Open to the public on Sat, March 12th from 6-8PM. All the artists will be in attendance, so please be sure to come on through.
Los Angeles, CA - Thinkspace is pleased to present ‘Torn and Tattered’, an exhibition of new work from three artists that explore our relationship with the world around us via a variety of mediums. From the punk influenced mixed media infused oil paintings of Craig “Skibs” Barker to the almost photo realistic collage based creations of Derek Gores through to the surreal take on the cities in which we live as seen through the lens of photographer Liz Brizzi and given new life via her mixed media paintings, ‘Torn and Tattered’ aims to shine a light on these three vastly differing methods of creation.
Also showing concurrently in our project room will be Place to Place, an exhibition of new works from Bay Area artist Reuben Rude in what will be his first solo exhibition with our gallery following numerous group show appearances. With ‘Place to Place’ Rude has taken his soulful portraits of the American every man to a new level via the addition of intensely collaged backgrounds.
The featured artists will be on hand to talk with patrons of our gallery on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 6-8pm. The exhibition will be on view through March 26, 2011 and is free and open to the public.
About Craig “Skibs” Barker:
Craig “Skibes” Barker grew up in Southern California during the early ‘80s in the midst of both the punk rock and surfing culture explosions. With a healthy dose of punk flyers, album covers, and surfing magazines buzzing through his head, Barker began making flyers and t-shirts for his friends and his own punk bands. Fast-forward to today; Barker’s most recent paintings meld his long-standing love for painting and rendering the human female figure with his punk-fueled graphic design. Mixing different approaches, techniques, and mediums, he creates a sense of memory, personal history, and appreciation for the female form. Combining elements of pop culture, literary censorship, and a positive mental attitude, he creates layered scenes of voyeuristic mischief. Barker’s work explores the junctions between past and present, memory and imagination, fantasy and reality, while creating a dialog between image and viewer.
About Liz Brizzi:
A native of France, born of Italian parents, Liz Brizzi grew up in Los Angeles. She is inspired by urban themes and loves to portray the beauty she captures in the raw and industrial aspects of city life. Her individual mixed media technique begins with the manipulation of her original photography collaged onto an acrylic painted canvas, finally blended within layers and layers of colorful acrylic washes. Her recent work utilizes various architectural details found in her photos to create more complex graphics, structures and imaginary landscapes, while using shapes reminiscent of street art found in the very same cities she photographs. She’s also widened the scope of the areas she explores in her imagery to the less explored industrial outskirts of Los Angeles. “I try to capture and share the beauty I see in these desolated and mysterious areas that are unknown to even some of the born and raised Angelenos…”.
About Derek Gores:
In his popular collage portraits, Derek Gores (b. 1971) recycles magazines, labels, and assorted found analog and digital materials to create the works on canvas. The series showcases Gores' contrasting interests in the living beauty of the figure, the mechanically angular and abstract design aesthetics of fashion, and a fearless sense of play. Also a successful designer and illustrator for 15 years, clients include ESPN, Lenny Kravitz, Lucasfilm, Kings of Leon, U2, Adidas, Madonna, Harley Davidson, 321 Agency, the National Football League, LiveNation, SEIU, Love Haight Apparel, Draftfcb and JCPenney.
The Rhode Island School of Design grad lives and works in Melbourne, Florida, exhibiting and curating with the bold upstarts there, surrounded by the intellect and culture of the Space Coast. Recent adventures have taken his work to Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Sacramento. Derek was honored to have his work selected for the Manifest Hope DC exhibit coinciding with the Presidential Inauguration in 2009.
His subjects are simply figures and objects in a space, influenced by heroes Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Rube Goldberg, Max Ernst, and, "those great old long-exposure photos of Abraham Lincoln where you can feel the whole minute inside each image. I love that buzzing stillness. I do reference a classic beauty, but made of raw and geometric and un-designed parts, so I feel it's a contemporary beauty too. I'm not interested in heavy, conscious concepts- I make something simple and let the elements combine in the head, reacting with each history the viewer brings to the table.
When it goes well, I hope to create a real experience, instead of just a picture of an experience. But that sounds a little too huge... really I'm searching for that feeling of having the eyes of a kid, where everything is new."
Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the works for ‘Torn and Tattered’ coming together here: