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“Somnambulist” An Immersive Exhibition by Ryan Bock at Ki Smith Gallery
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Opening on October 26th, Ryan Bock (aka Bockhaus) will present Somnambulist a solo exhibition of new works at Harlem's Ki Smith Gallery. In what promises to be one of the season’s most timely yet strikingly unexpected shows, Somnambulist harkens back to the hey-day of German Expressionism, conceived through the lens of today's digitized world.

Taking primary inspiration from German silent horror film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”(1921), this radical installation transports its viewers to an immersive Dystopian dreamscape, where seemingly ordinary objects are imbued with insidious agendas. Assembled from a garden variety of bed-frames and "functional items made non-functional", Somnambulist's black-and-white “shadow world” is a frightening psychological analysis of America, examining the intersection between historical events and contemporary times.

Just as Surrealists of the 1920's drew influence from Freud's dream studies, Bock also muses on the uninhibited state of sleep, and the subtle, hypnotic process through which deep-seated horrors can awaken within our own subconscious. "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” is an allegory about the tragedy of World War I and Germany's economic depression that foreshadowed the rise of Nazism and World War II --- and with Somnambulist, Bock illustrates the startling divide between city and rural American life that gave way to Trumpism and the Alt-Right movement. Bock seizes upon this eerie correlation & realizes that YES -- Americans were lulled into a vulnerable state, losing control over their own actions & allowing history to repeat itself once more…..

The artist states: “I’m here to report, not to provide anyone with a false, idealized version of the world. In terms of what I’m trying to communicate: I hope that it’s hopeful. I hope that there is hope.”

Somnambulist will be on view through November 23rd. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11-7pm.

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"My Thousand Sounds" Exhibition by Painter Adam Lee at BEERS London

BEERS London is thrilled to present My Thousand Sounds, the third solo exhibition at the gallery by esteemed Australian painter Adam Lee. The title, borrowed from Christian Wiman’s 2008 poem, A Small Prayer in a Hard Wind, suggests the notion of a divine presence amidst human fragility.

In his newest paintings, Lee continues his ongoing fascination with painting as a form of private pilgrimage. For Lee, the process of painting can be perceived as a metonym for a type of spiritual voyage. His intention is that the viewer might perceive these paintings as personal votive objects linking the familiar terrains of memory, family, and loss, with that of an uncanny yet unseen sense of corporeal transcendence. In many ways the works function as relic-like objects that house much greater sublime ideas. 

About the Artist

Adam Lee works from his studio in the hills of the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia, and he works mostly with traditional painting and drawing materials. His work references a wide range of sources including historical and colonial photography, biblical narratives, natural history, and most recently seem to embody more imagined or fantastical sources, investigating aspects of the human condition in relation to ideas of temporal and supernatural worlds. There is a sort of unsettling stillness to Lee’s work, a type of peaceful disquietude, where figures are situated in strange, unearthly spaces seem to tend to their own spiritual procession. As his practice has moved from more traditional ‘landscape’ painting to a practice that incorporates more emotive, poetic and narrative qualities, the work seems laboured upon with an almost religious reverence – somewhere between RB Kitaj and Rothko, oddly enough. There is a stylization of all Lee’s forms – where the figures become almost crystallized – and the viewer senses the creative and critical processes Lee undergoes to create his distinct bodies of work. From hunters, to shamanism, to fatherhood, Lee’s themes result in an informative nucleus from which he works prolifically to create large paintings and drawings that respond to a central theme. As viewers, we become complicit to the world he creates.

Exhibition dates: October 19 - November 23, 2019

Johan Barrios Solo Exhibition, "Monólogo"

 

J O H A N  B A R R I O S

 

Monólogo

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Artist Reception: Friday, October 25, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Anya Tish Gallery is pleased to announce Monólogo, a solo exhibition of new work by Johan Barrios, a Colombian artist now living and working in Houston. This is Barrios’ second solo exhibition with Anya Tish Gallery. Monólogo features paintings that convey the paradoxical dimensions of one-self. Barrios' work has surreal and cinematic qualities with a haunting aesthetic that is at once captivating and unsettling. 

“For me, all the pieces that are part of this project called Monólogo are the result of questioning what we call identity. All these self-portraits try to give an irrational look at how we are exposed to a symbolic solitude that distances us from any collective system. From my perspective, these figures are a replacement for a certain emotion that can often be related to fears and failures and become vulnerable to the conflicts that arise in the work itself creating a wider range of questions between image and spectators.”    - Johan Barrios

 Johan Barrios, born in 1982, is one of the most technically accomplished painters of his generation. Barrios’ work provokes the unique ability to make us feel and sympathize with his images invoking a harmony of the imagination and cognitive thought. Using himself as his own model he creates psychological portraits full of contradictions, doubt, beauty and anxiety, that exist between the surface of the canvas and trompe l’oeil illusion. Barrios pays close attention to every detail, expertly rendering muscle tone, hands, fabric wrinkles and flyaway hairs. He effortlessly translates light and shadow, executing his pieces with the proficiency of old masters. Depicted in a state of suspended tension, the subject has no identity, no narrative, no location, yet carries a diffused emotional resonance that addresses existential issues such as loneliness, self-discovery, intimacy and fragility.

