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        “Back Home Again (in Indiana)” Group Show

        “Back Home Again (in Indiana)” Group Show

        “Back Home Again (in Indiana)” Group Show

        From Shelley Bloch, Owner of The Wall Muse:

        “After leaving Indiana in 2012 with no intentions of returning, life’s unexpected twists brought me back home amidst the pandemic. It’s been a journey of rediscovery and reconnection, especially with the vibrant art scene here.

        I’m beyond excited to announce a partnership between myself (@thewallmuse) and one of my all-time favorite galleries, Vertical Gallery (@verticalgallery) from Chicago, for an upcoming exhibition titled “Back Home Again (in Indiana).” This show is a celebration of talent and creativity, featuring an incredible lineup of artists both from the Midwest and around the globe.

        Exhibition: “Back Home Again (in Indiana)” Presented by Vertical Gallery and The Wall Muse
        Venue: Republic, 2301 E 10th St., Indianapolis, IN 46201
        Dates: June 21 - July 13
        Opening Reception: June 21, 6:00-9:00pm

        It’s an honor to showcase these artists and bring this exhibition to life in Indiana. Whether you’re a local or visiting, we can’t wait to welcome you to this special exhibition. Let’s rediscover the beauty and depth of art together!”

        Featuring (in alphabetical order by first name):

        Aaron Craig, Alejandra Carrillo, Amai Rawls, Jr. (Brochevski), Asia Piasny, Danny J Martinez (Van Dam One), Ha Haengeun, Jason Rowland (r6d4), Joseph Renda Jr., Justin Cooper, Laura Catherwood, Lie, Liz Flores, Lucy Layne, Madiha Siraj, Mailinh Ho, My Dog Sighs, Natalia Rak, OakOak, Oscar Joyo, Oscar Toloza, Pipsqueak Was Here!!!, Pure Evil, Sergio Farfan, Sentrock, Steve Seeley, Suyao Tian, Tom Day, and Xenz.

        Please contact to be added to the digital collector's preview.

        Laura Catherwood 'All Things Stirring'

        Laura Catherwood 'All Things Stirring'

        Vertical Gallery, Laura Catherwood follow the trail of ‘All Things Stirring’

        Vertical Gallery is very proud to present 'All Things Stirring,' the latest solo exhibition from Chicago-based painter and illustrator Laura Catherwood.

        ‘All Things Stirring,’ which runs June 7-29 at 2006 W. Chicago Ave. #1R, transports viewers into the heart of the fractured-folklore realm mapped out via Catherwood’s previous Vertical Gallery outings ‘The Book of Yielding’ (2022) and ‘Hearsay’ (2023). Its roughly two-dozen oil paintings and pencil drawings offer an immersive walking tour through an alternate reality where flora, fauna and fantasy collide in unexpected and uncanny ways.

        “I want to soothe people through my art, and when I’m feeling distressed in my own life, I take walks. Walking in nature gets you closest to remembering that you’re just one small part of an interconnected world, and that eventually you will be re-absorbed into it. For me, nature is a refuge, and I want ‘All Things Stirring’ to put you there,” Catherwood explains. “‘Book of Yielding’ felt like a book. Those paintings and drawings were meant to resemble nature history diagrams and vintage nature illustrations. These new paintings and illustrations are slightly larger than lifesize, and offer a different perspective, like you’re navigating through tall grass and branches.” 

        ‘All Things Stirring’ gathers inspiration from Taoism, which emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao, the natural way of the universe. “Taoism is another kind of walk. It translates to ‘the way’ — it’s the route, or the trail,” Catherwood notes. “Taoism is about impermanence and letting go. It was a big inspiration for titling the pieces in the show. The title ‘All Things Stirring’ itself comes from the Tao Te Ching: ‘While all things are stirring together, I only contemplate the return. For flourishing as they do, each of them return to its root.’ The point is that you’re here right now. You’re on the walk. All the things stirring is the experience of life, and you have to enjoy it.”

        Catherwood abandoned a career in neuroscience research to pursue a life in art, and after completing her studies at the School of Representational Art and Atelier Eftimov, in 2016 she began exhibiting her work in group shows, producing her first solo exhibition ‘Jalan Jalan’ two years later. In addition to her Vertical solo exhibits, Catherwood has contributed to many of the gallery’s group shows. She has also had a solo showcase in Portland, and shown in exhibitions in Miami, Philadelphia, Portsmouth and New Zealand.

