Galerie F is excited to host our first booth in the Block at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. This jam packed three day affair starts Friday April 25th and runs through Sunday April 27th at the McCormick Center.
All weekend long we will be having artists meet and greets at the GF booth, some folks have flown across the country just to be here! Artists will be signing works and chatting up according to the schedule below.
We have asked a dozen artists and designers, some new and some old to the Galerie F roster, to create brand new exclusive art prints for this event. Here’s a sneak peek at a few prints that will be available. Not able to attend the event? Not a worry, all prints remaining will go live on the Galerie F webstore on Monday April 28th 2014.
In collaboration with Chicago’s Galerie F, D.C.-based artist Tracie Ching debuts her mini solo exhibition, “Well Read”.
“Well Read” investigates the relationship between contemporary films and the literary classics from which they are derived. In this body of work Tracie Ching explores different novels that have spawned successful film counterparts, creating her own interpretations which carefully adhere to their respective stories. The show itself is a response to the use of source material and the effects that different visual representations have on them over time. Every representation, including Tracie’s, is a result of applying different filters to a piece of work that has become larger than the creator could have ever imagined. While the film industry may introduce aesthetic, thematic, or even plot changes, Tracie attempts to stay close to the original source material while applying aesthetics attributed to the time period of each novel.
Limited edition silk screen prints accompanied by letterpress bookmarks and custom bound books will be available at the opening reception on Friday, March 28th. All remaining works will be posted in Galerie F’s online store the following week. A portion of all proceeds from the show will be donated to Reading is Fundamental, , the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States (rif.org).
MADE IN THE MIDWEST: A GROUP PRINTMAKING EXHIBITION
We invite you to join Galerie F in celebrating over two decades of the Chicago printmaking scene with the opening of “Made in the Midwest.” Twenty-five established artists exhibiting works themed on the Midwest, printmaking, and everything in between.
Each artist presents a new exclusive art print for the exhibition shown with pre-production materials, giving insight to the process of their individual styles. Original sketches, cut rubylith, crudely drawn stick figures on used napkins – anything deemed significant by the creator in their artistic process.
We also are happy to announce the release of a minimalist “family tree” art print paying homage fathers of the Chicago gig poster scene, Steve Walters [Screwball Press] and Jay Ryan [the Bird Machine]. Designed by Michael Lauritano and Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff.
Galerie F and Matthew Hoffman have joined forces enthusiastically to present “You Are Beautiful: the Next Chapter.” This group exhibition serves as a celebration of TEN YEARS of the You Are Beautiful campaign. The exhibition will be on display daily [Tu-Su] from 11am to 6pm through November 17th.
You Are Beautiful is the little sticker that started a worldwide phenomenon. This message, spread by the community, has touched lives on everycontinent in the world. After ten years of spreading positivity, You Are Beautiful will join Galerie F in exhibiting over twenty artists that have contributed to YAB in the past. Matthew Hoffman, founder and custodian of YAB, will be producing a series of cut wood pieces for every year passed and every lesson learned.
This exhibition will also premier the first chapter of the upcoming You Are Beautiful biography, printing in winter 2013. Our exhibition draws strongly from the cathartic and extensive research Hoffman has conducted to create this book. Stay tuned for details on the book’s release through Galerie F.
Artists participating in ‘the Next Chapter’ include…
Chris Uphues· Goons · Starshaped · Dan Grzeca FugScreens Studios · E. Harris · Jeremy Schultz · blütt
Nice One · LUCX · Brooks Golden · Penny Pinch
Sent Rock · Andrew Lawrence · anna cf · Ian Ferguson
Ben Wagner · MOSHER · Clam Nation · wren
Alex Synge · upso · Adam Hanson · Sean Mort Print Shop
JC Rivera · Sean Starr · Annica Lyndenberg · Don’t Fret
Galerie F is pleased to present ‘Who Will Save Us Now?’ EPYON5′s introductory solo exhibition debuting new prints, paintings and spraypainted canvases. Please join us for the artist reception October 4th from 6pm to 10pm. The exhibition will be on display daily [Tu-Su] from 11am to 6pm through October 20th.
E5′s work draw from the bold simplicity of propaganda posters while integrating its thematic opposite – grandiose Baroque decorum. These challenging aesthetics frame pop culture characters, creating instant icons.
EPYON5 hails from the Midwest. Originally trained in the fine art of Renaissance style realism, e5 has shifted his focus to the more immediate and gratifying medium of stencils and spray paint. Although his subject matter is familiar and contemporary, Epyon5 tries to infuse elements of classical design into his current works; thereby still retaining a feel of past grandeur and spectacle.
