A gift is more than just a gift. Rather, a gift is a little way that we can express our ‘biggest’ feelings for others. This philosophy is at the heart of Haven Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, “Little Big”, showcasing 8×10 inch “gift-sized” works by a selection of international artists. Opening on November 21st, “Little Big” will feature new works by Michael Ramstead, Sarah Joncas, Lauren Marx, Meredith Marsone, Brian Mashburn, Chris Mars, Josie Morway, Jessica Gordon, Genevive Zacconi, Dilkabear, and Christina Mrozik, just to name a few. Their works are as varied in theme as their styles, with motifs of the season as we enter these winter months.
Barry McGee (Hi-Fructose Vol. 16 and 25) brings the chaos and grit of the street into the energy of his art. He is well known for his multi-media work that borrows from 1940s and 50s advertisements, cartoons, tags and lettering from his graffiti days. His style is so eclectic, in fact, that McGee has chosen to exhibit under his various monikers like Twist and Lydia Fong, as in his 2008 exhibition at Ratio 3 in San Francisco. For his latest exhibition at Ratio 3, “China Boo”, McGee remixes his most recognizable motifs.
We might not think much of sheets of paper, something we see every day, strung together in our notebooks and journals. German sculptor Angela Glajcar sees something light and delicate, with the power to take us to another place. She has exhibited her paper-produced works and suspended sculptures all over the world, with her latest installation on view at Heitsch Gallery in Munich, Germany. Titled “Weiss Ist Das Neue Schwarz” (“White is the new black”), her new work plays with opposites- solid blocks of light paper that float freely in the gallery space.
Australian artist Julia deVille has created a menagerie of ethically-sourced animals. From pure white piglets dusted with flower petals, fawns sleeping on silver platters, to kittens pulling funeral hearses, and even a Puss in Boots– her taxidermy sculptures are like something out of a Victorian period fairytale. She titles this ongoing series “Disce Mori”, a twist on Memento Mori, the Latin phrase for reflecting on one’s morality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life. In their vanity, her works combine deceased animals with precious gems, metals and fine antiques.
Last Rites Gallery has made a name for itself in the new contemporary art scene as New York’s “dark arts” gallery. Over the weekend, founder Paul Booth made a departure from the gallery’s taste for darker side of Surrealism with his new venture, Booth Gallery. The gallery is located at the same address as Last Rites in New York, which has moved to the second floor mezzanine gallery, where it will showcase works by international artists working in a variety of media and figurative styles. Many of them are featured in Booth Gallery’s inaugural group exhibition, “Second Sight”: Chad Wys, Jesse Draxler, Ekaterina Panikanova, Ted Lawson, Jade Townsend, Johan Barrios, Mike Cockrill, Ryan Hewett, and Todd Lim.
New Jersey based artist Gregory Halili was born and raised in the Philippines, surrounded by lush vegetation and tropical wildlife that have influenced his works today. His extraordinarily detailed works on sea shells are like a small tribute to his life in the tropics. Working primarily in gouache and oils, he carves and then paints tiny images of human eyes on shells as small as 1 inches, to realistic profiles of human skulls as large as 12 inches. The ivory and pearlescent colors of the shells add a certain effervescence to his anatomical subjects.