YAB DIY Madness...

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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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Everyone, we have been keeping a secret from you…

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It’s been a rough go of it but we are finally ready to spill the proverbial beans. Of course, we don’t want to overwhelm you so we’re going to take it  one step at a time. Let’s start by introducing our newest partner in crime, The Logan Theatre.

The Logan Theatre is a small local movie theater that has established a stronghold in this community as an entertainment staple. The theater is not only a beautiful building [opened in 1915 if you can believe it] but screens both contemporary releases and cult classics. The team over at Logan Theatre have reached out to us to create an ongoing series of film posters to promote and commemorate the cream of the cult classic crop that they regularly show on the big screen. We felt like we hit the jackpot when they told us they wanted to premiere our partnership in October alongside their Horror Movie Madness series. Our first release is Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING – a Halloween masterpiece re-interpreted in this sleek minimalist design.

 Tom Whalen is an unbelievably talented and prolific designer who knows precisely how to encapsulate a film, avoiding tropes and creating visually interesting designs. We are very excited to begin our working relationship with Whalen and look forward to the next few projects we have planned together.

The Shining by Tom Whalen. Edition of 75, hand numbered with a certificate of authenticity. Measures 18″x24″. Printed at FugScreens Studios. Four colors on Cougar Natural 100#. Part of an ongoing collaborative series with The Logan Theatre.

AVAILABLE Monday October 27th at a RANDOM TIME at galerief.com

Be in touch with any questions, comments, concerns, qualms, queries, and whatever else you’ve got.

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Cut Along the Dotted Lines

The opening reception of Cut Along the Dotted Lines was quite the eventful night. It was possibly the muggiest day of this summer, but we were still a full house. Thank you to everyone who endured the heat with us and enjoyed the quality works of EPYON5 , Jason Rowland R6D4, and SARO. The works were intricately made with layers of hand-cut stencils and paint. On one wall, we displayed the stencil cuts. The artists were pleasantly surprised by how their cut outs looked framed as art themselves. On the exhibit wall, each artist brought their best work out to show the city. The show is available for viewing now until September 10th. Originals are selling quickly, be sure to purchase them before they’re gone.

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We were also very happy to host The Sketchbook Project as they made their way along their Midwest tour. It was fantastic seeing how interactive the project was with everyone passing by, everyone here for the show, and those who came out for the project. Visitors were able to walk up to a tablet and enter a key word. The system would then give you a selection of titles of sketchbooks to chose from. The lovely members of The Sketchbook Project would then receive a text message with the number of the sketchbook you selected and a random mate for it. You were then able to sit down and immerse yourself into the life of someone else. These sketchbooks are jam-packed with creativity and love. Flipping through them, it was evident on how vast the content of each varied.

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Thank you again to all who came and especially to the artists! We’ll see you at the next one.

For more photos of the night click here.

For more on the event click here.

 

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Galerie F Exclusive Box Set

Galerie F is proud to announce the release of our Galerie F Exclusive Box Set on August 11th at a random time. Within this colossal set there are 82 exclusive prints by 33 artists. Included in the set is renowned designer Justin Vangenderen’s series of “Location, Location, Location”, Jason Edmiston’s sold out Texas Chainsaw Massacre print and variant, and a number of other sold out prints.

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 Also included is “Made in the Midwest” poster signed by all artists from the show and remarques by Justin Santora. This set is ideal for avid collectors, comic fans, film buffs, fine art lovers, and poster people alike.

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With 82 exclusive prints by 33 various artists, this set’s value is $3,000. Do not miss this limited time sale of it being $2,000.There are only FIVE sets available.