Johan Barrios received his Masters in Fine Arts from the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia, and has since exhibited across the globe in such major cities as Zürich, Switzerland; New York City, New York; Barcelona, Spain; Cologne, Germany; Montreal, Canada; Los Angeles, California; and Denmark. His work has been featured in numerous renowned print and online publications, including ArtMaze, HI FRUCTOSE, Minus 37, The Jealous Curator, and Juxtapoz Arts and Culture Magazine.

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Anna Valdez Solo Exhibition Natural Curiosity
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Anna Valdez:

NATURAL CURIOSITY

October 5th - October 26th, 2019

NEW YORK CITY - Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present Natural Curiosity, an exhibition featuring new painting, print and ceramic work by Oakland based artist Anna Valdez. The gallery is thrilled to welcome Valdez back for her second solo exhibition with the gallery and her debut exhibition at Hashimoto Contemporary’s New York City location.

Well known for her uniquely stylistic still-life paintings, Valdez returns with a new crop of vibrant works and hand-painted ceramics. The pieces comprising Natural Curiosity probe further into Valdez’s daily practice of observation and documentation. Unfurling her signature palette of rich reds, bright yellows and sumptuous surfaces, the exhibition is visual poetry at work, at once rooted in art historical practices while also remaining faithful to the present moment. Flora and fauna spill from her larger-than-life canvases, punctuated by found objects, carefully placed and arranged from around the studio. Strewn throughout these compositions is the recent addition of her very own hand-painted ceramic vases and flowerpots, many of which have been thoughtfully displayed alongside their two-dimensional counterparts.

The works function both as still life and self portrait, offering vantage into Valdez’s daily practice and the objects which inform it. Venus Painting, oversized and brilliantly pink, features two of the artist’s plants against a wall covered in a swirling floral design. Framed by the houseplants is a smaller, more serene still life painting, depicting a bust of Venus in cool blue tones. This self-referential painting- within-a-painting nods at the time honored tradition of oil painters breaking the fourth wall while subtly hinting at a more modern practice of image-viewing and media consumption.

The careful consideration of each detail––each hand-mixed oil paint, every carefully composed vignette––invites the viewer into the artist’s studio and practice of close observation, begging the question: when do we allow ourselves to follow our own curiosity?

Please join us Saturday, October 5th from 6 - 8p for the opening reception of Natural Curiosity. In conjunction with the opening reception, the gallery will be hosting an artist talk with Valdez, Nina Mdivani (curator in residence at Kunstraum, NYC) and Chad Alligood (co-curator of "The Beyond: Georgia O'Keeffe and Contemporary Art" at the Crystal Bridges Museum) as well as a book signing from 5 - 6pm for the release of the artists debut monograph, Natural Curiosity.

The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, October 26th. For more information, additional images or exclusive content, please email us at nyc@hashimotocontemporary.com

WHAT:
Anna Valdez: Natural Curiosity

WHERE:
Hashimoto Contemporary 210 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002

WHEN:
Book Signing: Saturday, October 5th, 5pm - 6pm
Opening Night Reception: Saturday, October 5th, 6pm - 8pm On View: Saturday, October 5th - October 26th, 2019

RELEVANT LINKS:
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/739347969857037 Hashimoto Contemporary: https://www.hashimotocontemporary.com
Anna Valdez: https://www.annavaldez.com

ABOUT THE GALLERY:

Hashimoto Contemporary is located in San Francisco, CA and New York, NY. Our roster consists of an eclectic blend of new contemporary artists. With monthly rotating exhibitions, our programming focuses on a range of painting, sculpture and installation-based work. You can also visit us at a variety of international art fairs in Miami, New York, London, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Born in 1985 in Sacramento, California, Anna Valdez’s interest in cultural formation and collective consciousness began in her hometown. Her fascination with the ways in which cultural identities intersect lead her to pursue a career in anthropology. Visually reinterpreting these “abandoned sites” allowed Valdez to explore the connection between anthropological and artistic methods of cataloguing and record-keeping. Today, working across painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and digital media, Valdez examines the relationship between material and cultural identity. Her colorful work invites the viewer to consider objects as emblematic of personal and collective experience, shifting between still life and portraiture. 


Anna Valdez received her MFA in painting from Boston University in 2013. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States. Valdez’s work has been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine, New American Paintings, and Booooooom.com. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, New Britain Museum of American Art, Masur Museum of Art and the Danforth Museum.

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Solo Exhibition by Philadelphia-Based Artist Caitlin McCormack at Hashimoto Contemporary
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Hashimoto Contemporary

Caitlin McCormack

GRANNY

October 5th - 26th, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO - Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present GRANNY, a solo exhibition by Philadelphia- based artist Caitlin McCormack. For her inaugural solo exhibition with the gallery, she has created a new body of macabre yet playful osteological specimens and colorful flowers nestled in antique clock cabinets and pinned to lush velvets.

