March 9, 2018 - August 31, 2018
at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago

LVL3 is an artist-run exhibition space and online publication based in Chicago IL. LVL3 is dedicated to supporting a diverse range of creative talent from around the world. LVL3 fosters creative connections and collaborative work through writing, interviews, music, exhibitions, events, and imagery.

Vincent Uribe is a creative entrepreneur based in Chicago, IL. Vincent is the Founding Director of LVL3, an artist-run exhibition space and online publication platform he established in 2010 while attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). LVL3 is dedicated to fostering creative networks for emerging to established artists from around the world. In addition to running LVL3 Vincent is the Art Director at Arts of Life, working to advance the creative arts community by providing artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership. Motivated by his passion for art, music, fashion, design, and travel, Vincent works as a tastemaker, connecting and promoting creative entrepreneurs across the globe. Vincent holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts as well as a Bachelor's of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Robert Chase Heishman
Line of Sight | Space for Reflection, 2018
Mirrored mylar, tape, plasticine, fluorescent lighting fixtures

Robert Chase Heishman is an artist and writer living and working in Chicago. He holds his MFA in Studio Art from Northwestern University (2012), and BFA in Photography and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute (2008). His work has been exhibited at McIntosh Gallery (London, ON), The Tetley (Leeds, UK), H&R Block Artspace and Paragraph Gallery (Kansas City), Propeller Centre for Visual Arts (Toronto, ON), and widely around Chicago at ADDS DONNA, Sullivan Galleries, LVL3, Roots & Culture, Document, Gallery 400, and Johalla Projects. He has collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Sigur Rós, and Radiohead, and made two films with Michael Rakowitz. Recent grants and awards include participation in the 2016 Silver Eye Editions from Silver Eye Center for Photography (Pittsburgh) and a 2015 project grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. His work is in the permanent collections of the BNY Mellon Collection, Walker Art Center, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The power of art is in its ability to incite awareness, reflection, and nurture social/political change. Through elaborate construction, arrangement, and set up, my artistic practice explores the nexus of photographic process – the point where reality is translated to representation. This translation is the focus of most of my work, and my approach often employs the language of painting to play with dimensionality, illusionistic space, and flatness.

Line of Sight | Space for Reflection (2018) is a new commission by the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, and is a continuation of my photographic project, _IMG, that consists of optically flat minimal glyphs onto three-dimensional spaces using colored pieces of masking tape. These photographs playfully reveal the labor involved in making a formal composition in real space by oscillating congruous and incongruous marks. So too, the project speaks to the flattening of dimensional space in our increasingly virtual existence

Annie Kielman |
The Drip Is Wireless, 2018
Inkjet on Vinyl, Digital Ground, Foam, Steel, Magnets.

Annie Kielman is a Chicago based artist whose multi-media work touches on our discomfort with ambiguity through manipulations of process, material, and language. Annie received her MFA in Printmedia from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. She currently teaches at Harold Washington College and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is co-founder of a Print shop and shared artist space in Lawndale. Annie has exhibited and lectured widely in Chicago and throughout the US.
The Drip Is Wireless (2018) uses self-mined imagery as the foundation for the physical layers of the artworks. The hung and overlapped vinyl references undulates between flat, sculptural, and digital realms. The piece’s installation was composed of choreographed movements within the case, and those efforts touch upon a psychological space of obsessive repetitive act, the possibility of glitch between matter and form, and the space where surface can become fetish. This attention to surface points to the potential for grafting order through the safety of applied pattern and method.

Ben Marcus | ig @ben_marcuz
Dancing Star, Out Of Reach, 2018
MDF Board, Acrylic paint, Plexi, Motorized Turntable 

Ben Marcus is a multi-disciplinary artist and DJ from Chicago. He has done site specific murals for Nike and thrown black-light raves for Wieden and Kennedy. Marcus volunteers as an Artist Mentor at Arts of Life and has an ongoing collaboration with studio artist Dave Krueger. He runs a comics and illustration imprint from his studio called 'Good-Bye Press' 

Dancing Star, Out Of Reach is a commissioned animated sculpture for Fashion Outlets of Chicago. A series of interlocking paintings on wood, that spin inside the glass box. The art work speaks to the environment that it's being displayed in, the shopping mall. The mall is a social environment designed to fulfill desires and needs, albeit perhaps a nostalgic one. The artwork invites a visual exploration of it's contained elements, it's rotation gives a sense of a interrupted yet returning focus. The piece's playfulness is a magnification of the feeling one might have approaching a shopping mall, the desire to be invited to want something, a hope of stimulation. The excitement of having a desire that can be easily satisfied, but the sense of confusion that can follow a materialistic indulgence. A synaptic merry-go-round, where a desire ends and another comes into view. This experience is contained in the glass box for the viewer to observe, offering a cognitive break from the rules of consumerism.