Casey O’Connell creates accessible, often autobiographical, dialogues that embody both her inner 12 year-old and a more mature woman who should know better by now.
In the past two years, O’Connell has participated in a wide range of shows, and only plans on adding more to her list. Born and raised in Florida, O’Connell is nearing her third anniversary as a resident of San Francisco, and will be celebrating with two more upcoming shows. We love this piece, When Freckles Collide; you can almost feel the awkward excitement rising from the canvas. Check out more of this darling’s work at caseyoconnell.com.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery presents The Artist In You, a solo exhibition featuring new works by Tim Biskup.
The artist returns for his second solo show at the gallery, having created a series of new paintings on canvas and wood panel. In conjunction with The Artist In You, Biskup will also release a limited edition book by the same title, in which he verbally explores the ideas presented visually in his new collection of work.
The Artist In You expands on Biskup’s well known graphic style and decorative aesthetic, yet also reflects a new direction—his recent analytical exploration of themes surrounding the complexities, contradictions, and separations within the fine art world. Developed through experimental exercises and multiple studies on a subject, the female portrait in his Asylum series and the skulls in his Doom Loop series are taken through cubist, minimalist, florally decorative, and other such variations to achieve subtle manipulations of feeling through transformation and the dissection of form.
Statements made in Biskup’s paintings are further elaborated upon in his writing for the accompanying book, a collection of intimate essays and poems, which expose the extremes of his creative process. Read more on The Artist In You here...
Forever & Never opens this Friday, May 9th at Fecal Face Dot Gallery exhibiting an ongoing collaborative print project between Michael Sieben and Nat Swope.
The pair will be exhibiting twenty 12” x 12” prints featuring their wonderfully simple lines and limited color palette. This show is sure to please, so stop by on Friday; you never know your mug might end up in an Adidas commercial.
More at Fecal Face online.
Good news for all you Scott Radke sculpture-loving kids out there: Radke has just updated his website with new works. Known for his human/animal hybrid marionettes, Radke often draws on a childhood love of animals he developed growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. If you dig hybrids as much as we do, make sure to stop by scottradke.com to see his new stuff!
Visual artist or playwright? Armenian-born Vahe Berberian recently garnered theatrical success with his highly acclaimed play Baron Garbis, and now Berberian is quite literally going back to the drawing board, spending Four Months in Heaven, with his newest solo show.
One might compare Berberian’s work to a child’s notebook, filled with incoherent words and images, but all together a unique and intrinsic form of expression. His minimalist abstract paintings are reminiscent of cave drawings, raw and honest, whose progeny comes from a rather simple and innocent place.
Four Months in Heaven employs this idea of revisiting simplicity; that an artist spends time in isolation, in an almost monk-like state of solitude, and the desire to express is manifested through the paint. An artist must take themselves away from the various distractions of the world and allow themselves to exist through the medium. “Painting gives me wings,” says Berberian, as he examines his journey as a painter. Four Months is Heaven will be on exhibit through May 24th at Ambrogi Castanier Gallery.
Robotic-like faces intermingle with picture perfect hair from glossy magazines. Not your everyday juxtaposition of subject matter or materials, but Anna U Davis is attempting to tell a larger story with her unlikely imagery. Her recent solo show at Washington DC’s Hillyer Art Space opened this Saturday, but spend some time with more of her work at www.frocasians.com.
White Walls Gallery presents Kelsey Brookes and AJ Fosik in a dual show opening Saturday, May 10th.
Kelsey Brookes is a former biochemist that attributes his raw style to an educational system that refuses to teach scientists how to draw. His paintings explode with a figurative nature that is influenced by Hindu and Buddhist deities, exotic animals, sex, as well as rustic American quilts. Who says those don’t go together? Each figure is adorned with ghostly representations of the natural world; animals and plants unfold from the body into the surrounding canvas. His chimeras are frozen with animalistic intensity in explosive and sometimes tortured positions.
AJ Fosik's eclectic handmade and intricately designed wood animal sculptures and paintings, combined with cryptic symbols, intrigue and provoke. Fosik creates an experience that, at first glance, evokes a questioning of familiar concepts, then pushes the viewer to look and think deeper. Inspired by subversive cultural influences that shift complacency, he creates pieces that suspend comfort while simultaneously offering recognizable symbols and images.
In this dynamic tension the art and the viewer hopefully come together in an expanded definition of culture and assumption. Details at www.whitewallssf.com.
John Koleszar passed along this piece he recently completed, using a new concept of stenciling. “I simulate a color halftone, which basically means it's just thousands of tiny dots. This one is 18” x 24" and six layers of spray paint on canvas,” explains Koleszar. This one is appropriately titled Double Decker, but you can take a look-see at more of Koleszar’s work at koleszar.com.
J Otto Seibold’s show at Grass Hut, which opened last week, caused quite a bit of excitement and childhood memories to creep back into our heads. If you weren’t able to hop over to Portland this weekend to catch the opening in person, don’t fret! Seibold’s collection is now available for view online. Take a look at what this icon had to share right over here.
Maybe not the first two artists you'd think to exhibit in the same space together, but a double billing of Britain's beloved Adam Neate and America's legendary Ron English at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in London is nothing short of eye candy wonder. See the pair’s show captured on film right here…