coming together to share the experience of singing in public space. We don’t spread the tenets of a specific religion. We sing songs about things that connect all of us rather than divide us—celebrating the resilience, complexity, and even silliness of the human condition. And we invite you to join us in doing so! To carol with us as part of the festival, just attend our rehearsal immediately prior to this outing. Otherwise, keep your eyes and ears open as you’re walking around, because we’ll be walking around too.
Photo by Hannah Welever
Six Acts of Witness
Dao Nguyen + Jane Jerardi
1456 N. Leavitt #3F / 3-5pm
Cocktail Party & Etiquette Workshop
3060 W. Cortland Ave. / 5-7pm
HI typ/O Art/In
2714 N. Francisco Ave., #2 / 5-8pm
The Extent of Something
Kitchen Space Gallery, 2716 N Monticello Ave. #1F / 5-10pm
The furthest point in space is also inside our body. Time in lines and circles. I am starting over and at the same time I am ending. My work is a set of questions about beginnings and endings, life and death, internal and external spaces and the imminence of existence.
Photo by Slaveya Minkova
A Cabin in the Snow
Grace Needlman + Will Bishop
Installation & Performance
Corner, 2912 N. Milwaukee Ave. (storefront) / 6-9pm
Exploding Home and Garden Inevitable
Matthew Coleman + Brian T. Leahy
#OpenHouse #Home&Garden #EmmersiveInstallationProductions #ArtHysterical #CollaboboIsAllOfUs #1bdr
2115 W. Webster Ave., 3rd Floor Rear / 7-9:30pm
Let’s Get Pataphysical!
Sarah Bastress + Bryant Worley
Apartment Exhibition & Party
1331 N. Maplewood Ave. / 8-11pm
Let’s Get Pataphysical is a cozy and silly apartment gallery and party where the artists are prompted by two guiding tenants:
1) Make “imaginary solutions” for particular impossible problems (because creating your own solutions allows you to create your own solutions)
2) “Only the comic is serious”
The seed of this show began when a group of hodgepodge artists discovered a delightfully broad and ludicrous pseudoscience called Pataphysics, created in the late 1800s by a writer named Alfred Jarry. Inspired by our love for the possibilities of absurd we found in Pataphysics, we wanted to create a space to make work and celebrate it. We want to be weird and gross and have the best time, but we hope this exhibition extends beyond its nerdy core, becoming a celebration of the power of fun, the possibly obscene, and the just plain confusing. And beyond a curated show of set works, we hope to provide guests with opportunities to create their own imaginary solutions through art by doodling, sculpting, face-painting, dancing, and eating and drinking. We firmly believe in the transformative, transcendent, and transitive power of eating and drinking to help new ideas flow easily and create communities. We idealistically hope that one of the best artworks in this show will be the community spawning from it. Let’s Get Pataphysical!
Slo Cheese: A Dance Party
Dance Party feat. DJ sets by Tess of Slo ‘Mo
Crown Liquors, 2821 N. Milwaukee Ave. / 10:30pm-2:30am
Come cap off a long day of nonstop art-hopping at Crown Liquors, where Tegan Brace’s Desert Cheese installation will be transformed from a dystopic daytime ladies’ night to a dance floor for a late-night LGBTQ R&B dance party, featuring grooves by Tess (of Slo ‘Mo) and Audio Jack.
Artist Tegan Brace crafts aesthetic atmospheres and party sculptures in semi-private and public social spaces that exist at the boundaries of fiction and reality.
Slo ‘Mo: Slow jams for homos (and their fans) is Chicago’s party for lovers hosted by Kristen Kaza with grooves by Tess, including: Anita Baker, Sade, Frank Ocean, SWV, D’Angelo, Janet Jackson, Prince, Raphael Saadiq, Zhane, Isley Brothers, Jade, Teena Marie, Maxwell, Mary J Blige + more.
Special thanks to Crown Liquors for hosting.
Photo by JI Yang
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Kindling the Flames of Knowledge
J. Thomas Pallas
Online / 2-10am
A Much-Kneaded Respite
2844 W. Dickens Ave. #1 / 9am-3pm
The Relaxing Lady’s Library
Collection & Performance
Tritriangle, 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., Fl 3 / 10am-1pm
Hannah Tarr, curated by Third Object
2448 N. Spaulding Ave, Apt 2 / 1-5pm
I before E listening party
Installation & Listening Party
Uncharted Books, 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave. / 2-5pm
This event is about comfort; the comfort provided by blankets and warm beverage in a cold body, the comfort of fond memories as well as the comfort of something new and the comfort of watching your hand contribute to the making of something larger than you.
Inside the Artist’s Kitchen 2014 Digital Resident: Kiam Marcelo Junio
2753 W. Francis Place, Garden Apt / 5-9pm
Photo by Emily Esperanza
“I left your key under the mat, dear”
Ann Kreitman and Shaina Schrooten
2650 W. Belden Ave. / 5:30-6pm
The No Place
Jeremiah Jones + Liz Ensz
Exhibition & Performance
2753 W. Francis Place / 5:30-9pm
Let’s Not Talk About the Weather
Installation & Reception
The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. / 6-9pm
Purple Reign / Open Studio
Interactive Exhibition Opening & Open Studio
Autotelic Studios, 1856 N. Richmond St. / 7-10pm
Nine lovingly crafted, embroidered hoops hang in the storefront windows of the Autotelic studio. In her installation, Doelling meditates on the indulgent habits of a teenager idolater, but with the repetitive, nurturing care of a skilled craftsman fully immersed in the object of her obsession. As to be expected of any loyal Prince fan, Doelling honors the impact of the Love Symbol’s on her own life by absorbing his musical magic and translating it into whimsical musings on his likeness and the sparkle that he inspires. Enter Doelling’s crafty shrine to Prince, where reflections of his purple world of sparkle, eyeliner and pop magic manifest in a series of humorous–but sincere nonetheless–portraits of one of this cult music phenomenon. This evening, Doelling and the Autotelic artists invite passersby to come inside and nestle up with a cup of cocoa in front of a fake fire, grab an afghan and a hoop, and embroider whatever their heart desires, to the sweet, sweet sounds of Prince.
City Alive With Dreams
The Queen of Luxuria
Church of the Advent, 2900 W. Logan Blvd. / 8-10pm
This performance was created by The Queen of Luxuria.