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Fuck Your Face
phoneboothgallery.com
Long Beach, CA 90804


June 15th, 2009 - July 8th, 2009
 
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Phone Booth Gallery is proud to present "Fuck Your Face," a barrage of ball point pen madness from Poway, CA based artist Mike Knife. The exhibit will run From June 15, 2009 to July 8, 2009, and the opening party will be held on June 13th from 7pm-10pm.  The All Ages event will be located at 266 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024.

Inspired by vintage photographs and death metal, Mike Knife’s oeuvre is eerie. His dark, humorous drawings flout portraiture’s age-old tropes: the subject stares out from the page with head high. Yet something always goes awry. A mustache grows to outlandish lengths; a neck disintegrates; an eye rolls up into its socket; or a dead man smirks.

Knife draws exclusively with stolen pens from the Marriott Hotel—nothing works as well—and he liberates Bristol paper whenever he stumbles upon it. He commands his fugitive medium with expertise, achieving an exquisite range of value and emotion, and imbuing his distorted, sometimes violent subject matter with virtuosic energy.

Since life’s drama comes from its flaws and upsets, Knife has little interest in perfection. “Fuck Your Face” is a visual event that glories in aggressive emotion and startling strangeness.


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