AndrewShire Gallery presents Big Boys, a group exhibition by artists Kim Eull, Kim Tae Heon, Adam Schwartz, and Jay Stuckey, whose drawings and paintings convey the insight of mature men, while, simultaneously, communicating the innocence of younger boys.
Big Boys addresses the some of the central clashes between the adult male experience and the childhood memories and mind-sets that influence daily reasoning. Each artist in the show offers his observations, intellect, and point of view through the dynamics of the male mind - its restrictions, inhibitions, playfulness, and connections with instinctively youthful responses to the world. Through their images, marks and symbols, these artists record the impressions, sensations, and settings that are remembered as pure moments in time. Their ideas never seem world-weary or cynical, but are as ingenuous and fresh as thoughts coming from the creative imaginations of younger persons.
Kim Eull's paintings and box constructions echo the good-humored, mischievous, and tragic emotions that guide daily conduct and influence ambition. He portrays consciousness through lighthearted mixed-media works that express complex human insecurities and convictions by using teardrop motifs, cryptic marks on paper, character figures and written words. His artworks defend one's individualized destiny by blending insight, observation, and wit with actual occurrence.
Kim Tae Heon paints ancient and contemporary individuals who travel around on strange droplet-like clouds playing freely as they go. In his series Buzz-Buzz, each traveler is expertly executed in a dreamy naïve style that makes him appear to be on a delightful journey to some mysterious place where there are people to meet and amusements to seek. A few trekkers look like they are hybrids of vaguely familiar persons or creatures, while others give the impression of being less-familiar; each one, however, seems to be part of a mystical world. The series integrates streams of consciousness with notions of play through the use of caricature and comic strip dialogue balloons.
Adam Schwartz weighs computer generated images against those which are handmade. In one series of works, painted marks on paper resembling television static are actually inspired by inkjet printer glitches which have been hand-replicated by the artist. The urge to "humanize" digital printer output combines with natural entropic decay (the ongoing loss of information). In another body of work, the utterance "la-la-la" is written over and over as though one shouts while holding fingers in both ears like a child does when blocking out extraneous or bothersome sounds.
Jay Stuckey sorts out his weekly dreams by recording them within a single painting. Each day following a succession of nighttime dreams, he paints iconic images that embody the situations and experiences he had while being asleep. After seven days, the painting is done. The loosely rendered work is candid, at times humorous, and speaks for countless feelings ranging from harmony to discord coming from the self or others who are either mysterious or known. Stuckey's collection of images plays with the seemingly involuntary thoughts that enter the human psyche during periods of deep sleep - thoughts that have the spontaneity of an urgent message asserting that we divide, dismantle, and fit back together the building blocks of creative discovery in daily existence.