Monday, September 27, 2010

New London Miles Gallery/Upper Playground show

Featuring Morning Breath, Ekundayo and Fernando Chamarelli

Opens Oct. 8th, running through Nov. 5th

From the press release:

"Considered one of America's finest creative studio's for innovative and influential design, Morning Breath, aka design duo Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto, have established themselves as torchbearers for the US counterculture with their work for the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age, Kanye West, TV on the Radio, Them Crooked Vultures and AFI to name but a few. Also enlisted by apparel giants Stussy, Vans, MTV and bleeding-edge label/art house Upper Playground, Morning Breath's work is fast becoming a totem of subcultural credibility within the hyper-commercialized industries of music and fashion.

Joining them, and fresh from his solo exhibition at Los Angeles Thinkspace Gallery this summer, Hawaii-born artist Ekundayo will be exhibiting his fiercely affecting artworks in the UK for the first time. Ploughing a distinctive furrow within the realms of the contemporary grotesque genre, Ekundayo's work combines both a subversive graffiti aesthetic with art-historical erudition to produce textured, transitory portraits full of movement and character using a combination of acrylics, gouache, watercolour, and ink - on occasion, literally carving his paintings from the viscous combination of these materials.

Our trio of new contemporary exponents is completed by the immensely talented Brazilian artist, illustrator, and graphic designer, Fernando Chamarelli; also showing for the first time here on UK soil. Explosively colourful and instantly recognisable for the seamless combination of organic forms with a modern, graphic sensibility, Chamarelli's intricate and finely detailed paintings, while instantly striking, reward even closer attention to detail, not least to the abundant iconography hidden within many of his pieces. The strong influence of Colombian indigenous art, ancient philosophy, and a general reverence for the natural world are all counterbalanced by the use of the many mazy, geometric patterns, harmoniously resolving the traditionalist/modernist binary. It is this combination of the ethereal with the empirical that affords such depth and intrigue to Chamarelli's timeless works. "

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