We’re so excited to be featuring work by over 100 independent artists and we’ll be continuing to evolve, grow, expand and add on to the current offerings as we go along. Please follow along with us on facebook and twitter for updates and monthly events!
Please join us at the opening reception for “Urban Perspectives” featuring the work of Chicago-based artist, Tim Jarosz on Saturday, December 7th from 7-11pm. We’ve loved Tim’s work for so long now and we’re thrilled to feature a large collection coming up THIS Saturday, Dec. 7th for the month of December. Included in the show are brand new pieces, large-scale works and everything in between! Complimentary libations will be on-hand from the amazing Allagash Brewing as well! Seriously delish and sure to make it a great night.
More from Tim Jarosz:
Overall, I would say my work can be described as “Gritty digital urban landscape collages”. It’s a bit of a long process, even though sometimes my artwork only takes a few hours to create. It pretty much always starts with photography. Shooting lots of photos, mostly street photography. It then moves to digitally editing and collaging those photographs together and then adding my own color and texture treatments. I wouldn’t be able to create my style of work if I didn’t use photography and design equally. For me, they go hand in hand and both are a crucial part of what I call art.
The process I use to print my work is called Sublimation printing. It’s basically a two-part printing process that includes printing my work out with special inks on paper and then heat pressing the image into the material it is mounted on. This process is what gives the work that super glossy look. The images are printed on chromalux wood board, similar in style to masonite, but with a beautiful glossy finish.
Saturday, December 7th 2013, 7-11pm
1955 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
To celebrate supporting local and indie businesses this Small Business Saturday, we are hosting a get-together THIS SATURDAY afternoon with mobile vintage shop, Lost Girls Vintage and Chicago Avenue Salon at Paperish Mess. So much handmade and vintage goodness will be on hand and select items in the shop will be 10-25% OFF! Swing by for cocktails, a pop-up photo booth with one of our fave photographers Staci Cilantro, AND get the cutest vintage-y braids and 5 minute up-do’s for FREE all day long at the shop, compliments of the lovely Chicago Ave Salon! We hope you’ll join us and shop small! Support three businesses in one this upcoming Small Business Saturday– actually, we have now have 100 artists featured here at Paperish Mess, so really it’s like supporting 103 businesses in one! YAY!
We’re thrilled to announce our One Year Anniversary Gathering! YAY for ONE YEAR! We could NOT have done it without you guys and we can’t thank you enough for all of your love and support over these past 12 months. The event will feature the opening reception for “Emotional Likeness” featuring the work of Chicago-based artist Matt Wojtan and EP Release Party for Chicago electronic/experimental musician Space Cubs on Saturday, November 9th from 7:00pm-11:00pm.
In celebration of Paperish Mess’ One Year Anniversary, complimentary drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the evening! ALSO, these:
-The first 20 purchases over $40 will get to choose their FREE pick from a specially curated selection of artwork, jewelry and handmade goods.
-10-50% OFF select art pieces, jewelry items, clothing & more for one night only!
About Matt Wojtan:
Matt Wojtan’s quest to represent what he sees has led to another beast entirely. As humans, we discuss everything from friends, strangers, family and people we distrust. Wojtan continues this conversation through illustration, paint and colored pencil. The artist has studied the city of Chicago greatly through a mix of life drawing and candid photo reference. The artist’s passion no longer thrives on capturing a physical likeness, but an emotional one.
About Space Cubs:
The event will also feature the release of Space Cubs’ EP Release titled Come Forth, Die Down. Space Cubs is the one-woman moniker of Suzanne Bonifacio, a recent transplant to Chicago, IL. Bonifacio floats effortlessly between distinct vocal melodies and instrumental sound-scapes, while drawing inspiration from names such as Bjork, Boards of Canada, Kate Bush, Junior Boys and Aphex Twin.
Event Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 9th, 2013 – 7PM-11PM
Event Address: Paperish Mess, 1955 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
Contact Info: (Email) firstname.lastname@example.org
Public transit accessible via #50 Damen, #66 Chicago.
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SHORTCOMINGS OF COIN, New Visual Works by Ian “hydEON” Ferguson is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
The event will take place on Oct. 12th from 7-11pm and will feature works on paper, wood, video, and wall mural installations by Ian “hydEON” Ferguson. The opening will also include BARO Records ambient sound installations by ANT’LRD, and KEVIN HEIN. Celebratory beverages will be provided throughout the evening as well!
