Vertical Gallery is open Tues-Sat 12-6. Vertical Project Space is open weekends 12-5.
0 Cart
Added to Cart
      You have items in your cart
      You have 1 item in your cart


        Blog Menu

        Winter Group Show at Vertical Gallery

        Winter Group Show at Vertical Gallery

        Kicking off our 2022 schedule at Vertical Gallery is an amazing group show! 

        Our Winter Group Show features:
        2choey, Beejoir, Blake Jones, Jeremy Novy, Hera, Mue Bon, My Dog Sighs, John Bond, Stinkfish, Xenz, XOOOOX, M-City, Sergio Farfan, Jana & JS, Gemma Compton, Copyright, LIE, Ella & Pitr, Greg Gossel, Julieta XLF, Pure Evil, New2, Cranio, Chris Cunningham, Word to Mother, Chad Hasegawa, Amose, Jenny Frison, Mysterious Al, Dot Dot Dot, Mau Mau, Trust Icon, Collin van der Sluijs, Jamiah Calvin, The Toasters, Michelle Wanhala, Goosenek, Pipqueak Was Here!!!, Grant William Thye, Braden Walls, and more!

        February 5 - 26, 2022
        Opening Sat Feb 5, noon-6pm
        Vertical Gallery, 1016 N. Western Ave., Chicago

        Adam Augustyn 'The Sky is Falling'

        Adam Augustyn 'The Sky is Falling'

        Vertical Gallery is proud to present ‘The Sky Is Falling,’ the debut solo exhibition from Chicago-based painter and animator Adam Augustyn.

        ‘The Sky Is Falling,’ which runs from Jan. 29 to Feb. 27 at Vertical Project Space’s West Town location (2006 W. Chicago Ave. #1R) assembles paintings created in response to the proliferation and normalization of fringe conspiracy theories and the difficulty in parsing real from fantastical threats in today's world.

        According to Augustyn, the works featured in ‘The Sky Is Falling’ summon motion and depict disasters both real and manmade, simulating the sense of bombardment and urgency created by the news cycle as well as the social communities and corporate interests that feed it. The viewer is asked to parse friend from foe in colorful but sinister cityscapes populated by humans and monsters alike.

        “The paintings pose the question of ‘Fight or flight?’ from a fresh lens,” Augustyn says. “Do we engage and confront the exaggeration, or do we withdraw from the society that permits it — and implicitly, is the grass any greener upon escape?”

        Augustyn's work is inspired by animation, mythology, music, cults, horror films, his hometown of Chicago, and the latest obsessions of his three daughters. His paintings play with scale, color, and theme to produce the unexpected (oversized humans, vibrant playful demons) and to emphasize the impact of our choices, actions and moods on the environment around us.

        Augustyn has previously exhibited in group shows in Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle.

        Adam Augustyn
        ‘The Sky is Falling’
        January 29 – February 27, 2022
        Vertical Project Space
        2006 W. Chicago Ave. #1R
        The gallery is open weekends, 12-5 pm.

        One Year Anniversary Holiday Group Show at Vertical Project Space

        One Year Anniversary Holiday Group Show at Vertical Project Space

        We are very excited to present our One Year Anniversary Holiday Group Show at Vertical Project Space! This exhibit will be December 11 - 26, opening Saturday & Sunday, Dec 11 & 12, noon-5pm.

        The artists featured in our One Year Anniversary show include: OAKOAK, Liz Flores, Troy Scat, Sweler, Grant William Thye, Christy Grossmann, Goosenek, 2MIL, and Jordan Ferguson. Each artist has 6 - 12 works! 

        One Year Anniversary Holiday Group Show
        December 11 - 26, 2021
        Opening weekend, Sat & Sun Dec 11 & 12, noon-5pm
        Vertical Project Space, 2006 W. Chicago Ave #1R, Chicago

        Email us to be added to the digital collector's preview


        Vertical Gallery, ArtBuilds prove their metal with aluminum group show ‘Atomic Number 13’

        Vertical Gallery, ArtBuilds prove their metal with aluminum group show ‘Atomic Number 13’

        Vertical Gallery is very proud to present ‘Atomic Number 13,’ a year-end holiday group show featuring new work from a local, national, and international roster of artists, curated by Chicago-based art services and custom framing company ArtBuilds.

        ‘Atomic Number 13,’ which runs from Dec. 11 to Jan. 8 at Vertical’s 1016 N. Western Ave. location, brings together close to 80 artists in all, each working on an 11x14 aluminum composite panel handcrafted by ArtBuilds. The company’s founder, artist Joseph Renda Jr. — the subject of the summer 2020 Vertical Gallery solo show ‘Biophilia’ — also handpicked each artist included in the exhibit, some of whom (including Renda) will be in attendance at the gallery on Saturday, Dec. 11 in celebration of the show’s opening (noon-6pm). 

