THE TALE OF TWO LEGS STANDING
Opening: Sat, April 14, 7 PM - 10 PM
Exhibition: April 14 - May 17, 2012
For as far back as we can remember, humans have been fascinated by the idea of animals interacting in a human world. In Greek mythology, the half horse, half human creature, "centaur", appeared often in both literature and art. In George Orwell's 1945 metaphorical novel "Animal Farm", the protagonists were played by farm animals. Human and animal relationships for many centuries have been portrayed in many ways through various forms of media and very often, animals and human become the subject of many writers, painters and scholars.
Flower Pepper Gallery & Bookstore is excited to announce that the upcoming exhibition "The Tale of Two Legs Standing" is just a few days around the corner. Six emerging/established artists from around LA/OC area will share their animalistic experience through their arts with us. The opening reception will take place at 7pm, Saturday April 14th. We hope you can join us!
Joerael Elliott - Born in San Angelo Texas Joerael Elliott is a narrative artist. His works range from small scale drawings to large murals. Joerael has developed his visual and conceptual vocabulary from his experiences growing up in the Southwest United States. Joerael currently lives and works in Pasadena California. Elliott's intention as an artist is to create works that cultivate empathy and compassion through symbolism and the creative unconscious.
Yevgeniya Mikhailik - Yevgeniya Mikhailik's work deals with human experiences portrayed through animals and the relationships that arise from interactions with nature and other species. Within the narratives, she ties in themes from Russian folklore and draws on nostalgia and her own experiences growing up among time-worn architecture, forests and rural landscapes. She was born in Tomsk, Russia in 1987. Click here to see Artist's interview with Hi-Fructose.
Yejin Oh - Yejin Oh is an illustrator who immigrated from Seoul, Korea to Los Angeles at the age of 19. Having been immersed in both the busy city life of Seoul and the natural and spacious beauty of the LA suburbs, she finds inspirations for her artwork from these two very different living environments. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA with a BFA in Illustration in 2011, she is pursuing work as a freelance illustrator and artist.
Shanghee Shin - Shangee Shin was born in South Korea. Unfortunately, Shanghee's father passed away when she was just the young age of 3. Because the family lost him, her mother had to work for a living, so Shanghee spent a lot of time with her sister. Since their mother majored in fine art, the two girls grew up loving to draw as well. When she was 10 years old, Shanghee got a new stepfather, a pastor and very honest man, and stepbrother. They moved to an abbey in the heart of the mountains. She began to spend a lot of time with nature and was inspired. When her big sister, also her best friend, went away to boarding school, Shanghee began to draw paper dolls for herself, like she had watched her sister do when she was younger. When it was time to go to high school, she decided to go to an art specialized high school. She learned a lot of valuable skills. After graduating from high school, her father got a job in the United States. She and her parents made the move to the US. Her mother encouraged her to apply to Art Center College of Design and she graduated in 2011. She loves painting, drawing, silkscreen, sculpting, laser cutting and sewing. From Shanghee's Animamaly series, you will find stories of animals and human civilization without human being. They have the social ladder in their own way, and they act like humans, or sometimes they just tuck in everywhere. Shanghee's world of animamaly was built in September 2010. You will also find her new 2012 series at our gallery, "With More Yum", it is a new story of Animamaly with more brightness and happiness.
Casey Weldon - Casey Weldon was born in Southern California, where he spent the majority of his life up to his graduation from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After a brief time running his own studio in Las Vegas, Nevada, He relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where he lives and works as an illustrator and fine artist. By using to the iconography of today and yesterday's popular culture, his work aims to awaken a feelings of nostalgia within the viewer, though often along with a sense humor, melancholy, and longing for times lost.