I HAVE A SHOW OPENING ON JUNE 4 AT FIFTY24SF GALLERY IN SAN FRANCISCO.
I NAMED THE SHOW, HARICOTS MAGIQUES, MAGIC BEANS, IT IS ALL ABOUT THIS DREAM I RECENTLY HAD, WHERE I WAS IN FRANCE AND A FRENCH FARMER GAVE ME SOME MAGIC BEANS, I ATE THEM, AND HE FREAKED OUT AND TOLD ME, I WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE PLANTED THEM. IT WAS A GREAT VIVID DREAM, BECAUSE I STARTING SEEING ALL KINDS OF THINGS, ESPECIALLY A BIRD WITH A STRING ATTACHED TO IT CARRYING A HUGE PULSATING COLOR BALL, AND ATTACHED TO THAT WERE STREAMERS, FLAGS, AND ALL OF THESE CLOUDS, IMAGINE ONE OF THOSE AIRPLANES THAT FLY WITH THE ADVERTISING BANNERS BEHIND THEM, ONLY THE ‘BANNER’ WAS MADE UP OF MANY COLORFUL CLOUDS,ETC. AND WAS AS LONG AS A SKYSCRAPER IS TALL. WITHIN THE BANNER WERE SEVERAL COLORFUL CLOUDS DEPICTING SCENES AND ALSO THERE WERE A BUNCH OF BIRDS FLYING SAYING THEIR NAMES OUT LOUD, SOMEONE WHISPERED TO ME THAT THE BIRDS WERE MY ‘FRIENDS’ ON THE FACEBOOK.
THAN, AFTER IT FLEW BY, THERE WAS A SCREENING OF A MOVIE, ONLY THEY HAD FIGURED OUT HOW TO PROJECT A MOVIE AGAINST THE NIGHT SKY, SO THAT EVERYONE COULD WATCH IT FROM THEIR BACKYARDS, ROOFS,ETC. IT WAS AMAZING. THE MOVIE WAS PINNOCHIO, AND THEY SAID THAT IT WAS A NEW FORM OF MOVIE WATCHING, IN LSD, BUT YOU DIDN’T NEED GLASSES LIKE 3D. TRIPINNOCHIO.
I HAVEN’T DONE ANY DRUGS IN A LONG LONG TIME, SO THIS RECENT DREAM WAS QUITE INTERESTING. AT THE END OF MY REMEMBERING OF THE DREAM, I WAS SHOWN A VIDEO OF SEVERAL MONARCH BUTTERFLIES AND TOLD THAT THIS IS THE SYMBOL FOR MY TIME OF DYING, AND WHEN I SEE THIS SCENE, MY LIFE WILL SOON BE AT ITS END. MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN SCARY, AND SOMEHOW, THE PARADE OF IMAGERY IN THE SKY IS CONNECTED.
EITHER WAY, I DREW ALL OF THE BIRDS TODAY AND EACH ONE IS A PORTRAIT OF MY ‘FRIENDS’. I HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT TO THE ART SHOW TO SEE THE DRAWING IN PERSON AND TRY TO FIND YOURSELF, OR JUST SIMPLY DELETE OUR ‘FRIENDSHIP’ BECAUSE THIS JUST FEELS LIKE A GIMMICKY MARKETING TRICK.
ALL THE BEST,
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.
“Darling, We’re Leaving!” - a solo exhibition by Will Barras.
Living and working London, Will Barras is an artist and illustrator best known for his work with the Scrawl Collective, a collaboration of artist’s centered around Bristol, UK. He was chosen alongside Steff Plaetz and Mr. Jago as one of the original three artists for the agency, noticed by the project for his representations of fluid movement using unique compositions and line work. He has been hailed as one of the artists that best represent the skate and snowboard lifestyle and has commissioned several board pieces as well as clothing graphics. His attention to the emotional aspects of this movement is recognized through his sense of exploration in painting.
Continuing to develop work for the skater and BMX community, Barras also spends his time divided between working with the Animation Production Company Bermuda Shorts and commissioning independent gallery shows.
Veiled Beauty is a solo exhibition by Hush, a graphic designer and illustrator from the U.K. Hush is an urban artist who worked in Hong Kong for a number of years as a graphic designer/illustrator before returning to the UK. His popularity is soaring, with sell out shows in London and Los Angeles, along with high profile street pieces, sold out print runs and collaborations. Influenced by various facets of modern culture, he is inspired by graphic-novels, animation, graphic-design, graffiti art, urban art and contemporary painting. He’s known for his portrayal of female Manga characters juxtaposed with his mixed media layering techniques utilizing screen print, spray paint and multi-levels of paper. The confluence of East meets West, destruction meets construction, and classic versus contemporary style, all leave the viewer feeling the same conflicts and energy that his work embodies.Hush has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and art director in London, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Hong Kong where he worked for a few of the largest toy companies in the world. His work has been featured in numerous selected exhibitions in London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Edinburgh and Newcastle.
Anthony Lister’s creations are described as brilliant, broken and abstracted figural works depicting the darker side of both heroes and villains. His fractured renderings place them as imperfect and exaggerated, post-post-modern opposites to how they were conceived – as symbols of modernist humanism. Lister’s work is a reflection and interpretation of the constant bombardment of media, and its relationship with the viewer. His mixed media technique of utilizing various types of paint, from spray paint to watercolor to acrylics, gives his work a depth that has made him one of the most sought-after contemporary artists today.
Lister has had solo and group exhibitions around the world and has received numerous awards including the Mosman Art Prize (2006), Prometheus Art Award (2005) and Metro 5 Award. He and his work have been featured in international publications including Arktip, Lino Magazine, Overspray Magazine, Oyster Magazine, The New York Times, among many others.
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.
“Letters from Digested Children”
In “Letters From Digested Children,” Alex Pardee pays homage to the children who are eaten by monsters. Alex states: Each year, thousands of children turn up missing. Some are found. But most, unfortunately, are not. Many of the children are victims of abduction, some are runaways, and a large handful of them . . . have been EATEN by monsters.
For “Mythographic Vicissitudes,” Ron created a series of paintings based on variations on modern mythologies. Applying a sense of reverence to his patented mash of religion, history and art, English gives equal weight to all mythologies, from Jesus to Bigfoot to Expressionism. “Loch Ness Starry Night” depicts the emergence of the monster as seen through the eyes of Vincent Van Gogh.
San Francisco in the Barbary Coast days of the 1850s was a crazy place. The once sleepy town's population exploded almost overnight as it was flooded with all kinds, here to make their fortunes in whatever way they could. Prospectors, prostitutes, sailors, businessmen, criminals, hatchet men, preachers, and entertainers all had their stories to tell and their reasons for being there.
In preparation for his upcoming show, "The Ghosts of the Barbary Coast" at Fifty24SF Gallery, Mr. Fish has done his homework. Basing his collection of work on true stories from San Francisco's history, he conjures up the spirits of the rowdy, ruthless, insane, and notorious characters that populated the City's seedy past and re-tells their fascinating and often shocking stories to a new audience. Fish also explores parallels between the Gold Rush of '49 with the modern booms and busts of marijuana farming in the 1970s and the dot coms of the 1990s. Highlights of this collection include a series of tightly-executed and well-researched paintings along with amazing three-dimensional wood pieces. Fish plans to bring some real Barbary Coast style to his opening reception with a Gold Rush-style saloon, complete with grizzly bear. What better way to pay tribute to the folks who paved the way and established San Francisco's independent and rebellious reputation?