        The title ‘Atomic Number 13” honors aluminum’s spot on the periodic table of elements. Renda began painting on aluminum composite panels five years ago, inspired by his mentor Anthony Adcock, an instructor at the American Academy of Art. “Once I realized I could make these panels whatever size I wanted, or build them in different shapes, I was hooked, and I stopped painting on canvas and wood,” Renda says. “These panels are the smoothest, most archival surface you can paint on, and unlike other surfaces, they don’t absorb moisture, so they’re not going to warp over time.”

        Renda launched ArtBuilds in 2018 to provide much-needed framing and construction services to his peers in the artist community. “I make everything by hand, all from natural wood — not just frames, but also custom canvases, shipping crates and pedestals. Artists make up 90 percent of my clientele, and the other 10 percent are galleries and collectors.” ArtBuilds has been working with Vertical since before Renda officially founded the company: when the gallery needed assistance with multiple projects, Renda offered his support, and the partnership continues to this day.

        With ArtBuilds manufacturing an increasing number of aluminum panels for use by Renda and clients alike, he decided to assemble a large group show spotlighting the possibilities inherent in creating on aluminum surfaces. ‘Atomic Number 13’ boasts contributions from friends, collaborators and strangers Renda admired from afar, many of whom he discovered via social media. There was no theme for what the artists had to create: the theme is the panel itself, Renda says. 

        “Beyond showing the versatility of the aluminum panels, I wanted to show the diversity of art out there,” he explains. “With so many artists working in so many different styles, everyone who attends this show is going to discover something that they love.”

        The artists featured in ‘Atomic Number 13’ include:

        Adam Augustyn, Alex Face, Allie Kushnir, Anthony Adcock, Arrington Porter, B. Robert Moore, Bird Milk, Blake Jones, Cera, Chris Cosnowski, Chris Rentas, Christy Grossmann, Collin Van Der Sluijs, Courtney Collins, Crop, Daniel Wilson, Danny Torres, David Heo, Dazeyface, Delisha, Denise Duong, Diosa, Dj Auld, Ellena Lourens, Elloo, Elsa Muñoz, Emmy Star Brown, Face, Goosenek, Grant William Thye, Greg Gossel, Hama Woods, Isabella K. Cancino, Jake Merten, James Lipnickas, James Sturnfield, James Thistlethwaite, Jamiah Calvin, Jason McPhillips, Jason Brammer, Jennifer Cronin, Jenny Frison, Jesse Hora, Jettila Lewis, Joseph Renda Jr., Joshua Lawyer, Karl Jahnke, Kayla Mahaffey, Keelan McMorrow, Kelly Yarbrough, Keya Tama, Kirsten Valentine, Kristine Campbell, Kurt Kreissl, Kyle Cobban, Laura Catherwood, Lefty Out There, Lie, Liz Flores, Martin Whatson, Miss Birdy, Oscar Joyo, Philip Bosmans, Pipsqueak was here!!!, Pizza in the Rain, Ramiro Silva Cortes, Rubén Aguirre, Sabrina Sabella, Samantha DeCarlo, Sentrock, Sergio Farfán, Steve Seeley, Troy Scat, Vivian Le, Wingchow, Z

        ‘Atomic Number 13’ curated by ArtBuilds
        December 11, 2021 – January 8, 2022
        Opening day: Sat Dec 11, noon-6pm
        Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago

        Email us to be added to the digital collector's preview

        Vertical Gallery, Martin Whatson ‘RE:TURN’ to SCOPE Miami Beach

        Vertical Gallery, Martin Whatson ‘RE:TURN’ to SCOPE Miami Beach

        Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is very proud to present ‘RE:TURN,’ a solo exhibit featuring new work by stencil and street artist Martin Whatson.

        ‘RE:TURN,’ which runs Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at SCOPE Miami Beach, booth F013, assembles close to three dozen original pieces, including 12 works on paper, 20 canvases and two sculptures, all further refining and evolving Whatson’s vibrant, deeply expressive synthesis of graffiti, stencil art and urban decay.

        Norwegian-born Whatson is best known for a signature style juxtaposing colorful calligraphic scrawls against monochrome voids. His images both recreate and transform urban landscapes, exploring the frisson between explosive, abstract graffiti art and muted, often poignant stencils of animals, ballerinas and historical figures.

        Whatson first attracted attention in connection with the Oslo graffiti scene of the 1990s, drawing inspiration from the city’s balance of classical and modernist architecture. By the dawn of the 21st century, his work added layers of hand-cut stencils — subtle yet striking images that Whatson embellishes with bold, spray-painted strokes in a range of colors and textures. His work is now found on walls and in private collections across the globe: in addition, Whatson has headlined solo exhibitions in London, Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles. 

        Known for presenting a wide assortment of groundbreaking contemporary work, SCOPE Miami Beach returns to the sands of Ocean Drive and 8th Street for its 2021 installment. SCOPE Miami Beach welcomes 140 international exhibitors at its beachfront pavilion, with a focus on the New Contemporary art movement.

        There is no collector preview for ‘RE:TURN.’ All sales will take place at SCOPE Miami Beach 2021. Visit for tickets.

        Martin Whatson
        November 30 – December 5, 2021
        Vertical Gallery booth F013
        SCOPE Miami Beach