We are very pleased to be participating in our first art fair. Fountain Art Fair returns to Chicago this year September 20-22, running during Art Expo and Edition. Fountain will be located at Mana Contemporary – see the Fountain website for all the details.
We will be featuring artwork from Greg Gossel, Max Kauffman, David Soukup, Michael Rodriguez, XOOOOX, C215 and a preview from Fernando Chamarelli’s upcoming October solo show at Vertical Gallery.
Greg Gossel (Minneapolis): With a background in design, Gossel’s work is an expressive interplay of many diverse words, images, and gestures. His multi-layered work illustrates a visual history of change and process throughout each piece. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, and London. His commercial clients include Burton Snowboards, Stussy, and Interscope Records while his work has been published in Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, Artslant, Artful Living, ROJO Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle.
Max Kauffman (Oakland): Max Kauffman was born in Chicago and grew up in South Bend, Indiana, often returning to Chicago for skateboarding and concerts in his teens. He attended Arizona State University to study ceramics and anthropology — his anthropology studies still make their way into the conceptual foundation for his work. Kauffman has shown in galleries across the United States as well as Italy, Canada and Israel and has been featured in publications Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, Boom, Beautiful Decay, Wallfarmers, and Supersonic Electronic.
David Soukup (Chicago): The urban environment became an immediate focus for David’s work. Living in Chicago, he was surrounded by an endless possibility of inspiration and a city that showcased some of the best architecture in the world. Using elements of graphic design, collage, mixed media, and reclaimed materials, David’s work is a reflection and experience of his everyday life. His artwork has been shown in Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Grand Rapids, St Louis, and Australia. His paintings have been used in numerous film and television productions, and has been featured in Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Artist-a-Day, and many other local and online publications.
Michael Rodriguez (New York): Born in Miami, Michael has exhibited in galleries in the United States, Canada and France, including solo exhibitions at New York galleries Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery and Feature Inc. He is the recipient of the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant for Painting (2000); New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Painting (2002) and Joan Mitchell Grant (2011). Michael’s work is in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art, Michael Bloomberg’s collection, Capital Bank, AOL Paris and General Dynamics.
XOOOOX (Berlin): XOOOOX is one of the most exciting and innovative urban artists worldwide. Creating delicate stenciled works and installations on found objects such as wood, metal and stone, he conveys the dynamics between standard ideas of beauty and ruin. In addition to working as a street artist in his hometown of Berlin since 2003, XOOOOX has exhibited widely throughout Germany as well as solo exhibitions in London and New York. Selected exhibitions include: Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York; Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin; De Buck Gallery, New York; Alte Munze, Berlin; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Mead Carney, London; Inoperable Gallery, Vienna. He was recently featured in the Wooster Collective 10 year anniversary exhibition.
C215 (Paris): C215 is a stencil graffiti artist based in Paris, France who has become well known for his intricate portraits and distinctive style. He started spray painting in 2005 and creates portraits of people he meets or likes and places them out on the street. He has become one of the world's most prolific stencil artists. His expansive career in public art has made him renowned in more than just the usual circles of stencil-based art fans and collectors. He has exhibited in Paris, Rome, Barcelona, London, San Paolo, New York, and San Francisco.
Fernando Chamarelli (Brazil): Born and raised in Brazil, artist Fernando Chamarelli has a degree in graphic design and illustration. His early artistic interests started with drawing cartoons, caricatures and realistic portraits. Later, his interests expanded to street art and tattoo. By merging these different backgrounds, he developed his signature style. Fernando still resides in Brazil, a multicultural country of contrasts. This dynamic and colorful environment inspires his work. Fernando’s painting present mosaic, geometric elements, organic forms and harmonic lines. His visual imagery connects symbols, legends, philosophies, religions and customs of ancient and modern civilizations. Fernando has worked and exhibited in Latin America, The United States and Europe.