Galerie F Celebrates 4 Years with “Street Level” Exhibition

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Galerie F Celebrates 4 Years with “Street Level” Exhibition

This Friday, July 15, Galerie F is celebrating our fourth anniversary with a show titled “Street Level,” which brings together over 30 artists who we have proudly worked with over the past four years. The show features mostly original works commissioned specifically for the show and a few rarely-seen works by select artists. We are so grateful to be able to work with such well-known Chicago icons and to introduce new artists from outside the city and abroad. “Street Level” is a big THANK YOU to everyone who is involved with Galerie F and has helped to foster a space for the promotion, collaboration, and encouragement of poster and street artists in Chicago.

Work in Progress Shot of Glass Cuisine’s Contribution to the Show @glasscuisine

Work in Progress Shot of Glass Cuisine’s Contribution to the Show @glasscuisine

Four years ago, owners Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff and Billy Craven set out to open Galerie F as the very first “open door” gallery space in Chicago. The aim was to create a space that was open six days a week, where walk-ins were welcome, and that was available to any art lover’s wallet size. Emerging from Tasseff-Elenkoff’s well known silk-screening studio FugScreens, the pair decided to open Galerie F in Logan Square in hopes of cementing accessible art such as printmaking and street art into the local, contemporary art scene while promoting both local and international artists.

JC Rivera working on his contribution to “Street Level” @jcrivera

JC Rivera working on his contribution to “Street Level” @jcrivera

Galerie F has since become a leading, if not the most successful, hub in Chicago for local artists involved in the poster art, screen printing, and street art scene. JC Rivera, an artist who has worked with Galerie F from the very beginning and is well known in Chicago for his depiction of The Bear Champ, explains why he keeps coming back to the gallery: “It’s because they understand me, they have good communication with me, and they are nice people. Galerie F promotes their artists well. It’s not just like they take your painting and put it on the wall and that’s it. They work with artists to develop their style and everything. There’s a community feeling here with Billy and Zissou.”

 

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Work in Progress Shot of Rocketboy’s Contribution to the show @rocketboy

 

Sick Fisher will be showing work with Galerie F for the second time in “Street Level.” Fisher first started working with Galerie F through our sponsor New Belgium. When asked what he finds appealing about working with Galerie F, he also attested to the large community of artists:  “All the artists that I’ve met have been affiliated with the gallery, the community is what I enjoy the most.” He adds that the gallery’s focus on accessible art allows him to experiment with new ways of making: “I don’t know much about prints, so that’s a big new step for me. Going from one of a kind paintings to being able to mass-produce them. That’s really exciting to me.”

 

Local street artist Mosher has worked with Galerie F for about three years now and his work will also be featured in “Street Level.” His style is heavily influenced by media and pop culture iconography. When asked what drives his art making he answered, “I like things that are immediately recognizable and hopefully resonate with people on some kind of personal level.” He points out that, over the past four years, Galerie F has brought, “a lot of good art to the walls of Logan [Square]” and “they’re really supportive of the art community we have here in Chicago.”

 

Work in progress shot of Mosher’s contribution to the show @moshershow

The staff at Galerie F is committed to introducing new and emerging artists to the scene and our anniversary show is no different. We invited Danny Sobor, an artist born and raised in Chicago and currently working in Detroit, to show work in “Street Level,” which will be his third official show at Galerie F. Sobor, who is new to the gallery scene welcomes the opportunity that galleries can provide for street artists: “I really appreciate that they give younger guys like me the opportunity to show and cut my teeth next to heavy hitters like JC and Nate. I grew up looking at their work, it’s crazy to share a room with them.” Living in Chicago has a deep influence on Sobor’s work; he says, “I was born and raised in Chicago, it’s inspired me since day one. My first exposure to art was as a kid riding the blue line; I would watch tags and murals go by and keep tabs on what was new, what got buffed, what was fading. I would alternate the side of the train I sat on so I could take everything in. I thought it was magic that people could make things on roofs and walls; I wanted to do that too.”

 

Work in Progress Shot from Danny Sobor’s Contribution to the Show @dannysobor

Galerie F spends its days tirelessly promoting local street favorites and genuinely nurturing new artists on the scene. We are bent on outdoing ourselves every year by continuing to evolve with our shared community. Come by this Friday, July 15th from 6-10pm, for a tremendous show, with a truly stellar line-up, where we say thanks to all of our favorite artists and to all of you for helping us make it to this important milestone.

 

OFFICIAL LINE-UP

7Sketches

Andrew Ghrist

ANGEL ONCE

BUNNY XLV

CHema Skandal!

Danny Sobor

DINKc

Elloo

Glass Cuisine

Ivan Vazquez

Louie Capozzoli
MAGE

Marthalicia

Milks0p

Moody

Mosher

Mute0n

Nate Otto

Paul Rentler

Penny Pinch

Raul Ra

Rocketboy

Ron Copeland

Sentrock

Sick Fisher

T-Money

Tararchy

The Bearchamp

THERST

Thomas Wrecks

Trinidad Lou

Tubs

Uncle Harvey

Zombiehead

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Jim Pollock: 30 Year Retrospective

Jim Pollock 30 Year Retrospective
LARGEST RETROSPECTIVE OF PHISH POSTER ARTIST JIM POLLOCK COMES TO CHICAGO

A thirty year retrospective of the art of Jim Pollock, one of the most quirky, influential and highly collectible rock poster artists of past century, will be showcased at Galerie F for two days only on June 24th and 25th.

