Current & Upcoming
Sergio Farfan: Looking for dreams in a Kan of soup
October 3 - 17, 2020
Line Dot and Vertical Gallery are thrilled to present “Looking for Dreams in a Kan of Soup,” a solo exhibition by Sergio Farfan. Featuring 12 canvases and 30 hand-painted sculptures, the show heralds a bold new chapter in the creative evolution of the Chicago painter and sculptor.
The pieces making up “Looking for Dreams in a Kan of Soup” directly address Farfan’s complex relationship with his hero Andy Warhol, acknowledging the pop art pioneer’s enormous influence on Farfan’s work while at the same time forging a distinctly original, deeply personal style that escapes Warhol’s shadow altogether. The “Kans” namechecked in the exhibit’s title are original characters created by Farfan; each of the 30 sculptures depicts a different Kan stuck headfirst in a can of Campbell’s Soup, the kitchen cupboard staple whose red-and-white label remains synonymous with Warhol nearly 60 years after the release of his landmark “Campbell’s Soup Cans” silkscreen series. The accompanying paintings tell the story of Farfan’s growing realization that he must abandon Warholian ideals and aesthetics in order to continue advancing his own career and craft.
Vivian Le: Participation Is Part Of Your Grade
Online Opening Friday, March 27th
Line Dot is thrilled to present ‘Participation is Part of Your Grade’, a collection of new drawings exploring the theme of memories related to attending school, by Chicago based artist Vivian Le.
For this release, Le has created a series of playful, surreal 11”x14” graphite drawings on paper featuring school children described by the artist as “kawaii (cute) macabre”. The works portray imagery in rich, vibrant, pink pastel hues typically associated as being favorite colors of young girls. Her characters, which are often school age children or doll figures embodying the shape of young children, are used by Le to explore the influence of the adult gaze and respond to the ways in which children have been used historically as romantic symbols.
Le explains that her inspiration is drawn from many sources including illustrated works she explored as a young child, her daydreams and a consideration of the unconscious influence and performative quality of gender taught from generation to generation. The artist further comments that her drawings should be considered “fragments of storybooks” and that they are intended to express an implied narrative. Despite it’s somewhat onerous underlying themes, Le’s work is simultaneously charming and challenging; a compelling duality that invites deeper consideration from the viewer both visually and conceptually.
Sean Hannaway: NOW WITH MORE EXTRA!
Opening + Artist Reception Friday, February 7th 6:00-9:00pm
Line Dot is thrilled to present Sean Hannaway’s first solo show: ‘NOW WITH MORE EXTRA!' featuring a new collection of original paintings on reclaimed rococo-style mirrors. Come join us for drinks with the artist at the opening reception on Friday, February 7th from 6-9pm.
Sean Hannaway is a Chicago born-and-based painter known for his punchy, densely layered style that blends high Renaissance subjects and graffiti aesthetics. The push and pull between his techniques, colors, and influences creates a dynamic tension in his work. A cheeky sense of humor pervades his practice, and is manifest in his use of plastic framed rococo-style mirrors from the 1960s as his canvases. Once obscured by layers of paint, the forms of the mirrors lose their gilded, gaudy essence and become graceful curves and flourishes that seamlessly blend into the final painting. Hannaway daylights as a Creative Director at Leo Burnett and has been featured in three previous shows at Line Dot, all of which sold out.
'NOW WITH MORE EXTRA' runs through March 7th.
SCOPE ART FAIR Miami Beach 2019
Line Dot is thrilled to bring three of Chicago's biggest talents to this year's SCOPE Miami Beach: Max Sansing, Kayla Mahaffey and Steve Seeley. With technical mastery, each of these artists wield acrylic, oil and spray paint to externalize their own inner worlds. Replete with fantastical landscapes, hellacious villains, and unlikely superheroes, the fully-developed worlds presented in these works are both deeply personal and reflective of larger cultural dynamics, drawing on shared references from comic books to afrofuturism, cartoons to Shakespeare. In addition to stunning new paintings from all three artists, we will be releasing two exclusive Kayla Mahaffey prints in conjunction with the fair.
Contact us for passes and the Collector’s Preview.
SCOPE Art Fair Miami Beach, Booth F15 December 3rd - 8th
Opening + Artist Reception Friday, November 15th 6:00-9:00pm
Line Dot invites you to join us for the opening reception of our 4th Anniversary Show on Friday, November 15th from 6-9pm. Come raise a glass with us as we honor this milestone and the creative community that has made it possible. Featuring new work from 25 beloved artists, the show will be a celebration of the gallery’s past, present, and future.
