Weekend Preview – this ain’t no bring your weed to work day

There’s a lot going on this weekend and I won’t be hitting half of the highlights here, so for many more listings you should check out this link right here. Some notable events in brief: Chicago blogger and sometimes-contributor to this site Erik Wenzel is opening an exhibition and lecture series titled Live a Little, Live Ennui @ the Harold Washington College President’s Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art is opening a pair of exhibits, artists are showing artists, and somewhere in the north woods a unicorn is basking in the glow of a lot of Chicago artists including yours truly.

But here are my picks anyway:

Data Mining @ A+D Gallery

Data mining is the process of finding patterns in data; or put in more human terms, data mining the procedural reason your car insurance went up when you started wearing Nike Shox. This month the process and concept are taken up by artists Stephen CartwrightSean DackR. Luke DuBoisLynn HershmanAndreas KratkyGolan LevinLev ManovichMark Napier and Paul Slocum, in a show curated by Bill Linehan and Terence Hannum. Check out the opening on Thursday, September 30th from 5-8PMA+D Gallery, 619 S Wabash Ave.

Paul Slocum

Paul Slocum

Planes and lines seem to glide past one another @ Kunz,Vis,Gonzalez.

Here’s a show of collage, assemblage, and montage from US and international artists Gerbrand Burger, Merel van ‘t Hullenaar, Charlott Markus, CORO, Jonathan Miller, Paul Stoelting and Letha Wilson, curated by Niels Vis. I think collage (esp. photo-collage) has been getting a bad turn by a lot of pretty yawny artists recently, so I’m interested to see what our friends from other art scenes can do with it. The show opens Friday, October 1st from 6-10PM @ Kunz,Vis,Gonzalez., 2324 W Montana St.

Charlott Markus, PlayOfficePlay

Charlott Markus, PlayOfficePlay

McKeever Donovan: Hold Me @ Monument 2

McKeever Donovan makes crates and things for artists and art students in the city, which might be a good thing to know when checking out this exhibition of fabricated objects with subverted or confused functions. Sounds interesting. The openings will be on Friday, October 1st from 6-10PM @ Monument 2, 2007 N Point St.

McKeever Donovan, From the Ground

McKeever Donovan, From the Ground

Future Shock @ Green Lantern Gallery

I’m a big fan of fiction that take place in the future, from ancient end-of-days myths to near-term political predictions to straight-up sci-fi and grey goo apocalypticism, and especially if that future setting’s date has already passed. The distance between fantasy and reality is always great to reflecting on, which is part of what Abigail Satinsky must have had in mind when putting together Future Shock, which will include artists and groups Brandon Alvendia, Conrad Bakker, The Library of Radiant Optimism, People Powered, Red76, and Randall Szott. Opens Friday, October 1st from 7-10PM @ Green Lantern Gallery, 2542 W Chicago Ave.

Randall Szott, Future Shock

Randall Szott, Future Shock

we should all be so lucky

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