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“Deathstar Blues” June 2014


First Look at official new Star Wars gear by Vans & Santa Cruz Skateboards
Group Art Show featuring Axel Geittmann, Sket-One, RYCA, Hari & Deepti and The Gropes

Opening Reception
June 6th 2014
6-10pm
Free & Open to the public
Sket-One and Denver artists will be in attendance

Skateboarding and Star Wars are two of the biggest creative endeavors and commercial outlets of the past 40 years. Both gained immense popularity going into the 1980’s creating generations of devoted fans and successful consumer related brands that continue to thrive. As part of our June exhibit “Deathstar Blues” we will be hosting a “First Look” of new Star Wars merchandise from two iconic American brands – Vans Shoes and Santa Cruz Skateboards. We will also have an exhibit of Star Wars inspired artwork featuring Axel Geittmann, Sket-One, RYCA, Hari & Deepti and The Gropes.

Vans Shoes is a long time American brand that also gained popularity in the early 1980’s and continues to be influential today. From skateboarders, moms to kindergarteners Vans have been sold across the world for over 40 years. Star Wars and Vans have joined forces to create a limited production line of classic Vans shoes styled with iconic Star Wars imagery.

Santa Cruz Skateboards is the longest operating skateboarding company and another highly influential brand spanning generations. Skateboard culture has many aspects that have crossed into the mainstream but one of the most widely referenced is the graphic and design elements found on the boards and related merch. The addition of Star Wars graphics to boards creates the perfect item to be either used or displayed with pride.

Star Wars has been in the heads of adults going back almost 40 years. Many of the kids from the late seventies have entered into careers and some have become artists who have been heavily influenced by Star Wars.

Axel Geittman created the concept for “Deathstar Blues” by mashing up Star Wars characters with death metal iconography. He has created 13 pieces of original art featuring ink and pen drawings on paper and handful of paintings on canvas. There will also be 4 limited edition screen prints featuring images from the original works. Axel is a self-trained artist who lives and works in Colorado.

Sket-One is an artist from California who got started in graffiti and illustration before moving into designer toys. He has designed toys for Kidrobot, Mighty Jaxx, Solid Industries, MINDstyle, Red Magic, Circus Punks, and more His exceptional craftsmanship and art background allow him to customize and produce amazing pieces of art few can match. For this exhibit Sket-One will be showcasing a limited edition “Our Father” sculpture in gold accompanied by a Star Wars inspired shrine. Sket-One will be in attendance.

RYCA has made a name for himself with Star Wars inspired artwork that can be found on streets and in galleries across the world. His often Warholesque reconfigurations of popular Star Wars characters and props take form as prints, life sized paintings and hand casted and painted sculptures. RYCA lives and works in the U.K.

Hari & Deepti use paper to create amazing images of fantasy and folklore. Layers of hand cut paper illuminated with an LED create depth and vibrancy beyond a traditional painting. Combining their unique work with one of the best stories of our time should bring out something great. Hari & Deepti are from India but currently live in Colorado.

Rob “The Gropes” Roybal is a self-taught Denver artist known for his shocking yet high quality work on walls, canvas and sculpture. Embarrassing the cute characters of your childhood entertainment is his favorite pastime. Hopefully he doesn’t take it too far for this show.

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Black Book Gallery presents Bask “The One You Feed” May 2014

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 2nd 2014
6-11pm
Artist in attendance
Free & Open to the public

Bask is returning to Denver for a solo show titled “The One You Feed” almost 4 years to the date from his last visit to the gallery. Armed with a new body of gritty and introspective work “The One You Feed” explores the components of good and evil that live within all of us through a Cherokee legend of two wolves:
 
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
 
These works focus and revolve around struggle and conflict, positives and negatives. Each cryptic piece represents a struggle I have faced or continue to battle. This is represented not only through the layers of images within each work but also in the irregular construction in these multi-paneled paintings. This body of works is by far the most personal series of paintings I’ve made to date which is why choosing this Cherokee legend as a foundation for this series was particularly fitting – Bask

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About Bask

Bask has been working as a professional artist for 15 years. His work has been featured in countless books and publications. His work has also been personally selected by Robert Downey Jr. to be featured in Iron Man 3 and commissioned by the likes of, Evan Longoria, Pow Wow Hawaii, Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Death Cab For Cutie, Primus, the estates of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG, Ride Snowboards, Art Basel Miami, MTV, Vans and Red Bull. Bask’s work has also been viewed around the world in solo shows and group exhibits.

