Earlier this month, Athen B. Gallery introduced a Mural Project series with the city of San Leandro, CA where four different artists tackle a separate wall with his or her individual style. First up is
Augustine Kofie continues to push and explore technologies and strategies to build up space within his work, and in each series he poses himself a new problem to be solved. Build From Memory began with the challenge of how to produce dynamic movement from a stable, static (horizontal/vertical) foundation. The answer came in the form diagonal “breaks”, perspectival lines that produce volume, protrusion, immersion, and depth in the horizontal-vertical system. It is these breaks that are built from memory and inspire the title of the collection, for they come directly from the 3D technique of traditional letter writing practices such as sign painting or graffiti.
Marco Mazzoni's chiaroscuro drawings depict women consumed by a hallucinogenic flood of flora and fauna. Whether coming from within or without, flower petals and butterfly wings merge with the subjects to create a haunting snapshot of sensuality. Inspired by Sardinian folklore and matriarchal culture, 'Dear Collapse' explores nature's mysteries of life and death.
This Saturday, Athen B. Gallery welcomes the return of Laura Berger and introduces new comer Sarah Bowser with 'Nobody, Everybody'. The duo exhibit features Berger's acrylic and gouache paintings of playful naked humans within minimalistic environments. The Chicago based artist explores more personal narratives with this collection centered around family and connection. Bowser creates paper-cut collages to express feelings of anxiety. Her interiors depict imperfect realities of seemingly trivial objects (fallen flowers or broken pots) set against cheerful color palettes and domestic scenes.
Earlier this month, Evan Hecox unveiled his fourth solo show with Joshua Liner Gallery entitled, The Long Way. Hecox's latest collection of work reflects the artist's fascination with the terrain and topography of the Southwest, as these works on paper serve as a visual link to his recent road trip through this area of the US. Each work was created from sketches and memories of his travels, reflecting the character of these often arid and open spaces. Hecox explores the cultural past of the area with reductive works that leave us with whispers and hints at history. Abandoned cars and structures, add to a sense of a long past, here reduced to clean and clear lines and form.