Thursday, February 14, 2013

MIke Swaney at Noestudio in Madrid

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Opening Friday February 15th at 21:00 h 
February 6 - March 7, 2013 

For the first time, Mike Swaney Canadian artist presents his work in Madrid. Although related to previous work, this time Swaney is fully immersed in the paint to address the concept of Post Internet art.

"•)", a computer lopsided smile, title of the show, acts as a starting point from where Mike takes another step against the collages in which he had been working so far.
exposure and residence of the artist are the result of a collaborative project between art space Delimbo, Seville, and noestudio.

Moving to painting on canvas internet codes , Swaney opens a new line of exploration. To do this, working from the imagination, as opposed to an element using photographic images, and intentionally go feed channels as Jean Dubuffet, Art Brut, Outsider Art and Internet art . In this new period reflects his interest in the idea of expression and OutsiderArt.

In his work introduces computer icons, navigation bars, symbology and signs used online. They accumulate and become abstract elements that build, structure and constrain the surface of the painting. Emoticons, language chats and blogs are now noticeable references. The faces of the figures are simplified and remember these signs: •) which Swaney, not without irony, often used as a signature, as an external link on his personal website, on your blog and in your email. The browser toolbar acts as a frame around the contents of the box to raise questions about the online life needs and how we make a computer screen becomes our lens through which we see life.

Mike Swaney (1978, Kimberley, British Columbia, Canada) was formed in Capilano University, Vancouver. Made exhibitions in Brussels, New York, Miami, Toronto or Vancouver , among others. And has participated in group exhibitions in Europe, USA and Latin America. In addition, scholarships have been awarded as the Fountainhead Residency, Miami, 2008 or the recently Residency concedidada by CCA Andratx, Mallorca, you will enjoy from June 2014. Currently working with galleries Alice Gallery ,Brussels , Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami ; Delimbo Gallery, Sevilla , and Katherine Mulherin, New York - Toronto .

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Friday, January 18, 2013

David Kramer, Epic Memories, and Michael Harrington, Recent Works
Opening Thursday January 24th, 6-9pm

January 24 - February 24, 2013

David Kramer: Epic Memories

For his new exhibition, Epic Memories, four large scale paintings showcase David Kramer’s characteristically deft, expressive and richly colored painting. Combined with his signature incisive and witty text, Kramer’s work evokes an elusive American dream with both irony and yearning. Recalling the gloss and romance of 1970’s print advertising culture from his youth,  Kramer speaks directly to the viewer in some of his most personal work to date, satirizing his own unrequited and boundless desire for things that offer only temporary fulfillment and diversion.

David Kramer was born in NYC where he currently lives and works. Despite his firm East Coast roots, Kramer’s head is constantly looking west toward the setting sun and palm trees of Hollywood and LA. He is the 2012 EESI Award Winner and a 2011 LES Printshop Special
Editions Fellow. Since 2009 he has been a contributor to the Opiniator Section. Recent shows include “Hangover, Too,” Mulherin and Pollard (NYC 2011), “This Is What Its Like,” Galerie Laurent Godin (Paris 2012) , and “Next Year in Los Angeles,” Torch Gallery (Amsterdam 2012). His drawings are in the collection of the Muse du Pompidou, French
National Museum of Contemporary Art.

Michael Harrington: New Work

In Michael Harrington’s vivid, mysterious and masterfully painted new canvases, the artist places  his iconic male figures in a range of social habitats.  The contemporary working world is reflected in a series of transient interiors and exteriors: hotel rooms, lobbies, boardrooms and barrooms, where men engage in ambiguous social rituals. He also places these elusive characters at leisure in dimly lit motels, South Florida vacation sites, recreational vehicles, and nighttime parking lots.

Harrington's abiding preoccupation is the depiction of the human form occupying suggestive, intimate narratives that invite viewer’s empathy in scenes that are both familiar and enigmatic. Harrington's skillfully applies his representational craft to a broad range of subject matter including cinema, theatre, literature, music, family folklore, and personal memory.

Michael Harrington graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto in 1989. He has exhibited extensively in Canada and the United States. His work has been reviewed in Border Crossings magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Boston Globe and has been reproduced in Harper's magazine. Harrington's work can be found in the collections of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, the Canada Council Art Bank, as well as numerous corporate and private collections in North America and Europe. In 2007 Harrington was awarded a gold medal from the Canadian National Magazine Awards for a painting commissioned by Toro Magazine. He lives and works in Ottawa.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012



April 25 - May 27, 2012

In Sin Titulo, San Francisco artists Scott Hewicker and Clifford Hengst explore the nether worlds between sublime mystery and lurid banality. In drawing, painting, videos and performance, both artists mine sparsely populated interiors and haunted objects that reflect on the anticipatory charge of discreet physical contact through experience, memory, and fantasy.

Hengst's watercolor and ink paintings on paper are based on dim light and shadows, and places people hide themselves both physically and emotionally. He investigates the darkness and mundane allure of anonymous settings and the strange and silent waiting game of boredom and promise.

Hewicker's acrylic on canvas paintings take on a wide breadth of subject and styles from muted objects and abstracted figurations, to blurry landscapes and soft focus interiors. His new paintings concentrate on the empty low-resolution environments of bedrooms, bathrooms and various public and outdoor spaces emphasizing a compulsive ambiguity between public and private.

