New year, new artists! For our very first opening of 2015, we will be showing 7 incredible artists, most of which are brand new to the gallery and all of which have created unique personal worlds in their work..worlds that we are thrilled to enter. We asked our friend, Liz Artinian
, artist and founder of Bunnycutlet
gallery, to be our guest curator and she rocked it out of the park. Just in case you aren't familiar with some of these artists, here's a little info on each of them, with examples of their work, some older and some for this show. Get stoked!
lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with a closet full of ghosts and a tragically non-existent dog. She first showed with us this past summer, as part of our Fourth Annual Tiny Trifecta
! Her paintings are at once dainty and tough. The use of ribbons and waves of hair, softly layered onto textured backgrounds, cause her orb-like characters to flow delicatley through the pieces, allowing bits of darkness to peak through the transparent forms. As Liz writes on the Bunnycutlet website, "her subjects are visceral; darkness and disappointment are represented with joy and innocence, allowing the viewer to simultaneously experience Denato’s emotional duality in one tumultuous image."
Ian “Hydeon” Ferguson
is a contemporary graphic artist, designer, and silk screen printer living and working in New York City. He was born in National City, CA in 1985 and grew up in San Diego. He received his BS in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of California – San Diego in 2006. He has lived and worked in Seattle and Chicago before moving to New York City in 2014. His work is imaginative and explores a variety of surreal manifestations from his life experience in relation to his environment. He often deploys narrative depictions from lucid dreams, metaphysical curiosities, architecture, nature, and cities. Ferguson primarily works in Indian ink as well as gouache, acrylic, and mixed media. His creative approach stems from conduits of Americana folk art, street art, fine art, and elements of graphic design.
was born in Manitoba, Canada, and grew up in Winnipeg. Fueled by long prairie winters, he spent a lot of his childhood drawing, building cardboard cities and making super 8 films. Early influences that persist to this day include antiquated comics and pulp magazines, natural history, graphic design and music, movies and animation. Formally trained in interior design, he is self-taught as an artist. His illustrations (represented by Kate Larkworthy) has appeared in Vanity Fair, Playboy, Wall Street Journal, Esquire, the New York Times, Smart Money, and on the cover and interiors of BLAB!. He has been selected to appear in American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts. In addition to gallery shows across North America and Europe, he is currently working on picture book projects for children as well as adults. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada with his wife Marinda and cat Louis.
is an artist, director and writer, best known for co-creating Superjail!
, one of the most brilliant shows to come out in recent years. Violent, intricate and always bizzarre, Christy's personal artwork is certainly within the same realm as the show's aesthetic, focusing on panned out visions of obscene riotous beings (often robots vs. cats instead of prisoners vs. more prisoners), but unlike Superjail!
, these large pencil drawings are strickly black and white. Compulsively detailed to an extreme degree, the pieces get more and more impressive the closer you look. They communicate a hilarious frenzy of violence that will be familiar to fans of the show, but while embodying only a single "frame."
Kristen Liu Wong
is a Brooklyn- based artist from San Francisco who studied Illustration at Pratt Institute. With a color pallette reminiscent of a California beach Barbie and imagery pulled straight from a neurotic nightmare, Kristen's work packs a lot of punch. Like all of our favorite artists, a quick look through her portfolio shows a young artist with a highly developed mini universe. Focused both on people and places, her paintings invite narrative interpretations. The scenes, which often seem to show the moment right before something big happens, are unsettling in the most beautiful way. Clearly a bit obsessed with patterns, Kristen embraces seemingly "feminine" elements and pushes them into a strange and dark place where masked weirdos watch you through the windows and you don't even mind.
was born and raised in Queens NYC, and received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD). He graduated with B.F.A in Illustration. His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally including Los Angeles, New York, and London. Jean-Paul's work balances the fine line of combining highly rendered figures with abstract areas of color. While emotions are amorphous, they evoke a color and a vibration that physically resonates within people. The incorporation of iridescence and animal familiars takes the figures out of the mundane and into a world where a veil between realities is pulled away.
Joohee Park A.K.A Sticky Monger
is a visual artist based in New york who recently finished her MFA in Digital Arts of Pratt Institutes. After getting BFA in Information graphic design from Ewha University in Korea, She has been working in a various art and design fields extending her visual experience. Joohee is most well known for being an artist who obsessively likes to play with sticky vinyl cutouts based on her hand illustration. Next week we will be posting an interview with this prolific artist, so stay tuned!
Opening Event Friday January 16th
7pm to 11pm
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