Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to present Artificial Paradise, a solo exhibition by Speedy Graphito. This will be the third solo exhibition for the artist in the U.S. and at the gallery.
Speedy Graphito returns to Los Angeles for his first solo exhibition of 2015, presenting new work which takes a critical look at contemporary consumer culture. Commercialism coupled with images of pop cultural icons have remained constant themes throughout Speedy Graphito’s artistic repertoire, however in his new body of work, the artist shifts his creative focus to representations of advertising. By deconstructing and collaging familiar images, Speedy confronts advertising’s unfiltered philosophy.
From the artist: “Presented as the temple of consumerism, this exhibition reveals the hidden faces of advertising and highlights their manipulative power. Hypnotic and powerful brands are decrypted to give us the freedom to break this addiction.” Beautiful women paired with Coke cans, iPods, and designer logos all work in tandem to reflect the multitude of ways in which advertisers have a hold on our subconscious – various fragmented reflections of what and whom we desire based on our consumer impulses.
For this exhibition, Speedy Graphito, as a classically trained painter, uses his skills to create a consumerist utopia. Presenting a simulacrum of artificial images, canonical in our modern society, he re-contextualizes these motifs into a veritable explosion of logos, mascots, slogans, and contemporary paraphernalia. This newest visual landscape presents the most striking exploration of “image overdose”. He proposes, “If the world is a self-representation, we are what we think we see.” His new work will include multimedia pieces, paintings, film, sculpture and large-scale installations.
Artificial Paradise will be Speedy Graphito’s first solo show in the gallery’s new Culver City space and will coincide with the anniversary of the gallery’s relocation. This exhibition is presented in partnership with SANDOW, a diverse portfolio of multiplatform brands across consumer and business media, retail and e-commerce, licensing and marketing services. The company and its Chairman and CEO Adam I. Sandow have long supported the contemporary art and design communities and have been instrumental in helping to introduce Speedy Graphito’s work in the United States.
The opening reception with the artist will be Saturday, May 2nd beginning at 6:00 pm. Please contact the gallery for more information.
Please join us this weekend, Saturday, April 4th for the opening of OFF THE SHELF. OFF THE SHELF is a solo exhibition by Luke Newton, a young British artist currently living and working in Paris. This show will be his debut solo exhibition in the United States. The exhibit will include new works by Newton and several large scale installations.
OFF THE SHELF presents a lighthearted satirical assessment of what it is to live in a commercially and technologically driven society. Newton recalls DuChamp with his use of appropriation to unshackle factory made utilitarian wares into hand-made pieces of art. Taking these everyday items and ideas on which we depend, Newton re- makes them into sleek vibrant artworks, devoid of functionality. He disconnects these pieces from their intended roles, inflates their aesthetic value, and places them in a gallery context to be consumed and reflected upon. For this exhibition, Newton decomposes precedent in order to create a new visual dialect, specific to a demographic dependent on digital form. By taking imagery from our collective history and combining it with digital symbolism, the artist has created his own vision of conceptual expression. Through a variety of mediums, he supersizes and re-contextualizes the things that make-up our modern lives. Everything from e-cigarettes, shopping carts, iPads, and hashtags are all reborn as paintings, sculptures and mixed media objects made from non-traditional materials. By reorganizing the roles of these everyday articles, Luke Newton sparks a subversive yet important conversation about the things we own and how they define us.
We are pleased to announce our participation in this year’s Paris Photo Los Angeles fair, from May 1-3. We will be exhibiting the work of Diana Thorneycroft at our booth.
From the press release:
“Paris Photo Los Angeles is the US edition of the world’s most celebrated art fair for works created in the photographic medium. The Fair is held annually each spring at Paramount Pictures Studios, the ideal setting to explore how artists have been and are using photography and moving image in their work in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Paris Photo Los Angeles exhibitors present historical and contemporary bodies of works, cutting edge solo shows, and book projects by renowned and emerging artists in the legendary Paramount Pictures’ soundstages and the New York Street Backlot’s exclusive movie set replicas of New York City streets.
Public programming is an integral component of the Fair. Built around cultural events involving artists, art world professionals, collectors, and cultural institutions, the program includes the Sound & Vision series of conversations and screenings, UNEDITED! unveiling little-known or never-before-seen photographic material, and new for 2015, INTRODUCING! Young California Photographer Award organized in partenrship with J.P. Morgan Private Bank.
