This new body of work, a collection of large-scale oil paintings and clay sculptures, rhythmically and aggressively deals with inward reflection and the journey towards the truest version of yourself. Utilizing abstraction, jagged shapes, and bold colors Brinston invites his viewer to dwell in the tension of who we are, who we were, and who we wish we could become.
An exhibition of works by Caroline Oliver.
An exhibition of works by Caroline Oliver.
WAAS Gallery is pleased to celebrate their fourth year in Dallas with “Converge,” a meet and greet anniversary event hosted by the gallery. “Converge” marks the beginning of a week-long annual sale, sponsored by HYSTERIA and ORIGIN Magazine, to promote the gallery, with resident artists hand-selecting works of their own to be sold at a limited time price.
8:00 pm – 9:00 PM:
Uptown Goths, electronic group
9:45 pm – 11:30 PM:
Screening, "She's Beautiful when She's Angry
That Kid Cam, hip-hop artist
2:00 – 3:00 PM:
Performance by Alsace
Owner and art agent Brandy Michele Adams, along with the gallery’s new curator and partner, Emma Saperstein, will open WAAS Gallery’s doors for a special fourth anniversary event to honor the new curator that will also mark the beginning of an inaugural art sale and celebrate a new generation of WAAS.
The event will offer Dallas dwellers and art appreciators an opportunity to meet Saperstein, learn about the duo’s big plans for the future of WAAS Gallery moving into 2016, and browse the sale of art from the gallery’s 2011 through 2015 inventory.
Working hand-in-hand with the wide array of talented artists WAAS has showcased in the last year, Adams has chosen a select group of works to offer at limited-time prices for local
art collectors. The inaugural art sale will feature works from artists across the country, including fine art prints, limited edition photography and posters, sculpture and paintings.
a graduate of Wheaton College and the New York Center for Art and Media Studies, was a natural fit for Adams from the beginning. A social practice artist, Saperstein shares a passion for showcasing social and political issues that the pair believes should be at the forefront of public conversation. Saperstein has worked in curating, small-print publishing and alternative art spaces in Chicago, New Haven and New York. Her work has been exhibited at MANA Contemporary in Chicago and the Rockford Museum of Art in Rockford, Illinois. As the new curator of WAAS, she hopes to take the conversation of the gallery’s art exhibitions to a higher level of discourse, while encouraging the gallery to showcase more female and international artists and expand to new mediums.
"I am deeply passionate about the creative community that is emerging here in Dallas,” said Saperstein. “As the whole city expands rapidly, it is a critical moment for Dallas and the arts, and I can't wait to help form and contribute to that conversation.”
In 2016, the gallery will become hyper-focused on several aspects of its existing programming, while introducing new programming ideas such as artist residencies, fostering artist relationships and building a strong international artist network.
The gallery will also begin featuring sculptures and installations. Guests can look forward to intimate on-site events such as film screenings, performance art and panel discussions. Thematically, guests will notice many pieces incorporating the contemporary movement, gender equality and a modern mindset focused on equally highlighting female artwork alongside male artwork.
With a vast majority of today’s gallery representation veering towards male artists, Saperstein and Adams hope to offer much-needed support for local female artists in the metroplex and beyond.
"WAAS Gallery's future is bright," said Founder and Art Dealer Brandy Adams. "I am so excited to be celebrating feminism and re-branding with Emma Saperstein. Emma and I will make a wonderful team as we blend our visions, ideas and educations here in the Dallas Fine Arts community."
While WAAS will place a large emphasis on supporting art from female artists in 2016, they also have plans on exhibiting work from male artists who share the same thoughts on gender equality. To round out this year, the gallery will showcase the artwork of two talented local painters, Caroline Oliver and Matthew Brinston.
Oliver’s exhibition, titled “Acid Rain,” will be on view from Saturday, Oct. 3 until Friday, Oct. 30. The gallery will host an artist reception on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 6 until 9 p.m. “I Wish I Were Me,” Brinston’s new body of work, will be on view from Thursday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Dec. 31 with an artist reception on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6 until 9 p.m.
“It’s great to see a movement beginning to stir in Dallas’ growing art scene,” said Brinston. “WAAS is setting
itself apart by focusing on how equality in the arts can propel the creative community, along with the city of
Dallas in general, forward.”
