Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Alyssa Monks- Photo Realism

Born 1977 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Alyssa Monks began oil painting as a child. She studied at The New School in New York and Montclair State University and earned her B.A. from Boston College in 1999.

Monks’ paintings explore the tension between abstraction and realism, using different filters to visually distort and disintegrate the body. In this shallow painted space, the subject is pushing against our real space. Strokes of thick paint in delicate color relationships are pushed and pulled to imitate glass, steam, water and flesh.

“When I began painting the human body, I was obsessed with it and needed to create as much realism as possible. I chased realism until it began to unravel and deconstruct itself,” Alyssa states, “Realism and Abstraction are in a symbiotic relationship – they need each other to exist and eventually become the same.”

More paintings and Prints here:

Stim.u.lus Workshops- Art Gallery Management and Exhibition Studies

I thought it would be relevant to share with you a great workshop that has just started up this year in London.

Stim.u.lus Workshops present an 8 hour intensive workshop about Art Gallery Management and Exhibition Studies. The course will teach you the tools and requirements needed to work in an art gallery environment. You will understand the day to day management of an art space, the responsibilities of a gallery manager and how to create, develop and organize an art exhibition from start to finish.The course will give you a competitive edge over your peers when applying for positions in art galleries or artist run spaces.

The next workshop is taking place on the 17th and 18th of September in London, UK. You can find out more information about the workshop and Stim.u.lus by visiting the website.

Its an experience that no art school can teach you, and what real life will.
Visit www.stimulusworkshops.com for more information.

Yoskay Yamamoto Solo exhibition at LeBasse Projects

LeBasse Projects is proud to announce, Picking Up Where We Left Off, a solo
exhibition from Japanese artist Yoskay Yamamoto.

This will be the artistʼs fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, and will showcase an intentionally looser body of work. The show continues from where Yamamoto left off in 2010 by exhibiting both painting and sculptural work. While the show doesnʼt focus on a specific theme, it continues the intimate statements of selfexpression that began in his last series of exhibitions. The freedom in the new work allows Yamamoto to create a deeper variety in both emotion and expression than his previous few shows. The title of the exhibit, Picking Up Where We Left Off, references the time Yamamoto was able to spend with his family earlier this year – it had been more than eight years since he had seen his brother. Yamamoto was relieved that they were all able to reconnect as if no time had passed. This reconnection with family has inspired Yamamotoʼs new paintings and sculptural works.

LBP :: Culver City
September 10th – October 1st 2011
Artist reception: Saturday, September 10th, 7-10p

Monday, August 22, 2011

Emilio Subira presents NI Vitruvios NI Superhombres, Solo exhibition in Sevilla

From the 8th of September to the 8th of October if you are in Seville, Spain, you can enjoy the show "NI VITRUVIOS NI SUPERHOMBRES" from the spanish artist Emilio Subirá "sickemil" www.emiliosubira.com

The show contains a selection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, sculpto-paintings, and an installation composed by a group of sculptures and a big canvas, created just for this show. More than 30 works for the first big exposition of this artist in his home-town."


Inauguración 8 de Septiembre 2011.
Loft of beauty gallery
Calle Candilejo 8.

Where Children Sleep....

I came across the website of James Mollison who creates very interesting and thought provoking books, this one of childrens bedrooms from around the world really caught my attention and I thought it would be a good thing to share on Hunt and Gather....

Have a look here on his site: www.jamesmollison.com

"Where Children Sleep- stories of diverse children around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms. When Fabrica asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children's rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it reflected what I had and who I was. It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances. From the start, I didn't want it just to be about 'needy children' in the developing world, but rather something more inclusive, about children from all types of situations. It seemed to make sense to photograph the children themselves, too, but separately from their bedrooms, using a neutral background. My thinking was that the bedroom pictures would be inscribed with the children's material and cultural circumstances ' the details that inevitably mark people apart from each other ' while the children themselves would appear in the set of portraits as individuals, as equals ' just as children. This selection of diptych's from 56 in the book (Chris Boot November 2010). The book is written and presented for an audience of 9-13 year olds ' intended to interest and engage children in the details of the lives of other children around the world, and the social issues affecting them, while also being a serious photographic essay for an adult audience."

