Vertical Gallery is proud to present “The Color of Life”, our second solo exhibition with Minneapolis-based artist Greg Gossel, featuring over 50 new original works. The exhibition will run from October 1 – 29, 2016 with an opening reception with the artist Saturday, October 1, 6-10pm.
Continuing to explore his signature mixed-media pop aesthetic, Gossel debuts a new series of letter-based works and wood panel collages for “The Color of Life”. Pulp noir and silver age romance comics are juxtaposed with anonymous family photos, vintage dime store packaging, and children’s coloring books; creating a fragmented visual memory of times gone by. These images are applied to wood panels with silkscreen ink, acrylic paint, and enamel; only to be physically cut apart and reconstructed in rhythmic geometric patterns referencing the works of Frank Stella and Jasper Johns. The end result is a new series of vibrant, heavily layered compositions that offer a window into the joys and sadness that make up the colors of life.
Greg Gossel was born in 1982 in western Wisconsin, and currently resides in Minneapolis, MN. With a background in design, his work is an expressive interplay of many diverse words, images, and gestures. Gossel’s multi-layered work illustrates a visual history of change and process that simultaneously features and condemns popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Japan, London, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, and Chicago. His commercial clients include American Express, Levi’s, Burton Snowboards, Stussy, VICE Magazine, and Interscope Records.
Vertical Gallery is committed to exhibiting and promoting urban, contemporary and street art. Established in 2013 in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood, the gallery focuses on work influenced by urban environments, street art, pop culture, graphic design and illustration. New monthly exhibits highlight local, national, and international artists with a mix of solo and group shows. You may view and purchase past and current work either in the gallery space or online. Vertical Gallery also consults on public art commissions, creating new collections, corporate collections, and secondary market artwork.