WAAS meets West Coat legendary recording studio NRG. The vibrations of sound bring the need and want of a non-traditional gallery space. It allows an openness and ingenuous to artists and buyers alike allowing the to flow and create like coffee beans sniffed to release fragrance and change of perspective from the patriarchal world. Jay Baumgardner has allowed a feminine concept to thrive. Cosmic meets tradition, where the inner Goddess in female artists can grow, and supports one’s need to connect, manifest, and express.
At no other time in history has the almighty spirit of Girl Power been so alive and free. The question that comes to mind in the midst of the continued sexual revolution ; “Why is it so hard to get up?” It has long been said that comparison is the thief of joy, yet as women we are constantly compared to each other, our male counterparts and an invisible cannon set into place by an outdated and misinformed American ideology.
Exhibiting artists, Patricia Rodriguez, Sarah Sandin, Karla Camarena, Lisa DiLillio, Samantha McCurdy, Sarah Farah, Erika Jaeggli and Ellen Soderquist join together in a presentation of their works. As a group they knock down the barrier of “why,” and “no,” and carry the attitude of, “because I can.” Each woman aims to the the best version and artist of themselves, for themselves while hoping to encourage others to approach life with courage and a little bit of sass.
Jaeggli's artistic output to date has been concerned with creating contemplative works and installations that address subjects of gender, economy and climate change.
In large-scale charcoal drawings, she reinterprets sentiments of emptiness and angst found from the advent of postcards to present-day engagement with social media. The result is an intersection of modern culture with a highly contemplative imagination.
Many people generally think of the idea of “FOMO” as the humorous acknowledgement in texts and on social media of missing out on social engagements, in which others partaking in such activities might have rewarding experiences. However, Jaeggli’s work explores the darker side of “FOMO”: the anxiety and sense of dread that threatens the self, convincing you that you do not really exist if you are not socially engaged. It is about the impossibility of solitude in such a connected world.
In drawings depicting solitary female figures, Jaeggli reflects on how isolation and exclusion can actually give rise to personal narrative. Her figures frequently turn their backs to the viewer and gaze off to the distance, drawing the viewer in. The female figures are popped out of a social world and utterly isolated in unnatural space somewhere between the ground and the viewer.
Where social media encourages us to reflect almost exclusively from our own vantage point, Jaeggli’s work asks the viewer to consider alternate narratives. Similar to women who pass on stories through oral traditions, weave tapestries, sew quilts or make family albums, these women are unified by their roles as mouthpieces of the larger collective consciousness and culture.
The choice of media — charcoal on paper — is mark-making at its most elemental. The artist’s hand is evident, in the strokes of the charcoal and the handwriting itself. The works incorporate collage, and reference found imagery and texts. These sources of family photographs, travel postcards and journalistic photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are chosen in order to consider how the material world alters the way we tell stories. The choice of a classic medium, coupled with the use of nostalgic imagery underscores the notion that the idea of “FOMO” is not a new concept, but rather an archetypal sentiment built into our DNA.
said Jaeggli of her new works. “A feeling of displacement and longing that we all encounter at some point in our lives. A universal emotion, we can’t seem to break the habit of wanting things to be different from how they are, or feel like we are constantly missing out on something. This is especially poignant as digital information, advertising and social media reinforce these feelings.”
About Erika Jaeggli Erika Jaeggli was born in 1976 in Baltimore, MD and received her B.A. from Columbia University and M.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After her training in New York, she entered the Texas art scene in 2008 where she worked out of Pump Project in Austin until 2011. For the past three years, she has worked in the historic Continental Gin Building in Deep Ellum. In 2013, she was an artist-in-residence at the Dallas Arboretum where she painted onsite for three months and culminated in a show at the Arboretum's gallery and artist-led-tours throughout the gardens. Currently, Jaeggli lives and works in Dallas. Jaeggli and three other prominent Dallas artists plan to open a new artist studio and workshop space at the former Oil & Cotton creative exchange in Oak Cliff. For more information on Jaeggli, please visit www.erikajaeggli.com.
Public Reception: April 18, 8–10 PM
Public Reception: April 18, 8–10 PM
WAAS Gallery proudly invites you to of Infinite Sadness, an exhibition by Jonathan Ramirez.
The work will be on display for only one week, from April 18 to April 25.
Ramirez addresses the natural realities of life, death and the decaying process of the human form in relation to the earth. Photography, painting and sculpture combined with found organic matter illustrate Jonathan's journey of experimentation, search for inspiration, and integrity to his work.
