Kaila Gee (b 1989, Sacramento, CA) Kaila received her BFA from The Art Institute of Boston in 2011. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Kaila explains her artwork. “In my work, I seek to capture a sense of the past – of a time forgotten. To do so, I look to myth and lore, to the natural world and ancient ways. I search for anything with roots, and dig deep beyond the mundane world and into the fantastic. This collection of drawings and paintings highlight creatures and man-beasts from this world.”
Mathew Hurtado Mathew Hurtado (b. 1990, Northridge, CA) Mathew’s work is deeply personal and tells the story of personal relationships, political issues, and the struggle of being a minority. Still life of Loteria Cards, Mexican Marionettes, Tapatio all play a part telling these very personal narratives of the artists Hispanic heritage. Mathew is a tattoo and fine artist who started his tattooing career in 2011. Mathew is part of the Black Anchor Collective and currently lives and works in Hesperia, CA.
Paige Jiyoung Moon (b 1984, Seoul, South Korea) Paige received her BFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena in 2012. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Win Wallace (b Barnwell, South Carolina) Win received his BFA from the University of Texas. Win currently lives and works in Austin, TX. The artist's recent practice focuses on conte and charcoal portraits, as well as ink drawings. Since high school, Wallace played in bands and made zillions of flyers for underground punk and noise rock shows. Over the years, he made posters for bands like the Melvins, Neurosis, Sleep, Helios Creed, Alice Donut, DMBQ, Animal Collective, Scratch Acid, The Dicks and many others. He moved to Austin in the mid-1990’s to study drawing at the University of Texas. His drawings are influenced by history, art history, dreams, nature, and pathos. Wallace has exhibited his work extensively in Texas, throughout the United States and internationally.
E.E.Kono (b. 1973 Wisconsin) She studied art history at the University of Iowa and the University of Hull in England. E.E. currently lives and works in Southern, CA. Kono creates paintings that explore the cyclical nature of history and culture. Her work is concerned with the dissemination of knowledge, identity, and symbolism through global commerce. By utilizing egg tempera, an ancient technique that fell from favor in the West during the early renaissance, she comments on today’s systematic rejection of the humanistic principles upon which the modern era was founded. She is influenced by northern European renaissance artists such as Holbein, Van der Weyden, and Memling as well as Italian masters, especially Bronzino.
Christine Fulton, “sea monster” (b. 1982 Sacramento CA) Graduated from CSU Chico 2005 with BFA in printmaking/drawing. Christine currently lives and works in rural Northern CA. This series depicts various stages of courtship. Relying sometimes on animals for sweet pointers, the often ambiguously gendered figures investigate which mating rituals will prove successful. Driven by murky intentions, they experiment with unconventional modes of flirtation and are willing to participate in obscure displays of affection with copulation most likely being their end game.
Charles Snowden (b. San Diego, CA) In 2012, he received a B.A. in Studio Art from Humboldt State University. Charles has exhibited in venues throughout California such as the San Diego Art Institute, Oceanside Museum of Art, California Center for the Arts, and William D. Cannon Gallery. He is currently an Instructional Assistant for Mira Costa College’s Art Department in Oceanside, California. Charles will pursue an MFA in Fine Art at UCLA starting this fall.
The artist describes the work “My work investigates past, present, and future relationships with people, places, and objects. The figure and plant life are used to express a desire for connection to my environment. However, the work is derived from personal experiences that evoke feelings of distance and detachment. Articulating these emotions can be difficult, even when the memories that perpetuate them are easy to hold onto. By creating a vulnerable place, I envision forming a deeper connection between my authentic self and the authentic self of the viewer. It is a way to reflect on the ambiguous aspects of existence through shared experiences.”
Michael Pajon (b. 1979 Chicago, IL) Graduated BFA, The School of the Art Institute Chicago. Michael currently works and lives in New Orleans, LA. Eventually gravitating to the graphic nature of the medium that closely resembled the comics he loved, he worked closely as an assistant/ studio manager to renowned artist Tony Fitzpatrick. During this time he started making assemblages of the bits and pieces he had accumulated from alleys, junk shops, and thrift stores, slicing up old children’s book covers and rearranging their innards into disjointed tales of Americana.
Pajon’s work has been exhibited in various venues worldwide, including the Illinois State Museum, Chicago, IL; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Prospect 1.5 (curated by Dan Cameron), New Orleans, LA; Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY; Nau-Haus Art Space, Houston, TX, and Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA. His work has been shown in numerous art fairs including Nova Art Fair (Chicago, 2006), Bridge London (London, 2007), Aqua Art Fair (Miami, 2007), Next Art Fair (Chicago, 2008), the Texas Contemporary Art Fair (Houston, 2012), and VOLTA New York (2013).
His work has been reviewed in Forbes, Where Magazine, Juxtapoz, ArtInfo, Artlyst, Gambit Weekly, New City, Artnet, Artslant, and Pelican Bomb. His works appear in numerous public and private collections including 21c Museum, Louisville, KY; the Francis H. Williams Collection in Wellesley, MA; Megan Koza Young of the Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX; as well as prominent New Orleans collectors Thomas Coleman and Michael Wilkinson.