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The Digs Chicago: Burrow 
11/10/2023  - 12/16/2023


An exhibition showcasing works from resident artists at The Digs, curated by co-founder Fawn Penn.

Devina Dhawan
Serena Hocharoen
Zoe Minzenberger
Rachel Boswell
Jayne King
Kimberly Williamson
Dara Schuman
Paulina Lucyna
Laura Botham
Isa Suárez-Sikes
Brianna Freitag
Natalie Wagner
Lexi Thorstenson
Zita Brizzi
Fawn Penn
Ingrid Nelson

Burrow  Show Catalogue





Ashkon Haidari: Under the Cherry Moon
09/22/2023  - 10/28/2023


Ashkon Haidari (b. 1991) is a Chicago artist.

Drawing on a deep relationship with ancient history as well as his Persian heritage, Ashkon tells contemporary stories. In layered spaces that reference centuries of graphic art, he contributes uniquely to the legacy of surrealism.

Ashkon has shown for over 10 years nationally. His work has been exhibited recently in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York & Seattle to warm receptions including an opening night sell-out show “This is Dedicated to: ____” at Povos in Chicago in 2022.

Under the Cherry Moon  Show Catalogue

Newcity writeup from Vasia Rigou





Povos x blackpuffin: Conflicts of Freedom
08/04/2023  - 09/17/2023


Povos’ sixth group exhibition intentionally evaluates the responsibilities and excitement that artists experience when creating objects of beauty, expression and value.

Featuring:

Jamaal Peterman
Kiyomi Quinn Taylor
Lola Ayisha Ogbara
Modou Dieng Yacine
Na'ye Perez
Nkechi Ebubedike
Regina Agu
Scott Vincent Campbell

Curated by blackpuffin
Designwork by Kate Bewley
Documentation by Jake Ellerbrake

More on blackpuffin

View Conflicts of Freedom Catalogue 




Hubert Neal Jr: Thoughts and Prayers
Produced in collaboration with IV Gallery LA
07/07/2023  - 07/30/2023



In the artist’s first Chicago solo show, Hubert Neal Jr. comes home from Los Angeles with a strong statement reflecting on the state of the world. In his unique graphic language, he illustrates historical and personal experiences of hope, atrocity, and celebration.

Hubert Neal Jr. is a Chicago artist that has been exhibiting in galleries and museums nationally for 15 years. His work has been shown at Queens Museum of Art and El Museo del Barrio in New York, as well as recently at the Koehnline Museum of Art in Desplaines. He has exhibited in past years at Spring Break and EXPO Chicago, and at Band of Vices in LA.

He is represented in Los Angeles by IV Gallery.

View Thoughts and Prayers  Catalogue

The Reader article on Thoughts and Prayers





The Space Show / Fuzzy Memories
William Schaeuble, Griffin Plumer, Eleonore Zurawski / Carolina Pereira
06/02/2023 - 07/02/2023



Gallery 1:   The Space Show
In the front room, new works inspired by the vastness, strangeness, danger and intrigue of outer space. Featuring new painting work--and vastly different approaches--from Povos mainstays William Schaeuble, Griffin Plumer, and Eleonore Zurawski.

Gallery 2:   Fuzzy Memories
Carolina Pereira makes her Povos debut with Fuzzy Memories; a collection of new tufted rug and neon sculptures. 

Carolina Pereira is a Brazilian multi-disciplinary artist and graphic designer whose works explore the interplay of memories, dreams, and the unconscious. Through abstract compositions and her use of textures, colors, and light, she captures the fragmented and elusive nature of these inner worlds.

View The Space Show Catalogue 

View Fuzzy Memories Catalogue





Tony Fitzpatrick : The Lunch Drawings
with Hannah Chavez, Sierra Severson, Owen Spryszak, Messejah Washington
04/12/2023 - 05/21/2023



Taking inspiration from the likes of John Fischetti, Pat Oliphant, and Bill Mauldin, Fitzpatrick grounds his contemporary fine collage work in Chicago culture, his blue collar roots, and a decades-old conviction for change. Drawing heavily on history and an intense, longterm relationship with comics, magazines and political cartoons, Tony Fitzpatrick: The Lunch Drawings invites you back to your childhood--and to freedom.

"When I was a young man I read a collection of poems by Frank O'hara entitled Lunch Poems. He wrote them on his lunch break while working at the Museum of Modern Art selling memberships. Every lunch he would go out, and he could go anywhere in the world in his poetry.

I began these over 10 years ago, the first ones simple and small -- completed in a couple hours. Now they take a little longer than that, but we never start them before noon. They may not end at Lunch but they always start at Lunch. It's also a return to making work in the way that I made work as a kid. Just doing whatever the fuck I wanted to. They're drawings that can't be captured or planned, these are the drawings where I'm free."

View The Lunch Drawings Catalogue 




Bloom: a spring group show
03/03/2023 - 04/02/2023



The inaugural exhibition at the new gallery space; Bloom is a 31 artist group show.

Examining spring as a period for rebirth and growth both pictorially and symbolically, Bloom welcomes the change of the season and offers you somewhere to go now that the ice is melting.

View Bloom Catalogue 

Press Release
Gertie Chicago Newsletter
Chicago Gallery News
Block Club Chicago
 
Designwork by Kate Bewley
Curated by Lucca Colombelli 






Ties Between
Madeleine Finley & Eleonore Zurawski

12/09/2022 - 01/25/2023



Ties Between is a duo exhibition of the monolithic, emotional, formal abstract works of Madeleine Finley & Eleonore Zurawski.

