“The .TUMBLR project utilizes CMYK color separation screenprinting to capture static moments from the ever-streaming blogosphere. This analogue reposting gives physical form to combinations of images that previously only existed in the digital world. For each .TUMBLR work, I pull images from a single blog, primarily those of teenagers who have taken their images from other digital sources—the images in my work have been, and will continue to be, reused, reblogged, and recycled thousands of times. In diffusing image streams, this work alludes to the loss of power of digital imagery due to its over saturation/exposure; while, the subject matter addresses how infinite digital access has contributed to a loss of innocence for youth and instead the embrace of the grotesque.” – Julian Wellisz
Baron Von Fancy, a.k.a. Gordon Stevenson, creates colorful, bold work that is romantic, albeit sharp. From the striking signage and colors all around the city, to the trinkets that are sold by street vendors downtown, he draws inspiration from all over his home town. Baron Von Fancy’s pieces are visually reminiscent of an old New York, but the phrases he chooses are evocative enough to inject just the right amount of adolescent unrestraint into the work.
Baron Von Fancy lives and works in New York City.
Ashkahn is a wannabe artist, designer & all around bon vivant working and living in Los Angeles. Ashkahn is obsessed with bananas, poop heads, coconuts, burritos, convertibles, gold, silver, pastels, light pink, open bars, heather, los angeles, wearing pajamas in public, robes & avocados to name a few.
Ashkhan Shahparnia lives and works in L.A.
“An intrepid scavenger of visual artifacts in which memory, melancholia and madness invoke a visionary topography where the mortality of dreams engender germinal quotients of relativist understanding, Erik Foss locates the fearful symmetries lurking within the miasma of pop culture at the nexus where representation and witness converge. With the raw vernacular of the streets, Foss makes fine art fodder of the smug complacency and delusional democracy by which our failing empire lulls itself to terminal sleep. How else might we read his bold re-imagining of our national emblem, the American flag, as a composite of needy pleas and desperate amusements culled from the signs of begging homeless? His is the itinerant semiotics of national shame reeking behind spectacle of patriotic glory.” – Carlo McCormick
Erik Foss lives and works in New York City.
Christi Birchfield was born in 1983 in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BFA in printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2006. In 2010, Birchfield received her MFA in visual art from Columbia University. That following summer, she attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Birchfield’s work is part of the permanent print and drawing collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Clinic Contemporary Art Collection. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally in cities such as New York, New Orleans, and Qijiang, China. Recently, she’s had solo exhibitions at William Busta and SPACES gallery in Cleveland. In a recent review in Art Papers Douglas Max Utter compared the Cleveland exhibitions stating: “Birchfield’s objects defy the limits of everyday perception and deliberately unsettle proportions…as a wry, messily celebratory rite of spring it did it’s own thing with glad abandon, embracing the chaos that she corrals at William Busta Gallery.”
Christi Birchfield lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.