‘I’m Not Back I’m Better’

Start Date
September 14, 2023
End Date
October 14, 2023
1360 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607, USA

About the Exhibition:

Anthony Gallery is excited to announce its latest exhibition featuring the work of Wu Yué in I’m Not Back I’m Better. The opening is slated for September 14th at 5pm at 1360 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607. This collection of works will be on display until October 14, 2023.

In Wu Yué’s artistic realm, ingenuity knows no limits. His oeuvre offers viewers a glimpse into a world where modern pop-culture icons, classical history, and dinosaurs harmoniously coexist. Seamlessly blending elements from academic Chinese painting and personal nostalgia, Yué’s practice hinges on selective refinement and removal. His artwork employs a range of both subtractive and traditional media, including bleach painting, carving, animation, and illustration.

I’m Not Back I’m Better embodies the fearless authenticity and courage of the determined looking to prove to themselves what is destined. In this exhibition, one common figure that Yue acknowledges is American Olympian and track-and-field sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, where he looks to capture and express a common thread between his work and hers. He shows appreciation for the essence of her determination, resilience, and her triumph over the stereotypes that clouded her path. The artist’s body of work stands as a testament to the power of experimentation, the allure of nostalgia, and an enduring fascination with intention and chance.

Wu Yué (b. 1983, Beijing) is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Paris. Yué obtained his degree in graphic design and animation from ENSAD (École National Supérieur des arts Décoratifs).

Sep 14, 2023 – Oct 14, 2023
1360 W. Lake Street, Chicago IL, 60607

Nikkolos Mohammed is a fine artist based out of Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in painting from Otis College of Art and Design in 2013.

In 2014, he and fellow artist Mike Reesé founded DREAMHAUS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and multifaceted art collective. DREAMHAUS is dedicated to implementing arts as an educational tool and a vehicle toward universal innovation in South Los Angeles.

Nikkolos’ artist practice reclaims hybrid identities through creating hybrid forms. He has exhibited two solo shows in Los Angeles and exhibited in other markets, such as New York and Berlin. Nikkolos also serves as a writer and editor for publications such as Germany-based LeMile Magazine, as well as Hypebeast, an online publication.

As a visual maker, he has collaborated with brands such as Coors Light in a global campaign, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) for a social justice cause, and has featured works in television and film sets.

List of Works