Posted on August 10 2016
DIRECTION / INSTRUCTION
curated by Hyland Mather of Andenken Gallery, Amsterdam
August 26, 2016 – September 17, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, August 26th • 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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– a traveling group exhibition showcasing an international group of artists who are focused on challenging uses of Geometry, Color, Composition, Text, Form and Ad Hoc materials. Curated by Hyland Mather of Andenken Gallery, “Direction/Instruction” features artwork from:
Anna Taratiel (aka ‘OVNI’)
Labuenaylamala (aka Raquel G)
and Hyland himself (thelostobject).
Not necessarily intended as a reaction to illustrative, narrative, and representational art forms, but at the same time…definitely. Most of the artists featured are active in the urban realm and bent in new directions of creating form when using the street as a venue for their work.
In a gallery setting, they each deliver classically beautiful work that reminds and expands on ideas explored by fine art champs like Ellsworth Kelley, and Sol Lewitt.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
108 “As the street-art boom gained momentum during the early years of the twenty first century, 108 found himself becoming increasingly dismayed by the often banal route it appeared to be taking. In contradistinction, he started to re-explore the abandoned buildings and factories in Alessandria that he had frequented during his youth. The combination of stark conctete walls and rationalist architecture he encountered there, together with the practical necessity of producing something both cheaply and quickly (a factor that had also inspired his use of adhesive stickers), led to the next stage in his articstic journey, what we might call 108’s ‘black period' (Rafael Schacter on His “World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti”)
ANNA TARATIEL – AKA ‘OVNI’ is a Spanish artist currently based in Amsterdam. “Ovni” (Spanish for UFO) is accomplished large scale indoor and outdoor installation artist. Her bold use of hypnotic color combinations and layered geometry is signature.
BRITTANY GOULD makes complex geometric structures from folded paper. Many of these structures incorporate light – resulting in beautiful luminous sculptural works. Gould uses light as a tool to create imaginary space and shadows as a form of transient minimalism.
CHAD HASEGAWA Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised on graffiti and influenced by SF’s Mission School. Chad is recognized for his bold and colorful latex paint brush strokes in the public domain. ‘Cheaper. Bolder. Brush-able. Healthier. Drippier. Mixable. Anda a little goes a long way. But I do love a New York Fatcap.’ - Chad Hasegawa ’
EVAN HECOX is most widely known for his design contributions to the skateboarding world. He has designed hundreds of commercial decks for Chocolate Skateboards. His long list of design clients includes, Volkswagon and Sony, and he recently designed the new state logo for his home state of Colorado. As a fine art painter and print maker, he was one of the first artists shown at the legendary Alleged Gallery, curated by Aaron Rose. Rose and Christian Strike then curated the seminal traveling museum exhibition ‘Beautfiul Losers - Contemporary Art and Street Culture’ where Evan’s work was prominent among an outstanding cast of artists that included many Mission School artists from the San Francisco area where Evan was living and working at the time. Evan’s traditional illustrative realism is widely known in the fine art world, but his new delving into the more abstract is the interest of this exhibition.
GRAPHIC SURGERY is a pair of Dutch artists, Erris Huigens and Gysbert Zijlstra, who have taken new and bold steps to present flat but complex geometries to accent urban landscapes. The work of Graphic Surgery crosses many boundaries of genre and production method – including design, video, public murals and installations. What remains signature in their practice is a complex geometric visual language and the predominantly black and white color scheme that has become their trademark.
LABUENAYLAMALA (aka Raquel G) is a Spanish artist who intervenes in engaging urban spaces with sculptures made as found object assemblages and also abstract geometric painted murals. By contrast, she also shows real strength in her refined studio work. She has a keen understanding of color and form in both 2d and 3d, simultaneously engaging in a flat pallette, while creating voluminous work.
LENNARD SCHUURMANS is a Dutch multidisciplinary artist dually interested in geometric abstraction – inspired by the backgrounds of 50s animation – and vintage signage. He uses language as a tool to convey, with a simple word or several word phrase, a powerful emotive idea in each piece. His constructivist pieces with interchangeable parts also invite play into his work. Lennard uses materials found on the street or recovered from attics as base materials for his work.
