FAKE, Trust ICON, and M-City

Saturday, Aug 5 – 26, 2017 6 – 10 pm

1016 N. Western
Chicago, IL 60622

Exhibition on view: August 5-26, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, August 5, 6-10pm

Vertical Gallery is proud to present TRIVIUM, a three-artist show featuring M-City (PL), FAKE (NL), and Trust.iCON (UK). The exhibition is August 5 - 26, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 5, 6-10pm. The Latin word trivium means the place where three roads meet. This exhibition brings a new collection of work from these three European artists to Chicago.

M-City (Mariusz Waras) is from Gdynia, Poland. He is known for his hand-cut stencils depicting a sci-fi utopia generally focusing on mechanical and industrial objects. He has painted murals and exhibited around the world, including Warsaw, Berlin, Paris, Sao Paulo, New York, London, Rotterdam, Budapest, Barcelona, Florence, Belgrade, Bucharest, and Prague. M-City graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, and obtained his PhD from the Gdansk Academy's Department of Painting.

FAKE is a Dutch street artist from Amsterdam whose work is clean, taut and full of color. Growing up in a grey and boring environment, FAKE felt the urge to bring a smile on other people’s faces through color, irony and humor. He is self-taught and started experimenting, combining styles early on to come to a unique signature. FAKE has exhibited in Holland, Norway, Denmark, Iran, United Kingdom and the United States.

TRUST. iCON is a London-based street artist. Although his identity remains anonymous, TRUST. iCON is described as a global street art movement. iCON started his street work in 2009, continuing to produce new thought provoking and sometimes controversial works daily. iCON is a purest, holding street art culture closely to his heart and believing that art can change anything. He has exhibited in London, Los Angeles and Berlin.

Image (left): FAKE, Self Portrait Nr. 3, spray paint on canvas, 2017
Image (right): M-City, M-City 964, spray paint on canvas, 2017