Galerie F took some time to chat it up with local street artist Mosher. Mosher has been making his mark on Chicago for two years now and chances are you have seen his work! Check out what Mosher had to say about street art and his new exhibition “Four Letter Words” starting this Friday, Sept. 23 at 6pm.
When did you first start doing street art?
“Two years ago when I moved from Florida. Florida doesn’t have a lot of street art. I got into it when I moved to Chicago and I noticed all the graffiti and wheatpastes. I wanted to be an artist so I decided to try somewhere else.”
What made you want to do street art?
“It was influential seeing other street artists’ work. I like the idea of highlighting art in a guerilla marketing style. I met Left Handed Wave and he kind of told me how to do wheat paste. But I have always painted and drawn so it wasn’t hard to figure out painting and pasting to a wall.”
Do you have formal training in art? Or did you learn yourself?
What is the inspiration behind some of your street art images?
“Cartoons, Chicago itself, I like to consider audience and what people would want to see.”
What inspires the location of your street art?
“When wheat pasting I try to pick a low key spot. I like to do my art during the day in a spot that seems like I’m supposed to be there. Also, finding surfaces that adhere well like wood or doors, bricks are tricky.”
What is your favorite thing about being a street artist?
“Being able to have people see your art somewhere that is not a gallery. Also, the idea of disposable art; I’ve been trying to speed up work because I know that it isn’t going to last too long.”
Do you have any projects in the works that you are excited about?
“I have a show [at Galerie F] in September called “Four Letter Words.” The title of the exhibit is based on Dick Cavett’s quote “Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.” I like the notion of what constitutes a swear word and censorship and how it is used to protect people. The power of a word itself. I’m using a lot of text based images. I want to have a comedic spin on it, so it is more interesting for people to look at.”
When creating an art piece for the street what are some factors that need to be accounted for? Like color/size/location…etc.
“Time and resources. I like to use thick vibrant colors.”
Words of advice for anyone interested in making their own street art?
“Get cheap supplies. I use Mistint which is returned supplies not used that you can buy. Also, don’t get caught!”
Pawn Works & The Empty Bottle we are very excited to announce the Chicago premier and one night only private screening of Jon Reiss’ “BOMB-IT 2″ at The Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park on August 12 [8:30pm].
Limited tickets are still available and can be purchased at
In the follow-up to the explosive global graffiti documentary Bomb It, director Jon Reiss takes audiences to previously unexplored areas of the Middle East, Europe, Asia, the United States and Australia on a hunt for innovative street art and artists.Bomb It 2 explores the indigenous street art scenes in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Perth, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Chicago, Austin and the Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank.
Using a ultra compact camera and sound package, Reiss travelled by himself to film artists and writers representing a wide range of cultures, styles and beliefs including Alex Face, Ash Keating, Beejoir, Bon, Darbotz, Foma, Great Bates, Husk Mit Navn, Inspire, Killer Gerbil and Zero, Klone, Know Hope, Phibs, Mars, MIC, Sloke, Stormie Mills, Thor, Twoone, Vexta, Victor Ash, Xeme, and Zero Cents, among others.
In the Middle East, Reiss talks with Muhnned Alazzh in the West Bank where Alazzh emphasizes the cultural and political significance of writing on the wall in the Palestinian refugee camps. To Alazzh, graffiti and street art have no place on the barrier between Israel and Palestine because they distract the public from â€œugliness of that wallâ€ .In Jakarta, Indonesia, Darbotzâ€™s work is heavily influenced by his study of semiotics. Instead of applying a signature to his pieces, Darbotz paints his signature squid monsters in black and white, to distinguish them from the explosion of color on the Jakarta streets.
In Singapore, Reiss connects with street artists Zero and Killer Gerbil, who explain the paradox of doing graffiti in one of the most highly policed states in the world. Despite the serious risk of fines, jail time and canings, the friends explain why getting their message out through their art work is more important than suffering the possible legal consequences.
With help from our sponsors and friends over at Modest Skateshop, Momentum Art Tech, Galerie F and Neo-Revivalist, we anticipate a great evening at The Chopin Theatre.
Tickets can be purchased here http://emptybottle.com/show/3744744/ through the Empty Bottle. With limited seating for this one night only premier we expect tickets to go quickly so jump on board and join us for drinks and a private screening at one of Chicago’s best theaters and hidden gems, The Chopin Theatre.
Discount Mega Mall’s parking lot has a new look thanks to Galerie F! Right by the Square along Milwaukee Ave. spans this impressive mural completed by various street artists. If you are in the neighborhood it is definitely something to see!
Here are some previews of what you will find on the wall:
Michael Denardo & David Liddiment
Finch's Beer Co
St. John Berchmans School
Richard Ormsby III
Justin Van Genderen
Chicago Art Leasing
Matt Maldre, Spudnik Press
Madeline Carol Matz
Mike Moore - VfishV