Sunday, September 10, 2023

"It Might Be" at Gamut Gallery in Mpls

"Hello" 12x16", acrylic/Graphite, $550- available here

On Friday we celebrated the opening of 
in Downtown Minneapolis

A beautiful group show curated by the amazing Chuck U
It is my great honor to have 4 new paintings in the show.

"Curious" 12x16", acrylic/Graphite, $550- available here (SOLD)

"Garden" 12x16", acrylic/Graphite, $550- available here 

"Stranger" 12x16", acrylic/Graphite, $550- available here 

A nice little blurb from my new favorite RacketMN.

September 8th- September 30th, 2023
“It Might Be”- A Lowbrow Illustrative Art Show curated by Chuck U, featuring 14 international, national, and local artists.

Featuring: Alex Kuno, Briana Hertzog, Chuck U, Evan Weselmann, Ewok, Jennifer Davis, John Sauer, Michael Koehler, Riiisa Boogie, Rodrigo OƱate, Swartz Brothers, Tim Molloy, Vivian Le, WingChow. 

You may find yourself asking, “What is Lowbrow Art?” Lowbrow emerged in the 1960’s in California as an extension of Surrealism, Fauvism, and Dadaism. Recognized as an illustrative street style, lowbrow works traditionally invoke humor and whimsy with imaginative compositions that tell a story. During the 1980’s, Minneapolis had a thriving punk and alternative music scene that fostered lowbrow styles incorporated by local artists. Tom Halzelmeyer, owner of Amphetamine Reptile Records was a pioneer in the movement in the Twin Cities with his former gallery Ox-Op, which featured the works of Shepard Fairy, Camille Rose Garcia, Shag, Delak, and more! By the 1990’s when Robert Williams (“the godfather of lowbrow art”) founded Juxtapoz Art & Culture magazine, lowbrow art had intersected with other subcultures such as street art, tattoo art, and illustration, heavily influencing and cross-pollinating commercial art and fine art.

Originally, this artistic approach was highly criticized, however, it began to gain popularity due to its stark contrast to “traditional” art. Rejecting “high art” and instead celebrating popular culture inspired by comic books, B-movies, hot rods and kitsch, the lowbrow movement established a platform for artists to create works with fantasy, surreal, and cartoon elements.  “It Might Be” curator, Chuck U’s interpretation will be aesthetically represented in the roster of international, national, and local artists he has assembled whose illustrative lowbrow styles are expanding the definition of fine art, story, and fantasy, continuing this narrative.

Please note: All artworks will stay on view in the gallery and purchases will be available for local pick-up on October 4th and online orders will be mailed out October 2nd.