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September Exhibit: Hori Miso

Robots, Samurai & The Inbetween

New Works by Hori Miso
September 19-October 11, 2020

We are excited to be welcoming Chicago-based artist Hori Miso to our walls beginning Saturday, September 19. Primarily working with wheat-pasted pieces on the streets of Chicago, Hori Miso blends pop culture, hip hop, Tokyo street art and the Japanese aesthetic.

While we will be open for viewing on Saturday the 19th, 10am-6pm, we are being cautious and will not be holding an opening reception — so make sure to sign up for our gallery previews email list at http://previews.rotofugi.com for first notice when works are available to purchase!

The gallery is open for viewing at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 10am-6pm daily, or view online at gallery.rotofugi.com

About the Artist / Artist Statement

“Growing up in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, I have always been drawn to the pulse of the city. My primary focus is wheat-pasting, applying an image, usually on a public space, with homemade paste. I have expanded mediums to canvas work and murals, but I enjoy wheat-pasting the most because of it’s organic, temporal nature. The lifespan of my wheat-pasted pieces is unpredictable…some fade with grace while other are gone too soon, but either way I try to compliment the landscape they call home. Wheat-pasting allows me to put an idea to paper, bring it to life with paint, and share it by choosing just the right location to provide context. The application process allows me to literally get my hands dirty and contribute to the sights and sounds of the city.”

“My self-taught work is influenced by pop culture, hip hop, Tokyo street art and the Japanese aesthetic. While my work can currently be seen around the city of Chicago, I’ve had the opportunity to wheat-paste in some of my favorite spots in Tokyo, leaving behind a little of myself in a place that’s given me so much.“

“Creativity feeds the soul and I am constantly finding inspiration in the ‘every day.’ Robots and Samurai are rad, but don’t forget the inbetween.“

- Hori Miso, Chicago, September 2020


Posted Sep 06, 2020 by Kirby Kerr 0

August Exhibit: Shawnimals

Support Systems

New Works by Shawnimals

August 15-September 13, 2020

Longtime Rotofugi friend and collaborator Shawnimals is back in August with an all new exhibit of paintings based on his “All Shapes” motif. They're simple and fun, yet all about friends, community, celebrating and accepting our differences, and remembering that we really do need each other. In short, be kind because it takes all shapes!

While we will be open for viewing on Saturday the 15th, 10am-6pm, we will not be holding an opening reception so make sure to sign up for our gallery previews email list at http://previews.rotofugi.com for first notice when works are available to purchase.


Posted Jul 31, 2020 by Kirby Kerr 0

July Exhibit: Mike Bell


Pop Bot
New Works by Mike Bell
July 18-August 9, 2020

Join us July 18-August 9 for all new works by New Jersey-based painter Mike Bell like this amazing Astroboy painting! We've been in love with Mike's wonderfully tight pieces drawn from pop culture, robots, classic horror and more for years and are excited to have him back in the gallery!

While we will be open for viewing on Saturday the 18th, 10am-6pm, we will not be holding an opening reception so make sure to sign up for our gallery previews email list at http://previews.rotofugi.com for first notice when works are available to purchase.


Posted Jul 06, 2020 by Kirby Kerr 0

We're Back!

Our retail location in Chicago is now open to the public (as of Friday, June 12)...it’s been a long, strange few months since we last had the pleasure of seeing our friends at the store and we’re excited (and honestly a little nervous) to be back!

For now we will be operating on a slightly revised schedule, 10am-6pm, seven days a week.

Per City of Chicago regulation, you must wear a face covering to enter the store. If you do not have one, we have disposable masks available for you along with hand sanitizer and, if you’d like, gloves. Contactless payment via Paypal is also available.

Last but not least, we will continue to offer curbside pickups. Just place your order at http://rotofugi.com and choose Pickup from the shipping options. When you’re outside just give us a call at tel:773-868-3308 and we’ll bring your purchase to you!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us through this unprecedented time!

Rotofugi
2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Intersection of Lincoln, Diversey & Racine


Posted Jun 11, 2020 by APC Collaborator 0

June Exhibit: Netherland

Playlist
New Works by David "Netherland" van Alphen
June 13-July 12, 2020

Join us through July 12 for all new works from Chicago-based artist David "Netherland" van Alphen, best known for his retro collage pieces and a beautiful 70s influenced color palette. We’ve had several exhibits of David’s work over the years (and he was also our Gallery Director for a good while) but we never get tired of his tight compositions and truly affordable works.


While we will be open for viewing on Saturday the 13th, 10am-6pm, we will not be holding an opening reception so make sure to sign up for our gallery previews email list at http://previews.rotofugi.com for first notice when works are available to purchase.


Posted Jun 11, 2020 by Kirby Kerr 0
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