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        For Immediate Release

        Media Contact:
        Patrick Hull

        Vertical Gallery presents ˈsten(t)-səl

        Stencil Art Group Show


        Chicago, IL – June 25, 2013 – Stencil art has been an avenue for political and artistic expression geared to the masses. With stencil history going back to cave drawings and early book publishing, it was the spring of 1977 when John Fekner createdword-signsusing hand cut cardboard stencils and spray paint. He began a relentless crusade concerned with social and environmental issues. In 1982 in France, Jef Aerosol began stenciling portraits—whether cultural icons or anonymous people, he mastered the technique of stencil to portray intimacy, catching the truth of an instant. Both are pioneers of an art movement that now challenges the line between traditional art techniques, graffiti, photo-realism and printmaking.

        Vertical Gallery is pleased to present ˈsten(t)-səl : Stencil Art Group Show July 6 - 27, 2013. This exhibition represents 12 artists using stencils in their own very distinct ways; the result pushes the boundaries between traditional, street and contemporary painting. Featuring John Fekner (New York, NY), Jef Aérosol (Lille, FR), XOOOOX (Berlin, DE) , Zeus (London, GB), David Soukup (Chicago, IL), FAKE (Amsterdam, NL), Jeremy Novy (San Francisco, CA), Left Handed Wave (Chicago, IL), Rene Gagnon (Fall River, MA), F63 (Vancouver, BC), Epyon5 (Chicago, IL), That Stencil Guy (Lexington, KY) and AIKO (New York, NY).

        Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, July 6, 2013, from 6:00 – 10:00pm. ˈsten(t)-səl will be open to the public through July 27.

        Vertical Gallery focuses on work influenced by urban environments, street art, pop culture, and illustration. By bringing together local, national and international artists in ten dynamic solo and group shows each year, Vertical Gallery encourages collectors and casual viewers into the exploration and discussion of urban-contemporary art. The gallery is located in Chicago at 1016 N. Western Avenue in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood, and online at It is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm, or by appointment.

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        ˈsten(t)-səl : Stencil Art Group Show
        Opening Reception – Saturday, July 6, 2013, 6:00 – 10:00pm
        Showing through July 27, 2013
        1016 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622