Chicago’s Best Art Gallery: Galerie F

Chicago’s Best Art Gallery: Galerie F


I moved to a new condo
about a year ago, and I still have some
empty wall space. So I found a cool place
to get some edgy new art. (rock music) I’m at Galerie F
in Logan Square, and I am shopping for some art. – Hi, welcome. – I’m Dawn, – Dawn, I’m Billy, thanks
for coming to Galerie F. Opened Galerie F six years
ago because I noticed that there was a great void
in screen printed posters and accessible and
affordable street art. – Now, a lot of times
I think about a gallery as a place you look,
but don’t buy something. – Or touch. – Or touch, yeah, you don’t
look, you don’t touch. So at Galerie F, you can
buy everything you see? – When I opened the gallery,
the goal was to make work that was accessible and engaging and really the only
way to engage with work is to be able to touch it. That’s why the bins are set
up similar to record bins. If you wanted to flip through
it, it’s quite therapeutic. It’s just the best
way to view prints. (electronic rock music) – This place is like a gallery
I’ve never seen before. And so when you
come into Galerie F, do you always see something new? – At least once a month
we have a new exhibition. There’s always a theme because we want every time
that you come visit the Galerie there to be something new. – So what was this most
recent show you had? – Well, this is the
fifth year in a row we’ve done a show with
You Are Beautiful. This year we had Matthew Hoffman miniaturize the billboard
that you can see on Lakeshore Drive
going towards Hyde Park. We distributed just
about 60 of these to artists from
all over the world, and these are some
of the remainders that they responded with. – Every time you come here,
you’re gonna see something new. – So, one of the other
things that we do is we help facilitate
public murals. This is a screen
print of probably the most photographed
mural in all of Chicago. Just a couple blocks
down the road. – I’ve absolutely
seen this mural. I’m a huge lover
of Chicago murals, I just immediately started knocking on doors and talking to the property owners an opportunity to have murals paind Now, what is this room? – This is our street art room. It’s primarily little original
paintings or enamel pins and stickers and note cards
with a lot of street artists. – So this the world
street art room. Now you have all
those record bins. I’d love to dig through
there and really go shopping for something for my house. – Yeah, we have lots of
concert posters and art prints. – Yeah, I would love
to get in there. I really am in the market
for something for my walls. My condo walls are bare
and our color scheme is like hot pink teal. Do you have anything for me? – I think I have– – Hey, I asked do you
have anything for me, obviously you have a million
things for me so, (laughs) what do you recommend? – Well, this I recommend. – Well, this I recommend. – Teal and hot pink
lion, and it’s the lion and its the lion in front of the art museum So, this gives me not
only the color scheme, but that Chicago
nod that I love. I need this. Let’s start a tab, okay? So for sure that
for my living room. – There’s another great one
down here, another local artist. This was the first mural
he had ever painted. We worked with him
for several years. – I recognize this guy. I have seen a building full
of flamingos like this. – Yeah, it’s a popular
nightlife venue. It’s a few blocks west
of Michigan Avenue. – A flamingo in
the perfect color. Now the only thing is,
is that if I get this would you frame it for me? – Oh totally, we offer framing as a convenience
to our customers. – I need this, alright,
I’m checking out with this. Gonna get it framed for sure. – Right on, well,
let’s go over here. – [Dawn] Ah, I love this guy! I’m leaving here with
two new pieces of art so that I can put
them on my wall and admire them
for years to come. (synth rock music)

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