“We Find Our Way” ~ Fall Group Show

Works by Michael Mapes, Brandon McLean, Ray Sell, Andy Pawlan, Paul Romano, Dennis Lee Mitchell, Kevin Hebb, Bryn Perrott, Kristen Ferrell.

Art Exhibition previously on at Parlor Gallery in United States.
From Saturday 15 September 2012 to Monday 15 October 2012

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Michael Mapes
Born in Fort Knox, Kentucky and later moved to Illinois. Painted his first portrait (family) at age three on non-archival paper. Remembers his first family vacation as watching jets take off and land at St. Louis airport. At age seventeen, decided not to study art at Rhode Island School of Design. Formally educated as a graphic designer from the University of Illinois. Worked in Chicago and New York in design offices, though not as a designer, before leaving to contemplate in Chapel Hill, NC and Urbana, IL. Formed the business MINC, a product development company, selling to retail stores, direct mail catalogues and museum gift shops. Obtained an MFA and chose not to pursue teaching. Created a range of products over twenty years including t-shirts printed with guides to bird droppings and red wine stains, selling hundreds of thousands of shirts. Created the products for The Brooklyn Museum show “Sensation” and shortly thereafter, stopped making gift products. Worked in video, producing the three-minute-talk-show, The Corn Mo Show. First and last work in film, producing and editing first feature (for the head writer of “Two and a Half Men” and creator of “Mike and Molly”). Returned to the studio and art in 2005 and began producing the “specimen collections”. Lives in Croton Falls, New York with a pleasant view of hills and the train.

Scott Albrecht
Born in 1983 in New Brunswick, NJ, and raised in a small town called Bethlehem Township, NJ, Scott Albrecht is an artist/designer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of The Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2003, his work has been exhibited and published Internationally. In 2006, he co-founded the collective blog PROCESS, a site focused on the creative process of artists and creative individuals. A self-taught woodworker with a passion for hand-drawn typography, Albrecht utilizes classic techniques with contemporary style. Much like the organic line elements of rendering type by hand, Albrecht has found joy in the imperfections that are his own.

Brandon McLean
Brandon McLean started making art after a blood clot bombarded the right side of his brain, resulting in a stroke back in May of 2000. A young man, a son, thinker, artist, covert achiever who is happy with his imaginary worlds, and minimal responsibilities, but feels the pressures of an objectionable world and the impossibilities of living up to what his father was. So he makes things up; a de-personalization from today.
More than anything I aim to not take art that seriously, instead I intend to take the process into the unknown. Emerging myself in the mysterious bits of the art pieces and the characters they portray. Embarking on these so-called character excursions, collecting odd remnants of lives, the heroes you never knew, and the ghosts they became. There is much to discover in mystery, and in looking at these faces you can’t help but be really, really curious about them.
This also allows for the viewer to develop their own conclusions and questions into the images, and an on-going dialogue can occur. Often times the story that emerges from the viewers mind far exceeds my own, or perhaps even that of the actual person. It’s good to pretend sometimes.
Art is very much the best place for me to work out and explore my often time weird and quirky observations of this world.
I am definitely more interested in setting up a space, and environment, than say individual pieces spaced out proportionally on a wall. I feel the surrounding pieces feed off one another, enriching the over-all feel of the installation. Not intent on selling everything, but more intent on collecting and hauling in randomness to compliment the space.
I am always looking for future opportunities in the art making process. Anything from installations, to mural pieces, or small art works they are all a step to advance the journey. I would love the opportunity to set up something in your place of business, gallery, home, restaurant, bar, tree fort; wherever. I also partake in some computer based design work, from clothing design, board sport graphics, film and video work, and whatever else the day brings.

