Cornered, Scott Mossman

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

An avid collector as long as he has been making art, Scott Mossman's sculpture has always been colored by a longtime fascination with "the object." Most intriguing to Mossman is a works relationship to the wall where it's placed, the viewer and the gallery space. His sculptures hung curiously high, often times with a dramatic cast shadow, appear to serve a purpose other than art, the function of the oftentimes eccentric, seemingly worn tool, appliance or artifact not being as obvious as the soffit, burglar alarm sensor or boxy precariously mounted heating and air conditioning units that might occupy a similar spot on the wall.

Following up his recent one-person exhibit "Overhead" at the Noyes Cultural Center in Evanston, where his sculptures were hung high and heavily lit, his current exhibit at Heaven Gallery "Cornered" is dominated by recent works, many created for the space, that play off the meeting of two walls, the point where walls end and where the ceiling begins. As with the aforementioned Noyes exhibit, his pieces, oftentimes reflective of his fascination with architectural styles and structures, choose to interact with the idiosyncrasies of Heaven's Victorian vernacular roots.

An MFA candidate during Post modernism's heyday, sculptor/ painter Scott Mossman soon began exhibiting in spaces throughout Chicago and the rest of the country. Known for habitually giving up the "good space" for the 2d folks, in his first group exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center "Crisp and Clean" his sculpture "Tower" an homage to the famous Pisa prototype seemed to leap from the gallery's balcony. Soon after in "On Paper", also at the HPAC, twenty ink on paper diptychs were hung from a wooden lattice that filled an entire wall. With his painting "Great Falls" he was one of twenty artists whose work toured Texas for two years in "Primarily Paint" a survey of recent American painting sponsored by the Texas Fine Arts Association. Recently, he has exhibited works (hung of course, precariously high) at the Freeport Art Museum, the Bridgeport Art Center, Christopher Gallery(Prairie State College), the Brauer Art Museum (Valparaiso), Northeastern Illinois University Gallery, the Highland Park Art Center and the Koehnline Museum at Oakton Community College. Last fall his sculpture "Red and Chartreuse" was selected for the "National Small Works 40th Annual Exhibition" at Harper College (Palatine) and was later purchased for their Educational Foundation Art Collection and will be permanently installed on campus, very high of course, via a hydraulic lift.

An Artist Talk is scheduled for March 25 at 1PM
Mossman will present a brief overview of works by artists from the end of the 20th Century he sees as an influence who employed alternative options to the traditional approach to exhibition followed by a Q and A about the installation. Violinist and 3Arts awardee Brandi Berry Benson will perform unaccompanied violin pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries preceding and following Mr. Mossman’s talk.

Ms. Berry Benson has appeared with numerous ensembles in the U.S. including Newberry Consort, Ars Lyrica, and Bach & Beethoven Experience and her "four-string acrobatics" and "indispensable skill" (TimeOut Chicago) have been praised as "alert [and] outstanding" (Chicago Classical Review), has also been noted for her "riffs…powered by a flashing blur of bow arm, [as they] rolled out with irresistible glee" (Washington Post).

Bach + Beethoven Experience -
A Chicago-based ensemble, dedicated to presenting music in historical context and on period instruments.

Fission Fusion, Tanner Bowman and Brendan Luchik

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Fission Fusion is collaborative show by Tanner Bowman and Brendan Luchik, examining the push and pull between two individual artists working with collage and painting using experimental processes. The work began at a time of transition, as Luchik was in the middle of moving to New York City. The artists questioned how they could salvage remnants of Luchik's studio space, which may have otherwise been discarded, and use the collected scrap materials in an attempt to capture the essence and grit of a domestic studio space which would no longer exist. During the construction of the work the artists used their time to to reflect upon philosophy, psychology, poetry, landscape, and the connections between their creative outputs. These personal conversations, ranging in topics from Jungian Psychology and William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell”, to Sedona sunsets and gridded city living, directed the subject matter and processes used in constructing the images and assemblage. Also on display are Bowman and Luchik’s individual work which is meant to distinguish the visual conversation between the two artist's work and style. 

Tanner Bowman is an artist, designer, and teacher working out of a home/studio in Chicago, IL. Bowman works with traditional crafting techniques and materials using experimental process to make functional pieces of art. His products are influenced heavily by the domestic spaces he inhabits and often answer to a personal need or desire in his life. Bowman’s work focuses on hybridizing the fundamentals of art, design, and craft into queer and affirming objects. His work questions the normative standards relating to how we orient our bodies to the spaces and objects we inhabit and use. 

