“Kobe Jordon Kaine : UrBan Terrorist” Opens July 7th at Elephant Room Gallery

Above: “Allegiance” by Kobe Jordon Kaine

Chicago-based artist Kobe Jordon Kaine will be exhibiting in his first ever solo exhibition at Elephant Room Gallery this July. Kobe Jordon Kaine : UrBan Terrorist is the result of the past few years of personal reflection and action for the artist who has created pieces that reflect both a proficiency in his medium and a strong sense of self-awareness as it relates to past and present society.

Kobe Jordon Kaine : UrBan Terrorist is a body of conceptual works created from mostly found and recycled objects. Contemporary sociopolitical ideas are expressed in visual form by merging aestheticism, appropriation and abstraction. Ideas are explored by creating repetitive pattern works from mundane objects that carry allegory, create tension and excite aesthetic emotion. Kaine uses these various materials that represent childhood memories, coming of age and current issues as a way to mend wounds and bridge gaps. “I desire to dispel the Eurocentric ideology of what it means to be an American by recreating poverty and inner-city living into something beautiful. There is an outdated mentality belonging to those who hold positions of power and authority and I want to disrupt that.” – Kaine

The title UrBan Terrorist is a way to take hold of a term that has been used to further segregate people and use it to describe a body of work that demonstrates urban life as experienced through one artist. Kaine uses the word insight to describe his energy while creating this work and the purpose is to bring insight to viewers on what divides us and how we can heal.

Kobe Jordon Kaine : UrBan Terrorist opens with a reception on Friday, July 7th from 6pm to 9pm at Elephant Room Gallery. The exhibition runs through July 29th and open hours can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com The gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop of Chicago.

About the Artist

Kobe Jordon Kaine produces work by experimenting with installation, photography and collage. His aesthetic runs parallel with Hip Hop culture and sound. Informed by Rap music and American Ideology with influences from the global community of Indigenous Peoples, Kaine aims to expose his work not only in galleries but also public spaces so that his work can be seen by all.

Intersect Artist Collective Presents FEED

Morpho Gallery, 5216 North Damen, Chicago, IL 60625
OPENING RECEPTION: June 24th, 2017 6-10 pm
June 24th- July 6th 2017

The INTERSECT Artist Collective would like to invite the community, art lovers and collectors, friends, and artists to join them on the evening of June 24th from 6 to 10 pm for an art event to benefit the hungry. 100% of the profits will go to the Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry.

INTERSECT Artist Collective is a group of artists from Northern Illinois have worked collaboratively since 2012 on small and large scare curatorial projects and art exhibitions. The group has donated substantial work to sell at accessible prices in order to both make art affordable to everyone while supporting the needs of body and soul of those in need in the community. This is the perfect event for first time collectors and anyone with a philanthropic heart.

The work will continue to be for sale after the opening until July 1st.

Second Fridays Open Studios

Tour ten floors of this National Landmark Building-an historic artists’ haven since 1898

Fine Arts Building Studios is a collective made up of visual artists, musicians, performers, yoga and dance instructors as well as a unique bookstore located in the historic Fine Arts Building.

We open our doors to the public on the second Friday of every month. Connecting with the community, we share and discuss all aspects of our work in a casual and relaxed setting.

The event is free.


Tenth Floor Curtiss Hall
Spring Arts Festival
Tickets: Students $10, Adults $20,
Children under 12 free
Includes a dance lesson and refreshments
Visual Art and Dance Performance benefiting the Global Alliance for Africa Therapeutic Arts Program – a program to attend to the psycho-social needs of vulnerable children in East Africa .
Featuring Hip Hop Break Dancing Kenyan Artist, Victor Onyango.
Columbia College Chicago’s Dance Movement Therapy dancers and Inspiración Dance Chicago
6-8 pm

927 Ossia Musical Forum
Student Recital in Suite 412

Stretch Chi
Midwest Center for the Ki-Hara Method of Resistance Stretching
7-9 pm

828  Fred Wackerle
Sports Paintings in Oil

816  Vanessa Smith
Ceramic Sculpture
5-8 pm

721 Liederstube
An intimate oasis for art song
6-9 pm

640   Richard Heiberger Music Studio
Piano Instruction for all Ages & Levels,
Classical, Popular & Jazz Improvisation
5-9 pm

636  Oak Street Design
The art and industry of Window Display
Art and Prop Sale

632F  Tiffany Gholar
Abstract art and digital photography
7-9 pm

629  Soko Space
Fair Trade Art and Other Items from
Turkey, Morocco and East Africa

560  William Harris Lee & Co.
Jazz Institue of Chicago – NextGen Jazz – Emerging Artist Project
5:30-6:15 – Teddy Schupack
6:30-7:15 – Alejandro Salazar
7:30-8:15 – Anastasiya Kadukov
Violin Workshop Tours

534 Lou Ann Burkhardt
Paintings & Drawings
6-8 pm

210  Selected Works Used Books & Sheet Music
Farewell Open Studios Event. Going Out Of Business Sale continues – everything must go! 80% Off! Last Chance to get books by Hodge the literary bookstore cat