McCormack has created her own taxonomy of creatures, familiar yet peculiar in their composition - delicately rendered skeletal remains laid to rest among cartoonish flora. Utilizing cotton thread to make three dimensional drawings, she observes anatomical specimens and then recreates them from memory. The results are distorted but recognizable figures.

The new work featured in GRANNY explores “the intersection between crochet, gender, and age, viewed through the prism of remembrance.” McCormack contemporizes crochet as a medium while acknowledging, challenging, and incorporating humor within the connotations associated with her process - proclaiming “I am Granny.”

Please join us for GRANNY, opening October 5th with an evening reception from 6pm - 9pm. The artist will be in attendance. The exhibition will be on view through October 26th. For more information, additional images, or exclusive content, please email us at sf@hashimotocontemporary.com

804 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 • hashimotocontemporary.com • (415) 655-9265

WHAT:
GRANNY - a solo exhibition by Caitlin McCormack

WHERE:
Hashimoto Contemporary 804 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

WHEN:
Opening night reception: Saturday, October 5th, 6pm - 9pm
On view: Saturday, October 5th through Saturday, October 26th

RELEVANT LINKS:
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/495969214562446/ Hashimoto Contemporary: www.hashimotocontemporary.com

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Caitlin McCormack is a Philadelphia-based textile artist who works primarily with crocheted cotton threads, which are stiffened with glue and positioned to resemble osteological specimens. Her work explores the mercurial nature of human memory as it distorts over time. With the addition of vintage fabrics and found objects, the sculptures build upon a very personal taxonomy of creatures symbolizing Caitlin's memories and experiences. They allow her to explore the intersections of craft and gender, the navigation of trauma, and the relationship between cloth and living, organic forms. Her works have been displayed domestically and internationally, and have been featured in solo and group exhibitions at The Mütter Museum (Philadelphia), The Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke VA), Mesa Contemporary Art Museum (Mesa AZ), Museum Rijswijk (The Netherlands), Rhodes Contemporary (London), Vanilla Gallery (Tokyo), Jonathan Levine Projects (Jersey City NJ), Feinkunst Krüger (Hamburg), Last Rites Gallery (NYC), Paradigm Gallery + Studio (Philadelphia), Red Truck Gallery (New Orleans), and most recently at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.

ABOUT THE GALLERY:

Hashimoto Contemporary has locations in San Francisco and New York. Our roster consists of an eclectic blend of new contemporary artists. With monthly rotating exhibitions, our programming focuses on a range of painting, sculpture and installation-based work. You can also visit us at a variety of international art fairs and traveling exhibitions in Miami, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

804 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 • hashimotocontemporary.com • (415) 655-9265

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"In the Drift" By Kai and Sunny at Corey Helford Gallery
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“Onward Shift” (acrylic on linen, 46” round)

Corey Helford Gallery Presents:

In the Drift 
By Kai and Sunny

  

OPENING RECEPTION

September 21, 2019 | 7pm - 11pm

 

ON VIEW

September 21 – October 26, 2019

 

COREY HELFORD GALLERY

571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm - 6pm

(310) 287-2340

Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery is proud to announce a solo exhibition of all new works from London-based artist duo Kai and Sunny. Opening Saturday, September 21st in Gallery 3, In the Drift marks the first solo show for the duo at the gallery.

The award-winning duo take inspiration from the natural world and the patterns and forms it manifests. In the Drift showcases the duo's uniquely distinguishable compositions of large acrylic paintings on linen and archival ballpoint pen works on paper.

Regarding the show, Kai and Sunny share, "The show embraces the concept of change; flowing deconstructed landscapes are continuously moving taking you from one place to another. Creating dynamic movement through line and color shifts representing a driving action or force. The lines in the works push and pull each other as if caught in a state of flux whilst other areas are free and exude speed and energy. The process is a methodical building of thin intricate lines upon each other. The result showing powerful kinetic compositions while a delicacy remains. The lines can change your perception of the shape while the foreground and background invite you to float in-between the two."

In conjunction with the exhibition, Kai and Sunny have collaborated with Element Skateboards on a set of new skate decks and they'll be releasing a limited-edition seven color silkscreen print (available to purchase at CHG on opening night); plus the duo will be painting two murals while they're visiting Southern California for the opening (9/21). The first mural will be painted just before the opening at Element Skateboards HQ in Huntington Beach and the second larger mural will be painted just after the opening at The Berrics, the downtown Los Angeles-based skatepark owned by Steve Berra and Eric Koston. The artwork depicted on both murals will be featured in the duo's In the Drift show. 

In the Drift opens Saturday, September 21st from 7pm-11pm in the Gallery 3, alongside a solo show from Ian Francis, entitled The Call of the Void, in the Main Gallery and a two-artist show with Jillian Evelyn and Kristen Liu-Wong, entitled Not a Flower Alone, in Gallery 2. Corey Helford Gallery is located at 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 and normal hours are Tuesday – Saturday, from 12pm - 6pm.