Jonathan Ramirez explores the process of death in both the human body and spirit. His work approaches the concept of human existence; the idea that our human forms come from the earth and return at death. He suggests that life and death exist simultaneously, and that neither is to be more feared or celebrated that the other.
Jonathan suggests that human identity found solely in the physical bodies humans posses and material items used as social markers, run the risk of being rubbed out and dusted away. He suggests that the human identity is found in the spirit and memories of the being, that they persist after death and decay.
January 31–March 14, 2015
W.A.A.S. Gallery (We Are All Stars) presents Piece Out, a solo exhibition featuring the work of New York native, JMR (James Rizzi). Opening January 31st, 2015 Piece Out embraces the idea that the process of creating becomes the work of art itself. Influenced by the organic nature of street art, the colorful narrative of illustration, and the decisiveness of design, JMR presents a visual journal documenting the vulnerable transition and evolution of his work.
JMR’s process of experimentation focuses on the visual language of gestural drawings transposed on to canvas, three dimensional sculpture and fashion textiles. Communicating the artist’s distinct voice, Piece Out honors the outdoor urban landscape combining elements of street art with the artists simplistic aesthetic and drawings.
Perhaps the most notable risk taken is the transformation of works on paper to three dimensional sculpture, bringing to light the harmony between the subconscious and conscious decision making in the process of creating. JMR makes his work tactile and personal while maintaining an air of mystery.
November 8, 2014—January 3, 2015
Prima volli ricompormi, aspettare che mi scomparisse dal volto ogni traccia d’ansia e di gioja e che, dentro, mi s’arrestasse ogni moto di sentimento e di pensiero, cosí che potessi condurre davanti allo specchio il mio corpo come estraneo a me e, come tale, pormelo davanti.
First I wanted to regain my composure, wait until every trace of anxiety and joy had vanished from my face, until, inside myself, all flow of feeling and thought had stopped, so that I could lead my body to the mirror as an outsider and, as such, set it before me.
—Luigi Pirandello, Uno, nessuno e centomila
Translation by William Weaver
WAAS Gallery presents Inside Out Of Touch, Francesca Bifulco’s debut solo exhibition. With this new body of work, Bifulco explores the evolution of social interaction across the contemporary generations and the changing way we define community and project our personal identities.
Bifulco’s unmistakable signature style is technically intricate but clean, aggressive but calming, tangible yet experimental. “My paintings are figurative,” Bifulco says of her works, “but only by way of the subject… However, this is where the figurative nature of my work ends and the abstract begins; in my brushstroke.”
The show examines the two different dimensions of her work. At first the focus is on the pure form, the geometry, the lines as an exercise in understanding her own technique. Along with numerous painted works the format of video lends itself to this experimentation. This gives way to the exploration of concept as the works take on a figurative nature.
The show includes the large format painting At The Fair that creates an immersive experience through the use of sound. It’s the story of a little girl in a crowd of strangers at the iconic communal location of the fair. While the dichotomy between the old and the new seems to carry on, she has a moment of awareness that everyone around her is aimlessly wondering; lost inside themselves.
Born in Paestum, Southern Italy in 1986, Francesca Bifulco currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a BFA in Visual and Performing Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
September 13–October 18, 2014
WAAS Gallery , Ethos Gallery and Eddie Donaldson present a uniquely distinctive conscious art experience curated specifically for the city of Dallas. “Collect Respect” is a twofold exhibition featuring artwork from a talented group of highly respected artists coupled with an available selection of carefully collected treasures from the past that have been creatively transformed into contemporary works of art.
We live in fast moving times where change is the only constant. New ideas quickly become passe as our external environment constantly shifts. Once necessary items rapidly become obsolete as we are forced to chase after the latest gadgets, adopt modernized systems and embrace new ways of communicating. “ Real” has become obscure, as “virtual” takes a seat on the throne of our destiny. It is impossible to keep up, and even harder to win a race that has no finish line. So for now, we will stop running. We will collect our thoughts and respect where we are in the stream of time and consciousness. By listening to the voices of the artists of the day and celebrating the compassionate souls who skillfully turn “trash into treasure”, we bring together the past and present, paving a way into the future.
Collect Respect is an exclusive art show offering new works from some of the greatest, most respected names in the graffiti, street art, and fine art genres. Select artists, both local and international, will showcase original works on recycled items from the city of Dallas.
