Aug 18, 2014 / 1 note

Selina Trepp: Waiting for the Train


Selina Trepp
Waiting for the Train

Curated by Michael Green
September 5 - 28
Opening Reception: Friday September 5th, 6-10pm
Viewing hours and events: every Friday in September, 6-10pm

Chicago artist Selina Trepp presents a new site-specific work at Comfort Station entitled Waiting for the Train. Responding directly to the history of the Comfort Station as a turn of the century building designed specifically as a comfortable place for Logan Square residents to wait for trolley cars, Trepp creates a multimedia installation that returns the space to this initial state of waiting. A video projection leaves a series of subtle animations throughout the space that represent the traces of past visitors who have passed through the Comfort Station: a name scratched into a bench, a tag here or there, an occasional drawing, or a forgotten book of matches…  When the waiting room is active, it is a suspended space; it contains people who are still, yet in transition. The waiting room is Limbo. A single object, tucked away in the back room of the Comfort Station, acts, perhaps as a stand-in for these waiting, transitory figures.

Waiting for the Train will be viewable every Friday in September from 6-10pm, as well as before, during, or after select Comfort Station events, and by appointment.

Selina Trepp (Swiss/American, b.1973, in Zurich, Switzerland) is an artist whose work explores economy and improvisation. Finding a balance between the intuitive and conceptual is the goal,living a life of adventure is a way, embarrassment is often the result. Growing up in a commune in a conservative small town in Switzerland taught her that there is strength in the position of the outsider. “If in doubt be radical” is the best advice she ever got.

In addition to her studio based artistic output she performs as one half of the duo Spectralina, an audiovisual collaboration with her husband Dan Bitney. Selina Trepp’s work has been exhibited widely internationally and has received several awards and honors including the Swiss Art Award and the Illinois Arts council Fellowship.


Aug 12, 2014

August Comfort Music

In Tall Buildings
Fred Lonberg-Holm/Jason Stein
Julian Kirshner/Frank Rosaly
The Millers
Problems that Fix Themselves
Quinn Tsan
Jason Wyatt Frederick
Jul 13, 2014 / 10 notes

Picturing Logan Square, An Exhibition of Rare Images


Comfort Station and Logan Square Preservation present
Picturing Logan Square, An Exhibition of Rare Images

August 2-31, 2014

Opening reception: August 3, 3-6pm

Curated by: Andrew Schneider and David Keel

For the entire month of August 2014, Logan Square Preservation and Comfort Station will host the most comprehensive collection of historic photos of Logan Square ever assembled. Ranging from the late 1800s to the 1960s, the photos show a neighborhood from its early rural beginnings, through a period of rapid development, and finally a mature neighborhood in the 1960s. With the arrival of the Metropolitan elevated line in 1895, the neighborhood saw its first glimpse of development. When the line was finally destroyed and then moved underground in the 1960s, much of the landscape that was Logan Square was no longer. Please join us on this stroll into the past inside the walls of Comfort Station, a historic neighborhood relic in itself. A self-guided walking tour accompanied with map and photobook will also be available every Sunday from 12-3pm

Additional Show info:

- Aug 24, 3pm: Forgotten Chicago will give a presentation about the lost village of Pennock, an industrial development on the western edge of Logan Square.

- Aug 16, 3pm: Logan Square Preservation’s Andy Schneider will give a presentation about the dynamic history of Logan Square.

- Gallery hours will be every Sunday in August from 12-3pm 

The show was brought to life with the generous head-lining sponsorship of Liberty Bank, serving Logan Square since 1888.

Also sponsoring the show are: R. P. Fox & Associates, Play Logan Square, Living Room Realty and Preservation Chicago.

For further information about this show, please contact Andrew Schneider at or (312) 330-2083.