Brendan Luchik makes nature-based abstract work that reflects his love for the visual world and image construction. He seeks not only to create the feeling of space pictorially but to translate the emotional quality of it as well to the viewer. Luchik views wherever he goes as home. The internal connection to landscape or a motif carried to new places don't exist as a nostalgic thing for him. The images that stay with him mix with those of where he is in the present moment. He seeks to simultaneously draw from these images and respond to his current urban studio environment.

Artist talk – Sunday, April 8, 1pm

WPB January Women's Networking Event

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 9:30am

Kick off 2018 with a power hour of women's networking at Heaven Gallery! Meet and mingle with other boss ladies to make new and meaningful connections! Our monthly women's day time mixers are always a hit so RSVP today!  #bossladies

Refreshments provided


Performance - Sedentary Fragmentation

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Performance by Yasamin Ghanbari with discussion to follow.

Artist Talk - Sedentary Fragmentation

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Artist talk for Sedentary Fragmentation.


RESIST: A Community Talk

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

What just happened? We’re still trying to figure it out. We may never quite. But we feel compelled to get our arms around it.

Helplessness, dread, wishful thinking, engagement and retreat: we’ve felt it all. We've tweeted, Facebooked, nstagrammed, and even trolled a little. We’ve marched, called and emailed.

But, barring a miracle, still our fight has just begun.

How to we sustain ourselves? How do we learn to rest and not to quit? How do we relate to the new selves we have to be to resist? More importantly, how do we build -- and build the patience to build?

A new series of events at Heaven Gallery aims to get us out, get us talking and get us moving forward -- together. Regularly! We will use our space tomake time for ourselves to be somewhere decidedly non-virtual and decidedly not post-fact. It's about being and doing while thinking.

Our opening salvo, this March 5th at 1:00 pm, is to be a roundtable of artists, writers and curators who have a passion for thinking about the issues of social justice. We’ll talk about catalyzing (or ineffectual) art, critical positions that soar (or bomb) for us, how we sleep at night after putting more objects into this unhinged world, and how it is essential that we do. There will be questions and dialogue afterwards, and all are invited to participate, because there’s nothing we want more!

The roundtable members is headed by but not limited to:

Elliot J. Reichert

Independent writer, critic and curator. He has written art criticism for Chicago Artist Writers and is a frequent contributor to Newcity. In 2006, he co-founded and edited the Northwestern Art Review, a journal of art criticism and scholarship. From 2013-2015, Elliot Reichert was the Curator of Special Projects at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. Previously, he has served in curatorial roles at I Am Logan Square gallery in Chicago and Artpace in San Antonio, Texas. He received his B.A.with honors in Art History from Northwestern University. In the fall of 2015, he will begin graduate studies in Modern and Contemporary Art History and Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tempestt Hazel

Independent curator, writer, arts advocate and co-founder of Sixty Inches From Center. She is currently the Professional Development Manager at the Chicago Artists Coalition where she works to develop programming that is relevant to local artists and will help them build successful careers by connecting them with industry and business experts. Prior to joining the CAC, she worked at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Chicago Artists Resource, coordinator of the Creative Chicago Expo and on the team for Chicago Artists Month, the city-wide celebration of visual arts in Chicago that happens each October. She also serves on the curatorial committee for The SUB-MISSION, a project space of The Mission Projects, and is on the host committee for the Leadership Advisory Committee at the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent independent projects include The Future’s Past, a curatorial research project and series of public installations which is the product of a fellowship with the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, Locality, the Chicago Artists Coalition’s Hatch Residency exhibition, and The Tipping Point of Me and We, the Contemporary Arts Council‘s 2012 exhibition. Upcoming projects include exhibitions at Terrain Exhibitions, The Salon Series Projects and South Side Community Art Center.

Robert Burnier

Is an artist who lives and works in Chicago. He received his M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute in Painting and Drawing in 2016. He also holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (1991). Exhibitions include Ghost Nature, curated by Caroline Picard, at Gallery 400, Chicago, IL and La Box, Bourges, France, The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, Inland Delta at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Imaginary Landscapes, curated by Allison Glenn, at Chicago Urban Art Society and Jenny From the Color Block at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, curated by Eric Ruschman. His work has been exhibited at art fairs in Miami, New York, Chicago and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Simple Pleasures

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Simple Pleasures
Liz McCarthy, Caleb Yono, Selina Trepp, Raul de Lara, Ryan Pfeiffer & Rebecca Walz
Curated by Iris Bernblum

This show is a love letter. From one artist to another. To those who give me hope in the wake of a new post-election reality. Absorbing the pain I was feeling myself and from those around me, I realized it’s more important than ever to speak to the issues presented here. I came to this show with the body and pleasure in mind.

To put it simply: These artists work with the body, sexuality and gender in ways that push, seduce, and play with us. They bring forward the complexities of our bodies and minds with what it means to be seen, touched, hurt, and loved. What it means to be human.

