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        Vertical Gallery Celebrates 10 Years

        Vertical Gallery Celebrates 10 Years

        Vertical Gallery is excited to present two special shows celebrating our 10-Year Anniversary! 

        Opening first on March 11 at Vertical Project Space:
        March 11 - April 16: Vertical Gallery 10-Year Anniversary Show Part 1 at Vertical Project Space featuring: Chris Uphues, Rae Denise (Racheal Scotland), AJ Ainscough, Laura Catherwood, Van Dam One, Goosenek, Melissa Villarreal, Angel Onofre, Matt Zuska and Jordan Ferguson.

        Vertical Project Space is located at 2006 W Chicago Ave #1R (entrance in alley off Damen). Open weekends 12-5.

        VIEW PART ONE HERE

        Opening on April 1 at Vertical Gallery:
        April 1 - 29: Vertical Gallery 10-Year Anniversary Show Part 2 at Vertical Gallery featuring: AlexFace, Martin Whatson, Flog, 2CHOEY, Hama Woods, Sergio Farfan, Collin Van Der Sluijs, Mr. Kreme, Mau Mau, and Pipsqueak Was Here!!! 

        Vertical Gallery is located at 1016 N Western Ave. Open Tues-Sat 12-6.

        Thank you to everyone that has visited and collected work from us over the past 10 years. And special thanks to all of the artists that have shown with us over the past 134 shows! 

        Email us at info@verticalgallery.com if you have any questions.

        Copyright 'REFLECTED IN THE SHADOWS'

        Copyright 'REFLECTED IN THE SHADOWS'

        Vertical Gallery is pleased to present Copyright 'REFLECTED IN THE SHADOWS'. The exhibition runs March 4 - 25, opening on Saturday March 4, noon-6pm.

        In his latest Solo show 'REFLECTED IN THE SHADOWS', UK artist Copyright continues exploration into themes of introspection, inner turmoil, anxiety and balance. The all-new body of work features paintings on canvas, skateboards and painted directly onto vintage comic books.

        By incorporating the bright bold aesthetic and characters of comic books, he is able to create a sense of fantasy and conflict, juxtaposed by bright and eye catching colors and iconography found in POP and Street Art. The resulting works are simultaneously light in visuals but dark in context.

        Copyright's paintings represent ideals from the modern world and popular culture, portrayed within classic imagery of simple beauty. Many of his paintings tell stories from ancient mythology, represented by modern idealism and unattainable visions of glamour found in fashion, music and popular culture. Fusing street art, graffiti and traditional styles, he uses a mixture of classic painting techniques, printing and spraypaint.

        We're excited to have Copyright return after his first solo 'FABLES' in March 2016 and his duo show with Gemma Compton 'TWO SIDES' in March 2019.

        Copyright
        'REFLECTED IN THE SHADOWS'
        March 4 - 25, 2023
        Opening Day: Sat Mar 4, noon-6pm
        Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago

        LOVE NOTES

        LOVE NOTES

        Vertical Gallery is very pleased to present a duo show with Chicago's Steve Seeley and Blake Jones. The exhibition runs February 4 - 25, with an opening day reception on Saturday Feb 4, noon-6pm.

        Steve Seeley (b. 1979) is an artist living in Berwyn, IL. His art has been shown at galleries and institutions both throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is a founding member and co-owner of POP!NK Editions, a fine art screen printing company located in Chicago. Additionally, he enjoys collecting unique and obscure things and has dabbled in the world of writing comics. His free time is spent with his wife Jenny, their two cats, and their awesome dog Egg.

        Blake Jones (b. 1988) is a Chicago based artist. 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. Blake’s work has been exhibited in multiple mediums and forms such as print, paintings, gallery exhibitions, sculptures, and murals.

        ‘Love Notes’
        A duo show with Steve Seeley and Blake Jones
        February 4 – 25, 2023
        Opening day: Sat Feb 4, noon-6pm
        Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago

        Liz Flores ‘Ni De Aquí, Ni De Allá’

        Liz Flores ‘Ni De Aquí, Ni De Allá’

        Vertical Gallery is very proud to present ‘Ni De Aquí, Ni De Allá,’ a solo exhibit featuring Chicago-based painter and muralist Liz Flores.

