Catching Up With Artists Friends

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At Artists Republic we’ve developed a family of artists that are constantly pursuing new projects and inspiring us with everything that they do!  Here’s an update on exciting things going on with some of our artists.

 

Deanna Templeton will be doing a signing of her new umyeaharts book “The Swimming Pool” at Arcana Books in L.A. on June 18th from 5 to 7pm.

“The Swimming Pool is a new photographic essay from California-based street photographer Deanna Templeton (born 1969) that departs from her usual style to offer an expressive, intimate view of the human form underwater. The series was born after an impromptu nude swimming-pool shoot of husband and artist Ed Templeton, which spurred an eight-year journey in the study of light, expression and the enigma of water. Shooting entirely on color and black-and-white film and Polaroid, Templeton sent friends into the pool to be photographed in their truest form. Unlike her street photography, in which subjects were often strangers, Templeton found that creating these portraits required more intimacy and connection―a feeling that is apparent throughout every image in the series, which show strong, liberated individuals, confident and at ease in their most beautiful and vulnerable moments. As Ed Templeton writes in his afterword to this volume, “the nude swimmer is floating in a void of quiet solitude, the gentle pressure of being underwater enclosing her form like a baby in a womb and nothing exists outside of this world. A lone figure amidst a sea of blues and greys and frenetic sunlight performing a solitary dance for the photographer above, choosing movements and directions, twisting and swooping, contorting and expelling breaths painting a picture of form and light together.” The Swimming Pool offers a deep and inspiring view of the human form.”

 

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Wirtz Elementary in Paramount

Erik Caruso is a 5th grade teacher at Wirtz Elementary School in Paramount, CA.  Caruso felt that the school was lacking in the art department so he created one himself.  He also brought some incredible artists to paint murals around the buildings and inspire the students.  Murals included our own Rich JacobsBen Brough, Nathaniel Russell and Gomez Bueno along with works from Tim Kerr, Takahiro Hida, Hi-Dutch and Yusuke Tanai.

Musicians: Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece, Mike Watt

Kids’ project participants:
Shepard Fairey, Matt Leines, Sandy Yang, Tobin Yelland, Nathaniel Russell, Tim Kerr, Rich Jacobs, Yusuke Hanai, Hi-Dutch

 

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Tim Kerr

 

We will continue to keep you all posted on the incredible projects that our artists are constantly creating and working on.

Stay tuned for upcoming works from Ferris Plock, Kelly Tunstall ( KEFE) and Andy Davis!

KEFE : Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock // Artist Interview

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Kelly&Ferris Bio:

The experimental yet classically grounded work of Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall lives comfortably in a space between graphic expression, stylized representation, surrealism, and sketch. Their preferred medium is a combination of acrylic, collage, spray paint, pencil, pen and ink, gold leaf. The binary contrast of masculine and feminine as the major theme in their work is also a very real and personal visual conversation between their imagined realities. Enhanced by complex, delicate layers, their bold pieces exist not only as individual pieces, but as part of larger installations or site-specific works.

Tunstall’s studied portraits render stylized female figures, as well as their pets, prey, powers, and dreams. Their physical forms and their relationship with each other represent and mirror internal thought processes and turmoil. Frequent themes, such as mermaids, twins, or extra limbs, concede a desire, a reliance, an adaptation, or more simply, an aspiration to something greater than the medium itself.

In contrast, Plock’s work centers on the inner animalistic tendencies reflected in humans throughout the context of modern life. Transfigured into monsters in some cases, characters include a samurai cyclops and a delicious slice of fanged pizza on roller blades. The prominent theme of anachronism in his work features creatures in all walks of life coming together to aid each other.

Tunstall and Plock have both shown individually, as well as collaboratively, on a national and international scale. They are also professional animators, illustrators and designers. The pair are based in San Francisco with their two sons.

 

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Artists Republic is pleased to showcase Aquatics, a duo exhibition by Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock opening July 2nd.

Interview with Kelly & Ferris by Amanda Raynes.

 

1. Your upcoming show with us is titled “Aquatic” and revisits similar themes as your show seven years ago titled “Sea of Love.”  How has your work/partnership changed or evolved since then and what is it that draws you to this recurring theme?