This is good news for music fans, sports fans and art collectors alike. Jim Pollock’s unique linoleum printmaking style using largely 19th century techniques and whimsical themes have been the cornerstone artwork of the band Phish.  From his illustration of the band’s first album Junta to countless t-shirts, tickets, prints and concert posters, Pollock’s designs are instantly recognizable among Phish fans. Pollock’s posters, featured in The Art of Rock, have also been the choice of jam bands such as Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Primus and music festivals such as Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, North Coast Music Festival10,000 Lakes Festival and more.  Many may also recognize Pollock’s iconic street art posters plastered across cities in support of Bernie Sanders…posted, that is, for the few minutes before collectors have snatched them up.

With Phish in Chicago for two sold out concerts at Wrigley Field, collectors can come be a part of history as Galerie F presents the largest retrospective exhibition ever assembled of Pollock’s posters, featuring over 500 original works by the artist and offering a pre-purchase poster release on Wednesday, June 15th featuring a new collectible poster that Chicago Cubs fans will not want to miss.

Details, including Friday’s exclusive Preferred Collector’s Preview and times to meet the artist, may be found at http://www.galerief.com/jim-pollock-30-year-retrospective/


UPDATE: 6/29/2016

Galerie F Pollock 30th
Galerie F would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the hundreds of Jim Pollock collectors who attended this past weekend’s 30 Year Retrospective.

The success of our 48 hour exhibition was absolutely tremendous and sent ripples of emotion through Jim, collectors and everyone here at Galerie F. It was the biggest exhibition we’ve ever hosted which showcased more work than any other show we’ve ever exhibited. We welcomed more attendees to an opening than ever before. We look forward to fulfilling your orders promptly and hope to see you at our exciting upcoming 2016/2017 exhibitions.

Due to the overwhelming response and success of our show we have hundreds of orders to fulfill including both existing Wrigley Field prints in addition to hundreds of additional works purchased at the gallery Friday and Saturday. In turn, our initially announced release of remaining works will be delayed while we carefully fulfill our existing orders and inventory remaining works.

We thank you for your patience and understanding while we tackle the tremendous tasks at hand and prepare our existing works to be released in the coming weeks.


UPDATE: 6/22/2016

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COLLECTORS PREVIEW INFORMATION (FRIDAY, JUNE 24 8AM-2PM)
Thank you for your interest in attending Jim Pollock’s 30 Year Retrospective. We look forward to your visit and strive to make your experience enjoyable in addition to making your checkout process as expedited as possible. With your help we trust we can welcome the anticipated collectors to preview the exhibition and make their purchases in an organized manner.

INVENTORY CATALOG
• A comprehensive catalog will be released on Thursday, June 23rd at 8PM CST – 12 hours before the doors open.
• This catalog will be available on Facebook and GalerieF.com
• We encourage you to review the works available to familiarize yourself with your potential purchases.

LINING UP TO ENTER THE GALLERY
• Please form an orderly line outside Galerie F as your schedule permits – doors open at 8AM.
• Numbered wristbands will be distributed in the order in which you enter the line.

ENTERING THE GALLERY
• We will be welcoming 75 collectors, along with their companions, into the gallery every 45 minutes.
• You will not have an opportunity to re-enter at any time so if you exit, you agree you have concluded your visit and are intent on leaving the gallery.

PURCHASING ART AT THE GALLERY
• Upon entry, you will have 30 minutes to peruse the collection, meet Jim and determine your purchase(s).
• 30 minutes after entering we will invite collectors to enter a numerical queue to complete their purchases.
• A large digital display will indicate the current number asked to begin the checkout process.
• If you are not prepared to make your purchase at the time your number is called, you will be ask to join the end of the line.
• Three collectors will be checked out at one time; three spaces will be outlined on the floor.
• Please enter one of these spaces when you are prepared to begin your checkout process once your number is displayed.
• A gallery host will kindly help you select your desired purchases.
• Please DO NOT remove any artwork from the walls or bins.
• A host will prepare your selected work(s) for your chosen delivery method: shipment or pick-up

PAYING FOR ART AT THE GALLERY
• Cash or Credit Card purchases only. PayPal invoices and checks will NOT be accepted.
• Payment plans with a 30% deposit are welcome on purchases of $500.00 or more.

OFFICIAL JIM POLLOCK ENAMEL PIN SETS (X3)
• If you are one the first 175 collectors to purchase more than $500.00 in pre-tax in-store purchases you will automatically receive an official Limited Edition (x250) Jim Pollock collectors enamel pin set of 3 unique pins produced in association with HoscoPress featuring Pollock’s classic (1) Walking Nose (2) Walking Mouth (3) Walking Ear.
• Pin Sets are limited to the first 175 Collectors who purchase $500.00 or more in pre-tax exhibition artwork throughout this special 2 day exhibition.
• There will be 50 Sets available in a similar manner during an online release of remaining works Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

NOT PURCHASING ARTWORK IN THE GALLERY?
• If you are not interested in purchasing additional artwork, you may enjoy the exhibition for the entire duration of your viewing and exit the through the rear of the gallery where you will also pick-up your Wrigley Field print(s) upon leaving.
• Once you exit the gallery your wristband will be removed and you will not be able to re-enter the gallery again until 2pm.
• Please exit the exhibition through the back door only – the front door will for entrance only.

RECEIVING PRE-PURCHASED WRIGLEY FIELD PRINT PLUS ADDITIONAL PURCHASED WORKS
• Your Wrigley Field print by Jim Pollock will be provided upon conclusion of your visit as you exit the gallery.
• If you have made a purchase of other artwork, a host will have prepared this additional purchase during the check-out process.
• You will be able to collect your Wrigley Field print(s) and any additional purchased work on your way out through the staging area in the rear of the gallery.
• Once you exit the gallery your wristband will be removed and you will not be able to re-enter the gallery again until 2pm.
• Please exit the exhibition through the back door only – the front door will be for entrance only.

