Verses From The Abstract
April 8 - May 7, 2023
Please join us for the Artist Reception on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 6 to 9PM.
Verses From The Abstract showcases work that is non-representational yet tells its story with color and shape. Lines, curves, and contrasting or complementary hues commingle to evoke emotions, while subtle gradations create depth and movement. Chad Hasegawa, Evan Venegas, and St. Monci — each with many years of experience developing their craft — present an exhibition of visual compositions that harken Kandinsky’s theory that color, like music, influences the soul.
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.
St. Monci meanders through the purely gestural and technical applications of abstraction, utilizing his training in street and studio art to create compositions that address perception and matter. He explores the most fundamental elements of art and design, in color and form, and how they relate to each other and the viewer. Dynamic matrices of architectural and graphic elements evoke a visceral reaction to otherwise static elements of flat shapes. St. Monci was born in the United States and raised in Puerto Rico. He returned to earn his BFA and MA at New York State University Oswego and is now based in El Paso TX.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Chad Hasegawa became enthralled with graffiti and the art of the Mission School. He moved to San Francisco in 2000, received a BFA in advertising from the Academy of Art University, and worked for top agencies before deciding to concentrate on creating art. He paints murals on the streets and canvases for both commercial and non-profit gallery exhibitions.