We live basically by the ocean; we can hear the fog horns by the golden gate bridge at night. the ocean and water was a big part of both of our childhoods- i personally love the feeling of weightlessness and silence and the pretty hair you get when immersed- i have crazy hair and it made much more sense underwater. ferris surfs and also kept a rock collection which needed to be submerged to show its colors. now we get to spend a lot of time at the beach with the kids, so we get to bring that to it too.

we’ve kind of grown into a real symbiotic relationship in terms of the collaborative work. it feels good to work alone, it feels good to work together- it’s a really natural mature artistic conversation at this point. since we work both ways, someone is always bringing something new to the table, and we get to share the process completely.

sea of love was right before our first son was born. we now have two boys; brixton is six and aengus is three. so we’ve learned to work concisely. there’s not a whole lot of room for experimentation, so our process is really refined at this point.

2. Both of your work has ties to so many influences.  Are there any travels or experiences that stand out as leading you to where you are now in your style?

Ferris and our son Brixton just got back from a show in tokyo. that’s a big one. they brought back a ton of toys for me.

we are ever obsessed with disneyland.

we go to the oregon coast every summer- it’s a moodier coast than some

we are staycationing the rest of the time in our favorite place. san francisco is a shapeshifter that seems to be able to sense our moods and provide for them. for two people that get bored pretty quick, we keep it on its toes for sure.

3. As far as process goes- do you come up with the idea/composition together or does one of you start a piece and let the other add/complete it?

the big ideas come out of the title for the show, so we kind of make sure everything we do works within that parameter first. for “aquatics” for instance, we’ll be doing some floating compositions.

ferris has aquatic creatures that cross with his ukiyo-e works, so i will have a lot of rich patterning in my work too. since we work in the same space, and with the same materials, it’s a very fluid, fluent process with a lot of crossover.

the conversation is basically- do you want to work in on this? or hey this thing would look great there.

some of the works will be done individually, but we naturally try to complement the other work in the show, reflexively almost. so the whole body of work is really a collaboration.

4. As individual artists you both have an illustrative approach- does working together ever lead to a narrative in the work?

absolutely! we are visual storyteller- so on a meta level, it’s our conversation, embodied by our many different internal people. like, i get to be eight different people on any given day, so that feeling becomes a character, or i’ll put my friends in, or we’ll put the kids in, but sometimes it’s a visual record, a diary of something i saw or experienced that day. but it’s a really natural conclusion, we don’t plan much more than “this shape goes here”, but somehow these intricate balances and interactions work into the pieces. it can be these really big stories, or tiny little corners that are this tiny story, but so poetic. our clients find things years later and will get in touch about it. it’s pure train of thought most of the time, but it’s so fun to look back and have these little puzzle pieces all over the world.

 

DON PENDLETON – THE REFLECTED SOUND OF EVERYTHING, ARTIST INTERVIEW

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Please contact Torrey Cook, Artists Republic for further details.

ART MARKET SAN FRANCISCO 2016

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Artists Republic gallery was proud to participate in this years Art Market show at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The collection of galleries exhibiting at this years fair was wonderful and we made so many new friends and got to see some great art. The weather was incredible as well.. there’s nothing better than a sunny San Francisco day by the water. A big thanks to all the artists that had art work in our booth… Casey O’Connell, Laura Berger, Laurie Hassold, Kelly Tunstall, Dennis McNett, Kati Williams, Bunnie Reiss, Deedee Cheriel and Super Future Kid.

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Super Future Kid – London, England

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Artists Republic Gallery is pleased to host London artist Super Future Kid for her first solo show in the United States.

Super Future Kid’s mixed media paintings explore a wide range of subjects. Employing bold colours in oils, acrylics, gouache and spray paint, SFK combines an array of ideas, symbols, images and patterns to a joyful chaos that synthesises banality with the extraordinary. Her work provides a platform which is emotionally engaging and gives the observer an opportunity to discover places of a dreamlike reality. Super Future Kid attended the Chelsea Collage of Art and Design and the Academy of Art Berlin Weissensee where she graduated in 2008. Since then, she has participated in exhibitions nationally and internationally in cities including London, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Berlin.


