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
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Gemma Danielle Bayly
You Are Going To Die and That Is OK
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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During the first week of December hundreds of galleries and thousands of art collectors invade Miami to collectively form the largest art event in the world. We are excited to get in the mix at SCOPE Art Fair on Miami Beach for our first art fair experience.
Our exhibit will feature Ben Eine, Ravi Zupa, Jim Houser, Hari & Deepti and Max Kauffman – a great group of self taught artists who created a very impressive body of work. Check out the details below, if you are in the area stop by and say hello – Booth J11.
All artwork will be available to view online next week.
If you can’t make it to Miami make sure you follow us on Instagram @blackbookgallery and other social media (links at bottom of the page)
In The Wild
Featuring: Cycle,Scott Belcastro, Nicky Davis, Melanie Pruitt, Sam Flores, Vanessa Foley and Amanda Gordon Dunn
From prehistoric to modern times the influence of nature on our visual lives is profound. Some of the earliest paintings in existence on cave walls from Africa to the America’s typically featured animals and nature related scenery. From abstract paintings of flowers, to black and white photographs of mountains, nature has inspired iconic pieces of art found in museums and galleries across the world. In advertising and entertainment, animals are often used to communicate in place of humans. Our love of nature is one of our best inherent qualities; it inspires people to devote their lives to protecting, promoting, representing and enjoying it on every level imaginable.
“In The Wild” is the first in a series of exhibits featuring nature interpreted through varying contexts and mediums. Highly detailed, stark and vibrant representations of the realistic and surreal natural world will definitely provoke your imagination and curiosity.
We are introducing 4 new artists to gallery: Cycle(US), Scott Belcastro(US),Vanessa Foley(UK) and Nicky Davis(US) while welcoming back Sam Flores(US) Amanda Gordon Dunn(US) and Melanie Pruitt(US)
Exhibit runs November 1st – November 23rd
Please contact us for a preview of available artwork
CYCLE grew up writing graffiti and skateboarding. He received his BFA from George Washington University in Washington DC and then his Masters from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. CYCLE makes his living producing Fine Art, Illustration and Graphic Design. He has shown his fine art in galleries in New York, Washington DC, Paris, San Francisco, and Los Angeles as well as Art Basel in Miami. Cycle most recently has had a design piece inducted into the permanent collection at the MoMA in New York as well as shown at the “Art in the Streets” exhibit at the MoCA in Los Angeles. He has also produced exterior murals and installations in New York, San Francisco and Miami. CYCLE has been commissioned by Kid Robot, Think Skateboards, éS shoes, and Disney XD for projects. CYCLE’s work has been profiled in publications such a Juxtapoz, Mass Appeal, Complex, and Time Out New York as well as in numerous books including “The Art of Getting Over”, “Definition, The Art and Design of Hip Hop” “Up Until Now” by Upper Playground and “Fresh Paint NYC”. CYCLE currently lives and works in New York City.
Using acrylic paints and wood panels, this Los Angeles based painter brings element’s from the wooded area’s of New York’s upstate region into view.With meticulous detail and colorfully explosive skies Scott pushes toward familiar places many of us remember through childhood experiences , And at times creates a place of silence for observation and reflection.
I am a self employed artist based in Newcastle UK, close to the vibrant cultural quarter of the Ouseburn Valley. I have always lived in the city, and love it, but I also love getting out into the country where my real passion lies.My love for wildlife and art are inseparable, and I could never imagine one without the other. I am currently working on a series of paintings exploring traditional British wildlife.
Nicky Davis is an artist that works and resides in the suburban sprawl of Houston, Texas. Nicky Davis has been a prominent member of the Houston art scene for more than a decade. His illustrative style and vibrant color choices occasionally hint at a cautious optimism, the absurdities of life and love and the damage done by man’s ecological irresponsibility. Amongst the Polar Bears and grinning children are subtle suggestions that all is most definitely not well. Nicky Davis’ style roots itself in the low brow / low brim art movement with a fun mix of color, character, and imagination. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Houston and likes long walks on beaches.
Sam Flores combines unique and disproportional creatures with vibrant landscapes, intense color combinations, and fine detail.
Rural southwestern Nebraska is where Melanie Pruitt was born and raised. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Fort Hays State University. Denver, Colorado is now her home. Melanie finds solace in studying the beauty of human history. The details of its emotional complexity to the organic patterns of the Rocky Mountains that surround her inspire an obsessive love of line, form, and movement. These intricacies translate both realistically and abstractly into her creative process.
Amanda Gordon Dunn:
Amanda Gordon Dunn lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Formally from Denver, Colorado, her work has been presented throughout the United States including such institutions as The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, and a solo show at The Louisiana State Museum. Her work is housed in numerous private collections including The Fredrick R. Weisman Foundation in Los Angeles, California. Dunn completed her BFA in Textiles from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 where she received several awards, including a presidential scholarship for her undergraduate work.
Her sculptures reveal her years spent in the metal fabrication industry and her fixation regarding American muscle cars; Dunn’s paintings are derived from her manipulation of pattern, color and her childhood obsession with the animal kingdom.
Black Book Gallery presents Joseph Martinez, Jaime Molina and Pedro Barrios “Desconocidos Perfectos”
In October 2012, Joseph Martinez and Pedro Barrios united for their exhibit “Long Time Strangers”. It was a great concept for their artistic capabilities, individual styles and friendship to be represented in visual form and the response was fantastic. In early 2013 on a cold snowy street in Denver, Pedro, Joseph and another local artist/friend Jaime Molina start work on a commissioned mural from New Belgium Brewery on the North side of town (34th and Larimer). All three artists influenced the piece with their well known detail and originality and quite frankly they created a masterpiece. Especially considering it was their first time working together.
