Feb 4th 2023

Ish Muhammad: The Astros

@ Elephant Room Gallery

704 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Opening Saturday, February 4th, from 5PM - 9PM

On view through Wednesday, December 31st

Chicago: Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present “The Astros”, a solo exhibition by Gary, Indiana based artist, Ish Muhammad. The exhibition runs February 4th through March 4th with an opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 4th from 5 to 9pm. Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. More information on open hours and artwork inquiries can be directed to the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com

“The Astros” is about visions, objectives and community. Inspired by the ancient Egyptian story of Isis and Osiris, Ish has re-interpreted those characters into a colorful, funky mash up of abstractions and line work in his signature graffiti style, resulting in a Midwest Hip Hop 90’s vibe.

Ish views his studio practice as a process of working through thoughts, ideas and concepts. He is drawn to real-life inspirations from reading, life experiences and music. “The Astros” is representative of his current interest in the cosmos, folding dimensions and the importance of marking time with a tag, throw up or a piece.

About the Artist
Ish Muhammad is a self-taught artist, art activist, and pioneer of the Midwest graffiti writing culture. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. Born in New York City, he has called Indiana home for the last 4+ decades. His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, site-specific installations and is in several public collections. Some of the exhibitions and collections include the Museum of Graffiti in Wynwood, Miami, Indiana Pacers, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Cultural Center, Zhou B Art Center, Swope Art Museum, Maison de Metallos in Paris, France, NIPSCO, Gainsbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and Graffit Heart in Cleveland, IN.

Ish’s current works are post graffiti. As an activist, he feels it is his duty to exercise his network to present contemporary art to a broader audience. He holds the position of Vice-President for the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City and maintains a studio at the Lovelace House in Gary, IN. As a graffiti writer, he is a member of Crazy Indiana Style Artists (CISA) and XMEN Crew.

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