This is Bask’s first solo show in Denver Colorado – We will have originals and a new print.

Image above – Bask “Desire To Stay Positive”

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Hari & Deepti featured on ThisIsColossal.com


Thrilled to have a post on www.thisiscolossal.com featuring the artwork of Hari & Deepti

CYCLE Interview on Animal New York

CYCLE Conquers Graffiti,
Tackles the Art World
By Bucky Turco | March 7, 2014

CYCLE is a graffiti writer’s writer. He started his illicit career in 1989 and since has mastered the art of tags, throw-ups and pieces. He hit clean subway trains in the ’90s, painted freight trains thereafter and bombed alongside the best and most-renowned writers in the world. Continue Reading

To view info/purchase “Perseverance On Red” visit www.BlackBookGalleryNY.com

Many thanks to Animal New York for the coverage!

Black Book Gallery presents Gemma Danielle Bayly “You Are Going To Die and That Is OK”

Gemma Danielle Bayly
You Are Going To Die and That Is OK

February 2014

All things alive will perish. The inevitable conclusion to our lives is ever impending; an important fact of our existence that we spend most of our lives running from, denying and fearing. We protect ourselves, buying material securities or even firearms and weaponry, desperately clinging to our physical presence and possibly even harming others to save our own bodies. Reflecting on Dr. Robert Lanza’s new theory of Biocentrism, Gemma proposes in her latest works that death, in the truest sense of the word, doesn’t actually exist. It is a condition of the space time continuum, and a symptom of our attachment to the physical.

The first recorded near-death experience in western literature was in Plato’s The Republic, in the Myth of Er, when Er is revived on his funeral pyre and lives to tell of his vivid journey in to the afterlife. There are now thousands of accounts of near-death experiences being openly shared online and in scientific studies. NDEs (Near Death Experience) are defined as “profound psychological events with transcendental and mystical elements, typically occurring to individuals close to death or in situations of intense physical or emotional danger.” Most all NDE subjects report traveling through a tunnel towards a light at the end, as well as overwhelming feelings of peace, joy and cosmic unity. They also report feelings of irrelevance to anything left behind on Earth.

In the last year, Gemma has had three close experiences with death that have profoundly impacted her work, and her own fears of death. She held her 14 year old dog in her arms as he took his last breath, feeling the very moment his spirit left his physical body. She witnessed the slow painful surrender of her Grandfather as his body succumb to liver cancer. She also had a snowboarding accident in Steamboat Springs, and was knocked unconscious for a few seconds, during which she had an elaborate visit with a tribe in the Amazon jungle. All three experiences triggered lucid, mystical visions and a profound exuberance of life. Many scientists believe they have proof that these mystical visions are nothing more than a surge of neurochemical brain activity and synaptic hallucinations; that our visual cortex cellular structure is what forms the tunnel-like structure with the light at the end. The ancient manuscripts of the Tibetan Book of the Dead present an entirely different perspective. Regardless of spiritual, political, or scientific beliefs, gender, race, body shape, sexual orientation, bank account balance, shoe size, hair color, or dietary preferences, you will die. And it will be glorious.

“To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that man can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to him …” – Socrates

About Gemma Danielle Bayly

Weaving a mesmerizing world of surreal dreamscapes and captivating geometry, Gemma conjures a Pythagorean quantum mysticism in her work. Existing in the realms between the physical and spiritual planes, she stirs subconscious parts of our being that we may not understand or be aware of. She plays with mathematical theory, inspired by torsion field physics, sacred geometry, and our experience of the many dimensions of quantum theory. Her geocentric mandalas are multi-dimensional overwhelming experiences, created as conduits of cosmic energy; portals to higher dimensions. She labors over the precise hand-drawn lines without the aide of a ruler, creating the illusion of straight lines through proportion and repetition, and focusing on the true value of the human hand in art. Gemma is a certified Usui Reiki practitioner and spends time charging each of her works with this sacred healing energy.
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