Phone Booth Gallery is proud to present “Off the Hook II,” a group exhibition of mixed media artwork by artists around the globe. While most Phone Booth exhibitions can be seen both in person and online, “Off the Hook II” is exclusively viewable at www.phoneboothgallery.com. The show, which features many of Phone Booth Gallery’s principal artists, will run for an extended two month period, opening on April 1 and continuing through May 31, 2009.
“Off the Hook II” marks the one year anniversary of Phone Booth’s inception. It’s an open-themed exhibition that reflects the gallery’s expansive yet coherent oeuvre. Painstaking craftsmanship coexists with renegade expressiveness and nostalgic palettes juxtapose vivacious colors. Yet each drawing, painting, print, and assemblage in the exhibition joins in on a culturally savvy repartee, exploring what happens when the iconic collides with the idiosyncratic.
Irreverently seductive, Vincent Pacheco’s “Let Us Now Praise” cuts into and rearranges conventional ideas of beauty. His painterly expressionism disrupts found photographs, challenging the austerity of painting’s history and undermining the sleekness of culturally produced imagery.
Jeff George takes a distinctly different approach to image-making. “Life and Death,” a panoramic view of a preoccupied crowd, is exquisitely rendered in colored pencil. George hones in on the immediacy of contemporary urban life, depicting a scene in which no one notices that death’s embodiment is walking amongst them.
Robert Porkony’s “Whhat” is more flip but no less timely. His distinctly stylized cel vinyl acrylic on panel marries the rich history of iconography and design with the casual sensibility of a hipster. Visually disarming and precisely crafted, Pokorny’s painting references a world in which free-spirited cultural sampling becomes a means of asserting personal identity.
Ultimately, the twenty visual thinkers featured in “Off the Hook II” highlight the diversity and dynamism of what Phone Booth Gallery has to offer. The exhibition resonates with our current climate, underscoring the important roles free-thinking and experimentation play in times