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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.

Orit Fuchs
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Orit Fuchs lives and works in Tel Aviv, where she creates across a full range of mediums, such as sculpture, painting, video, video, illustration, knitting, photography and more. During her career, Orit worked as an art director in the leading advertising agencies in Israel.

After some intriguing years and turning into a mom, she decided to quit her career in favor of her kids. Versatility and creativity definitely define Orit Fuchs.

 With three kids at home and a career in advertising and fashion behind her, Orit began to paint. Her quest and thirst for in depth knowledge on art, brought her the desire to learn from numerous artists from multiple disciplines and then led her to study at Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design.

As Orit grew and matured, she felt ready to open up to the world.


Orit's art is inspired by life's little moments that often hit us when we least expect it. The outcome could be anything, art created by a newly discovered freedom, unhindered by any particular artistic language or style.  Strong women are often the subject of her work: sensitive, independent, and replete with humor – yet ever awakening and biting with vitality.

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Kaitlin Ziesmer

Born and raised in Colorado, and after spending some time in Texas, Kaitlin Ziesmer ventured back to the mountains to attend Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in the BFA program with a focus on drawing and painting. She continues to live and work as a freelance artist in Denver. She has been featured in numerous exhibits across Denver and throughout the country.

On Her Work & Process

“I like having a very clean, cut-and-paste approach to imagery. In my work, it’s so fun focusing on recognizable characters from popular culture. People have such a positive and nostalgic response to them… often following up with a response of a suggestion on what I should do next. It really creates a dialogue, and there’s something so gratifying being able to make things that you know your friends will dig. Repurposing them into this new, often female body, is my way of injecting myself into it all…quite literally because I’m using myself as the model ninety percent of the time.

“Color choice is also a huge part of the work too, along with the selection of clothes. As far as a process, I often have one point of starting of… whether it’s the head I’ve been dying to paint, color palette, or specific piece of clothing; the rest of the pieces fall into place as I go. Between the playful color palette and the characters’ often standing still or relaxed posture, I’d like to think that it makes them approachable. Then the highlights of neon are what really brings the audience up close. Portraits are so personal, especially when they’re absurd and make you laugh. “

Mia Halton

Halton grew up in a family of artists, including her maternal grandparents and mother. She remembers her early art —making as both  a  refuge  and  a  way  to  make  sense  of  the  emotional vagaries of family life. During Halton’s years as an undergraduate, she encountered the work of Jean Dubuffet. He was a seminal discovery for her, for his ability to access the dark side of inner life, and direct use of raw materiality. Other painters important to Halton’s development include Jackson Pollock, for his intuitive layering of paint in over-all compositions, and Philip Guston for his bold drawing and existential examination of self.  

Color has played a crucial role in Halton’s work, moving from the pastel colors of her graduate student, to the darker palette of her postschool years, to her present use of jewel-like hues, often contrasting with fields of white. From the beginning the role of figures was central, ranging from cartoon-like, graphic images to more gestural forms. It is the pictorial space between the figures and forms that has continually evolved in Halton’s work.  

Her recent body of work displays a growing vocabulary of mark-making, a refinement of technique and a deepening psychological engagement. In 2013, a family tragedy precipitated her beginning to use clay. The physicality of the material allowed Halton to explore her emotions while also opening up to new ways of looking at the larger social issues brought up by the tragic event. 

She has shown extensively at the Orange County Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Clayworks in Baltimore, OK Harris Works of Art, New York, Gallery K, Washington, D.C., Malton Gallery, Cleveland and Gomez Gallery, Baltimore. Halton’s work is in the collections of the U.S. State Department and Kenyon College, and numerous private collections. 

She was recently awarded the A.I.R. Vallauris in France, a solo exhibition at Stevenson University and will be a 2018 NAEA National Convention presenter.

Statement

Using humor and metaphor, I visually describe the vagaries and challenges of being human. I work quickly and with a sense of urgency. When I draw onto paper or scratch into clay I’m trying to make sense of the world, one figure at a time. They’re symbolic, players in a larger story. I use a cartoon-like style, reminiscent of children’s drawings. I don’t use a horizon line, specific light source, or other indication of time or place. The figures inhabit their own world and follow their own rules.