Art heavyweight and marketing mogul Eddie Donaldson brings over 20 years of experience from graffiti to the gallery. He possesses a unique ability to move between markets by having built a strong foundation of street credibility in the graffiti culture before moving on to greater success managing major art-related campaigns for corporate clients like Red Bull, Disney and Scion. Donaldson currently curates at various galleries in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and now Dallas carrying with him the belief that art raises the bar in every city and creates revenue streams for local business.
Ethos was established in Los Angeles in 2012 by founder/ curator Lisa Falcone. It began with a dream to elevate the world with art by creating an enlightened space revolving around consciousness and caring. Ethos is a place where artists and collectors connect on a higher level and build within a platform of positivity. Ethos Gallery actively participates in several projects aimed at citywide beautification, healing the planet, and positive messaging. By aligning with uplifting artwork like Mr. Brainwash’s “Life is Beautiful” and creative teams like Canlove who care for the Earth by making art from recycled items, we believe that we can raise the vibration in our local communities, and ultimately, the world.
APEX (b. 1978, San Francisco, CA), also known as Ricardo Richey, is a street artist who creates colorful abstract patterns through the use of spray paint. Part of the Gestalt Collective that engages in collaborative murals in San Francisco, Apex curated mural projects on Bluxome Alley, other districts of San Francisco, and the SFMOMA display windows in association with St. Johns Community Center (San Francisco, 2002). His work has been shown extensively both in the Bay Area and abroad. Recent group exhibitions includeCalligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (2009); Bay Area Now 4, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2005), White Walls, and the Luggage Store Gallery. He was the artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2007), and was featured in documentaries and publications regarding the Mission District in San Francisco. (via website)
A skilled graphic designer, Brian Gibb is the owner of Dallas’s The Public Trust gallery. In 2003, Brian co-founded the publication Art Prostitute, which in turn begot a gallery of the same name. A shift to the current location in Deep Ellum fathered likewise change to the current name, with the whole endeavor allowing Gibb to promote artists big and small. He has previously shown at the WAAS Gallery, having contributed to the PRINT THISexhibition, and is a strong contributor to the Dallas art scene.
CANLOVE is the collaborative alias of American artists DJ Neff and Paul Ramirez. Currently, they collect discarded spray paint cans and process them into works of art at their creative studio, ChalkLA, located in Venice, California. (via website.)
The Cryptik Movement is a public art campaign dedicated to helping humanity evolve towards greater awareness and understanding through the use of compelling, iconic imagery that demands both scrutiny and reverie. The purpose of this organization is to facilitate the development of a deeper, more meaningful philosophy of life. (Paraphrased from website.)
Artist Gregory Siff’s distinct emotionalism style merges unique elements of abstraction, pop, and street. His technique coalesces the voice of a fearless child with the wisdom of a seasoned warrior. Gregory has become one of the most prolific and exciting forces in the Los Angeles contemporary art scene. Most recently Siff’s work is included in the Museum of Modern Art PS1 exhibition Rockaway! to celebrate the ongoing post-Superstorm Sandy Recovery. The show, curated by MoMA PS1′s director, Klaus Biesenbach along with Patti Smith and the Honolulu Biennial, includes the “Experience Rooms” which Gregory painted in the Rockaway Beach Surf Club bathrooms alongside works by Marina Abramović and Tom Sachs. (via website.)
At age 14 he started to look for another outlet of creativity He got introduce into the Hip Hop culture and started to get involved with Graffiti. This became an extremely important element for him. Graffiti has helped him express himself through his art in a more freely manner, He became acquainted with different kinds of art mediums and started to evolve his visions. Today he incorporates the Urban Techniques to a Surreal art form, giving him a finished product of an edgy Modern Surrealism. (via website.)
Leading the world in live screenprinting, HIT+RUN was created in 2005 by Brandy Flower and Mike Crivello. Born from small screen-printing parties in their homes, their events grew quickly, and now the HIT+RUN Crew can be found at acclaimed events such as Art Basel, Coachella and SXSW.
James Haunt is told to be the creative fusion of founder, James Gillette, and his alter ego, Haunt. Previous accomplishments include being the first artist to paint a mural on the famous Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip, being the first spotlighted artist to paint multiple features on the 2012 X-Games Street course, and collaborating with high-profile brands such as PacSun, Red Bull, Zumiez and JSVL.