Paris Photo Los Angeles 2015 will take place at Paramount Pictures Studios from May 1-3rd and will host 80 leading galleries and art book dealers from 17 countries world-wide. “
For more information about times, special events, and other participanting galleries please see the official website.
Fabien Castanier Gallery would like to formally congratulate JONONE on being a 2015 recipient of the Legion of Honor! At the beginning of the year a list of 691 winners of the prestigious award was announced and John Perello was a foreign national who received distinction in the category of culture and communications.
To further explain what the Legion of Honor award is, here is a brief definition from the French Embassy of the United States:
“The Legion of Honor (Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur), France’s premier award, was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte to recognize eminent accomplishments of service to France. The Order is made up of three ranks – chevalier, officier, commandeur – and two high offices (“dignités”) – grand officier and grand croix. A Presidential award, the Legion of Honor may be given to foreign (non-French) citizens in recognition of actions benefitting the country of France or, more broadly, achievements which uphold its ideals…”
Though raised in New York, JonOne has lived in Paris since the mid 1980′s where he has established himself as an artist, building a career that has spanned over 20 years. JonOne’s paintings represent a new era of contemporary artists who have moved beyond their roots as graffiti writers to establish themselves as painters but more specifically as fine artists and now as winners of the Legion of Honor.
We extend our sincere congratulations on this benchmark achievement! Read more about JonOne and his recent award here.
Fabien Castanier Gallery is pleased to share a review of the Miaz Brothers exhibition which was recently featured in ARTPULSE Magazine. Los Angeles based artist and writer Megan Abrahams wrote a glowing review of the show for the magazine.
“The Miaz Brothers offer a new take on portraiture, with the deliberate intention of conveying no likeness at all. These un-portraits, which the artists refer to as their Antimatter Series, portray only a vague suggestion of the human face and figure. In a visually oxy- moronic tour de force, the paintings are, in effect, the antithesis of portraiture. Composed to conceal, more than reveal, they are subtle glimmers, which leave virtually all clues to identity veiled in a haze. ” -Megan Abrahams
See the full review here: MIAZ BROTHERS
Thank you Megan Abrahams and ARTPULSE Magazine for the feature!
Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to present OFF THE SHELF, a solo exhibition by Luke Newton. Newton is a young British artist currently living and working in Paris, France. This will be his debut solo exhibition in the United States.
OFF THE SHELF presents a lighthearted satirical assessment of what it is to live in a commercially and technologically driven society. Newton recalls DuChamp with his use of appropriation to unshackle factory made utilitarian wares into hand-made pieces of art. Taking these everyday items and ideas on which we depend, Newton re- makes them into sleek vibrant artworks, devoid of functionality. He disconnects these pieces from their intended roles, inflates their aesthetic value, and places them in a gallery context to be consumed and reflected upon.
For this exhibition, Newton decomposes precedent in order to create a new visual dialect, specific to a demographic dependent on digital form. By taking imagery from our collective history and combining it with digital symbolism, the artist has created his own vision of conceptual expression. Through a variety of mediums, he supersizes and re-contextualizes the things that make-up our modern lives. Everything from e-cigarettes, shopping carts, iPads, and hashtags are all reborn as paintings, sculptures and mixed media objects made from non-traditional materials. By reorganizing the roles of these everyday articles, Luke Newton sparks a subversive yet important conversation about the things we own and how they define us.
The opening Reception with the artist is Saturday, April 4th from 6-9pm.
This past weekend marked the opening of RERO’s “GATED COMMUNITY…” the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. RERO presented new works including, paintings, large scale installations, mixed medium works on wood, vintage book sculptures, and a multi-media video installation. This variety of works in an array of mediums all sought to explore the notions of boundaries and how those boundaries have come to define our society. We are pleased to present several reviews recapping the show. Please see below for links to full articles.
RERO “Gated Community…” by Josh Davis of Hypebeast
Gated Community by Ana B.K. of Widewalls
Recap RERO solo exhibition by Graffuturism
What Boundaries? by Jesse James of Stupid Dope
The exhibition is up through February 28th.
