“While We Were Away” Artist Introductions – Poesia

Experiments in Abstract Wildstyle, 2011, Image courtesy of Poesia

While We Were Away, a group show curated by Tova Lobatz, focuses on the intersection of the creation of art and the travels involved with it. Featured artists include Amanda MarieChanoirHow & NosmHebru BrantleyJaybo MonkJulio PardoMiss VanPoesiaSten Lex, and Vhils. Each artist was asked to send along some of their personal memorabilia from travels to be displayed alongside their artwork in order to provide an insiders look into how travel has shaped their perspective and influenced their work directly. Each day leading up to the opening – Saturday January 19th, 2013, 6-9 PM at 941 Geary – we will introduce you to participating artists and give you a glimpse into their personal travel experiences. First up is local artist Poesia!

“While We Were Away,” A Group Show Curated by Tova Lobatz
Opening Reception – Saturday, January 19th, 6-9 PM
On view through March 2nd, 2013
@ 941 Geary (www.941geary.com)
941 Geary Street, San Francisco CA 94109

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While We Were Away: A Group Show Curated by Tova Lobatz

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941 Geary Presents:

While We Were Away
A Group Show Curated by Tova Lobatz

941 Geary is pleased to present While We Were Away. Curated by gallery director Tova Lobatz and composed entirely of artists Lobatz has become aware of while traveling, While We Were Away focuses on the intersection of the creation of art and the travels involved with it. Featuring work from Miss Van (France), Amanda Marie (US), How and Nosm (Germany), Poesia (US), Sten Lex (Italy), Vhils (Portugal), Jaybo Monk (France), Hebru Brantley (US), Julio Pardo (Spain), and Chanoir (Columbia), the exhibit will open Saturday, January 19th from 6-9pm and will run until March 2nd, 2013.

The contemporary art market has become increasingly borderless as artists across the globe gain recognition, and with it, opportunities to bring their work far from their own hometowns. This has changed not just the role and impact of art, but the individuals behind it who have the chance to incorporate a wider scope of influences into their artistic framework.

In 2009, TATE curator Nicolas Bourriaud proposed a hypothetical end of postmodernism and introduced a new period with his exhibition Altermodernity. The opening of Bourriaud’s manifesto reads, “A new modernity is emerging, reconfigured to an age of globalization – understood in its economic, political and cultural aspects: an altermodern culture. Increased communication, travel and migration are affecting the way we live. Our daily lives consist of journeys in a chaotic and teeming universe.” This passage speaks to the development that inspired While We Were Away, but Lobatz’ fascination is with the indelible way these experiences of traveling, in countries not your own, places outside one’s comfortable routine or familiar language, inspire artists’ identity and creative drive. Frequent travel presents a new context to view the world in and a myriad of inspiration, but it also requires the sacrifice of consistency, and can stand in the way of personal relationships. It is all these complications that Lobatz has asked the artists for While We Were Away to give us a glimpse into.

The artists featured- Miss Van, Amanda Marie, How and Nosm, Poesia, Sten Lex, Vhils, Jaybo Monk, Hebru Brantley, Julio Pardo, and Chanoir- display the vast talent that can be seen in cities around the world today, from pioneering street art in Toulouse to photography in Barcelona. With an engaging installation of personal memorabilia collected from every participant, Lobatz asks viewers to reflect on how travel has shaped the process and perspective of each chosen artist, and seeks to establish a new precedence of candor in artist exhibitions.

Artist Bios:

How and Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre) are identical twin brothers known for their large scale graffiti based murals that adorn city walls around the world. The red, black, and white-based imagery is instantly recognizable, and can be found in South America, Europe, Asia, or cities around the U.S.

Born in 1976, Poesia is a self-taught San Francisco Bay Area artist. During his early years as a graffiti writer at the turn of the nineties, he was recognized for his experimental Wildstyle pieces and continued on as one of the pioneering practitioners of what became known as Abstract Graffiti.