April 12, 2016
Interview with London based artist Super Future Kid by Amanda Raynes:

 

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1. With your solo show “Extendable Realities : Change Everything You Are” coming up, what inspired this body of work and what is the meaning of the title?

My work is an ongoing process which means that this body of work is not necessarily isolated from the rest of my work. It is however a series of paintings that were, apart from a few exceptions) made in the same process. I am constantly curious about the meaning of life. Who we are and what we are supposed to be and do in the time of our existence. Life is short, it is the time we spend between youth and death and I wonder what it means to hold on to the beginning, how far can youth be stretched, will it prolong our life? So the title ‘Extendable Realities : Change Everything You Are’ is a reference to the ever expanding possibilities of people that we could be and lifes that we could have if we wanted to.

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TEN OC : 2016

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This past Thursday during Art Walk we hosted the second annual TEN Orange County show and were reminded of what a great artists community we have so close by!  We featured some incredible work from Ben Brough, Brian Bent, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Chantal de Felice, Danny Schutt, David Blake, Laurie Hassold, Michelle Bickford, Sophie St. Onge and Tyler Warren.

As our returning musical performance we were stoked to hear from The Sanity’s, whose punk rock sounds went perfectly with the installation by Skibs!

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Artist Sophie St. Onge in front of her piece with gallery owner Torrey and family :)

 

Artists Republic’s goal has always been to bring awareness to the amazingly talented artists in Orange County and this show is the perfect example of how we make it happen!  We are so proud of the ten incredible people in this show and feel so lucky to be able to work with them.

Thank you to everyone who came out and be sure to check out the show open until May 1st!!

WOMEN OF THE NEW CONTEMPORARY – EXTENDED!

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WOMEN OF THE NEW CONTEMPORARY

EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 7, 2016

BRANDSTATER GALLERY
LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY, RIVERSIDE CA

Curated by –
Artists Republic owner Torrey Cook
with special help from Brandstater Gallery Director Tim Musso

Special Installations from –
Martha Rich
Deanna Templeton
and local CA artists, Jennie Cotterill (Huntington Beach), Chantal de Felice (San Clemente), Yevgeniya Mikhailik (Irvine),  Camilla Taylor (Los Angeles), Suzanne Walsh (Santa Ana), Sara Walsh (Los Angeles), Jessie Keylon (San Diego), Lauren Over (Los Angeles), Nancy Chiu (Fountain Valley), Erynn Richardson (Riverside)

Murals by –
Casey O’Connell, Velia de Iuliis, Martha Rich, Jennie Cotterill, Yevgeniya Mikhailk and Nancy Chiu.

Additional Works by –
Amanda Marie (Denver, Co) – Alea Nicole Hurst (McDonough, Ga.) – Camilla Taylor (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Casey O’Connell (San Diego, Calif.) – Dee Dee Cheriel (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Handiedan (Amsterdam) – Hilary White (Florida) – Jovi Schnell (Berkeley, Calif.) – Kati Williams (Richmond, Va.) – Kelly Tunstall (San Francisco, Calif.) – Laura Berger (Chicago, Ill.) – Laurie Hassold (Costa Mesa, CA) – Lisa Congdon (Portland, Ore.) – Liz Brizzi (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Magdalena Wosinska (Los Angeles, Calif.)  – Mel Kadel (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Paige Smith (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Super Future Kid (London)

 

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INTRODUCING : SUPER FUTURE KID

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Artists Republic Gallery is proud to be welcoming London artist Super Future Kid for her first solo show in the United States this May. We are very excited for you all to get to know her a little better and meet her in person at her opening on May 7th, 2006.

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“Being born in East Germany in 1981 meant to have an interesting childhood. I encountered the visually striking differences between the east and west and this experience heightened my appreciation for the complexity of our visual surroundings and the vastness of objects and images of popular culture and everyday life and made me grow a particular fondness for bold colours, shapes and imagery. Thus, my childhood and youth is a time period that still has a great influence on my personality and artistic identity.

