April at Black Book Gallery brings work by a fresh crop of artists: Michael Sieben, Mel Kadel, Travis Millard, Ariel Diaz and Mike Aho, who live and work in various cultural hubs such as Austin, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Entitled, “Group Show(er)” the show ties together influences mostly from skateboarding, a little mysticism and a touch of rock and roll.
Michael Sieben lives in Austin, TX and is a professional illustrator, designer as well as staff writer for Thrasher Magazine. He is also one of the four founding members of Camp Fig Gallery that existed between 2002-2006 and then, founding member of Okay Mountain Gallery and Collective which started in 2006 and is still happening today. Mel Kadel comes to us from Los Angeles, California by way of New York and originally, Pennsylvania. In her work, she primarily explores themes of interconnectedness and balance using a technique likened to “drawing with an eyelash.” Travis Millard, who also lives in Los Angeles, is self-titled CEO/Janitor of Fudge Factory Comics. As all-encompassing as playing head chief while also tidying the toilets can be, Millard’s breadth of artworks are also quite varied. Illustrations, small zines, tee-shirts, graphics and posters are all fair territory for this jack of many mediums. Ariel Diaz adds a bit of San Francisco flavor to the Group Show(er) show, although he was originally born in Tijuana and raised in San Diego. Either way, this “Moon Child” offers works that are both sophisticated and juvenile in their presentation. Lastly, Mike Aho is another Austin affiliate who splits his time as a musician, visual artist and video director. In recent years Aho has directed videos for Mando Diao, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and RTX in addition to creating video and commercial work used as international campaigns for Volcom Clothing, Ride Snowboards and Roger Skateboards. Aho is the co-creator and director of the cult-status surrealist skateboard comedy series, ‘The Internet Shack’ for Thrasher Magazine.
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