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Heroes & Villains at Vertical Gallery

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Patrick Hull

Vertical Gallery is proud to present presents Heroes & Villains, a group show with an international roster of artists sharing their unique interpretation of comic characters. The exhibition is March 7 - 28, 2015, and allows each artist to show several original works on paper, canvas, and found materials. The opening reception is Saturday, March 7, 6-10pm

The show will feature new work from: Chris Cunningham (Dublin, IE), Cept (London, GB), Steve Seeley (Chicago, US), Parlee (London, GB), Grégoire "Léon" GUILLEMIN (Paris, FR), Adam Lister (New York, US), Greg Gossel (Minneapolis, US), E. LEE (Chicago, US), Brad Novak (Auckland, NZ), and The Thomas Brothers (Bristol, GB).

About the artists: Chris Cunningham’s spray paint and stencil work explores the ideas of contemporary pop culture and mass media as they affect and shape how we operate in our daily lives. Cept is making his Chicago debut with his famous paintings that mix psychedelia with pop art and graffiti. These will be Cept’s final paintings in this style. Parlee is making his USA debut with this group show and will show a new collection of his iconic kids as heroes & villains – all are spray paint, ink and watercolor on paper. Adam Lister makes his Chicago debut with a new collection of his 8-bit inspired watercolor superheroes. The Thomas Brothers make their USA debut creating distinctive mixed-media work exploring themes such as duality, nostalgia, good vs. evil, fairy tales and childhood through comic book imagery.

E. LEE brings his largest work to date with intricate stencil and hand painting on found materials. Grégoire Guillemin will be featuring new work form his wildly popular “Secret Life of Superhero” series. Greg Gossel returns to the gallery with a new series of mixed-media collage works on paper. Steve Seeley has created a new collection of his brilliant re-interpretations of famous comic and cartoon imagery. Brad Novak makes his USA debut with one-of-a-kind, hand-collaged and stencil-spray-painted works involve the layering of popular imagery.

Heroes & Villains Group Show
March 7 – 28, 2015
Opening reception Saturday, March 7, 6-10pm.
Vertical Gallery, 1016 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

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Greg Gossel makes his Chicago debut with "Superficial!"

Posted on September 25, 2014 by Patrick Hull

We're very excited to have Greg Gossel coming to Chicago for his solo show Superficial! Greg is partnering with 1xRun for a special hand-printed series. 1xRun will be releasing 21 of the edition and we will have 11 of the edition. Contact us if you would like a preview of the edition. The show at our gallery will also feature over 30 new original works on canvas, wood, and paper.

I have to agree with Greg to his reaction to the work for the show: POW!

Click here to read the full interview at 1xRun.

Click here to purchase a work from the hand-painted series Superficial!

 

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PAPER JAM at VERTICAL GALLERY - video 3 of 3

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Patrick Hull

Vertical Gallery's one-year anniversary show, PAPER JAM, is curated by artist Ben Frost. Listen to Ben talk about the exhibition and discuss a few of the artists. All 17 artists will be featured over three videos. In this video: Anthony Lister, Greg Gossel, Mark Drew, Bridge Stehli, Michael Cain, and Collin Van Der Sluijs.

Collin Van Der Sluijs (NL)
At the age of 12 he attended the school for traditional painting in Goes, the Netherlands where he studied the old techniques from painting and theory. In 1996 he graduated and was accepted for a 4 years painting and graphic education at St.Lucas in Boxtel, the Netherlands. In 2000 he graduated the art-academy St. Joost in Breda, the Netherlands. He studied illustration for 4 years and graduated with a bachelor-title in 2004. His work can be described as personal pleasures and struggles in daily life, translated in his own visual language. The work from Collin van der Sluijs has been published in magazines, books, and shown in galleries and project-spaces or walls in The Netherlands, Germany, France, England, Belgium, The U.S.A, Luxembourg, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain.

Greg Gossel (USA)
Greg was born in 1982 in western Wisconsin. With a background in design, his work is an expressive interplay of many diverse words, images, and gestures. Gossel’s 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 Levi's, Burton Snowboards, Stussy, VICE Magazine, and Interscope Records while his work has been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, Artslant, and ROJO Magazine. Greg currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.

