PAZ: Piñatas & Zines


Elastic Arts is pleased to announce PAZ: Piñatas & Zines, an exhibition by Oscar Arriola, opening on Saturday, December 9.

In PAZ: Piñatas & Zines, Oscar Arriola uncovers latent potentialities in a conceptual congruence between seemingly unrelated uses of paper. He shows us that there are more connections between piñatas and zines than we might see at first glance. Both are vernacular forms that are emblematic of the communities who use them. Both are inert and unfulfilled without people to activate them. Each object functions – gathering and circulating people in its own way – and becomes an anchor point for the social cohesion by which a community constitutes itself. If zines have often been used to connect communities with esoteric interests and musings dispersed across wide geographies, piñatas perform the blunt task of punctuating a space and marking those gathered there, however briefly, as a community of celebrants. Between these two traditions we see paper used as a surface to encode information and as a cheap material to be dyed and layered to generate expressive forms. Arriola challenges us to envision zines as objects to be exploded open ecstatically, with kids scurrying around to gather up the treats hidden within them; to ask what genealogies of craft and deft economies of material can be made legible in piñatas if we examine them as a sprawling archive of forms passed down through families and local customs.

PAZ: Piñatas & Zines will include photos by Adam Jason Cohen, piñatas by Pau VenaditoKristi O’Meara, and Will FitzPatrick. Plus images from zines by Andrew Shirley, Keith Herzik, Tom Guenther, Desilu Muñoz, Joe Alone and others.

Curated by: Oscar Arriola

Opening Reception December 9, 2017 at 7:00pm 
Elastic Arts
3429 W Diversey Ave, 2nd Fl
Chicago, IL 60647 USA

Over & Over at Glass Curtain Gallery


Exhibition on view November 16, 2017- February 17, 2018
Opening reception Friday, November 17, 5-8p.m.

In Over & Over, artists work with themes of pattern and repetition through the use of habitual behavior and sustained methodology, obsessively rhythmic actions and repetitive results, and patterned subjects and resulting objects; and by taking something having no weight on its own and creating meaning through the use of accumulation.

Curated by Debra Kayes.

Participating artists: Stephanie Adams (Pickle Pottery), Nikki Renee Anderson, Timorous Beasties, Laura Berger, Amanda Browder, Andi Butler, Thomas Campbell, Martha Clippinger, Aaron De La Cruz, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Gregory Euclide, Bob Faust, Jean Alexander Frater, Dan Gluibizzi, Eric Gushee, Jacob Hashimoto, The Make House, Michael Johansson, Letha Kelsey, Amanda Knowles, Jane Lackey, Dan Lam, Cydney Lewis, Atelier Manferdini, Esau McGhee, The Weaving Mill, Emmanuelle Moureaux, Martina Nehrling, Garry Noland, Renee Ramsey-Passmore, The Pattern People, The Patternbase (Kristi O’Meara & Audrey Keiffer), Aram Han Sifuentes, Sonnenzimmer, Dan Sullivan (Navillus Woodworks), David Teng-Olsen, Henry Vollemecke, Rebecca Ward, Anne Wilson


Regeneration: The Nature of Transformation – A Group Show at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

‘Morels’ by Kristi O’Meara, acrylic paint and metallic marker on canvas, 96×120″, 2015.

Regeneration: The Nature of Transformation brings together the work of artists and designers who explore concepts of reclamation and renewal. See how their individual acts of transformation connect artwork and designed objects with the Brushwood Center’s architecture, grounds, and natural surroundings.

In 1942, the builders of Brushwood (today’s Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods) constructed the Ryerson Family’s summer home using materials salvaged from demolished buildings. Through this purposeful act of reuse, the builders transformed discarded materials—bricks, floorboards, windows, mantels, and stoves—into something new, a process that reflects reclamation and renewal in nature. This exhibition brings together 13 artists and designers who explore the concept of regeneration in their work. See how their individual acts of transformation connect artwork and designed objects with Brushwood’s architecture, grounds, and natural surroundings.

Participating Artists: 
Audrey Victoria KeifferBarry PhippsChris GarofaloHeidi NortonJason HessJenny KendlerJessica CaponigroJohn PreusKristi O’MearaPeter SkvaraSeth KellerStephen Eichhorn,

Curated by: 
Franck Mercurio & WM FitzPatrick

Opening Sunday, August 16th, from 1PM – 3PM
@ Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015

Join us for a gallery talk with the curators Sunday, September 13th, from 1:30 – 3pm
Free.  No registration required. Exhibition runs August 16 – November 1, 2015.
Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sundays 1 – 3 p.m. or by appointment.

Underground Unseen – A Group Show at FLATS Chicago

FLATSstudio: Underground Unseen | VAM Magazine Launch Party

FLATSstudio is proud to announce it’s first exhibit of 2015, Underground Unseen. Underground Unseen is an art opening that celebrates the underground aesthetic and the launch of VAM Magazine.

The opening will be held at FLATS Studio’s Uptown Gallery (1050 West Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL) on February 20th, from 6PM to 10PM.

Beverages provided by KOVAL Distillery & Lakeshore Beverage

Art performance at 8 o’clock PM

Participating Artists:
Owen BonesAntibody Corp, Mikhail Khokhlov, Kristi O’MearaTodd Diederich, Allison Van Pelt, & Ali6

Don’t forget to RSVP by Thursday, February 19th to
Please include the number of guests.