Artist Jim Evans learned his trade in the San Francisco underground scene. He has illustrated comics, rock and film posters, dozens of album covers, and numerous advertising and magazine illustrations, in addition to exhibiting in fine art gallery shows. Jim is also the founder of the T.A.Z. collaboration, which created hundreds of gig posters, record sleeves, and rock ephemera. Jim has become one of the foremost award winning media artists, and his work has been collected, exhibited, and disseminated worldwide. (via website.)
JM Rizzi, or better known as JMR, has adapted a unique mixture of neo-abstract expressionism with hints of contemporary pop to create a style all is own. Originally hailing from Brooklyn, New York, JMR has grown up with the influences of street art and the established art world constantly around him. Through his own individual, hybrid street style, he has dedicated himself to helping art fit into the outside world. (via website.)
An artist and teacher based in L.A., John Park was clasically trained at RISD, assisting in his current practice of reconciling traditional techniques with Pop Surrealist influences.
In their own words, “The London Police started in 1998 when big English geezers headed to Amsterdam to rejuvenate the visually disappointing streets of the drug capital of the world”. Creating immense, character-driven work that cover streets across the world, TLP has been celebrating street art for over over a decade.
With investigations into architecture, street art and androgyny, Kate Firth’s sculptures are quickly ascending within the Dallas art scene. WAAS Gallery is proud to represent her work, and invite you to learn more about her on her page.
MEAR ONE (Kalen Ockerman) has been at the forefront of LA’s graffiti and mural culture for nearly three decades. He is famous for having pioneered the Melrose graffiti art movement in the late 80s and is considered by many to be LA’s most prolific public muralist.
A tremendously prolific art director, designer, illustrator and graffiti artist, WISE has played a vital role in award-winning design work and the growth and history of the graffiti art world.
From MQ via the Citrus Report:
MQ started painting graffiti in New York in the mid ’80s. He is also known as MQUE or MQIZM. MQ has earned himself legendary status for his relentless painting. Around the world you can see his colossal throw-ups, gigantic block letters and subliminal tags. Today MQ’s work is geared towards making posters, paintings and metal stickers. His art works are multi-layered, often combining stickers and reflective vinyl with abstract shapes and subliminal writing. His core palette of silver and black with elements of graffiti makes his works easily identifiable. His work is fresh, innovative and constantly evolving.
Patricia Rodriguez is a native of Oak Cliff, Texas (1976) and has been making art and music for over twenty years. She currently works as a freelance artist, muralist and arts and culture advocate for “Mercado Bilingue” a monthly printed publication. Her mural portfolio includes work for the prestigious project with EYECON MURALS and MARY KAY to create the largest artwork made solely from makeup and now a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD holder.
Patricia studied Painting and Design at Mountain View College after graduating from Booker T. Washington (Arts Magnet) and has since shown at the Dallas Museum of Art, where she previously worked, as well as various galleries and venues around Texas, most notably a solo show at Gravelmouth Gallery (voted one of the best galleries in San Antonio 2014), a solo show at Baylor Sciences Library, WAAS Gallery, Luminarte Gallery, Start Gallery Dallas, Rising Gallery as well as many others (please see site for full list). She just closed joint exhibition with artist SONER at Kirk Hopper Fine Arts Gallery and has been featured on Good Morning Texas, CBS local and is currently in the June 2014 issue of national magazine Latino Leaders and is also a featured artist in Studio Visit Magazine, sister publication to New American Paintings.
Patricia Rodriguez approach to painting is part traditional and part street graphic, applying traditional painting onto spray painted canvas to form “natural graffiti” devoid of words but utilizing botanical symbols and highly saturated of organic layered designs to create her scrawl.
Plastic Jesus is a Los Angeles based street artist that specialises in bold stencil and installation work, inspired by world news events, society, the urban environment, culture and politics. His work combines humour, irony, criticism and unique opinion to create art that engages on many levels.
In early 2013 one of his pieces “No more heroes” featuring disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong connected to an IV drip caught the world’s attention and was featured by many media organisations including CNN, the BBC, The Daily Mail, Huffington post and LA Weekly. Many other pieces have gone viral on the internet and news media including his August 2013 “Best Buys Useless Plastic Box 1.2″. (via his website.)
