Closing Tea: Living in Chicago - Dmitry Samarov - Sunday March 2nd 1-4pm

Stop by LivingRoom Realty on Sunday March 2nd from 1-4pm for a cup of tea and a cookie or two. It's your last chance to see Dmitry Samarov's Living In Chicago. We'd love to see you! mess

"I've lived in Chicago for over 20 years. For all that time I've drawn and painted inside and outside the places I've lived. Oil paintings, watercolors, charcoals and inks document what I see out windows and what I choose to bring home. I never start any of these pictures with any particular meaning in mind but the better ones are able to talk back to the viewer. They remind people of moments from their own experience. Books, chairs, dishes and such are what we all have in common. They connect us. By painting what I see every day, I'm trying to have a conversation with all the others who wake to similar views every day in this city."

 

Current Gallery Show: Living in Chicago - Dmitry Samarov - Friday January 17th-March 1, 2014

Living in Chicago - Dmitry Samarov

 

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"I've lived in Chicago for over 20 years. For all that time I've drawn and painted inside and outside the places I've lived. Oil paintings, watercolors, charcoals and inks document what I see out windows and what I choose to bring home. I never start any of these pictures with any particular meaning in mind but the better ones are able to talk back to the viewer. They remind people of moments from their own experience. Books, chairs, dishes and such are what we all have in common. They connect us. By painting what I see every day, I'm trying to have a conversation with all the others who wake to similar views every day in this city."

Please join us at LivingRoom Realty for Dmitry Samarov's opening reception, Friday January 17th, 6-9pm.

Summer fun at the ACRE BLOCK PARTY!

The awesome folks from ACRE are having a Block Party to kick off the summer this Saturday June 8th from 2-8pm at ACRE  Projects 1913 W 17th St. Here are the details via their website: Its that time of year again for the Annual ACRE Block Party!

Blockparty-FB-1024x373 We’re celebrating the highly anticipated arrival of summer and our imminent departure for the farm in Wisconsin with a good old fashioned Pilsen block party. Stop by for fun and water games with the neighborhood kids, yummy summer drinks in our special ACRE glow-in-the-dark cups, arts & crafts, tunes by DJ MTZ + DJ Conner and other fun stuff.

Plus we’re excited to be releasing the 3rd edition of the ACRE Kitchen Cook Book- KADABRA. Cook books will be available for purchase and we’ll be serving up the ACRE chefs’ twist on street food including fancy hot dogs and shish kabob. You know its gonna be deeee-licious!

Come on by and bring yer friends!

P.S. Keep the party raging and head a few streets over to the after party kegger featuring tunes by DJ Hot Glue at 10pm. 2058 W 21st St.

Gallery Opening: Desaturate 2 • Friday March 1st : 7-10pm

Desaturate 2 is opening, Friday March 1st, 7-10pm, at LivingRoom Gallery (Chicago). Featuring screen prints by: Kim Ambriz, Derrick Buisch, Ethan D'Ercole, Dan Grzeca, John Hitchcock, Kathleen Judge, Damon Locks, Jay Ryan and Dan S. Wang. Nine artist presenting 5 screen prints in black & white.

In the summer of 2010, Damon Locks came up with a way to ensure that he would continue to produce art and asked several artists to promise to make five, one color (black) screen prints each. Accountability to other artists would ensure that each artist would have to figure out how to make it happen. The results of that challenge produced the first Desaturate show made up of work from seven people.

Participating artist Derrick Buisch spearheaded the continuation of the project, leading to this... Desaturate 2. The same rules applied but artists tend to work around rules to delightful effect. More artists this time around means more great art to love. Come check out the work and hang out with some awesome people.

Gallery Opening: Pitch Black - Friday October 5th 7-10pm

Gallery Opening: Pitch Black The work of Damon Locks and Alix Lambert Friday October 5th 7-10pm

 
Pitch Black presents the work of Damon Locks and Alix Lambert. Both artists exhibit pieces that explore the unseen side of the human condition and the challenges we face in confronting and exploring those places.

