“Gander” is a group show featuring a handful of artists we will be exhibiting this December at CONTEXT Art Miami. CONTEXT is an international art fair taking place during Art Basel Miami week. We have been exhibiting in Miami going on five years, it is a great chance to introduce collectors from around the world to our roster of artists. For this exhibit we want to give a gander into the artists we typically show outside the gallery.
This year a new addition to a very diverse group will be Tim Kowalczyk and his ceramic sculpture works. Tim has created a new series of work based on “tools” typically used by graffiti writers.
Tim Kowalczyk received his MFA from Illinois State University in 2011 and now teaches Ceramics at Illinois Central in East Peoria. He is a seasoned ceramist dedicated to working solely in ceramics. He received several awards including the Presidential Scholarship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Merwin Medal: McLean County 82nd Annual Amateur Show, and Best of Show: Water Street Studios Anniversary Show. Tim works out of his home in Central Illinois.
Tim’s newest work is a series of sculptures that pay homage to graffiti artists through imitation. He has created startlingly real looking “vandalism tools” using only ceramic, silk screen and glaze. The attention to detail when using his “Trompe l’oeil” effects makes the ceramic take on the illusion of actual paint brushes, markers and other banged-up tools previously used by graffiti artists. This transformation creates a history/use for the objects that leaves the viewer to consider their true purpose.
Alongside Tim we will be exhibiting a selection of works by Swoon, Martin Whatson, Dan Witz and David Walker. All of these artists bring a unique atheistic that always stands out among hundreds of artists in the same room.
Recently, we had the chance to attend the opening of Swoon’s retrospective exhibit at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center. “The Canyon 1999 – 2017” features a very in depth look at the career and amazing artwork Swoon has created going back 18 years. It’s an absolute honor to work with such a talented and thoughtful human being. Included in this exhibit we have a few beautiful examples of her work.
Martin Whatson recently opened a very successful solo exhibit in Los Angeles featuring a wide range of his work including paintings on found objects which are always very popular in Miami. For this exhibit we have a few paintings on antique portraits that have an equally farsical and sinister vibe.
Dan Witz is always innovating, commenting on and beautifying our surroundings with his discreet yet powerful paintings and sculptures. Going back over 20 years Dan has been placing hummingbirds into city environments, we are lucky to have a couple of his studio pieces he created on found signage. We also have on view a pair of painted dumpsters from a new series of work Dan has been exploring. The “dumpsters” are oil paintings on Sintra based on actual dumpsters Dan encounters during his travels.
David Walker is an artist who takes painting with spray paint to another level. He creates beautiful portraits with bursts of color that seamlessly blend and bounce off each other across the entire canvas. We can’t emphasize enough how easy he makes this look when in reality it’s very difficult effect to achieve. Stop by and see a painting in person.
We hope you can see these works in the gallery before we take them to Miami in early December – More information on our booth and artists for CONTEXT Art Miami coming soon!