Phone Booth Gallery is proud to present “Pulp Fiction,” a solo exhibition of mixed media work from Melbourne artist and designer Kareem Rizk. The online exhibit will run From June 1, 2008 to June 30, 2008, and the opening party will be held at Club Fuel on June 1 from -close. Club Fuel is located at 11608 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA91604.
Rizk’s working techniques include collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pencil, solvent transfers and acrylic transfers. “Pulp Fiction” provides us with an impetuous look into his highly textured and multi-layered images, which posses a very nostalgic or vintage and weathered quality. His works can often be vibrant with color, while others display a very refined or minimal palette. The decision for the show’s title is based heavily on the meaning of the two words which compose it.
Pulp:paper (from wood) being the majority medium of which collage work is made.
“I see the medium of paper as a very versatile material.” Says Rizk, “its properties and uses seem endless in variety. It is also a very simple medium to work with.” He believes that in a way, the recycling of images and paper in his collage work is a reflection of the recycling process which occurs in every arbitrary facet of modern society - the recycling of lifestyle choices, self image, fashion, entertainments, technology and the educational system.
Fiction:An untrue statement. Something that is untrue and has been made up to deceive people.
The relationships between the images and elements within his work create a visual stage upon which fantasy or fiction is presented. Within the gritty remains of his canvas, you will find iconic representations of such façades: the dream home, suburbia, the perfect job, arbitrary glamorization of consumer products, fossil fuelled transport and further underdeveloped technology which continues to race ahead of the spiritual and physical evolution of man.
Kareem Rizk’s work has been published in numerous magazines and books including Rojo magazine (Spain), Semi-Permanent Book 2007 (Australia & New Zealand) Computer Arts magazine (UK), Don’t Panic magazine (Australia) and Desktop magazine (Australia). With a bold statement and an impeccable eye for color and design, Kareem Rizk is one of few young artists that aim to do more with their art than what is traditionally considered to be “expected.”