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  • This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

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    No Coast Exhibitions and Editions presents: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

    No Coast Exhibitions and Editions, a new gallery series, will use the distribution of multiples as well as public showings to highlight emerging artists in Chicago, the Midwest, and around the country. The series continues with work by Chicago artist Marvin Astorga.

    THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS

    Works on paper and collage installation by Marvin Astorga

    On view April 9, 2010 to May 7, 2010

    Opening Reception Friday, April 9, 6-9pm

    Closing Reception Friday, May 7, from 5-7pm

    Closing Performance by Acephalous, Friday, May 7, begins promptly at 6:30 pm

    at No Coast Exhibitions and Editions

    1500 West 17th Street

    Chicago, IL 60608

    Page-turning snippets of foodstuffs, supermarket deals, catalogue crap, beautiful bodies and smiling idiots capture uncomfortable moments. Glossy images of super perfection are cut, collapsed and re-imagined in THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS—eight years of collage and mixed media works on paper by Chicago artist and musician Marvin Astorga. The exhibition places the viewer in an imaginary universe where the slick imagery of consumer culture mutates into nauseating landscapes, false deities, sloppy beasts, and diamonds congealed in the sky. Distorting and reconfiguring the picture-perfect, the collages become dense, dynamic visions reveling in the sudden humor of juxtaposition and the meditative joy of cutting and pasting.

    Astorga will also display a wall-size collaged mandala that culls its cutouts from an obsessive collection of magazines, circulars, flyers, leaflets, catalogues, product packaging, and other printed ephemera. A small edition of zines featuring collages from the show as well as drawings will be available for sale.

    ACEPHALOUS

    Friday, May 7, at 6:30 PM.

    Acephalous is a group of artists whose performances incorporate dancing, acting, music, and puppetry. The closing performance is a playful poke at death and the spirit world through the tragicomic unfoldings of a live radio drama.

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    No Coast is a multi-use space, art studio, and consignment store in the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. We believe that the products and processes of creative practice should be accessible to whomever is interested in them. We strive to be generous with our time, our tools, and our talents in order to create a nurturing, open, & collaborative community. Our studio’s focus lies in printmaking, but our practice is inclusive of creating, showing, and discussing many different media.

    No Coast is easily accessible from the 18th Street Pink Line station and the #9, #18, and #60 buses. We can be reached via email at everyone@no-coast.org/oldsite, and by phone during store hours at 312/850.2338.

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  • Getting it Together

    GET IT TOGETHER AGAIN

    Chicago Tourism Center Gallery
    72 E. Randolph Street
    Opening reception March 19th, 5 – 7pm

    “Get it Together Again,” is an exhibition of assemblage, collage, and collaborative work by local, national, and international artists. Organized by Chad Kouri of the Post Family and Ed Marszewski of Co-Prosperity Sphere, the exhibition includes over 25 works on paper, mixed media, and installations including a grocery store with hand drawn products made out of paper. Gallery visitors of all ages can sit down at a collage table and create their own work. Materials such as magazines, scissors and glue will be provided or bring your own.

    The Show includes works by: Adrianne Goodrich, Alex Valentine, Anthony Zinonos, Ben Speckmann, Chris Roberson, Chris Schreck, Doug Shaeffer, Emily Clayton, Greg Lamarche, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, James Harry Ewert Jr, Joe Tallarico, Jordan Martins, Mario Wagner, Matt Nichols, Matthew Rich, Michael Pajon, Netherland, Peter Skvara, Richard Smith, Rod Hunting, Ron Ewert, Ryan Duggan, Sarah Jeziorski, Scott Massey, Stephen Eichhorn, and Tom Torluemke.

    Chicago Tourism Center Gallery
    72 E. Randolph Street
    Opening reception March 19th, 5 – 7pm

    Show runs March 19 – April 6, 2010
    Thursday, March 25 at 12:15pm, artist talk
    Thursday, April 1 at 12:15pm, hands on collage workshop

    HOURS: Monday to Thursday, 8am – 7pm; Friday, 8am to 6pm; Saturday, 9am -6pm;
    and Sunday, 10am – 6pm. Admission to the gallery and exhibition events is free.

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  • Reviews of Look Into The Light

    "The folky character of Jes Seamans's prints and watercolors invoke a calmer and more contemplative world of subdued forms and gestures, but the subject matter is still intensely surreal"-Chicago Weekly

    "Danimal's work combines a multisensory overload of linear optical geometrics with the vague, milky presence of individual figures"-Chicago Weekly

    http://chicagoweekly.net/2010/02/11/2143/


    "There is some really nice work here, and plenty of it"-Chicago Tribune

    Seamans's images "stand on their own as art to admire, long after the rock 'n' roll show is over"-Chicago Tribune
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/art/ct-ott-0226-galleries-review-20100226-4,0,904705.story


    "The advent of shows at No Coast should help ensure that the genie of magical handicraft won't be returning to the bottle any time soon"-Chicago Reader
    http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/Event?oid=1405580

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  • No Coast Exhibitions and Editions Presents: Hexenhaus

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    No Coast Exhibitions and Editions presents: Hexenhaus

    No Coast Exhibitions and Editions, a new gallery series, will use the distribution of multiples as well as public showings to highlight emerging artists in Chicago, the Midwest, and around the country. The series continues with video, performance, and installation work by Chicago artist Tessa Siddle.