        Laura Catherwood
        'All Things Stirring'
        June 7 - 29, 2024
        Opening reception: Friday, June 7th, 5:00-8:00pm
        Vertical Gallery, 2006 W Chicago Ave #1R

        Emmy Star Brown 'Familiar Form'

        Emmy Star Brown 'Familiar Form'

        Vertical Gallery, Emmy Star Brown enter a new dimension with ‘Familiar Form’

        Vertical Gallery is proud to present ‘Familiar Form,’ a solo exhibit featuring Chicago-based abstract painter and muralist Emmy Star Brown.

        ‘Familiar Form,’ which runs May 3-25, combines works on paper, canvas and decades-old wooden boards throughout the gallery space. Brown will attend the exhibit’s opening, taking place at Vertical (2006 W. Chicago Ave. #1R; enter via the alley off Damen Ave.) on Friday, May 3 from 5:00 -8:00pm; at that time, she and Vertical will release a limited-edition print.

        ‘Familiar Form’ celebrates Brown’s inner child — the quiet but indomitable force whose curiosity and sense of wonder continue to guide the artist’s life and work. “I was non-verbal when I young, and with help from an art therapist, I learned to draw my world. This experience formed some of my earliest memories, and helped me to find my voice,” Brown explains. “’Familiar Form’ aims to highlight the joy, spontaneity and fearlessness synonymous with our younger selves. It is a visual journey back to self, reclaiming parts that are often lost as we grow older, and allowing our purest forms of playfulness, creativity and imagination to come forward.”

        ‘Familiar Form’ picks up where Brown’s 2023 collaboration with Chicago restaurant Esmé left off. “I think a lot about environment, experience and their intersection. I like the idea of creating an immersive space that encourages a reconnection with parts of our younger selves,” Brown says.

        ‘Familiar Form’ also introduces a bold new element into Brown’s work: blended colors. “Mixing colors adds a fresh feel with added depth, while staying true to my style, shapes and focus on color,” she says. 

        Brown earned her BFA in visual communications from the Illinois Institute of Art, working in commercial advertising before launching her career as an independent artist. Her murals have since transformed public spaces nationwide ranging from New York City’s Times Square to Miami's Wynwood Art District to Chicago’s Fulton Market, while her brand collaborations include partnerships with the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, Lululemon, Yeti, Field Notes and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

        Emmy Star Brown
        ‘Familiar Form’
        May 3-25, 2024
        Opening reception: Friday May 3rd, 5:00-8:00pm
        Vertical Gallery
        2006 W Chicago Ave #1R, Chicago, IL 60622

        Flog "Happy Meal" Print Release

        Flog "Happy Meal" Print Release

        Vertical Gallery is very excited to release Flog's latest print "Happy Meal" for our 11-Year Anniversary! A special edition of 50, plus 10 hand-finished prints. 

        Release details:
        In-person on Friday, April 19th at noon at the gallery at 2006 W Chicago Ave #1R.

        Remaining prints will be released online Monday April 29th at 9am central time.

        Limit of one print per person (you may purchase one regular edition, and one variant).

        Happy Meal (Main Edition), 2024
        Fine art print on 100% cotton fibre, acid free, lignin free, archival 310 gsm paper.
        Edition of 50 
        20 x 20 in., 50 x 50 cm
        Signed and numbered by Flog
        $225 + tax

        Hand-finished prints are $375 + tax.

        Artist statement :
        I’ve created “Happy Meal” specially for Vertical Gallery’s 11-year anniversary group show. I wanted to offer the collectors something different than what I’ve done so far in terms of limited edition by doing for the first time ever a complete drawing of my “Human of glass” signature character. So far I’ve only ever shown sketches or research boards but never a drawing treated as a stand alone artwork. This drawing, through the use of mixed media, allowed me to work more on the glass effect, shadows and volume like I would have on a painting. As usual with my work I rather not share my own interpretation of this work to leave everyone free to interpret this visual in the hope that people can relate to it.

        11-Year Anniversary Show

        11-Year Anniversary Show

        Vertical Gallery is excited to present their 11-Year Anniversary Group Show. Thank you to everyone that has supported the gallery over the years. The show runs April 5 – 27, 2024 with an opening reception on Friday April 5, 5:00-8:00pm. The show features an international roster of artists: Akio Harada (JP), Arne Spangereid (NO), Blake Jones (US), Chris Uphues (US), Euan Roberts (UK), Ezra Brown (US), Flog (FR), Graham Franciose (US), Hama Woods (NO), Louis (Masai) Michel (UK), Mau Mau (UK), Oscar Joyo (US), Pipsqueak Was Here!!! (NL), Richard Ankrom (US), Sweler (AU), Troy Scat (US), and Yusuke Toda (JP).

        Akio Harada (JP): Showing with Vertical for the first time, Akio’s layered animal shaped work depicts human emotions while navigating between imagination and reality. His work features sharp silhouettes with multiple layers of paint, creating work that is both flat and deep.

