Photo: Courtesy of Jean Albano Gallery
6/7–28 Jason Brammer creates fantastical, super-detailed drawings of mythological sea creatures inspired by medieval bestiaries. His amazing imagination makes it easy to lose track of what is real and unreal, manmade and natural. 1513 N Western. adventurelandgallery.com.
BERT GREEN FINE ART
Through 6/29 Robb Stone painted violent/erotic images that get burned into your brain: scenes of torture from news media, professional wrestling, and self-portraits from gay cruising apps. 8 S Michigan. bgfa.us.
BEVERLY ART CENTER
Through 6/9 In a Perfect World. Four painters, who have spent their careers painting nature, pick up where Henri Rousseau left off, reenvisioning nature as a pristine source of happiness, troubled by its inhabitants. 2407 W 111th. beverlyartcenter.org.
CHICAGO ALTERNATIVE COMICS EXPO
6/15–16 At the second annual Quimby’s-sponsored Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, lovingly referred to as CAKE, new and well-loved comic artists take a break from drawing to mingle with fans and air their oddities in lectures, workshops, and a marketplace. Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted. cakechicago.com.
Through 6/15 I Think We’re Ready to Go to the Next Sequence: The Legacy of HALFLIFERS. To mark the release of a retrospective DVD compilation, the duo of Torsten Zenas Burns and Anthony Discenza commission interpretations of their works by local contemporary artists. 400 S Peoria. gallery400.uic.edu.
Through 6/29 Terri Zupanc: Paint Lake: Objects and Photographs. With a Zen-like perspective, Zupanc quietly modifies tree bark, an antler, or turtle shells. There’s often a subtle, humorous, moral, or merely human message beneath it all. 215 W Superior. jeanalbano-artgallery.com.
MONIQUE MELOCHE GALLERY
Through 6/8 In an ironic twist, Kate Levant’s exhibition of sculptures made of materials scavenged from a derelict Detroit building was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Her use of tattered cardboard and peeling paint now has an extra layer of resonance. 2154 W Division. moniquemeloche.com.
Through 7/6 Three artists insert hyperreality into daily life to create a hall-of-mirrors effect. Kathy Halper embroiders textiles using images culled from her daughter’s Facebook page. Krista Hoefle transfers the worlds and characters of video games into the plastic arts. Jason Lahr makes fanboy paintings of teen-culture icons. 942 W Lake. packergallery.com.
6/14–8/17 The local author Audrey Niffenegger is also a graphic novelist and an accomplished printmaker. On display here are prints from Raven Girl, her graphic novella about a half-woman/half-raven and the plight of self-transformation. 311 W Superior. printworkschicago.com.
Through 8/31 In Two Sides to a River Story, Luis Sahagun, a promising young artist, draws compelling portraits on reshaped cardboard boxes. He also uses the material in sculptural compositions so physically immediate they seem to emote. 820 N Orleans. sae-usa.com.
SHANE CAMPBELL GALLERY
Through 6/22 Amanda Ross-Ho returns, after many major successes, with objects that evince both a joy and a critique of handmade pieces. 673 N Milwaukee. shanecampbellgallery.com.
Through 8/3 Abelardo Morell: From the Ground Up. Morell photographs landscapes—like the desert vista and Manhattan asphalt—using a tent rigged as a camera obscura. With prisms, he reflects the image of the landscape onto the ground, brilliantly merging the two in a single highly textured image. 230 W Superior. stephendaitergallery.com.
THOMAS ROBERTELLO Critic’s Pick
6/14–8/3 Samantha Bittman’s geometric hand-woven textiles recall abstract modernist paintings in their balance of austerity and playfulness. Her work will pair excellently with that of the Madison-based textile artist Gabriel Pionkowski. 27 N Morgan. thomasrobertello.com.