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Kayla Mahaffey: Off to the Races

Solo Show Closing Saturday, May 25th

It's the final week to catch Kayla Mahaffey's incredible sold-out solo! Don't miss your chance to see this gorgeous collection of new paintings executed in Mahaffey's signature blend of photorealistic and cartoon elements. The details of these pieces—from the intensity behind a child's eyes to the reflective surfaces of helmets and metallics—are truly stunning in person.

The gallery will be open for our regular hours, Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm. All artwork from the show can also be viewed, alongside available pieces from our regular collection, on our website.

Jillian Evelyn: It's About Time

Opening Reception Saturday, March 23rd 6-9pm

We're thrilled to be partnering with Vertical Gallery to present 'It's About Time', a solo show of new work by Los Angeles-based painter Jillian Evelyn. Join us this Saturday for an opening night celebration with the artist where we will be releasing an exclusive screen print. Limited to an edition of just 35, the print will only be available in person at the gallery on Saturday night, with any remaining prints available on our site the following morning.

‘It’s About Time’ investigates temporal experience from a female perspective, delving into the near-obsessive nature of women’s relationship with time. The increasingly rapid pace of our technology-driven world and the feminist reckoning of the ‘Time’s Up’ movement lend a particular relevance to the subject, but Jillian Evelyn’s panoptic lens extends beyond the current moment and is rooted in her own experience. Evelyn created the artwork for this exhibition as a way to confront and to process her personal and cultural observations of women's relationship to time. She traces the burgeoning complexity of this relationship to the transition from childhood to womanhood and the cyclical rhythm that eventually develops therein. Now in her thirties, the artist is discovering a new set of challenges that women face around aging and childbearing. Reflecting society’s limited scope of female value centered on unrealistic expectations of physical appearance and motherhood, women are often left feeling that their worth diminishes as they age.

Combating these dominant cultural narratives, 'It's About Time' offers an unapologetic alternative that embraces female experience in all its messy complexity. In these new paintings, Evelyn plays with texture and linework to novel effect, resulting in a fresh take on the signature style of her previous pieces. Reflecting on this creative process, she articulates that “it felt suitable to utilize this time to grow as an artist rather than fear change and the idea that my time as an artist will come to an end.”

Born in the midwest and currently living in Los Angeles, Jillian Evelyn is a highly accomplished painter, sculptor, illustrator and printmaker. Her practice balances challenging conceptual themes that tackle the darker sides of modern life with a brightly-colored pop aesthetic. In addition to gallery shows across the US, her work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Vice, CONTEXT Art Miami, and other major fairs and publications.

‘It’s About Time’ will be exhibited at Line Dot from March 23rd until April 20th. Click here for the Collector's Preview.

Open Call for Artists: Line Dot’s Third Annual Juried Show

Line Dot Editions invites emerging and established artists from Chicago and the larger Midwest area to submit work for our third juried exhibition opening this summer. This is an unparalleled opportunity to gain exposure and build meaningful relationships in the art community, both on the local level as a Chicago-based exhibition and on an international level via the gallery’s web presence. Artists of all backgrounds working in any medium are welcome to apply. After the submission deadline on April 30th, a panel of six judges will evaluate all completed applications and choose 20 winning artists. Selected artwork will be exhibited in a featured show this summer with an opening reception at the gallery.

Application

Artists must submit all of the following to be considered:

  • Images of 3-4 available works (less than 2MB per image) that have never been exhibited or offered for sale previously, submitted with title, medium, size, and price for each. *retail price for each submitted artwork must not exceed $500.00
  • Brief artist statement/bio
  • Links to website and Instagram account
  • Submissions will be accepted via email only (no walk-ins) to hello@linedoteditions.com with the subject line ‘[First Name]_[Last Name]_Application’ 

Important Dates

April 30th- Deadline for applications

May 25th- Selected artists notified

June 1st- Deadline for artwork delivery

June 21st- Opening reception for exhibition

July 20th- Exhibition closes

August 3rd- All unsold artwork must be collected

Requirements

  • Artists must be 18 years or older and currently residing in the Midwest.
  • Selected artists must promote the exhibition across all social media platforms.
  • Artwork must be ready to display and be delivered to the gallery no later than June 1st.
  • Artists will be responsible for collecting all unsold artwork between July 21st and August 3rd. If an artist is unable to collect unsold artwork in-person, it is the artist’s responsibility to arrange and pay for return shipping.
  • Artists are not allowed to collect work before the exhibition ends on July 20th, or make arrangements to sell selected artwork through another platform during the exhibition.

Line Dot Editions reserves the right to reject any artist/artwork at any time, for any reason.

Curtis William Readel: Feed the Beast

New Original Currency Collages

Artist Reception - Saturday, February 23rd 6:00-9:00pm

Line Dot is thrilled to present Curtis William Readel: Feed the Beast, a new collection of twenty bill-sized original works crafted entirely of shredded US currency. Readel employs this innovative medium to explore the concatenated web of art, design, capitalism and commerce that is woven through our physical and digital existences. Familiar lifestyle brand logos and trademark figures from contemporary art are featured alongside other pop culture currencies, both literal and symbolic. Meticulously pieced together from hundreds of bill fragments, each artwork is an exemplar of detail-oriented craftsmanship that serves as an antidote to the mass produced uniformity of branded commodities.

Based in Chicago, Curtis William Readel is an artist and printmaker/co-owner of Pop!nk Editions. From referencing monetary images to using actual currency, Readel creates semi-satiric political commentaries that challenge our distorted views of financial normalcy and success. His work has been exhibited domestically and internationally in Brussels, New York, Kiev, and Bucharest among others. 