        Arne Spangereid (NO): Showing with Vertical for the first time, Arne is a celebrated artist known for his intriguing fusion of classical techniques and modern expressions. By blending old masters, impressionism, and cartoon art, he crafts playful interior scenes featuring unconventional elements.

        Blake Jones (US): Blake has been showing with Vertical since 2020, including a solo show and curating a group show. Blake’s use of graphic line work and bright color palettes illustrates narratives of complex worlds inhabited by his own iconic characters, objects, and landscapes.

        Chris Uphues (US): Chris has been showing with Vertical since 2014. His imagery as a designer, artist and street painter is inspired by facets of pop culture, such as comic books, animation, and video games.

        Euan Roberts (UK): Showing with Vertical for the first time, Euan’s artistic practice is focused on analyzing the human condition, distilling feelings of humor, hope, suffering, joy, love and longing via his distinctive cast of animal avatars and visual metaphors.

        Ezra Brown (US): Ezra encapsulates his many experiences, emotions, and feelings using his character ‘Happy the Clown’ as a reflection of himself to portray his message. His character is used to cope with events in the world around us today. This is his second group show at Vertical.

        Graham Franciose (US): Showing in his second group show at Vertical, Graham’s whimsical, and sometimes emotional, illustrations share a glimpse of a story. A moment between the action, leaving the exact circumstances and narrative up to the viewer. There is sense of familiarity and honesty within his characters and scenes, as well as a sense of mystery and wonder.

        Hama Woods (NO): Hama’s work shows a deep respect for nature and its immediate connection to humanity. Hama’s stencil intuitively reflects and introduces a sociological approach to greed and human consumption, and its direct impact on our natural environment. She has been showing with Vertical since 2019, including her sold out show in May 2022.

        Louis (Masai) Michel (UK): Louis uses his art in the form of murals, paintings and installations as a way to highlight extinction, climate change and species equality. His solo show at Vertical in May 2021 featured interactive remote-control robot chickens — letting viewers experience the show and explore the gallery setting in real time from the comforts of home.

        Mau Mau (UK): A renowned British graffiti artist, Mau Mau has been showing with Vertical for many years – including two solo shows. His work is politically and environmentally focused, usually with a mischievous fox as its hero. The artist has traveled across the globe, including the UK, USA, Jamaica, Thailand and Australia, painting on everything from shipwrecks and surfboards to billboards and city walls.

        Oscar Joyo (US): Oscar is a Malawian-born, Chicago-based artist known for expressive portraiture that features his unique combination of photo realism and tribal patterning. His practice fuses both traditional and digital mediums to explore imagery and themes connected to Afrofuturism and afrosurrealism. He has been in many group shows at Vertical over the years.

        Pipsqueak Was Here!!! (NL): With two sold-out solo shows at Vertical (September 2018 and October 2020) and multiple group shows, Pipsqueak has become a Vertical fan-favorite. Using children and animals in their work, they make us aware of the tender relationship that exists between nature and human nature. They aim to invoke contemplation and discussion about issues in the world today and let us look at the way we humans treat our globe.

        Richard Ankrom (US): Richard reacts to his mundane surroundings, redefining found objects and environments. Since 2012, his figurines series creates a more intimate scale, creating BDSM masks for household trinkets. He takes sentimental goods that target nostalgic consumers and change them to make them individual and surreal by dipping or pouring them several times with synthetic rubber and tucked zippers. This is his first time showing with Vertical.

        Sweler (AU): Sweler has participated in multiple group shows at Vertical over the years and every work has sold out. Influenced by the street art graffiti scene, his whimsical world of characters create their own unique stories. 

        Troy Scat (US): Troy is a fine artist, illustrator, and tattoo artist from Chicago, now residing in LA. Frequently using realism portraiture, he’s created his own visual aesthetic. He has participated in multiple group shows at Vertical.

        Yusuke Toda (JP): Returning to Vertical for his second group show, Yusuke’s work combines Japanese culture and pop art. His feature character named "yum" expresses how we and the environment around us are living in harmony together. Yusuke has been globally recognized for his dynamic blend of traditional and modern styles, with exhibitions selling out and receiving significant attention within the art world.

        And a special print release from Flog:

        Flog (FR): Flog has developed his unique graphic signature through his "People of Glass" series, a universe of transparent characters filled with colors. Against the contrasting background of an increasingly hard and gray world, the “People of Glass” share their colors subtly by interacting with each other or their environment. Flog has been showing with Vertical since 2022, including his sold out solo show at the SCOPE international art fair in December 2023.