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Emek Book Signing May 6th @ Black Book Gallery

Emek is coming to Black Book Gallery for a book signing and print sale!

May 6th
6-9PM

Pre-order your book from our online store

Each book comes with a signed FOIL hand bill unique to this signing. We hope to have a few signed books available online for those who can’t make the signing.

We will also have a very very limited amount of the special edition book.

“Poster artist Emek combines 60’s counterculture psychedelia and 90’s postindustrial iconography to create vibrant, visually stunning illustrations for rock concert posters and protest art. “The thinking man’s poster artist” his unique visual style has graced music posters on a diverse spectrum. Initially, the poster offered a commercially viable alternative to advertising for a young art school graduate — and later proved to be an opportunity for artistic freedom rarely allowed in other commercial work.

Emek first hand draws, then silk screens multi- colored posters on paper, as well a experimenting with various mediums such as metal, glass and plastic, (he has even carved posters from stone!) for some of the music worlds brightest stars — from B.B King to The Beastie Boys, The Flaming Lips to Bright Eyes — in limited editions of around 300 copies often with complete creative license for their content. He brings the same passionate intensity from his music posters to his protest art posters and illustrations for magazines such as Rolling Stone.

Emek’s work has received international praise and has been collected by the Rock n Roll hall of fame. Collected together here for the first time is a retrospective of his rock n’ roll art as well as his editorial illustration and protest posters showing his work in amazing detail.” Gingko Press

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Black Book Gallery presents Galo, 2501 & Ottograph “666 Dollar Show”

March 4th – 31st 2011
Open to the public

The March exhibition at Black Book Gallery is going to be a powerhouse display of three well-established, international street artists: OTTOGRAPH, GALO and 2501, all accomplished in their craft and all bringing their big style and influence to Denver.

Big style is not just a metaphor. Ottograph, Galo and 2501 all work large. 2501, for example, reads spacious surfaces like animate objects and then gives them the dignity of character they deserve with paint. Born in Milan as Jacopo Ceccarelli, the name 2501 marks a deliberate style shift and focus on blending wall painting, paint on canvas, sculpture and video. Circulating between Milan, Sao Paulo and Berlin, 2501’s work is best recognized in massive, highly detailed mural paintings. They are pretty amazing and give new meaning to the term, ‘urban renewal.’

Ottograph, also a large-scale muralist, has been slinging paint since the age of ten. Starting out in Amsterdam, where he is from, and then moving on to become an internationally sought after artist, Ottograph has established himself squarely in the middle of the global street and graffiti art movement. Simultaneously though, Ottograph has bridged the fine art gap with his work, an advantage that comes with age and time dedicated to painting. The Modern Art Museum of Antwerpen (Belgium) is home to a giant Ottograph mural. Ottograph’s contribution to street art extends beyond his own work, as he is also a community leader, having organized several cooperative painting commissions and operating the website “I Paint Everyday” www.ipainteveryday.com to encourage the tedious, yet necessary practice of serious painting.

Hailing from the same underground culture in Amsterdam, street artist Galo, will be the third of the group showing at Black Book Gallery in March. Originally from Italy, Galo moved to Amsterdam in 1998 to start his career and fell into opportunity after opportunity to paint. This is where Galo developed the bulk of his artistic abilities and a network that would take him on a world-class tour of painting, spanning ten years and four continents. Galo now resides in Italy and has recently opened the first official street gallery in Turin, The Galo Art Gallery (Ottograph was commissioned to deck the interior out). Galo’s signature characters are recognizable by their bulbous eyes, long jaws and open-teeth smiles, most of the time intertwined into a tessallation-like graphic, spanning whatever surface it is that catches Galo’s attention. In part, he is known for his willingness to tag anything in sight.

Available Artwork

Galo:


Ottograph:


2501:

More work from 2501

Black Book Gallery presents David Soukup “Reconstructed”


David Soukup
“Reconstructed”

Opening Reception February 4th @ 7PM
Artist will be in attendance – Reception open to the public

Part of what makes art collecting and viewing so enjoyable is in the details. The details make the impact. This is exceptionally true for artist, David Soukup, who will be showing at Black Book Gallery in Denver during the month of February. Prepare to be blown away.

At first glance it might seem Soukup’s work is of the digital transfer sort. How else could his highly-detailed images make their way onto surface? However, after learning that Soukup is a stencil artist, producing photo-realistic images by carefully coaxing the relationship between positive and negative space, it becomes clear that the mastery of a process is happening here. It takes enough talent just to draw from a photo-realistic perspective, but Soukup takes this many steps further by cutting his highly detailed drawings into fragile, waif-like stencils that translate into sophisticated images depicting his urban lifestyle and setting.

While associated with the urban and street art movement of the current, Soukup is an artist on his own plan. “Reconstruction” is the name of the upcoming show at Black Book and captures the artist at a fresh and evolutionary time in his career. Soukup says he is taking the best aspects of his work and applying them to new subject matter, which (beyond his trademark urban-scape stencils) will also include portraits and mixed media, as well as a new exploration into reclaimed surface material.

Available Artwork

Originals


Detailed Images

Recap | Rene Gagnon “Urban Flowers”

Many thanks to everybody who made it to the opening reception last week, we appreciate your continued support.  Shout out to Faceman for the great performance!  The gallery is filled with vibrant and colorful art so if you missed last week make sure you make it down here soon.

Rene created over 50 pieces for the show and they can all be found here

www.renegagnonfineart.com

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Black Book Gallery presents Rene Gagnon “Urban Flowers”

Rene Gagnon

“Urban Flowers”

Opening Reception: January 7th, 2011 @ 7PM

Artist will be in attendance

In an age of appropriation, the question of legitimate art making (especially in the context of urban and street art) has never been more debated. Where does original end and borrowed begin? Has it ever been possible for an artist to cultivate an original thought? Isn’t every visual reference a reflection of the artist’s exposure to the outside world?

Rene Gagnon is a good person to consult on this subject. The seasoned street and graffiti artist will be showing at Black Book Gallery for the month of January. Heavily influenced by the graffiti and abstract expressionist movements of the late seventies and early eighties, Gagnon is an appropriator. However, what distinguishes him from other well-known appropriators is that Gagnon’s work is grounded in true technique. More focused on engaging in the physical act of creating over developing original content, Gagnon says at this stage in his career, he is working to blend urban and graffiti art with contemporary abstract expressionism.

For this show, called Urban Flowers, Gagnon will be revealing a new body of work. Urban Flowers is just that, a collection of mixed-media flower images that are done through an urban filter. Appropriating from nature, the flowers represent a simple, straight-forward symbol for Gagnon to showcase his personal artistic perspective. Gagnon says, “Urban Flowers is a double entendre. Urban Flowers represents a body of work that was inspired by the connection between bold, colorful graffiti mark making and the similar patterns and vivid colors found in flowers. Urban Flowers is also a statement about the rise in popularity of the urban art scene and how it has bloomed over the last ten years.”

www.renegagnonfineart.com

Online preview of artwork:
www.theblackbookgallery.com/preview/urbanflowers.html