Designer Toys, Art & Pop Culture

Lana Crooks & Andrew Bell plus Melissa Sue Stanley in December

A new month means new art in our main and side galleries! We're super excited to have a wonderful exhibit by two great artists, Lana Crooks and Andrew Bell, in our main gallery for December, plus Melissa Sue Stanley will be showing her wonderful stitched creations in the side gallery! 

Night Fall
New Works by Lana Crooks & Andrew Bell
December 9-31
, 2016
BYOB Opening Reception December 9, 7-10pm

Chicago-based artist Lana Crooks loves the antique, the creepy, the cute and the mysterious. Constructing creatures from fabrics and found objects, she is a purveyor of faux specimens and soft curiosities that are a blend of science and fantasy. Sought after for her pattern-making abilities, she frequently teams up with other artists to breathe three dimensional life into their illustrations, earning her two Designer Toy Awards. She enjoys drawing from real specimens in dusty back rooms of Chicago's natural history museums but, on an average day, you can find her in the studio surrounded by skulls, old books, aging fabrics, and a cat named Tanuki!

New York-based Andrew Bell enjoys working in a variety of mediums, from illustrations and paintings to toys and sculptures. His expressive characters embody a complex set of emotions, lending them a real sense of life and hinting at a deeper narrative. The work is tied together by a sense of humor that often belies a more serious and somber message.

Andrew draws inspiration from his travels, his dreams, and the diversity of life surrounding him in his home of Brooklyn, New York. Over the last 15 years he has published several books based on his “Creatures in my Head” series of illustrations and has released hundreds of prints, toys and products through his company Dead Zebra Inc.

His work has been featured in gallery shows and publications around the world including The New York Times, Wired, Newsweek and Fast Company. You may even have seen his famous Café Grumpy logo on HBO’s ‘girls’, or his Google Android toy on widely syndicated The Big Bang Theory. He has received three “Designer Toy Award” honors, including the 2015 Toy of the Year award!

Join us for the opening reception on the evening of Friday, December 9, 7-10pm and you'll have a chance to chat with both Lana and Andrew, plus we'll have snacks and beverages (BYOB if you want beer or wine), not to mention awesome music courtesy of DJ Sean Doe.

Works will be available to purchase at the gallery beginning at 11am on Friday, December 9 or via email starting at 2pm the same day for members of our Gallery Previews List (sign up here).

Dandelion Wine
New Works by Melissa Sue Stanley
December 9-31, 2016
BYOB Opening Reception December 9, 7-10pm

Melissa Sue Stanley creates paintings and soft sculptures in Chicago, IL.  Her work is collected internationally and has been exhibited in galleries across the US.  

Melissa draws her inspiration from life and experience in the Midwest. Memories of cicadas, storms, and endless fields are captured in drawings and paintings - with a twist of magical realism and using all the tools in her studio. Following this theme, Melissa also creates small creatures out of wool and wire. These monsters and spirits are stitched together from summer evenings. Both bright and dark, they offer colorful delights as well as dark mysteries.  

Melissa grew up in the small towns of northern Illinois with lightning bugs, creek-beds, and dandelions. She studied drawing and painting, and continues to do so, in various weekly figure drawing sessions at local art leagues and studios.  

Melissa also works with her partner, Max Bare, on comic books and small products.  Together they manage and host the Chicago Drink & Draw Social Club, and are members of the OhNo!Doom Collective.  

Join us for the opening reception on the evening of Friday, December 9, 7-10pm and you'll have a chance to chat with Melissa, plus we'll have snacks and beverages (BYOB if you want beer or wine), not to mention awesome music courtesy of DJ Sean Doe.

Works will be available to purchase at the gallery beginning at 11am on Friday, November 11 or via email starting at 2pm the same day for members of our Gallery Previews List (sign up here).

 


Posted Nov 28, 2016 by Kirby Kerr 0

Ken Keirns and FlipBooKit Exhibit/Workshop

The Cubs won the World Series (sorry, we can't help ourselves) and we're ramping up for some great new exhibits and a cool workshop on November 11 and 12!

Short Stories
New Paintings by Ken Keirns
November 11-December 4, 2016
BYOB Opening Reception November 11, 7-10pm

In the main gallery we welcome back one of our favorite artists, Ken Keirns. Ken has been working hard on a new series of paintings under the title Short Stories. We can't wait to share this new body of work with you in what will be Ken's eighth solo exhibit in our gallery! Shown above is Slow Jam (detail)....that's a short story we'd love to read!

Join us for the opening reception on the evening of Friday, November 11, 7-10pm and you'll have a chance to chat with Ken who will be in attendance, plus we'll have snacks and beverages (BYOB if you want beer or wine), not to mention awesome music courtesy of DJ Sean Doe.

Works will be available to purchase at the gallery beginning at 11am on Friday, November 11 or via email starting at 2pm the same day for members of our Gallery Previews List (sign up here).

FlipBooKit Show: Chicago
November 11-December 4, 2016
BYOB Opening Reception November 11, 7-10pm

Not content with one awesome exhibit in November, we've also got new works going up in our side gallery...something a little different...the Chicago edition of the FlipBooKit Show

What's a FlipBooKit, you ask? FlipBooKit is a DIY hand-cranked movie-loop machine that displays your own video or animated art. It’s a great maker project and it makes for a great gift, easy for any creative aged 8+!