Join us for a drink with the artist (+ special print offers!) this Saturday, February 23rd from 6:00-9:00pm. Contact us for the Collector's Preview.

Max Sansing: 'Firestarter' HPMs

Unique, Hand-Painted Prints

Line Dot is excited to offer an exclusive new collection of hand-painted prints by Chicago artist Max Sansing. Each piece is a unique 1/1, embellished with acrylic and aerosol on a variety of split-fountain and vividly hued papers. This new series follows Sansing's successful solo show with us at SCOPE Miami Beach last month. 

Come see the florescent dynamism of these stunning works in-person during our late hours this Saturday till 9pm! If you're not in the Chicago area or your fragile California constitution doesn't permit you to brave the cold, we also have the series available to view and purchase online here.

Kyle Cobban: New Drawings

Fresh into the gallery we have a suite of drawings from the talented Chicago-based artist Kyle Cobban. Working primarily in pencil, Cobban creates surreal images that evoke both the strength and vulnerability essential for inner metamorphosis. Prioritizing line and tonal qualities, his realistically-rendered characters are contrasted with the emptiness of their white backgrounds. The juxtaposition of these static environments with more rhythmic features results in a subdued sense of movement within the works. These lovely graphite drawings on paper are exquisitely rendered, full of nuance and depth. The full collection is currently on view at the gallery and available on our site here.

Kyle Cobban is a Chicago-based fine artist and high school art teacher on the city’s South Side. Cobban’s visual language evolved from years of observing his students as they grappled with the challenges of navigating their own personal narratives.

Pure Evil: Hand-Painted Prints

Our friend, the noted British artist Pure Evil (Charles Uzzell Edwards), has restocked Line Dot with a new collection of hand-embellished prints from his highly regarded Nightmare series. The prints depict famous figures embellished with Pure Evil's signature dripping tear motif, and are tagged with free form graffiti making each piece unique. We have a variety of images from this prominent UK street artist, including Marylin Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Jean Michel Basquiat available on our site here.

Pure Evil is the alias of Welsh-born graffiti artist and gallery owner Charles Uzzell Edwards. He is notable for his involvement in Banksy’s pop-up gallery concept known as “Santa’s Ghetto” and his trademark images of fanged bunnies. He opened his eponymous Pure Evil Gallery in a Dickensian shop in the East End of London in 2007. His work has been exhibited worldwide at the Saatchi Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum in London, at the Culture Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, and at the Baker Gallery in Cologne, among others.

Scott Albrecht: Being

New Hand-Painted Works on Wood

Line Dot is thrilled to be releasing an exclusive new series of three individually painted and hand-carved works on wood by Scott Albrecht. A self-taught woodworker, Albrecht's recognizable style takes a traditional medium and updates it with contemporary concepts and a modern color palette. Each unique piece in the series is entitled 'Being' and is based on Albrecht's translation of that phrase into an abstracted geometric typography. This is our second collaboration with the Brooklyn-based artist, following a successful release early last year. His work has been exhibited and published internationally, including a successful recent solo show at Shepard Fairey's gallery Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles.

Just in time for holiday gifting, the series is available now on our site.

MAX SANSING: KEYED IN

SCOPE Art Fair Miami Beach

Booth F17, December 4th - 9th

Line Dot is thrilled to present a solo show by Chicago artist Max Sansing at this year's SCOPE Miami Beach. 'Keyed In' will feature new original paintings that dive deeper into the themes and subjects of Sansing's widely acclaimed murals. An exclusive, limited edition screen print will be released in conjunction with the fair. The Collector's Preview can be accessed here.

Max Sansing is a Chicago-based fine artist and one of the city’s most prolific and talented muralists. His distinct aesthetic fuses the color-drenched dynamism of street art with the technical elegance of photorealism. Born and raised on the South Side by two artistic parents, Sansing discovered his passion and creative gift at an early age. During his youth he was involved with several graffiti crews and taught himself oil painting before completing formal training at the American Academy of Art. In addition to his studio practice, Sansing is frequently commissioned to create large-scale murals and experiential installations across the country. He is deeply committed to supporting his Chicago community and is involved with numerous youth programs that expand arts opportunities in underserved areas. His work has been featured in gallery shows and special events in Chicago, New York, and Miami among others.

Max Sansing, 'Firestarter' 
Exclusive Edition of 35, Signed & Numbered
13 Color Screen Print, 24" x 24"
Printed by Pop!nk Editions 

With the Line Dot team in Miami, the gallery will be closed December 4th-12th. Our full inventory will continue to be available for perusal and purchase on our website here.

EIGHT: Group Exhibition Curated by Jeroen Smeets

Line Dot is thrilled to present 'EIGHT', a new group exhibition of contemporary illustrators curated by Jeroen Smeets of Eight Gallery and the Jaunt. Join us tomorrow night for celebratory drinks with Jeroen and several of the featured artists from 6:00-9:00pm.

Illustration is one of the most versatile art forms and is quickly becoming a prominent and innovative field of contemporary visual culture. In recent years, talented illustrators have begun to traverse the boundaries between the illustration world and the art world, blurring the lines that separate the two. This new group show entitled EIGHT proudly presents eight pioneering artists who are navigating that liminal space between illustration and fine art. These leading creatives are continuously pushing their own boundaries and searching for new visual challenges and solutions. For this exhibition, each artist has contributed a series of eight original works on paper that capture their distinct style and visual language.

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