Join us Friday, June 14th for an evening soiree of vintage goods from Lost Girls Vintage, vinyl spinning with Small Room Collective, cocktails and cupcakes from Sweet Cakes Bakery! Totally free and lots of lovely-ness! Hope to see you! xo
Swear and Shake is on tour and coming through the Midwest THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, May 24th! Join us as we welcome Swear and Shake & Chicago’s The Oarsman from 7-11 pm! The Oarsman played a FANTASTIC show a while back at Paperish Mess and we’re psyched to have ’em back! If you didn’t catch them last time be sure to make it out this time! We’ll have drinks, delish goodies from Yuzu Sushi and Robata Grill, and artwork of all kinds on hand, so let’s hang out and celebrate! Hope to see you this Friday, 7-11PM! FREE!! ❤ ❤ ❤
Check Swear and Shake out at:
and The Oarsman at:
AND of course we’ll have celebratory drinks and delicious treats provided by Sweet Cakes Bakery for your enjoyment!
About the artist:
“Garth Borovicka explores the limits of plywood to create unexpected works that deconstruct our modern world. With facsimiles, scale models and technical studies Garth creates conceptual works through reverse engineering. This show exhibits the physical evidence of his process.”
Saturday May 11th, 2013, 7-11pm: Click HERE for the online invite and additional details. The show will run through June 2nd.
Portrait of a Gallery: Paperish Mess [Meredith Wilson] 3/20/2013
Thank you so much NewCity for featuring Paperish Mess and what we aim to do! Please click here to read about our endeavors as local business and gallery owners. Some of our fave snippets are below too! 🙂
“Their project of opening a shop has a reckless bravery to it. The couple staked their own money in Paperish Mess, which features a lovingly curated collection of objects from more than seventy-five independent artists and a rotating art installation…We’re building up a community of artists that will appeal to people… we want people to come in and be inspired… empowered to do whatever they want,” says Lisa. “Local businesses are better for vendors, for artists, for owners, for the community. We saw a lot of vacant spaces, not a lot of local businesses, and we want to invest in the neighborhood… Better a space like ours in a storefront than a corporation.”
Owning and operating a shop also affords Lisa and Sean, both artists, creative opportunities they might not have otherwise had.
“It gives us a chance to experiment. Sean had never done woodworking before he built the furniture in the shop, and now it’s something he’s passionate about. Jewelry making used to be just a hobby, but now I have people depending on me to get orders out,” says Lisa. “It doesn’t feel like work. When I come here [the shop] from work, it’s relaxing, it’s where I want to be,” adds Sean. “One of my roommates in Buffalo had this quirky dad who used to say, ‘You’re never going to get a hit if you don’t swing.’ It’s goofy, but that became a thing I started saying when we were setting up the shop.”
Join Paperish Mess on Saturday, March 2nd from 7-11pm for the opening night of our feature art exhibit “I don’t need to fly to touch the sun” by Chicago-based artist Shawn Stucky. View the online invite here!
Lagunitas Brewing Co. will be providing delicious, complimentary beverages for the evening, so come on out and join us for the opening!
About the artist:
“I was born in McPherson, Kansas, in 1979 and currently live and work in Chicago, Illinois. I received my BFA in Visual Communications from the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, in 2003. I’ve shown my work across the United States and throughout Europe, most notably including Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago (2009); Ferreira Projects, London (2008); and Sundlaugin (the recording studio of Sigur Rós) in Mosfellsbær, Iceland (2007).
I’ve had several works published in magazines and newspapers throughout the U.S., and books in Australia, Italy, and the Netherlands. Commission highlights include Patrón Tequila, Redmoon Theater, and Lollapalooza. I’m also a partner in creating handmade wooden spectacles and am always seeking other opportunities to expand my creative talents.
Conversations, dreams, music and the unconscious mind are influences that have become foundational material for me. My endeavors start at a personal level, in a solitude I have come to appreciate as the home of my art, yet I have begun to expand into the community, working with other professional establishments and organizations, building upon ideas via collaboration which enrich the scope of my visual vocabulary and increase its accessibility. The way I envision a room or environment has now become a part of the endless effort to change and create an engaging atmosphere, both internally and externally.”
We hope to see you!
Date/Time: Sat, March 2nd 7-11pm
1955 W. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
|Join Paperish Mess on Friday, January 11th from 7-11pm for the opening night of our second feature art exhibit Skin and Bones, by Chicago-based oil painter, Ian Reynold.
Live Music by Buffalo, NY-based Mothers, electronic/experimental musician Space Cubs, and Mr. Boneless.
Working with oil on linen, Reynold creates emotive paintings with a heavy sense of realism. He is drawn to painting people, not posing but unknowingly captured in their own environments and in their own thoughts. He is enamored with the subtleties which reveal not just the likeness but the essence of the subject.
Ian is able to masterfully paint skin and capture the translucence where the veins and arteries below influence coloration on the surface above. The paintings and the people in them seem to be alive, so come and meet them.
We’ll have drinks and snacks to enjoy as well!
Date/Time: Fri, Jan 11th, 7-11pm
We had SUCH a blast for the opening of Liz Born’s TWIN UMBILICUS! The show will be up throughout the month of December, so stop on by and check it out for yourself! Thank you, thank you to Ant’lrd, Von Drum and Puberty for playing awesome tunes, and of course, thank you especially to all who came out this past Saturday- we ❤ you! :] We’ll be doing monthly shows, installations and other events so stay tuned, stop into the shop and sign up for our mailing list to stay updated on the haps!
Paperish & Messy
(aka Lisa & Sean)
Join Paperish Mess on Saturday, December 1st at 7PM for the opening night of our first feature art exhibit TWIN UMBILICUS, a Suite of Woodcuts and Print Installation by Liz Born. Live Music//Welcome Home Show by Ant’lrd, Litesalive and Von Drum.
Dive into the Holidays teeth-first by confronting your own villainous doppelganger in TWIN UMBILICUS, a bold display of carnal fecundity! Sixteen carved vignettes reveal a curious mythology as birthing hips shake, towers crumble, and ravenous dogs lick up the scraps.We’ll have drinks and snacks to enjoy as well! Hope to see you at 7pm on Saturday, December 1st!
Paperish & Messy
We had such a blast at the Grand Opening Party! We were welcomed so warmly and couldn’t have had a better time meeting new neighbors and friends in the community. We ❤ Ukrainian Village and are so excited to be here with our doors opened and supporting the work of over 50 independent artists here in Chicago and beyond. Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by, shopped for artwork, drank some homemade glogg (thanks Pat and Lindsay!), and showed love for our new endeavor! We couldn’t be more grateful and enthusiastic about what the future entails. We hope to see you soon! Until then, follow along with us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on new artwork and artists in the shop, upcoming gallery shows and live music events!
Lisa and Sean