Invitation to Nothingness | Scooter Laforge Solo Show
Lacrimosa | Dariusz Labuzek Solo Show
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3rd 2016 | 5pm-Late (through July 30th)
On June 3rd 2016, 111 Minna Gallery is pleased to present two unique solo exhibitions by vibrantly impressive painters, Scooter LaForge and Dariusz Labuzek.
Scooter LaForge is a full-time artist living in New York City. Last year, he was featured in shows at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York, the Friedrichshof Museum in Vienna, and the Spiritmuseum/Absolut Art Collection in Sweden.
He also presented a solo show at the Howl! Happening Gallery in New York, which Autre ranked as one of the top ten exhibits of 2015.
The artist has recently collaborated with Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Bierendonck, supplying 20 paintings as images to be incorporated into the fabric of his men’s wear line. He worked in conjunction with Norwegian painter Bjarne Melgaard in the creation of sculptures for an exhibit. LaForge was chosen to be a keynote speaker at the Montreal Fashion & Design Festival, and presented a solo show at the Galerie MX in the same city.
Last fall, LaForge was commissioned to create garments for Madonna’s performance of her single “Bitch I’m Madonna” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Debbie Harry have all worn items from his clothing line.
In 2015, he was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation award. Commenting on his exploration of context, Forbes magazine wrote he has found “a new art medium in clothing.”
To that effect, LaForge was commissioned to contribute to a Patricia Field art/fashion retail installation within Commes des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market concept store. The space housed his sculptures as well as garments incorporating painting . LaForge has worked closely with Field since her brick and mortar days and was recently featured in her Art/Fashion exhibit at Howl! Happening Gallery in New York’s East Village. He remains a fixture of her current venture, an online clothing art gallery.
Artforum, Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Ukraine, V Magazine, T Magazine, W Magazine, Billboard and Spirit & Flesh all featured LaForge’s art during 2015.
Scooter LaForge | Press
Dariusz Labuzek’s primitive style paintings are inherently figurative, yet their naive imagery is predominantly design orientated, has an illustrative quality that is founded on an abstract painterly aesthetic. This juxtaposition of abstraction and design is what makes his pictures so compelling, his figures created as vessels to be filled by textures, colors, and ideas, beautiful compositions that conspire to feed our desire for aesthetically beautiful objects.
Feeding off a very sculptural sensibility – possibly informed by his training as an architect and film maker – Labuzek repeats the same motifs in his paintings, yet each picture is utterly different, his starting point the relationship between painterly concepts such as texture, color, line, and form; This play on ideas gives him space to explore how we see a painting, the depth and nuance of material as well as the potential it has to manipulate how we view the picture plane. Some of his figures look like copper or collage-like cut outs, the rest more illustrative in nature.
This freedom of expression, of looking to articulate the emotional and poetic quality of an image through painterly concepts, is a subject that has preoccupied many artists throughout the 20th century, some of whom have laid the foundation for Labuzek’s own creative journey, such as Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Franz Jozef Kline, Jacek Göttel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Antoni Tapies, Roger Ballen and Agusti Puig. Labuzek continues in the tradition of these great artists, as a painter who is in love with his medium, in the possibilities that lie in brush and paint, in the potential that an abstract world of strange humanoid figures can lead us into a world that lightens up our own imagination. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
He lets himself be carried away without resistance in the direction indicated by the hand of an intuitive lines, color, and form. His stimulating expression of the environment brings each viewer into effervescent, playful, and exciting world full of organic forms and shapes. Each piece might be a peculiar exploration of botanical, animal, and human shapes.
Somewhat the combination of illustrative and abstract styles gives his work a dreamy quality that transports the imagination into a whole other world that is waiting to be discovered. Working primarily with acrylic, Dariusz emphasizes imaginative organic shapes composed with unique dexterity. These qualities, along with a creative contrast of muted and vibrant colors, make his work resonate emotionally.
Dariusz was born in Poland and studied architecture at Cracow’s Institute of Technology and film and theater at Humboldt State University in California. In 2015, he was honored to be featured by Saatchi Art in their “Invest in Art” series, which introduces the public to exceptional emerging artists from around the world.
