Friday, November 22, 2013

Belated Beyond Eden

Far overdue, but better late than never! Here's a quick walkthrough of October's Beyond Eden Art Fair in Los Angeles with Hashimoto Contemporary. The fair was a blast, and included artists from Hashimoto ContemporaryThinkspace GalleryCopro Gallery and C.A.V.E Gallery

Blue with a Bicycle | 60x65in | Charcoal and Graphite on Paper | 2013

Blue is one of the most present members in the social fabric that makes up my neighborhood. Always cruising around the block on his chosen mode of transportation, the 6th and Mission mainstay is a delightful combination of gruff and humor-filled. I met Blue through the talented artist Hugh Leeman, who recently showed an interactive mural work that Blue participated in. Blue and Sam's tent, (below) was a part of the exhibition and gift from Hugh after the exhibit. 

Sam in a Tent | 60x80in | Charcoal and Graphite on Paper | 2013

Sam, Blue's partner, balances Blue's gruffness with a quiet calm. During the initial photo-shoot while Blue danced around swinging his bicycle chain and grinning his ears off, Sam watched quietly with a patient smile. My goal with this diptych was to capture the dynamic interplay between the two. 

Clarissa, Sleeping | 18x24in | Charcoal and Graphite on Paper | 2013

Bernard, Sitting | 16x24in | Charcoal and Graphite on Paper | 2013

For the show I also created two smaller-scale pieces continuing the same series as Sam and Blue. The series, titled Home, is an ongoing exploration of the way Homeless individuals use objects to retain a sense of ownership of their spaces. Feel free to read the full series statement here.