Mau Mau returns to Vertical Gallery with first-ever U.S. solo art show

Mau Mau
“Bombing walls and painting bridges”
July 13 – August 3, 2019
Opening reception: Saturday, July 13, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago

Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is very proud to present British urban graffiti artist Mau Mau’s first U.S. solo exhibition “Bombing walls and painting bridges,” running from July 13 through August 3, 2019.

“Bombing walls and painting bridges” features the newest work from Mau Mau, who made his Vertical Gallery debut in mid-2017 with the collaborative exhibit “Foreign Policy,” co-headlined by his coconspirator Beejoir. Mau Mau will attend the “Bombing walls and painting bridges” opening reception, taking place at Vertical’s 1016 N. Western Ave. location from 6:00-9:00 pm on Saturday, July 13.

Mau Mau brings to Vertical a wry, colorful approach that is both refreshingly simple and powerfully sophisticated. Often his work comments on the social and political forces shaping life in the 21st century, with a recurring focus on environmental themes, and frequently features his signature red fox character — a mischievous symbol of survival and street savvy.

“There is profound meaning behind the work that Mau Mau is doing, but it’s done in a very fun, whimsical way that everyone can understand and appreciate. Nobody else is doing it the way he’s doing it,” said Patrick Hull, Vertical Gallery owner and founder. “He is on the brink of breaking through as a major international artist, and this show is a clear evolution of his work. I truly believe Mau Mau will be a household name.”

A product of coastal North Devon and its thriving surf culture, Mau Mau takes his name from a four-month sojourn to Ghana during the early 1990s: unable to pronounce his birth name, the Rastafarians of the Twelve Tribes temple dubbed him “Mau Mau,” an alias that has since graced everything from shipwrecks to surfboards to city walls across locations as far flung as Jamaica, Australia, Egypt and Thailand. In addition to sold-out solo exhibitions in the U.K., Japan and Thailand, Mau Mau has completed projects for organizations including Greenpeace, Surfers Against Sewage and the Glastonbury Festival. He has also created animated music videos for recording artists including The Herbaliser, Dizzee Rascal and DJ Skitz, and teamed with independent record labels like Ninja Tune and Lowlife Records.

Vertical Gallery
1016 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

The Border Crossed Us

July 19 – September 6
Opening Reception July 19, 2019 7-10pm

The Border Crossed Us presents 68 prints by 37 artists from portfolios of work that were produced in Chicago by Rene Arceo’s Arceo Press. The works reflect a search for meaning in the complex cross-border migrant experience. Curated by Eugenia Macias, the exhibit was first shown at the UNAM, Morelia Campus (National Autonomous University of Mexico) in October, 2018.

The complexity of the migrant condition, as a situation that crosses while running over people and communities, has generated creative proposals from Mexican American, Latino or Mexican residents or USA visitors who are not restricted only to representations of Chicano conditions. Rather, it is the search for meaning in the cross-border experience that give birth to a broad view of artworks. These views are as diverse as the iconic and expressive use of visualizations coming from environments and life practices with Mexican and Latino imagery. This richness is reflected in collectives, teaching and creative space, dynamic militant politics, exhibitions, other events and mechanisms to socially share the works of this creators. This happens with the publication of portfolios produced in Chicago by Arceo Press, from which these 68 prints by 37 artists were taken.

All these processes are based on flexible inclusion criteria, because the force to strengthen the origins, roots, and ethnicity is significant. The development in a country where these artists are foreigners or where some of them, their families or acquaintances met as migrants, have lived in fragile and discriminative situations, by natural instinct they generate answers of resilience, resistance, and empowerment.

Eugenia Macias, Curator

Participating Artists:

Aguirre, Jose Antonio
Andreu, Jose Agustin (Chicago)
Arceo, Rene Hugo (Chicago)
Barberena, Carlos (Chicago)
Barrera, Arturo (Chicago)
Cardenas, Mizraim
Castillo, Mario E. (Chicago)
Coronado, Sam
De Dios Mora, Juan
De Jesus, Nicolas
De la Torre, Luis (Chicago)
De Luna, Celeste
Diaz-Infante, Amy
Duarte, Hector (Chicago)
Fernandez, Sandra S.
Ferreyra, Roberto (Chicago)
Fuentes, Juan R.
Gama, Esperanza (Chicago)
Garibay, Marianna
Jimenez, Salvador (Chicago)
Lazo, Fulgencio
Luna, Juan Pablo
Marichal, Poli
Mercado, Dolores (Chicago)
Montoya, Emmanuel
Moya, Oscar
Pahuamba, Angel
Pulido, Eufemio (Chicago)
Rendon Vazquez, Joel
Rodriguez, Artemio
Rodriguez, Elvia (Chicago)
Rodriguez, Ramiro
Sadowski, Marianne
Solis, Diana (Chicago)
Solis, Eva
Trejo, Ruben
Varela, Benjamin P.