I’m an observer of human behavior. What drives us? What makes us tick? What happens during the all-important encounters that continually occur? How can I, using tangible materials and literal images, describe what can’t be seen? The figures are important but it’s what’s happening between them that I’m after. The “Shouting Sticks”, for example, have recently been used by a group of angry protestors who have put them down hurriedly after the march has ended.

Topics that resonate for me personally, and at the same time open up new ways of looking at social issues, are rich with potential. I begin with a large, compelling idea: “Women”, for example. I develop and research questions, investigating facets of the topic until I find a way in. I address questions such as, “Why do women not contest male sovereignty?” Choices of materials are determined largely by the ideas being expressed.

I’m looking for the power of numbers when I create large populations of sculptural or drawn figures. The sculptures that appear in the installation, “Pushovers Unite", based loosely on the old clown toy that comes right back up after being punched, are uniting in solidarity against oppressive forces and regimes. The hundreds of small faces in the “Encounters” installation are intended to show the significant similarities between us while at the same time, suggest the profound differences that, when addressed, can either unite or divide us.

Ping Hatta

Piamrak Hattakitkosol, or “Ping Hatta” in short, was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand and moved to New York City at the age of eighteen. She is a New York-based fashion illustrator, lingerie designer, maker, and live portrait artist working in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. Her work is a visual diary of her life, capturing moments and bringing out the best character in people with a sense of humor. She is recognized by her bold, graffiti-inspired style of quirky, playful characters with pointy eyeliners and a touch of fashion world’s personalities. She also specializes in on-site live portrait sketching for corporate and private clients. She works across a variety of different media, including markers, print, acrylic, embroidery, and textiles.

Bright, bold – and sometimes, funny – is how Ping Hatta perceives fashion. Her recent works celebrate the excitement (and the unexpected) that the fashion industry brought into the world. The series also pays homage to the world’s renowned fashion designers: Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Junya Watanabe, Dolce & Gabbana, and more. Hatta also brings together her favorite elements – exaggerated silhouettes, quirky confidence, street-art-inspired girl characters, and the indispensable razor-sharp eyeliners.

She has been featured in publications such as American Illustration and her works have garnered international attention including Anna Sui, Del Pozo, Dolce Gabbana, Marc Jacobs Instagrams. Her works have been exhibited in a few galleries in Bangkok, Thailand.

Apart from art and lingerie design, she is a singer, voice-over artist, tap dance instructor, and recently started an online greeting card shop – Ping Hatta. Studio. She also co-founded LOOP Fairtrade, a non-profit organization that empowers Ecuadorian artisans through crafts and design. When she is not doing all of the above, she volunteers as a contributor for Thai Artists in New York (TANY), enjoys watching cat videos, reading about psychology, and she has a deep (caffeinated) love for specialty coffee.

Ron Geibel

Ron Geibel (b.1985) received a BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a MFA from the University of Montana. Geibel has exhibited his work in Canada and throughout the United States, including the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair, NYC; Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston; and Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. He has been an artist in residence at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY; The Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY; and the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. Ceramics Monthly Magazine recognized Geibel as an emerging artist in 2015. Currently, he is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. 

Statement

I explore the intersection of the public and private sphere and question our awareness of self and of others. 

My conceptual framework stems from co-opted by artists during the 1980’s AIDS epidemic. Their use of traditional mass marketing tools such as billboards, neon signs, and marquees utilized a familiar format to expose a poignant message. Colorful, candy-coated sweet treats and their irresistible deliciousness toy with the notion that temptation and desire allow us to be drawn to what we don’t even realize is present. 

The use of multiples obscures the sexual references that influence the sculptures I create. I initiate dialogue concerning sexuality, gender, and identity by crafting objects that are drenched in color and laced with playful humor that reference the so-called, private parts of people lives.

Lexicon Love

Australian born and bred, I am a collage artist who works under the name Lexicon Love.

I love collage art essentially because I enjoy the process. I am less preoccupied with the end result. Any other reasons seem unimportant. 

