Tuesday, October 9, 2012
November 6, 2012 6-8PM
Into the Darkness - Featuring the work of Christian Gheorghiu aka Smear and Haunted Euth
Duke Gallery, Azusa Pacific Unversity
701 East Footh Blvd
Azusa CA 91702 (directions)
Street art has become a major platform for challenging the modern notion of art and its place in society. The artists involved fashion symbols, pop imagery, and a graffiti inspired ethos to create accessible work that appeals to a broad audience. While the term is loose, it represents artists that utlize the public sphere to share their work. However, once inside the gallery, the opportunity for prolonged engagement changes the way we look at it. The following artists bridge this tension quite well and represent the many themes that characterize this major movement in the arts.
"Into the Darkness" features noted street artists Smear and Haunted Euth. Smear is best known for his iconic cartoon inspired imagery mixed with a painterly aesthetic. Influenced by both neo-expressionism and graffiti, these layered paintings challenge conventional notions of high and low taste.
Haunted Euth's use of dark imagery appears to be a warning. The hallowed faces and skull like profiles hint at a sadness and emptiness that functions like sign posts for the greater community. The internal mind brought to the surface, we may not like we see, but it's honest. A new video piece featuring Haunted Euth and long time street artist Smog City will also debut.
An additional exhibit by the street artist Kiosk will be displayed in the Darling Gallery at Azusa Pacific University that explores his machine like imagery and the power of repetition. A reception for the artist Kiosk coincides with "Into the Darkness." G. James Daichendt, Professor and author of the book "Stay Up! Los Angeles Street Art" invited all three artists to exhibit at the university galleries. A Panel Discussion hosted by Daichendt featuring Smear, Haunted Euth, and Kiosk will precede the opening at 5pm.
An additional show featuring toys inspired by street art will on display in the "L" Gallery. Faculty, students, and guests of APU completed all submissions to this exhibit based upon a design created by Professor J. David Carlson. More information about the DIY toys are available here: http://circustank.com/Home_Page.html For additional information contact: email@example.com
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