Alice Pasquini | Cristi López | Curtis William Readel | DEAL | David Heo | Dovie Golden | Dwight White | Fourhundred ML | Hellbent | Jeremy & Farrah | JAS | Joseph Renda Jr. | Josh Grotto | Julia Banderas | Kate Lewis | Kurt Kreissl | Kyle Cobban | Laura Catherwood | Laura English | Merry James | Nina Talamantes | Oscar Joyo | Sean Hannaway | Sergio Farfán | Zach Schrey
Polly Jiménez: She Body
Opening + Artist Reception Thursday, October 17th 6:00-9:00pm
Following our previous sold-out solo show with Polly Jiménez of 'Short Stories by Polly' fame, we're thrilled to present a new collection of watercolors and mixed media paintings that celebrate a diverse array of female forms. With 'SheBody' Jiménez explores the relationship between women's bodies and the natural environment as an antidote to machismo culture, creating a space to honor difference across the feminine spectrum.
Polly Jiménez is a fine artist and illustrator from Mexico City known for her delicate, narrative-driven watercolors. Jiménez studied Fine Arts at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México and Visual Storytelling at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Currently, Jiménez works on a diverse range of illustration projects under the name Short Stories Studio, collaborating with local and high-profile international clients. Some of her recent favorites include illustrating and designing a children's book about corruption in government and leading a workshop for Nike during Air Max Day.
Darts on a Map: A Collection of People, Places, and Personalities
Curated by Czr Prz
Opening + Artist Reception Saturday, September 21st 6:00-9:00pm
Line Dot is thrilled to present ‘Darts on a Map: A Collection of People, Places, and Personalities‘ opening with an artist reception on Saturday, September 21st. Curated by Chicago’s own Czr Prz, ‘Darts on a Map’ brings together a diverse selection of contemporary artistic talent from all over the globe.
The lineup of top established and emerging artists includes:
Kevin Ledo | Joe Iurato | Marina Zumi | Denial | Rachel Strum | Ava Grey Designs | Marka27 | Sarah Best | Ian Kuali'i | Michael Reeder | Pixel Pancho | Nicole Salgar | Czr Prz | Ozmo
Savannah Jubic + Renée Hrovat: Should We Maybe Reschedule?
Opening + Artist Reception Friday, August 23rd 6:00-9:00pm
Line Dot is thrilled to present ‘Should We Maybe Reschedule?’ featuring original work from emerging Chicago artists Savannah Jubic and Renée Hrovat. In distinct yet complementary art practices, Jubic and Hrovat explore the anxieties and obsessions of the modern moment through labor-intensive gestures spanning multiple media. We invite you to join us for wine, beer, and kombucha on tap during an opening reception with the artists from 6:00-9:00pm.
‘Should We Maybe Reschedule?’ reflects the central tensions of the contemporary human condition, from artificiality to reality, constant interaction to loneliness, excessive consumption to emptiness. Processes such as hand-weaving, oil painting, and embroidery lend materiality to these abstract concepts, opening a space for direct physical engagement with the intangible. Each artist offers an intimate glimpse into their personal fixations and vulnerabilities as an invitation to the viewer to reflect on—and connect with—their own experiences.
Artist Reception Friday, July 26th 6:00-9:00pm
We're thrilled to have the world-renowned street artist OakOak join us for an exclusive pop-up event! OakOak's urban interventions play upon existing elements of their environments, drawing our attention to oft-overlooked details and enlivening city streets with his wit and humor. Come meet the legend next Friday night and check out a new collection of paintings, prints, and three-dimensional works.
Line Dot's Third Annual Juried Show
Opening + Artist Reception Friday, June 21st 6:00-9:00pm
Line Dot is thrilled to present our Third Annual Juried Show featuring original work from 25 selected local artists! Join us for the opening reception on June 21st with drinks from 6-9pm.
Roster of talented Chicago artists includes:
Aidan Hercules | Ann Weinheimer | Antonio Beniquez | Barry Callahan | Blake Jones | Caroline Liu | Cristi López | Dale Paracuelles | Dovie Golden | Elaine Boby | Emmett Merrill | Eric Weatherford | Frank Quintero | Gary Schechner | Isamar Medina | Joseph Renda Jr. | Kurt Kreissl | Laura Catherwood | Lily Cozzens | Merry James | Moises Salazar | Mosher | Oscar Joyo | Sean Hannaway | Zachary Mory
Zach Schrey: What's Up Doc
Opening + Artist Reception Saturday, June 1st 6:00-9:00pm
Line Dot is excited to present our second exclusive release of new paintings by Zach Schrey. Join us for drinks with the artist on Saturday, June 1st from 6-9pm.