CONCLUDING YOUR VISIT
• Once you exit the gallery, your wristband will be removed and you will not be able to re-enter the gallery again until 2PM.
• Please exit the exhibition through the back door only – the front door will be for entrance only.
• We can’t thank you enough for sharing your enthusiasm and support with us during this monumental Jim Pollock exhibition. We hope your experience with all of us here at Galerie F was thoughtful, pleasant and memorable.


UPDATE: 6/16/2016

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Thank you to all 1,026 fans of Jim Pollock’s Wrigley Field print for purchasing!

We look forward to seeing you at the 30 Year Retrospective exhibition Friday, June 24 – Saturday, June 25, 2016!

More information regarding how to pick-up your purchase at the exhibition, when our show catalog will be revealed, how to purchase exhibition works in our gallery PLUS a few surprises up our sleeve will be available Wednesday, June 22, 2016.


UPDATE: 6/16/2016

Jim Pollock Wrigley Field 2016

Thank you for your patience while Jim finished carving the final block of his Wrigley Field inspired print. We’re proud to release this image showcasing the final poster. It is a 19″x25″ hand-carved, signed and numbered limited edition print on French Paper created on Pollock’s Vandercook Press. Get yours before Friday, June 17th at 1:59pm CST!

MAKE YOUR PURCHASE HERE


UPDATE: 6/15/2016

The 48 hour timed release of Jim Pollock’s Wrigley Field inspired print is finally here. Don’t miss this drop!

MAKE YOUR PURCHASE HERE


UPDATE: 6/13/2016

We are offering a 48 Hour timed release of Jim Pollock’s Wrigley Field inspired print. The print will be $50.00 and will be available to purchase on Wednesday June 15th at 2pm CST and close on Friday June 17th at 1:59pm CST. The purchase link will be published at galerief.com at 2pm when the sale opens.

By purchasing this poster you will gain access to the Preferred Collector’s Preview. You may purchase up to three posters during the 48 hour online sale – however, each purchase only grants you one place in line. You may bring a guest along with you but they must have a $10 Companion Pass which can be purchased with the poster and a Companion Pass is limited to one per customer. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local Chicago charity.

If you are interested in the poster but are unable to attend, we will gladly ship the poster! If you are attending the Preferred Collector’s Preview, you must be present and in line with ID to pick up your poster. The Preferred Collector’s Preview is from 8am-2pm on Friday, June 24th. General public admittance is from 2pm-6pm on the same day.  On Saturday, June 25th from 8am-6pm Galerie F will once again be opened to the public.

Remaining works from the show will be available for purchase online from Wednesday June 29th at 2pm CST on our site. There will be further updates on Galerie F’s site HERE or on our facebook event page.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What will be available for purchase?
Over 500 original works dating back to 1984. 30 years of drawings, sketches, rare posters and never before seen pieces.

When can I attend?
Fans interested in having the first opportunity to purchase works at the gallery will need to pre-purchase a poster online to enter the Preferred Collector’s Preview on Friday, June 24th from 8am-2pm. Your “ticket” is your purchase receipt of print available Wednesday, June 15th-Friday, June 17th. In order to enter the gallery on Friday, June 24th from 8am-2pm you will show your ID which we will match to your receipt. Fans may also attend from 2pm-6pm Friday, June 24th and/or Saturday, June 25th 8am-6pm when we’ll be open to the public for free. Friday from 8am-2pm is only for those that have purchased the timed-release print and are interested in receiving the first opportunity to acquire these rare, original works.

Friday, June 24th 8am – 2pm: Preferred Collector’s Preview; must pre-purchase poster online 6/15-6/17 to attend
Friday, June 24th 2pm-6pm: Open to the public; free
Saturday, June 25th 8am-6pm: Open to the public; free

Galerie F is located at 2381 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

When can I be guaranteed to meet the artist?
Jim will be at the gallery on Friday, June 24th from 8am-2pm and may make additional unscheduled appearances throughout the two day event.

Is there a limit to how many pieces I can purchase?
No.

Does the gallery accept payment plans?
Yes. We require 30% retainer to claim your work. Your remaining balance will be due upon delivery and may be made in installments.

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“Best Of” Chicago!

Reader 2016

The Reader is hosting its “Best Of” voting right now for our favorite city. We all love showing off Chicago and how well we know it through and through by sharing our local haunts with friends and travelers. Take a couple moments to vote for your favorites with The Chicago Reader! There’s lots of ballots and categories but make sure to stop by the “Arts & Culture Ballot” to give Galerie F a vote in the “Best Established Gallery” slot — let’s make it four straight years running! We appreciate your support and our artists do, too! Below are a couple other areas where you can help us support the artists we admire and follow. Which are your picks?

Arts & Culture Ballot
Best Established Gallery : Galerie F
Best Exhibition: Lucid Dreamscapes or You Are Beautiful
Best Street Artist: Jc Rivera or Mosher Show or Sentrock
Best Established Visual Artist: Jc Rivera or Mosher Show or Matthew Hoffman
Best New Visual Artist: Danny Sobor or Steven Luros Holliday

Music & Nightlife Ballot
Best Gig Poster Designer: FugScreens Studios

VOTE HERE BEFORE JUNE 9th!

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Brin Levinson & David Welker Interviews

We chatted with Brin Levinson & David Welker about their upcoming show at GF, Lucid Dreamscapes.

Brin1

Hey Brin, tell us about yourself and what you do.

I have a pretty simple life and try to avoid the rat race. The Pacific Northwest is rainy a lot the year so there’s a good excuse to get work done. If it’s a rare nice day, I might head to the coast or mountain. I never go anywhere without my camera and dog. I love looking at things in nature. Most of my time is making art. I’m an oil painter usually eight days a week.

Your work is crazy detailed and comes from an imagination and talent level I can’t even begin to understand, what is your process?