Jul 11, 2014 / 2 notes

Cool and Dark by Eleanor Ray, Greta Waller, and Gwendolyn Zabicki


July 1st -27th

Artist Talk: July 27 at 2pm

Opening reception: July 11, 5-8pm

Comfort Station is pleased to present Cool and Dark, which includes paintings by Eleanor Ray, Greta Waller, and Gwendolyn Zabicki. Works selected by Zabicki will be on display throughout the month of July. Gwendolyn Zabicki first saw Greta Waller’s work in 2008. Waller had made a painting of a rejection letter from RISD. The letter was unfolded on a red table and though its specific words were unreadable, the painfully short paragraphs of a form letter were apparent. Zabicki recalls feeling as though she had just received a “punch in the stomach”. Waller’s ice paintings are equally powerful. They are masterfully painted, temporal and sensory. They are working within the traditions of painting, yet they show their ties to modernity—vanitas paintings made with machined blocks of ice.

The familiarity of Waller’s subject matter is echoed in the paintings of Eleanor Ray. Ray paints passageways, windows, and walkways, all places we have been before, but on the smallest scale. They evoke the moodiness of Hopper in the most modest and efficient way possible. They take what is briefly glimpsed (and often overlooked) as a subject, an approach that Zabicki has always hoped to achieve in her own work. They then go on to do what every good painting should do—they subvert expectations, in this case, that the ordinary should be synonymous with the mundane. Taken as whole, this selection of paintings creates a cool, dark place—a welcome respite from the loud, hot days of summer.

For further information about this show, please contact Comfort Station curator MK Meador at

Greta Waller was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She holds a BFA from Cooper Union, New York City and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.​ She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.!waller/ck5 

Eleanor Ray was born in Gainesville, Florida. She has a BA in English and Studio Art from Amherst College, and an MFA in painting from the New York Studio School. She currently lives in New York. Her solo show at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York was named one of the top ten shows of 2013 by critic Jerry Saltz.

Gwendolyn Zabicki: Gwendolyn Zabicki was born and works in Chicago, IL. She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005 and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012.

images: (L) Next Door Neighbor by Gwendolyn Zabicki, (C) Blue Hallway by Eleanor Ray, and (R) First Block by Greta Waller

Jun 17, 2014
Jun 5, 2014 / 3 notes

The Swing and The Wall: June 7 - 8 (Opening Weekend)

The Swing and The Wall 

Curated by Thea Liberty Nichols.

Envisioning new autonomous learning, Rethinking school, Reimagining Chicago

A temporary stage set made from discarded Chicago Public School desks and chairs, prototyping an everyday free theater, housed in the cozy space of the Comfort Station. 

I am 9 and Southside Hub of Production are proclaiming four Sundays in June for creative idleness and pleasurable learning inviting everyone to participate in both a programmed and drop-in way. For a full schedule of events see our Facebook page.

The Swing, created by John Preus  

The Wall, created by Kevin Reiswig 

with a mind map by Jim Duignan

and contributions by Jerry Marciniack, 

North Branch Projects, 

 Sammuel Petrichos of Spice!, 

Eleanor Ray, Clive Tanaka,

Kate Hadley Williams, David Yontz, 

You, and many more to come!

Drop by or contact to get involved.


Saturday, June 7th, 7pm to 9pm 

Join us at the opening for a potluck and frightening reading of statistics over ambient music played by John Preus.

Sunday, June 8th, 12pm to 1pm

Jerry Marciniak: Chocolate Meditation and geometric learning

Jerry will lead us through several forms of visualization and meditation for all ages. Jerry is also an origami master who brings paper wherever he goes!

Sunday, June 8th, 1pm to 5pm

North Branch Projects

Bookbinding workshop: learn the basics of how to bind your own books!

Sunday, June 8th, 7pm to 9pm

“Class Clowns” Comedy Showcase

Hosted by David Yontz

No cover, Parental discretion advised

“It’s a positive thing to talk about terrible things and make people laugh about them.” – Louis CK

Curiosity, observation, and skepticism abound in the life of a comic.  This event will showcase a handpicked group of local comedic talent, eager to share their insights on life and learning in the city of Chicago.

Comedians: Jason Melton, Kristen Toomey, Mike Knish, Darius Kennedy, Mandee Shwartz, Dave Losso, Kaitlin Grissom, David Franks, Mike Sheehan

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