Another Fall, another Fall gallery night is upon us, arguably the best gallery night of the year. I love gallery night, what a great chance to see MKE’s art scene come alive. I don’t know about you but, this amount of events happening can be overwhelming. So we took the liberty of highlighting some great shows we are planning on stopping by. You can thank us later xoxo
First why don’t you start your night off in Walker’s Point at the Pitch Project for LIT UP.
The Pitch Project invites viewers to get LIT UP by Chicago-based duo GURL DON’T BE DUMB (Eileen Mueller and Jamie Steele) in an exhibition filled to the brim with candid irreverence. The photographs, video, and sculptural pieces in LIT UP are the resulting body of a residency at ACRE, in Stueben WI. Made up of lampooned modern gestures, sincere performative drinking, and the notion of camp life as both material and content, this work is the clear picture of two GURLS making serious work of hard play. This is your styrofoam cooler emitting a soft pink glow, this is your moonlight skinny-dip LIT UP.LIT UP opens on Friday, October 17 at 5 p.m. The artists will be in attendance and gallery goers can look forward to a GDBD pop up shop as part of the exhibition. Following the opening of LIT UP, an after party will start at 9:30 p.m. featuring a screening of the film “Troop Beverly Hills.”
While you’re in the Neighborhood stop by Team Nerd just down the Street and make your own Letter Press poster in 15mins
Over at Art Is For Lovers the Battle of the Sexes will be happening, complete with a costume party what more can you ask for?
Next at the Netherlands, is Oddly Swallowed
Oddly Swallowed is a collaborative installation by artists/writers Stephanie Lane Gage and Grace Mitchell. Painting, printmaking, poetry and projection come together to illuminate and trace the outlines of The Netherlands Gallery, and point at the sliver of space-time that we all inhabit together. Like when you cup your hands around your eyes at a mirror because you’re not sure if it’s actually a reflective window or just a mirror after all.
Finally finish off the night in Riverwest for Oli Watt at Ski Club. He’s one of my favorites.
Oli Watt received his BFA in 1990 from the University of Florida and his MFA in 1998 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently serves as Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches in the Printmedia Department. Oli has shown his work nationally and internationally including exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Spencer Brownstone Gallery in NYC, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI, La Band Art Gallery in Los Angeles and Rocket Gallery in London. His work has been discussed in numerous publications including Art on Paper, Art US, the New Art Examiner and Village Voice.