Power up at video game-inspired art exhibit
"NES" by Charles Bernatowski of Chicago (August 1, 2012)
"This Will Increase Your X" is a tribute to video games that will be shown at the gallery through the end of the month.
Recently opened in June, the Gallery 27 is a pop-culture themed art gallery at 1833 S. Halsted. The Gallery features artwork from artists around the globe inspired by TV, movies, video games and music.
William Czaszwicz, who co-owns the gallery with his wife Amanda, said he was inspired by a West Coast phenomenon.
"There are a lot of galleries in the west that participate in these shows where artists are inspired by pop culture to create paintings, screenprints and sculptures," he said. "I thought that Chicago was lacking in that and could use a gallery that would provide the artist and collector an outlet for that type of artwork."
From 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, artists from across the country, including Issac Bidwell, Jason Hotchkiss, Charlie Bernatowicz, Doug LaRocca, will fill the walls of Gallery 27 with original pieces, screenprints, installations and more.
Czaszwicz said he selected what he considers a strong group of artists.
"These artists are very talented, and this can serve as a jumping-off point for them and the collector," he said. "The content is easily relatable, recognizable, acceptable for the first-time buyer and affordable."
Artwork is available for purchase online at gallery27chicago.com.
The gallery is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.