I usually start with looking at pictures and taking pictures. I use them as a jumping off point. Sometimes you go on a tangent with ideas that can become a series of pantings. Other times each piece is like a new experiment because you want to try something different. I usually don’t sketch, I just start painting with loose washes. The whole painting evolves with many layers of paint. It’s like focusing a lens. This technique takes a long time but it’s how I like to work, it’s very free, I don’t worry about “staying in the lines”. I tend to be a perfectionist and do a lot of analyzing. When nothing about the painting bothers me, I can call it finished.

Brin3

Your work involves a lot of urban decay, is this what attracts you to Chicago?

Yes. When I visited Chicago the last time, I discovered the L  and took a million pictures. I love the steel structures, water towers and tracks overhead.

Explain a little bit about Lucid Dreamscapes and what your vision is for the show?

David (Welker) and I talked about what we wanted to do for the show and what would be a good fit for the gallery. Galerie F is an amazing gig poster and screen print gallery. So, we wanted to have a good mix of small originals, screen prints and I wanted to revisit my idea to do a lenticular print series. There’s going to be a refreshing variety of work from us there. The common thread is the urban landscape aspect and surrealism in our work.

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What excites you most about shows? Coming up with the work? Seeing it in the gallery? Working with other artists?

I love doing shows and having a body of work that is finished and unified. This show is especially exciting to me because I’ve been inspired by Davids work since I was a beginning artist. I met him for the first time by chance at a party on new years eve in New York when I was a teenager. I never thought we’d show together some day. It’s really an honor and a personal milestone to show with David.

You’ve worked with us before on an exclusive, what attracts you to the gallery system?

I like being involved in the art world. Having people come see what you’ve made is what makes what you do relevant and worthwhile. If there was no one else to see my paintings, I really don’t know if I’d make them. The interaction between the art and other people is the main point to me.

Do you have anything else coming up this year that you can talk about?

There are some nice group shows this summer and fall and I have another big two person show in October here in Portland. I’m looking forward to making some new work and expanding on some ideas.

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Welker1

Hey David, how are you today?

I’m feeling good. In the zone.

Tell us about yourself and what you do.
I live and work in downtown Manhattan. I draw and paint.
Explain a little bit about Lucid Dreamscapes. What is your vision for the show?
Well Brin Levinson and I both have this fixation with landscapes and pictorial staging. We’ve talked about floating compositions but we both gravitate towards what we’ve called “grounding” of events.
And since we both tend towards the surreal we expressed this sort of range of conceptual realism in this show. I also added some graphite studies of Chicago with the help of local photographer Jason Kaczorowski.
 Welker3
Do you know Brin? What are you looking forward to regarding his work? Have you been in contact with each other regarding the show?
I met Brin in 1995 in a liquid room with a bunch of liquid people across the street from Madison Square Garden. He came up to me with pupils the size of frying pans and said that I inspired him to paint. 20 years later I couldn’t be more happy, proud, honored and inspired by his career. He is a gem of a person.
I’m sure lots of people know you from the gig poster world, what made you branch out from that in such a big way?
My influences, perspectives and desires have always been very diverse, so flowing to and from one aspect of the art world to another is second nature.
You have quite a few different styles, where did they come from and do you choose to implement a style based on the project?
They all just emerge naturally from my interests and the ethos. That place of “La Joie De Vivre”
Welker2
You’ve worked with us before on the baseball series and other prints. What do relationships with galleries mean to you?
Well it’s a symbiosis. It’s a social thing. An event based relationship where people can come together for a real time happening. Thats why we do it nowadays.
Do you have anything else coming up this year that you can talk about?
Most of the stuff coming up is a secret, but I can mention that I’m in a cool group show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin Texas on March 18th with a ton of other awesome artists. I’m also working with Hoerle-Guggenheim and their friends at Halcyon Gallery to try to schedule a show for me in London in 2017. I’m very excited with that possibility.
Lucid Dreamscapes opens Friday 11th March 2016.
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Fugscreens Interview

To celebrate our owner Zissou from Fugscreens Studios having his 10 Year Anniversary show at the gallery on Friday, we thought it would be nice to interview him and get to know the man behind the work and the gallery.

Zissou

 

You’re celebrating 10 years of Fugscreens. That’s such a huge milestone. What were your original plans and did you ever think it would get this far?

I started Fugscreens as a way for me to be able to print my own work, once I was done with college I needed a place to work. I’ve never really had a plan for the studio, I’m not one of those people who look forward ten years down the line. I tend to take thing as they come and then deal with it once it’s in front of me. This isn’t always the best course of action as I tend to overload myself with work and all sorts but I guess it also allows life to be a little more exciting. So in answer to your question I’ve never really had a vision as to what it would become or even what my plans are for the future but I will say that I’ve always had confidence that I could make something work professionally, I mainly didn’t want to work for somebody else. That’s always been my main motivation to have control over my own destiny.

How many prints have you created in the last ten years?

Wow! I’m not too sure about this one. I’d say over the past 5 years I produce on average around 150 prints a year, that’s my work and anything I print for other artists from all over the World. So if I were to guess I’d say around 700-800 different designs over the past 10 years.

Which is the print you are most proud of? And who do you want to work with?

There are lots of prints that I love and there are lots of prints that i don’t have any emotional connection to but are huge landmarks in my career, such as Phish or Muse. I think the first posters I did for Iggy Pop and Elvis Costello were both massive personal achievements for me. Obviously more recently working with Michael Jordan has been a huge thrill that I don’t think I could have ever imagined would come true. Some projects of note are the 75th anniversary of Batman for DC and posters for The Vaselines and Mudhoney. Dream jobs for me would be Neil Young, Patti Smith and PJ Harvey for the obvious reasons.

BATMAN

 

You’re quite an international guy, what brought you to Chicago?

