HAPPY COLLECT: A CASH & CARRY EXHIBITION
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Opening: Saturday, July 9th, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Exhibition: July 9th - August 9th, 2016
Allison Bamcat, Amy Fry, Beverly Chen, Edith Waddell, Graham Curran, Joey Stupor, Jon Lau, Joshua Roman, Liten Kanin, Maggie Chiang, OG23, Paige Jiyoung Moon, Po Yan Leung, Roland Tamayo, Sally Deng, ShadowMonsterBear, Sugar Fueled – Michael Banks, Valerie Pobjoy, Vivien Mildenberger, William Joseph Dunn, Yejin Oh
On Saturday, July 9th, Flower Pepper Gallery is pleased to present, Happy Collect: A Cash & Carry Exhibition featuring an incredibly talented ensemble of local and international artists. Each piece is created on a smaller scale, being either sculpture or a 5” x 7” wood panel and each artist is allowed the freedom of their creativity to produce something truly unique and special. After a piece is purchased, it can be taken home right away, making this a wonderful opportunity for collectors to acquire work by an artist they have kept an eye on, or perhaps someone they discover for the first time.
Edith Waddell’s surreal creations are not only incredibly beautiful but they are haunting in a way that strikes a chord with our subconscious. She explores the human psyche by combining elements of our natural world that are altogether alluring, strange, and satisfying. “Fragments from the exterior world, as well as our own internal emotional world, inspire my work… Through my hybrid imagery, I introduce a secret story, sometimes hidden in plain sight with the overall composition.” Her work thus invites us to examine our own physical and spiritual presence. Maggie Chiang’s work often carries the same intriguing quality by creating expansive landscapes and scenes that draw viewers into the very majesty of nature. Inspiring and magnificent, her work can all at once make you feel small in the presence of nature and empowered to go out and explore.
Joshua Roman is a California based fine artist and illustrator and has shown in galleries across the country. His intriguing colorful portraits reveal the hidden power of his subjects, as light appears to be emanating from within them. Mysterious and alluring, his works for this exhibition portray a fresh thematic take on the natural elements. Likewise, Valerie Pobjoy often chooses non-conventional ways of elevating some of the most seemingly mundane aspects of humanity. Having been inspired by Dutch masters such as Vermeer and French modernists like Degas, she bridges the gap between a historical and contemporary aesthetic. Her work is so honest and raw that a subject once easily over-looked, no longer is simple to examine. She reveals the complexity and vulnerability of her subject so that we might see the beauty she sees in everyday life.
Roland Tamayo is a Pasadena local whose work combines elements of pop-culture with nature and landscape. His paintings are unique in the way that he combines beloved iconography with either natural creatures or things he once loved as a child. Nostalgia, Humor, and extraordinary imagination are all present in his work as Star Destroyers from a galaxy far far away are transformed into tantalizing slices of pizza and giant magnificent whales become ships flying over cities and landscapes. You never know what fantastical phenomenon he will create next. Also, a master of unlikely combinations is Sugar Fueled - Michael Banks who paints graphic big-eyed animals with sweets and sugar for a result that is all at once innocent and melancholy. Cute, cuddly, and a bit somber, this artist is able to put a painstaking amount of detail on even the smallest of surfaces. Yet, even just a glance at his work succeeds in tempting any sweet tooth and leaves smiles on faces.
It is always astonishing to see how different artists can create such diverse work, especially when creating on a similar smaller scale. This is just one reason why Happy Collect is such an exciting opportunity for both artists and collectors to experience the fun side of art that lets imagination truly run wild. Come be inspired and see exceptional work by both emerging and established artists. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, July 9th, and happy collecting!
The reception is open to the public and on view until August 9th, 2016. For purchase inquiries, or to request a VIP preview link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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