2ND ANNUAL 4%ERS GROUP EXHIBITION
OPENING RECEPTION | AUGUST 13TH AT 7PM
CURATED BY RACHEL RALPH
ALEXANDRA LEVASSEUR | ANDREA WAN |ANGELA FOX
ANNE HARRIS | BERYL FINE | ERIN RILEY
HANNAH YATA | ILEANA TEJADA | KATE KLINGBEIL
LAUREN YS | MARINA CAPDEVILA | MERYL PATAKY
NICOMI NIX TURNER | NOEL MORICAL | REBECCA MORGAN
SHERYO | STACEY ROZICH | WINNIE TRUONG
Press Release | 2016 brings us a new iteration of 4%ers, a group show which originated last year at FFDG in San Francisco, this time with a slightly wilder premise. Founded on principals such as exclusion and defiance, this year’s group seeks to express this boldness rather than stifle it internally.
Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician who established medicine as a science, originally coined the term hysteria to explain all maladies experienced by women, determining they must necessarily stem from the womb or uterus (hysteria). This was often expressed as a restless, wandering womb, creating disorder within the body and distress in the woman experiencing it. Instead of fitting properly in the dichotomous relation of mind and body, women experienced symptoms of both binary determinations and the “disease” became understood as a nervous disorder, but never became separated from the womb from which it supposedly stemmed. Because of it’s typical diagnosis due to bodily expressions such as gestures, motions, gaits, and non verbal utterances, hysteria is a necessarily physical disease and self-expression (often through the creation of art) alleviates the pain and numbness associated with it’s discomfort. Well, that and a genital massage from her physician, as it was also often attributed to sexual frustration.
Hysterical, right? While women may no longer be diagnosed as a hysteric when they experience any sort of medical symptom, this long-standing medical tradition shaped the way women are supposed to act, look, and express themselves physically, sexually, and artistically. This year, we reclaim the term, relish in the wild fantasies of our artists, and hopefully experience some extreme emotions ourselves.
SHOWING THROUGH | SEPTEMBER 2, 2016
CONTACT INFO@ATHENBGALLERY.COM TO BE ADDED
TO THE COLLECTORS PREVIEW
Alexandra Levasseur | Born in Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada in 1982 and currently lives and works in Montreal. She received her BFA from the University of Costa Rica in 2006 as well as studied film and experimental design in both Montreal and Barcelona. She has shown at in many cities including Miami, London, Montreal, Barcelona, and Costa Rica.
Andrea Wan | A visual artist born in Hong Kong, raised in Vancouver, and based in Berlin. She has shown internataionally in cities like San Franciso, Berlin, Vancouver, Chicago, Hamburg, Rome, and paris. She has done many commissioned projects with companies like Microsoft, The New York Times, Ray Ban, and Lululemon Athletics.
Angela Fox | Received her MFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 and her BA in art with a minor in art history from the University of the Incarnate World in San Antonio, Texas where she still lives and works. Her work depicts narratives that focus on the preservation of communities and how collectivity presides over individuality. Literal and figurative walls, symbolizing security and unity, appear in the form of buildings/cities as well as tightly knit gangs of characters. These figures congregate, wearing cocoon-like, protective shells of layered garments that obscure identity while signifying membership. The support they lend one another takes shape in an often physical way, with characters resting on each other’s shoulders in pyramid formations. The gangs hang out and drink beer while gathering supplies, slaying serpents, and establishing camps—embarking on adventures of survival, creation, and destruction.
Anne Harris | Lives with her husband, photographer Paul D’Amato and their son Max, in Riverside, IL. She has exhibited at venues ranging from Alexandre Gallery, DC Moore Gallery and Nielsen Gallery, to the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, The Portland Museum of Art, the California Center for Contemporary Art and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Her work is in such public collections as The Fogg Museum at Harvard, The Yale University Art Gallery and The New York Public Library. Grants and awards received include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an NEA Individual Artists Fellowship.
Harris currently teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She serves on the board of the Riverside Arts Center and is Chair of the Exhibition Committee. She also is the originator of The Mind’s I—a collaborative drawing project designed to investigate the complexities of perception and self-perception through drawing. The first iteration of this project took place at Julius Caesar Gallery in Chicago, Nov.-Dec. 2012.
Beryl Fine | Lives and works in New York. She looks to the camera to explore female sexuality, posturing, and gender predispositions. Her photography explores societal ideals of femininity while revealing female sexuality unfiltered. Her photos range from portraiture to erotic studies to seemingly pornographic work. Beryl provokes the viewer to embrace unabashed beauty and see women in a new sexuality and light.
