Serious Whimsy: a collection of inevitable objects
What these seven artists have in common is not necessarily an earnest, nor even expressive drive, but a drive in and of itself. Come see the inevitable manifestations of their whimsical, adventurous, often obsessive, energies.
The Links and the Lowdown:
Sztuka Fabryka: this team of artists (based now in Spain, originally from Belgium) plays with the tradition of street art as cutting-edge social commentary by mixing up urban symbolism with traditional iconography and methods. "Old is new," is how they put it. Their "urban shrine" pieces are small and some are interactive, calling on the audience to tag, or "add to" them.
Gail Rothschild: Gail does very intricate work in watercolor, ink and guash which she calls "Fabrications." From a distance they very nearly look like swaths of knitted material stretched across the wall, but up close they reveal a very muscular, twisting, interlocking series of connections. Gail is a rock climber and her strength and the idea of context and team work are very present in her work.
Kit Warren: Kit's works on paper and wood, show an obsessive love for tiny detail and a disciplined awareness of form. As with Gail's works, KIt's extremely intricate pieces look powerful from a distance, with bold, curving forms, but greatly reward close inspection. She uses biomorphic forms and studies.
Lisanne McTernan: Lisanne's driven and primitive works draw the viewer in with meandering almost-patterns, thus producing a dreamy emotional effect. She pours herself into each painting and drawing producing her trancelike designs in childlike peace.
Justin Cignac: This is the kind of guy who can be inspired by Chatroullette. Human detritius, large and small, lovely and homely, high and low. What can I say? This stuff cracks me up.
Mark DiBattista: Mark likes to point out that he cant' draw. Yet his obsessive dot by dot drawings of small mundane objects astound with thier accuracty. How does he do it?
Stephanie Homa: This young artist from London is building a reputation quickly as a sort of anti-twee enfant terrible. Her new masks mix a childlike desire for play with a hint of menace.