    Hexenhaus

    Performance and Objects by Tessa Siddle

    On view March 12 - April 2, 2010

    Opening Reception Friday, March 12th, 6-9pm; Performance at 7:30pm

    Closing Reception Friday, April 2nd from 5-7pm

    Closing Performance Friday, April 2nd begins promptly at 6:00 pm

    at No Coast Exhibitions and Editions

    1500 West 17th Street Chicago, IL 60608

    The private lives of humans, animals, and houseplants exist betwixt and between the magic and glamour of polarized human emotions in Hexenhaus. Fantastic environments created by Tessa Siddle build psychologically charged hybrid spaces and narratives. Domestic objects, natural elements and projections combine to embody multiple versions of self in evocative settings and situations. The breakdown of communication-attraction-domesticity-loneliness-jealousy-witchcraft becomes a meditation.


    As a Transgender film/video, installation and performance artist, Siddle’s work uses costumes, cosmetics, projections, blue-screen and minimally worked materials such as cardboard, yarn, tin foil, untreated wood, leaves, paper, fabric and fur to critique binary social constructions—Nature/Culture, Animal/Human, Autobiography/Fiction, Physical/Mental, Intellectual/Emotional. Fragmenting the boundaries between these categories forms new connections and relationships that extend beyond the confines of mainstream social dualities.

    Alongside the exhibition, Siddle is also releasing limited edition objects from the installation.


    They Tried

    Curated by Gretchen Holmes

    Friday, April 2 from 7-9pm

    In conjunction with the Hexenhaus closing performance, No Coast Exhibitions & Editions presents They Tried, an evening of performances that complicate the theme of failure.

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    No Coast is a multi-use space, art studio, and consignment store in the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. We believe that the products and processes of creative practice should be accessible to whomever is interested in them. We strive to be generous with our time, our tools, and our talents in order to create a nurturing, open, & collaborative community. Our studio’s focus lies in printmaking, but our practice is inclusive of creating, showing, and discussing many different media.

    No Coast is easily accessible from the 18th Street Pink Line station and the #9, #18, and #60 buses. We can be reached via email at everyone@no-coast.org/oldsite, and by phone during store hours at 312/850.2338.

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  • Look Into The Light

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    No Coast Exhibitions and Editions: a new gallery series premiering February 13th, 2010

    No Coast Exhibitions and Editions will use the distribution of multiples as well as public showings to highlight emerging artists in Chicago, the Midwest, and around the country. We are kicking of this new series of public programs with an exhibit by two artists from Minneapolis:

    LOOK INTO THE LIGHT

    New Work by Danimal and Jes Seamans

    On view Feb 13th - March 7th, 2010

    Opening Reception Saturday Feb. 13th, 6-9pm

    at No Coast Exhibitions and Editions

    1500 West 17th Street Chicago, IL 60608

    It would be too easy to attribute Danimal's vertigo-inducing prints to the psychedelic nostalgia that so permeates contemporary art and music. But this is no Fillmore East revival, this is the underground disco of our gay-ass techno-pagan mutant future. Patent-leather lips, x-ray eyes, stiletto boots and clawed fingers swirl in a disembodied haze, and are then pulled together by a joyfully sinister vortex of patterns and shapes, making complex sigils which summon an eternal Halloween. Similar in spirit, in Jes Seaman's world there are no love-ins as we remember them -- here woodsy spirits strip to their knee socks and shake their beards all night to Prince. With hair like smoke and scales like water, people, animals, and forces of nature are woven into a palimpsest stirred to life by Seamans's intricately patterned linework. Heavily involved in the creative scene in Minneapolis, Seamans and Danimal's work also reflects the influence of their musical interests and abilities, a multi-disciplinary approach to making that we value at No Coast. Both are also a part of collaborative efforts ranging from designing band posters to hosting queer dance parties. Their work is representative of a community and an attitude that prizes the truly strange, and the urban Midwestern belief that everything is possible.

    Danimal: http://danimaldanimal.blogspot.com/

    Jes Seamans: http://landland.net

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    No Coast is a multi-use space, art studio, and consignment store in the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. We believe that the products and processes of creative practice should be accessible to whomever is interested in them. We strive to be generous with our time, our tools, and our talents in order to create a nurturing, open, & collaborative community. Our studio’s focus lies in printmaking, but our practice is inclusive of creating, showing, and discussing many different media.

    No Coast is easily accessible from the 18th Street Pink Line station and the #9, #18, and #60 buses. We can be reached via email at everyone@no-coast.org/oldsite, and by phone during store hours at 312/850.2338

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  • Heaven Is Real: No Coast Cabaret Show @ The MCA on Tuesday!

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    Tuesday, January 19th at 6pm at the MCA

    NO COAST presents: HEAVEN IS REAL, a collection of performances, presentations and activities themed around our abnormal/paranormal/celebratory/transcendent relationship with death and dying, as part of the Cabinet of Curiosities series. The MCA describes the event as "A grab bag of 'un-lectures' about a myriad of topics that create a variety show-like evening of artist presentations curated by different groups from around Chicago." We like to think of it as a morbidly fantastic show-n-tell.

    Featuring Performances by:

    Acephalous
    Andre Callot
    Aaron Dicks & Colin Self
    Andrea Fritsch
    Rebecca Gordon
    Brandon Joyce
    Ted Marino
    Hosted By Lil Elote
    special activities by No Coast

    Admission to the MCA is also FREE all day on Tuesday!

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