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David Hauptschein: Selves Portrait: Self-Portraits
Gallery Opening & Book Release Party -- Friday, September 15 -- 7 to 10pm
Zhou B
Art Center, 1029 West 35th Street, Chicago, Illinois

Selves Portrait: Self-Portraits, David Hauptschein’s new book, will be released on Friday September 15, 2023! In conjunction with the release, there will be an exhibition of many of the 115 pictures in the book, on the fourth floor of the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St. in Chicago, 7:00-10:00 p.m. And of course David will be there to sign books. This show is part of the Art Center’s Third Friday open studio celebration, where the entire building is open and free to the public.

Note: There is free parking in the lot directly to the east of the building

For those of you who won’t be able to attend, this limited edition is still available for purchase. You can place orders now. Price is $30 plus $5.00 shipping. However, if you order more than one copy, shipping is free. Payment can be made by Zelle, PayPal, personal check, or cash.

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Between 1973 and 1978, I experimented obsessively with color photography, in an attempt to make photographic paintings, or what today would be called digital paintings. Of course this was long before the advent of the digital era and Photoshop. Using everything from trick lenses to chemical manipulation, I tried to make the medium more plastic. I suppose I really wanted to be a painter who used photography and not a photographer.

All of the pictures in this volume stem from those analog originals which had been languishing at the bottom of my closet since 1978. In some cases the raw material is still recognizable, and in others, it has evolved into something never before seen. Regarding the picture of my father on the cover, it came from a photo shoot I was compelled to do for my odious commercial photography class at PCA. If I could travel back in time 47 years and show the current version of this picture to my teacher, I’m pretty sure he would flunk me.

Signed copies are $30 (plus $5 for US shipping). Order through our Etsy page or contact David directly at Payment can be made via Zelle, Paypal, or personal check.

This collection of five mind-bending page-turners by David Hauptschein is hard to put down. An Alchemy of Flesh and Other Plays runs the theatrical gamut, from crooked humor to suspense and paranoia. Hauptschein’s works lie somewhere between the avant-garde and the traditional, on the border between the real and the surreal. Meet intriguing characters like romantic stalker Louis Capello and his blood brother Darryl, a hopeless hypochondriac; and Lulu, Wes’ elusive girlfriend, who speaks her own cryptic brand of English. The plays in this book, which have been produced in Chicago; New York; London; Manchester, England; and Edinburgh, Scotland; are: An Alchemy of Flesh; The Persecution of Arnold Petch; The Gurney; The Ballad of Johnny 5 Star; and Breakdown and Out.

383 pages of reading (or acting) pleasure.

Signed copies are $20 (plus $5 for US shipping). Order through our Etsy page Payment can be made via Zelle, Paypal, or personal check.

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Volume 1 of David's two-volume collection of plays, "When the Walls Have Ears and Other Plays," has finally been published! The book contains five plays which have been produced in Chicago; London; Edinborough, Scotland; and elsewhere. The contents of this volume are: When the Walls Have Ears, The Playactor, Trance, In Memory of Edgar Lutzen, and CAST; with a bonus introduction by director Julio Maria Martino.


The book is beautifully printed on high-quality paper. 407 pages of reading (or acting) pleasure! A personally inscribed copy can be yours for only $20 plus $5 shipping and handling. This first limited edition is sure to become a collector's item, so act now. Contact David at Payment can be made via Zelle, Paypal, or personal check. Payment can be made via Zelle, Paypal, or personal check.

For those of you who are tired of living in cyberspace, then David’s new book Altered Ego: Self-Portraits is the antidote you’ve been craving. Nothing can replace the tactile experience of holding a real-life, three-dimensional book. It has heft – you can cradle it in your lap, flip through the pages, even sniff it. Best of all, the cover of Altered Ego is cool and velvety to the touch. Then of course there are the visual delights: 108 of David’s digitally painted self-portraits, carefully sequenced and beautifully reproduced.


The book is $30 + $5 shipping and handling in the U.S. If you would like to purchase a copy, please contact David at

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