|Hebru thnking big on S Wabash in Chicago prior to opening “Memoirs Of The Minimum Wage”|
Hebru Brantley’s path in the art world started in his native Chicago tagging walls and marking up trains. He’s since moved onto impressive murals all over the world while exhibiting work in New York, Los Angeles, London, Switzerland, etc. His youthful characters and pop infused contemporary art have struck a chord with high profile collectors such as Jay Z & Beyonce, George Lucas, LeBron James, Nicki Minaj, Swizz Beatz, and Lenny Kravitz. His road has lead back to Chicago as he opened “Memoirs Of The Minimum Wage” at Vertical Gallery (1016 N. Western Avenue in Ukrainian Village) last week. Our own @jreich got a chance to talk to Hebru about his new show, art in Chicago, and who he’s got his eye on in the street art world.
|Hebru with Mellody & George Lucas (creator of Star Wars)|
HB: More than anything, it’s my hometown. It’s a place of comfort, but then a place of fear because I feel as though these are the people that have a certain expectation for the work. Chicago is a very fickle city, especially when it comes to the love and appreciation of any form of art. So you have to really, really to bring your “A Game”. To be able to be that champion for my city, and be that person that can be at the forefront, and take those bumps and bruises and take that city on my back and continue to champion for my city and help it gain that spotlight that’s definitely well deserved is what I task myself with.
|“The Watch” installation on Michigan Avenue, 2013|