Word to Mother "Forgot How To Fly"

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Saturday, 6 May 2017 to Saturday, 27 May 2017
Saturday, 6 May 2017 -
6:00pm to 10:00pm

Vertical Gallery is proud to present a brand new collection of work from UK artist Word to Mother. The exhibition "Forgot How To Fly" is May 6 – 27, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 6, 6:00-10:00pm. This is his first solo exhibition in Chicago.

“Forget How To Fly” explores the feelings and attitudes attributed to living in a social media laden society. Word To Mother refers to it as an ever growing “Comparison-Culture” in which people are more concerned with what they don’t have rather than what they have already been blessed with. “Forget How To Fly” thoughtfully portrays society’s over-exposure to information and how children’s minds, as well as adults, are being consumed by digital addictions. There is a constant need to occupy the mind with distraction which leads to a loss of imagination and the inability to generate original thoughts.


Word To Mother is an illustrator, artist, and tattooist with a history of graffiti. Through his use of various media, he uses his unique perspective to capture the subtleties of the environment and human emotion through a refined, subtle palette and his unique and unmistakable line work. Human forms exist amongst ethereal landscapes, constructed of pattern, architecture and typography, creating an emotive, nostalgic depth achieved through textured layers of spontaneous mark making. His works on wood panels are refreshingly subtle interpretations of society today.

Word To Mother is a key figure in modern Urban Art culture. He has shown in London, Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Hong Kong, and has also been included in Street Art auctions at the prestigious Bonhams auction house in London. This exhibition marks 10 years since his first solo show in London.

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Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago

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