Monday, Jan 7th, 2013 Contact: Driftwood Salon
Address: 39 Isis St. SF, CA, 94103
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Driftwood Salon Presents
A WINTER GROUP EXHIBIT SHOWING January 19th to March 16th, 2013
Hello and happy new year from Driftwood Salon! We are pleased to be starting 2013 with an amazing line up of artists, and we would like to invite you to our opening reception on Saturday January 19th, from 5pm to 10pm.
For our winter group show we wanted to bring you some fresh and inspiring art that we think really captures this moment in our time, by a group of really talented, inventive and unforgettable artists.
We are proud to feature works by Carly Ivan Garcia, Lee Harvey Roswell, Robert Bowen, Albert Reyes, Renee Castro and Lisa Alonzo.
Carly Ivan Garcia “Bay area native, Garcia is best known for his abstract expressionist paintings which play heavily on color and a barrage of dreamlike imagery. Garcia’s style has been often referred to as “the next evolution of contemporary expressionism.” Carly Ivan Garcia is most definitely a breath of fresh air in the world of abstract art.” -Warholian.com
Lee Harvey Roswell is a self-taught artist from Freefall, New York, whose work is noted for its blend of angst and humor. Themes of death and entropy, tribulation and futility run amok in his distinctly surreal, often-slapstick/ often-nightmarish world. The result is at once mocking and melancholic. For the past decade plus his attention has turned almost exclusively to oil painting, though it's always a surprise what direction he'll steer things next. Lee now lives in San Francisco, and his work is shown, collected and published internationally.
Robert Bowen, The bastard son of 1000 maniacs, Robert Bowen is a San Francisco based artist who watched entirely too much TV. as a kid. A connoisseur of bad habits and collector of all things wrong, this “artist” feels it is his duty to bombard you with whatever inane and juvenile imagery falls from his hand. Hell bent on world domination, he pauses only occasionally for Mexican food and Lindsay Lohan movies. A visual artist living and working in San Francisco, Robert Bowen has been exhibiting his artwork throughout the US for over ten years. Bowen got his start through graffiti and street art, and went on to attend art school and obtain a classical education as a painter. Robert Bowen’s work is a strange, swirling brew of colorful contradiction that is not easy to define or even understand, but that seems quite the point. Throughout his body of work, Bowen takes familiar iconography and handily corkscrews it with his own unique brand of humor and distinct painting style. Bowen’s ability to reappropriate contradictory symbols into unsettling situations puts him in league with greats like Ron English, and Andy Warhol. He continues to walk the line between charming humor and blasphemous sarcasm with symbolic imagery that leaves the viewer both curious and confused. -Stacey Ransom
Albert Reyes. Reyes hails from El Sereno, L.A., and is a hugely influential young artist. He has an interesting and unique way of interpreting current events and the world we live in today that is unforgettable and unmistakably his own. Working with pencils and ink, and using reclaimed book covers is another clever way in which he incorporates the miraculous and precarious nature of life.
"Albert Reyes for us was an obvious and very natural choice for 'New Blood' as we have seen how his work has evolved, explored, and touched on a wide spectrum of light and dark issues that affect us all in a very unique way that is truly his own. Ranging from the political, social, the spiritual and sometimes the tragic; in a true, pure, and innocent approach that borrows from the iconic and familiar of everyday life, re-contextualized to create provoking situations that challenge the viewer to explore, think and participate." -The Date Farmers on Albert Reyes
Renee "Lady Reni" Castro is native to the Bay Area — really. Born in Oakland, Castro's heritage stems from the Ohlone Native American tribe. (You can't get more local than that.) Her background serves as inspiration for much of her art, especially her subjects' clothing and their deeply-rooted connections to the natural world. Her other influences for the work she creates include Mexican and Spanish folklore, broken-hearted femme fatales, disheveled muses, and erotic heroines.
Lisa Alonzo grew up on a Christmas tree farm in northern California. She spent her childhood painting trees, a mile long fence, and watching Bob Ross. After two years of studying design at Cal State Long Beach, she received her BFA in Fine Art from the Academy of Art "The swirls, curves, and patchwork of dots that comprise Lisa Alonzo's The Amuse Bouche 2.0 turn Alonzo's body into an illuminating road map of art history. Alonzo's arms, calves, and thighs intensely speckled with burgundies, reds, and magentas harken back to the pointillism of Georges Seurat. Her side is replete with sharp spirals that would easily fit into the psychedelic poster art of the 1960s. And the title? That's straight from the 21st century; a nod to the artistic ethos that says you can borrow from across disciplines, in this case food and technology, to create your own new language. It's art as a melting pot of ideas. It's art that comments on the artist and society at large. And its art whose composition- it started as a photographic self-portrait, then was manipulated by photo software, then was painted with acrylic- prompts you to ask, "Who else is doing work like this?" - Jonathan Curiel, SF Weekly
“Juxstaposse” will be on exhibit from January 19th to March 23rd 2013. Please join us for an opening party Saturday January 19th and have a glass of wine and hear some good music. We would love to see you! For questions regarding this event please email Camille@driftwoodsalon.com. Thank you for reading!