It’s rare that I can approach someone to ask, “May I film your soft opening?” and receive an enthusiastic, “Yes!”
But in this case, I’m talking about Brian Chankin, one of Chicago true treasures of the indie scene. For years, he’s been running Odd Obsession Movies, one of the greatest independent video stores anywhere (catch my 2013 interview with him here).
Now he and his sister, Heidi Anne Chankin, are just about to “soft open” (the
grand opening is later this month) the Deadly Prey Gallery, a new art space in Noble Square, with the art show “Real Cool Gen X Mid-Life Crisis” featuring works by Derek Erdman & Marieke McClendon. The event on Friday, April 3 from 7pm to 11pm at 1433 W Chicago Ave. As the gallery’s Facebook event page states:
The show doesn’t have a theme that the title may suggest, though there will be a nod of recognition that people of Generation X are now growing old and some of the things that were once charming aren’t aging very well. Time’s inevitable hands are slowly choking the youth out of a large group of people who declared that they’d never grow old. Alas, there will also be paintings of cats & food.
It’s a one-night deal, so I guess you can consider this a sort of pop-up art event with genuine talent attached to it. Bring your cash, as the Reggae and African tunes will help loosen your wallets.
Brian and Heidi will also have a selection of Ghanian movie and business poster art from their collection. If you’ve not seen any of these insanely wild illustrations, you are definitely missing out.
TyPi and I will be along for the event and will gather up some video to present as part of TUGM’s Noble Square video series on YouTube. Go check out that page for more vids of our adventures there.