FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Art Foundry presents
Tell Them Stories
Oct 10-Nov 10, 2014
Opening Reception Oct 10, 6-10pm
Panel Discussion 4-6pm
“Tell them stories. They need the truth, you must tell them true stories, and everything will be well, just tell them stories.”
– Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
Stories are powerful. Through stories we connect with places, with objects, and with one another. Stories foster love and breed hate; they give us new experiences, and allow us to relive old ones; they exist in every act we are proud of, and in every act we regret. Stories have made us what we are.
It was through stories that art began. The primal narratives we painted on the walls of caves evolved into hieroglyphs and pictographs; the prism of time and culture shattered storytelling into African art, Indian art, the art of the Americas, the art of the Renaissance, and countless others – all part of what we today call Art. But our love for stories never left.
In the hands of a skilled artist, a story is more than a record – it is the very spirit of a place, of a time, and of the storyteller herself. In recent history, such storytellers worked under many different labels – illustrators, comic book artists, fine artists. They matured on their own, achieved their own heights, and, ultimately, grew apart. But, as families do, they are now rediscovering each other. This rediscovery is what drives our exhibition: it is our hope to play a role in reassembling the various storytelling disciplines, to reunite their strengths, and to remind the viewer of the oldest and most fundamental of pleasures art can offer. We invite you, the narrative artist, to be part of our show.
Curated by Tun Myaing and Marshall Jones, “Tell Them Stories” will gather the work of narrative painters and draftsmen from various genres and professions. The work ranges between the probing silence of John Jacobsmeyer, the alarming starkness of Tony Dimauro, the deadpan playfulness of Peter Drake, the subtle glamour of Dorian Vallejo, the unabashed and passionate narrative of Gus Storms, and many others. On Oct 10th we will come together at Art Foundry to celebrate storytelling, and to take part in reaffirming the power of narrative in Art.
The show will begin at 6pm, and will exhibit the works of ten artists. Of those ten, three will be comic book artists, three will be fine artists, and four will be illustrators. Prior to the show there will be a two-hour moderated panel discussion addressing the differences and similarities between fine art, illustration and comic book art.
Art Foundry is an emerging art gallery located on 23rd street on the east side of Manhattan. It is a project space for artists striving towards unity among visual thinkers, the empowerment of conversation, and the dominance of creativity over the market. Tun Myaing, the co-founder of the space, is an academically trained painter and curator dedicated to the many contemporary artists who share that goal.
310 East 23rd Street, No. 12F
New York, NY 10010
Living Things Gallery
In 2007 I began to replicate my childhood toys in plaster, the white forms then seemed to me akin to archaic sculptures. The casting or replication process created a certain level of remove, rendering the forms universal rather than individual icons. But at the same time, I felt a greater intimacy between the subjects and myself. These objects I then used as maquettes for paintings: inserting them into landscapes both real and imagined.
The process of creating the interaction between the sculptures and landscapes has elicited unimagined elements and surprises. Sometimes the sculptural element is envisioned first and then I must find it’s location, at other times the opposite occurs, with the landscape initiating the object.
The images I have created also take inspiration from my fascination with with monolithic icons of antiquity: such as the enormous heads erected by the Olmec (their culture now extinct these giant heads left behind in the landscape, almost like boulders remaining centuries after a glacier has passed, seem odd, out of place, even magical: the objects of mythic rites or even other worlds). These icons make me question the place of the icon in contemporary culture and wonder at what will be the relic of our lives once we too have disappeared.
In the works where I am incorporating the cast or sculpted elements into paintings of contemporary American landscapes, they too seem like ruins or monoliths, and become archeological evidence of a society with questionable substance to leave behind.
And although many of these works are devoid of human forms, there is sometimes the evidence of their passing: seemingly inhabited ruins depict post-apocalyptic scenes where the individual in residence is patching together a life, patching together the traces of the past; making the most of what is left and finding solace and perhaps even joy within the aftermath.
Guno Park works and lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is originally from Korea and spent most of his life in Toronto, Canada.
“I’m exploring my cognitive architecture as landscapes. Recalling childhood dreams and places I used to live, I’m using scratch boards as a medium to revisit an old past time and to reveal whats occupying my mind currently.” ~ Guno Park
Maya Brodsky was born in Belarus and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, Maya received Bachelors degrees in painting and philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008 before attending the Academy. Her paintings are inspired by notions concerning the connection between past and present and how one’s memory of the past is formed and changed visually. She hopes to allow viewers a glimpse into her personal vision and depict that which she considers ephemeral and therefore precious. By depicting the specific form of her personal experience, she hopes to protect it from the obscuring effects of time, as well as to imply the existence of something that transcends the particular forms of her subjective reality.