February 04, 2012

Tara McPherson, Deedee Cheriel, Lindsey Way & Aiko at Merry Karnowsky Gallery





TARA MCPHERSON // DEEDEE CHERIEL
LINDSEY WAY // AIKO

February 4 - March 3, 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday February 4th - 8 to 11pm

The Artists will be in attendance
Cocktails served

Tara McPherson is an artist based out of New York City. Named the crown princess of poster art by ELLE Magazine, she has created numerous posters for rock bands such as Beck, Modest Mouse, and The Melvins. Creating art about people and their unusual ways, her characters seem to exude an idealized innocence with a twinkle of hard earned wisdom in their eye. McPherson's new paintings focus on sensual female portraiture that aim at capturing the essence of a woman spanning through seasonal changes. These portraits capture an idealized moment in time when subtle aspects of character are captured in a singular expression.

Deedee Cheriel's work “demonstrates a powerful tension between the design elements of stripes, patterns, and color fields, with lyrical illustration."– Shepard Fairey. Growing up skateboarding and playing in bands in the Pacific Northwest, Deedee Cheriel’s iconic work is both graphic and painterly as it borrows from her unique heritage. Cheriel’s current body of work references East Indian ritual art: attempting to invoke deities, exorcise negative forces, celebrate rites of passage, and mark turning points in death and renewal. Drawing upon nature and her trademark hybrid animal-people as subjects, the artist creates enlightened and meditative narratives.

Lindsey Way was born in Dunoon, Scotland. She attended Pratt Institute, where she studied Fine Art and Illustration. Lindsey worked as a window display artist throughout New York City, assisted the prolific painter Ron English, and toured the globe playing bass for the band Mindless Self Indulgence. Her work has been in CBGB's 32nd Anniversary Art Show, "Hung" and the traveling group show, "Draw". In 2010 she displayed 13 dioramas called, "Hush" in a two women show entitled "Smile Even if it Hurts", and was chosen to be one of the artists to participate in South Park's 15th Anniversary art exhibition . The artist’s current body of work is a collection of dioramas entitled "The Flu", a darkly enchanting exploration of infectious imagination dramatized on the High Seas.

Aiko who frequently depicts the dichotomy between true love and the dark melancholic flipside, returns with a personal theme and show title of “AFTER A LONG TIME’. Reflective of the passage from a tumultuous relationship, or indicative of a creative burgeoning, Aiko’s new paintings are scattered with beautiful images of memory and passion. Her current body of work showcases a mixture of installation and stencil based paintings recalling childhood influences growing up in Japan, combined with her accomplished street art sensibilities.

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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