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Group Exhibition
SCOPE Miami 2009
December 2 to December 7, 2009

Tony Curanaj
Nom de Plume
Oil on canvas
2008
39 x 24 inches
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Joshua Liner Gallery will participate in SCOPE Miami 09, to be held December 2 – 6 in SCOPE’s 60,000 sq.-foot pavilion in the Wynwood Art District. The gallery will be one of 68 exhibitors from 22 countries showcased during the 8th annual SCOPE Miami event. To mark this special occasion, Joshua Liner Gallery will present works by gallery artist’s Shawn Barber, Tiffany Bozic, Tony Curanaj, Evan Hecox, David Kassan, Dave Kinsey, Kris Kuksi, Travis Louie, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Cleon Peterson, and James Roper. These eleven artists demonstrate the gallery’s wide-ranging interests and offerings.

About the Artists:

Shawn Barber’s painting practice focuses on portraiture that documents contemporary tattoo culture. Born in 1970 in Cortland, New York, he received a BFA from the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida, in 1999 and currently lives and works in San Francisco. Solo exhibitions of his work include: New Works, Joshua Liner Gallery (2010); Tattoo Portraits, The Shooting Gallery, San Francisco (2009); and The New York Experience, Invisible NYC, New York (2007), among others. Selected group exhibitions include: The Detournements of Wynn Miller, Exhibit A Gallery, Los Angeles (2009), The Unsaid, Last Rites Gallery, New York (2008); and Arcanum, Strychnin Gallery, New York (2006).

Tiffany Bozic draws inspiration from nature studies and wilderness travels for her intricate acrylic-on-maple-panel paintings. Through a complex process of masking and staining, she builds lush images of plant and animal life that transform autobiographical themes into visual metaphors. Born in 1979 in Russellville, Arkansas, she currently lives and works in San Francisco. Solo exhibitions of her work include: New Works, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2010); Symmetrical Balance, Fecal Face Dot Com, San Francisco (2008); From the Depths, Artist in Residence at California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco (2008); and One Hundred Seasons, BLK/MRKT Gallery, Culver City, CA (2005). Selected group exhibitions include: Momentum, Gallery Nucleus, Los Angeles (2009); In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA (2008); and One Up, The Public Trust, Dallas (2007).

Tony Curanaj updates academic realism with contemporary subjects and themes. His still-life and trompe l’oeil paintings incorporate uncanny objects, riddles, and visual puns. Born in 1973 in New York, he studied at the National Academy of Design and the Water Street Atelier, and received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1995; he lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions of his work include: New Works, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2011); and Recent Paintings, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco (2009). Selected group exhibitions include: Still Life, DFN Gallery, New York (2008); DF Book Preview, Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati (2006); Realism Now, Century Gallery, Alexandria, VA (2004); and The Young Primitives, Groeninge Museum, Bruges, Belgium (2003).

Evan Hecox brings an articulate but gentle eye to the urban landscapes he visits throughout the world (i.e., Mexico City, San Francisco, Hanoi), which he depicts in gouache-on-panel works. These documentary-style images accentuate certain elements with high color in contrast to subdued tones of gray, tan, cream, and black. Born in 1970, he lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Solo exhibitions of his work include: The Last Thousand Years, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2009); Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA (2009); and The Art of Evan Hecox, Rocket Gallery, Tokyo (2003). Selected group exhibitions include the touring Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, originating at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2004); 2006 Colorado Biennial, Aspen Art Museum; and Session the Bowl, Deitch Projects, New York (2002).

David Kassan’s life-sized realist portraits combine figurative subjects with abstract backgrounds inspired by the work of Franz Kline and Robert Rauschenberg. This dual representation strategy leads to paintings that are at once “real” and abstract. Born in 1977 in Little Rock, Arkansas, he received a BFA from Syracuse University in 1999 and also studied at The National Academy and the Art Students League, both in New York; he currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Solo exhibitions of his work include: Introspections, Gallery Henoch, New York (2009); and Recent Paintings, Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery, New York (2005). Selected group exhibitions include: Hard Times, Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery, Park City, UT (2009); Art of the 20th Century, Park Avenue Armory, New York (2008); and Converging Passions, Andreeva Gallery, Santa Fe (2007).

Dave Kinsey works in a range of mediums on canvas to create spontaneous portrayals of urban figures. These textured, multilayered works feature bright swathes of color that intersect figural elements, a style he originated in street art settings. Born in 1971 in Pittsburgh, he studied at the Art Institute of Atlanta and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions of his work include: New Works, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2010); You Are Here, ALICE Gallery, Brussels (2008); and Enviromethodology, Stolenspace, London (2006). Selected group exhibitions include: Postcards From the Edge, Metro Pictures, New York (2008); Electric Wasteland, Montserrat Gallery, Beverly, MA (2006); and the touring Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, originating at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2004).