Erin Riley | Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1985 and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from the Tyler School of Art in 2009 and her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2007. She has had many solo shows in galleries such as Hashimoto Contemporary (SF), Joshua Liner Gallery (NY), The University of Wisconsin Gallery, and Guererro Gallery (SF).
Hannah Yata | Half Japanese and half Caucasian and was born in 1989 in a small town in Georgia, where she grew up with a deep love of nature passed down by her mother. In her college studies at the University of Georgia (BFA 2012), she pursued feminism, psychology, and art. After college, she moved to New York to focus on her work and put these studies into her paintings. In 2015, she was commissioned to do several works of art for musician B.o.B. which are now featured on his latest album: Psycadelik Thoughtz.
Using nature, women, and feminism almost synomymously, Yata’s work seeks to interweave political ideas, environmental degradation, and themes of moral injustice into increasingly chaotic paintings. She uses masks for a mix of cultures to speak to the different relationships that native tribes and cultures have with the earth, while giving anthropomorphic qualities and symbolism to the animals to speak their consciousness. The increasing psychedelic features to her work are inspired by beauty and the energy of nature, while communicating the anxiety and tension she feels brewing in the world. These elements are combined many times to celebrate the female form that denies objectification and exploitation of nature and interweaves them into grotesquely beautiful, surreal landscapes.
Ileana Tejada | A Mexican-American artist born and raised in Southern California. A former NCAA Division II Track and Field athlete, Tejada's work progressively deals with female masculinity and the opposition to "marianismo"-the exaggerated sense of traditional femininity. Tejada received her BFA from California State Polytechnic University- Pomona, as well as a BS (Kinesiology, Pedagogy). In 2015 she graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Painting from San Francisco Art Institute. Tejada is the recipient of the Murphy Cadogan Graduate Fellowship, the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Painting, and SFAI's Amir Esfahani Graduate Studio Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Gallery CB1 in Los Angeles, and published in New American Paintings, No.123, MFA Annual, 2016. She is currently working and living in San Francisco, CA.
Kate Klingbeil | (b. 1990) An artist currently living and working in Oakland, CA. Her work investigates relationship dynamics and questions ideas of ownership placed on women's bodies. Kate's visual vocabulary includes painting, printmaking, animation, sculpture, and most recently, ceramics and she graduated from California College of the Arts with a BFA in printmaking in 2012.
Kit King | Born in 1987 and is a Canadian artist currently living and working in Curran, Ontario. Through a focus on hyperrealism, my paintings are reflections of identity and intimacy within the ephemeral visual relationships around us. Using mainly oil paint as my medium, she uses a combination of smooth hyperreal renderings and the texturally focused impasto work, to create sensitive portraits that capture fleeting moments that affect our emotional state from a singular glance, under the aegis of a heightened sense of reality and dimension. Her current body of works is composed of vulnerable forms and portraits that serve to share the intimate -and often emotional- artist introspection with the viewer. With a focus on light and textural dimension, and how these elements can alter the relationship of a viewer and subject, the goal is to provide and entrance for the audience to one transient moment of connection. She does not merely want to capture an image, but rather breathe a vital life force into transformed renditions of the world around her. She wants her works to evoke a deep sense of emotion, influenced not only from an in-depth tangibility executed through a high level of detail, but married with a sincere passionate portrayal of contemporary art.
Lauren YS | Bay Area artist whose work is influenced by multiple stages of focus, both geographically and in practice. With dynamic bouts in academics, literature and writing, teaching, illustration, and animation leading up to her arrival in the street art world, the influences of these phases of her own career add up to a robust style of murals and fine art. Lauren's work aims to create and populate a misfit wonderland in which imaginary heroines can address the absurdities of reality in the confines of a page or a wall. Influenced by dreams, mythology and her own personal narrative, Lauren's work is often geared towards pushing a narrative undertone and always has a fantastical aesthetic. Lauren has completed a residency and solo show at Nychos' Rabbit Eye Movement studio in Vienna, and has since shown work and live-painted at various international art festivals and institutions. Festivals include Art Basel Miami, Pow!Wow! Hawaii, PangeaSeed SeaWalls (New Zealand), Colorado Crush and the inaugural "Wander and Wayfare," a festival including female street artists that took place at Rocha Art in San Francisco.
Marina Capdevila | Works in both small illustrations and huge walls. She uses Ball pens, acrylics and spray paints as her “musts” when she draws. She takes inspiration from familiar situations that happen in her tiny town or modern city and exaggerates them with a very particular sense of humor. She has studied fine arts in Barcelona and Rotterdam and has worked commercially with companies like Reebok and Zara.