For me they are magicians in the studio, taking us to places that feel true and full of life. They all invite us to engage on an intimate level; one cannot look and look away. The afterimage stays. It sinks in.

“And now, after living beside you all these years, and watching your wheel of a mind bring forth an art of pure wildness - as I labor grimly on these sentences, wondering all the while if prose is but the gravestone marking the forsaking of wildness (fidelity to sense-making, to assertion, to argu- ment, however loose) - I’m no longer sure which of us is more at home in the world, which of us more free.”

-Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts

Heaven Gallery 
1550 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL

Improvised Jazz Concert

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Jeff Albert / Helen Gillet / Aurora Nealand / James Singleton / Paul Thibodeaux"

The New Orleans contingent of the Instigation Orchestra brings together five of the finest improvisers working today - trombonist Jeff Albert and Aurora Nealand on saxophones, accordion and voice and a rhythm section of Helen Gillet on cello and voice, James Singleton on bass and drummer Paul Thibodeaux - for two sets of improvised performance. Though they have all worked together in various configuration over the years, their Heaven performance will mark the first ever performance of this quintet for what promises to be a thrilling evening of music.

$10 suggested donation

Recital | Henry Zheng, Dmitriy Melkumov & Ilya Vanichkin

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 7:30pm

Recital featuring Henry Zheng, Dmitriy Melkumov & Ilya Vanichkin

works by Brahms, Dvorak, Vitali, Kreisler, Rossini and Shostakovich 

Henry Zheng dedicates himself to making Western art music accessible and relevant to all audiences, with a heavy bias towards the repertoire of the violin.  Henry also has a special interest in cross-discipline collaborations and performing in diverse settings – recent performances include a fashion show, a live liquid latex-painting event, and a candle-lit midnight performance in a renaissance era church.  Born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Henry moved to Chicago in 2010 in study with nationally renowned pedagogues Olga Kaler and Janet Sung at the DePaul University School of music.  Other notable teachers include Desirée Ruhstratt, Anne Shih, and Aurelien Pederzoli, as well as performances in master classes for Midori Goto and Almita Vamos.  Henry has performed all over the world, notably as a soloist at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Casalmaggiore, Italy, and the Vegas Cultural Exposition in Zhu Hai, China.  He has also toured the continental United States extensively as a featured violinist with the Eric Genuis ensemble.

Dmitriy Melkumov holds degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and the DePaul School of Music, where he studied extensively with legendary violinst Ilya Kaler. He began playing violin at the age of 7. In 1994, Dmitriy was invited to attend the Uspensky Music School in the city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where he joined the studio of Professor Nathan Mendelssohn. In 2001 Dmitriy immigrated to the United States.  Shortly after, he made his US performance debut with the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. The following year Dmitriy was a winner of the New World Symphony concerto competition and most recently he won DePaul University Concerto Competition. 

Ilya Vanichkin, born in Moscow, earned his Bachelor's degree at the Moscow Conservatory, Master's degree at Eastman School of Music, Performer's diploma at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and Artist's diploma at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend where he was a member of the Toradze Piano Studio.  Currently, he is pursuing a Performace Certificate at DePaul University School of Music. Among many awards, Mr. Vanichkin is a prize winner at Citta di Barletta," "Maoro Paolo Monopoli Prize" (Italy 2006), "Corpus Christi" (United States 2007) and "Chautauqua" International Piano Competitions, IU South Bend and Andrews Concerto Competitions in 2012. He has appeared in many concerts and recitals throughout the United States, Russia, Japan and Italy.  

Heaven Gallery, 1550 North Milwaukee 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622
Hours: Friday & Saturday 1-6 pm 

What is the Message | Artist Talk

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us for conversation on Sunday, February 28 at 1pm. 

Deborah Boardman, an inspired artist and dear friend, passed away too soon this past year. We miss her very much, and several of her friends have contributed to a beautiful show at Heaven Gallery, What is the Message.

Participating artists include Deborah, Diane Christiansen, Jackie Kazarian, Paola Cabal, Jin Lee, Edra Soto, Dan Sullivan, Ryan Richey, Howard Fonda, Ellen Rothenberg, Sabina Ott, Laurie Palmer, Jeroen Nelemens, Wendy Mason, and Barbara Koenen. Each artist responded to a work or idea that emanated from Deborah. The exhibition was curated by Jessica Cochran.

In a career spanning nearly 30 years, artist Deborah Boardman developed bodies of work across painting and drawing, installation, writing, environmental sustainability projects and sound/video. An educator, she influenced hundreds of artists, some of whom became her collaborators... As critic Lori Waxman wrote, her recent work has grappled with the unseen and ineffable, articulating “what life looks like in that gracious limbo between life and death.”