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        Pizza in the Rain 'Facade'

        Pizza in the Rain 'Facade'

        Vertical Gallery is very proud to present ‘Façade,’ a solo exhibit featuring Chicago-based painter and street artist Pizza in the Rain.


        ‘Façade,’ which runs from Sept. 3-24 at Vertical’s 1016 N. Western Ave. location, assembles new paintings memorializing and mythologizing the urban landscapes of days gone by — the often-overlooked places and spaces woven into the memories of Chicago’s patchwork of communities. In conjunction with the show’s opening reception, taking place Saturday, Sept. 3 from noon to 6:00 pm, Vertical also will release two new Pizza in the Rain (PITR) prints.

        While ‘Façade’ features Pizza in the Rain’s graffiti-enriched interpretations of buildings from throughout Chicago, the exhibit focuses on neighborhood landmarks in and around Logan Square (the artist’s former residence) and the Old Irving Park area (his current home base).

        “’Facades’ are places that it sometimes seems no one cares about, when in fact they hold a deep meaning,” Pizza in the Rain says. “A lot of these buildings are places where I’ve had personal experiences, whether it’s a place I used to visit all the time or a place that catches my eye when I’m on a bike ride. Even though these sites are no longer in vogue, I know they still hold fond memories for many other people, too.”

        All the works featured in ‘Façade’ begin with reference photos snapped via PITR’s smartphone. Next he creates detailed pencil sketches — similar in style and scope to architectural blueprints — before commencing work on the final painted piece. “The last step comes as I’m painting, when I bring in personal details and recreate elements of work by graffiti artists I admire,” PITR explains. “Each piece is my fantasy version of how that particular building might look, but I always remain true to its real-world aesthetics.”

        The self-taught Pizza in the Rain — an alias harkening back to the artist’s childhood — cites his mother (a professional photographer for 35 years) and father (the force behind a nonprofit established to boost literacy rates among inner-city children) as formative influences. After a teenage dalliance with graffiti art, he pursued a career in corporate America, but rededicated himself to drawing, painting and public art after experiencing ‘Three Sides to Every Story,’ a 2014 Vertical Gallery exhibit featuring the work of fellow Chicago artist Grant William Thye.

        Pizza in the Rain made his Vertical debut in 2018 with the trio show ‘Counterparts,’ alongside Joseph Renda Jr. and CROP. A year later he returned to the gallery as the mastermind behind 'Landscapes,’ a group show commemorating a 13-month-long collaborative public art project celebrating the architecture of the Windy City. PITR has additionally exhibited in galleries in Portland and New Orleans, and spearheaded public art projects in Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, Paris and London.

        Pizza in the Rain
        Sept 3 - 24, 2022
        Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave.

        Ador 'No Protected Species'

        Ador 'No Protected Species'

        Vertical Gallery is pleased to present French-graffiti artist Ador’s first Chicago solo show ‘No Protected Species’. The exhibition will run from Sept 10 through Oct 2 at Vertical Project Space’s West Town location (2006 W. Chicago Ave. #1R; enter via the alley off Damen Ave.)

        Ador lives and works in Nantes in the West of France. He has created his own universe filled with imaginary characters inspired by fairy tales, circus spectacles, and current events. Ador’s goal is to portray the point where the silly meets the serious.

        Ador has painted murals and exhibited work worldwide. We have been working with the artist since his first visit to the gallery in 2014.

        ‘No Protected Species’
        Sept 10 – Oct 2, 2022
        Vertical Project Space
        2006 W. Chicago Ave. #1R

        New Alex Face Wall Murals in Chicago

        New Alex Face Wall Murals in Chicago

        Alex Face wall murals – new 2022

        2900 W Chicago – solo wall on back of building in parking lot

        2006 W Chicago #1R – collaboration wall with Chicago artist Joseph Renda Jr. (alley side of 2006 W Chicago)

        2039 North Ave. – solo wall on side of building

        1024 N Western – collaboration wall with Yon, Goopmassta, and DY3

        Crawford Steel Company - collaboration with Face and SechoR

        AJ Ainscough 'Back Outside'

        AJ Ainscough 'Back Outside'

        Vertical Gallery, AJ Ainscough take you inside ‘Back Outside’

        Vertical Gallery is very proud to present ‘Back Outside,’ the debut solo exhibit from Chicago-based painter AJ Ainscough. ‘Back Outside,’ which runs from Aug. 13 through Sept. 4 at Vertical Project Space’s West Town location (2006 W. Chicago Ave. #1R; enter via the alley off Damen Ave.), features 13 new canvases rendered in Ainscough’s already inimitable style — a controlled chaos that embraces and subverts traditions including pop art, cartoon realism, impressionism and surrealism.

        ‘Back Outside’ — which arrives six months after ‘A Warrior in the Garden,’ the Line Dot Editions joint showcase pairing Ainscough with Chicago printmaker and painter Steve Seeley — explores the artist’s efforts to navigate the increasingly precarious twists and turns of everyday life situations. “This body of work is about restlessness,” Ainscough explains. “It’s about never relaxing, and about an inability to really let go and enjoy the space around you because of the thoughts in your head.”

        The outsize, fantastical imagery dominating ‘Back Outside’ belies the autobiographical intimacy of Ainscough’s work. “Each figure in each painting is a version of myself,” he says. “It’s a different adaptation of what I’m feeling, but I interpret and exaggerate my experiences to emphasize whatever feeling I’m trying to create.”

        Ainscough was born and raised in Chicago Heights, Ill. He began sketching as a toddler, later churning through artistic influences ranging from Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues to the Garbage Pail Kids trading card series to the underground comix of R. Crumb. He initially aspired to a career in animation, but switched his focus to painting while a student at Eastern Illinois University under the tutelage of mentor Chris Kahler.

        Ainscough has since contributed to group shows in Chicago, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Los Angeles, and later in 2022 his work will appear in the Vertical Gallery group show ‘Atomic Number 13 Part 2’ as well as ‘#INK 2’ at Vertical Project Space. His portfolio also includes a summer 2022 mural for Soho House Chicago.    

        AJ Ainscough
        ‘Back Outside’
        Aug 13 - Sept 4, 2022
        Opening day: Saturday August 13th, 12-5
        AJ will be in attendance on opening day
        Vertical Project Space, 2006 W Chicago Ave #1R, open weekends noon-5pm



        Vertical Gallery is very proud to present Alex Face’s first full-gallery USA solo show. Following up on the sold-out two person show (with MueBon) in 2019, Alex Face returns with this incredible new collection of work.

        Patcharapol Tangruen (aka Alex Face) is a well-known and highly collectible artist from Bangkok, Thailand. He studied architecture at Bangkok’s King Mongktut Institute of Technology and earned a bachelor’s degree in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts.

        He created Alex Face, a character with an aged, disillusioned child’s face wearing animal costumes who is worrying about the future of our world. Alex Face’s art attempts to create a link with the urban population and the underprivileged of Bangkok.

        ALEX FACE
        August 6 - 27, 2022
        Opening day: Saturday August 6th, 12-6
        Alex Face will be in attendance on opening day
        Vertical Gallery, 1016 N. Western Ave.