Second Floor Gallery
Karen Tichy
Preserving the Ephemeral: paper and encaustic constructions

History Tour of the Fine Arts Building
Linda Zabors, author of Honorary Chicago Guidebook sponsored by Stretch Chi
6:15-7 pm

All of the Above – Art, Theory & Culture

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to be collaborating with Flatlands Studios June 12th through June 25th for a series of exciting happenings in the gallery. Eric Von Haynes of Flatlands Studios has curated printed ephemera, art objects, film, talks, workshops and performance art by various artists and art collectives from all over the world in order to transform the gallery into a community gathering space that will bring people together for a positive learning experience. The goal is to celebrate and embrace the idea of community through documentation, archiving, and activation of spaces in and through art practices.

All of the artists and collectives represented have a strong leaning towards positive outreach and information sharing through media. They all have ties to Flatlands Studios through past collaborations but never before have they all been brought together in the same space. The amazing artists and collectives involved are Thor Goodlife, KASHINK!, Mashaun Hendricks of CrimeDrought, Oscar Arriola, Fresh Pressed Chicago, Rebecca Ann Rakstad of RAR RAR PRESS, Peter Miles Bergman of is Press, Heather Link-Bergman, C​H​ema Skandal!, Alice Lam, Tom Bold, Eric Von Haynes of Flatlands, Dredske, Tim Rodenbroker, Brian Steckel of An-ism, Marc Fischer of Temporary Services and ATOM-R.

All of the Above is a series of happenings that will be scheduled throughout the exhibition:

June 13th & June 17th (12pm – 7pm) – Mashaun Hendrick’s CrimeDrought: The Solution will activate the space with dialogue sessions that will strengthen community, transfer knowledge, share resources and implement solutions towards a crime free city. There will be interactive sessions each day from 1pm to 3pm & 5pm to 7pm.

June 15th (6PM – 9:30PM) – A dozen artists have been invited to create drawings on site as a part of artist Oscar Arriola’s secret sticker club. Artists will be equipped with cameras mounted on their head or chest in order to document their process and micro cams will also be attached to the drawing utensils in order to digitally capture their strokes. A short film will be created from the footage by Brian Steckel of An​-​ism in order to archive the event.

June 20th (10AM – 6PM) – FLTLNDS and RAR RAR Press will offer the opportunity to Letterpress Affirmations on 11×17 Broadsides. This event is open to both youth and adults and allows the opportunity to work with 3 centuries of wood type to create lasting memories and statements in ink. The cost is just $5 for individuals to participate and groups can contact the gallery for a group rate donation.

June 22nd (12PM – 5PM) – FRESH PRESSED will prompt attendees to think about positive happenings in their neighborhood, document them and share it with someone who lives in a different place, creating a positive impression that inspires action or starts a dialogue. We want Chicagoans who are tired of seeing the same shameful stories in the news about their city to show the world #whatsfresh (progressive, unmatched, game changing, cool and beautiful) and create the stories we want to tell about where we live. Activities will include writing news and stories on addressed postcards, completing a Fresh People Q&A which is a short feature spotlighting everyday dynamic people, live storytelling via social media, free swag giveaway and an onsite social media contest!

June 23rd (7PM – 9PM) – Marc Fisher, a Chicago-based conceptual artist and co-founder of the influential art collective Temporary Services, whose practice includes making and distributing small-press art publications, will discuss recent projects. These projects include Malachi Ritscher for the Whitney Biennial, Library Excavations and his Joong Boo Residency Program. Peter Miles Bergman will discuss self publishing and do readings from the is E​MANCIPATION, an anthology of projects from The Institute of Sociometry performance and interventionist art projects ​spanning 21 years.

June 24th (5:30PM – 9PM) – Closing Reception for All of the Above. Guests will be able to view and purchase artwork, books and other objects, meet some of the artists and collectives, share in viewing the documentation and results of the past 2 weeks of happenings and network. The reception is free and open to the public.

All of the Above runs June 12th through June 25th. For additional viewing hours during the exhibition or to RSVP for any of the events, check the gallery’s website: http://www.elephantroomgallery.com. Most of the events are all free and all are open to the public. Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop of Chicago.

Fourth Annual Art of Craft Beer

The fourth annual Art of Craft Beer is a great Chicago Craft Beer Week event celebrating craft beer and the art that comes with it. Meet some of the often overlooked artists who create your favorite craft beer labels and see their work in a festive beer garden gallery. While you’re taking in the art you can also enjoy special craft beers from the featured breweries.


One Night Only!
Wednesday May 24st 5-10 PM
Free admission


Village Tap
2055 W. Roscoe
Chicago IL 60618


Dan Grzeca – Hop Butcher for the World, 3 Floyds Brewing Co

Nikki Jarecki & Tim Breen – Off Color Brewing

Rob Syers – Gumballhead the Cat

Jourdon Guilett – Solemn Oath Brewery

Katie Kick – Tighthead Brewing

Melanie Hudson – Begyle Brewing