111 Minna Gallery unveils an exhibition by two developing surreal artists, Justin Lovato and Scott Greenwalt, which weaves together symbolism and organic components that create a physiological and lyrical landscape of imaginary environments. Curator, Micah LeBrun believes this pairing of talent to be a complimentary marriage of individual styles by these two gifted artists.
Scott Harrison Greenwalt was born in St. Louis, Missouri 1974. He is currently operating from within the bowels of a former casket factory in a particularly strange neighborhood in West Oakland, California. Built upon the kind of implausible logic that operates in the realms of cartoons and science-fiction, Greenwalt’s work depicts a glimpse into another dimension where familiar forms take on alien qualities.
Justin Lovato is a working painter from Sacramento. He currently resides in Berkeley, California. He creates dreamlike, ethereal landscapes that reflect his thoughts on nature and our relation to it, human belief systems, the psycho-political-control system, multidimensional concepts, and esoteric symbolism.
His work has been shown throughout the world in cities including Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles CA, Miami FL, Washington DC, New York and Moscow, Russia. A self taught artist, Lovato’s method is more instinctive than learned and more evolved than trained. Through the use of visual communication Lovato applies contrasting opposites, creating an illustrative narrative that aims to capture the movement of ideas and philosophy, people and the detachment from the systems within which we are confined, exploring the ideas of passing and dissolving memory, experience, dreams and expansion of awareness through a personal image mythos mixed among archetypal esoteric symbolism that draws from our past and collective human experience.