Cutting-edge gallery celebrates the debut of its darkest exhibit to-date coinciding with the opening of its new store CG Boutique
Calix Gustav Gallery is pleased to announce the unveiling of its newest exhibition â€œMÃ¶rker,â€ along with the galleryâ€™s new CG Boutique, a smaller gallery intended for the younger art collector. Coinciding with the Wynwood Arts Districtâ€™s monthly art walk, an intimate reception will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m on Saturday, September 11, 2010.
Signifying the gloomy darkness seen through a childâ€™s dreams â€“ and nightmares â€“ MÃ¶rker is possibly the galleryâ€™s darkest, most thought-provoking exhibit to-date. With his charcoal and ink drawings of a magical and mysterious Scandinavian forest inhabited by eerie, mystical characters, Swedish artist Johan BjÃ¶rkegren provokes feelings of child-like fears. In contrast, the longing for comfort is not lost in the innocence of a child and the warm love of a mother as artists Ingrid Eliasson and Jennifer Basile bring a calming effect with their lurid fantasies seen through detailed, structured graphite drawings, which are juxtaposed over the rich biomorphic backgrounds. The feeling of a â€œcozy homeâ€ is amplified by crocheted fiber tapestries.
Also available to visitors for the first time is CG Boutique, a smaller gallery intended for the younger art collector. The first featured artist, Birds Are Nice (BAN), a local graphic designer whose inspiration is derived from the desire to have fun and make light-hearted, urban work that references pop culture along with the comic and cartoon genres. Using illustration, digital mediums, sculpture, animation and video, BAN considers itself a self-taught artist as most of the materials and techniques used in the current work were outside of a formal art education.
Taking inspiration from the graffiti artists of our time, such as Word to Mother, Know Hope, and countless others, Birds Are Nice wishes to raise awareness on its work in unconventional ways via several traveling outdoor projects. BAN feels the art world takes itself too seriously â€“ low brow vs. high brow, street art vs. gallery art. BANâ€™s view, art is art and aims to have people stumble upon the work and experience a moment of spontaneous laughter.
MÃ¶rker will run from September 11, 2010 through November 19, 2010. Regular gallery visiting hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.calixgustav.com.