Ferguson’s series of work focuses on the emotional hardships of being suppressed in a labor intensive fast food service industry. $0 Tip on $800 order for party of 30. The never-ending financial struggles of life in a world engulfed in greed, unnecessary plastic bags, crumbling healthcare systems, depressing human services, and existing in the endlessly looming poverty line. The artist explores these experiences in vivid depictions of the struggles, dealing with them, overcoming them, and rising above to succeed in bigger dreams. Focusing on a deeper existence, one that is in more of a spiritual realm of consciousness rather than one that is rooted in the pregnant wealth of commerce.
Opening Show w/ BARO Records Sound Installation: Saturday, Oct 12th, 7-11pm
Visual Art Exhibit runs October 12-November 2nd
We’re so excited to host the Official Release Party for a new phone app put out by Buy Art Not People, a Chicago-based arts and awareness group focusing on raising awareness and resources to combat modern day slavery, aka. human trafficking. Join us Sunday, October 27th from 6-9 pm– there will be gadgets available to explore the app, celebratory refreshments provided and live music by Detroit band, Andy and the Pandys.
The app will be used to spread awareness about human trafficking through links to anti-trafficking resources, providing the ability to submit trafficking tips and research instances of trafficking and abuse in a given neighborhood or area of Chicago, and to share images of artwork as well as info about arts-related events in the city to network with other social justice-minded artists.
The Release Party will take place at Paperish Mess (1955 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622) on Sunday, October 27th from 6-9 pm. For more details, please check out buyartnotpeople.org and andyandthepandys.bandcamp.com.
Bring your brains on down to Paperish Mess for INKSIDE OUT–a celebration of Hand-pulled Printing Power at the West Town Art Walk during the weekend of Oct. 4th and 5th! Chicago-based print-duo Liz Born and Gabe Hoare will be displaying work from their Pilsen print studio, Hoofprint Workshop. Friday from 6pm-10pm will kick-off with an exhibition of new and collaborative prints in the Paperish Mess space and Olde Fashioned Ram! Press Demos on the sidewalk, weather permitting. (Free admission!)
Also, join us Saturday for 45 minute Linoleum Mini-cut Workshops starting at noon, 2pm, 4pm, and 6! We’ll take you through this ancient printing technique one step at a time! (Limit 8 per session, children should be accompanied by an adult, please rsvp to email@example.com to reserve a spot in advance, suggested donation $10.) Walk away with your very own relief print!
Complimentary celebratory libations will be served in-store and throughout the West Town Art Walk as well! We look forward to sharing an ink-filled weekend with you.
Come on by for our Friday the 13th celebration, and take in the work of Miguel Guzman, eat some delicious Sweet Cakes Bakery goods, and meet These Animals, a New York City indie-pop quartet, that create a mix of dreamy pop and dance-able rock and roll. The band met while attending art school and began writing together in the early months of 2010. With keen pop sensibilities, their sixties-inspired harmonies sit comfortably on top of shoe-gaze guitar textures and toe-tapping rhythms. Cultivated from influences of friends and the city around them, there is something strangely familiar and reminiscent about These Animals’ music. Perhaps it’s nostalgia for a memory you wish you had.
Options will be playing sweet tunes for the show as well– check out more details online HERE!
…and check out some of their tunes HERE!
We’re THRILLED to announce the opening reception for “Might” featuring the work of Chicago-based Mixed Media artist Miguel Guzman on Saturday, Sept. 7th from 7-11pm. We’ll have sweet tunes and live music from Passerines (the music project of Timothy Young) and Josh Rea (of Wing & Tusk). We’ll have complimentary libations on-hand from Allagash Brewing (think Allagash White & Tripel!), and delicious appetizers from Chicago Avenue’s, Yuzu Sushi & Robata Grill.
Please click here for the Online RSVP and scroll below for more details as well!
Artist Statement from Miguel Guzman:
“I am a Chicago-based artist who works in a combination of digital printing, collage and paint. As well as my own photographs, I use appropriated photos, which I gather from the internet and printed media. Nationalism, economic and military rivalry, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and environmental disaster are some of the subjects that find their way into my work. These works are an expression of both a sense of wonder and disenchantment with the state of the world.
