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POW! WOW! AT PARLOR GALLERY THROUGH OCTOBER 14

There is still time to see Parlor Gallery’s latest exhibit, Pow! Wow! which will be up until October 14th. Parlor Gallery is our area’s leading venue for low brow and alternative art. If you haven’t been there stop in and say hello. The gallery is located on the Cookman Ave Arts Bloc at 717 Cookman Ave. in Asbury Park. For more information visit www.parlor-gallery.com.

Here’s a look at the participating artists:

Adam Dare

Adam Dare is a passionate painter and graffiti writer in New York City. The NYC native grew up “bombing” trains & walls around the five boroughs.  Born in Flatbush Brooklyn, DARE was influenced by the halcyon days of the late 70’s and 80’s, a time of seismic movement in music, art and style. He blends the aesthetics of graffiti, hip-hop, punk rock and heavy metal while referencing the subcultures that now define pop culture. Through an emotive technique of mixed media and the use of negative stencils and dark subject matter, Adam Dare reveals his talent on the canvas and the city streets. He honors his craft and while continuing to grow within his community.

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Cat Cult

Based out of Los Angeles, Cat Cult is a collaborative group of artists that utilize a variety of mediums including illustration, printmaking, stencils, wheat paste, photography, painting, sewing, and graphic design.

Bill Barminski

Bill Barminski is a self-taught artist whose work extends across a broad range of mediums including painting, interactive media, music videos, graphic design and music. His resume includes a solo exhibition of paintings and drawings, unique projects such as the E3 booth design for Nokia Interactive, the billboard design for Absolut Vodka, designing gas masks based on cartoon characters, and directing and co-directing music videos for Baz Lurhamn, Gnarls Barkley, and Death Cab for Cutie to name a few. Recent video projects have been featured at the Sun Dance Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

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Jason Woodside

Jason Woodside is a New York based painter and attended the school of visual arts in NYC. Commissions and collaborations include Michel Roux and Romero Britto. Woodside has exhibited his art in Sydney, Miami, Los Angeles, and New York City.

Beat Up Creations by Angela Rossi

Angela Rossi, born and bred in Los Angeles, is the artist behind Beat Up Creations.  She is a self-taught, outsider artist that works with recycled, abused, broken and forgotten items creating altered antique plates, raw assemblage sculptures and mixed media portraits.

Johnny Taylor

Born on September 26, 1971, in Helena, Arkansas, Johnny Taylor grew up in and around Memphis. Early inspirations were MAD Magazine, Star Wars, and the rock band KISS—an art/film/music troika of influences that would remain consistent. When he entered school, Johnny drew variations of these subjects ad infinitum. This interest in drawing led to a job producing a weekly comic strip at age 10. Thus encouraged, the young cartoonist determined that he would always make art.

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Taylor began painting as a student at the University of Memphis (BFA, Art History, 1996). On New Year’s Eve of 1992, he made a resolution to paint three paintings a day, every day, for the entire year. By the end of 1993, Taylor had begun exhibiting the fruits of his labor. Showing paintings regularly ever since, he has not strayed far from the hard-edged cartoon style that marked his initial efforts. Primarily painted in acrylics, Taylor’s output has tapered somewhat from his earlier, dizzyingly prolific period.

Netherland

David “Netherland” van Alphen lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Though David’s family was from Holland, he was born in Toronto, and has been in Chicago for the last eight years. Being a child of the 70′s has influenced him greatly and is reflected in most of his work. Juxtaposing images, his color choices and the new modern context comes through his nostalgic imagery and helps to isolate and enhance them into a beautiful montage. David does not resize, photocopy or scan any of the images he uses. All images are cut directly from their original source and pieced together to keep each piece unique. He is also one of the founders and directors of Rotofugi Gallery.

Peter Gronquist

Born in 1979, Peter Gronquist is a visual artist living in Portland, Oregon. Gronquist attended the School of Visual Arts for two years, after which he completed his Bachelors of Art at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. Gronquist has exhibited in galleries across the West Coast and New York.

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Adam Gondek

Drawing predominately from the imagery and language of mass culture Adam Gondek employs various media and techniques including painting, drawing, printmaking and photography to create rich and complex pieces that investigate and re-contextualize the elements of the everyday.