Examining the limitations of media, Ties Between confronts painting as a process for processing. Through our lives we gradually abstract our experience only to encounter pareidolia in self-reflection. The difficult beauty of painting is the threat of denouement. The pressure of decision enforces some finality upon those otherwise aggressively fluid things: memory; emotion; connotation. It is leveling an area of ground whereupon much dancing has occurred. It is though, in these capturing moments—however grotesque—that we find a truth seldom expressed by any other language. In those quiet moments of clarity, the abstraction subsides to understanding and we explore ourselves at our most vulnerable. Find what remains captured in both the paved and unpaved path, and see what you may learn by walking down it once more.

Ties Between was the final show at 2000 N Milwaukee Ave.

View “Ties Between” Show Catalogue 





Work In Progress
11/18/2022 - 12/04/2022



Anthony Adcock: Work in Progress is the second installment of a traveling solo exhibition, opening on Friday, November 18th at Povos Chicago from 5-9pm. Povos is proud to host this unique show following the successful first installment of the exhibition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Povos Collaborated with Anthony Adcock to produce a mockumentary short about the exhibition ft. local art world characters. Link below.

From the Artist  

“Working as a Union Ironworker in Chicago during such a time of
uncertainty has provided me the opportunity to understand and identify with workers who fear uncertainties, misinformation, and societal revisions. Work in Progress investigates the workers’ dilemma through a form of  productive confusion that mimics my relationship with work and art. This exhibition aims to function as a conceptual bridge to the unpopulated intersection of contemporary art discourse and Union labor.”


Watch the Film “The Opening”

View “Work in Progress” Show Catalogue 





PASSAGE
(10/07/2022-11/13/2022)



A sleepless dream.

New works from Griffin Plumer highlight sleep and its parallels to death.


View PASSAGE Show Catalogue




This is Dedicated To _________
(09/22/2022-10/02/2022)



Povos is proud to present 6 new works from Chicago artist Ashkon Haidari (b 1991).

Come experience the large oil works in this 10 day exhibition.


View “This is Dedicated To _______”  Catalogue 




INSIDE GAMES, OUTSIDE GAMES
(08/05/2022-09/18/2022)



Cats, birds, and the rest of the crew continue on their Schaeublian odyssey and engage in a fierce exploration of space in a spaceless universe, finding plenty of games to play along the way.

A new body of work from William Schaeuble introduces us further to how his characters deal with his logic, how a game of binocular chess is played, and clearly that birds are not reliable members of a choir.

In the hyperflat, Schaeuble reflects on space and time and our experiences of day to day life, finding levity in strange places, inside and out...  

Heavily influenced by his surroundings; he documents days spent and games played with his partner, muse, and spiritual advisor Briseis Schreibman, whose substantial presence in the work is not only denoted by a long-bodied lady, but by some of the ideas themselves.

Will and Briseis both leave Chicago this August, and in separate ways; and so the autobiographical work documents--with some imagination--this pivotal time in both of their lives.

**UPDATE
Show Sold out opening night.

View “Inside Games, Outside Games” Catalogue 

View available works from William Schaeuble




HOMMAGE 
(07/21/2022-07/31/2022)



” I went to a place where the sand meets the sky, a desolate land vast enough to foster my aspirations. An oasis to realize my visions, and to stand toe to toe with my predecessors. A manifestation of what I had learned from the greats, pouring everything I had into stepping beyond their shadow. To create a series that was masterful.

This series is attributed to my growth and to the legends I studied in this self taught journey over the last decade”

Julius Kwasi Wisdom Adorsu is a photographer, model, and mixed media artist based between Chicago and South Africa.

View HOMMAGE Catalogue 




FABLES
(06/08/2022-07/18/2022)



Welcome to the worlds of 18 local artists.

Traverse the odd and magical, the dark, soft, and the generally strange. Enter and form narratives in a space unburdened by reason and unweathered by time. What will you learn?

A multimedia show featuring work by:

Lucca Colombelli
William Schaeuble
Araceli Zuniga
Julia Signe
Naomi Hawksley
Amy Pearl Lang
Griffin Plumer
Solene Roullier
Sally Cho
Daniel Zeballos
Tong Pan
Brad Stumpf
Justin Ortiz
Ray Borchers
Sonia jia
Margaux Siegel
Fawn Penn
Rika kova

Curated by William Schaeuble and Lucca Colombelli

View FABLES Catalogue 




BIMBOFICATION SENSATION
(04/08/2022-05/22/2022)



Bimbofication Sensation was a wildly popular duo exhibition featuring works by Juan Arango Palacios and Kevin Sabo.

Reflecting on notions of gender identity, femininity, and a queer experience, these works personify the artists’ expression of the inner-self. Heavily influenced by Drag culture, these paintings flaunt notions of extravagance and boldness. Establishing a visual vernacular for contemporary queerness, these works blend reality and fantasy into a vocabulary that empowers and validates queer folks.

Arango Palacio’s images of queer selfies, which reference internet culture, are a taste of reality among Sabo’s repetetive characters which invite the viewer into a drag simulation with an infinite number of outfits and possibilities. Looking back at their childhood in the 2000’s, both artists reference fashion trends and pop cultures that influenced their queer identity in their formative years, and which still influence how they present themselves today.

Arango Palacio’s reggaeton-inspired club looks paired with Sabo’s pop diva rosters would bring about a gallery environment where the queer expereince is not only unapologetically represented, but also uplifted, celebrated, and rejoiced. Ultimately rooted in their upbringing in cultures where queerness was unacceptable, these works are a result of years of pain, confusion, and denial.

Championing a cathartic painting practice, these artists create images of internet realities and nostalgic fantasies that manifest only love and self-acceptance– leaving behind years of repression, and taking on a painted self that is confidently unstoppable, and dazzling in every way.

View BIMBOFICATION SENSATION Catalogue 

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