Bridgeport Art Center
Address: 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609
Phone: 773-247-3000

Meditative Gardens

A Solo Art Exhibition by Justin Suico

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present a 3 day solo exhibition of paintings by Chicago-based artist, Justin Suico beginning August 1st, 2019. The impact of Suico’s work will feed off the energy of Lollapalooza, happening just a few blocks away.

“Meditative Gardens” explores the harsh reality of city living and the refuge made possible through our connection to nature. Suico’s paintings are layers upon layers of graffiti-like movement combined with floral imagery that draws you into the beautiful chaos that almost exactly represents the marriage of urban and nature. Although the work is abstract, the energy and intention is made clear. “My paintings are designed to acknowledge and explore the intensity of urban living and portray the stories of those city-inhabitants who recognize and appreciate positivity and the abundance that can be cultivated through a connection with nature, no matter how limited it may be.” – Suico

“Meditative Gardens” runs August 1st through 3rd only and will be open on Thursday, August 1st from 12-5pm followed by an opening reception with the artist from 5-9pm. Additional open hours are August 2nd and 3rd from 12-6pm. Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Justin Suico will be painting a large piece live in front of The Blackstone Hotel, located a block away at 636 S Michigan Avenue on August 2nd from 3-6pm and August 3rd from 11am-3pm, weather permitting. For more information:

About the Artist

Born on December 6, 1985, Suico is a visual artist from Chicago, IL. Suico’s paintings have been shown all over Chicago, in Miami’s Art Basel and in Asia Contemporary Art Hong-Kong. Recently, Suico made a return to Miami and immediately made a cultural and artistic impact with the top private closing event of Miami’s Art Basel week in South Beach titled COCO Miami. His artistic visions curated and produced his own event that also included co-artist Tom Franco, which began to break the mold of the conventional artist presentation. Later, his work traveled across the sea and joined a group show at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art curated by Alan Chin. After a series of intense competitive art battles throughout the year, Suico became a finalist in the 2018 Midwest Regional Art Battle final in Chicago.

Endeavoring to continuously reimagine his art through cultural immersion, Suico has painted in a number of international locations including Reykjavik, Barcelona, Montreal, Florence, Rome, and Paris. His natural artistic eye has allowed him to become the Production Designer and Art Director for GoLucky Studios where he has curated multiple successful projects/popups such as the SCOUT’s VIP access party for Hollywood executives & agents from Comedy Central, ABC, Dreamworks, Netflix, WME, CAA, UTA and Paradigm. In 2017 he became a key committee member for Art for Life Chicago curating multiple successful art shows. Furthermore, Suico is assisting in developing an art program for Karam, a NFP helping Syrian refugee children adjust to a new life in America.

Call for Artists: Polish Heritage

The Chicago Public Library is seeking artists to exhibit during October 2019 in celebration of Polish American Heritage Month. We are looking for artists who are of Polish descent or whose work showcases Polish traditions, customs or heritage. We are happy to have any type of visual art – photographs, paintings, sketches, etc. or small 3D art such as jewelry, small sculpture, paper-cutting, fiber arts, etc.

To enter: Please submit a brief artist’s biography, artist’s statement, contact information, if you have a desired neighborhood to exhibit in and 3-5 .jpeg images of your work. We also welcome links to artist’s websites, press coverage or social media accounts. While we do our best to accommodate artists by placing their exhibit in their desired neighborhood branches, this is not always possible as we strive to showcase artwork during Polish American Heritage Month in communities all across Chicago. Artists who are selected to exhibit during Polish American Heritage Month will be required to complete the Chicago Public Library’s insurance coverage form by August 26, 2019 forms will be distributed after artists are matched with a branch location. By entering you understand that if your work is selected for exhibition, you may be assigned to exhibit at any one of the Chicago Public Library’s 81 locations. Lastly, artists or their designee must be available to install and remove their artwork – regrettably, we cannot accept long distance entries or artwork for display that arrives via mail or courier.

Any Questions and Entries must be submitted via email to: Anthony Ledwon by July 26, 2019 Entries will be reviewed by the Polish American Services Committee and selected artists will be notified via email in late July.