I came across THIS letter in response to the unfortunate art thief from their most recent exhibition, These Friends. WTF.
Archives: 2011 February
How time flies. It seems like yesterday that we were installing the kaleidoscope eyes in the front window for Sebastian Wahl‘s opening reception. If you haven’t got the chance to see the exhibition feel free to stop by the gallery before the closing on Saturday the 26th.
Here are some pictures of Sebastian’s visit to San Francisco as well as his studio visit with Robert Hardgrave.
Our friends at Lopo Gallery currently have an exhibition called Passed Patterns. Artists Jon Carling, Lauren “Elle” Napolitano, Denise Joy Amos use different imagery that “explores how we use knowledge passed to us from family, friends, and various other past sources and how we integrate and use that knowledge in our present.” The illustrations are done in pen and ink on cardboard, antique book pages and drawers. The drawings attain a mystical aura and draw the viewer into a dream-like state.
Passed Patterns expresses the need to shed layers and be in a constant state of transformation. An exhibition of new, collaborative and installation works by Jon Carling, Lauren “Elle” Napolitano, Denise Joy Amos. – Lopo
Christian Rex Van Minnen is busy filling West Coast galleries with his seductive paintings. Not only is he putting two painting in The Letter Collector exhibition, but is also in shows at Gallery 1988 and Copro Gallery in LA.
“Christian Rex Van Minnen makes his way into the art world armed with old world execution, and warm colors of bittersweet chocolate and burgundy velvet. Perfect composition and color serve only as thin veils which barely distract from the dripping hordes of redundant flesh and undecipherable realms of deformation. The new king of Neo-Grotesquism springs forth with a fiery vengeance, offering beautiful reconstructions of hideous fungus, tumor-like protrusions, and flora and fauna, all married into modern yet simultaneously archaic portraiture. Enter a world where ugliness and beauty merge as one, challenging the narrow definitions of both”. – Bein Art
When curating The Letter Collector exhibition Jon Contino was one of the first artists to make the list. Self proclaimed “Alphastructaesthetitologist”, Mr. Contino certainly has a way with words. His distinctive old-school-meets-new-school typography, letter making and design has us eagerly waiting to see what he’s got in store for our upcoming group show.
Born and raised in New York, Jon Contino is a designer, illustrator, and typographer. He is co-founder and creative director of design studio Onetwentysix and menswear brand CXXVI Clothing Company. Steadily developing a reputation for his hand-lettering, Jon continues to blur the boundaries between traditional and digital design methods.
Claire Colette has a studio at the Eleanor Harwood Gallery where she has been busy working on her new series; “Small Mad Hope.” Her graphite on paper works progressively evolve with a persistent exploration of interpretation and perception.
Check her website for details on upcoming shows at clairecolette.com.
Beau Stanton explores the dynamic between graphic iconography and classicism. He is a masterful figurative oil painter, who is also a member of the third generation of pop surrealism. He has curated pop-up exhibitions in both New York and Los Angeles, and has exhibited with Ad Hoc Art and Last Rites Galleries. In addition to “The Letter Collector” group show this March, he has future exhibitions at Opera Gallery in New York and London.
Beau created this live painting during the 4th Street Arts and Music Festival in Jersey City. It is currently exhibited in the JC City Hall.
This painting was created in the reverse practice of Ekphrasis, as a visual response to the poetry of Greg McClure.
Last weekend we stopped by a friend’s warehouse where some amazing artists are preparing for upcoming exhibitions. Check out the pictures we snapped and even a video teaser we put together for Kevin Cyr’s “Home in the Weeds” solo exhibition at 941 Geary opening this April 2011.
David Bayus has been working on his solo exhibition titled “Bad Casserole” opening this June at Gallery Hijinks. He’s a San Francisco based artist who utilizes the immediacy of digital media alongside traditional painting techniques to create images which continually oscillate between documentation and representation as a means of expressing contemporary ideas of excess. We call it “New Media”.
Stencil artist, Casey Gray has cleared out his hand-cut stencil collection and is creating an entirely new set of imagery and symbols. This stencil is certainly a departure from his previous work that pertained to the turmoil of the heart.
Chris Blackstock has an art studio in the upstairs loft of the warehouse. It’s currently filled with sculpture, paintings, and beautiful sketches of meticulously rendered illustrations. Blackstock’s work often leans towards the darker side of humanity incorporating fear, sexual deviance, and death into his art.
This past month, Kevin Cyr spent a few weeks in the warehouse building up the sculptural elements to his upcoming exhibition “Home in the Weeds” opening April 30th, 2011 at 941 Geary. Here’s a sneak peak of his Tag A Long camper bike.