[My Business is Circumference], a solo exhibition of new paintings by Chicago-based Venezuelan artist Jeffly Gabriela Molina, will be on view at Kruger Gallery Chicago, 3709 North Southport Avenue, from May 15 through June 27, 2015.

Molina employs trompe-l’oeil to develop fanciful perspectives, architectural passages, and curious environments as she conceptually considers the plurality of female identity. Specifically, she reflects on both, Venezuelan and US cultures to question notions of “womanness”, and to further understand not only the complexities of interpersonal relations, but also the effects culture and society provoke on one’s relation to oneself and to reality.

Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s 1982 letter to T.W. Higginson, Molina considers each painting to be a part of a larger narrative that delves deep into personal and universal interpretations of the female experience. By further exploring the traditions of female writing in English, she has transformed some of her favorite literary works into visual paraphrases, likening individual artworks to stories, poems, essays and letters. The objects and figures—the patterns within—and the structure of her paintings embrace the “hidden” to juxtapose outward appearances with a psychological awareness. While Molina’s painted surfaces are complex and sometimes obscure, they possess amusing qualities that makes them even humorous. According to gallery director, Mikelle Kruger, “Molina’s paintings are accessible, personal, sophisticated and vulnerable engaging a viewer in an intimate way much like one is engaged when curled up with a good book.”

According to prominent Chicago art collector, Larry Levy, speaking at an Art Institute panel on serious art collecting, “It is fun and interesting to discover a brilliant, emerging, affordable artist like Jeffly Gabriela Molina. We own more of her wonderful paintings and sculptures than any other artist.


There will be an opening reception for the artist Friday, May 15 from 69 PM at Kruger Gallery Chicago.


About the Artist, Jeffly Molina

Jeffly Gabriela Molina was born San Cristobal, Tachira, Venezuela in 1989. She came to the United States

in 2007 to attend the New World School of the Arts and to help her aunt with her restaurant in Miami,

Florida. While there, a prominent Chicago family discovered Molina’s paintings, and they subsequently sponsored her BFA studies at the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 2013, she was commissioned by The Rebury South Beach to permanently install her sculpture Nest at the southwest corner of 18th Street and Collins Ave in Miami Beach, and her work is part of several private collections. She is currently a first-year MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute and is expected to graduate in 2016. For more information about Molina or her work, visit

About Kruger Gallery Chicago

Kruger Gallery Chicago is committed to an avant-garde ideal that art can be an agent for social and political change, Kruger Gallery Chicago represents emerging artists working in a variety of media and design. Gallery hours are Tuesday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday 2 p.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, noon4 p.m.; or by appointment.

Gallery owner and director, Mikelle Kruger was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1978 and holds a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Iowa and a master of fine arts from Northern Illinois University.  She lives in Chicago and Marfa, Texas.  Her husband, Matt Kruger, owns Big Bend Brewing Company, a microbrewery outside Marfa, which was just named the most remote brewery in the United States.  Big Bend Brewing’s Tejas Lager will be available at all Kruger Gallery Chicago opening receptions.

For additional information, visit or call 312.995.0776.  Follow the Kruger Gallery Chicago on Facebook at Kruger Gallery Chicago and Instagram at Kruger_Gallery_Chicago.


ESCOMBROS (Spanish for rubble), a solo exhibition of new work by artist Luis Sahagun will be on view at Kruger Gallery Chicago, 3709 N Southport Avenue, from March 20 – May 2, 2015. Sahagun, an exciting, innovative Mexican-American artist, uses his experience as an undocumented immigrant growing up in Chicago Heights to inform his work.

Sahagun uses cardboard, concrete, metal, wood, and repurposed street rubble to create paintings, sculptures and objects, transforming discarded materials into works of art. Collectively his artworks create a modern-day anthropological site that represents both his community and his experiences as a minority in today’s United States. According to Sahagun, “Materials found in the street contain a history created by its residents. Within this context it is easy for me to connect these materials to people and places.”

In Sahagun’s cardboard paintings, Sahagun uses cardboard as a metaphor for his brown skin, stacking and adhering discarded pieces of cardboard into large, cube-shaped structures. He then cuts, tears, and slices into these forms with power tools, giving way to scars of the object’s disfiguration while simultaneously embracing the material’s physicality and beauty. Moreover, each mark suggests a private, painful narrative and celebrates the artist’s hand.

Responding to Sahagun’s exhibition, Two Sides to a River Story, at the SAE Institute in 2013, Jason Foumberg wrote in Chicago Magazine, “Luis Sahagun, a promising young artist, draws compelling portraits on reshaped cardboard boxes. He also uses the material in sculptural compositions so physically immediate they seem to emote.”

Sahagun was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1982. His grandfather came to the United States in the 1940s under the Bracero Program, working in Chicago Height’s steel industry. Sahagun’s father found fieldwork in the late 1970s, and Luis was brought to this country in 1985, living undocumented until he was naturalized in 1995 under Ronald Reagan’s Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Sahagun, a 2001 graduate of Chicago Height’s Bloom High School, earned his BFA from Southern Illinois University in 2006. In 2012, Sahagun won best in show at SAE Chicago’s Emerging Artists Exhibition and has been featured in New American Paintings MFA Annual. He is expected to receive his MFA from Northern Illinois University in May of 2015.

There will be an opening reception for the artist on Friday, March 20 from 6 PM – 9 PM.