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WOMEN OF THE NEW CONTEMPORARY – STUDENT RESPONSE

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This past February, Artists Republic owner Torrey Cook had the pleasure of working with Tim Musso, gallery Director of the Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra University to bring over 30 artists to Riverside. The show – “Women of The New Contemporary” consisted of art works from a wide variety of mediums and styles as well as five murals that were painted around the Visual Arts Center.

After the opening reception, Tim asked students in the art department to write their feeling about the show. Here is a small selection of excerpts from the responses… a huge thank you again to Tim and all the students at La Sierra University for making this such an incredible experience….

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“On the evening of 28 February 2016, individuals of the Riverside community came together to acknowledge the opening of a new exhibition: Women of the New Contemporary. Over thirty artists came to show a variety of artwork that even included murals. Personally, it was such an excitement to see the walls of La Sierra University come alive. There was a live show during the reception. It was really addicting to watch.”

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“It was different looking at the murals lit up by projecting lights instead of seeing them during the daytime. One of the best parts was getting to see some of the artists working on a mural that combines their various interests together. During the curator/director/artist’s talk, one artist discussed how they were inspired by La Sierra’s campus to create a mural that incorporated various natural features of the surroundings. It is great that La Sierra has taken this endeavor that uplifts women artists, gave the muralists free reign, and encouraged them to try something new. This idea strengthens the new contemporary movement that allows the artists to question what art is, what is its purpose, and to explore those ideas in any form that calls to them.”

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April 7, 2016 // Artists Republic Gallery Presents: TEN OC 2016

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April 7, 2016 During First Thursdays Art Walk, Laguna Beach Artists Republic Gallery presents : TEN OC 2016. Read More

Velia de Iuliis – San Francisco, CA

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Velia De Iuliis (born 1990) was raised in San Francisco, California where she still resides.  Her paintings predominantly reflect her fascination with symmetry found in nature in contrast to the chaos that can be found in an urban world.  She received her BFA with distinction in Illustration from the California College of the Arts in 2013.  Velia’s upcoming shows include the ‘Into the Woods’ group show at the Maeght Gallery (October 2015), a painting for the Imagine Bus project (November 2015), Athen B. Gallery show (January 2016), LA art fair in partnership with Artists Republic Gallery (January 2016) and her first solo show with Artists Republic Gallery, The Riddle of the Universe (February 2016).

Interview with Velia de Iuliis by Amanda Raynes

With your solo show “The Riddle of the Universe” coming up, what inspired this body of work and what is the meaning of the title?

The title of my show ‘The Riddle of the Universe’ is taken from the text written by the great 19th century zoologist and philosopher Ernst Haeckel who believed that to better understand humanity, we must first understand the fauna we share the planet with. His work both in writing and in illustrations have had a great influence on me.

I draw inspiration from an inherent curiosity for all creatures and this show is a compilation of fauna that I have admired and newly discovered subjects. The pleasure of painting animals comes from educating myself about species I was previously unaware of.

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RICH JACOBS – OAKLAND, CA

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Interview with Rich Jacobs by Amanda Raynes
August 13, 2015

Not only have you had countless shows of your own work, but you’ve curated many shows around the world. How has your art evolved to get to this particular show, and what is the meaning of the title, “A Part of You”?

I feel lucky to have been involved in art making and curating for as long as I have , I am always surprised and humbled by the chance to do either, and am grateful to share. My work has evolved slowly over my life, changing with experiences, and life changes, perspective shifts and hurtles that we each face individually. I love making things and am fortunate to have figured that out very young…it gave me an outlet that I very much needed then, and in fact still do today. Read More

Nov. 2 // Michael Ziobrowski Hosts: BOX SOCIAL II

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Another one-night only art, film & music culture show, being held in Historic Downtown Santa Ana’s East End.

As was done last month, over 20 artists will take over 4,500 sq. ft. of concrete, rot iron and wood… and transform the space into a giant room of color and creativity.

The event is all artist driven and will allow everyone to break the mold and take total control of this large blank indoor canvas.

Guests will experience a variety of murals, installations, fine artwork, photography, film and music from some of the areas leading creative minds. The goal is to shine the spotlight on Santa Ana and cultivate the imagination of the community.

