Flare Gun / Signal Call @ Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar presents 2 group shows from August 26 to September 18. Flare Gun features Matt Mancini, Dom Smith, and Mike Rubin; Signal Call features Lilli Carré, Erin Hayden, and Monica Nydam. The duel exhibitions not only consider images in space and digital space in images, but also the artists’ shared time in Chicago’s educational institutions.

Flare Gun

Mancini, Smith, and Rubin overlapped at SAIC in the sculpture MFA program, often exploring digital space and imagery as inspiration for their work. Since graduating 2014, Rubin returned to LA, Smith moved to NYC, and Mancini settled in Chicago. Flare Gun brings the three young sculptors together again.

Signal Call

Lilli Carré, Erin Hayden, and Monica Nydam are recent MFA graduates from around Chicago. While Carré and Hayden finished at Northwestern and Nydam at UIC, all three delve into digital painting practices. Signal Call presents three takes on the use of digital space and Internet imagery in painting.
Flare Gun

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Matt Mancini


Matt Mancini

Mike Rubin



Dom Smith

Dom Smith
Signal Call

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Lilli Carré



Monica Nydam

Erin Hayden
Matt Mancini was born in Philadelphia, PA. He currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. He recently completed his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 and holds a BFA from Rutgers University. He has recently shown at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, Fernway Gallery, LVL3, Ballroom Projects, Heaven Gallery, and Roots and Culture in Chicago.

Mike Rubin lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 and currently shows with Grice Bench. He has shown recently at the Kadist Art Foundation and Chicago Urban Art Society.

Dom Smith was born in Peoria Illinois and raised in Muskogee County Georgia. Attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago receiving an MFA in Sculpture. Currently based in NYC.

Lilli Carré currently lives and works in Chicago. She has an MFA in Art Theory & Practice from Northwestern University and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Solo exhibitions of her drawing, animation, and sculpture have shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Western Exhibitions, and the Columbus Museum of Art. Her animated films have shown in festivals throughout the US and abroad, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Animator Festival Poznan Poland, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, International Festival Rotterdam, and the Punto y Raya Film Festival. In 2010 she co-founded the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, which is held annually in Chicago with additional curated programs presented internationally throughout the year.

Erin Hayden was born in Hinsdale, IL and is currently based in Chicago. She received her MFA in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University in 2016 and has shown at Stony Island Arts Bank, MANA Contemporary, Hyde Park Arts Center, among others.

Monica Nydam is a studio based artist living and working in Chicago, IL. She graduated with a BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Themes in her work are class, human purpose and painting about painting. Her work have been exhibited at Tufts University Gallery, The Wayside, La Montagne Gallery, Fourth Wall Project, Kingston Gallery, and the Distillery Gallery. Private and public collections such as the Children's Hospital Public Art Collection in Boston. She was awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Artist Fellowship. Selected bibliographies includes Slate Magazine, The Boston Globe, catemcqaid.com, Big red and shiny Blog # 135, and Exibart.