School. I finished my BA at the Art Institute after leaving Central St Martins in London. I was born in San Francisco so I’ve been coming to the States to visit family since I was very little, we would go to Pennsylvania every Summer and I fell in love with everything the US has to offer. So when the idea of studying here came up I jumped at the chance, it just so happens it was Chicago, it could have been Boston, San Francisco or Philly but I loved the feel of Chicago. Once done with college I didn’t have much to leave for other than my parents so I stayed and continued to build a life here. Now I own two businesses, a house and have a 5 year old who was born here so it’s home now. It’s a great city and I’m proud to call it home, but I do miss Europe a lot especially London and Paris for many reasons.

What would you say has been your biggest achievement in the last ten years?

This one is tough. There are always little wins and personal achievements that I’m proud of but without sounding corny my biggest achievement is being a father to the smartest little boy I know. Inka has changed my life in so many amazing ways over the past 5 years. I think most of the big professional achievements I’ve had, my drive to work and continue to grow are spurred on by him. If you look at my portfolio over the past ten years it’s only in the last 4 or 5 that I’ve really come into my own and found my footing creatively and professionally grown. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

MARGE

 

You started off as a commercial printer, what gave you the idea of stepping out from behind the curtain and creating your own work?

I actually started off as a fine art printer, just printing my own art and then I fell into teaching private lessons for individuals or couples who were looking for a creative outlet or just wanted to learn how to screen print. From there I started working for local bands and friends. That took me into doing gig posters full time and then I started printing other people’s work and things have been pretty consistent since then. I’d say at this point I print about 70% for other people and 30% for myself. I’d like to get it to 60/40 printing my own designs so I guess thats one of my goals moving forwards, to concentrate more on my own work.

Blackhawks

 

Your work has evolved but you are best known for your series like the Fuggin’ Revolution prints, the sports jerseys and the more recent Air Jordan series. How did these jobs start?

The revolutionary series is now about 6 years old, I’ve always been fascinated with pop culture as most of us are and I also love history so melding those two ideas was pretty fun. I can’t really remember why but the idea was to do a continued project based on facial hair starting with Lenin, Frida, Patti and Lemmy but that changed once I did Steven Colbert which sold out in a matter of months. Then then it became anyone fictional or real who has made an impact on my life one way or another, Marge Simpson Jordan etc. It will be a series that will ideally will never end, so far i have 18 done and I already have a list of around 30 others that i would love to get stuck into.

As for the jerseys and Air Jordan those are connected. The fine folk at Nike found my jerseys and liked them enough to ask me to create a series of prints based off of all 29 original Air Jordan sneakers since 1984 for the opening of their new store in Chicago. It’s been a huge thrill for me to work with such a massive brand, and they have been such a pleasure to work with. I’ve always been a massive sports fan so its a joy to work with people who share my passion.

You also own Galerie F, tell us a little bit about how that started and your plans for the future.

Galerie F was instigated by Billy Craven, he sowed the seed a few years ago about starting a store that would have a print shop and a space for selling prints and street art. For over a year we spoke about it and slowly that seed grew into reality. Even though we had been speaking about the idea for a couple years, the whole thing happened within the space of a few short months and like most things in my life its been something that has grown and changed quite organically. We are constantly trying to find more interesting and new ways of doing things. It’s a very fast growing flower that has surprised us all in how quickly it has blossomed, but that’s what makes it fun and exciting. at this point I’m not certain as to where it will go and how it will evolve but I’m very excited about what we have planned for the future.

You are officially the busiest man I know, if you had to get rid of one aspect of your business life, what would it be and why? Gig posters? Art Prints? Commissioned Work? The Gallery?

I do tend to stay pretty busy and I keep telling myself I’m going to slow down, you might not believe this but I have started to do so this year. Hopefully I can keep it up and stop taking every job that comes my way. As far as all the different aspects of what I do I would say that I enjoy them all equally and its’ kind of what keeps me interested. I’ve never been one for monotony so keeping active with different projects keeps me excited to see what the next project has to offer, what sort of challenges it will bring and how well I can execute the final project. I will say that I’d like to be able to take more time over each print that I work on, I don’t like doing things half assed so not being able to give everything I work on my full undivided attention bothers me.

What was the idea behind getting other artists involved with your solo show?

So something I have always said is that no matter what I do or have done the studio would not be what it is without all the people I have met throughout the years. They have helped me grow stronger and more confident about myself and my work. a lot of them have become great friends , business partners & more. People like Billy Craven, Michael Lauritano, Sean Mort, Justin Santora , Allie Whalen , lefthandedwave and so many more have been instrumental in making the studio what it is today. so to not have some of those people contribute to the show for me would be leaving out a large part of what Fugscreens has been for the past 10 years.

What is the plan for the next ten years? Do you plan to keep on trucking or do you have any new tricks up your sleeve?

Well as I said above I’m not a big planner of sorts, but I will say the older I get the more I think about the future as we all do I guess. So for the next ten years I see myself trying to slow down and find a good work life balance, finding more time for those I care about and doing more things for myself. Professionally I have all sorts of goals for Fugscreens and Galerie F but I will keep those thoroughly tucked up my sleeves for now.

Fugscreens: 10 Year Anniversary opens on Friday 19th February 2016 at 6pm CST.

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Matthew Hoffman (You Are Beautiful) Interview

It’s You Are beautiful 3.0 tomorrow evening (02/05/2016). It’s been a huge collaboration since we opened and our arms and minds are always open to whatever it’s custodian Matthew Hoffman is up for.

We thought it’d be a good idea to show you the man behind You Are Beautiful. He has a great story and is so inspiring to know. Hopefully it rubbed off on you reading this interview.