Eyecon / Color / Revolution: the themes in Rolland Berry’s work come straight out of the LA street art scene. As a painter, Rolland Berry mixes his unique world view with motifs from the counter-culturism born out of the 60s and 70s to create his “Colur” art, through which he conveys an edgy message aimed at today’s superficial society about the loss of individual identity in the digital era. (via website.)
Best described by Complex:
SLICK came onto the scene from Hawaii and blew everybody’s minds with his revolutionary approach to painting characters. He did a lot for graffiti during that era and had a tremendous impact. His awesome collaborations with RISK and the legendary battles with HEX are graffiti milestones.
A San Antonio-based graffiti artist WAAS Gallery welcomes to the crowd of successful artists.
Comprised of letters, curves and line-work that echo calligraphy, graffiti and graphic design, the work of SONER is expertly produced. With a quarter of a century of hip hop culture and numerous years of graffiti and design, SONER is a versatile artist that has collaborated with major brands such as Ford, Sony and Passionata.
A graffiti/artist collective born and based in Dallas, Sour Grapes has been active since 2000. Their inspirations range from fine art to street culture, including the Renaissance, Chuck Close, hip hop culture, Cy Twombly, and El Mac. A mix of self-taught and trained artists the work of the Sour Grapes collective can be found in both streets and galleries.
AKA “Ryan Graeff”, Restitution Press is renowned for his incredible screen-printing prowess, re-contextualizing and juxtaposing recognizable imagery with an incredible attention to detail. His works are bright and chromatic, reflecting an ideal of American pop imagery.
March 10–31, 2014
Moved by a three day journey in his native country (Peru), Christian Millet’s latest body of work is a pure reflection of his surroundings and experience among animals and other living creatures. His latest series titled “Ayahuasca” serves as a visceral dialogue between multiple personalities of guidance, each constantly searching for common sense and higher grade of transparency.
Influenced by pre-columbine cultures and the contemporary art world, Millet reflects and compiles after 10 years the provoke darkness and enlightenment of such shamanic ritual . This latest series of work includes mixed media works, and a combination of modular, mountable sculptures. In addition Millet features a series of two dimensional visions depicting a search and transformation that influenced his path to self discovery . Through this acceptance of his true nature, Millet invites all to experience the love/hate relationship with one’s reflection in the mirror. Millet introduces a hyper reality where his fears cohabitate with his search for purpose and meaning.
June 12–July 12, 2014
Ellen Soderquist has exhibited her drawings of the nude and taught life drawing in Dallas since 1979. She creates intelligent and sensuous graphite drawings of the nude body and is an advocate for the nude in contemporary art.
This solo exhibit of over 50 works of art represents the most significant collection of her work since 2002 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and a chronic autoimmune condition. After twelve years of ups and downs, she is again able to consider herself a working artist.
Shadow Play, the title series in the exhibit, explores the narrative interplay between the nude and shadows. In turn, shadows speak to the figure or the figure may address the shadow. For example, in Jump!, it is the shadow that commands the male nude to leap into its arms; and in Don’t Push!, the
female nude is alarmed by the shadows that are crowding her.
The exhibit includes other shadow related series: Rapt Shadows, Shadow Myths, and Vanitas; as well as 4 large graphite drawings of figures that are leaping, falling and flying. The majority of the works are graphite drawings on paper or mylar; but there are also encaustics and digital prints.
March 8th–March 29th, 2014
WAAS Gallery invites you to come ALIVE! What constitutes life is a centuries old debate, but what can be agreed upon is that life exists in the paradoxical realm of ecstasy and anguish. What gets the heart moving varies from person to person, but commonality lies in the fact that we all feel. We all can pinpoint the moments that take our breath away, make us stop in our tracks, and stir passions within us. These are the moments that remind us of our very humanity, mortality and inspire us to do more than just exist. Artists, Ross von Rosenberg and Karla Camarena come together in ALIVE, opening March 8th featuring their individual bodies of work.
Ross Von Rosenberg takes us on a simultaneous journey of self-reflection and spiritual searching that only he could lead. His heart carried him to the majestical Icelandic terrain. In Ross’ own words, “I spent the next six days immersed in a countryside that was a mix of black beaches, plush green hills cut by creeping glaciers and waterfalls, natural springs, and treeless plains.” While there, Ross was quickly inspired by not only his obviously enchanting surroundings, but also by the cultural mythology that helps transform an already otherworldly place into a rare and truly magical one.