I am drawn to the surreal and unsettling and try to inject that into my work where possible, always seeking out the unexpected connections between humour and tragedy.

Ultimately it’s the way in which collage art challenges traditional notions of aesthetics, which I find most appealing. 

My process begins by finding the trigger for each piece. This is usually a single image that really catches my eye, grabs me by the throat, and triggers the all-important starting point. 

Remixing the old with the new to create new truths, I organise and reorganise until it ‘feels right’. 

I don’t use Photoshop or Illustrator. My tools of choice closely mimic analogue techniques. It’s like working with your hands in the traditional sense.

“And those who were seen dancing were thought insane by those who could not hear the music.”
— Friedrich W. Nietzsche.
Celebrating Struggle in Paint: Interview with Jenna McNair

Struggles confronts the everyday obstacles that I encounter, inspired by stand-up comedy. Exploring comedy and its role as a healing tool, I find self-deprecating humor to be the most effective weapon to gain control over my struggles. Much like a comedian on stage, I celebrate my endless struggles in oil paint. I offer a therapeutic aspect in each of my paintings, as interrupting thought patterns through comedic relief and acceptance has helped me throughout my own life.

Jenna McNair is a graduate from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, with a specialization in Painting. She now resides in St. Louis, MO exhibiting her work in local and regional galleries.

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Tell us about your "Struggles" series and how you arrived at your current work. How has your art evolved over the years?

"Struggles" is a series I started in 2014 to confront the obstacles that I face on a daily basis. I wanted to start the discussion of these barriers that I typically ignore to create the process of healing.

Whether it is a lack of self control or fighting with body image, my artwork evolves proportionately to my sense of self. The anxiety and obsession that comes with my daily struggles will continue to manifest through my art.

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We admire your willingness to be open and expose your struggles through your art, even if it's in a humorous way. Why do you think it's important for artists to be transparent about their experiences in society?

I've made so many personal revelations as a result of others sharing their unique perspectives. When the world feels unforgiving, seeing through someone else's lens can give you so much insight into how the world operates for others and the many ways to navigate it.

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How do you come up with each scene? Tell us about your references and inspirations.

Each scene captures a brief moment in my mind that is an exaggeration of an experience that I've had. I'm inspired by the healing that comedy provides us, and it's ability to challenge
ourselves to look inward. Through self-deprecating humor, I am reminded that my flaws, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities are shared and are what make me human.

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Tell us something important that we should know about your paintings.

In a lot of my paintings, I use repetition and warped perspective. Both are present during the struggles that my paintings represent, and are also tools frequently used in comedy.

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What other artists do you look at and admire?

When studying painters, I always come back to Lucian Freud and Edgar Degas above all others. I admire Freud's willingness to celebrate every flaw and blemish on the human form and the
ethereal way in which Degas uses light to blanket his subjects.

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What is something you are proud of in your art career so far?
 
Connecting with people through experience is something that drives me. I often receive emails with stories of personal struggles. I'm very proud of those people who have started the healing process and had the courage to share their story.

Crummy Gummy

Crummy Gummy's newest body of work, AIR HEADS, is a series of portraits featuring creatives from various backgrounds exploring their identity and creativeness by using a balloon. The artist chooses what he or she wishes to draw on it as an extension of his or her personality or art style. Through costuming and humorous settings, the artist take on a whole new persona in this inflated world.

Kelsey Westphal

Kelsey Westphal makes comics with and for people with wild and weird stories to tell. UC Berkeley alum and possessor of a masters in text and image research from the Ecole Européenne Supérieure de l'Image, she draws lots of sneaky dogs and has a hard time keeping a straight face. Her most recent projects include the serial comic biography of San Francisco's local punk historian V Vale, making editorial comics for the floating nerd convention "JoCoCruise Crazy" daily newsletter, and a cartoon adaptation of the seminal SF housing crisis article, "How Burrowing Owls lead to Vomiting Anarchists" by Kim-Mai Cutler. Her dream is to trail a crew of explorer folk and make the Moby Dick of comics journalism.