Chanoir (Alberto Vejarano) born, 1976 (Bogota, Colombia) graduated from the Fine Art of Paris at Jean-Michel Aberola studio in 2002, six years after getting into graffiti. The artist currently lives and works in Paris and his work has been shown in Paris, Barcelona, Bogota, Miami, San Juan, and Beijing

Toulouse native and current Barcelona resident, Miss Van started wall-painting in the streets at the age of 18, initiating the feminine movement in street art. She is now exhibiting all around the world from NY to LA, Europe (France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, UK), and Asia.

Sten (born 1982, Rome) and Lex (born 1982, Taranto), are Italian street artists that are considered some of the pioneers of Stencil Graffiti. They began in the early 2000′s, before any notable stencil culture had reached Italy, and now have work in major international cities such as London, Barcelona and New York.

Hebru Brantley, lives and works in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. With an affinity for visual art that began in childhood and a degree in film, Brantley has been inspired by science fiction, comic heroes, Black Folk art and Japanese anime. A transition from graffiti to canvas has resulted in Brantley’s use of a vast array of mediums, from found objects and spray paint to coffee and tea.

Vhils, born 1987, Portugal, is a graffiti/street artist named Alexandre Farto, living and working in London and Lisbon. Using a technique of deconstruction uniquely his own, which can call for hammers, jackhammers or even explosives, the artist brings immense portraits to walls and billboards that cannot be easily forgotten. Vhils has had solo shows in Lisbon, London, Paris and Shanghai.

An American painter and Stencilist, Amanda Marie Ploegsma has been living and painting in Colorado since 2001. She attended the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and has exhibited extensively the US and Europe. Influenced by ‘Golden Era’ children’s illustration, Amanda Marie brings a playful and charming wit to her pieces, incorporating a variety of mediums, including acrylic & spray paint, wheat paste, hand-cut stencils and vintage sewing patterns.

Julio Pardo, born 1982, is a Barcelona- based photographer. Pardo’s work allows a glimpse into the wild abandon of a youth spent travelling. Infused with haphazard beauty and a raw freedom, Pardo has exhibited in LA, New York and Barcelona and his ‘zines have become a favorite among the fashion set.

Jaybo Monk left his home in the south of France at a very young age and moved to Kreutzberg, Berlin in the early Eighties. He became a graffiti writer, street actor and hip-hop musician. Since then, he has been exploring the creative world in every direction, founding a street wear company as well as a culture magazine, before embracing the canvas. Jaybo is a member of the Agents of Change with Kofie, Derm, Remi Rough and many more.

Established in 2010 in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, 941 Geary is an innovative exhibition space housed in a 3,000 square foot converted warehouse. 941 Geary highlights the works of internationally recognized contemporary artists and provides them with a space in which to activate the projects, installations, and exhibitions that push the boundaries of their own creative practice. Building on the success of White Walls and Shooting Gallery, curator Justin Giarla dedicates this exhibition space as a gift to San Francisco, offering its programming to the local and global arts venue as a way to engage in a cross-cultural dialogue and present 941Geary as the flagship gallery of the Urban Contemporary genre.

Media Opportunities:
Interview with artists Miss Van, Amanda Marie, How and Nosm, Poesia, Sten Lex, Vhils, Jaybo Monk, Hebru Brantley, Julio Pardo, and Chanoir
Interview with curator Tova Lobatz
High-resolution images available upon request

Event Information:
While We Were Away
A Group Show Curated by Tova Lobatz
Opening Reception: January 19th, 2013.
On View Through March 2nd, 2013

Apex’s Reflected Now Up at 941 Geary until January 12th (Fecal Face)

SF based online art magazine Fecal Face attended the opening reception of Apex‘s current show Reflected, which consists of several large scale symmetrical paintings, small sketches on transparencies, and a massive wall mural. Rachel Ralph caught some photos of the party that was going off all night with Apex followers filling the gallery from start to finish.  The show is now open at 941 Geary, and has been extended to stay open until January 12th, so come check it out before it closes; This is definitely a piece of San Francisco street history you do not want to miss. See the full post here.

More photos of the opening after the jump!

