FLXST Contemporary is a contemporary fine arts and photography gallery and an arts incubator. It showcases highly-evocative and collectible artwork by emerging artists and supports the creation and exhibition of new artwork across artistic mediums. FLXST Contemporary works with, collaborates, and represents chiefly diasporic im/immigrant artists, LGBTQ-identified artists, and artists of color. FLXST Contemporary puts artists first, their vision, energy, and conceptual power. The artwork showcased at the gallery engages viewers to think, act, and, we hope, to collect the work by the talented artists represented. Collecting artwork of emerging artists represented at FLXST Contemporary helps support and nourish the creativity and artistic production of many artists whose voices would otherwise be muted or silenced by the myriad processes of the economics of the art world. FLXST Contemporary is an important ethical frame of reference for artists, collectors, curators, and other art galleries alike. Artists help keep communities and culture alive in a multitude of ways. FLXST Contemporary is a creative space to amplify artistic voices.
The gallery is located in the historic Motor Row district in the Near South Side, a designated historic place in the National Registry of Historic Places. It is a neighborhood brimming with possibilities as we enter a new decade in its century-plus history. During its heyday in the earlier part of the 20th century, the Motor Row district showcased over 100 car models in showroom spaces as large as the one FLXST Contemporary resides. Just one block south on South Michigan Avenue was the former headquarters of the Chicago Defender, a leading voice for Chicago’s African American community — the building itself is a designated historic landmark.
FLXST Contemporary pays respect to the vibrant cultural and historical community all around its space and has integrated programming and collaborations with nonprofits, local artists, and the city of Chicago that will continue to foster community engagement in our neighborhood and beyond.
Jan Christian Bernabe
Chief Creative & Operations Director | Founder