Dariusz Labuzek | News
Lost America by Troy Paiva Wandering the deserted backroads of the American Southwest, Troy Paiva has explored the abandoned underbelly of America since the 1970s. Since 1989 he’s been taking pictures of it . . . at night, by the light of the full moon.
Fairy Tale Animals is a collection of serious and whimsical animal portraits from various childhood stories. The series began when Samuels was offered to photograph a animal through an animal trainer at a reduced rate. Peter preferred to photograph a Wallaby, but as the story goes, he could only afford the donkey… ”Stabley” the donkey was fortuitous as his success was the genesis of what would become an awesome series. It should be noted that all of the artist’s subjects are living animals!continue
A Solo Exhibition by Artist & Curator, Micah LeBrun | through Feburary 28th read the gallery(WAS) review As the curator of 111 Minna Gallery I’ve come to realize that as diligently as I may attempt to maintain our show schedule, sometimes the bottom drops out and artists cancel their shows. No big deal, it happens. But […]continue
A New Collaborative Exhibit by San Francisco’s Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock (view preview)continue
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David Ball was born and raised in Connecticut, and studied illustration and art history at Massachusetts College of Art. He moved to San Francisco in 1994, initially working a year in the animation industry. From 1995-2004, he freelanced as an editorial illustrator for US and international publishers. Since then, he has focused exclusively on gallery shows and his work as an instructor at the Academy of Art University.
Jeremy Nichols was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1982. He spent most of his youth in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. After high school, he went to the Ohio State University to study printmaking under Charels Massey jr. and Philip von Rabbe. Shortly after he graduated with a BFA, he moved to Portland,Oregon where he is currently working, drawing, painting, and staring at walls.
Alex Gardner is a contemporary artist born and raised in Los Angeles. Using personal experiences as inspiration, he aims to create relatable visual narratives through stark figurative compositions.
Opening Reception: August 7th 2015 | 5pm-Late (Through August 29th)
The pairing of Michael Page and Gabriela Cobar has been made for all those who love, enjoy and admire painting as a preferred artistic medium. Complimentary in skill level, creative confidence, color palette and a profound punctuation of brush strokes the paintings of both Michael and Gabriela command attention.
Lucid yet mysterious, surreal, deep, complex, vast, rich, compelling and masterful – these two painters will not disappoint!continue
THE LAST SUMMER | The Art of Mildred & Pacolli w/ Vancouver duo, Jamie Bizness & Caroline Weaver + UK multi-media artist Grand Dame
Although comprised of five unique artists, the Last Summer exhibit features two creative duos in San Francisco’s Mildred & Pacolli and Vancouver’s Jamie Bizness & Caroline Weaver. Inspired by iconography, film noir, pulp fiction covers and more, the bold paintings and silk screens of UK’s Grande Dame (Tiffany McGinnis) punctuate the show while Jamie and Caroline feature their first collaborative series of scenes governed by predatorial animals ordained in symbology and gold leaf. Mildred & Pacolli live and create in the moment and in turn create moments with each work speaking loudly and playfully in bold colors and a playful, youthful narrative which reflects the laid back character of the artists themselves.continue
Primarily photographed during literal suspension the subjects and their composition within Jason’s “Dream Away” series beckon to a vast space, which seems to travel well beyond the edges of the surface the artist chooses to print on. This boundary free sense of being lends itself to an interesting dynamic in how this work will be displayed at 111 Minna Gallery come May. In addition to traditional print formats the photos in Dream Away will be presented on suspended silk as well as illuminated projections.continue
Steven Vasquez Lopez & William Edwards | SVL price list | WE price list William Edwards hand forms diametrically convexed wall ceramics fired in a variety of glazing techniques which appear in both futuristic finishes as well as seemingly archaic surfaces as if unearthed from a time long since past. Steven Lopez composes textile-based acrylic paintings of […]continue
