‘LAX / ORD II’ at Vertical Gallery curated by Thinkspace

Vertical Gallery presents ‘LAX / ORD II’, curated by Thinkspace. The exhibition will feature 100 artists, and will take place September 7 – 28, 2019. The opening reception is Saturday, September 7th, 6-9pm.

After the phenomenal success of LAX / ORD in September 2016, Vertical and Thinkspace immediately discussed collaborating again. “LAX / ORD II” will have more artists than the first edition, in what will be the largest collection of artists from the New Contemporary Movement under one roof to date in the Windy City.

All the artists have been asked to work within the same space confines of 12×12 inches (30×30 cm) and left to their own devices from there. This collection helps to showcase just how vast and varied the Movement is, from portrait based works to the more fantastical, from landscapes to design based abstract works… ‘LAX / ORD II’ promises to bring your Instagram feed to life and expose you to your new favorite artist.

The exhibition will also include more of a taste of the local Chicago art scene. JC Rivera will have a site-specific mural on the back wall of the gallery to help accent the group show that will be installed on the gallery’s adjacent side walls. On top of that, there will be a new print edition from Kayla Mahaffey that will be available exclusively for sale to those attending the opening reception. Get ready for Thinkspace’s big return!

Artists include: 
Abigail Goldman
Adam Caldwell
Alex Garant
Alex Yanes
Alexandra Manukyan
Alvaro Naddeo
Anthony Solano
Baldur Helgason
Benjamin Garcia
Brian Mashburn
Bryan Valenzuela
Buff Monster
Carlos Ramirez
Casey Weldon
Charlie Edmiston
Chase Mullen
Chloe Becky
Clare Toms
Collin Van Der Sluijs
Craig ’Skibs’ Barker
Crash One
Cristian Blanxer
Daniel Bildodeau
David Cooley
Derek Gores
Drew Young
Eduardo F. Angel
Egg Fiasco
Erica Rose Levine
Fernando Chamarelli
Fumi Nakamura
Hanna Lee Joshi
Helen Bur
Hilda Palafox (aka Poni)
Huntz Liu
JC Rivera
Jacque Fragua
Joseph Renda Jr.
Joram Roukes
Kaili Smith
Kayla Mahaffey 
Kelly Vivanco
Kelsey Beckett
Koz Dos
Kyle Bryant
Lauren YS
Leon Keer
Linsey Levendall
Lisa King
Louis Masai
Luke Chueh
Mando Marie
Marie-Claude Marquis
Martine Johanna
Max Sansing
Nicola Caredda
Nomad Clan
Nuno Viegas
Oak Oak
Paola Delfin
The Perez Bros
Rachel Strum
Ricky Watts
Roos van der Vliet
Ryan Malley
Samuel Rodriguez
Sean Chao
Seth Armstrong
Spenser Little
Stephanie Buer
Super A
Telmo Miel
Terry Arena
Troy Lovegates
Wiley Wallace
Wooden Wave
Yok & Sheryo
Yosuke Ueno
Yusei Abe

‘LAX / ORD II’, Curated by Thinkspace
September 7 – 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7 from 6-9PM

Taking Place At:
Vertical Gallery
1016 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Heads Up Chicago! LAX / ORD – Thinkspace & Vertical Gallery Opening Next Week


LAX / ORD – curated show at Vertical Gallery (Chicago, IL)
Opening Reception with the Artist(s):
Saturday, September 3, 2016
6:00 – 10:00pm

Opening September 3rd at Vertical Gallery, Chicago, is LAX/ORD, a group exhibition showcasing new small format works by some of the most relevant and exciting artists working in the New Contemporary Art Movement. Connecting the West Coast art scene to that of the MidWest’s, this survey exhibition will feature local and international artists curated by one of the movement’s most active and respected proponents: Los Angeles’ Thinkspace gallery. This collaborative presentation with Patrick Hull’s Vertical Gallery is Thinkspace’s tenth iteration of its successful traveling exhibition series, and will be the largest presentation of New Contemporary art ever to take place in Chicago.

LAX ORD Preview

Featuring 12″ x 12″ small format works by nearly one hundred individual artists, LAX/ORD is broadly curated by Thinkspace’s co-founder Andrew Hosner. This comprehensive exhibition is meant to capture the diversity and dynamism of the steadily growing New Contemporary Art Movement, bringing the largest representative cross-section of its burgeoning international community to the MidWest for the first time. In addition to the ambitious gallery display, a site- specific mural collaboration between Ghostbeard and Patch Whisky will be presented in tandem with the exhibition.

With roots firmly planted in illustration, pop culture, comics, street art, and graffiti, put quite simply the New Contemporary Art Movement is art for the people,” said Thinkspace co-founder Andrew Hosner.

Ghostbeard & Patch Whisky public mural produced by Thinkspace x Vertical Gallery


Featuring 12×12 inch works from (99 total):
Aaron Nagel
Adam Caldwell
Alex Garant
Alex Yanes
Allison Sommers
Amanda Marie
Amy Crehore
Anthony Clarkson
Ariel DeAndrea
Benjamin Garcia
Brandi Read
Brian Mashburn
Buff Monster
Candice Tripp
Carl Cashman
Casey Weldon
Chad Pierce
Chie Yoshii
Christina Mrozik
Colin McMaster
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Dan Lydersen
Dan-ah Kim
David Rice
Derek Gores
Drew Leshko
Edwin Ushiro
Erik Siador
Felipe Pantone
Fernando Chamarelli
Fintan Magee
Frank Gonzales
Fuco Ueda
Fumi Nakamura
Greg Mike
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Icy and Sot
Jacub Gagnon
Jaime Molina
James Bullough
Jana & JS
Jason Thielke
Jason Woodside
Jeremy Fish
Jeremy Hush
Joanne Nam
Josie Morway
Juan Travieso
Kelly Vivanco
Kohshin Finley
Know Hope
Kwanchia Moriya
Kyle Stewart
Linnea Strid
Lisa Ericson
Liz Brizzi
Lunar New Year
Martin Whatson
Mary Iverson
Matt Linares
Matt Small
Matthew Grabelsky
Meredith Marsone
Michael Reeder
Mike Egan
Miles Toland
Molly Gruninger
Neil Perry
Pam Glew
Patch Whisky
Paul Barnes
Peter Adamyan
Seamus Conley
Sean Mahan
Sean Norvet
Sebastian Wahl
Sergio Garcia
Seth Armstrong
Stella Im Hultberg
Tatiana Suarez
Tony Philipppou
Troy Coulterman
Troy Lovegates
UR New York
Wiley Wallace
Yok & Sheryo
Yosuke Ueno

See you soon Chicago!