Kris Kuksi, a Kansas-based artist, creates mixed-media assemblages from model kits, toy soldiers, plastic skulls, knick-knack figurines, and mechanical parts. These wall-mounted, frieze-like works register from a distance as architectural ornamentation from the Belle Époque, but up close take on a Bosch-style chaos of gnarled forms in a dark tangle. Born in 1973 in Springfield, Missouri, he received an MFA in Studio Painting from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, in 2002. Solo exhibitions of his work include: Beast Anthology (2009) and Imminent Utopia (2008), Joshua Liner Gallery, New York; Oblivion (with Richard Kirk), Strychnin Gallery, Berlin (2007); and The Strange and The Fantastic, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO (2004). Selected group exhibitions include: Paradise Lost, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn (2008) and Flights of Imagination, Museum HR Giger, Gruyères, Switzerland (2006).

Travis Louie’s acrylic-on-panel paintings are small, whimsical portraits of bizarre beings, most inspired by a youthful fascination with “Atomic Age” sci-fi and horror movies. Richly rendered in black and white with fine shading, the work is also influenced by the lighting and atmosphere of German Expressionist and Film Noir motion pictures. Born in 1968 in Queens, New York, he received a BFA in Communication Design from Pratt Institute, New York, in 1990 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Solo exhibitions of his work include: New Works, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2010); Strange Grooming Habits, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2009); and Unusual Neighbors, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY (2008). Selected group exhibitions include: Kokeshi, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles (2009); The New Mythology, Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome (2008); and Hard Left, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin (2008).

Tomokazu Matsuyama’s paintings display the artist’s sensitivity to his cultural roots combined with a distinctive contemporary playfulness. In a brilliantly hued vocabulary of mythical creatures and geometric facets, he creates a pictorial dimension where ancient tales and contemporary visual design intermingle. Born in 1976 in Tokyo, he received an MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, New York, in 2004, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Solo exhibitions of his work include: Glancing at the Twin Peaks, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2009); Between the Polar, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Chiba, Japan (2007); Re-Union, Studio K, Tokyo (2005), among others. Selected group exhibitions include: Piece of Peace, Parco Gallery, Tokyo (2008); Living Lines, J Flynn Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA (2007); and Brave-Art, Telus Centre, Whistler, BC (2006).

Cleon Peterson creates a highly stylized pictorial world of sex, drugs, and violence, where deviance is the norm and law breakers and law enforcers are one in the same. In his acrylic-on-panel paintings, the flat, graphic style mimics the works’ air of urban lawlessness. Born in 1973 in Seattle, he received a BFA in Graphic Design from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, in 2004 and an MFA from The Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit, in 2006; he currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Selected group exhibitions include: Octopusses, New Image Art, Los Angeles (2009); Kill Pixie and Cleon Peterson, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco (2008); Trailblazers, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney (2008); and Those Damn Yanks, Leonard Street Gallery, London (2007).

James Roper’s acrylic-on-canvas paintings are influenced by Baroque painting and decoration, particularly the dynamic use of billowing cloud formations and the voluminous folds in fabric. In actuality, these images reference cerebral and neurological functions, abstracted to suggest a heightened version of reality. Born in 1982 in Knutsford, England, he received a BFA from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005 and currently lives and works in Manchester. Solo exhibitions of his work include: New Works, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2011); and Into the Fold, Forster Gallery, London (2008). Group exhibitions include: Seasonal Exchange, LeBASSE Projects, Culver City, CA (2009); OCHO número atómico, Artspace, Barcelona (2009); and Ten at One, Forster Gallery, London (2007).

Joshua Liner Gallery:

Joshua Liner established Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City’s Chelsea district in 2008. The gallery presents an exciting roster of emerging artists from the West and East coasts, Asia, and Europe. Informed by the urban street, Japanese pop culture, American comics, and digital design, these artists are at the cutting edge of contemporary art practices, which include sculpture and mixed-media works, as well as figurative and abstract painting. In addition to an annual program of exhibitions, Joshua Liner Gallery participates in seasonal contemporary art fairs, including F.A.M.E Collective, an independent exhibition of over 25 artists curated by Joshua Liner that coincided with Art Basel Miami Beach 2007 as well as SCOPE Miami 2008 and 2009.

Artists
Cleon Peterson
Dave Kinsey
Evan Hecox
Kris Kuksi
Shawn Barber
Tiffany Bozic
Tomokazu Matsuyama
Tony Curanaj
Travis Louie

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