LIAM SNOOTLE There is something about these rigid abstract forms floating above a doorway or plastered over somebody’s tagging that makes them even more exciting. I Love the way he plays with the context of his works; one second these shapes are making the most fascinating focal point in a display of perfect interior design, the next they are attached to cement walls in a laneway somewhere hidden, and then the next they are adorning the walls of an art gallery and looking perfectly at home - Petra Nicel
MARY IVERSON is a painter and public artist. Her paintings explore the balance between the natural world and industrial activities, inspiring conversations about the causes and consequences of climate change. In 2015, her work was featured in Foreign Policy Magazine, Huffington Post, and The Boston Review. In August, 2015, she was the cover artist for Juxapoz Magazine. Her work is represented by galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Germany. Her most recent mural was part of the Shop Small Mural Program sponsored by American Express and curated by Juxtapoz Magazine. Mary teaches visual art at Skagit Valley College, in Mount Vernon Washington where she is a tenured faculty member.
NELIO neatly brings together many artistic inspirations whilst never denying the real spirit and history of street art. Irreverent and gritty to keep the purists happy, his work importantly remains light, accessible and beautiful. He hails from Lyon, France.
RAMON BONILLA Rather than an attempt at representation, Ramon’s simulated environments which are devoid of any concerns with identity or history, act as an after-image of our ever growing number of transient surroundings. Ramon Bonilla was born and educated in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He currently is a resident artist at Redline Gallery in Denver, Colorado.
REMI ROUGH has been making images for more than a quarter of a century. His art began on walls and trains in South London in 1984; today it has been exhibited in cities such as Miami, Newcastle, Berlin and New York. A respected train writer, Remi has also played a significant part in the development of ‘abstract graffiti’, a term that seems far too clinical to describe the accomplishments of his work, which has always been about the interplay of color and shape.
RUBIN 415 The son of Finnish immigrant workers in Sweden, Rubin was born and raised in the epicenter of boredom – the concrete projects of Bergsjön, Gothenburg. From this experience, he began picturing walls blossoming before his eyes – and started out on a journey that he’s still on today. Rubin’s abstract geometrical pieces are inspired by the forms of traditional wild style graffiti, but are created in earth-tone color palettes with Scandinavian clean lines – and has developed into a signature style that is internationally respected.
SANDRA FETTINGIS “My work is driven by form and material, while quietly and abstractly pointing at change, pattern breaking and law of attraction. Interested in mindful living ideas and practices, these concepts and directions have have found their way into my visual practice by way of clean, formulated pattern work via sculptural work, installations and murals. Employing feminine, yet strong shapes in visual systems, I strive to demonstrate change by layering and contrasting materials such as acrylic, styrene, wood, paper and paint, and utilize the laser for its precision, while formulating systematic guidelines, repetition and purposefully restrained color palettes. I examine and apply the ways these visual items/systems/formulas can be altered, yet remain constant to abstractly convey the undeniable truth that things/life/people/environments change and evolve, and yet remain the same on some level. I am interested in conveying these messages by way of site specific public installations and murals that transform environments to envelope viewers in beautifully activated, and thoughtfully changed spaces, where architecture and art seamlessly coexist.”
SCOTT ALBRECHT was born in 1983 in New Brunswick, NJ, and raised in Bethlehem Township, NJ. In 2003, he received a degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Albrecht is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and a member of The Gowanus Studio Space. His work incorporates elements of woodworking, hand-drawn typography and geometric collage using vintage printed ephemera and found objects.
‘THELOSTOBJECT’ is the artist moniker of Hyland Mather. Hyland has long been involved with contemporary art and street culture as the owner of Andenken Gallery. As the artist X-O, he is known for collecting materials – which he calls ‘Lost Objects’ – and assembling them in a variety of interesting and playful ways – from abandoned paper collage pieces to large scale street pieces and indoor murals. Color, composition, form, text, and a thrill of the challenge of using whatever is in his path or can be hunted ‘in the wilds’ of urban or rural settings are all contributing and important characteristics of his work – and have developed into a unique signature style.