Cliff Hengst has shown at Gallery 16, SF; Mariella Arts, Milan; Test-Site, Austin,  TX; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF; Second Floor Projects, SF, and LACE, LA.
Scott Hewicker has shown at Jack Hanley Gallery, SF; Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen; Deitch Projects NY, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; New Image Arts, LA and Second Floor Projects, SF. He co-curated the exhibition, Hauntology at the Berkeley Art Museum with Lawrence Rinder in 2010.
Hengst and Hewicker will collaborate on a performance piece during the opening. They have previously collaborated together for the book, Good Times, Bad Trips published by Gallery 16 Editions in 2007.

Asea, Aloof


April 25 - May 27, 2012

Mulherin + Pollard is pleased to present "Asea, Aloof," an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Matthew Fisher. Fisher is a Brooklyn, NY-based artist who makes stylized paintings that utilize symbolic placement, pattern, line, and a sense of the lasting touch of man on landscapes that reference universal timing, placement, and a frozen sense of now.

Fisher's latest works depict the sea as a contemplative space detached from human presence and often from any sense of land itself as well. Here, narrative is replaced by a concern with the quieter drama of the sea itself-the motion of its ripples, the fleeting nature of its form and appearance, and its interactions and relationship with light, space, the drifting clouds, and the passing of time.

Fisher was educated at the Columbus College of Art and Design and received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including at Heskin Contemporary, New York (2010); RARE Gallery, New York (2009); ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA (2009 and 2006); and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (2006); and has shown extensively in group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. He was awarded a Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2010.

Earthly Delights

March 28 - April 21, 2012

Earthly Delights is an exploration into the seductive nature of the apocalypse. Based loosely on Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights", the works of Oscar de Las Flores, Kim Keever and Christy Langer are integrated in this exhibition to explore human, animal, and landscape in a fantastical, prophetic and tangible take on the world we live in.

Both menacing and enchanting, the works in this exhibition comment on our complexities negotiating our relationships within in an increasingly unnatural and complex world, pointing to past and current transgressions.

Kim Keever's large-scale photographs are created by meticulously constructing miniature topographies in a 200-gallon tank, which is then filled with water. These dioramas of fictitious environments are brought to life with colored lights and the dispersal of pigment, producing ephemeral atmospheres that he must quickly capture with his large-format camera.

Keever's painterly panoramas represent a continuation of the landscape tradition, as well as an evolution of the genre. Referencing a broad history of landscape painting, especially that of Romanticism, the Hudson River School and Luminism, they are imbued with a sense of the sublime. However, they also show a subversive side that deliberately acknowledges their contemporary contrivance and conceptual artifice. Keever's staged scenery is characterized by a psychology of timelessness. A combination of the real and the imaginary, they document places that somehow we know, but never were. The symbolic qualities he achieves result from his understanding of the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, Keever fabricates an illusion to conjure the realms of our imagination.

Kim Keever lives in New York City and has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. His work is currently on exhibit at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey in the exhibition Deconstructing Nature and was most recently featured in Otherworldly at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Public collections include the Metropolitan Museum, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia, the Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Roslyn, New York, the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington D.C. and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

Working mainly with traditional pen and ink on paper, Oscar de Las Flores generates masterful figurative works, elaborately layered, that incorporate grotesque imagery with the beauty of sinuous lines. His drawings depict figures, both real and imagined, that tell the story of an unending battle between society's powerless and powerful. With a dark sense of humor that is Flores' own, his work also shows the influence of generations of artists, integrating the grace and detail of early masters with the imagination of the Surrealists.
Oscar de las Flores is a Canadian artist born in El Salvador during Central America's most unstable political period. Its portentous history of the continent transpired and permeated his work since its beginnings: The occult pleas of the downtrodden, the forgotten migrants ever more invisible, the dramatic developments that corruption carries along. Canada, with its multifaceted and expanding universal cultural hybridization also contributed to the development of his visual vocabulary, its hues and histories of diversity and hope.
As a child De las Flores had the opportunity of living a pivotal part of his childhood in Mexico, as a war refugee, it was here that he had the possibility of absorbing the spellbinding and hypnotic flux of this ancient, complex and often paradoxical culture. Mexico's culture essence as well as its pictorial legacy, greatly contributed to his development as an artist, so did classical literature, popular history, and art history, with a predilection for the baroque and expressionism. Oscar has searched through those identities to define a vision that is sensible to occult fragile existences, violent and dangerous realities, absurd social practices etc. with a care to detail. Oscar has traveled extensively to discern these actualities; his work has also been exhibited widely, primarily in print and drawing biennales and exhibitions.

Christy Langer's sculptural work is inspired by her interest in the embellishment that can occur during the marriage of gradual ingestion and manipulation of reference. Each work, although deviated, are reconstructions of previously existing models; the artist utilizes these animal forms to illustrate the disparity between reality and remembered experience. As the works evolve into an aesthetic state closer to realism while simultaneously referential origins based in truth degenerate, the boundaries between reality and falsity become blurred and permeable.
Raised in Dryden Ontario, Christy Langer moved to Toronto in 1999 to study at the Ontario College of Art & Design. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2004. She has since worked in Toronto as a prop fabricator, sculptor, art director, and production designer parallel to the development of her fine arts practice.

Balint Zsako in Downtown Express

Appetite reviewed in Downtown Express.