October 21 to December 3, 2011
Gallery 2 | images
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Geoffrey Todd Smith
Gallery 1, Ryan Travis Christian presents a new series
of works on paper collectively titled "The River Rats" and
in Gallery 2, a selection of collaborative drawings by Christian and
a group of artist friends from across the U.S. The show opens on Friday,
October 21 with a free public reception from 5 to 8pm and
will run through December 3, 2011. Gallery hours are Wednesday through
Saturday, 11am to 6pm and by appointment.
Ryan Travis Christian:
These pieces have also been done in the past 5 months or so. They
are exercises in experimentation, style fusion and problem solving
– some are failures, some are glorious. They have been sent
to and fro repeatedly in most cases, with the exception of the Chicago
based artists on the list as we've gotten together and worked on them
in person. The process of working on them is really great because
it forces us to consider different ways to approach creating/resolving
an image. Some of the artist are close friends, some I simply admire,
all are up-and-coming artists that have established a great work ethic,
unique visual style and are people who I'm proud to consider my peers
in the contemporary art world.
the high-desert of New Mexico, Scott Anderson (Albuquerque)
makes oil paintings that deal with inventing emblems of new mythologies
from old tropes and ways. He has solo shows with Kavi Gupta in Chicago,
Stux Gallery in New York and Mark Moore in Los Angeles.
Chris Duncan (Oakland) creates paintings and large
installation that deal with light and perception. He currently works
with Eli Ridgway Gallery (SF) and HalseyMcKay (NY).
Ted Gahl (Connecticut/ NYC) is an East Coast painter,
marking his compositions with imagery that morphs between abstraction
and things recognizable, but displaced and pocketed within abstraction.
Ted has shown with The Green Gallery West (Milwaukee), Dodge Gallery
(NYC), and Halsey McKay (E. Hampton).
Cody Hudson (Chicago) is a fine artist, a graphic
designer, a restaurateur and then some. Hudson's aesthetic is part
urban modernism, and part organic visual deconstruction. He shows
with Andrew Rafacz (CHI) and Guerrero Gallery (SF).
Eddie Martinez (New York) builds an constantly expanding
visual language of character and object through juicy clots of pigment
and expressive mark making. Martinez has had solo shows in New York,
Berlin, Copenhagen, Seoul, Geneva, San Juan and Stockholm. He is represented
by ZeiherSmith (NY).
Dana Dart-McLean (Portland/NYC) is an artist, illustrator
and writer. She recently learned that the Lewis and Clark expedition
allocated 7 lbs. of meat per man daily. She plays in two bands, Conditioner
and FAKE I.D. and makes a podcast. Some of this stuff is not true.
Rachel Niffenegger’s (Chicago) sculptures and
paintings traffic in arresting and grotesque imagery, depicting the
body in ridiculous levels of distress. She has shown at the MCA in
Chicago, Ceri Hand Gallery in England and is represented by Western
Matthew Palladino (Philadelphia) creates paintings
that draw upon the visual language of illustration and graphic design,
the pieces playfully reference pop culture, art history, the carnivalesque,
and moralistic pitfalls. Palladino exhibits with Eli Ridgway Gallery
(SF) and Fredericks & Freiser (NYC).
Geoffrey Todd Smith (Chicago) delineates a seemingly
impenetrable field of optical buzz and hiss in his purely abstract,
non-referential paintings. Smith shows with Western Exhibitions in
Chicago and Luis de Jesus in Los Angeles.
Andrew Schoultz (San Francisco) makes large paintings
and installations inspired by global turmoil and societal angst. He
is represented by MorganLehman (NY), Marx & Zavaterro (SF), Marke
Moore (LA), and Jerome Zodo (Milan)