About Kai and Sunny:

Kai and Sunny (born 1975 and 1977, respectively) are a UK based artist duo. They both graduated from the Epsom School of Art in Surrey, United Kingdom with degrees in Art and Design. They have collaborated with author David Mitchell, designer Alexander McQueen, artist Shepard Fairey and have won numerous accolades, including a 2012 D&AD Design Award and a 2015 LIA award. Works by Kai and Sunny have been exhibited internationally at institutions such as Haunch of Venison and are included in the Victoria & Albert Museum Print Archive Collection.

 

"The idea that such sophisticated and detailed pieces are executed by hand is mind-blowing."

– Shepard Fairey

 

"The highly acclaimed, award-winning art duo Kai and Sunny have risen to notoriety over the past few years thanks to their beautiful and highly-detailed nature-inspired images."

– Hypebeast

 

About Corey Helford Gallery:

Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (The ConnersAnger ManagementThe Drew Carey ShowGeorge Lopez) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists. 

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art. CHG is located in Downtown Los Angeles in a robust 12,000 square foot building presenting new exhibitions approximately every six weeks.

For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit CoreyHelfordGallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Not a Flower Alone By Kristen Liu-Wong and Jillian Evelyn

 

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Corey Helford Gallery

Presents
Not a Flower Alone
By Kristen Liu-Wong and Jillian Evelyn

 

OPENING RECEPTION

September 21, 2019 | 7pm - 11pm

 

ON VIEW

September 21 – October 26, 2019

 

COREY HELFORD GALLERY

571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm - 6pm

(310) 287-2340

 

 

Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery is proud to announce a two-artist show with Jillian Evelyn and Kristen Liu-Wong. Opening Saturday, September 21st in Gallery 2Not a Flower Alone features new works from the two Los Angeles-based artists that attempt to reflect the human experience utilizing flowers.

 

Using candy colors, heavy patterning, and tight compositions, Lui-Wong draws inspiration from American folk art, cartoons she watched as a kid, architecture, and for Not a Flower Alonefloriography (language of flowers).

 

Liu-Wong shares, "In this show I’m using floriography as a launching point to explore instances of what makes us human and humanity’s emotional connection to the natural world, drawing on flowers to say what can not necessarily be spoken or expressed out loud. The language of flowers is an old one who’s various forms can be found throughout time and in every culture -- by using this unspoken and cryptic language, moments of friendship, grief, rage, sensuality, and isolation are communicated and emphasized. Flowers are used as an expression of self; in them we see reflected back all of our best and worst qualities, in them we see our own fragility and vulnerabilities, our hardiness, the enduring nature of life itself, and the inevitability of death. My work draws heavily upon both Eastern and Western symbolism, referencing childhood cartoons, Victorian mourning culture, Japanese shunga, Greek mythology and a multitude of other sources to create a universe that mirrors both the diversity in our world and the unifying nature of our collective experience."

 

Evelyn’s instantly recognizable paintings feature abstracted figures bathed in vibrant colors. Regarding Not a Flower Alone, she states, "Throughout art history, whether fine art or theater, flowers denote emotions in flux. Whether these emotions are grief, rebirth, death or even a simple gesture of unrequited love, flowers can be used as transitory depictions of sadness or powerful symbols of beauty. They are undeniably used as hints by both authors and artists. This newest series of works uses flowers as a means to convey an artist reexamining process and practice, and the confidence and painstaking personal examination that comes with re-engaging with the art-making process. My figures are solitary and powerful, pondering and inquisitive, shaped by a quiet exploration of actions and consequences. The bodies contort and angle themselves as if a new un-ventured pose will beget new connections with the self. The flowers serve as a reminder that life deserves questioning, moments where words and definitions cannot be applied to the complications of emotions. Daisies may represent innocence, and roses love, but my works strip themselves extraneous allusions and lay bare the power of solitary self-introspection."

 

Not a Flower Alone opens Saturday, September 21st in Gallery 2, alongside a solo show from Ian Francis, entitled The Call of the Void, in the Main Gallery and a solo exhibition from Kai and Sunny, entitled In the Drift, in Gallery 3CoreyHelford Gallery is located at 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 and normal hours are Tuesday – Saturday, from 12pm - 6pm.

 

 

About Kristen Liu-Wong:

Kristen Liu-Wong is a Los Angeles-based artist from San Francisco, who studied Illustration at Pratt Institute. Since graduating in 2013, she has shown extensively in numerous galleries on the East and West coasts and some places in between and beyond.

 

Liu-Wong's work blends everyday occurrences from her life with abstracted nightmares and crude humor. Trained as an illustrator, she tries to tell a story with every piece she makes, developing a personal and slightly sinister narrative within each painting. Using candy colors, heavy patterning, and tight compositions, the work draws inspiration from American folk art, the cartoons she watched as a kid, Shunga (Japanese term for erotic art), and her appreciation for architecture. She is always striving to make work that is highly personal but altered enough to allow individual interpretations to be applied to every story she paints.

 

About Jillian Evelyn:

Jillian Evelyn is a Los Angeles-based artist from Michigan. Evelyn's paintings investigate the depths of awkwardness, discomfort, and contortion both from external expectations and within ones' own thoughts. Evelyn paints her figures and abstractions bathed in vibrant color. She is able to reflect her personal conflicts while allowing for the viewer's personal interpretations.

