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NIEL "SHOE" MEULMAN
WILLIAM IRVING SINGER
RYAN TRAVIS CHRISTIAN
Nick Jaskey was born in Royal Oak, Michigan in 1982 and has been living and working in Detroit since 2001. He grew up skateboarding and exploring the city as a teenager. Doing this exposed him to things like graffiti, art, and photography. Painting graffiti led him to take notice of the fine details of color and composition that go unnoticed in our day-to-day lives. These details are what influenced and transitioned him into fine art. The work is a reflection of life, photographed, broken down, and reworked into a abstract form.
Ryan Travis Christian’s surreal personal narratives are fueled by the absurdity of life in his small, suburban-Chicago hometown. The untidy lifestyles of contemporary humanity are all hanging out, including heavy petting, drugs and alcohol, beaten-up cars, fireworks and death. Christian’s idiosyncratic vision — influenced by vintage political cartoons and hand-drawn animation — has recently expanded to include commentary on current crises in the nation and world at large. His small daily drawings touch upon a vast array of topics — the economy, violence, the environment, gender, class, hope, doubt, and the afterlife — as they muse on the technological and material obsolescence of his cartoon and animation influences.
“I make stuff”. Female forms, ceramic pots, animals, geometric and biomorphic shapes—these are all recurring elements in Richard Colman’s vividly colorful canvases. He vacillates freely between figuration and abstraction, at times focusing on pattern to such a degree that it overwhelms any recognizable components in his painting; other times he privileges figures and narratives. Also producing sculpture and installation works, Colman incorporates a variety of media, including pencils, paper, wood, porcelain, plaster, glue, nails, and tape—typically using vibrant colors.
Beauty. Motherhood. Family. Eroticism. Violence. These are the themes that emerge from Berlin-based artist Kandis Williams’ collage work. “You can take pictures from all over, from any time or place and you can mash them up and disintegrate their photographic value into a formal value,” she explains of her imagery. Williams studied at Cooper Union, where her main focus was figure painting.
Chris Johanson’s wildly colorful artistic productions are musings on phenomena in contemporary life—including the psychological perils of consumerism, cult spirituality, and self-help. Johanson’s career stems from his early activities in the Northern California punk scene, in which he produced ephemera, posters, and zines. Johanson’s oeuvre now includes paintings, drawings, installation, and sculpture. His early style was characterized by its raw humor, cartoon-like aesthetic, and incorporation of reclaimed materials, like wood and paper from dumpsters and construction sites. In later works, Johanson has used more simplified forms, abstract forms and conceptual themes.
Using found materials such as discarded signs, wood and corrugated metal, Carlos’s work echoes Mexican-American heritage rooted in California pop culture. Through his unique cultural perspective as an American-born Chicano, he explores topical subjects with profound simplicity.
Reginald O’Neal a.k.a. L.E.O (Love Each Other) is a painter and musician from Overtown, a rough neighbourhood in Miami. He has painted murals in international street art festivals and is mentored by Axel Void.
CHRIS JOHANSON & JOHANNA JACKSON
Axel Void (Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs) was born in Miami in 1986 to a Haitian mother and a Spanish father. He was raised in Spain from the age of three, where he was strongly influenced by classical painting and drawing. Axel Void has been involved with graffiti writing since 1999. He studied Fine Arts in Cádiz, Granada, and Sevilla, and based himself in Berlin until moving to Miami in 2013, where he currently resides.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Julie Schenkelberg learned about the beauty of objects and buildings by observing her crumbling city. She combines discarded domestic objects with industrial materials to create evocative site specific work, inspired by the Rust Belt’s legacy of abandonment—vacant houses, defunct industries, and found shabby furniture embedded with years of memories.
CARLOS RAMIREZ (THE DATE FARMERS)
For Swampy, the world is an endless living canvas. Variations on his signature “swampdonkey” tag — the skull of some imaginary tusked creature — can be found in almost every imaginable setting across America: dilapidated skyscrapers in Oakland, Calif.; train trestles in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; gallery walls in Atlanta or Brooklyn. Though he’s best known for his graffiti, Swampy’s output varies wildly and incorporates a kaleidoscope of materials, styles and settings. His studio is almost entirely mobile, his materials are liberated as needed from large art supply chains, and he travels entirely for free by hopping freight trains.
Born in Yuma Az. in 1977, Daniel grew up in El Centro Ca. and other surrounding towns that border Mexicali B.C. Daniel's inspiration starts while growing up next to a sheet rock factory in Plaster City Ca. where his father worked. The vast desert horizon and emptiness lent its path to imagination and wander. Gibson's output is bred by his indispensable draw towards creation, something he views as a therapeutic and expressive flow of visions and beliefs, real life situations and overwhelming dreams, comprised of a combination of elements incomparably extricated with a whiff of vato attitude.
Los Angeles-based artist Revok first became interested in art through his father’s collection of 60s and 70s album covers and comic books, as well as the skateboarding and graffiti scenes. For over two decades, Revok has continually pushed the boundaries—both creative and legislative—of street art, producing vibrant works that meld structured with dynamic colors and forms. A completely self-taught artist, and after years of a decidedly anti-institutional practice, Revok began making studio work, finding inspiration in his ability to refine the techniques he mastered as a street artist.