For the exhibit, FlipBooKit inventors Mark Arnon Rosen and Wendy Marvel have curated a selection of artist-designed FlipBooks, all of which will be on display with special motorized FlipBooks! This one will be a fun, lively exhibit that you don't want to miss, plus we'll have DIY FlipBooKits available and will also be hosting a workshop (details below) with Mark and Wendy if you want to jump in and make your own!

Featured Artists: Brandon Sines, Cassia Lupo, Chema SKandal!, Cindy Suen, Clem Stamation, Csaba Klement, Elaine Chen, Eric Fleischaeur, Heather Cardone, Jaime Giraldo, Jeremy Tinder, Julia Liu, Ken Keirns, Kim Lu, Laura Berger, Michael Hsiung, Nate Bear, Patrick Burnell, Rachel Koukal, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Shawn Cheng, Tony Rabit, Travis Lampe and Victor Kerlow.

Join us for the opening reception on the evening of Friday, November 11, 7-10pm and you'll have a chance to chat with Mark and Wendy who will be in attendance, plus we'll have snacks and beverages (BYOB if you want beer or wine), not to mention awesome music courtesy of DJ Sean Doe.

Works will be available to purchase at the gallery beginning at 11am on Friday, November 11 or via email starting at 2pm the same day for members of our Gallery Previews List (sign up here).

Inspired to make your own FlipBook? Join us the next day after the opening for a special workshop with the inventors of FlipBooKit!

FlipBooKit Workshop, Saturday, November 12, 2-4pm
Wendy and Mark will take you through the process of building your FlipBook Box from the provided FlipBooKit Craft kit, and then help you create your own hand-cranked FlipBook animation from a video! 

For more information about the workshop and to sign up please click here.


Posted Nov 03, 2016 by Kirby Kerr 0

Late October/Early November Special Events

Just in time for Halloween, we’re bringing you a one day pop-up shop filled with the gnarliest, spookiest art we could find!

We’re psyched to be hosting this special pop-up shop and exhibit featuring the works of Ghostfreehood, aka Baltimore-based artist Nick DiFabbio of cherrymothcake.com! Join us 11am-7pm, on Saturday, October 29 to grab some awesome art, pins, prints and more!

One day only, mark your calendars now!

 

Mitch O’Connell, “The Prince of Pop Art,” is back with a second volume of the most acclaimed collections of sexy, salacious and stunning tattoo flash ever published! Jam-packed with an ALL NEW selection of Perky Pin-Ups, Adorable Angels, Dastardly Devils, Wicked Wolves, Sinister Skulls and much more!

Join us the evening of Wednesday, November 2, 6-9pm for a signing with Mitch, along with graphic designer Joseph Allen Black, and get a copy of his new book for just $14.95…PLUS we’ve arranged for Chicago’s Revolution Tattoo to be at the gallery during the signing, tattooing a selection of works from Mitch’s new book for just $100 each! Limited tattoo time slots will be available, arrive early to guarantee a spot!

Mitch O’Connell Tattoos, Volume 2 is published by Last Gasp Publishing.


Posted Oct 18, 2016 by Kirby Kerr 0

October Exhibits: Travis Lampe, Netherland and Charlie Megna

We're excited to be welcoming back two artists to our main gallery space in October that we have a long history with, along with a side gallery exhibit by a new artist that we're equally excited to share with you. The opening reception for all three exhibits is Friday, October 14, 7-10pm. Join us for sweet treats, music by DJ Sean Doe and a chance to talk to all three artists about their works. 

Travis Lampe

A Thinly Veiled Cry for Help
New Works by Travis Lampe
October 14-November 6, 2016

Up first, Travis Lampe returns to the main gallery with his first exhibit since 2013's "Cult of Chauncy." The Chicago-based artist always finds a way to explore emotional depths, sadness and general absurdity in a way that leaves the viewer wondering if it's all serious, or just simply funny. Knowing Travis, it's probably a little bit of both. His unmistakable style, heavily influenced by early animation, is one of our favorites and we're excited to be showing his new works.

Overexposure
New Works by Netherland
October 14-November 6, 2016

Joining Travis in the main gallery is another artist we've shown multiple times in the past, collage artist Netherland. His muted rainbow-tinged compositions of vintage 60s and 70s families that have their heads replaced with stereos and cameras might be a commentary on the ability of technology to transform our lives, or perhaps they're a nostalgic look back...or maybe they're just great images. 

Dwell
New Works by Charlie Megna
October 14-November 6, 2016

Finally, we're happy to bring you the works of one more Chicago-based artist in the side gallery in October, Charlie Megna. Charlie's self-described "satirical, subversive social commentary" is both loose and fun, but also highly detailed and meticulous at the same time. Referencing skate culture, rock n' roll and a decidedly tribalistic atmosphere, Charlie's works definitely invite further inspection and introspection.

 


Posted Oct 03, 2016 by Kirby Kerr 0

View Cold Ways Online

The cold ways exhibit is now up for online viewing on our gallery website. We have provided "Inquire" buttons on the pages for all items that are currently available.  Clicking "Inquire" will open up an email for you with the correct title already pre-filled so you can easily email us and inquire about price and availability. Thank you!

Check it out!


Posted Sep 06, 2016 by Kirby Kerr 0
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