 

About Corey Helford Gallery:

Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (The ConnersAnger ManagementThe Drew Carey ShowGeorge Lopez) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists.

 

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art. CHG is located in Downtown Los Angeles in a robust 12,000 square foot building presenting new exhibitions approximately every six weeks.

 

For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit CoreyHelfordGallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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London-based artist, Laurence Jones, to have solo exhibition at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery
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How To Live In Los Angeles is an exhibition of fifteen new paintings by London-based artist, Laurence Jones, that focus on psychologi-cal space, and play with ideas of narrative and the cinematic in art.

The paintings, derived from first and second-hand photographic images of Los Angeles, combine reimagined modernist interiors and intense vibrant hues, blurring the boundaries between real and imaginary. Silent swimming pools and silhouetted palm fronds dominate the landscape, and the dazzling rays of a simulated sunset threaten to overwhelm us.

Jones’s work, of great formal elegance and technical mastery, asks questions about how one reads and consumes images, and how one makes them in the era dominated by photographic representation.

A signed print publication with full colour reproductions of all work in the show will accompany the exhibition.

Please join us at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 2a Conway Street, Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6BA.

Laurence Jones: How to Live in Los Angeles 1 October - 2 November 2019

www.rebeccahossack.com

Philadelphia 'Summer Rush' All Female Art Exhibition at James Oliver Gallery
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Kristen Reichert Dark Sister - 45” x 45”, Oil on canvas

Summer Rush will be curated by and take place at James Oliver Gallery as well as their sister gallery HOT•BED, where custom horticulture by Bryan Hoffman will accentuate the organic feel and intense color pallets of this show. The incredible line-up includes a diverse array of works by artists: Michele Kishita, M.K. Komins, Elizabeth Bergeland, Nat Girsberger, Alicia LaChance, Juliet Sugg, Kristen Reichert, Caitlyn Grabenstein, Molly Goldfarb, Ekaterina Popova, Erica Bello, Katelyn Liepins, and Nikki Painter. 

The scope of media includes abstract, surreal and hyper-realistic painting, collage, illustration, jewelry, and much, much more. Summer Rush will magnify the entropy of the season and eviscerate a notion of excitement and activity brewing and cultivating in our spaces. Don’t miss this enticing exhibition! 

The exhibition will be on view from July 13 - August 31, 2019

For more information or private viewings, please contact jamesolivergallery@gmail.com or by phone at 267-918-7432.

www.jamesolivergallery.com

“Potholes" by Los Angeles-based artist Henry Fey
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First Amendment Gallery is pleased to announce, “Potholes,” a new solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist, Henry Fey. Fey’s latest collection of works incorporate acrylic painting and image transfers of the artist’s photographs in an engaging installation of twenty-four 8x10 inch pieces, a departure from his previously exhibited large-scale paintings.

For “Potholes,” Fey uses his signature blend of digital and analog processes to simulate a visual journey of a casual ride through a cityscape. Individually, the works recall innocuous colors and textures that seamlessly flow into another to then be punctuated by abrupt darkness - a pothole that only disrupts your journey momentarily before sending you back on track. Collectively, these examinations recontextualize familiar forms with the framed works acting as windows into particular moments of that ride.

Henry Fey (b. 1993) is an artist and San Francisco Art Institute alum living and working in Los Angeles. Using painting as a tool, he draws from his surroundings and recontextualizes images through abstraction.

For further inquiries on the artist or available works, please contact info@1amsf.com.

Solo Exhibition by Artist Danielle Krysa at Mayberry Fine Art
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By Ekaterina Popova

Artist Danielle Krysa has been busy in the studio this year, and it shows. I have always been a fan of her collage work, but most recently she took her studio practice on a whole other level and released a solo exhibition filled with large scale paintings and mixed media pieces that will inspire you, take your breath away and even make you laugh.

Danielle's work is on view at Mayberry Fine Art from June 1 - June 28, 2019. To purchase or inquire about available work visit www.mayberryfineart.com or email toronto@mayberryfineart.com

Danielle's Statement:

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There are, and always have been, a ridiculous number of stories in my head - stories I tell myself, stories I share out loud, and stories that become my mixed media collages. My most recent work takes those narratives a little further, inviting the viewer into my mind. There are messes and moments of pure joy that exist in an ‘artist’s chaotic and abstract world. There are also quiet white spaces – completely void of ideas – but then somehow, someway the creative machine starts churning again. A juicy stroke of paint in the perfect hue, or just the right found image and, voila, joy is restored! These artworks are a glimpse into the never-ending treasure hunt that goes on in my head – a combination of humor, personal thoughts, rich textures, found images and vibrant color.
— Danielle Krysa

Danielle is the writer behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator, and the author of "Creative Block", "Collage", "Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk" and "A Big Important Art Book". Her work is in private collections in Canada, The United States and Europe. She has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design and lives with her family in British Columbia.

