Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Dutchies (and related cholos) take over C-TAS

Version Residency Space
@ (Con)Temporary Art Space (208 S Wabash)
11:30am-5:30pm (open all week)

What would you do if you were given an empty storefront space in the Loop? This Spring, we used it as a research center, working studio, and place to hold weekly exhibitions. We also held a few screenings, promoted performance art, and sold our publications, as well as others by artists from around the world. Thanks to the Pop Up Art Loop folks for their generosity and assistance – May 1st is our last day!

Throughout Version 10, students from the MFA AKV/St. Joost (The Netherlands) will use the space for a base of operations, studio work, performance and actions.

Participating artists from MFA AKV/St. Joost include:
Bruno Listopad, Lorelinde Verhees, Manuel Suarez, Ian de Ruiter, Thomas I'anson, Daniele Marx, Dominique Teufen, Mari Stoel, Adam van Drimmelen, Emy de Rooij, Janneke Kornet, Kiki Cheng, Yiannis Papadopoulos and Mehdi- Georges Lahlou. With Instructors: Bas van den Hurk, Erik Hagoort, Marjolijn Dijkman, George Korsmit, Thomas Bakker

Stop by to see their work in progress and get information, programs, maps, and related Version ephemera.

Friday, April 9, 2010

SpiderBug presents "Exothermia and Shadow Play"

"Exothermia and Shadow Play"

Exothermia & Shadow Play is a program of short films/videos and installations that focus on fire, light, fireworks, and/or shadows and darkness. SpiderBug is a mobile short film festival organized by Catie Olson and Erik Brown that initiates film screenings that focus on specific themes, often science based, that encourage mixed media and interactivity with the audience.

Video installation pieces: Alex Menocal, Orla McHardy, Dominic Moore, and more.

Short video/film program:
Laura Klein, Michael Converse, Stephanie Loveless, Michael Morris, Christopher Santiago, Alberto Aguilar, Carl Warnick and more.

Wednesday, April 21st, 5-9pm, screening at 7pm Free
at 208 S Wabash, Chicago

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Group Show #2


Today, (C)-TAS-ers present another fabulous round of ambitious works, just for you. We'll provide the art, the drinks -- also just for you -- and, at 8pm, a very special presentation by POCKET GUIDE TO HELL TOURS' Paul Durica. Paul will talk about hobos, from human parasites to Charlie "The Little Tramp" Chaplin. He'll bring a light projector and wear a charming hat. He'll teach you to eat things from cans. Come! Come see some art and hear some songs and get deloused. It's all rad -- and it's all free!

(Right photo credit Jacob S. Knabb)

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Charles Joseph Smith
specializes in preformance dance
he does buto (butoh in english)
he also incorporates some of his other dance
135 some preformances over the years
he was in the john cage music circus
played piano
and does other music art
He will be having at least 15 minutes of original music
he likes all types of music
he's also going to wear pink and he is going for the cross dresser look
w\ pink hat
& pink ear muffs
its not going to be all pink no no
& not exactly drag
but totally fucking awesome.
part of my interveiw with Charles
"I've seen cross dressers.
i did the jeezebel project."
he was going to have two collaborators but they declined
mallory and kara
it might start at 7 should be finished by 7:25
hes been doing this since about 1998.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

At (c)tas : April 1 – April 8, 2010

click to zoom


a convergence of media.

opening reception : Thurs, April 1, 4:30 – 8:30pm
gallery hours : 11:30 – 5:30pm closed Monday



208 S Wabash

Monday, March 29, 2010

Jennifer Mills at CTAS! (FREE ART)

TUES. March 30th
3 - 5pm
at C-TAS: Jennifer Mills
Jennifer Mills will be at 208 S Wabash from 3-5pm this Tuesday painting and giving away cheeseburger paintings.
You wouldn't want to miss it.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Saturday on Sunday Continental Brunch (FREE)

At this very moment Saturday on Sunday Continental Brunch is occurring. So much hot delicious coffee, bagels, OJ, and friends. Get you brunch booty down here right now!
208 S Wabash, here till like 3, probably.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Saturday at C-TAS: THE ROOM

Don't pout about the crappy weather this weekend, come snuggle up with C-TAS in an 80 degree wonderland. We are going to be viewing The Room, directed by and staring Tommy Wiseau.

People say this is the worst movie ever made in the history in all the world. Let's approach this monstrosity together, this Saturday March 27 at 3:00pm. Hosted by your friends at The (Con) Temporary Art Space.

Monday, March 22, 2010

James Bruce King and Bruner & Bay

Thursday March 25 , 4:30 - 8:30pm (Con)Temporary Art Space 208 S Wabash

Jon us for very special Thursday Night Opening at (C)TAS with James Bruce King, Bruner and Bay and Reuben Kincaid on Youtube karoake. Plus We have NEW magazines, like Graphic (from S Korea) and Politics is Not a Banana by the Instute for Experimental Freedom ( a must have radical sexual politics book!)

