Sidewalk Scholar

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Sidewalk Scholar presents a solo exhibition of new work from Mario Gonzalez Jr. The show will feature large-scale mixed media paintings on wood along with site specific installation from the noted Chicago painter.

Gonzalez’s paintings have been described as abstract, but they are far more interested in realities than abstractions. A comparison may be drawn with the loose spontaneity of Asian calligraphy as these works are conceived in the mind’s eye and executed with the swiftness of thought. But the true inspiration for the bold, sinuous forms that inhabit Gonzalez’s paintings are street glyphs, painted with rollers by gang members in the sixties and seventies. These primal markings were intended as signposts for an urban sub-culture but they ended up inspiring the international graffiti culture that would follow. For Gonzalez, who grew up in a world emblazoned with these markings, Sidewalk Scholar is an opportunity to re-contextualize these cryptic runes from the past, and to redirect their energies. Gonzalez’s paintings are shot through with a powerful sense of place, presenting stunned memories of archaic street symbols, objectified and distilled down to their true visual essence.

Mario Gonzalez Jr : Sidewalk Scholar
November 09 – December 31, 2013

Saturday, 09 November, 2013

Gallery Hours
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm

Maxwell Colette Gallery
908 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

The gallery is located south of the Division stop on the Blue Line


Rodrigo Level and Gabriel Kieling: EQUILÍBRIO

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Rodrigo Level, Soma, 2013
acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80cm

Co-Curated by Holiday Exploits and Maxwell Colette Gallery
August 09, 2013 – September 14, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, August 09, from 6pm – 10pm.

Maxwell Colette Gallery and Holiday Editions present EQUILÍBRIO, a two-person exhibition featuring new paintings from Brazilian artists Rodrigo Level and Gabriel Kieling. The show is co-curated by Holiday Exploits, who will be releasing prints by the artists in conjunction with the exhibition.

Level and Kieling exemplify a new breed of Brazilian artist who are able to move freely between the disparate worlds of the gallery and the streets without losing credibility in either. Beyond this, the two are united by more than just medium and technique. Themes of harmony, balance, tranquility and sensuality are explored by both artists. The work is a reaction to the urban chaos that defines life in contemporary Sao Paulo, a metropolis currently rocked by waves of social and political upheaval. Both artists believe that their connection to Art is a profound one. Says Level: “Art…is everything around you. We live art daily. Everything comes from artistic creation.”

Rodrigo Level currently resides in a small town south of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He began as a street artist in the mid 1990s in his own hometown of São Paulo. Rodrigo gathers humanity into his work to communicate the stillness and depth that fills the inner sanctum of our being. Gabriel Kieling is an architect. Born and raised in downtown Sao Paulo, the city has always played a major role in his life and his work. His style is inspired by Brazilian Cordel Art, but fused with the graceful sensuality of European artists like Gustav Klimt and Egon Shiele. Both Level and Kieling have been exhibited previously in galleries Brazil and the USA and have had their work appear in numerous blogs and magazines including Juxtapoz.

EQUILÍBRIO will be on view through September 14, 2013 at Maxwell Colette Gallery. The gallery is located at 908 N Ashland, and is open to the public Wednesday – Saturday from 12 – 6pm.

More on Level and Kieling may be viewed here:

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Gabriel Kieling, Refuge, 2013
acrylic on canvas, 40 x 70cm


November 17th, 2012 – January 5th, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 17th from 6pm – 10pm

Maxwell Colette Gallery is pleased to present two new bodies of work on one exciting evening. Sweet Propaganda by Flavio Falena and More Power by Fred One Litch will both debut on Saturday, November 17th with an opening reception from 6:00 – 10:00pm. The shows will run from November 17th, 2012 until January 5th, 2013.

For this final exhibition of 2012, Maxwell Colette Gallery has paired two artists whose work explores the use of collage as a catalyst for the revitalization of discarded visuals and the repurposing of previously disseminated information. Sometimes surprising, funny or provocative, the calculated incongruities exhibited in these works forge a new relationship with the ordinary as fragmented forms collide into fresh points of view.

You can view more information and images of work in the show here:

Exhibition Location: 908 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL

Hours: November 17th, 2012 – January 5th, 2013, noon until 6pm, Wednesday through Saturday

Maxwell Colette Gallery
908 N. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
T: 312 496 3153 

STUCK UP: A Selected History of Alternative & Pop Culture Told Through Stickers

January 20, 2012 – March 3, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, January 20th from 6pm – 10pm.
Book Signing: Saturday, January 21st from 1pm – 3pm.

Maxwell Colette Gallery and DB Burkeman are excited to present ‘STUCK UP: A Selected History of Alternative & Pop Culture Told Though Stickers.’ This museum-quality traveling exhibition, curated by Burkeman from his extensive personal collection, provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore the expanding role that stickers have played in popular culture over the past four decades. ‘STUCK UP…’ features stickers from Street Art legends (Banksy, Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Space Invader, KAWS), and internationally lauded contemporary artists (Andy Warhol, Jenny Holzer, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Tom Sachs) shown side by side with anonymous stickers peeled from the streets of NYC.

On Friday, January 20th Maxwell Colette Gallery and DB Burkeman will host the exhibition’s opening reception from 6pm – 10pm. Then on Saturday, January 21st the gallery will host a book signing from 1pm – 3pm featuring DB Burkeman and the celebrated photographer, author, and self- described sticker thief Martha Cooper. Concurrent with these happenings, the gallery will present a selection of sticker-based collage work from the ever-talented Chris Mendoza, and will showcase an incarnation of ‘Slap Happy’, the charity sticker invitational that made its debut as a part of SCOPE 2011 in Miami. This will be the only place outside of that art fair where the limited edition stickers and signed black books from the project will be available to view and purchase in person.

Maxwell Colette Gallery
908 N Ashland Ave | Chicago, IL | 60622

Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 12pm – 6pm
and other times by appointment or chance…