Kle Mens at REJEKT Gallery
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REJEKT Gallery presents Hybrid Prophecy, a solo show of one of Poland's exceptional young artists, Kle Mens. Her work will be exhibited at 82a Commercial Street, a former public toilet in London’s East End and is curated by Elaine Tam. The show runs 14-23 June 2019, with an opening reception on Thursday 13th June 2019, at 6pm.

Kle Mens is a Warsaw-based visual artist working across painting, sculpture, performance and film. Following the death of her father, Kle Mens grew up in an extreme Catholic sect in Poland, under the care of her mother, a schizophrenic, devotee nun. As such, a major tenet of her work is the exploration and exploitation of religious iconography, which calls forth a brave new world of the feminine in post-secular art practice.

The paintings at the heart of her practice involve a traditional technique, one which requires the painstaking application of a hundred translucent layers. Through this steady dedication we witness the transfiguration of Kle Mens as a Saint, martyr and hybrid creature, which emphasizes the transmutable nature of timeless mythical bodies.

Having exhibited in her native country multiple times, the controversial nature of Kle Men’s work means that the artist has received notable backlash from a more conservative Polish audience, including the staging of protests outside her exhibitions.

In her first UK solo show, Kle Mens makes a brave incantation, summoning both religious martyrs and mythological hybrids to evoke the formidable force of female transformation, which underlies all her work. This exhibition sees Kle Mens revisiting the idolatry of female purity of her youth through the martyr’s series, with focus on those whose punishment was sex-related or sexuality-specific.

In a relational gesture of self-sacrifice, paint becomes embodied flesh in St. Agata, the venerated saint a prime example of the extraordinary sufferance endured by female devotees. A tense and disarming dedication, Kle Mens’ severing of her own breast is a profound moment of ekstasis propelling her into the temporality of long-standing religious order, a remark upon the continued urgency of feminist concerns. With similar spirit, she investigates the unusual, always-timeliness of the apocalypse — the recurring crisis of individual, collective and planetary future that haunts existence.

In Hybrid Prophecy, Kle Mens presents us with this provocation: a stunningly detailed film work, which animates and subverts Hans Memling's The Last Judgement. The centerpiece around which the themes of the exhibition revolve, The Last Judgement sees her assuming new bodies and fictions, while persisting with the religious iconography that she is passionately indebted to. As such, two mythological hybrids that feature in the Apocalypse of St. John become proto-Renaissance self-portraits.

Kle Mens adopts the mystical poise of the famously ambiguous, riddling Sphinx. Her traditional painting technique begets a certain magic — one of majestic strength, and silent yet photorealistic liveness — which also courses through Harpy. While the eagle is emblematic of the Polish state, in the Apocalypse it behaves as a premonition, heralding a collapse between sky and earth. With this, Kle Mens continues her elegant foray into mythic territories, their power and their promise.

Kle Mens (Klementyna Stepniewska, b. 1985) graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in 2014 under the direction of Jarosław Modzelewski and Igor Przybylski. In 2016, she was winner of the The Geppert Competition XII, the most prestigious prize for young painters in Poland. To date, she has had three solo exhibitions, the most recent of which is Hail Mary (2019). Her works St. Rita and Kummernis are held by a key public collection, National Museum of Gdansk.

REJEKT Gallery are representatives of future pioneers of contemporary art from Eastern Europe. They curate unprecedented, unconventional events for new East artists in London. REJEKT seeks to represent and garner respect of Eastern European artists. Founder and Director, Sarah Sosnierz started promoting electronic music through hosting parties, aiming to collaborate various artists between London and Warsaw in the hope that this exchange would open new channels of cultural communication between East and Western Europe.

REJEKT do not conform to a traditional gallery setup. Their selection of unadulterated art is exhibited in unusual spaces, from industrial units to disused public toilets. Based in London, REJEKT has transitioned from illustrious clubs in Praga, flirting with underground dance club culture, to an arts platform occupying unique Heterotopian spaces; providing unconventional conduits; simultaneously mental and physical, geographical and digital representation.

For more information please contact: Anna Beketov, Damson Communications at anna.beketov@damsonpr.com or +44 (0)20 7812 0645.

Studio Sunday: Seth Remsnyder

We’re so excited to be bringing you a Studio Sunday feature with Seth Remsnyder!

My current body of work is titled: “Signage”. These are paintings on metal pieces like signs. The paintings are non-representational works focused on color, arrangement and movement. Some are placed on sign posts and installed in the public to play off of the signage that covers our communities. The intent of this body of work is to place serious works of visual art in a public context that deals with the concept of taking notice of the world around us. Signage is intended to grab the attention. So is visual art. The difference is often the context. Why do we so often miss what we are supposed to see when we are out in the world? Is the benefit of visual art in the public space the benefit of helping us remember how to see? I propose that it is. My current work aims to play off of the concept of signage to confront the public with visual art work in the public spaces that we traverse and all too often ignore. Perhaps most important is the basic idea that works such as these hold the possibility of brightening the days of the residents of our communities.

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How did you first become interested in art and can you explain a bit of how it led you to the work you create today?