In the main gallery: I Rode with James Bruce King

James Bruce King is a part time cab driver, artist, writer and sometimes homeless 60+ year old gentleman with a lot on his mind.

(C)TAS is pleased to present a selection of Mr Kings works on paper that are screen shots for a novel he has been working on that depicts contemporary fairy tales in the Kingdom of Daley. Using shamanistic visions, Alice in Wonderland, pot holes, Harold Washington, the Daley Center and many other local symbols in his work, Bruce weaves a schizophrenic tale of conspiracy, desperation with his parafictional autobiography.

In the Back Room: flatform dvd unarchiving:

flatform dvd unarchiving:
In 2001 bruner and bay deconstructed the built environment of Chicago with flatform: A perspective reclamation project connecting concept with form and structure with content. Now for 2010 b&b are pleased to have transcoded the flatform archives to DVD with stunning clarity and fidelity.

The remaining signed and numbered flatform packs will now include this DVD along with the full color booklet, show card, button (1 of 6), and VHS for only $15.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Upcoming (C)TAS Events

That's right. It's finally here. This is the week. Wednesday is our first day of LOL Laugh Out Lunch comedy hour... bring your brown bag lunch and be prepared to snort it out your nose from laughing.

Thursday - JAMES BRUCE KING. (See Above)

Stop by on FRIDAY for a one of a kind Youtube Karaoke Workshop with Reuben Kincaid. Drop in anytime during our open hours, which as our faithful readers know, are 11:30 to 5:30.

Saturday the 27th, we're screening THE ROOM at 3:30PM. Bring your plastic spoons. That's right, we're going there.

If you happen to sleep through Saturday, stop by between 12 and 3 for "Saturday on Sunday", hosted by our very own Kevin. Brunch. Cartoons. It's better than church.

See you there!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thanks to everyone that came out to (C)TAS last night. It was a nice night. Prepare yourself for the upcoming Week of Awesome that we have planned. Details to follow.

Special thanks to Joseph Kramer for his awesome sound performance!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Tiny Houses Installation by Ania Greiner, 3 Card Molly

March 18th at The (Con)temporary Art Space

Tiny Houses
Installation by Ania Greiner, 3 Card Molly

Take a peek at the lives of inhabitants and the transgressions they commit in the privacy of their little homes.

Ania is a performance and video artist who is fascinated with voyeurism, surveillance, architecture and dance. Since 2005 she has worked as one half of 3 Card Molly, an interdisciplinary group that explores history, technology, female strength and vulnerability through the media of performance and video. Their work has been shown at the Chicago Cultural Center, Link's Hall, Millennium Park, and other venues in Chicago, Michigan and Canada.

7:00pm Sound Performance by Joseph Kramer

PLUS: Check out a brand new selection of amazing publications from Europe!

AND!, Jordan Martns "Limits and Vectors: seismographic drawing" extended for through March 24th

Reception March 18th: 4:30-8:30pm
The (Con)temporary Art Space
208 S Wabash / Chicago
show runs through March 24th

This exhibition is a part of Chicago Loop Alliance’s Pop-Up Art Loop initiative

NOW! every Wednesday at noon is Laugh Out Lunch

Laugh Out Lunch is a lunch time comedy hour hosted by Nick Bahr.
it starts at Noon every Wednesday..

Bring your Chipotle Burrito to the (C)TAS and hunker down with something funny.

We're talking stand-up comedy, improv and sketch. Enjoy some of that comedic style that Chicago holds so dearly as the LOL gang serves it up to the suits with stomach ulcers.

You really don't know comedy until that yoo-hoo blows out your nose. right?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tomorrow. Come Out for JORDAN MARTINS

It's warm! Come out and join us tomorrow evening for Jordan Martins : Limits and Vectors

Limits and Vectors is an ongoing seismographic drawing project that Martins started in 2005 as a way of surviving an abject roadtrip.

OPENING March 11th - 4:30 to 8:30pm.

With a sound performance by Joseph Kramer and Marian Frost in the display case gallery.


A review of our first show appeared on the Chicago Art Machine Blog. Read it Here

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New Arrival

We're excited to announce that we now have The Fall 2009 Journal Of Ordinary Thought in stock. This issue, "Time Goes on," includes writing from the Albany Park and Mabel Manning Branch Libraries, Southwest Youth Collaborative, and St. Leonard's House.

Check out the Neighborhood Writing Alliance's site here.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wierd It Up! & Jennifer Mills Tomorrow

Come out tomorrow night for our weekly opening. There will be an exhibition curated by our very own Douglas Burns and a performance by Jennifer Mills.