His work has been shown in various galleries and exhibitions in the U.S. including a recent solo exhibition at The Mission Projects in Chicago, Illinois. Gondek studied studio arts at St. Louis University and received his BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

Scotty Albrecht

Born in 1983 in New Brunswick, NJ, and raised in a small town called Bethlehem Township, NJ, Scott Albrecht is an artist/designer currently based in Brooklyn, NY and a member of The Gowanus Studio Space. A graduate of The Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2003, his work has been exhibited and published Internationally. A self-taught woodworker with a passion for hand-drawn typography, Albrecht utilizes classic techniques with contemporary style. Much like the organic line elements of rendering type by hand, Albrecht has found joy in the imperfections that are his own.

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Bask

Bask is the moniker of Ales Bask Hostomsky, who along with his parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Florida and began to soak up America’s popular iconic imagery along with the sun. He quickly began to notice similarities between the communistic iconic propaganda from his youth and the consumer advertising of his teens. Bask soon discovered that they were simply, two sides of the same coin. Each vying for our short-lived attention spans, all the while selling us (or telling us?) anything and everything from Marxism to McDonalds. Seeking conspiracies and finding them embedded in the popular iconography of the mass media, Bask began painting bold, media critical broadsides to assuage his fear of being manipulated. A fear cultivated in a repressive regime, had now returned, but to the most unlikely and safest of places- The American living room.

The artist’s richly textural work imbue his “anti-iconic, ” sometimes satirical worldview with an undercurrent of dark emotion. His canvases are the city’s flotsam and jetsam of industrial and consumer decay. Combining his graphic skill with his trademark multi-layered applications, Bask builds up the surface only to break down the image. “My art is a type of deconstruction, ” says Bask, “I try to focus on the imperfection of things, rather then their unachievable perfection.”

Darren McManus

“I’m focused on the creation of a mythic cosmology developed through imagery culled from sacred, scientific and cultural systems. Rooted in a micro versus macro framework, my paintings contain both recognizable and idiosyncratic imagery that is manipulated and reconfigured, merging fact with fiction to create new relationships and meaning.

The lack of any visible trace of my hand (brushstrokes or surface flaws) and through extending the painted surface over all edges of the work naturally prompts the viewer to question the work and its creation. “Is this object or painting?”  “How is this made – by machine, through digital means or by hand?”  “How does the form influence the work’s content?”  This curiosity and introspection creates a dynamic between work and viewer prompted by the aesthetic (external) while leading to a meditative or contemplative dialogue (internal) concerning the beauty and mystery surrounding the spiritual and the sublime.

My creative process involves traditional methods (book research & sketching) and technological practices (graphic manipulation & creation via software) while the end results are painstakingly painted on beveled wood resulting in what appears to be a machined aesthetic. Although tedious and demanding, my creative process fosters introspec- tion that allows the abstract theories and concepts within to become experiential, offering personal insight to the possibilities of a world beyond the material plane. This journey offers endless questions and few concrete answers but it nonetheless provides a sense of purpose and security within a world in flux.

The Spiritus: Inhale / Exhale series investigates the ancient use of the word “spirit” as the emanation of forces from the soul – a life force or breath. As such, the circulation of the spiritus throughout the parts and members of the soul is analogous to the circulation of the blood through the veins and arteries of the physical body. These small, ornate mandalas are a symbolic reminder that every cycle of inhaling and exhaling is an exercise of the physical and spiritual body while possessing the possibility for transformation.

The small paintings that comprise the Cosmosis series are a direct result of my investigation into the imagery and pattern making of the Maori people and Aboriginal Australians merged with the ideas and scientific processes of both mitosis and meiosis. An experiment in aesthetic mutation, these small, petri-dish sized paintings are a further exploration into combining elements from a specific microcosm with those of a macrocosm of a seemingly distinct origin.” –Darren McManus

Victor Perez Maldonado aka VICO

Vico is a visual artist who is heavily influenced by images from popular culture.  Based on an adaptation of the lithography process, Vico creates his celebrity portraits by layering four colors of translucent drops on multiple panels of plexi-glass.  This creates the visual effect of one three-dimensional full color image.  Rather than referencing an existing portrait, Vico collages together multiple images, including illustrations as well as photographs of a contemporary figure in order to create his original work.

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