Fabien Castanier Gallery was proud to once again be apart of CONTEXT Art Miami 2014. This year we exhibited new works by artists: Speedy Graphito, JonOne, RERO, Mark Jenkins, Miaz Brothers, and Fidia Falaschetti. We are pleased to report Fabien Castanier Gallery was subject of positive review and was a featured highlight of the fair. Please see below for full articles recapping the various highlights of this year’s art fairs.
The gallery was happy to end the year with such a success! We are looking forward to 2015!
We are pleased to share Bojan Maric’s review of Speedy Graphito‘s newest book, “Speedy Graphito: Made in America,” on WideWalls.
There simply isn’t enough room to write about the achievements of Speedy Graphito within the field of urban and street art. The artist is one of the pioneers of the movement in France and Europe (find out more on the street art subculture in France – read History of Street Art in France and 10 Urban Artists From France). Known for a wide range of methodological output – from painting and sculpturing to installation, video and photography – Speedy Graphito has been evolving as an artist and a creative individual since the period of the beginning of the 1980s. In this regard, he represents a remarkable witness of an entire era and an entire movement. As time passed by, the artist became more and more skillful both in the urban and studio space, rendering his work to be a symphony of visual expression… It is with this cultural capital that the artist takes upon a role of an extraordinary chronicler…
Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to announce the release of Speedy Graphito: Made in America, the preeminent volume that chronicles the artist’s work in the United States from the past four years. This 240 page book presents an exclusive look into the exhibitions, special projects, and performances that Speedy created while on his journey to become an established presence in the American art world. Included in the book are full-color images of Speedy’s paintings, sculptures, multi-media works and performances as they developed over the course of his time in the U.S. With an introduction by Fabien Castanier and an essay by Los Angeles art critic Shana Nys Dambrot, the book explores the artist’s creative evolution and transition on his rise to prominence in the international contemporary art world. Excerpt from the essay by Shana Nys Dambrot, “Speedy Graphito: The Making of an American”: “Enjoying what has been a glorious and global 30-year career, the boyish-at-50 French-born artist Speedy Graphito has the next 30 years in his sights. So he did what a lot of people do when they develop an appetite for reinvention — they sail to America. Speedy has spent the last three years on a journey of expansion and evolution[…] His time in America has been action-packed and every detail in the history of the change it has wrought is chronicled in the work he is producing here…” The book is available to purchase from the gallery, please contact us for details.
Fabien Castanier Gallery is pleased to announce the gallery will be exhibiting once again at CONTEXT Art Miami 2014. CONTEXT is a part of Miami Art Week (Dec. 2-7), one of the most important weeks for contemporary art in the United States. This art fair brings together seventy-eight international galleries from forty -three countries with over four hundred and sixty artists represented. This fair in tandem with Art Miami allows for artists, galleries, and collectors to develop an open dialogue and share new ideas about contemporary art.
Fabien Castanier Gallery has exhibited with CONTEXT since its launch in 2012. This year we are exhibiting both established and emerging artists including: Speedy Graphito, JonOne, RERO, Mark Jenkins, Miaz Brothers, Fidia Falaschetti. We are particularly excited about showing new works from artists Speedy Graphito and RERO as well as working with emerging artists Fidia Falaschetti and the Miaz Brothers. In addition to new work there will be a special launch for Speedy Graphito’s new 200 plus page book, “Speedy Graphito: Made in America”. Be on the look out for more information about the book launch coming soon.
CONTEXT begins December 2nd for VIPs at 5:30pm and General Admission begins December 3rd at 11:00am. The fair is located at The CONTEXT | Art Miami Pavilion Midtown | Wynwood Arts District 2901 NE 1st Avenue Miami, FL 33137.
Fabien Castanier Gallery booth number E36.
For two complimentary tickets click here and follow instructions.
For more information about CONTEXT and Art Miami please visit their website www.contextartmiami.com.
Fabien Castanier Gallery is honored to be a part of the first edition of BARCU arts and culture festival in Bogota, Columbia. We are incredibly excited to be present at this cultural event. The gallery will be showing the works of JonOne and Speedy Graphito. Speedy Graphito will be making an appearance along with his new artworks.
