Off the Hook

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Off the Hook
Long Beach, CA 90804
April 1st, 2008 - April 30th, 2008
Opening: April 1st, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

long beach
mixed-media, graffiti/street-art, conceptual, pop, surrealism, figurative, traditional, sculpture


Phone Booth Gallery is proud to present “Off the Hook,” a group exhibit of mixed media artwork from artists around the globe. This event marks the inauguration of the gallery, and provides a sneak peak at what is in store for its future.

A diverse mix of media, technique, and size are all included in this exhibit.  Garry Booth, the gallery founder and director, has made it a point to include a wide range of artists.  “With this first exhibit, I wanted to show everyone the varying styles of art that I enjoy, and to implore the viewer to take a closer look at contemporary art,” he says. “There is so much art in the world; sometimes the most difficult part is getting the right person to see the right piece.”

The styles range from the illustrative Kevin Bannister, with his rendering of a chimerical sea creature complete with pirates, to the ever protean, abstract surge of color brought by Danish artist Morten Andersen. Also notable is the art of Alero, which combines a spray paint canister with various electrical components, and the color drenched mixed media work by Southern California artist Rick Reese.

Although this is an online exhibit, the simplistic display of the website puts the artwork in the spotlight. It invites all art lovers, collectors, and artists to see work being produced in an accessible, user-friendly environment, without the catchpenny, wine soaked ambition of today’s contemporary popular art.