New York, NY. Porter Contemporary is pleased to announce FUR, a group exhibition from January 10 through February 16, 2013, opening with an artists’ reception on January 10th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. The exhibition will include works by artists Jason Bryant, Jessica Charlotte, Jah-HaHa, Naoto Hattori, Jan Huling and Jennifer Murray. “I decided to have fun with this exhibition and chose a playful theme that would be great for a winter show… I always enjoy how one word themes can be interpreted so differently by each artist,” says Jessica L. Porter, Founder and Director of Porter Contemporary. The exhibition will encompass not only different variations on the one word theme but will be expressed in various mediums. Jason Bryant, based in New York City, known for his photo-realistic oil paintings featuring vintage black and white Hollywood film stills paired with bright, edgy and even quirky skate graphics. For FUR, Bryant has shifted his focus only slightly to highlight not only these two facets of elegance and humor but also adding his view of fur as a lifestyle. Jessica Charlotte is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work explores the hidden regions of the mind where apparitions of strange creatures form and dissolve in dreams and leave only their haunting footprints on the waking mind. Working in acrylics, Jessica manages to bring to life these exotic, wistful and beautiful images that somehow resonate in the empty spaces in all of us where the child once resided but now, only absence and longing. JaH- HaHa is an artist collaboration between painting Jeff Huntington and artist/musician Jimi Haha based in Maryland. Using acrylic and mixed media the work by the duo will charm and inspire laughter to their viewers. Naoto Hattori was born in 1975 in Yokohama Japan and studied Graphic Design in Tokyo before moving to New York to study at the School of Visual Arts. Hattori is known for his surreal and sometimes bizarre characters painted in acrylic on a small intimate scale. Jan Huling was born in Chicago, raised in St. Louis, and then migrated to New York. Her beaded sculptural work is inspired by a continuing fascination with indigenous or popular culture and world religions. Czech seed beads adorn objects in colorful patterns, camouflaging their original circumstance, allowing us to see them as pure form without their usual connotations. Exploring themes of gender, sexuality, and sociopolitical power struggles, Jennifer Murray uses totemic animal characters to express her impressions of human life within the decaying and carnal confines of New York City. Murray’s focus for this exhibition is two-fold contributing charcoal drawings on paper as a meditation on texture and layering that make up fur and juxtapozing these works with animal skull sculptures covered in human hair.