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        Bianca Pastel solo show

        Bianca Pastel solo show

        Vertical Gallery is proud to present ‘the desire to communicate vs. the desire to hide,’ Chicago artist Bianca Pastel’s first solo exhibition of original paintings.

        ‘the desire to communicate vs. the desire to hide,’ which runs from Feb. 2-24, features more than a dozen new canvases charting Pastel’s personal and professional evolution, with an emphasis on the experiences and emotions that shaped her adolescence and early adulthood. Pastel will attend the exhibit’s opening reception, taking place at Vertical Gallery on Friday, Feb. 2 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

        ‘the desire to communicate vs. the desire to hide’ pivots on two of Pastel’s signature characters, Binky and $unny. The former was originally conceived as the centerpiece of ‘Yo, Binky,’ a proposed animated series (produced by Pastel’s mentor, Chicago-born artist Hebru Brantley) depicting the semi-autobiographical adventures of three elementary school-aged Black girls. The masked, non-binary $unny, on the other hand, draws on Pastel’s ongoing struggles to connect with the world at large. 

        “Both characters are different versions of myself. $unny’s the one that hides, whereas Binky is the one that communicates. She’s very free-spirited, and doesn't really care what other people think,” Pastel explains. “We all have so many versions of ourselves. We're not one-dimensional. Making these characters helped me to find out who I was — it’s like I finally met myself. I hope viewers can relate. This show is for you more than for me, because I want you to learn something about me, and I want you to see yourself in this human being.”

        Pastel — a lifelong devotee of Nineties-era Nickelodeon network fare like ‘Rugrats’ and ‘Hey Arnold’ — originally envisioned a career in animation before going on to study art and design at Columbia College. She joined Brantley’s Hebru Brand Studios in 2015. Pastel has since collaborated with brands including the Walt Disney Company and the NFL’s Chicago Bears, as well as rapper Vic Mensa. Vertical Gallery released Pastel’s art print “Binky Inna Bottle” in 2022, and in late 2023, she participated in the Vertical group show ‘Ode to….’

        Bianca Pastel
        ‘the desire to communicate vs. the desire to hide’
        February 2 – 24, 2024
        Opening reception: Friday February 2, 5:00-8:00pm
        Vertical Gallery
        2006 W Chicago Ave #1R, Chicago, IL 60622

        Email us at sales@verticalgallery.com to be added to the advance digital collector's preview.

        Bianca Pastel "Binky Inna Bottle" Print Release

        Bianca Pastel "Binky Inna Bottle" Print Release

        Vertical Gallery is pleased to release "Binky Inna Bottle", the new print from Bianca Pastel. This new print will be released online Wednesday, September 14 at noon central time.

        PURCHASE HERE

        “This piece is very personal to me, it is the exploration of caring for my inner child through self-expression. Throughout my life I’ve had trouble expressing myself and communicating my emotions in a way that is effective. Oftentimes I end up feeling misunderstood, invisible or trapped inside a glass bottle of my emotions. It feels as though people can see me but they can’t hear me."

        "I think children feel just as deeply as adults but don't have the verbal communication to express it. I use Binky as a muse to express myself and what I’m feeling as a way to heal my inner child and also connect with youth who may share similar struggles. A lot of us grew up in spaces where it wasn't ok to be sad or to just be and now our emotions are bottled up in unhealthy ways. Through this piece I want to communicate that you are seen and heard.” – Bianca Pastel

        Bianca Pastel is a Chicago-based artist who envisioned a career in art since the age of 5. Her biggest influences behind her work derive from 90's movies/cartoons, Art Deco, photography, and music. Bianca studied art and design at Columbia College and her experience ranges from doing album covers and children’s book illustration, to animation and graphic design. Her goal with her work is not only to have fun, but also to remind people of childhood memories and provide her audience a feeling of nostalgia.

        PURCHASE HERE

        Bianca Pastel
        Binky Inna Bottle, 2022
        19-color screenprint on Mohawk Superfine UltraWhite 160lb cover
        20 x 26 in., 50.8 x 66 cm
        Edition of 30, signed & numbered by the artist
        Printed by POP!NK Editions
        $350

        Bianca Pastel
        Binky Inna Bottle, 2022
        19-color screenprint on Mohawk Superfine UltraWhite 160lb cover
        20 x 26 in., 50.8 x 66 cm
        Artist’s Proof Edition of 5, signed & marked A/P by the artist
        Printed by POP!NK Editions
        $450

        Bianca Pastel
        Binky Inna Bottle, 2022
        Hand-Embellished 19-color screenprint on Mohawk Superfine UltraWhite 160lb cover
        20 x 26 in., 50.8 x 66 cm
        Five unique 1/1 Hand-Embellished Printed, signed by the artist
        Printed by POP!NK Editions
        $1,000