I became interested in art when I was about 9 or so? I liked to draw well before that but my Mom stashed a little post Impressionism/Impressionism catalogue in her magazine rack and I saw a painting by Vincent van Gogh called “Stairway at Auvers” and I was blown away. I tried to paint a lot after seeing that. I think I know how to say it better now than I could have when I was younger but I looked at “Stairway at Auvers”, it was unreal, almost cartoonish in a very good way, but also, so real, so tangible, and dense that I felt like I was there with him. I never thought a picture could make me feel as strongly as that one did. I still get chills when I look at it. If you’re reading this, look it up.

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We love that your work is so bold and colorful. Can you tell us about what inspires you and what inspired your series of metal painted signs specifically?

Well, van Gogh absolutely drove me to just go after color and to not be afraid of it so I think that was very formative for my approach to a palette... Perception is such an important part of life... attentiveness to what is going on around us or passing us by, and with my current body of work I am really getting a lot of imagination material from horizons that I see. Sunsets and sunrises and the stuff of life that’s kind of all crammed underneath the skyline is what I imagine most when I’m painting the lines in my work. So, if I see a certain gradient in the sky I try to amplify it a little as a backdrop for the lines I’m painting. I also just tend to think in masses of color so sometimes I just spray down a color and stare at it for a while and see what it reminds me of or what other colors it calls to mind. It never ceases to amaze me the way our minds make connections to certain colors. Another inspiration for the motifs, the lines and the compositions I’m making with them, is a sort of visualization of relationships. We travel along through life with other people, cross paths etc. and so I’m often painting two lines at a time together and then basing the rest of a piece off of those interactions. I think that we think of life in a very linear way... I don’t means straightforward, but rather, the concept in general. I think we all tend to see ourselves going through life in a kind of GPS kind of way. We imagine ourselves going places and we think of life as a path and that concept really interests me. I think lines are really an endlessly interesting motif.

What is your process like?

My process has changed a lot with the current work I’m doing. Spray paint and air brush removes a certain kind of control that I had spent a lot of time developing with a brush and I am really enjoying that. It has helped me forget myself in an important way. I was always very emotionally connected to the brush, the romance of an expressionist stroke runs deep with me so detaching myself from the work with spray has helped me think more clearly about my paintings. I’m more in tune with the formal elements now I think. Process is a strange thing... it always has to start with something metaphysical, as in, what got me working on a given day... and then its a matter of either improvising or trying to fulfill a plan. With my public work I’m really focusing on a certain kind of place to put my work. I want them to be in spaces that are easily visible but neglected. We don’t always see what we’re supposed to see when we’re out and about and we could probably go on all day about why that is but this work is meant to just go straight at a solution to that... namely, putting serious paintings in a signage form and trying to snag the eyes of passers by. I pay more attention to my world when I think I might be missing art along the way.

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Describe your current studio or creative space. What is most important about it or one thing that you definitely need in your work area?

My current studio is on the first floor of my house. I love it. It’s fairly well lit and my family is around. I don’t need much space right now but I am really grateful for what I have... right now at least it’s more than enough.  Music is important to me, I kind of like everything. I do sometimes like to paint without it because the background noise of my kids watching Scooby Doo Where Are You or the old Batman TV show is such a happy kind prof background noise to me. Or, they’ll get caught up in such a good little kid jam session just playing some imaginary game together, my seven year old daughter playing with my three year old is the sweetest noise I can think of. They’re pretty hilarious too so I just listen to them and laugh while I work. One thing I definitely need is a pot of coffee. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for too many years now and that’s my need I guess.

What is your favorite thing about being an artist?

My favorite thing about being as artist is the way that it has helped me learn to use my eyes. I’ve been really fortunate to pursue my Masters Degree in painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design over the past few years and I think the most important skill I’m leaving there with is a vastly improved ability to take notice of my world, the ability to really use my eyes and take things in. I’m so glad for that. I think it’s also helped me sharpen my memories too. I can remember colors from my childhood better now. I know that sounds strange but I think it’s true.

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Do you have any big collaborations, projects, exhibitions, etc going on during the rest of the year that you'd like to share?

The big things going on for me right now: I graduate on Friday, May 31st!! I’ll be in Savannah to walk and get my degree! Who knows, maybe I’ll leave some signage behind too... My thesis exhibition is in Richmond, Virginia on Friday, June 7 at Gallery Edit on Broad Street and I’m excited to install this show. Last but not least, my wife and I added our fourth child to our family at the end of April!  His name is Hank and he’s the sweetest little guy. Mom and baby are both doing well. Oh yeah, getting picked up by PxP of course. Grateful.

Browse Seth’s available works with PxP Contemporary.

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Studio Sunday: Kristen Elizabeth
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We’re bringing back Studio Sundays and this weekend we’re so excited to be introducing you to one of our PxP Contemporary artists, Kristen Elizabeth! Learn more in our interview below and then don’t forget to check our her available works in our premiere exhibition ‘Pilot’, which is currently on view online!

