Archive for December, 2010

Constructions & Excavations

Sixpack Projects is proud to present CONSTRUCTIONS & EXCAVATIONS, an exhibition of painting and sculpture curated by Jeff Rau, highlighting recent bodies of work by artists Jonathan Anderson and Nathan Huff.


CONSTRUCTIONS & EXCAVATIONS
Jonathan Anderson and Nathan Huff

January 8 – February 5, 2011
curated by Jeff Rau

Sixpack Projects at Phantom Galleries Long Beach
170 N. Promenade, Long Beach
2hr free parking available at parking structure on 3rd Street

OPENING RECEPTION:
Saturday, January 8, 2011, 6-9pm
concurrent with Long Beach Downtown Art Walk
Constructions & Excavations: Jonathan Anderson and Nathan Huff

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
Sixpack Projects is proud to present CONSTRUCTIONS & EXCAVATIONS, an exhibition of painting and sculpture curated by Jeff Rau, highlighting recent bodies of work by artists Jonathan Anderson and Nathan Huff. Though differing somewhat in their choice of subject matter and conceptual approach, the work from these independent projects reveals overlapping concerns with the nature of language, representation, and memory.

Anderson’s bodies of work entitled “Constructions” and “Impasse” establish a consistent conceptual framework that uses the flat surfaces of painting to investigate tensions that exist in our understanding of both image and word. It is no small mystery that a flat panel should appear to occupy a deep space–the flat abstract arrangement of paint on a surface evoking an experience of the sensible world–or likewise that written language which exists only in flat, abstract letter-forms should express emotion or speak to the infinite. Yet simultaneously, the painting and the text never forsake their flatness. Rather than propose solutions to this tension, Anderson constructs carefully rendered spaces with both physical and represented obstacles that prevent the viewer from ever fully entering the work, thus forcing the viewer to wrestle with these opposing forces of invitation and obstruction.

By contrast, Huff offers no impediment but invites us down the rabbit hole to revel in realized impossibilities. His series of “Absurd Excavations” fully invites the viewer to enter a new reality where objects and memories are transformed and re-imagined through paint and sculpture. Mining his own personal history and family folklore, Huff begins his work from a very real grounding and then embarks on a wholly original journey. This new narrative lacks a linear path, but proceeds in a series of intersecting tangents that refer back to both real and newly manufactured histories. This complex and playful process continues to inspire new revelations in the work while simultaneously challenging the veracity of the memories on which we ground them.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
JONATHAN ANDERSON produces oil paintings and is actively exhibiting, both locally and nationwide. He holds an M.F.A. from California State University Long Beach, receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award in Drawing & Painting. Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Art at Biola University, where he has been teaching since 2006. He currently lives and works in Long Beach, CA.

NATHAN HUFF produces oil paintings, drawings, and sculpture that create freewheeling narratives: personal stories of suspending gravity, traversing emotional vertigo, and sorting reservoirs of memories. He earned an MFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University Long Beach in 2010, a degree in art education from Azusa Pacific University and has also studied art in Italy, France, the UK, and Spain. His work has been collected throughout the west by universities, churches, and private collectors. He currently lives and works in Long Beach, CA.

GALLERY INFO:
Sixpack Projects at Phantom Galleries Long Beach is located at 170 N Promenade in downtown Long Beach at the corner of Broadway and Promenade. The exhibition will be on view, January 8 through February 5, 2011. Gallery admission is free. Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday evenings and by special appointment; regular hours are THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 4 – 7pm (there is 24/7 pedestrian viewing). To schedule a viewing contact Sixpack Projects at info@sixpackprojects.com, or for more information visit www.SixpackProjects.com and www.PhantomGalleriesLA.com. Also on Facebook at Facebook.com/SixpackProjects

Eric Leonard Jones & Kevin Stewart Magee

All apologies for not having this info up on the blog sooner, but this weekend will be your last chance to see our current show at the Long Beach gallery! We will be open on Thursday evening, and they may also be an informal gathering on New Year’s Eve. So if you plan to be in Long Beach, please stop by to see us! More info on our next exhibit will be coming soon.

Eric Leonard Jones & Kevin Stewart Magee
December 11, 2010 – January 2, 2011
curated by Sixpack Projects

Sixpack Projects at Phantom Galleries Long Beach
170 N. Promenade, Long Beach

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

SixPack Projects is pleased to present the work of large-scale painters Eric Jones and Kevin Stewart Magee. This collaboration reveals similarities between the two artists as well as their singularity. Jonesʼ breaks his subject into fragments creating a psychological portrait that both reveals and conceals; Stewart-Magee depicts his subjects holistically, imbuing them with a sense of spirituality and power. Through scale, color and style, Jones and Stewart-Magee offer two different approaches to the human condition.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
ERIC LEONARD JONES is a painter of note whose work has been featured in several area galleries,including Jeffery Crussell Fine Arts and the California State University, Fullerton, Art For Health exhibition. He is the recipient of a 2009 OC Art Grant. Publications and press include The BUZZ, the Orange County Register and the cover art for R.A.I.N.B.O.W. Arts Ensemble. Jones lives and works in Orange County.

KEVIN STEWART-MAGEE is a full-time muralist and fine artist living and working in Southern California. He creates grand scale work for private, commercial and municipal projects in both paint and tile. In addition Kevin is working hard to create a healthy and green studio and is available to share what he has learned with schools, organizations and artists.