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White Walls is proud to present New Ter ritory: new works by Henry Gunderson\, Akira\, Cheryl Molnar\, Robert Burde n\, and Mark Warren Jacques. New Territory brings together five artists tha t are breaking ground through their visual interpretations of contemporary West Coast living. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday\, A pril 3rd\, 2010\, from 7-11pm.

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These five young artists are forging a new aesthetic and conceptual approa ch to fine art. Whether a cut and dry rebuttal to American mass media or a whimsical look into outer space\, this group is covering new territory thro ugh their visual interpretations of all they experience in a day. Through v arious mediums\, subject matter\, and even scale you will find five individ ual voices speaking in their own language. Unifying them is an imperative t o communicate that which they see- or don’t see- in this West Coast existen ce.
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Henry Gunderson is a San Francisco artist that begins each pain ting with a single image and then meditates upon it. He allows animals\, fi gures\, landscapes and patterns to filter in as an acrylic “collage” of his mental journey. Although Henry does not speculate the origins of his subje ct matter\, he acknowledges\, “Concepts are inevitable and often based on v ery casual ordinary visions.”

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Akira re contextualizes American culture through satiric al portraits of its key public figures. He paints skilled renditions of pop culture idols\, philanthropists\, politicians\, or even historical icons i n a witty parody. By adding strategic clothing\, poses\, and text to these portraits\, this San Francisco artist exposes the irony of each character w ithin American mass culture.

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Cheryl Molnar carves directly into wood panel\, stains it with oil\, and then collages strips of oil-stained paper onto the surface. She often renders her childhood Long Island ranch house to address the dis parity between her parent’s idyllic American dream and her generation’s hou sing crisis. Her landscapes explore the gap between societal expectations a nd the freedom to be individual.

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Robert Burden depicts his childhood action figures in order to recall the naïve freedom of his youth. This San Francisco artist draws without looking at the paper\, creating fluid and pure lines while ne ver taking his eyes off the subject. The resulting blind contour drawing is simplistic in form yet its intimate process evokes Robert’s forgotten love affair with his beloved childhood toys.

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Mark Warren Jacques channels his existence into paintings of tight geometry and abstract architectures. Living in Portland\, Mark describes hi mself as an “amateur philosopher” concerned with relationships\, music\, sk ateboarding\, entrepreneurship\, and living life to the fullest every day. His controlled\, tight lines and loose\, fluid ones are a cosmic representa tion of his thoughts and feelings.

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Th e opening reception of New Territory at White Walls Gallery begins o n Saturday\, April 3rd\, 2010 from 7-11pm. The exhibit will be on display t hrough April 25th\, 2010 and is open to the public. 

Please visi t our media kit for more information about these artists.

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