ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Ella and Pitr - Vertical Gallery - June 4th - June 25th <p>Whimsical, innocent, hopeful, poignant, playful, funny, free and infectious. Vertical Gallery is proud to present the debut USA exhibition for Ella and Pitr, &ldquo;Le Silence Des Pantoufles Apr&egrave;s La Pluie&rdquo; (&ldquo;The Silence of the Slippers After the Rain&rdquo;), June 4-25, 2016. For 10 years, the French art duo has created a family of larger than life characters that resonate deeply with an ever-growing global audience. Much like their street work on parking lots, rooftops, school yards, and walls around the world, the impeccably drafted characters that inhabit their gallery work can barely be contained within the frame, bursting with life and love and purpose. &nbsp;</p> <p>They have received international recognition for their street art projects. Their huge characters &ndash; giants, humans or animals &ndash; usually asleep, are sometimes not visible from the ground. When the characters painted in these unusual places, it gives the impression that the walls and borders keep them stuck where they are. There street work can be found in France, Italy, Canada, Portugal, Chile, and soon in the USA in Chicago. Come join us for this special exhibition to explore the world through the eyes of Ella &amp; Pitr.</p> <p>Ella &amp; Pitr<br /> &ldquo;Le Silence Des Pantoufles Apr&egrave;s La Pluie&rdquo; (&ldquo;The Silence of the Slippers After the Rain&rdquo;)<br />June 4-25, 2016<br />Opening reception with artists Saturday, June 4, 6-10pm<br />Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago</p> Tue, 24 May 2016 20:45:16 +0000 Benjamin Zellmer Bellas - moniquemeloche gallery - April 9th - May 28th <p style="text-align: justify;">In conjunction with his solo exhibition, Justin Cooper has invited Miami-based artist <strong>Benjamin Zellmer Bellas</strong> to exhibit in <strong>Porcelain Projects. </strong>Cooper and Bellas previously collaborated in 2006 for a series of performances revolving around Cooper&rsquo;s first solo show at moniquemeloche, <em>Middle </em><em>Management.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bellas straddles sentiment and intellect through his multimedia practice, casting everyday objects as ostentatious and sometimes iconic signifiers. Filmed in 2010 in New Buffalo, Michigan while Bellas was an artist in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago&rsquo;s Roger Brown House, <em>AN INDIVIDUAL THROWS A FLASHLIGHT INTO LAKE MICHIGAN, WHERE IT IS LEFT TO FLOAT BENEATH THE SURFACE OF THE LAKE </em>explores the resonance of memory and the necessity for connection.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Benjamin Zellmer Bellas (</strong><strong>b. 1976 Meadville, PA; lives and works in Miami, FL) </strong>received his Bachelor&rsquo;s degree in Studio Arts from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998, and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Bellas has since spoken at venues like the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Oregon, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum&rsquo;s Luce Foundation Center. His recent solo exhibitions include <em>The letter that you&rsquo;re writing doesn&rsquo;t mean you&rsquo;re not dead</em>, CUAC, Salt Lake City, UT (2015); <em>Until the brilliance is extinguished,</em> Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA (2015); and <em>Soft Movements in the Same Direction</em>, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada (2014). Bellas&rsquo; group exhibitions include <em>Bring out your dead</em>, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, IL (2015); <em>Burn it Down</em>, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL (2014); and <em>Elastic de facto</em>, Carter &amp; Citizen, Los Angeles (2013). In 2012, he won the Franklin Furnace Fund for his work, and later received a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2014. Bellas has been featured in&nbsp;<em>The Washington Post</em>,&nbsp;<em>WAMU NPR</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Sculpture Magazine</em>, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at Florida International University, Miami.</p> Sat, 21 May 2016 16:37:09 +0000 Kayla Anderson, Dave Eassa, Carlos Franco, Denise Treizman - LVL3 Gallery - May 28th - July 3rd <p style="text-align: justify;">LVL3 is happy to present <em>Improbable</em>, a group show in partnership with the ACRE residency program. This year LVL3 is excited to feature Kayla Anderson, Dave Eassa, Carlos Franco, and Denise Treizman. All four artists were ACRE residents during the 2015 Summer Session. Through questioning nuances of histories, material, and space, these four artists bring light to unexpected assimilations.</p> Sat, 21 May 2016 16:27:38 +0000 Jimmy Wright - Corbett vs. Dempsey - June 3rd - July 16th Sat, 21 May 2016 16:18:26 +0000 Gina Litherland - Corbett vs. Dempsey - June 3rd - July 16th Sat, 21 May 2016 16:18:02 +0000 Noel Morical - Andrew Rafacz Gallery - June 4th - July 16th Sat, 21 May 2016 16:15:06 +0000 Josh Reames - Andrew Rafacz Gallery - June 4th - July 16th Sat, 21 May 2016 16:15:03 +0000 Boyang Hou - Paris London Hong Kong - May 14th - June 25th <p style="text-align: justify;">Boyang Hou&rsquo;s work examines liminal transition and meditative iteration. The works in this exhibition are part of an ongoing series that breaks down the practice of painting into its component parts and fetishizes each one. Hou prepares his canvases with pigmented gessos, executes systematic graphite drawings and finishes with three colors of enamel that represent a mid-tone, a highlight and a lowlight.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Hou works within this prescribed system and finds a meditative satisfaction in the continuity. As an avid collector of consumer objects, Hou has an obsessive interest in the history, presentation and material specificity of all things collectable. His approach to painting is influenced by this interest in both subject and method.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Boyang Hou comes from the East Coast and currently lives in Chicago. He received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BFA from New York University. This is Bo&rsquo;s first solo show in Chicago.<br /> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Sat, 21 May 2016 16:06:05 +0000