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Hey Matthew, how are you today?
Pretty good!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do
I always biff that answer. Recently when I was forced to do an introduction at a meeting I said “I make stickers, I don’t know.” and just trailed off from that. 
I think a lot of us struggle when talking about ourselves, it’s hard! But basically I’ve been making work since 2002 when I moved to Chicago. Back then, I would have never believed I’d be making artwork with a team, full time. It’s really a dream. 
Pretty sure I just wiggled out of giving a real answer…
I love the positive message of your art, where did your outlook come from?
It might be a surprise to the outside world, but for those that know me – I’m more of a realist than an optimist. Or even a positive pessimist. Hope for the best, plan for the worst. To be honest, life can be really hard & hit you with all sorts of unfair stuff. I’ve always made work to protest that, to be such a force of positivity, it’ll hopefully knock negativity on it’s ass.
I’ve kind of always seen this message as my protest song. I decided a long time ago that there’s enough negativity in this world, I’m not going to add to it.
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YAB has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, what have you been doing to grow this idea?
I really give all the credit to the community. I think the strength of the message is how open & inclusive it is. It’s for everyone and anyone (literally). There’s no demographic – everyone deserves to hear it. 
 
It also keeps going/giving every time someone shares a sticker. Someone sees a sticker, enjoys an interaction or a moment, looks up what it’s about, gets their own stickers, and the chain of positivity repeats. It’s a message people love to share.
I love how collaborative you are with your work. Seeing so many different interpretations of your message must fill you with pride. What gave you the idea to create these group shows?
It’s a funny story. We’ve always had a PO Box and email, where people send in photos of stickers they’ve come across. In 2004, I received an email from Jacob and his friends. They went to a bridge overpass in San Francisco with party streamers & spelled out You Are Beautiful. They sent me a copy of the Bay Area Paper, where it made the front page. I was blown away.
 
It’s really cool to see how people add their voice to the message, and see what their interpretation is. Things always happen with collaboration that you could have never done on your own.
Designers and Artists have been at war for thousands of years yet you seem to successfully have a foot in both camps, what s your opinion of this? Do you consider yourself one or the other?
Why can’t we all just get along? I say that light heartedly, and also rather seriously. I just call myself a custodian of the project. I just keep the lights on and the floors clean. 
What side do you prefer? The everyday Clark Kent, fighting design crime one letterhead at a time or the Artist Superman, making the art world a safer place?
I prefer to work with people that are inspiring & engaging, simply put – just good people. And I prefer to do things that make me laugh out loud. I love a good prank, or “dad jokes”. So, whatever arena it’s in – that’s what I look for. (The good people thing, not necessarily dad jokes).
 
I also think more and more, things are going to blend so deeply in the future, it’ll be even harder to pick out differences. Some day, hopefully we can all be seen as humans – better yet, all equal humans.
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What do relationships with galleries mean to You Are Beautiful?
I’d say, pretty much the same thing as the answer above. Great people growing together, having fun, and helping each other to carve out a living. Knowing that it’s a two way street, and you’re both doing each other a favor.
 
Billy & Zissou are just great guys. They’re highly proficient artists in their own right, and are working hard to foster a community of artists & designers (young humans). They’re doing a good thing for the right reason. 
 
That might not be able to be said as the intention for all galleries or people. 
You have been participating in craft fairs recently, how effective are the fairs in growing your brand awareness?
We get so many people who excitedly rush up to the booth, and say “I’ve seen these stickers everywhere. What is this about?” It gives us a moment to talk about it. We chat about the history (100 sticker in 2002 in Chicago, to now 2.5 million stickers in 90+ languages around the globe. Large scale installations in Chicago & beyond, etc.) 
 
But I prefer to just say “How did you feel when you saw it? That’s what it’s about.”
What are your plans for the future? More YAB? More positive messages for your fellow Chicagoans?
You bet. We’re always working on making more public art. That’s my favorite thing. To put up a big piece, that says something powerful, and anyone can walk by it. Who knows what’ll happen next – but hopefully it makes their day a little better.
 
But I’m always trying to keep it fresh, reinvent & find unexpected ways to interact with people. They’re not content, and I’m not content to just do the same thing all the time. So I’ll keep experimenting, and find ways to keep me & others laughing.
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Dan Mumford Interview

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This Friday sees the opening of our latest exhibition. Wonders showcases the incredible talents of British artist Dan Mumford & Chicago favourite Andrew Ghrist and is based around the seven wonders of the world, both modern and ancient. Wonders is open from 10-6 on Friday 11th December 2015 until Sunday 3rd January 2016.

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We sat down with Dan Mumford to ask him a few questions about the show and beyond, check it out below.
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How are you?
I am well, tired but well. Its been an intense 8 months or so. I rolled from one show in LA in July straight into a ton of client work and then this show. I haven’t really stopped for any break at all since April. Which is incredible to be able to say, but it does take its toll on the mind and body a bit. Im looking forward to going to see the family at christmas and switching my brain off from work.
What is your process?
The general process for me is quite quick. I am not someone who spends days deliberating over a sketch and various compositions (which is perhaps to the detriment of my work sometimes), but i generally have a layout idea or plan in my mind before i even get to sketching. I also don’t really do any physical sketching nowadays, which sucks, but its generally so much quicker for me to do it this way. So sketching takes place digitally, and i do quite a finished but very rough comp in full colour. Then if that gets the approval its straight into working it up in full detail, i equate it to doing something in Standard Definition and then working it up in glorious HD, if you squint at the sketch as a tiny thumbnail and it looks good then i know it will work as a final detailed piece. Most of the detail in the pieces takes place on the fly, I trust that i can probably make most things work as long as the general composition looks good!
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What was your inspiration for this show? It seems to be quite different in tone from your previous work, while still containing familiar elements.
I have to give Credit for the theme of the 7 Wonders to the guys at Galerie F! We had discussed doing a show early this year but the content wasn’t locked in till around a few months ago. I previously did a landscape diptych called ‘This is the End, Of all that we know.’. Which in itself was an extension of a few pieces i had done throughout the last few years where i was basically trying to create visions of a sort of… beautiful apocalypse, scenes of destruction or decay, but beautifully. So when it came time for this show I knew I wanted to revisit this, as most of the time i create work based in Pop Culture, movies, videgames, comics etc. To be honest I don’t normally get a chance to have complete artistic license like this, and the idea of the 7 wonders was the perfect starting point.

