curated by Kevin McHugh
Stephen Powers (ESPO)
This young Brooklyn painter has developed a body of work that engages with the language of signage and seduction and fuses this with a sense of painterly abstraction and optical sophistication. At once referencing Pop, Op and commercial design strategies, Dollarhides work has a unique balance of the sly and the obvious.
An Australian native who has worked as an artist, graphic designer and writer in New York for the last 12 years, Gibson is currently the Managing Editor of Bookforum. Gibson has shown his photographs and installations extensively in Australia. He recently published an artists book "DUPE: A Partial Compendium of Everyday Delusions" with a corresponding website. Much of his work, including "DUPE" reflects an interest in the relationship between typography, irony, introspection and social criticism. His digital photographs represent an alternate approach to creating an erotic aesthetic of abstractions that can either reflect organic, technological or mechanistic referents.
Stephen Powers (ESPO)
Powers has diverse background in publishing, music and graffiti. As a graffiti artist, his ESPO brand can be seen across the US, Japan, and Europe. His innovative style has made a remarkable influence on New York graffiti writers in the last 6 years. His interest in the intersection of commercial signage, the language of graffiti, and the essence of narrative image-making has produced a body of work that is accessible, painterly, urban, and timely. Many of his works tell simple stories that have a particularly pulp sense of noir, irony and city life. His piece "Empty Threat" is an attempt to map a conversation in the most basic graphic language, with a reductivist approach to communication.
An Austrian native who has lived in New York for the last 9 years, Redl originally began his academic training studying computer music. Since then, he has continued to be interested in how the mechanisms of technology can map the basic formal questions of light, space, and color. Redls current installations at the Whitney Museum, and Calvin Klein are indicative of his interest in mimicking digital phenomena to highlight the relationship between architectural and technological modes of experience. His matrices and graph drawings show a unique part of the process in his development of the color theory and spatial sense of his installations.
Based in Los Angeles, Shapero creates a personal and intimate images which come from a very intuitive approach to artmaking. While her work can appear to reference Abject Art and even automatic painting, the true focus in Shaperos work is on making images that are immediate enough to balance the viewers subconscious interpretations with personal abstractions and language. Her drawings often connect simple cartoon -like styles with seemingly iconographic symbols. Feeling at once intimate and mysterious, simple and complex, Shaperos work hints at a deep psychological relationship between artist and viewer.
Dan Torop stopped programming computers when he was 9. When he began writing computer programs again, he had established a career as a photographer. While his photographs have focused on a bucolic, mysterious sense of the American landscape, its interesting that his computer programs have been geared towards producing the same effect. Torop has written an incredible program that allows a viewer to actually control the physics of a virtual ocean. While the images can be as sublime as his landscape photos, the process of developing the program is completely different from the photographic process.