Bigger Bits and Pieces
Mechanicsburg, PA (January 4th ) – The Metropolis Collective is pleased to announce the opening reception for “Bigger Bits and Pieces”, a group mixed media exhibit at Trash Art Gallery from 6-10pm on Friday, January 4th, 2013 as well as “Outer Expressions of Inner Mayhem” a solo exhibit of artworks by Nina Isabelle in the collective’s Hole In The Wall Art Gallery. The exhibitions will be on display with artwork for sale at Metropolis Collective through January 29th, 2013.
At Trash Art Gallery this evening
The showcase exhibit this evening at Metropolis Collective is the “Bigger Bits and Pieces” mixed media group exhibit in the collective’s Trash Art Gallery, which will feature the creations of artists residing both near and far using all sorts of materials that when put together create a semblance of a whole. Exhibiting artists include, Joseph Arthur, Dave Barr, Danielle Charette, Chris Cash, Mike Egan, Paul Kostabi, Sean Matthews, Mark May, Tim Miller, Bruce New, Scott Mitchell Putesky aka. Daisy Berkowitz, Matthew Rose, Zack Rudy, Rachel Udell and others.
About The Artists
Joseph Arthur is an artist, musician, and poet. In touch with every nuance of the creative world, Joseph Arthur’s artwork has received much attention from both artistic and musician communities. Discovered both musically and artistically by Peter Gabriel, his works have been featured in MOMAR, La Galerie Chappe in Paris, France, Varga Gallery, We Gallery, and the Bootleg Theatre Gallery, to name just a few. He was recently the guest musical performance on the David letterman show where he performed playing one of his hand painted guitars.
Dave Barr is an artist currently residing in Washington DC. His works are the result of building up and layering different media. His work is a pop appropriation and imagery collage style although he likes to refer to it more simply as visual sampling. Much like a DJ samples different parts of songs together, he mixes various pop culture imagery and typography. He’s interested in recombining these fragments of culture to create a new mini narrative. Dave collects images, chews them up and then spits them back out in a bright, busy, recontextualized new form.
Chris Cash is often consumed artistically by life's major themes of gods, devils, love and hate. He had a miserable Catholic school up bringing which warped him irrevocably. His artworks are unique and different but very accessible to the viewer. He always has his nose to the ground looking for little bits of rusted what-nots that go right into his pocket for later use. He constructs "stories" that are colorful, energetic, evocative, dramatic, and fun around even the smallest found items, often counter pointing them from their original intent. His artwork is created as a kind of 'toy' to be played with by the viewer's eyes. Those from the “real world” describe Cash as a former Ivy Leaguer, park ranger and police lieutenant, but to those in the art world, he is a talented rocker and artist represented by several galleries throughout the Northeast.
Danielle Charette is a contemporary expressionist. Her work is a highly symbolic form of modern story telling. Her Charette original oil paintings and art have been shown and hang in many galleries throughout the US and continue to sell both nationally and internationally. Notably, her series “2752 It’s Always the Same” and “Broke in Brooklyn” have been accepted for inclusion by The National September 11th Memorial Museum.
Mike Egan is a Pittsburgh based artist who has an impressive list of art shows spanning the globe. Alongside his artistic pursuits, he has spent time working as an embalmer in funeral homes. Mike’s paintings tell stories... about death, devils and saints. Mike attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, from 1996-2000 where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Paul Kostabi is an artist, musician, music producer and audio engineer. Kostabi was a founding member of the bands Youth Gone Mad, White Zombie, and Psychotica. Paul Kostabi paintings are presently in permanent collections of Paterson Museum, Guggenheim Museum, New England Museum of Art, Millennium Museum, Whitney Museum of Art, Video, Paper, Tiger Sessions, and the Museion Museum and he continues to be in demand to exhibit worldwide.
Sean Matthews is a sculptor originally from North Carolina. His current work on display conceptually examines the similarities between the altar and the object while exploring the aesthetic relationship between form and material. Sean was an Art-o-Mat artist and has a small sculpture in The Whitney Museum’s private Art-o-Mat collection. Sean is an Assistant Professor of Art at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.
Mark May is a special education teacher at a local school district who has found a creative outlet through the creation of robots. The robots are created using found and recycled materials which are acquired from flea markets, antique shops, junk yards, and everyday items found on the street. He has shown his work in many venues; The Outsider Art Fair and The Others in New York City, and Outsider Art in the Hamptons. He has been featured in RAW VISIONS magazine and The Folk Art Messenger.
Tim Miller Tim Miller is a Pennsylvania based artist whose pieces include 3-D works, which include ideas of love, life, loss, and luck. His pieces form a seamless timeline where each piece holds its individual space in time while still being a part of an integrated whole.