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Street Artist APEX (SF Weekly)

Jonathan Curiel of SF Weekly recently interviewed San Francisco street artist, APEX, whose solo exhibit “REFLECTED” is now on view at 941 Geary through January 5, 2013. The artist touches on the twenty years he’s been in the game, his mural at Haight & Masonic, and the future of San Francisco street art:

“REFLECTED,” New Installation & Paintings by APEX
November 17, 2012 – January 05, 2013 at 941 Geary
Tuesday – Saturday, 12-5 PM

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JDOTCOLOMBO spent time with local legend APEX as he prepared works for his solo show REFLECTED at 941 Geary, capturing the artist in studio, during installation, on through to the opening reception. These behind-the-scenes moments capture the artist’s process and showcase his talent with the spray can as he explores the beauty of symmetry in nature and in design.

REFLECTED, New Installation & Paintings by APEX
On view through January 05, 2013
@ 941 Geary

Special thank you to MTN Colors and Hennessy

Video Interview- APEX (Senses Lost)

Earlier this year, the website Senses Lost posted this video interview of APEX in the MTN Colors compound during last year’s Miami Art Basel. In the interview, APEX reveals some of his techniques in making large scale murals, as well as his appreciation in working alongside other artists in the creative atmosphere fostered by the art festival. APEX’s exhibition Reflected is currently showing at 941 Geary through January 5, 2013.

The crew from White Walls, Shooting Gallery and 941 Geary are in Miami now for the 2012 Scope Art Fair. The fair has nearly doubled in size since last year, and we are representing a number of artists such as Augustine Kofie, Herakut, Ferris Plock, Casey Gray, C215, Logan Hicks, Peter Gronquist, and Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman.

If you are in Miami, come and visit us!

We will be in booth B05 at the Scope Art Fair:
110 N.E. 36 St.
at Midtown Blvd.

Wednesday-Saturday from 11 AM – 7 PM, and Sunday from 11 AM – 5 PM.

“All Reflected” (SF Bay Guardian)

San Francisco Bay Guardian‘s Caitlin Donohue recently spoke with Apex about his current show “Reflected” at 941 Geary. The San Francisco native discusses the show’s influences from the street art world and how he formed the concept behind informing his current body of work.  Although his life is undergoing some major changes recently, including an unavoidable move from his sixth street studio space, which was also home to a personally curated rooftop gallery, (slideshow here) to a foray in a brand new direction with his opening of brand new coffee shop Otis Cafe, Apex is an artist with the drive and focus to do it all in the midst of creating an epic solo show, and to do it well. Get to know the artist and his relation to the early San Francisco tagging scene, with this amazing and rather intimate video included in SFBG’s article and check out Reflected, at 941 Geary, before January 5th.

Reflected by APEX
On View Through January 5th, 2012
@ 941 Geary (www.941geary.com)
San Francisco, CA

Opening Night: APEX’s “REFLECTED” at 941 Geary

This past Saturday, 941 Geary hosted the opening for APEX‘s latest collection in his solo show REFLECTED. The whole space was transformed to accommodate his 10 large-scale canvasses and collection of miniature works.  A massive mural spanned the main wall, and geometric designs were painted on the floor in contrasting matte and shiny black colors. Specializing in a graphic typography known as wildstyle, APEX paints highly symmetrical, colorfield interpretations of classic graffiti forms. The evening was overflowing with Hennessy, as the famous cognac even sponsered the event! APEX’s exhibit will be showing through January 5, 2013. Make sure to stop by!

View more photos after the jump.
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Install Week: “REFLECTED”

Tomorrow night, APEX opens his latest solo exhibition, “REFLECTED,” at 941 Geary and we’ve captured a few shots of the installation in progress, which includes a large-scale mural utilizing one full gallery wall of the 3,000 square foot converted warehouse space.  This will be the San Francisco native’s second solo show with the White Walls group. Recognized internationally as a great letterform artist, APEX is known for his large scale studies of typography and in this show, the artist turns his attention to classical notions of balance and symmetry, as expressed in the Fibonacci Sequence and Pythagorean Theory.

Don’t miss what SF Weekly named as a top pick in their Fall Arts Guide 2012. Did we mention the show is sponsored by Hennessy, RSVP here! Show opens Saturday, November 17th, 6-9 pm at 941 Geary.

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