A group exhibition featuring: Tim Diet, Alan Gonzalez, Alejandro Diaz Ayala, Chloe Kovska, Mark Drew Through March 29thcontinue
A Group Exhibition Featuring:
Adam Caldwell, Mike Davis, Ursula Xanthe Young, Monty Guy, Jonny Ruzzo, Melissa Morgan, Michael Reedy, Melanie Alves, Rockford Orvin, Hannah Yata, Lee Harvey Roswell, NoMe Edonna, Ryan Malley, Martin Olive, Mike Shine, Brianna Angelakis, Reuben Rude, John Waguespack, Nate Van Dyke, Micah LeBrun, Jonathan Wayshak, Jaxon Northon, Paul Hayes, Carlo Fantin, Erik Alos, Calvin Lai
This exhibition aims to focus on the ever-iconic portrait and showcase a variety of styles and creative disciplines in relaying and giving reverence to the historical power of the portrait. From the classic hard lit, fade to black style portraiture to the ultra stylized, graphic depictions of iconic individuals by the likes of Warhol and others, it has been made apparent that careful thought to rendering and overall presentation of a portrait can stand the test of time and live on well beyond the subject. For this show, the participating artists will offer their own unique approach to the portrait. Although creating their own spin on known icons, the artists have also been encouraged to create portraits of “Strangers” or “Nobodies” whom they’ve never met or actually don’t exist in an effort to give these strange people a life of their own and a chance to live on.continue
On display through January 3rd, 2015
Prolific Muralists, Chor Boogie and Jet Martinez will unveil their most recent works on November 7, 2014 as part of 111 Minna Gallery’s latest exhibition, “Balance”. Featuring an astounding opening reception that showcases a live, avant-garde, burlesque performance by Bast, Leila Bizzani & Lady Eternal Love, it promises to be an intriguing, colorful and mesmerizing event in the heart of San Francisco’s art district.
Entranced by the works of both Boogie and Martinez after viewing their murals at San Francisco’s infamous Clarion Alley Mural Project, 111 Minna Gallery Curator, Micah LeBrun composed “Balance” as a showcase of the artists’ stunning use of color and to demonstrate the depth of their techniques. Notorious as the gallery to exhibit underground, edgy and often-times controversial works, 111 Minna has maintained a twenty year reputation for constant progression and positive energy making it a cornerstone of San Francisco culture.continue
Possessing a multi-faceted set of interests, Davis began painting in 1997, and attributes much of his inspiration to watching his mother pursue craft projects during his childhood, and immersing himself in art history throughout his career. From helping his mother with activities ranging from woodworking, hand-tooling leather, and remodeling the family’s home, to engaging with ancient art and Netherlandish painting from the Northern Renaissance, Davis is a self-taught painter, who continues to render complex paintings of surrealist life, embedded with symbols of mortality, folly, and hubris, fixated within whimsical compositions.
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For the Tectonic Array exhibition Michael Murphy expands on his themes, “Forgotten Modernism” and “Super Sonic” with new original paintings and select works from these ongoing series, often seen throughout San Francisco. Coupled with the stunning accuracy of Melissa Arendt’s complimentary creations, 111 Minna Gallery proudly presents this pairing full of vibrant color and boldly balanced graphic contrasts.continue
WOODS New work by Romanowski Romanowski is a Swiss-born, self-taught artist, musician, and DJ who has made San Francisco his home since 1988. His keen sense of style and extraordinary talent for vintage shopping has made him one of the most sought-after collectibles hustlers this side of Zurich. His artwork includes top-notch spray stencil pieces […]continue
A Select Group Exhibition Curated by Empty Kingdom Adam Caldwell, Caleb Brown, Christine Wu, Johnny Ruzzo, Michael Ward, Michael Reedy, Michael Page, Orlando Sanchez, Andreas Englund, AJ Fosik, Alicia Martin Lopez, Amanda Elizabeth Joseph, Brin Levinson, Denis Peterson, Derek Gores, Erin M Riley, Jamie Vasta, Joel Daniel Phillips, Miju, William Wray, Eric Alos, Karen Ann Myers, Lucien Shapirocontinue
Beyond Structure aims to encourage artistic freedom or license to create works of art, which is counter to and outside the bounds of adhering to academic principles or curriculum. Working within an un-prescribed artistic direction, artists will discover and incorporate new techniques and processes by producing new forms of visual expressions and alternative ways of […]continue