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Shipping is $49.95 for domestic customers. International orders will be sorted out on a case-by-case basis. For further inquiries, email us at galeriefchicago@gmail.com

 View the entire set here

Set includes: JUSTIN VANGENDEREN, JASON EDMISTON, JAY RYAN, BLUNTGRAFFIX, JOSHUA BUDICH, JC RIVERA, JUSTIN SANTORA, LANDLAND, DAN GRZECA, CRISTIANO SUAREZ, ANDREW GHRIST, EPYON5, FUGSCREENS, SENTROCK, CHEMA SKANDAL, CHRIS UPHUES, LADY LUCX, ROYCE, IAN FERGUSON, SEAN MORT, FRESH DOODLE, CLINTON RENO, ADAM DEVARNEY, ROCKETS ARE RED, SHAWN KNIGHT, MATTHEW JOHNSON, JILLIAN NICKELL, TRACIE CHING, PHINEAS JONES, MARK HAMMERMEISTER, JEREMY VANCLEEF, TINY BIRD PRESS, JASON ABRAHAM SMITH, MICHAEL LAURITANO

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PBRart CANvas Group Show

PBR, in collaboration with Logan Square’s Galerie F, bring together a hand selected group of Chicago artists to participate in a showcase of a snapshot of some of the city’s many diverse and talented artists. The  artists are utilizing a blank PBR 16 oz. can as the canvas to bring their style to the classic imagery.

It will be interesting to see some of your favorite street artists’ work go from an urban landscape to a can of PBR; both so familiar yet strangely spectacular together. The opening reception will be held on Friday July 11th at 6 pm lasting until 10 pm.

Artists being featured are: ABC KILLS – PETE ZIEGEL – JKAE GOODBEAR – REVISE CMW – JC RIVERA – GREVE DC5 -CHEMA SKANDAL -TUBZ – MAX WEBER – JEREMY SCHEUCH -RADAH – PENNY PINCH -DEAL35

The reception is open to the public and free. Thanks to PBR, each 21+ attendee will also receive a complimentary PBR.

So, gather a group of friends or adventure out on your own and come meet some of Chicago’s most prominent street artists.

RSVP for the event here

Art pictured by Pete Ziegel Illustration and Max Weber.Art pictured by Pete Ziegel Illustration and Max Weber.

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Galerie F at C2E2

C2E2-Logo-HorizontalGalerie 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.

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ARTIST MEET AND GREET SCHEDULE

Friday April 25th

BLUNT GRAFFIX 12pm to 2pm
ANDREW GHRIST 2pm to 4pm

Saturday April 26th

THE FRESH DOODLE 10am to 12pm
MARK HAMMERMEISTER 12pm to 2pm
EPYON5 2pm to 4pm

Sunday April 27th

CLINTON RENO 10am to 12pm
JUSTIN VANGENDEREN 1pm to 3pm

 

Cristiano Suarez Spidey and Batman
Spidey versus the Dark Knight by Cristiano Suarez
Joshua Budich Secret of the Unicorn
The Secret of the Unicorn by Joshua Budich
Storm Rockets are Red
Storm by Rockets Are Red

 

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“Well Read” Exhibition Opening

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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).

Opening reception is free and open to the public.

For more event information, click here.

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Made in the Midwest

MADE IN THE MIDWEST: A GROUP PRINTMAKING EXHIBITION

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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.

Featuring new works from…

Steve Walters – Jay Ryan – Dan Grzeca – Mat Daly
Kathleen Judge – Johnny Sampson – Crosshair Studio
Delicious Design League – Kill Hatsumomo Prints – Drug Factory Press
Justin Santora Illustration – Lloyd W. Patterson Jr. – Baker Prints
FugScreens Studios – Billy Craven – Josh Davis – Nate Azark
Chris Hefner – Ethan D’Ercole – Adam Hanson – Landland – Andrew Ghrist

All artwork from Made in the Midwest available for purchase here:

http://www.galerief.com/?s=made+in+the+midwest

LauritanoOriginal design by Michael Lauritano based off the artist roster for Made in the Midwest exhibition.

LandlandPrintTornado Towers, Manakato Minn by Landland

Jay-RyanOnward, Illinois! by Jay Ryan

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MADE IN THE MIDWEST IS ON DISPLAY AT GALERIE F UNTIL DECEMBER 6TH, 2013.

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