Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room is Elegant Universe, featuring new work by Dutch artist Handiedan. Handiedan creates elaborate three dimensional collage pieces from a cut and paste method of re-assemblage. Starting with the iconic imagery of the vintage pin-up girl, popularized in the 30’s, the artist creates complex images from a combination of pattern, figurative imagery, and symbol. Her materials are culled from a vast array of printed cultural currency. Appropriating everything from postage stamps, and legal tender, to origami paper patterns, and historical sheet music motifs, the artist’s work is a combination of re-design and aggregation. Her multi-layered compositions transform found two dimensional imagery, literally re-imagining it in relief. Handiedan’s facility and skill in graphic design, illustration, and photography, is immediately visible in her complex works. Graphically sophisticated, their actual assemblage involves a highly detailed sculptural component. The artist incorporates wood and other materials to raise the surfaces and increase their dimensionality. At times the works feel like complex visual puzzles, with pattern and figurative elements interchangeably intermixed. The degree of complexity and depth is impressive. A pastiche of historical styles, the artist borrows from the Baroque to the Neo-Classical, and from the Victorian to the post-war eras. Handiedan explores beauty as a process of aggregation and re-construction, as she re-assembles the found into highly detailed compositions. The artist also incorporates subtle drawing elements – small tattoos, and seemingly haphazard ballpoint pen doodles – to remind us of her agency in the work’s making, and to strategically interrupt her artfully re-purposed illusions. Internationally exhibited, Handiedan has shown extensively. Her work is currently part of a significant Museum survey show entitled: HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture II at Musée La Halle Saint Pierre, in Paris, France.
SCOPE ART SHOW ANCHORS MIDTOWN MIAMI WITH NEW PRIME LOCATION 110 N.E. 36 St. at Midtown Blvd. Miami, Florida 33138 SCOPE Art Show returns to Miami in 2012 with a new location on the most highly-trafficked gateway to the Midtown Arts District. Located at N.E. 36th St and Midtown Blvd., SCOPE Miami’s monumental 100,000 sq. ft. pavilion will house its most ambitious fair to date, featuring a selection of 20 innovative Breeder Programgalleries presented alongside 85 established international exhibitors. Celebrated as the premier launching pad for contemporary art, SCOPE Miami will run concurrent with Art Basel Miami, December 4 – 9th, 2012. SCOPE MIAMI 2012 SCOPE Miami opens to Press and VIPs on Tuesday, December 4 with the First View benefit and will run December 4 – December 9, 2012. Alongside our featured galleries, SCOPE Miami will also present cutting-edge special programming, collector tours and special events that feature the best and brightest across multiple creative industries, including fashion, film, music and performance. With over a decade of critically acclaimed art shows and non-profit initiatives that extend beyond the ordinary in Contemporary art, design, music and fashion, SCOPE Art Shows have garnered critical acclaim with sales exceeding $300 million and attendance of over 500,000 visitors.
Thinkspace is pleased to present More Human Than Human, featuring new work by Canadian artist Jacub Gagnon in the solo gallery. Gagnon is one of Toronto’s emerging contemporary talents. The artist’s paintings are composed of dramatic expanses of pitch black negative space, populated by colorful hyper-realist renderings of wildlife in whimsical situations. The little creatures of Gagnon’s imaginings surrealistically activate human objects with both absurd and adorable end results. Meticulously detailed and rendered, with the application of delicate layers, Gagnon’s colors and textures are jewel like. The artist’s scenarios are those of fantasy, summoned by an unfettered imagination and uninhibited by the restrictive logic of reality. Gagnon probes the fine line between the innocuous and the sinister, effortlessly subverting the order of the natural world. The work combines the preciousness of miniaturization with the whimsy of fantastical narrative. At times uncanny and dark in their unlikely combinations, the pieces activate unprecedented relationships between the animal and human worlds, and transfigure wild animals into anthropomorphic guises; like eerie little impostors of the human. We are seduced by a detailed and luminous surface, and fascinated by its circus of creatures. The paintings are almost Baroque in their drama and intensity, but undeniably contemporary in their aesthetic. Humor abounds in this land of carnival and inversion: scale is subverted, and natural relationships are defied. It is a world of disproportion and excess, as anything is possible, and nothing too perverse, in the descent down the rabbit hole. Gagnon deploys a trove of visual pleasures for the viewer, and creates a threshold into a world of boundless fantasy.
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