On display through April 26th An exhibition focused on the ornate complexities which may exist on a small scale.continue
D Young V D Young V A San Francisco resident for the last decade, D Young V has engaged in a variety of media both in the gallery and on the street, depicting his vision of a new dystopian society. His characters, symbols and people represent a smattering of different modern day cultures and languages […]continue
Created in 2013, “Climate Control” vividly illustrates the symbiotic relationship between art and the environment. Waguespack was inspired by the places in which he painted – San Francisco & Palm Springs. In addition to drawing ideas from different landscapes, his technique was influenced by the climate unique to each location. For Waguespack, it’s about engaging […]continue
Gobble Gobble Give is an amazing organization that started in LA about 15 years ago. A few friends got together and each brought a hot dish to where they made complete meals and set out on foot and car to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving morning! Gobble Gobble Give has spread from just Los Angles, […]continue
From bright urban landscapes to dystopic wastelands, modern suburbs to ruined homesteads, Mike Shankman’s paintings explore cycles of collapse and regeneration, entropy and development. As part of this show, Shankman explores the innards of newly demolished interior spaces. Note: These are sites the artist engages with regularly as part of his day job as a Project […]continue
On display through Nov 30th Lexis Rubenis’ art aesthetic is a mix of surrealism and abstract art with an allure that is often compared to staring into a dream or a magnificent skyline of city. Having grown up within the San Francisco Bay Area street art scene in the late 1990’s, Lexis’ initially only practiced […]continue
Alec Huxley Solo Exhibition | on display through October 26th The anonymously futuristic intersect with the animal kingdom in “Astronomical Menagerie”, a new solo exhibition from Alec Huxley. At the witching hour, fashionable figures in space helmets rendezvous with wild beasts in the empty streets of San Francisco. As animals are central to our perception of […]continue
SEA OF DREAMS NYE 2014 “VibrantSea” December 31, 2013 @ The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium | 8pm-3am FULL INFO @ HTTP://SEAOFDREAMSNYE.COM BUY TICKETS: http//bit.ly/SoD14NYE Thievery Corporation, Little Dragon, A-Trak, Dillon Francis, Emancipator, LowRIDERz, Minnesota, Rob Garza, Dirtybird Records artists J. Phlip, Worthy and Christian Martin and Thriftworks headline Sea of Dreams NYE 2014: VibrantSea anonEvents, Sunset SF and Another […]continue
A Celebratory Group Art Exhibition | Proudly presented by 111 Minna Gallery & Last Gasp “Exactly As I Remember” (portraying the iconic red doors of 111 Minna) by SF artist, Alec Huxley Beginning September 1st, 2013, 111 Minna Gallery will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary with our dear friends at Last Gasp and ALL of our […]continue
Mist Garden | Mixed Media on Panel | Ivy Jacobsen 2013 LAST LIGHT | Ivy Jacobsen Solo Exhibition LIFE FORMS | Tobias Tovera In Collaboration w/ Abbey Glass Featuring Couture Dress Collection After major aesthetic renovations undertaken during the month of July, 111 Minna Gallery will reopen its doors with two elegant and uniquely complimentary art […]continue
On display through July 27th ROB REGER Rob Reger’s art aesthetic is a multi-media mix of surrealism, DIY punk, and pop sensibility resulting in what he calls “elegant absurdity.” He founded his design house, Cosmic Debris, in 1992, and introduced the world to Emily the Strange—an icon of empowerment for people of all ages. Reger […]continue
The Fantastic 50 at 111 Minna Gallery | Curated by Irene Hernandez-Feiks and Wonderland SF WORKS BY Ahren Hertel, Alberto Hernandez, Alec Huxley, Alex Garcia, Amnadalynn, Andrzej Michael Karwacki, Brian Barneclo, Chor Boogie, Chris Leib, Chris W. Stokes, Daniel. J. Valadez, Eric Bailey, Eric Joyner, Eve Skylar, Fred Aquino, Ginaluca Franzese, Henry Lewis, Hilary Williams, […]continue
CONSTRUCTED REALITIES by MICHAEL GARLINGTON in the 2ND ST Gallery JONNY’S, STAY CALM in the Zappa Gallery Michael Garlington The work of photographer Michael Garlington has been described as “David Lynch meets Leave it to Beaver.” Michael Garlington is an internationally renowned photographer, artist and sculptor who resides and works in his hometown of Petaluma, […]continue
On display through November 1st.
