Dave Kinsey + Greg Lamarche + Kris Kuksi
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair - Los Angeles
September 30 to October 4, 2011

Dave Kinsey
Mixed media on canvas
40 x 36 inches
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Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the inaugural PULSE Los Angeles contemporary art fair, to be held September 30–October 3, 2011. Joshua Liner Gallery will present works by gallery artists Dave Kinsey, Kris Kuksi, and Greg Lamarche. Lamarche has also been selected to create a mural as part of the fair’s special projects within the fair, while an additional mural by Dave Kinsey will be on view at the Standard Hotel downtown, one of a number of special exhibition venues that extend the fair’s presence throughout the city.

About the Artists

Dave Kinsey, a Los Angeles-based mixed-media artist, works in acrylic, spray paint, paper, wood, and ink on canvas. Kinsey’s works of raw emotion draw their energy, style, and often substance from the urban street and graffiti practices. He depicts dynamic figures situated in multi-layered, multi-textured atmospheres of pure abstraction. These urban beings—displaying a mixture of defiance, triumph, and tragedy—transmit their forceful spirit through a range of mediums and the artist’s signature, high-contrast palette of black, red, blue, white, and buff. Born in 1971, Kinsey studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Art Institute of Atlanta. His work has been exhibited at venues internationally, including ALICE Gallery (Brussels), The Public Trust (Dallas), Metro Pictures (New York), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), and La Panaderia Gallery (Mexico City). Kinsey founded BLK/MRKT Gallery (now Kinsey/DesForges) in Los Angeles in 2001. Joshua Liner Gallery will present a solo exhibition of new work by Dave Kinsey in 2012.

Kris Kuksi, a Kansas-based artist and Joshua Liner Gallery mainstay, creates sculptural assemblages from mass-produced “junk,” such as toy soldiers, bric-a-brac, plastic figurines, and machine parts. Synthesized into rococo tableaux, these scavenged castoffs become idealistic fantasies that suggest the aesthetics of the Belle Époque yet expose the crass, even mercenary underbelly of civilization in their dark nooks and intricacies. Born in 1973, Kuksi received a BFA and MFA in Painting at Fort Hays State University, Kansas. His work has been exhibited at venues internationally, including Strychnin Gallery (Berlin), CoproGallery (Santa Monica), Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (Brooklyn), and Museum HR Giger (Gruyères, Switzerland). Joshua Liner Gallery will present a solo exhibition of new work by Kris Kuksi in 2012.

Greg Lamarche, a New York-based artist and Joshua Liner Gallery newcomer, works in hand-cut paper collage from a vast collection of found materials, commercially printed papers, and vintage printed matter. In an interplay of abstracted graffiti language and commercial graphic design, Lamarche enlists a profusion of font styles, word fragments, and bold colors to explore rhythmic repetition, multiple perspectives, and the suggestion of sound and movement. Born in 1969, Lamarche received a BA in Fine Art from Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, New Hampshire. His work has been exhibited at venues internationally, including Show & Tell Gallery (Toronto), Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco), West Cork Arts Centre (Ireland), 1000 £ Bend (Melbourne), Steinsland Berliner Gallery (Stockholm), and Creative Time/Coney Island (Brooklyn, NY). Joshua Liner Gallery will present a solo exhibition of new work by Greg Lamarche in 2012.

Greg Lamarche - Cut Corners mural

As part of PULSE Los Angeles’ special projects Joshua Liner Gallery will present a mural-sized wall painting by Greg Lamarche from his ongoing Cut Corners series. A recent iteration in this series was installed at Maryland Art Place (MAP) in Baltimore.The wall paintings are developed from the artist’s cut-paper collage series of the same name that captures his love of typography and three-dimensional shadows. In these dynamic and colorful works, letter forms are fragmented and repeated to create original architectural compositions that mimic city skylines.The lively palette is inspired by spray-paint colors popular in the 1970s. Movement is another important component, emphasized in the ziggurat-like stacking of forms and wave designs. Lamarche’s mix of form, color, and arrangement breaks down staid divisions between the disciplines of fine art, graphic art, and architecture.

About PULSE Los Angeles 2011

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is the leading U.S. art fair dedicated solely to contemporary art. Through its annual editions in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, PULSE provides a platform for diverse galleries to present renowned and pioneering contemporary artists, alongside an evolving series of original programming. PULSE also supports numerous nonprofit art organizations and schools.

Expanding on its successful fairs in Miami and New York, PULSE Los Angeles will showcase the city’s burgeoning art scene and take place at the Event Deck at the L.A. LIVE complex in downtown Los Angeles. This 100,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor, multi-use exhibition space will host the fair’s signature IMPULSE, PULSE Projects, PULSE Play, and PULSE Presents series of special installations, screenings, and large-scale artworks. http://www.pulse-art.com

About Joshua Liner Gallery

Founded in 2008 in New York City’s Chelsea Arts District, Joshua Liner Gallery presents an exciting roster of established and emerging artists from North and South America, Asia, and Europe. These fresh voices engage with the issues of today—globalism, new technology, politics, contemporary urban society, the environment—yet in dynamic dialogue with the histories and aesthetics of the past. In an eclectic range of mediums and approaches, gallery artists reveal influences as disparate as the urban street, Asian pop culture, folk art, music and sound theory, the Old Masters, advertising, and digital design. The work of gallery artists is stylistically diverse, featuring figurative realism, surrealist and futurist fantasy, and geometric abstraction, among other offerings. Joshua Liner Gallery represents the leading edge of contemporary art practices—new media, mixed-media sculpture, and collective models of production—as well as a focused program of contemporary easel painting. Above all, gallery artists reflect the cultural crosscurrents and decentralized reality of artmaking today.

Dave Kinsey
Greg Lamarche
Kris Kuksi

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