I use industrial inkjet printers in order to print photographic images on unconventional surfaces such as aluminum, plexiglass, hand-made surfaces, cardboard, found papers and objects and I also incorporate paint as successive layers of transparent acrylic washes both before and after the printing. While I take advantage of the flexibility that digital technologies give me in terms of what I make and how I can make it, I also feel a need for a strong human element, to work with my hands, for direct physical involvement with the work. This way of working keeps things engaging for me because merging the hand-made with the mechanical creates the challenge of balancing control with unpredictability.” www.miguel-guzman.com
Passerines is the music project of Timothy Young. The group has appeared throughout the web and Chicago in varying suits; originating as a dreampop, lo-fi, bedroom project, to debuting as an energetic rock quartet live. Recently Timothy has been gearing the project more towards an orchestral sound, adopting various concert instrumentations for live performances. The project is also regularly presented in solo and duo performances. The project will be releasing its second full length album this winter.
Passerines will be performing a solo set at Paperish Mess, presenting its songs in its core elements using guitar and voice.
About Joshua Rea:
Having performed and written the songs for Wing & Tusk, Joshua Rea has opened for Damien Jurado, Jason Lytle, Phosphorescent, Shearwater, and Heartless Bastards, among others. Check out his previous musical endeavor (Wing & Tusk) here for a taste of music samplings you’ll hear at Paperish Mess on Sept. 7th! We’ll have Wing & Tusk’s “The Secret of Toadflax Tea” for sale as well– pick one up and enjoy the gorgeous tunes.
Saturday September 7th 2013, 7-11pm
1955 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
miguel-guzman.com // allagash.com // yuzuchicago.com // passerineschicago.com // wingandtusk.bandcamp.com//
With Celebrity Chef Appearances, Signature Cocktails, Live Music by Empty Bottle, and More!
Paperish Mess is so excited to curate a selection of artists, crafters and vintage vendors to be featured at the 2013 Chicago Food Social. Selected vendor offerings will range from handmade items (i.e. jewelry, clothing, candles, soaps) to fine art (paintings, photography, illustration and more) to vintage goods and wares sold by independent retailers.
The West Town Chamber of Commerce invites you to cap off summer with a day dedicated to Chicago’s foodie scene. The 2013 Chicago Food Social on Saturday, September 21st in the parking lot of Kendall College (900 N. Branch) is the re-concepted replacement for the highly successful Food Truck Social of 2011 & 2012, which attracted over 20,000. The new event will still feature a selection of the best local food trucks, plus to round out the experience, will now also present a curated group of local artists, vintage finds, notable chef-driven restaurant vendors, chef demonstrations, and live music programmed by Empty Bottle Presents. Prominent special guest celebrity chefs will present live preparation demos and provide selections of their creations.
Please see the 2013 Chicago Food Social Retail Vendor APPLICATION (due August 30th) outlining details of the 2013 Chicago Food Social. Also, please feel free to get in touch with us here at Paperish Mess regarding retail vendor inquiries by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, thank you!
Join us Saturday and Sunday (July 13 & 14) for a slew of happenings at Paperish Mess during WEST FEST and don’t forget to check out our booth in the fest 12-10PM EACH DAY!
Sat, 6-8pm: Jake Castro’s “Boundaries” Opening Show
Sun, 12pm: Press Bike at Paperish Mess West Fest Booth
Sun, 2-6pm: Sweet Cakes Bakery Pop-Up at Paperish Mess
SATURDAY, 6-8pm “BOUNDARIES” BY JAKE CASTRO:
We’re psyched to bring the installation work of Jake Castro to the space through his upcoming show “Boundaries”. The opening will take place Saturday, July 13th from 6-8pm. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be provided! Oh! And then head over to check out Tortoise (8:30pm) at West Fest (happening right outside our doors)!!
About the artist:
Jake Castro earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in print from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. A Dallas, Texas native, Jake currently lives in Chicago where his work surrounds print, installations and painted murals. Through his work, Jake investigates the shaping of architectural structures with painted and printed imagery through line, shape, perspective, and form. By manipulating multiple surfaces and structures, a linear and more uniform style emerges in his pieces.
2-6pm SWEET CAKES BAKERY POP-UP SHOP:
The lovely and local Sweet Cakes Bakery is on the move to a new location! Before they re-open, they’re stopping by Paperish Mess to set up a POP-UP SHOP! They’ll be serving up delish treats– think cupcakes!!– and cold brews. Swing on by and check out them out at Paperish Mess from 2-6pm on Sunday!
Don’t forget to swing by our booth at West Fest too for a range of local artwork and handmade goods!! Press Bike will be joining us Sunday from 12-1pm at the booth for kiddos and adults to pull their own letterpress print. So fun and so free!
Hope to you see this weekend at Paperish Mess and out at West Fest!