Ray Sell
“Television is not the truth. Television is a goddamned amusement park.”
- Howard Beale from the film Network, 1976
If you’re of an age that can remember a time before the constant bombardment of news and celebrity culture, this quote attacking the role of media may hold a palpable significance. In only the last few years with the rise of gossip rags and television shows dedicated to Tinseltown’s elite, high-speed internet updates every few seconds gathering news from the far reaches of the world, and the truly meta-physical: blogs about blogging; a constant stream of information, at the same time relevant and grossly redundant, is suffocating our society under the pillow of subliminal messaging and “organic” advertising.
The work of Ray Sell attempts to simultaneously dissect the messaging and provide commentary on this phenomenon, particularly focusing on its impact on the development of the male archetype. Taking images and magazine clippings from a vast swath of media over the last 60 years, Mr. Sell is determined to create a forum for self-reflection and debate, and question the very ethos by which our culture rears its male brood. By capturing and re-appropriating images of motorcycles and muscle cars, nude women and fierce beasts, cowboys and Indians – Mr. Sell has created a different message with his assemblage of fantastic collage arrangement, vivid colors and these poignant relics from media of days past. By removing the images from their original environs, he has stripped them of their intended meaning and given them his own voice.
Often whimsical and rarely intended to elicit political response, Mr. Sell’s electric, colorful work provides its viewers with an opportunity to really look at what’s being transmitted through imagery and decide how they themselves will respond.
Ray Sell received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Ray’s artwork has been displayed in New York, Miami, Asbury Park and Ireland. He has received critical acclaim from New York Magazine’s July 2009 issue, the July issue of L Magazine, June 2008 issue of ArtCards, the 2008 preview for the Miami Basel shows in Forbes Magazine and the Dec 2007 Art Basel Review in the Economist

Andy Pawlan
“I have been creating sculpture, art furniture, and fiber art for over thirty years. Irony and whimsy dominate my art. Resurfacing found objects is a way for me to express dichotomies like inner meaning versus outer meaning, façade versus core, child-play versus grown-up despair. The objects are chosen for their relationship to our present culture and their sculptural interest, positive and negative spatial relationships, and scale. Using glass seed beads that are both translucent and iridescent accentuates the play of light on the object and gives one the richness one finds in tapestries and mosaics. Gluing one bead at a time on an object satisfies my obsessive nature and gives each piece a power. The patterning and color relationships are mostly derived from nature, particularly felines, reptiles and insects.”

Paul Romano
Paul Romano is a fine artist and designer living and working in Philadelphia. He grew up in the very same city and studied at the University of the Arts and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
He began his professional career in the early 90s as an in-house illustrator and designer creating educational software for children. As technology boomed, myriad options fell before him: random illustration work, creating a successful line of greeting cards, web design, and partnership in a small branding and design firm. While commercial design was lucrative, a void was left in the expression of Romano’s background in, and love of, fine art.
In 2000 he switched gears to pursue a client base that would marry his recent education in brand design with his long time adoration of fine art. This pursuit led Romano to the music industry. His work concentrates on the visual identity of the band from the album art to merchandise and staging: a complete package extensively researched and thought out to cross media and maintain an integrity as it falls far from his own hands.
Recently Romano set out on an ambitious year long project, of producing 1000 works at 10”x10”. Romano describes the project as both and exercise and exorcise – through mediums and of ideas. The goal is to come out the other side of the project with a better understanding of his personal aesthetic as well as the questions he asks himself about of the role of art.

Dennis Lee Mitchell
By chance, one day I tried using smoke on a nearby sheet of paper and found the resulting image of great interest. It is at this point that I realized the expressive potential of these carbon drawings on clay and paper.
Carbon is both essential for life and the essence of the
ephemeral. It is the perfect metaphor for the human condition. In my work, it is the result of heat transforming material. As such, the result could be thought of as a secular incarnation. The resulting image transcribing human form captured on paper.

Kevin Hebb
“In written form, words can trigger the entire spectrum of human emotions. From the simplest “Stephanie gives good head” bathroom graffiti to the overexposed “HOPE”, words are still the most direct way to communicate a thought. Words are pretty great, I think I’m going to paint them for a while. ”

Bryn Perrott
Bryn Perrott lives and works in Morgantown, West Virginia. Bryn received her BFA in Printmaking from West Virginia University and has been making wood carvings for 15 years.

Kristen Ferrell
Duality is the major theme of Kristen Ferrell’s work. The conflicting imagery of beauty vs. grotesque; innocence and rage; id vs. superego. Being raised in a quiet, God-fearing Kansas home, and being plagued with constant violent rebellious tendencies forced her to express internal conflicts through artistic outlets. Influenced by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Goya, and Hieronymus Bosch, she voices her confusion with human behavior through classical symbolism, but in modern terms. Using the classical meaning behind the objects and animals represented in her work, she relays her reactions and observations to incidences in her own life – such as motherhood, neurosis, divorce, distrust, and the confusion that presents itself when dealing with others.
Kristen currently resides in Southern California with her husband and son. In addition to her artwork and gallery shows, she is the sole owner and operator of Kristen Ferrell Clothing & Accessories- a clothing line based on her artwork and illustrations.