Michael Cain (AUS)
Michael is an artist working out of Melbourne, Australia. His artwork is derived from an affinity with birds and animals, and his exposure to them through pop culture and real life experiences. His quirky, abstracted characters are created with loose, fluid brushstrokes and a vivid colour palette that immerses you in their world and makes you smile.

Mark Drew (AUS)
Mark Drew is an Australian graphic artist, and co-founder of Sydney's China Heights Gallery. He has been based in Tokyo since 2009.

Bridge Stehli (AUS)
Bridge is an internationally celebrated artist, exhibiting across Australia, Europe and the USA. She was co-curator and founder of the acclaimed Paste modernism exhibition in Sydney and has been featured in numerous publications including Empty, C.O.P and Curvy. Bridge has recently combined her loves for painting and skateboarding into a range of skateboard decks and has produced murals across Australia and London. Originally from Sydney, Bridge Stehli currently is based in London. By referencing some of her early influences, specifically writers such as Lewis Carol and cartoons from Disney and Warner Bros, Bridge explores the importance of animal personification within classical and contemporary culture and how some of these fictitious anthropomorphised figures relate to, impact and comment on the physical world.

Anthony Lister (AUS)
One of Australia's most renowned contemporary artists, Lister's work presents us with a grimy fusion of high and lowbrow culture with influences from a number of areas and genres, including street art, expressionism, pop art, and contemporary youth culture, often drawing from television and the "misguided role models" that result. Revelling in the “spirituality”, and the “heritage” of Western popular culture he takes this joint legacy and remoulds it into something equally alluring and grotesque, a perfect representation of the society he seeks to depict. Taking influence from the dirtier and rough techniques of “Bad” Painting and merging it with the spirit and practices of graffiti art Lister has embraced an explosive, scratchy, scrawling form of figurative art using a variety of mediums from painting, drawing and installation to film and music.

 

Special thanks to Loosey Goosey Art for producing all of the PAPER JAM videos!

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Artwork under $500 for the holidays!

Posted on November 23, 2013 by Patrick Hull

Special thanks to everyone for their support of our holiday “Deck the Halls” show, with all work on skateboard decks. We had a record over 600 people join us for the opening night reception. The show is still on view until December 21. It is an off-the-wall show, so you can take your deck home with you (or have it shipped to you) when you make your purchase. The perfect holiday gift! Support the Chicago-based non-profit The Simple Good, support the artists, and support the gallery. Thank you.

Since we’ve opened in April, we’ve shown a wide range of artists, both in the gallery and online. We’ve sold many of the smaller scale works, but some of these outstanding available pieces were overlooked. For the holidays, we’ve created a small gift section in the gallery with all of these great pieces and have created a page on our website with all of the items: http://verticalgallery.com/collections/art-under-500

We have work available from Greg Gossel, Ben Frost, Simon WG Butler, Audrey Heller, Peter Max Lawrence, Fernando Chamarelli, GOONS, Joseph Martinez, Anthony Freda, Ruel Pascual, Pixel Stud, Jef Aerosol, Dan Hojnacki, David Soukup, FAKE, Nice One, Tinku, Rene Gagnon, Uriel Correa, Max Kauffman, F63 and brand new pieces from Jeremy Novy, Nancy Segal and YAMS. All for under $500!

We look forward to seeing you at the gallery or hearing from you soon. Drop us a line at info@verticalgallery.com anytime.

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Vertical Gallery Exhibiting at Fountain Art Fair

Posted on September 11, 2013 by Patrick Hull

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.

Vertical Gallery - Greg GosselGreg 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.

Vertical Gallery - Max KauffmanMax 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.

 

Vertical Gallery - David SoukupDavid 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.

Vertical Gallery - Michael RodriguezMichael 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.

 

Vertical Gallery - XOOOOXXOOOOX (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.

Vertical Gallery - C215C215 (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.

 

Vertical Gallery - Fernando ChamarelliFernando 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.

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