“Desconocidos Perfectos” (Perfect Strangers) brings Joseph Martinez, Pedro Barrios and Jamie Molina together as friends and artists for what is sure to be another fantastic representation of their talents. Each artist will contribute their unique visual aesthetic via varied mediums and styles with an underlying theme of attention to detail and complexity.
Joseph paints with everything on anything. Oil, acrylic, gouache, charcoal, graphite, ink and pen – nothing is safe. Through a brief stint in art school and an internship at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco he picked up many of the techniques and tricks of the trade he uses while perfecting his own style.
Pedro is inspired by patterns, sequences, colors, and Mexican cultural references. His freehand approach creates fluidity and intense detail in every stroke he paints. Pedro uses repetition as a soothing effect on his psyche to provide calm amongst chaos; this brings the viewer into his realm and provides the same sense of peace he experiences while creating the artwork. For this exhibit of work he continues to develop elements and processes that he is well known for while exploring new techniques and mediums – as well as collaborating with other artists.
Jaime began his drawing career at an early age. After much success portraying epic battles on perforated computer paper, he moved on to cardboard transformers and wooden ninjas. he has since graduated with a BFA in printmaking and has continued drawing battles, houses, people, and animals on paper and walls across the globe.
All 3 artists work and live in Denver.
Only two more shows left in the year! It has been a great year for us and we are going to send it out in style with an exhibit at Scope Art Fair during Art Basel Miami 2013. We will have more info soon, if you are going to be in Miami during that time let us know!
Join us on Friday, October 4th in our front room for an exhibit of new artwork and sculpture from Denver artists Hari & Deepti Nairti.
There will also be an installation in the front window!
Hari and Deepti are a Denver based artist couple and for them storytelling is what makes everyday interesting and worth living. Born and raised in India along with a million stories, they have always been drawn towards the imaginative aspect of story telling and seek inspiration from them. Stories have so many shades and depth in them, and paper as a medium has the exact qualities to reflect and interpret them. Having worked with paper over the years and constantly reinventing how they can use the medium with the use of LED lights and paper cut illustrations, Hari & Deepti believe that “Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium. It demands the attention of the artist while it provides the softness they need to mould it in to something beautiful.It is playful, light, colorless and colorful. It is minimal and intricate.It reflects light, creates depth and illusions in a way that it takes the artist through a journey with limitless possibilities.”
Exhibit runs September 14th – October 4th.
Tim Kerr, Scott Stanton & Lindsey Kuhn
Do You Hear What You See?
Skateboarding, Music & Fun! These are the reasons that led to Tim Kerr, Scott Stanton and Lindsey Kuhn to meet and stay friends since the age of 15. Through the years they have used their individual creative talents based in skateboard and music culture to become successful artists, musicians and part time trouble makers. We are really excited to see what they have planned; all 3 will be at the gallery for the opening reception.
From Lindsey Kuhn:
Tim Kerr, from Austin, TX, was in a skate rock band called the Big Boys which was a big influence on my life, making me see that it was ok to be strange or different and have a great time doing what came naturally! Tim has gone on to be in many great bands. Including Poison 13, Bad Mutha Goose, Monkeywrench, Jack O’Fire and many more, as well as recording and producing other bands all over the world. He also has been a skater, artist and all around good person, blazing trails in so many directions and having fun the whole time. Now he has been traveling the world doing art shows as well as playing his music.
Scott Stanton was a grom around ’84 that came to the “Swamp Ramp” and within a few hours was learning new tricks. He was a natural ripper. We basically grew up together along the Gulf Coast promoting Vert skating to the fullest. He ended up turning pro for Zorlac Skateboards. He also played music and has been in many bands including The Causey Way and Pilot Scott Tracy! He eventually started having art shows under the alias “Panhandle Slim” and is now based out of Savannah , GA. His most recent show was at GCSU’s Museum of Modern Art at Blackbridge Hall.
As for me, I was in a band in high school for about 3 weeks and then I got kicked out because I was always skating and not showing up for practice. I still continue to do what I did then… skateboard and make stuff. I have been working on new originals for this show and can’t wait to see what Tim and Scott bring. It’s gonna be a fun show!
In honor of the ending of one the greatest television shows ever we are starting something new at the gallery. We recently transformed our entry room into an area suitable for small exhibits and to inaugurate the occasion we are bringing you “By Any Means Necessary” A Tribute to Breaking Bad.
Quite possibly one of the best shows in the history of cable, Breaking Bad is on the verge of ending. For many, this is bitter sweet; over the course of 5 years Breaking Bad has infiltrated many people’s lives much like the “Blue Dream” has for Walter White and the rest of the Breaking Bad characters.
On the eve of the first episode of the final season, we invite you to celebrate with us as we pay a tribute to Breaking Bad with an exhibit of artwork featuring characters, moments and interpretations of the show. We have a great group of artists that are fans of the show and excited to pay homage to the series.
Axel Geittmann, Max Kauffman, Michael Coriano, Melanie Pruitt, Mike Graves, Dea Webb, Jeremy Burns, The Gropes, Fobia De Leon, Scram Artist, Andrew Hoffman, Sara Ford, Jaime Molina, Hari Panicker, Harrison Nealey, Joseph Martinez and Emily J Moore
Exhibit will run until September 6th (September First Friday)
TOP – Emily J Moore – Collision Course – Oil on canvas
BOTTOM – Max Kauffman – Combustion (Detail) – Watercolor on paper