Michele Mikesell @ Altered Space Gallery, Venice BeachJuxtapoz // Tuesday, 03 Apr 2012
Altered Space Gallery opens Michele Mikesell’s latest circus-inspired “Hugo, OK" exhibition Friday, April 6. From 7pm to 10pm, Mikesell and musicians will host a collaborative visual and sound project by artist Dúo del Sol at Electric Lodge. Immediately following the, Altered Space opens their doors for the artist reception sponsored by O.N.E. Coconut Water and limited edition Mikesell prints, signed and numbered.
"Hugo, OK,” is an homage to a literal town established in 1901 in Southeast Oklahoma and is a return to her favorite subject, the Circus. Because of the flat landscape, warm weather, and green grass, Hugo has remained a favorite spot in the US for traveling circuses to weather the winter months since 1937. Dubbed "The Circus City,” Hugo is currently home to three nationally known circuses, including the last traveling three-ring, big top circus in the country. Although these paintings are based on specific historic individuals, Mikesell continues to "...speak to the viewer on the subject of the universal human experience, and strives to create individuals and circumstances we can all relate to, and stories we're all interested in."
These paintings are the result of a collaborative project in which Mikesell worked closely with Los Angeles-based musicians Tom Farrell and Javier Orman of Dúo del Sol and was executed by sending sound clips and images of work-in-progress, back and forth, between Dallas and LA. "Traditional visual art, including painting, cannot deny the influence of the digital age we live in. Because of this 'global neighborhood', there is no longer a reason to subscribe to the idea of the Lone Hero Artist. Collaboration, on some level, is the twenty-frist century norm, thanks in part to technology,” says Mikesell.
Altered Space Gallery: Michele Mikesell "Hugo, Oklahoma"
Friday, April 6th, 7pm–10pm
7pm: Collaborative Music/Video Project by Duo del Sol & Michele Mikesell at Electric Lodge
8pm: Artist Reception & Signed Giclee Print Series Giveaway at Altered Space Gallery
Both venues are walking distance from each other, onsite parking available at Electric Lodge.
Electric Lodge: 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, CA 90291
Altered Space Gallery: 1221 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291