The seven wonders of the world is a fascinating subject and it allows for a lot of interpretation, especially the ancient versions. Do you prefer to rely on found imagery or create from scratch?
Well originally I was going to be creating a mixture from both the ancient and modern wonders, but then i thought that actually basing it in the Ancient realm as a set meant there was pretty much complete room for artistic license. Theres no real right or wrong way to depict these places, there are many images of them of course, but ultimately no one is going to question the depiction itself. If something is based in reality i do like to use imagery as reference, as my work is to an extent realistic i like to try and get aspects correct where i can. This was far more open though, and it was a mixture of using reference and purely working stuff up on my own. I generally use quite a bit of reference, so this was quite liberating.

The wonders seem to be a sort of travel guide for the ancient and modern world. If you could create a list of your own wonders, what would you include on there?
I think it has to be places to would clearly make you lose your breath, Niagara, The Grand Canyon, on top of the Empire State Building looking down, The Shard in London is quite an amazing building too. I think its about experiences and making you realise how tiny you are. These days we are certainly moving upwards towards the sky, and our modern monuments are these gigantic buildings. I have never been, but Dubai as a whole looks something out of a scifi movie. I do wonder if they will stand the test of time though, whilst a natural beauty like the Grand Canyon will always be there.

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You are working alongside local hero Andrew Ghrist on this show, are you excited to see his take on the subject?
Absolutely. Andrew has an incredible ability to create beautifully flowing pieces with intense detail, and he’s quite young too, so to imagine where he will be with his work in the next few years is mind-blowing. I haven’t seen anything he has come up with for the show yet, but i can’t wait to see them all in person.

Are you excited for your trip to Chicago?
Yes! it is my first time to Chicago. And its always great to be able to come over for a show like this, would have been a real downer if I was stuck at home in London on opening night.

What are your plans while you are over here? Bring a jacket.

As of right now i don’t actually have any major plans other than the show, I haven’t had a chance to plan anything! I am only over for about 3 days, and one of those will be spent signing all the prints and getting all that in order, so i’m thinking I might just go with the flow while I am over. Obviously will be great to get to see the gallery and hang out with everyone there, really looking forward to that. I am however very aware that its probably going to be absolutely freezing…but hey, I live in the UK, it can’t be that much colder right?….

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YAB DIY Madness…

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The sun is out and it’s been quite a summer here in Chicago, the months of May and June have been spectacular here at Galerie F and to top it off, we kicked off the month of July celebrating our 3rd year anniversary here at Galerie F with the You Are Beautiful campaign.  Only days after being named by Chicago Reader as the Best Gallery in Chicago – we geared up to bring one of the largest group shows to date.

You Are Beautiful began in Chicago in 2002 with 100 stickers. Since then, over 2 million stickers have traveled to every corner of the globe. The most exciting idea about the project is that it has always been open source, giving the community the power to be creative in the way they spread this positive message.

YAB DIY showcases over 100 incredibly talented artists from around the world who have added their voice to their own YAB Boards making this exhibition another one for the books.

We also partnered with Project Onward for this exhibition having ten of their artists participate in this exhibition. Project Onward is a nonprofit studio and gallery for professional artists with mental and developmental disabilities. Their mission is to support the professional development of artists with exceptional talents and challenges, ranging from autism to mental illness, and provides these artists with workspace, materials, professional guidance, exhibition opportunities and access to markets to sell their work and advance their careers.

We’re all here to say one simple thing: You are beautiful.

Come and view this grand exhibition while you can, running on display until August 10th, 2015.

 

Hours: Tuesday- Sunday 11-6pm

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Hello peeps of the internet world…. Galerie F here to update you on all that is happening in our great land of Chicago! As many of you may know, C2E2 is starting this Friday April 24th going on through Sunday April 26th. We will have a booth at this rad convention so make sure you come on out! [Booth # 554] We’ll be releasing exclusive prints, vinyl toys, and more by JC Rivera, Leecifer, Justin VanGenderen , Jason Rowland R6D4, Epyon5, Dan Mumford, Matthew Johnson and many others. Along with these exclusive releases you’ll also have the chance to meet some of the artists! The schedule to meet the artists will be listed below.

Chicago based street artist, JC Rivera will be releasing exclusive prints. Leecifer has sculpted and painted vinyl toys of JC Rivera’s “Dead As Fuck” Bear Champ. Justin VanGenderen has crafted a series of prints based on the Star Wars planets. Jason Rowland R6D4 has produced incredible prints and oversized wooden cutouts of iconic characters such as Spiderman, The Wolverine, Venom, and many more. Epyon5’s work will feature prints of Bill Murray, The Joker, and Darth Vader. Dan Mumford has produced an incredible print of Judge Dredd that will blow your mind away. Matthew Johnson is bringing in sick prints of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. So as you can see this line up is pretty killer!

Last but not least, the great Hua Tunan will also be in town for C2E2 and his upcoming exhibition, EARTH SPIRIT. Opening reception for this exhibition: Friday May 1st 6-10pm.

C2E2 Booth Schedule

Friday: 11:00am-7:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am-7:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm

Meet The Artist Schedule

Friday: Justin VanGenderen 2:00pm- 4:00pm

Saturday: JC Rivera 12:00pm- 5:00pm

Sunday: Hua Tunan 11:00am- 3:00pm

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SCREAM WITH ME: An Interview with Brian Ewing

With SCREAM WITH ME coming up, we decided to get to know Brian Ewing a bit better…

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On your website, you talk about how you worked for Hustler on the the magazines handling scheduling, prep houses and printers. What made you drop the porn industry to full heartedly pursue art?