Meryl Pataky | Originally from South Florida, Meryl Pataky moved to San Francisco in 2002 to attend the Academy of Art University. She fell in love with the tactile nature of sculpture and pursued a BFA in the major. Meryl’s work consistently revolves around elements found on the periodic table. From silver and copper to neon, iron and carbon, Meryl creates a variety of abstract works that relate to her concept of universal connectedness. In doing so, Meryl combines technical expertise–from welding to glasswork to papermaking–with her own personal narrative, building complex pieces that invite the viewer to guess at what thoughts and experiences influenced her process.
Nicomi Nix Turner | Artist based out of Oakland, California. Creating detailed illustrations that invoke a surreal understanding of the perfection in nature, her works delve into the occult and the connections between alchemy, mythology, decay and birth. Her hyper-detailed illustrations capture the coexistence of life and decay in a bouquet of fungi, personified insects, bones, flesh and fauna. The pieces she creates reflect subject matters pertaining to biological deconstructionism, nature's legacy, alchemy, fables and counter-religious belief. In an orchestra of hyper-textured saturation, each piece is a cacophony of silent movement and erratic soliloquies.
Noel Morical | Currently moving from Chicago to Kansas City. She received her BFA in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With a focus on materials and process, her works possess an almost obsessive repetition that provides formal and theoretical complexity and then uses a keen sense of color to heighten the experience. She has shown in Chicago, New York, Stockholm, Reykjavik, and Indianapolis.
Rebecca Morgan | From central Pennsylvania, and her paintings, drawings, and ceramics emanate from stereotypes of rural Appalachia. Humorous, benevolent, and savage at turns, her characters touch on truths about poverty, addiction, and off-the-grid living, as well as idealizations of uncultured country life. Stylistically, Morgan embraces hyper-detailed naturalism, influenced by Dutch painters such as Memling, Brueghel, and Van Eyck, as well as absurd, repulsive caricature suggestive of underground cartoonists like R.Crumb. As an on-and-off-again New Yorker, Morgan represents the ultimate insider/outsider point-of view, embracing and critically distancing herself from her origins.
Rebecca Morgan received a BA from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from Pratt Institute, NY. Press for her work includes Time Out New York, VICE Magazine, ARTnews, Whitehot Magazine, Beautiful Decay, Artslant, Juxtapoz Magazine, The Huffington Post, and Berlin's Lodown Magazine, among others. She is the recipient of a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts Residency, a Vermont Studio Center full fellowship, and the George Rickey Residency at Yaddo. Exhibitions include Invisible Exports, NY, Elga Wimmer Gallery, NY, Arts KC, MO, Booth Gallery, NY, Gasser Grunert Gallery, NY, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, and Spring/Break, New York, NY, among others.
Sheryo | A Brooklyn-based Singaporean visual artist who started painting murals in 2005. Her art seeks to investigate, analyze, and document the human psyche and frustrations towards contemporary lifestyles and its mercurial nature. She works across media from 2D paintings to 3D sculptures, installations, and moving images. Her style, often referencing pulp illustrations, skateboard graphics, and her unabashed affinity for kitsch, translates across as jovial, surreal imagery that speak to those who grew up admiring ‘80s and ‘90s skateboarding and surfing culture. She has exhibited and painted murals around the world with her partner, Yok.
Stacey Rozich | Born and raised in Seattle, Washington but now resides in Los Angeles, CA. She paints a folkloric narrative that draws inspiration from many cultural references, building scenarios pulled from a realm of familiar fictional archetypes and traditions. Influence is taken from travel, world textiles, childhood memories and the many many hours spent watching television. All works are created in watercolor and gouache. Her commercial client list includes: Starbucks, Refinery29, Lucky Peach Magazine, Red Bull Music Academy, The Experience Music Project, The Stranger, Sub Pop Records, and many more.
Winnie Truong | Born in 1988, Winnie Truong lives and works in Toronto, where she received a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design’s drawing and painting program. Truong is a recipient of the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council visual arts grants and of numerous awards, including W.O. Forsythe award, the 401 Richmond Career Launcher prize and the BMO 1st! Art Award for Ontario, through which she exhibited at the MOCCA. Winnie has exhibited internationally in galleries across Toronto, LA, and Copenhagen and in New York where she was featured at VOLTA, NY Art Fair. Her work has been published in numerous art publications, including the cover of Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, and Walk the Line: The Art of Drawing. Her work is in the collection of The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas, Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto, and Bank of Denmark.
Curator, Rachel Ralph | Born in 1986 in Big Bear Lake, California and was raised the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She got her BA in art history from Colorado State University in 2011 and her MA in the history and theory of contemporary art from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014. She has worked in galleries and museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and is the former director of FFDG in San Francisco. She is currently an independent curator based in the Bay Area who spends most of her days fear and loathing in Silicon Valley.