Irresistibly Idiosyncratic

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The Victory of the Echo Over Sound, 2012 Painting © JoKa
Mixed Media
Bride Bunny, 2012 Painting © Mike Bell
Irresistibly Idiosyncratic
Curated by: Melissa Inez Walker

317 E Grand Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
March 10th, 2012 - April 7th, 2012
Opening: March 10th, 2012 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Other (outside main areas)
Tues - Fri 10-6, Sat 12 - 5
photography, mixed-media, digital, graffiti/street-art, performance, pop, landscape, surrealism, figurative, modern, traditional, sculpture



ArtHatch and Distinction Gallery are excited to present compelling new show featuring the artwork of JoKa, Dan Barry and Mike Bell, entitled “Irresistibly Idiosyncratic”. Drawing from nostalgic and popular imagery these three skilled artists approach their art with meticulous techniques and craftsmanship. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 6-10pm with Live Music, complimentary Wine and Stone Brewery Beer for guests 21 of age or older.


Using a technique called Pointillism, JoKa methodically spends hours dotting his canvases using toothpicks to create his images. JoKa creates his art with different layers of meaning, some absurd, some serious but usually based on humor. JoKa’s surreal works remind us that a singularity of meaning isn’t always possible in the world we inhabit.


Lowbrow artist, Mike Bell is influenced by a number of cultural forces such as Japanese cartoons, vintage toys and classic monsters. Bell paints illusionistic as well as cartoony, sometimes with a hazy distinction. The outcome is a world where the weird is wonderful and the inhuman is alive.


Using collected imagery, found objects and meticulous drawing techniques, the artist Dan Barry creates layers of images set in a world of humor and at times fragile vulnerability. With a background in Liberal Arts, this now Texan artist is successfully exploring his talents as a modern visual artist.


The exhibition will run from March 10 – April 7, 2012


ArtHatch is a 7000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, "The Alley," featuring new and previous works from over 75 artists, the teen room featuring artwork by 6 local teens, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 28 local artists, and "The Lounge", containing 8 walls featuring local artists. The front gallery features contemporary and cutting edge artwork.


A variety of art books, prints, and collectors dolls are now available for purchase.


ArtHatch & Distinction Gallery

317 East Grand Avenue

Escondido, CA 92025

(760) 781-5779


*in 2010 we received our 501(c)(3) status and became known as ArtHatch.  Management remains the same, but we will soon be expanding our programs even further.  We are also now able to accept donations in exchange for a tax receipt, which if successful, will help us remain in existence. 

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