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        Brad Novak "Hybrid 2.0"

        Vertical Gallery is very proud to present ‘Hybrid 2.0’, a new solo exhibition from New Zealand artist Brad Novak. ‘Hybrid 2.0,’ which runs from June 11 – July 3 at Vertical Project Space’s West Town location (2006 W. Chicago Ave. #1R; enter via the alley off Damen Ave.).

        Brad Novak (b. 1976) was born and currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand. He transitioned from being a medical doctor specializing in Public Health to a world-recognized urban artist over the past several years. Passionate study of the genesis of Pop art, combined with respect for the gritty street art aesthetic, resulted in the development of Novak’s personal urban Pop art style – his one-of-a-kind, hand-collaged, and spray-painted works.

        ‘Hybrid 2.0’ is Novak’s first USA solo show. It features 12 shield/arch shaped works in which he explores identity through charismatic animals fusing with humans to create engaging hybrid figures. Many of the central subjects are birds, which have always had a special place in both the history and modern-day life of Aotearoa, New Zealand. And the warrior aspect of the pieces reflects the fight that we all must undertake to break our own self-limiting beliefs.

        Novak currently shows internationally with galleries in the USA, UK, and NZ. He has been showing with Vertical since 2014.

        Brad Novak
        ‘Hybrid 2.0’
        June 11 – July 3, 2022
        Opening weekend, Sat & Sun June 11 & 12, noon-5pm
        Vertical Project Space, 2006 W. Chicago Ave, #1R (entrance in alley off Damen)

        All artwork can be picked up, or will ship, at the end of the exhibition.