October 26, 2019 - December 6, 2019
Artspace Warehouse is pleased to announce, Where the End Begins, featuring artists Sean Keith, Sgarra, Marco Pittori, and artist new to the gallery, Domonique Brown. This exhibition presents paintings and street art interventions to examine prolific lives, revealing critical aspects of the artists, formal, conceptual and collaborative developments from the beginning of their careers. Spanning the worlds of graffiti, pop art, and consumer culture, the bodies of work are highly charged, each conveying their underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our present and past times, as well as the different abilities of each artist.
Sean Keith has primarily looked to and appropriated from pop-culture animations and vintage comics (including The Jetsons, Pink Panther, and Bugs Bunny) to form a unique artistic vocabulary for his paintings. Keith’s contemporary interpretation of pop art and hard-edge paintings with similarities to popular cartoon figures like Mickey Mouse and SpongeBob are examples of his exploration of humanity. The background of his works with words and context emphasizes the themes he explores in his work: money, wealth, power and their ultimate effect on society.
French artist, Robert Sgarra, discovered painting at the age of 13 years. Self-taught, he is influenced by the great masters of art. Sgarra’s puzzle piece shaped paintings have amicable names—The Third Wheel, Down to Party, Money Can’t Buy My Love—and express and provoke an array of human emotions, from sad, overwhelmed, satirical, and weary, to shy. They reflect feelings and situations we can empathize with in presentations that are balanced with humor, heartening in their cartoon aesthetic.
Marco Pittori mastered his work in stone, gravure, screen, and letterpress at the School of Design in Aarau. Pittori pays homage to the mesmerizing images of Brad Elterman and the mythic culture of 1970’s Hollywood. Pittori states of Elterman’s photos, “Brad’s photos provide a rare, often glimpse into a rock and roll history where it seems Brad is always at the right place at the right time, camera-ready.”
Contemporary pop artist, Domonique Brown, drew inspiration for her work from a former teacher who stated “people are made of various colors. They are not simply a shade of brown…” as she shaped her work to be a mixture fusion of pop art and expressionism, constructing the famous aspects of her subjects ranging from anonymous figures to pop culture icons, real and fictional. The theme of Brown's work explores the concept of racial identity and equality in the art world today.
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