Karla Camarena lends self-exposing insight into finding light in the darker days of life. She draws on her optimistic soul to paint through her emotions and illuminate life. As Karla would say, “Fashion, music, medicine and psychology have been major motivators in my world view. The four rarely converge on the same platform, except for this collection of my work which explores both my motivations and the motivations of people who have been paramount in the culture I live in.” Fueled by external inspiration, Karla shows us that what seems to be simply a beautiful piece of art, can actually serve as the starting point to discuss life with mental illness as well as other issues pressing to modern American culture.
Come ALIVE with us, March 8th 2014!
February 8–March 1, 2014
WAAS Gallery invites you to explore the foundational spark that ignites a million minds. The riveting phenomenon of simple ink on paper stirring light and darkness to iconize profound concepts transcending mere words to promote public consciousness, provoke social revolution, and inspire what we have come to recognize as modern digital media.
WAAS Gallery proudly invites you to PRINT THIS, our celebration of Photography, Graphic Design, and Typography, featuring the work of legendary Graphic Designer, Milton Glaser.
Milton Glaser is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. He has had the distinction of one-man-shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. In 2009, he was the first graphic designer to receive the National Medal of the Arts award. He was selected for lifetime achievement awards from the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (2004) and the Fulbright Association (2011). As a Fulbright scholar, Glaser studied with the painter, Giorgio Morandi in Bologna, and is an articulate spokesman for the ethical practice of design. He co-founded the revolutionary Push Pin Studios in 1954 and New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968. In 1974, he opened Milton Glaser, Inc. where he continues to produce a prolific amount of work in many fields of design to this day.
As part of PRINT THIS, WAAS Gallery is also proud to announce these exhibiting artists:
Alex formally began his career as a fine art photographer in 2006. He is a member of Dallas Professional Photographers' Association (DPPA). In 2009, he won Best New Artist in the Dallas Observer, and Best Fine Art Photography in Dallas/Ft. Worth by Fashion Group International in 2012.
Jeremy’s photography is edgy, glossy and beautiful, moving his subjects out of familiar surroundings and into new, sometimes radically unexpected scenes, causing the viewer to look closer, deeper, to gather each compelling nuance.
Jonathan is a commercial photographer, based in Dallas, Texas, photographing subjects from all over the world. He enjoys collaborating with other creative artists, believing that the best work is produced through teamwork. His subjects include portraits, fashion photography, airborne BMX riders and Lady Ga Ga concert goers.
Harold is a photographer, videographer and film maker, covering various subjects from individual portraits, house construction instruction, all the way to the stark realities of being homeless in Dallas, Texas. His work explores each topic with the unflinching focus of a true documentarian.
Alberto’s work meditates on many aspects of dreams, the possible forms of alternate dimensions, and notions of other realities. He is fascinated by humanity's proclivity to fear, and uses his work to explore the disorienting space between reason and reality.
Scogin’s photography injects unexpected shapes and colors into familiar scenes, creating sometimes unsettling, always provocative imagery.
Curtis’s work draws from multiple perspectives to create interesting scenes that play with the mind and the eyes. Using Light as his main subject, Curtis takes viewers deeper into each compelling image.
Adam’s photography often utilizes 70s television-reminiscent composition and hues to challenge the viewer with unexpected, fascinating and humorous images imparting intriguing narratives through single scenes.
Lisa is a New York City-based visual artist creating photographs, video installations, and single-channel videos, focusing on the peculiar interactions between human constructs and the “natural” world. Lisa’s work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the Walker Art Center, Antwerp’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid’s Reina Sofia National Museum of Art, and the Thierry Goldberg Projects and Memonta Art Gallery in New York.
Brian’s work includes monotone and multicolored screen-prints, graphics and typography, including subjects recently featured in his ALL THAT GLITTERS exhibition at The Magnolia Gallery. His gallery, The Public Trust, is located in East Dallas.
ROSS VON ROSENBURG
Ross is a painter, graphic designer, writer, and photographer. His work focuses on texture and the human figure to explore each subject through the combination of traditional art and contemporary ideas. He encourages his audience to reach out and look closer to see what his work says to them.
Karla’s work creates a harmonious dichotomy of sorts, intended to challenge the viewer to think critically about the subject matter and its impact on them. By approaching dark subjects from a sugary perspective, her work visually communicates her perspective and world-view about the subject at hand.