On Friday we scrubbed up and wandered into Gowanus Print Lab’s opening reception for Studio as Petri Dish. The gallery features artists from GPLs Studio and shows mixed media works with a wide variety of themes. We got all scientific and thought it be best to talk about a few pieces from the exhibit, which explores different artists works in a single environment.
Selected Works: Mike
Size: 18 x 24″
When you first look at Dan’s pieces that have lined drawings you assume (because you’re in a screen printing lab) that this element of the work is silkscreened, but that’s not true. Dan first pants a background, hand draws a portrait, and then adds in a little collage to get a unique look. One of Dan’s pieces called Mike shows the ‘King of Pop’ on an endless ocean sky with collaged flowered eyes. The piece and other similar pieces at the gallery are meant to show celebrities that Dan says: “have fallen from grace”. In addition to the work featuring Michael Jackson there is a highly amusing image of William Shatner that makes him look like a clown called: Bill.
Select Work: April Portrait
Size: 15.5 x 20.5″
Magdalena had a very wide range of artistic works featured in the gallery. In particular we were fascinated by April Portait, which is four frames of a man with his eyes closed. The man looks peaceful, calm, and, well… dead. This is the effect Magdalena was going for. She wanted to display death as “living, but not living” within a work of art. It’s kind of creepy and beautiful all at the same time. The piece has a traditional feel by being in black and white, but the splash of color twist the context of the subject shown. This is the first of an ongoing series looking at people in a post mortem light.
Selected Work: To the Moon
Size: 21.5 x 24.5
Amy’s To the Moon is a very inspirational piece. It has the image of people climbing on one another shoulders to reach a giant moon in dark of night. Trying to ‘reach for the moon’ is a very difficult task, just like the method Amy used for making the dark background of the piece. Amy took a small black pen and filled in entire night sky. She wanted to not only show the “extreme efforts” the characters were going through in her piece, but also show the efforts made in creating this work of art. It is an excise living ones art.
Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Selected Work: Invisible City
Size: 22 x 22″
Colleen’s ongoing series called Invisible City is based of a philosophical book of the same name by Italo Calvino. The book describes various cities throughout the world in very poetic way. Colleen attempts to recreate the book’s cities as interpreted illustrations and sculptures. The works on display are slightly different from the others she has done. She made these by changing the angle as she was drawing on to create a “rounded” effect. It makes it look like the “city is the world” all connected and all consuming; a very interesting concept for those who live in New York.
Selected Work: Lucky Stars, Friends, and Lovers or People I Know
Size: 81 x 79″
The largest pieces on display at the gallery is by Zebadiah Kenneally. The work shows a wide various of caricatures linked together by lines as a family tree. For Zebadiah the work “acknowledges important people in life…[who] have been a guide”. Most characters look like people that can be found in everyday life, but some people have been transformed into object, which have defined who they are. For example Zebadiah uses a pack of Lucky Strike Cigarettes to convey an old friend who use to smoke this particular brand. The connection between the various people creates on outline of a house (home) where these people seem to live.
Selected Work: Hello Spaceboy
Size: Various Dimensions
We are crazy about legos! As children we spent hours and hours playing with the plastic pieces, so it was wonderful to see someone traspose a lego man into a work of art. For the artist, Andreas Ekberg, the images of the lego man represents his version of a “portrait of an iconic person”. For him this late seventies style space lego man is something to be remember and honored like a king or famous person from histories past.
The Studio as Petri Dish exhibit is at Gowanus Print Lab from July 29th – August 26th. Stop by and check out the smorgasbord of different art.