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I AM 8 BIT....is BACK!

Since its inaugural show in 2005, iam8bit has been the most popular group art exhibition in Los Angeles, enlisting hundreds of artists to remix their 80’s videogame memories using paint, plush, sculpture or whatever other tools they call their own. The show has been applauded for its spectacle of interactive art as well: a 6-foot-tall, working Atari 2600 controller (15 times scale); a custom-developed version of Guitar Hero, featuring old-school video game theme songs like Mega Man 2 and Ikari Warriors (in partnership with Harmonix); and much more.

I AM 8 BIT IS BACK....AND It's going to be bigger and bolder than ever before, as we have over 4,500 sq. ft. of event space (that's nearly 5 times the size of the original show in 2005)!

Over 100 artists will reimagine their 80's gaming fantasies, delusions and secret desires via all sorts of media - painting, sculpture, plush, and even some more interactive experimentation. Highlights include:

*A special tribute to Galaga's 30th anniversary featuring the world's largest "arcade cabinet"
* The transformation of the entire gallery into an 80's gaming wonderland by designer decal collective BLIK
*An interactive, "retro-fied" Kinect hack from Double Fine super-artist Drew Skillman
*And much, much more!

SUPER iam8bit /Opening Night Extravaganza

August 11, 2011 from 7pm to 11pm. here a video from the last I AM 8 BIT exhibition......man was that a crazy night!

iam8bit 2008 from iam8bit Productions on Vimeo.

Website: http://iam8bit.com/the-art-show/

Friday, August 5, 2011

David Stoupakis and Tom Bagshaw at Corey Helford Gallery

Another great show opening this weekend in
Culver City and one Im proud to annouce is the first USA solo exhibition of Tom Bagshaw. I have been exhibiting Tom's work in London for awhile now and its so nice to see the Californian art scene show confidence in his work.

Corey Helford presents a double solo exhibitions by New York painter David Stoupakis and UK digital artist Tom Bagshaw.
Exhibiting alongside Stoupakis in the main gallery, UK artist Tom Bagshaw will have new works inspired by stories, myths and legends from around the globe on view entitled “Beautiful Imperfections”. Bagshaw notes, “In my first show, I had focused purely on Japanese Yokai. I wanted to continue with that exploration of folklore, ghosts and mythology, but on a much broader scale.” Continuing with his aesthetic he describes as “darker elements combined with an edge of humor or playfulness,” Bagshaw combines realistic portraiture and figurative work with imaginative back-stories. “‘There’s Always One’ is the centre piece for the show and is primarily my interpretation of the adage you can’t take it with you.”

View more of Tom's work here: http://www.mostlywanted.com/
Visit Corey Helford here: www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

The opening reception takes place on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through August 27, 2011.

Thinkspace Gallery presents: Dabs and Myla and Fernando Chamarelli

Two great shows opening this weekend at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City. Its shows like these that I wish more than anything I could just pop on over to take a look at the work in person.

Thinkspace is pleased to present ‘The Best Of Times’, an exhibition featuring new
works and multiple installations from the collaborative duo of Dabs Myla. ‘The Best Of Times’ will showcase a dozen new acrylic paintings on wood panel alongside a small collection of graphite works on paper.

Their new series of paintings and drawings will be presented alongside close to 100 handpainted installation elements ranging from old coffee tables and empty paint cans to teapots andashtrays.
Dabs and Myla are a lovely couple that have been reaching international fame for their incredible large scale murals seen around building in LA at the moment, to their detailed acrylic paintings being exhibited internationally. Im an all around big fan and avid follower of their work.
Being their second Solo at Thinkspace Im sure this one is going to be bigger and better than the last.

In the project room will be ‘Lost Civilization,’ an exhibition of 8 new acrylic paintings on canvas from Brazil based artist Fernando Chamarelli in what will be his debut solo exhibition with our gallery. His work is just beautiful, full of daring colours, abstract shapes and tribal elements.

Both shows open this weekend, Saturday August 13th.
Visit www.thinkspacegallery.com for more information and go down to show your support.