Zach Schrey is a Chicago-based artist and printmaker/co-owner of Pop!nk Editions. Rooted in contemporary urban culture, Schrey creates an alternate world of characters and designs that remind us of the everyday, yet have an instant presence because of their bold, clean aesthetic. Influenced by the ubiquitous imagery of cartoons, comics, and corporate logos/brands, Schrey’s work collectively pokes fun at these cultural icons, heightening our awareness of their superficiality and constant presence in our lives. His paintings and prints have been shown throughout the US and abroad.
Kayla Mahaffey: Off to the Races
Solo Show Opening Friday, April 26th 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibition runs through May 25th
Line Dot is thrilled to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Kayla Mahaffey, following her sold-out debut show last year. ‘Off to the Races’ builds on the thematic and stylistic principles of Mahaffey’s previous work, further developing the artist’s unique blend of flat, cartoon elements with brilliant photorealism. Please join us for an opening night celebration with the artist on Friday, April 26th from 6-9pm.
'Off to the Races' narrates the ever-changing road of life. As we travel through life we experience the daily trials and tribulations that help shape us into the people we are today. During this journey we may end up hitting some bumps or may experience some rough terrain, but it's how we deal with those situations that make the difference. We are all on the journey to greatness, each individual racing to the finish line in hope of reaching goals and prosperity. With the race may come with it mistakes and regret, but not taking part in the race leads you nowhere.
Jillian Evelyn: It's About Time
Solo Show Opening Saturday, March 23rd 6:00-9:00pm at Line Dot
Exhibition runs through April 20th
We're thrilled to be partnering with Vertical Gallery to present a solo show of new work by Los Angeles-based painter Jillian Evelyn. ‘It’s About Time’ will be exhibited at Line Dot from March 23rd until April 20th, with an artist reception on opening night from 6:00-9:00pm.
‘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 female temporal experience. She traces the burgeoning complexity of her relationship with time 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.
‘It’s About Time’ combats these dominant cultural narratives and 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, Evelyn 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.
Curtis William Readel: Feed the Beast
Reception with the Artist Saturday, February 23rd 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibition runs through March 16th
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.
Max Sansing: Keyed In
Solo Show at SCOPE Miami 2018
SCOPE Art Fair Miami Beach, 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.
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.
Kayla Mahaffey: Cherish The Days
Opening Reception Friday, October 12th 6:00-10:00pm
Exhibition run throughs November 3rd
Line Dot is thrilled to announce 'Cherish The Days', the first solo show from rising Chicago art star Kayla Mahaffey. Join us Friday, October 12th from 6-10pm for a reception with the artist celebrating the release of this highly-anticipated new body of work.
Born and raised on Chicago's South Side, Kayla Mahaffey (also known as KaylaMay) is a painter and muralist who recently graduated from the Academy of Art and is already garnering impressive attention and accolades in the Chicago art scene. Her solo show ‘Cherish the Days’ narrates the stories and voices of contemporary youth and the perpetual struggle to escape from daily hardships. As the artist elucidates: “We as a country are filling the minds of the next generation with sights of fear and violence. Many people grow up with little to no hope of adulthood, and even when they do make it they are filled with anger and regret. This show not only tells the story of an unheard generation, but serves as a guide to bring hope back into our daily lives by living day by day and cherishing each moment not in a mindset of an adult but as a kid.”
Mando Marie: Would Be Nice
Release Thursday, September 27th
After Hours Viewing Party Saturday, October 6th 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibition runs through October 12th
Line Dot is thrilled to be releasing a new series of collage paintings, 'Would Be Nice' by Mando Marie. Join us during our late hours till 9:00pm on Saturday, October 6th to view this exclusive collection.
Mando Marie is an American painter and stencilist currently based in Amsterdam. Mando’s instantly recognizable characters draw their stylistic inspiration from Golden Age picture books, exuding a sense of childhood adventure and wonder. Adding a contemporary spin that reflects her street art savvy, Mando works primarily with spray paint, stencils and collage elements. Her paintings frequently feature repetitive and mirrored imagery, eliciting a dream-like quality that is simultaneously pleasant and haunting.
Polly Jiménez: Faces · Caras
Opening Reception Friday, September 14th 6:00-9:00pm
Line Dot is thrilled to present a new series of watercolor paintings by Mexican artist Polly Jiménez. In 'Faces · Caras' Jiménez explores complex issues of cultural identity, heritage, and immigration through the lens of whimsical childhood activities. Each painting features traditional masks from different states in Mexico donned by children engaging in everyday play. By creating imaginative scenes of contemporary youth in traditional costuming, Jiménez lends pictorial form to the knowledge that no matter where these children’s lives take them they will continue to uphold the legacy and beauty of their cultural identity.