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"Owlex" featured new paintings, drawings and installations from San Francisco artist Alex Pardee, completed over 31 consecutive sleepless nights. Alex's style is one conceived through watching years of horror movies, writing graffiti, and listening to gangster rap. His work best represents that of a vibrant undead circus sideshow. Final pieces are often brought to life by translating random shapes and colors into signs of torment and absurdity. By juxtaposing these two conflicting moods, Alex makes his works more personal to his viewers, forcing them to project their own feelings and emotions onto each character in his twisted universe.
For years Alex used sketch drawing and graffiti as an emotional outlet. He started photocopying collections of his sketches and scattering them around the Bay Area. He began placing his homemade books between the pages of tattoo and porn magazines, in clinic waiting rooms, and in public bathrooms. With the help of street canvas and Kinkos, Alex was able to overcome his emotional setbacks and move forward in the world of artistic expression.
In 1999 Alex was convinced by other artists to reprint his books professionally. He began working long shifts at a local toy store to finance this re-printing, and later that year My Book of Colors was released. Since the release, Alex has devoted every minute of his life to creating an entire universe of characters and monsters. In the past five years he has continued to release books like The Secrets of Hollywood and the popular Bunnywith series. The comics have spawned an entire plush line, calendars, and art exhibitions.
Alex Pardee’s devotion to his art has gained the attention of Warner Bros., Reprise Records, Upper Playground, Hurley International, RIDE snowboards, DefJux, and more. In 2004 he was tapped by the gold-selling rock group The Used to design the artwork for their album, In Love and Death, as well as the band’s merchandise, Website, marketing campaign, and a music video. He is currently working on an animated movie for Warner Bros based on the Chadam character that he created for The Used in 2007. The film should be finished around Summer 2008.
"Memories for Memoirs" presented a series of paintings from San Diego artist Mike Maxwell inspired by human ancestry and self discovery through the past. Maxwell's work is about the string of events that have subsequently helped shape individual personalities genetically, emotionally, and physically.
Born in 1979, art has been a part of Mike Maxwell's life for as long as he can remember. Although self-taught, he gained much of his inspiration from his Mother and Grandfather, both talented artists. Mike's work has been shown nationwide and overseas at galleries in San Diego, LA, NY, San Francisco, Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
In 2005, Maxwell began curating exhibitions for the Voice1156 Gallery in San Diego where he continues to promote local and national art.
"Health & Safety" by Will Barras featured a series of new paintings and illustrations inspired by music, bike culture, soapbox derbies, and the kinetic wash of the world around us.
Will Barras is a founding member of the Scrawl Collective, a group of young artists from the UK who came together in the late 1990s under the guiding principle of "Hand B4 Mouse". His style features subtle wash backgrounds combined with a strong line style that is as effervescent as it is sure. His initial inspiration was drawn from Hip Hop and Skater/BMX graphics, but his work and subject matter has evolved beyond simple inspiration to become his trademark style.
Highly sought after for private and commercial commissions, Will Barras spends much of his working day directing for the animation production company Bermuda Shorts. He keeps a busy schedule of touring and showing work, traveling to Europe, America, and Japan for shows with the Scrawl Collective and on his own.
In February 2007, FIFTY 24PDX Gallery exhibited of artwork from the Brooklyn-based duo Morning Breath. In celebration of the release of their recent book of the same name, “The Early Bird” included Morning Breath artwork from recent years alongside new pieces and installations designed specifically for the show.
Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto founded the design studio Morning Breath, Inc. in 2002. As design collaborators, they deliver informed visual experiences for a wide array of industries from gaming to advertising, publishing to clothing. As art collaborators, Morning Breath showcases an approach which transcends the pop clutter with pieces that fuse portraiture, collage, and digital composition. Using bold colors and bolder characters, their work explores gritty inspiration from tats, muscle cars, pointed push up bras, the back of comic books, bail bonds, Mexican wrestlers, and little kids.
fliers, images, and descriptions of exhibitions from 2006-present