Street artist Roa is a muralist from Ghent, Belgium, where he began by spraying throw-ups under bridges and walls. He is primarily known for his strong obsession for animals and rodents and combines life, death, and life after death in his murals. His animals are painted to include skeleton and internal organs, making the sight even more realistic. His preferred forms of methods to paint are by using spray paint or acrylic paint and most of his work is created through a mixture of black, white, and gray scale colors. Roa uses native animals based on the location he is painting in.
MONICA CANILAO & XARA THUSTRA
Monica Canilao spends her days stitching, painting, printing, and breathing life into the refuse that dominates our time and place. Moving across media, sometimes with friends and sometimes alone, Canilao makes a delicate visual record of the personal and communal. She received a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and has shown in galleries, community spaces, and abandoned places. Both an activist and artist, Xara has been pushing the envelope socially and artistically for 15 plus years in San Francisco as part of the “Mission School”. Xara’s ever evolving creative medium has been graffiti, screen printed posters. calendars, murals, paintings, video, music, performance and protest. Socially, Xara has been responsible for anti-war actions, gay activism, feeding the hungry, anti-capitalist actions, squats like 949 Market, and much more…
Emma is a born and raised New Yorker currently living and working in Western Massachusetts. Emma’ s watercolor paintings feature fluid figures and are nude, reclining, having sex, and touching themselves. The eroticism of these works is a refreshingly punk, feminist take on contemporary sexuality and her zines dig even deeper with dark, personal text.
Yarrow Slaps is a San Francisco-based artist and musician, whose art is grounded on portraying icons of popular culture – rappers, basketball players and painters. Born and raised within a family of artists, Slaps studied at City College of San Francisco, and began expressing himself first by music, and later through paintings and drawings.
Yarrow tries to spread positive energy among people and show the best in them, through his dynamic music and appealing paintings. Mixing high and low culture, Yarrow’s art depicts characteristic street aesthetic, making his style unique and unmistakable.
Dancing between life and death, Lucien Shapiro’s art is rife with found objects, textures, cast forms, manipulations, raw substances, oddities and multiple personalities. Treating forgotten objects and memories as treasure, he creates a kingdom under which new life is born through sculpture. Composed of elaborately constructed masks and ornately armored weaponry, he examines a relationship between modern waste and memories of ancient cultural artifacts. Practices and customs from the past are brought back to light through Shapiro’s revival of discarded materials, transformed into objects analogous with self protection. Behind masks and armor, we’re enabled with the power to separate and shield ourselves from reality, creating new identities through a deliberate opposition of our true selves.
Rambo was born in Texas and studied at the San Fransisco Art Institute. Based in New York City, he employs symbolic imagery, structures, forms, color and patterns, to explore communicating certain truths and ideas. He uses mostly graphite drawings on paper and oil paintings on canvas. The finished works elevates art making itself to a subject with spiritual power.
Chinese-born DALeast is easily one of the most prolific street artists of our time, as well as an accomplished painter, sculptor, and digital artist.The dark imagery found in DALeast's art is woven with intricate detail while focusing on the simple subjects in his pieces. Each of his pieces of art is created using paint to look like thousands of metal shards are coming together to form beautiful shapes, often animals or humans. When viewing DALeast’s art, there is seemingly magic in his ability to establish illusion with a certain combination of lines. DALeast delivers a sense of wonder with his work every time as he manipulates his splintered lines in order to capture the movement, form, stillness or feeling of the respective subject.
Stephen Sean Powell, 46, is a Brooklyn-based artist who spent most of his formative and adult years in Austin, Texas. Never having attended art school, Powell began painting only recently, and found himself somehow in possession of a developed, coherent and original style. His bold, bright colors and child-like shapes often belie his subject matter, which tends towards despairing self-reflection, drug abuse, brooding violence and the parody of consumerist practices. He often incorporates found materials into his work. Twisted and distorted faces layered with words, eyes suggested only by blots of spray paint, partial heads rendered with just a few thick strokes of color, faces that jump of the canvas like bad dreams turned into cartoons: the paintings are immediate and unstudied, yet with a high level of visual sophistication.
Powell sold his first painting the day after he made it. Since then he’s been producing works at a voracious pace – nearly two hundred finished pieces since July, 2015, and selling most of them on social media or by word of mouth. He’s participated in group/benefit shows, for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, in November 2015 and the ‘Fake Art for Posers’ benefit for the Accabonac House at the Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton, in August,2016. He recently had his first solo show at Obsolete Industries in Austin, Texas in September, 2016, where he sold all works.
Before suddenly becoming an artist, Powell was primarily a punk musician, playing drums throughout the 90's in Austin's criminally under-appreciated Fuckemos, and today in a few Brooklyn bands such as Surfbort and Ice Balloons. He is also known throughout he tattooing community and elsewhere for the originality and profligacy of the images that cover nearly the entirety of his skin.
Joe Grillo, born in Meteor City, AZ, lives and works in Virginia Beach, VA. He and his long-time partner Laura Grant founded the Art Collective Dearraindrop in 1998. Joe has exhibited works in the US & Internationally, most notably at Deitch Projects and The Hole in NYC, as well as Galleri Loyal in Sweden.
His work incorporates elements of graffiti art with psychedelic shapes and colors in drawings, paintings, and collage pieces. His art shows a kaleidoscope of fluorescent graphics and media images.