"MOLLY’S NOT A HIPSTER": MIGUEL PAREDES & KYLE WILLIAM HARPER @ Known Gallery, LAJuxtapoz // Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013
New York native and Miami resident Miguel Paredes is a prolific visual artist who continues to create amazing work inspired by his urban experience, whether it’s in New York City, South Beach, or Los Angeles. Miguel grew up with pop art - anime, Batman & Robin, and Warhol - and began painting trains in the late 1970s during the peak of New York City’s graf- fiti explosion. A master of many mediums, today Miguel brings them all out in one painting, creating very bright, friendly, and in your face artwork that speaks to new and old generations of collectors and art aficionados.
MOLLY’S NOT A HIPSTER is a new series of mixed media paintings deeply connected to his time spent living in Los Angeles this last year. The music culture, Hollywood, and the younger artists inside his circle of influence helped create the ideas that informed this new art work. His paintings have strong compositions combining original characters and cool mature cartoon characters such as Rocky & Bullwinkle, while retaining his signature urban and very grungy detailed backgrounds. With an eye and sensibility towards visceral attraction and creating conversation, Miguel invites both the trained audience and recreational users to enjoy his artwork.
Kyle William Harper (work above) is an urban artist from Torrance, California. Inspired by the world he lives in and the places he’s traveled, Kyle’s new series of work is an incredibly layered look at how deep the human experience is. The multi-media paintings use vintage and contemporary symbols and images to invoke thought and even perhaps change in human behavior. Kyle’s travels and relationships with people have influenced a need in him to leave behind meaningful work that comments on American culture and creates a global perspective on life.
Miguel and Kyle share interests in community and environment, and use pop imagery, caricature, and explosive colors to make a very strong statement about urban behavior and lifestyle. Their collaborative pieces reinforce the way the world around them impacts how they communicate and what they see in people.
MIGUEL PAREDES | MOLLY IS NOT A HIPSTER
Opening reception: May 4, 2013 | 8 - 11pm
Show runs: May 4 - 18, 2013
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036