Opening Reception on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 6 to 9PM.
August 2, 2014 - September 1, 2014
A group show of New York artists curated by Evan Venegas, including NY-raised, SF-based Gianluca Franzese alongside Venegas, gilf!, John Breiner, Lori Nelson, Millie Benson, and Peter Daverington.
Distortion examines the concept that all imagery is distorted because it is filtered through a person's psyche. Interpretations of these images are manufactured by not only what's presently in front of you, but also past experiences and future desires.
All of the artists in Distortion reveal this process in their work. Ideas, socialization, nature, and technology are the subjects they address. However they each recognize, embrace, and render the individuality of their experience.
Lori Nelson is a Utahn who has lived in New York for a decade. She is influenced by the spirit of self-sufficiency and the homemaking of her Mormon upbringing. She believes that refuse is relic, and that the human story is written in garbage.
Peter Daverington completed an MFA at the Victorian College of the Arts, Australia in 2006. He has showed in galleries extensively, including twelve solo exhibitions, and has been commissioned to paint public murals in Argentina, Australia, China, Egypt, Germany, Guatemala and Turkey. The recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards, he has lived New York since 2011.
gilf! is one of NYC's most recognized and provocative female street artists. She focuses on creating bold typographic public works that inspire thoughtfulness, while simultaneously motivating progressive change within communities. Since receiving her bachelor's degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin Madison, she has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the US and abroad.
John Breiner is a New York native with a love for the ephemeral surface of the state. Rooted deeply in both nature and the city's environment, he chooses found surfaces for his artwork, such as discarded paper and books, as they provide him with a starting point of inspiration. By employing a variety of techniques including illustration and printmaking, he blends the fragile and used surfaces with his own marks as a testament to his own experience. He lives and works in the Hudson Valley Region.
Millie Benson is a New York-based artist from Cleveland Ohio with a BA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MA from Hunter College. Her work combines fantastical geometry and a surprising color palette in order to mirror her own processing of information. She seeks to satisfy her own curiosity through repetition and deviation, producing paintings whose structures achieve nearly organic patterns of growth.
As a New York-based artist, Evan Venegas uses imagery that is loosely based on the urban, industrial landscape that surrounds him. His creative process is rooted in the recognizable world but expressed by abstract shapes and vibrant colors. He seeks to create an experience that inspires a change in perception for the viewer.
Venegas began painting with oils at a young age, and started developing his technique, of realistic rendering of imaginary objects, in his early teens. Born and raised in Queens, New York, he began his art education at Parsons School of Design, then moved to San Francisco to complete a BFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. He returned to New York in 2000.
Gianluca Franzese was born in Italy and raised in New York, where he studied painting at Pratt Institute before transferring to the Florence Academy of Art to learn the skill and technique of the Old Masters. After a few moves back and forth between the United States and Italy, he has settled in San Francisco to pursue art.