 

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November 1-29 // Hibbleton Presents: The Art of Hope

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Hibbleton Gallery, in collaboration with Fullerton College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Hope University, cordially invite you to their next exhibit…

The Art of Hope: an art exhibit and silent auction benefitting Hope University, a leader in fine arts programs for adults with intellectual disabilities.

The opening reception is Friday, November 1, from 6-10pm during the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk. This event is FREE and open to the public. Read More

Nov. 9 // Rothick Art Haus Presents: Urban Selective

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Featuring the artwork of:
Kyle William Harper
John Michael Gill
Miguel Paredes
Nik Soupe

Sat Nov 9th 6-10pm during the Fall Art Crawl Experience (A.C.E.) view the art and take advantage of the food trucks, beer garden, multiple music stages and art vendors along the street.

For more info about the gallery and show, visit Rothick Art Haus’s website.

Nov. 2 – Nov. 30 // F+ Gallery Presents: Matthew Hodges I AM THE BEAST I WORSHIP

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Matthew Hodges solo show, “I Am The Beast I Worship” opens Saturday, November 2, 2013 at F+ Gallery in Santa Ana.

Matthew Hodges : “I am the beast I worship is a mixed media stencil exhibit show casing women’s bodies from around the world with their choice of animal face to cover up their identity. The materials used in this project are all vintage, starting with 110 year old pages from a 1902 sears catalog, 1970s playboys, and 1960s mammals and cats books. Each collaged canvas has three images embedded in the backgrounds: Bank of America Check, Surgeon General Warning for Smoking, and a Playboy subscription card. Can you find them? I feel that this series is the hardest I have ever worked on a project and I hope you enjoy it and are able to see the time and effort that was put into it.”  Read More

Newton’s Third | Curated by Jennie Cotterill

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“Every action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction”

Newton’s Third opens Saturday October 12th at F+ Gallery in Santa Ana. Works inspired by duality, connectivity, and universal balance, show curator Jennie Cotterill talks about her concepts for the show:

“Newton’s Third Law echoes through my head every day.  I’m obsessed with its socio-karmic implications.  Nothing exists in a vacuum and everything we do has a consequence or side effect.  (As Hans Dose pointed out the other day—a hangover is a perfect example.)  It’s easy to see it as good connecting to bad, but I’d like to emphasize the flip side to the exchange: bad things can have unexpected positive effects.  Even more than that: the impeccable balance that is achieved by the back and forth. Read More

Nov 7 – Dec 31 // Salt Fine Art Presents – Nature Human Nature

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The photography of Luis Paredes 

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November 7 – December 31, 2013  

Opening reception, Thursday November 7, 2013 from 6 – 9 pm 

Second reception, December 5, 2013 from 6 – 9 pm

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Sept 21 – Oct 22 // As.Issued 2 year anniversary show “Present Tense”

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As Issued Art + Design Bookstore and Gallery celebrates their two-year anniversary with an group exhibition featuring 26 artists from across North America. They have ventured outside the boundaries of local contemporary art and have brought together a broad cross-section of regional and international artists from New York City, Mexico, Portland, San Diego, Canada, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The exhibition will address trends within the context of contemporary art, as well as stimulate a larger discussion on how these trends have increasingly guided decisions in the art world.

Co-Curated with Kevin Peterson, ‘Present Tense’ brings new observations to the discussion of contemporary art, where it currently resides and what it will mature into. The 26 participating artists represent a full range of mediums—from traditional painting to sculpture and represent a diversity of careers, from the internationally renowned to the barely known.

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SPACE SNA

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A few weeks ago there a something really special happened in Orange County. Organized by the owners of As Issued in Costa Mesa and the artists who curated the epic event Warehouse1425 in San Diego, over twenty five street artists took over a unused 4500 square foot space and transformed it floor to ceiling into a haven of murals, wheat pasted walls, and urban inspired art available for purchase. Something you might see happen in Los Angeles or New York but never before in Orange County. It was guerrilla style with the huge warehouse space being donated by the developers and only available to the artists for one week to come in and paint and one night to be open to the the public. And in typical street-art fashion, it was all buffed out a couple of days later. So for those who missed it, better luck next time. We’ll be sure to give you a heads up when the next one is announced.

Photos courtesy of Corky Nepomuceno of www.fullertonfoundry.com