FINE ART

(I'LL FLY) INTO YOUR HEART BY Jason Jägel @ FIFTY24SF GALLERY - 2010

Jason Jägel has been featured in numerous solo and group shows for well over a decade, from Tokyo to Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions of Jason’s work have been featured at Galleri Christoffer Egelund in Copenhagen, Denmark, and AMT Gallery in Milan, Italy. His monograph, entitled, Seventy-Three Funshine (2008), was created with an accompanying ten-inch vinyl record with music by Madlib and published by Electric Works, San Francisco. He was recently featured in a 12-page interview in JuxtapozMagazine. Jägel currently resides in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters.

Regarding the title Jägel says: “(I’ll Fly) Into Your Heart reminds me of the style of certain ’60’s soul songs where the inserted parenthesis creates multiple, simultaneous titles from one. It also appears as a statement of first-person dialog, leading the questions: Who or what is flying? To whose heart? For good purposes or ill?” Evident in this statement and throughout Jason’s work is a preoccupation with slippery meanings and storytelling.

“(I’ll Fly) Into Your Heart”, features new works on display at FIFTY24SF Gallery April 1-May 26, 2010.

REVERBERATIONS BY CHE JEN & KENJI HIRATA @ FIFTY24SF GALLERY - 2009

“Reverberations” is an exhibition featuring new works by Che Jen and Kenji Hirata, both members of the infamous “Barnstormers.”

Che Jen is a Brooklyn-based painter from South Korea, who was raised in Brooklyn.  Growing up in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side in the 1970s “defined the visual abstractions that are incorporated into my being and permeates my personality and my work.”  Her newest works are a reflection of her subconsciousness, a manifestation of the process in which ideas are born.  Che Jen has shown around the world in Milan, London, Tokyo and all over the United States, and has been featured in many publications.

Kenji Hirata is a New York-based painter from Nagasaki, Japan.  His works are influenced by the Buddhist idea that “emptiness is everything eternal.”  In his paintings, he fuses together the five natural elements of water, fire, metal, wood and soil, creating compositions that are dense, yet have open space.  Hirata is inspired by nature, and his vibrant pieces reference Jamaican dance hall sound systems, sci-fi futurism, billboards and hand painted signage of South East Asia.  From public murals, small canvases and animated works for film, Kenji Hirata is an innovative member of the contemporary art and film community.

SEEING THINGS BY GREG 'CRAOLA' SIMKINS @ FIFTY24SF GALLERY - 2009

“Seeing Things”

Simkins began drawing at an early age and started doing graffiti under name Craola. Graffiti art became his impetus for creating and gave him the confidence to paint large works. In addition, it taught him perspective, color theory and further developed artistic skills, which later translated into his work with acrylics. His outlandish dreamt of characters are part of a fantasy sideshow, inspired by elements from pop culture, the old masters, nature, carnival kitsch and most importantly, a warped imagination. It is the careful weaving of these elements that makes Greg Simkins a sought after surrealist painter today.

Simkins’ work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions and has successfully sold out five solo exhibitions. His art is seen in a wide variety of industries from clothing to video games and has also come to life in the form of toys. His client/collaboration list includes Disney, Mattel, Upper Playground, Juxtapoz, To Die For, Vans, Converse, AFI, Saosin, Gym Class Heroes, Pennywise, STRANGEco, Ningyoushi, Kid Robot, Zero Friends, Epitaph, Dark Horse, Iron Fist and Pulse International.

RUBICON SUN BY DOZE GREEN & DAVID ELLIS @ FIFTY24SF GALLERY - 2007