Artist Biography:

Connecticut based artist, Kristen Elizabeth (b.1986) formally educated in Industrial Design, has been developing her unique artistic voice over the past several years. Having grown up on the coast, she is heavily influenced by the sea and the dynamic tension between power and balance that can be observed around us. Her work seeks to draw viewers in through bold movement and a counterbalance of intricate mark making. Her use of a wide variety of materials such as acrylic, graphite, pastel, and more creates a visual statement that can be experienced on multiple levels. In addition to her art, she has been involved in many creative projects including painting a 50ft tall likeness of Lebron James in Harlem's famed Rucker Park, as well as - developed a new logo and fashion illustrations for New York's influential FABB charity event.  Her work has been featured in multiple publications including Create! Magazine, Art Reveal Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.  

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How did you first become interested in art and can you explain a bit of how it led you to the work you create today?

As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for art. I grew up in a creative family and had practicing artists on both my mother & father’s side. I’ve always had a desire to be creative, but felt I had to be practical. Because of this, I majored in product design and was approaching graduation right at the beginning of the recession in 2008. The career and life I had been envisioning for the past four years all but evaporated, but this allowed me freedom from a traditional path and ultimately set me on the course to where I am today. It’s been quite a ride - with both highs and lows. I hope to express this dynamism that is life through my current and future works.

Describe your current studio or working area. What is most important about it or one thing that you definitely need in your creative space?

I currently divide my time between my small home studio and a larger studio space where I run my business, a children's art studio called SplatterBox. My space at home is peaceful, harmonious and filled with the books, art, and music I love. That space allows me to focus on smaller more contained works using mostly watercolors and inks. SplatterBox allows me the room to stretch out and work on larger pieces without worrying about making a mess - hence the name SplatterBox. That said, it can be a challenge! It can often be hectic & stressful but it is also highly rewarding. I was able to not only lead a fulfilling path teaching kids but also re-discover my passion for art amongst all the glitter, unicorns, & beautiful mess.

Tell us about the inspiration behind your work.

I really try to absorb my environment. I find the people and places around me to be incredible resources. I’ve found that some series tend to draw from specific experiences, while other inspiration could be found in more ethereal experiences. My ‘Mineral Girl’ series was completely inspired by a trip to the amazing mineral room at the Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT. To contrast that, my ‘Geo Swoosh’ & ‘'The Change’ series took from something much more intuitive and deep within myself. I spent much of my childhood by the sea and observed everything from grey misty mornings to deep dark raging storms. Drawing from these visual memories as well as exploring life experiences I had, helped guide my hand.  You can see this in everything from the large sweeping motions to the tapestry of delicate details and patterns.

What one piece of creative or business advice would you give to your younger self?

The one piece of advice I would give my younger self is DON’T WAIT. On pessimistic days I might see it as time wasted, but I have had a range of other experiences and challenges that inform my art today. That said, I held back from truly jumping into my art career for many years and wish I had started that path sooner. It can be intimidating to put yourself out there, but if you keep delaying and putting it off - you’ll never know what opportunities might come your way.

What are you working on now and for the rest of the year?

Right now I’m coming off of an exciting job working for FABB (The Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball) & can’t seem to stray from creating high contrast fashion illustrations. I’ve found these very cathartic and they allow me to create without the pressure of a series or having any constraints imposed (self or otherwise). I’m happy to say they have enabled me to gain a clear headspace and I now have two new series I’m in the process of designing. Both will be an expansion & evolution of my previous work. As a side note, I have to give a nod to the Podcast - Art & Cocktails - for the invaluable information learned while listening to the episode ‘How To Design A New Series’.

View her collection of available works with PxP Contemporary here!

The Stranger, Solo Exhibition by Alex Merritt at Booth Gallery
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Booth Gallery is proud to present The Stranger, a debut solo exhibition by Alex Merritt, on view May 17 - June 12, 2019, at 325 W. 38th St in New York. Popularly known for his large-scale oils and brutal approach to painting, Alex Merritt will be exhibiting 20 new paintings and drawings in large and small formats.

Merritt’s works include a recurring motif visualized through expansive landscapes juxtaposed by isolated figures which directly confront the viewer. In works like “Hermetic Bliss” (detail above), the subject is visceral and haunting yet vulnerably human. A distinct narrative is intentionally concealed and left for the viewer’s interpretation, much like the artist’s process: it is hidden amongst the layers.

Through a constant working and reworking, the paint is scraped down and built up to range from a thick paste to liquid. The sheer physicality of the canvases showing layers of paint 3-4 inches in depth reveals they are as much of an object sculpturally as they are a 2-dimensional image. Subject and object become one, and the finished works represent a direct result of these layers, weaving in and out of one another, often obfuscating the literal.

Merritt’s influences include the likes of Chaim Soutine, Joan Eardley, Antonio Mancini, and Frank Auerbach; Inspired by their bravado to compose large-scale works and to experimentation with surface quality.

Alex Merritt was born in 1981 in Washington, DC. In 2015, he received his B.F.A. in painting from the Mary- land Institute College of Art and in 2018 completed his MFA from The New York Academy of Art. The artist joined Booth Gallery in June 2018; this will be his first Solo show to date. Works from are in numerous private collections worldwide and currently has had a collection of works acquired by liana Gore Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel.

On Friday, May 17, 2019, an opening reception will be held from 6-9pm and is open to the public.