        ‘Ni De Aquí, Ni De Allá,’ which runs from Dec. 10-31 at Vertical’s 1016 N. Western Ave. location, launches Flores into the next phase of her ascent, embracing new shapes, textures and patterns that expand the scope of her signature abstract figurative portraits. The 14 new pieces featured in the show also emphasize Flores’ evolution as a visual storyteller, revealing a deeper, more profound sense of self — a direct outgrowth of the artist’s exploration of her family’s roots. Flores will attend the opening reception, taking place Saturday, Dec. 10 from noon to 6:00 pm.

        Flores conceived and created ‘Ni De Aquí, Ni De Allá’ in the wake of traveling to her mother’s native Cuba and and to Mexico where her father’s family is from, the latter journey undertaken in partnership with the art and travel project The Jaunt. These experiences radically transformed the U.S.-born Flores’s relationship to the cultural forces and traditions that shaped her from afar.

        “I’ve traveled to Mexico in the past to see family, but this was my first time visiting Cuba. When visiting these two places, I experienced an emotional pull. It might be the food or the language, but I felt at home and nostalgic,” Flores explains. “‘Ni De Aquí, Ni De Allá’ is inspired by those feelings of nostalgia, the clash between tradition and modern life, as well as the search for belonging and identity”.

        The title ‘Ni De Aquí, Ni De Allá’ — which translates from Spanish as “From neither here nor there” — is a common expression among people coming to terms with the complexities and contradictions of their multicultural makeup, Flores notes.

        “This work is a direct reaction to the question ‘What are you?’” she says. “In the U.S., you don’t always feel like you are American enough. But then at the same time you may not always feel Latina enough. You live in the in-between. It’s a struggle to respond when someone asks ‘What are you?’ because it’s such a struggle to define yourself. You feel torn between three different identities — American, Mexican and Cuban — and realizing that you’re a little bit of everything. It’s almost a completely new identity that’s just for you.”

        The self-taught Flores earned her bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship from Illinois State University, abandoning the corporate world after three years to pursue a career in art. A 2019 mural for Sephora (still on view inside Chicago’s Water Tower Place) set in motion a series of collaborations with brands like Lululemon, Target and the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Flores has also participated in group shows across the Chicagoland area, including Vertical Gallery’s ‘It Was All a Dream’ and ‘Atomic Number 13’ (both from 2021) as well as this past April’s 9-Year Anniversary Show.

        Liz Flores
        ‘Ni De Aquí, Ni De Allá’
        December 10 - 31, 2022
        Opening day: December 10, noon-6pm
        Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago

        'Thing or Two' Group Show at Vertical Project Space

        'Thing or Two' Group Show at Vertical Project Space

        Vertical Gallery is very pleased to present 'Thing or Two' at Vertical Project Space (2006 W Chicago Ave. #1R) running from Oct 15 - Nov 13. The show will open on Sat & Sun, Oct 13 & 14, noon-5pm.

        The show brings together a diverse group of artists, each creating two works each. Featuring: Adam Augustyn, Andrew Ghrist, Ale Bara, Blake Jones, Bo Myles, Chad Edwards, Christy Grossmann, Crush Entity, Czr Prz, Demonbby, Diosa, Jeff Pak, Jettila Lewis, Kyle Cobban, Laura Catherwood, MELT.Y, Michelle Wanhala, Mike Egan, Mosher, Racheal Scotland, Rocodrilo, Roiz One, Sean Hannaway, Shannon Kay Lewis, Shawnimals, Sick Fisher, Van Dam One, Vivian Le

        'Thing or Two'
        Oct 15 - Nov 13, 2022
        Open weekends, noon-5pm
        Vertical Project Space
        2006 W Chicago Ave., #1R (entrance in alley off Damen)