Good fun starts at 4:30pm. Hope to see your pretty faces.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Another awesomeThursday opening

Thanks everyone who came out Thursday evening. And a special thanks to Jamie Drier for showing his drawings. Check out documentation above and stop by the shop this week to see Anja and Jamie's work if you missed the opening.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Feb 25th Opening: Jamrozik and Marszewski's

This Thursday (C)TAS will present new paintings by Anja Jamrozik as well as Lead Figures by the Marszewski's in the Display Case Gallery. Please join us for a fun night in the loop!


Thursday / February 25th / 4:30 - 8:30

Show runs through March 3rd

Anja Jamrozik was born in Kraków, Poland in 1986. She spent two years in Chicago before leaving to live on the east coast for the next dozen years. During that time she lived in Pennsylvania and Connecticut and completed a degree in psychology and cognitive science at McGill University in Montréal. She returned to Chicago to pursue a doctorate degree in cognitive psychology at Northwestern University where she studies abstract and relational language. Her interest in language and painting stems from their ability to highlight certain details of a scene while obscuring others. This is her first time showing in Chicago.

Just added!

Drawings by Jamie Drier

We just added a few drawings to the show. Another reason to stop by the space this week.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Some new pictures

Put up a flicker set for (C)TAS pics.

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Review of the Space on Art Talk

Jeriah Hildwine gave a nice introduction to the (C)TAS opening exhibition on Art Talk Chicago. Thanks buddy!

Monday, February 15, 2010

(C)TAS Chicago

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Inaugural exhibition this Thursday

Join us at our inaugural exhibition this Thursday.
Featuring work by the members of the (Con)Temporary Art Space

Opening reception
Thursday, February 18, 2010 4:30 to 8:30 pm

Work by:
Douglas Burns, Tom Burtonwood, Emily Clayton, Theodore Darst, Jim Duignan Josh Finck, Marian Frost, Elizabeth Furani, Laurra Hieber, Serena Himmelfarb, Holly Holmes, Henry James Glover, Nate Lee, Sarah Loude, Ed Marszewski, Rachael Marszewski, Tim Mellon, Andrew Rigsby, Chris Roberson, Kevin Stanton, & Kenneth Zawacki

The The (Con)Temporary Art Space is open daily from 11:30 - 5:30pm. (except Mondays)
and located at 208 S Wabash downtown Chicago

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Call for Performance Art

Dear friends,

I am posting an open call for artists who include performative art into their work, whether it be narrative, video, new media, technological, comedy, or just straight up repetitious. The exhibition will be sometime in March, though I haven't set a date. It will take place, here, at the (Con)temporary Art Space, Chicago. Please email me if you are interested. This will be a one-night event in which we will all gather and absorb the installation/performance/video/new media work of artists in Chicago and beyond!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

208 S Wabash

We began work on our space this past Sunday. It had a previous life as a Ritz Camera store. We were lucky the blue neon cameras came with the place free of charge. The opening is in less than a week. Check back for details on hours and events soon.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

What Is (C)TAS?

The (Con) Temporary Art Space:
A Multi-use Studio and Artists Workshop
208 S Wabash

open 11- 5:30 pm

The (Con) Temporary Art Space, due to open February 15th, 2010, will be an avenue for discussion, research and action. The former retail space will be used as a working studio by cultural workers, producers, artists and designers for projects they are working on collectively and individually. The Public will be able to absorb these presentations as well as share their ideas about contemporary art. The (Con)Temporary Art Space will function as a information center and a place to learn about Chicago's diverse art ecology.

In addition to hosting public programs such as film screenings, lectures, and workshops, The (Con) Temporary Art Space will also incorporate the following projects and components:

Info Bureau - The Info Bureau will provide materials, fliers, books etc., for the public to pick up in order to conduct their own self guided tours. Artists will have the opportunity to create their own personal "guides" and maps for distribution to the public.

An Other Chicago - An in-depth cultural mapping and directory project, this interactive wall map will be a resource of spaces, places and cerebral territories that represent the diverse cultural ecology of Chicagoland. A version of this map will eventually be published and distributed in the Spring 2010 as part of Version festival and Proximity Magazine.

Co-Working Studio - Working artists will be able to utilize the space for meetings, personal work, group projects, as well as to contribute to the An Other Chicago project. This temporary studio is an experiment in collaborative production.

The Concept Shop - The space will include a Concept Store to distribute and display artifacts made by Artists; working artists and students will operate the space on a daily basis. The shop are will display books, journal, magazines, art and other ephemera for sale to the public.

Exhibition Room - Members of the (Con)Temporary Art Space group will each curate short run exhibitions featuring artists and works of their choosing. Shows will rotate frequently.