Here is a bit about the festival:
“BARCU 2014 is born with the intention to create scenarios that are in tune with new dynamics of our contemporary world, offering its public not only a gaze into the visual arts but also into other cultural expressions such as cinema, music, theatre and architecture amongst others. Counting on various locations, we have selected a circuit of houses situated in the city’s historical center, La Candelaria. This special neighborhood has managed to trap the magic of arts and culture throughout its 476 year of existence.”
This event will be held in the historical center of Bogotá D.C., La Candelaria Center, from the 23rd until the 28th of October and is opened to the public.
For more information please visit www.barcu.com
This weekend marks the end of Fabien Castanier Gallery’s exhibition of the Miaz Brothers and the Masters. This is the first exhibition in the United States for the artists and as the show comes to a close we would like to share a bit more about their incredible new series of portraits.
The Miaz Brothers have set a new precedent for portraiture. The siblings work in tandem to conceptualize and create large-format pieces on canvas using aerosol paint. The “Antimatter Series”, as their body of work is known, has incorporated diverse range of subjects, and for this exhibition they focused on figures from the Renaissance – the “Masters.” The Brothers play with the ideas of temporality and transcendence. Their paintings consist of large haunting images, primarily portraits, of evanescent figures that are scarcely there. These works are based on the “Old Masters” however the viewer is given little other context. The artists give you the materials to complete the narrative. With this little context they are also playing with the ideas of perception and how perception differs so drastically from person to person. Each viewer sees exactly what they want to in their portraits, whether its an old friend or a historical figure, everyone has associations that are in turn projected onto a blurred canvas.
In addition to interests of perception, the duo are concerned with the ephemerality of life and art and thus they playfully toe the lines between figurative and abstract works. “Ethereal” is a term used often in reference to their works, something there yet not quite there but none-the-less evocative. The idea that everything in our world is made up of constantly moving parts or “particles” is a constant theme throughout the “Antimatter Series”, from the techniques of aerosol spray paint to the liquid suspended “Holy Spirit” sculpture, the ideas of making something static is uninteresting to the brothers, they like the ever-changing, movement of our existence and have tried to present this through various mediums. The Miaz Brothers have explored and altered the ideas of classical portraiture.
The show has now been extended and is on display at Fabien Castanier Gallery through October 18, 2014.
Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to announce two simultaneous solo exhibitions that will both open November 8 and run until December 6. “POL-ETHICALLY CORRECT” from the Italian artist Fidia Falaschetti will be the artist’s first exhibition in the U.S. And, in the gallery’s project space, Canadian photographer Diana Thorneycroft presents “Canadians and Americans (best friends forever…it’s complicated).”
Falaschetti presents a wide range of multi-media pieces that delve into the concepts of commercialism, consumerism, pop culture and the globalization of mainstream media. For this exhibition, the artist explores the relationship between digital and analog, appropriating materials and elements of the past and transforming them into impactful contemporary objects.
As an artist with a commercial and design background, Falaschetti brings something different to the realm of socio-political art. He has witnessed the effects of commercialism and mainstream media and has now taken a step back to critique and analyze the consequences on both consumers and the art world.
For more info on this exhibition, click here.
Concurrently, the gallery will have a solo exhibition for Canadian photographer Diana Thorneycroft in the project space. For more information about her show, click here.
In the gallery’s project room, Diana Thorneycroft transports us to a surreal dimension, where staged totems of American culture and identity collide with allusions to her native Canada. With the series, “Canadians & Americans (best friends forever… it’s complicated,” Thorneycroft presents chromogenic print photographs and a special installation of these provocative tableaus, each piece dripping with dark humor and a subversive whimsy.
Apparent in the artist’s photographs is a dialogue on mass media and popular culture. Specifically she finds herself dissecting the Canadian-United States socio-political dynamic. Employing the use of action figures, toys, and familiar imagery, Thorneycroft unveils a fanciful world full of irony and at times heavy subject matter. Moments of absurdity are cunningly juxtaposed with layers of serene landscapes and backdrops, interspersed with both somber and lighthearted characters. Her photographs depict violence, sexual tension, and the tenuous fraternity between contradictory cultural icons; these elements work collectively to convey a message of satire, all rendered within the artist’s meticulous environments.
For more info on this exhibition, click here.