The screen prints on display by Damon Locks in the Pitch Black exhibit explore another tributary of his expression. Gone is the populous that inhabit his artistic terrain. The urban landscapes of previous pieces are deemed irrelevant in this new set of pieces. Shape and texture have moved to the forefront. There is an implicit interest in how mark making can bring forth some of the same concepts as his previous work in a more abstracted way.

The show is made up of a series of MOOD pieces. Even in their absence, it could be said the subject matter still revolves around people but now his artistic lens focuses on their reverberations. A recent viewing of Jean Painlevé's microscopic look at undersea life brought to mind otherworldly landscapes and inspired the more textural approach to this series.

The photography and sculpture by Alix Lambert are from her ongoing investigation into death. The two images were taken at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropological Research Center (nicknamed The Body Farm)  - the only facility in the world that studies the decomposition of the human corpse. The bronze dental casts are a nod to teeth and/or bite marks being common in identifying bodies and murder victims respectively.

“We are not a culture of death. I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t go into great depth about what happens when someone dies. Let’s take somebody who is killed and thrown out on the edge of the road and police are called. They come and they hold up sheets so that you can’t see what’s going on. Everybody drives by looking – but can’t see anything. They call whoever comes to pick up the body. They come and out the body in a black disaster bag, and again you can’t see what they are doing. The body bag goes to the morgue. Well, you don’t take tours of morgues and you don’t know what goes on in a morgue. If you ever see that individual again it may be at the funeral if they have an open coffin. But if they don’t, they are buried and no one ever sees it. I don’t know why we cover it up.” – Bill Bass, Forensic anthropologist and founder of The Body Farm.

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If you can't make the opening event LivingRoom will also be participating in the West Town Art Walk the next day, Saturday October 6th, from 12-4pm.

We hope to see you this weekend!

Three Great Work Spaces now for rent in The Kimball Arts Building!!!

There are three unique spaces now available for rent in the Kimball Arts Building. These spaces are perfect for Artists, Designers and Craftspeople, and they won't last long! Please contact Annie for a showing at 312-371-9293.

And please help us spread the word!

This unit is a 2nd floor space, perfect for artists or designers. Rent is $575 per month with $100 per month for utilities (A/C & Heat). Lovely open space with skylights.

This unit is a large 2nd floor space, perfect for artists or designers. Rent is $1,100 per month with $100 per month for utilities (A/C & Heat). Includes skylights, 10ft ceilings and a private bathroom.

This unit is a large 1st floor space, perfect for a woodshop or something similar. Rent is $1600 per month with $150 per month for utilities. Includes it's own entrance and garage. This unit also has 10ft ceilings.

Gallery Opening: New work by Jesse Harrod and Elijah Burgher Friday March 9th

New work by Jesse Harrod and Elijah Burgher Gallery Opening: Friday March 9th from 6-9pm

Please join us here at LivingRoom for this special show featuring two amazing local artists, Jesse Harrod and Elijah Burgher.

 

Our bodies accelerate quickly into extremes of pleasure and pain, often it is only the best of lovers, of landscapes, or of experiences that can tame, tease, or guide our entry into either realm. What pleasure and pain look like or feel like, though, is deeply unclear, is abstract, is insidious, is different for everyone. There is no one to one relationship when it comes to this. The serene garden hiding pistils and traps. The covert messages and innuendos of any symbolic act. The excruciating things we want to have happen.

 

Jesse Harrod has an MFA from the department of Material Studies from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She has been writing and making work that employs traditional and contemporary craft and sculptural practices with a focus on craft as “other” and how this pertains to queer theory as well as second and third wave feminism. Jesse is interested in working with the layers that exist within the history of cloth and fabric. Those layers include, class, colonization, trade, puberty, and domesticity.

Elijah Burgher is an artist and writer based in Chicago, IL. He has exhibited in solo shows at 2nd Floor Projects in San Francisco, CA and Shane Campbell Gallery in Oak Park, IL and two-persons shows at Lump in Raleigh, NC and Peregrine Program in Chicago. Recent group shows include exhibitions at Famous Accountants in Brooklyn, NY, Envoy Enterprises and Anna Kustera in New York, Noma in San Francisco, and Gallery 400 and Roots & Culture in Chicago.  He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence college in 2000, where he studied Literature.