Vertical Gallery is proud to present "All That We See or Seem..." a group exhibition of works on canvas, wood and found objects. The exhibition will run Aug 2 - 30, 2014 with an opening reception on Saturday, August 2, 6-10PM.
"All That We See or Seem..." takes us on a transcendental journey into the enchanting worlds each individual artist has created, and an intimate look into the lives of their inhabitants, through whimsy, wit and wonder. Featuring: Laura Berger, Jeremy Tinder, Jim Houser, Matt Haber, Blazo Calovic, Stormie Mills, Edward Robin Coronel and Zed1. Curated by Jenni Button.
Laura Berger is an artist and illustrator based in Chicago. Working primarily with gouache, acrylic, and ink, her art is focused on exploring our connections to ourselves, each other, & our environments, and centers around the idea of finding novelty & adventure in everyday life. Laura has shown her work in group & solo showings around the US, Canada, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand. She also designs paper goods and products, does freelance illustration work, and paints murals
Blažo Calovic grew up in the former Yugoslavia, and moved to Chicago at age 11. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied fine art, and somehow ended up working in advertising. Blazo likes to create stuff. "Not just any stuff, but stuff that makes people smile, even though they might see it as odd, weird, violent, or gross."
Matt Haber is a freelance illustrator, storyboard artist and visual development artist. His work has been shown in galleries across the US and in Europe. Matt’s past solo exhibitions include Lebasse Projects, BLDG, Jonathan Levine Gallery, and Sixspace. His work leans toward the classic with a contemporary spin and an appreciation for things hand-made. It draws connections to folk art by its grassroots approach to storytelling and it’s unique voice laden with characters.
Edward Robin Coronel was born in Quezon City, Philippines. His family moved to the United States when he was a year old and they lived in a suburb, west of Chicago. Edward has no formal art training but has been drawing or "doodling" most of his life.
Jim Houser was born in 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city where he currently resides. He is a self-taught artist and an honorary founding member of the Philly-based artist collective Space1026. Houser’s installations create a mapping system, cataloguing his thinking . His work explores the cadence of speech, science and science fiction, sickness and disease, plants and animals, time travel, ghosts , the art of children and the gravity of fatherhood , codes and code breaking, music and music making. Houser’s collages, paintings and installations have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Brazil. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art.
Stormie Mills started painting in 1984 and has since then been exploring the human condition through his work taking his iconic characters off the walls in the streets and onto canvas in the Gallery. Working in restricted palette of black representing dirt, white the attempt to remove dirt, grey as a metaphor for the cityscape & silver for dreams this palette an expression of the sense of isolation in Stormie’s work. With a career that spans over 25 years Stormie continues in his quest to examine the human condition through his though provoking work.
Jeremy Tinder is an artist living and working in Chicago. He is a cartoonist, painter, toy designer, illustrator, and teacher. Jeremy teaches classes in comics and illustration at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Marwen Foundation, The Evanston Art Center and the Hyde Park Art Center.
Italian street artist, ZED1 (Marco Burresi) is known for his round-faced, puppet-like characters, in paintings and large-scale murals around the world. Says ZED1 of his work, "There comes a base of macabre as if the artist transmit a sense of danger and terror against what is happening in the world, almost as a warning to ask the viewer to remain prudent and guard against what surrounds him."
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