John Wentz was born and raised in the San Francisco the Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books. After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, John decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils. Since then, he has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards. John now paints full time in his studio in Vallejo, CA.continue
On display through November 1st
Mike Davis is a modern surrealist painter, who currently lives and works in San Francisco, California. His paintings and tattoo art have been featured in many publications, such as Juxtapoz Magazine, Art Ltd, Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art, Tatt Book: Visionaries of Tattoo and several high traffic art blogs. Davis has tattooed an extensive list of international and celebrity clientele, and is featured in a number of prestigious private art collections located throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and much of Europe.continue
David Choong Lee Artist David Choong Lee was born in 1966 in Seoul, Korea. He moved to the USA in 1993 in pursuit of gaining the skills to be a traditional fine artist. He found that he was very interested in the art of young people after his graduation from the Academy of Art University […]continue
To celebrate the opening of a new art installation by artist John Felix Arnold III in the SFMOMA Gallery Windows at the SFMOMA garage on Minna St, there will be an artist reception featuring a live performance by John Felix Arnold III and special musical guests June 8th from 5:00p to 7:00p. As an extension […]continue
111 MINNA GALLERY ANNOUNCES ITS FINAL EXHIBITION OF 2012 & TOP CHOICE OF THE YEAR Traci Griffin “When I was young my family moved around a lot. Just recently, I moved here from Portland. I’ve now lived in 8 different states. I have backpacked through 14 countries. I’ve even attended 4 colleges. I’m not sure […]continue
Both heavily influenced by street art, these two artists share similar techniques in the way they create imagery which makes them a wonderful match for this exhibition although their subject matter and overall presence of their focal points couldn’t be more different.continue
New Paintings by Kelly Allen, Xiau-Fong Wee & Melissa Arendt | On display in the 2nd Street Gallery through Nov. 10th | 111 Minna Gallery presents three unique yet complimentary styles in these three female artists, which combine textile type graphic illustrations accompanied by realistic renderings of figures, animals and objects that act as observers […]continue
Lennie Mace Solo Exhibition | Drawing a picture by hand and hanging it on a wall, in this technologically advanced generation of iPads and flat-screen 3D TV’s, sometimes seems as quaintly Twentieth Century as long distance correspondence by pen-and-paper seems to texting or email by keyboard-and-monitor. But as long as it’s still an option I’m still […]continue
Mike Shine Solo Exhibition | Mike Shine is a Bay Area artist who creates paintings, installations and performances that involve the viewer as participant. His influences have been described as “Nordic mythology, Teutonic philosophy, Kubrick, PT Barnum, Absinthe, and his wife.” At the center of his installations stands Pyotr Flotsam, the dark, enigmatic, Mephistophelean ringleader, […]continue
NEW WORKS by JUSTIN LOVATO & SCOTT GREENWALT |continue
On display until September 15th.continue
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Mike Shankman Solo Exhibition | Reception Photos 111 Minna Gallery proudly presents “Superstructure.” This impressive solo exhibition by artist, Mike Shankman marks his first show with 111 and features his latest oil paintings of urban decay and weathered architecture, which clearly reflect his penchant for painterly brush strokes that confidently display his understanding of the […]continue
John Wentz Solo Exhibition | Opening Reception Photos Sponsored by emptykingdom.com | EK Interview: John Wentz | Hi-Fructose Magazine Review “My process involves taking seemingly disparate images, which are derived from dreams and memories. These images are then synthesized on the picture plane to form a language or narrative. A systematic form of geometry is then used […]continue
Alec Huxley Solo Exhibition | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | RECEPTION PHOTOS |continue
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