Andy Valmorbida and PM Tenore are pleased to present Beyond Elegance, an exhibition of multimedia works by Todd James and Alexis Ross at 560 Washington Street, New York City, opening on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 6 PM – 9 PM, in collaboration with VistaJet, Bombardier and RVCA Artist Network Program.
Beyond Elegance features a diverse body of new works by visual artists Todd James and Alexis Ross. Best known for their tongue-in-cheek use of animation inspired imagery, both appropriate vernacular imagery in order to critique society in varying ways through their figural works. James creates striking, graphic paintings illuminated by a bright colors palette, while Ross incorporates vintage visual language, reminiscent of early twentieth century children’s literature.
James’ large scale canvases satirize contemporary socio-political landscape, pulling subject matter from world events and day-to-day situations. He filters serious themes of war, excess, and natural disasters through the veil of a deceptively innocent unselfconscious lines. Ross uses the narrative of “The Sexual Misadventures of Ronaldo the Great,” as a platform to illustrate a series of absurdist tableaus. The paintings are visually and psychologically compelling, revealing Ross’ background in set design and his interest in the fine line between fact and fantasy.
Andy Valmorbida is an art entrepreneur and a pioneer of the “pop-up” gallery model. Since 2006, he has created 23 pop-up exhibitions in cities around the world including: New York City; Cannes; Los Angeles; London; Milan; Moscow; Florence; Southampton; Miami; and Melbourne, with upcoming exhibitions in Hong Kong, Vienna and Sao Paulo. He is a member of the Serpentine Gallery’s council in London. An active curator, “Californication,” at the MUBE in Sao Paulo, marks his latest international exhibition.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Todd James is an American painter and an important member of the generation of self-taught artists who have influenced popular culture on every level. James is the co-creator of Street Market, a major work of the post-graffiti movement that was selected for the 2001 Venice Biennale. In 2011, a re-creation of this work was the central installation of the LA MOCA’s sold out Art in the Street exhibition. Solo shows include Gering/Lopez in New York, Colette in Paris, Lazarides in London, Nanzuka in Tokyo, and V1 in Copenhagen. James has exhibited his work at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Tate Museum in Liverpool. Several monographs of his work have been published. James lives in downtown Manhattan.
Alexis Ross is a Los Angeles based artist who works in a variety of mediums including sign painting, photography, homemade tattoos and playing potsey on the nickel. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. Ross is a member of Local 800 and co-founder of the Gents Of Desire. Like fellow club members, Ross practices what is better known as “touch of class;” while adhering to the club’s seven rules... 1. Always project a fantasy. 2. Suit up and show off. 3. If you get warm take off the hot sweater. 4. Keep off the bandwagon. 5. No half stepping. 6. Run up or shut up. 7. Never go back. His work has been shown at the Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Patricia Armocida Gallery, Milan; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; and Laforet Museum, Tokyo.