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2501, Caleb Hahne and Joseph Martinez @ Soze Gallery, LA

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014
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This Friday, June 27th, Soze Gallery will be presenting two exciting new exhibitions opening on the same night: “Nomadic Experiments: Anatomy of Restlessness” by prolific Italian artist 2501, and “Close Is Too Far” featuring new works by artists Caleb Hahne and Joseph Martinez. This exhibit includes a handful of collaborative works from the two artists, in addition to their own individual works.

"Nomadic Experiments: Anatomy of Restlessness" & "Close Is Too Far"
Soze Gallery, Los Angeles
June 27th - July 15th, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, June 27th 7-10pm
 
About 2501:
2501 returns for his second solo exhibit at SOZE Gallery, with all new works and a site specific installation. His easily identifiable work is consistently popping up across the globe, at an almost impossible speed and with a strong poetic and geometric design sensibility. This new exhibit demonstrates his approach to making two dimensional and three dimension art objects in a continuation of his exploratory body of work that he refers to as Nomadic Experiments, which encompasses all his recent street art, design work and gallery shows. 2501 shared Giacomo Spazio’s written thoughts about the exhibit: “There is not a definitive place towards which we are heading. The only constant is change… 2015’s nomadic experiments are developing themselves in the making. As a nomad when it occupies a space, he does not do it to cross the limits, but to settle in and feel at home for a limited time, mark it with his own traits and then leave it and let space live again free and ready to receive another visitor… He is defined by the movement. Living is also about leaving a trace and tracing a path is also to fill a void. 2501 reconstructs, through signs, often in black and white abstract nature, sacred figures to tell a place, not to be rediscovered, but only to narrow an area temporarily free to meet and exchange ideas free from prejudice.”
 
About Caleb Hahne’s work:
SOZE is pleased to present the works of Caleb Hahne for his first exhibit at the gallery. The artist has exhibited in Denver and Germany in the past couple of years, and we are excited to welcome him to LA for his first exhibit in California, Hahne’s mixed media works on paper demonstrate an incredible talent and skill that is clearly cultivated and informed by a strong understanding of design and art history. With fine attention to the juxtaposition of softness and hardness, his works combine and contain separate components in a balancing act of adding and subtracting until an aesthetically pure whole image emerges. About his art practice, Hahne says in his artist statement, “My practice involves the utilization of technology and traditional techniques by controlling the allure of a blooming cyber media. Intrigued by the concept of remixing, I integrate traditional means of art making with a contemporary approach by digitally collaging appropriated imagery from textbooks and magazines and then drawing in the new compositions. My current body of work involves the material engagement of found paper and objects, graphite, ballpoint pen, oil paint and acetone along with other mixed media.”
 
About Joseph Martinez:
Joseph Martinez returns to SOZE again after his highly acclaimed solo show at the gallery in January. Most recognized for his tiny masterful paintings on matchbooks, Martinez has shown most recently in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, receiving wide press coverage. His work often studies the human form and urban environments, and is created in a very intuitive approach that is at once impulsive yet painstaking in its minute detail. Martinez will be presenting a small series of new painted works created on foreign currency, in addition to his collaborations with Hahne.

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