Bruce New is a self-taught artist who “resides in the wilds of Kentucky, with a bird and our son, on a mountaintop, right next to the sun, where I create my artwork high on butterfly wine.” His work is an attempt to document his existence - to leave a visual record of his thoughts, ideas, and fantasies. Bruce New’s artwork is collected and exhibits worldwide and he is currently on the cover and the featured artist in RAW VISION Magazine.
Scott Mitchell Putesky aka. Daisy Berkowitz is an accomplished American artist and musician born in Los Angeles currently residing in Pennsylvania. Scott always had a passion for music and art, which led him to form a little band called Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids in which he could foray into both loves. The maniacal fun of the Spooky Kids would become legend. Scott is now dedicating more time than ever to making his art and developing new concepts. He chooses rather to ignore than expand boundaries in visual and aural art and draws his inspiration and influence from humor, darkness, passion, music, the 80’s, mysticism, sex, pop-culture, film, social dysfunction, science and Americana.
Matthew Rose is an American artist and writer based in Paris. Born in New York, he graduated from Brown University in Semiotics, studying linguistics, art, film and writing. While painting and producing collage works, he wrote about New York’s art scene, principally the East Village, but also other areas in the art world that involved Fluxus, Dada and Mail Art. He currently resides in Paris France where he continues to create and exhibit art, founded the Paris Correspondence School and is a writer for the prestigious Artblog.org.
Zack Rudy is a locally residing artist and half of the dynamic artist duo the Huckle Buckle Boys. His work is of an exploratory an inner flow nature with improvisation and spontaneity at the forefront. His work is irreverent and brash, yet approachable and at times hilarious. His background includes graffiti art as well as more traditional painting, photography and drawing.
Rachel Udel is a Pennsylvania native residing in Philadelphia. She is drawn to using soft, comforting, highly textured materials because of their capacity for suggesting forms that feel alive. Her work has been featured at the Nicholas Berg Gallery, The Painted Bride, Midwives Collective and Gallery and the 3rd Street Gallery.
In the Hole In The Wall Art Gallery
Also this evening at Metropolis Collective is “Outer Expressions Of Inner Mayhem” a solo exhibition of artworks created by Nina Isabelle.
Nina Isabelle is an artist currently residing in Kingston, NY. Nina was raised in rural Pennsylvania, by her mother an artist and her father, an athlete with a street-fighter background. She attended school as any normal child but found her interests far outside of the classroom. Outdoorsy and connected to the landscape she would make pots out of river mud and search for crystals. She spent a good amount of time with her brother hunting rabbits, shooting guns, wrestling, and riding BMX bikes. She spent a lot of time on the trampoline developing aerial and spacial awareness, and imagined one day she would be an astronaut.
She first studied art at Pennsylvania School of Art & Design in Lancaster, PA and later received her BA in Art from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. Not withstanding her experience with the entity of academia, her approach remains instinctual and is skeptical of the cerebral. “In many ways my formal study had a paradoxical effect on my development and instead of imbuing my work with intellect I emerged fluent in nonverbal metaphors, finding a comfortable dialogue with the intangible, the extinct, and the mystical-seeming.”
Recently her interest has turned toward the metaphors of movement and how this translates into various mark-making styles for artists. Her work is multi-disciplinary and includes oil painting, alternative process photography, drawing, printmaking, mixed-media, collage, ceramics, and dance.
Nina’s exhibition will be on display at Metropolis Collective through January 29th.
About Metropolis Collective
Metropolis Collective is a contemporary eclectic fine art gallery and performance space run by a husband and wife team made up of Richard Reilly and Danielle Charette. Reilly is a former NYC native with 20 years of experience working with the prestigious Adelson Gallery, and professional Rock musician and founder of the seminal first wave NYC punk rock band The Victims amongst others. Charette is a Harrisburg native who resided in NYC for most of her life prior to returning to the area. She is an emerging contemporary expressionist artist who actively exhibits nationwide.
Metropolis Collective is home to the Trash Art Gallery, the Hole In The Wall Art Gallery, Danielle Charette Art, Rick-o-Chet Records and The Stage Noir. The collective exhibits an eclectic variety of contemporary fine art (photography, paintings, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, installations and drawings) as well as hosting musical and artistic performances. The gallery represents the talents of many artists locally residing and non-native, emerging and internationally established. Based in Mechanicsburg Pa, Trash Art Gallery is located at 17 West Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Gallery hours are [Tues-Thurs 12-7, Fri-Sat 12-8pm and by appointment]. For more information, please call: (717) 458-8245, or visit our website: http://metropoliscollective.com/, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MetropolisCollective or email: info@metropolisc