YOU MUST BE HIGH
Kip Fulbeck, Corrie Gregory, Kerry Horvath, Lindsey Kuhn and Sergio Mora
Dates: May 26 – June 23, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 26, 6:00-8:30pm
3850 Wilshire Blvd #107, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Director, John Souza
Web site, http://www.andrewshiregallery.com
Hours, Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm
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AndrewShire Gallery is pleased to present YOU MUST BE HIGH, a group exhibition of works by artists Kip Fulbeck, Corrie Gregory, Kerry Horvath, Lindsey Kuhn and Sergio Mora whose sketches, drawings and paintings will, for some viewers, resurrect matters concerning “low” versus “high” art or painting’s opposition to illustration. For others, this work may well indicate a persistence to level out or scramble art categories like “naïve” or “outsider” so no high spot exists in the system. “Sub-pop” and “popular” art are, even now, identified as they are being informed and absorbed by more “serious” art forms. Although distinct boundaries have faded in contemporary art, they still may be under scrutiny.
The exhibition will consist mostly of works on paper that support stylizations and thinking frequently aligned with thumbnail sketches, cartoons, story illustration and comic strips. Some artists employ characterizations that may perhaps call issues of “style” over “content” into question. However, each artist’s representations of hybrid animals, monsters, superheroes or subhuman forms are “intended” to address subjects that ooze with adult anxiety and to signal turning points, vulnerabilities or silliness in human struggle and desire.
Corrie Gregory is a published illustrator and co-owner of the independent distribution company, Miles of Music. In her art and search for self-identity, she proposes childlike girl-fantasies and playful dream states that have been reshuffled into delicate personal scenarios which produce unexpectedly dramatic and mischievousness results. Kip Fulbeck is Professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author of Part Asian, 100% Hapa (Chronicle Books) which was the center of an exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum last year. He also draws and doodles during faculty meetings; these drawings spotlight the instincts and periodic melancholy that perforate his psyche and emotions. Kerry Horvath is an illustrator of children’s books and designer of teen and preteen clothing and product packaging. As her painting reaches forward to reveal its complexity and refinement, it also suggests a time when invention was fresh and everything was great fun. Her work is sometimes aligned with the “Giant Robot” aesthetic. Lindsey Kuhn is a Colorado-based artist who paints “mysterious alien” characters to keep the collective mind amused. Metron, Kamegon and Namegon are just three of the many Ultra Kaiju characters he uses in his work. These creatures occupy meaningless spaces which infer options to be considered within a labyrinth of natural and constructed choices. Sergio Mora is a Spanish artist and author of Linterna Mágica. Paintings from his book offer a twisted narrative that runs through impossible locations where life cycles unfold. While his pictures chart out roles that articulate our need to be connected to someone or something, they also portray the strange interactions and fates Mora envisions. He has exhibited in Spain, Italy, France, Japan and Taiwan.