I originally took the job at Hustler because I didn’t think I could make it as an illustrator. I thought that I needed an art degree to be allowed to get hired to illustrate anything. (I was young I didn’t know how the world worked. Not sure if I do now…) So I took the job in porn with the goal of becoming an art director. After a few years there of being knee deep in nudity I was freelancing for most of the magazines – during my lunch breaks and after work. And I was doing rock posters when I had time. The job started to wear me down because I wasn’t advancing at all. I was still in production and not an assistant art director. It was kinda frustrating having to do photoshop work for the assistant ADs. I was actually making as much money doing gig posters so I ended up quitting the XXX lifestyle to pursue the rock posters full time. I figured if this whole “art thing” doesn’t pan out I can always get my old job back at Kinko’s.“Would you like that collated and stapled, sir?”
So with a few bucks in my pocket, rent due and a very unhappy girlfriend I quit. I emailed every band, label, art director and publisher a link to my portfolio and within a few days I had my first job. I was unemployed for about two days. I promised myself that Hustler was going to be my last day job. Twelve years later…
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Based on your previews, each piece you work on has extensive work behind it. How did you decide to take icons and draw them in layers of bones, muscle, and flesh? 
To be honest it started out of desperation and ended up being about evolving as an artist. Hahaha…sigh. There are so many people trying to do rock posters now that a lot of bands don’t want to pay for art. Sometimes not even for the printing. (Not every band is like that some are actually awesome to work with.) Same goes for art prints. Some of these people will cut their mother’s throat just to say they got to do a poster for such and such band…for free. I’m stupid. I still put value on what I and other artists do.I also felt like I needed to try something different. I had just moved from New York City to the bustling mecca known as Columbus, OH. I needed a new approach that wouldn’t take me weeks just to finish one piece. Normally when a project has a shitty budget you usually have more creative control. So I figured “fuck it” and tried something different. If it failed I could go back to my regular style. I did some posters for Swans and the Melvins and it took off. Prints were selling out in less than an hour. From there I decided to switch styles when doing poster work. With each piece I got better at drawing anatomy and design. And it took me less time than my previous style did.
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How would you personally describe your style?

My style is dependent on other people’s descriptions. I tell most people that I’m a graphic designer so they’ll leave me alone. So far so good.

What are your favorite mediums to work with?

Whatever I can get my hands on.I’ve designed two toys so far with META-CRYPT.com A toy company my buddy Justin Jewett and I started – to fulfill all of our childish Lovecraftian whims. We are going to do a toy release at the gallery on the opening night.I also enjoy designing patches. It sounds so stupid because it is…but they’re fun to do. I’m a member of the Turbojugend and have designed a few patches for my chapter so far. I also have my own patches. Speaking of which – I designed a new one just for the show to give to the fine folks (for free) that plunk down their hard earned cash on prints. It glows in the dark!
For both I have to use a different part of my brain. The toys require that I think in three dimensions. The patches force me to simplify my drawing and design to fit the limitations of an embroidered patch. It’s a nice change of pace.
Obviously I like inking. I feel like I’m finally getting good at it after years and years and more years of practice.
This kinda sounds like an online dating application… I also like long walks through the cemetery and tiki drinks too. No smokers please.
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On average, how long would you say you dedicate to each character?
Way too long. Part of the reason why I show sneak peeks of what I’m working on is to remind people that there’s a lot of drawing going into each piece…aaaand that I’m not dead. When I use mixed media and bring photos into the process it’s hard to see all of the drawing when you’re limited to just a jpeg. A lot of the work is dependent on seeing it in person. There are printer tricks I use that when you look at the print – it transforms from the photo to the drawing depending on which angle you’re viewing it. The closest I can get to showing people that effect online is by posting videos on my instagram page (@brianewing) and by the video Galerie F posted showcasing how the Psycho print looks https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=955352024480867
Some of the pieces have collage backgrounds. That alone takes about a day to research and gather up found images and make new ones to throw into the background then I hafta Tetris it all together. The Psycho and Shining pieces have collage backgrounds. Each bit of the collage is a reference to the movie. My goal was to keep the viewer’s interest longer than usual and to take the poster further with all the added Easter Eggs that I nerded out on.
Zissou and Allie at Galerie F asked me to design new pieces for this show. To save time I changed the size at which I work. Normally my original drawings are 11″ x 17″. I’m working at 8.5″ x 11″ so I can work faster and make the originals more affordable to collectors at the show.That’s just the design end of it all. FugScreens Studios (aka Zissou) has to print all of the pieces. He let me go apeshit on adding more colors and trying out new papers.
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Your work varies from working with Metallica and the Warped Tour, to The Strokes and Death Cab For Cutie. What musical artist are you into right now?
Whichever musical artist that wants to hire me… To misquote my girls in TLC – “I ain’t too proud to beg…”That is the toughest question people ask me. Because I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many different bands my musical tastes are influenced by all of that. If I’m working for a specific band I will melt my brain by listening to their albums for inspiration until the project is done. Then onto the next one. I grew up in the 80’s with my older sister listening to House/Hip Hop, my older brother listening to Zappa and Zeppelin, my Mom listening to Elvis and Leonard Cohen and I listened to a lot of shitty punk and metal bands. Add all those influences and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Because it’s October and because I’m a nerd I even made a spotify playlist to keep me inspired while I worked on all the pieces for the show called halloween  (https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:user:1249036794:playlist:27OmJlT60LzuZxRhEbWxdY)
Do yourself a favor and come in to Galerie F and see this exhibit.
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