Jim Kazanjian / William Hundley & Eric Shaw @ Breeze Block

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Jim Kazanjian / William Hundley & Eric Shaw @ Breeze Block

Post by svenman » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:33 pm

Following on from the Wider than a postcard group exhibition last month, we have a couple of great new shows at Breeze Block Gallery for June.

Temporary Equilibrium: Work by Jim Kazanjian and William Hundley
Breeze Block Gallery Portland OR. (Gallery 1)
6 June - 29 June 2013


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Jim Kazanjian William Hundley BREEZE BLOCK GALLERY June 2013 by sven / a million pieces, on Flickr


Breeze Block Gallery proudly presents two contemporary artists working in the field of photography.
Temporary Equilibrium brings together the talents of Jim Kazanjian and William Hundley in a two-person exhibition.
Both artists restructure photography as a medium, inviting the viewer to look twice and initiating a challenge to understand just how their compositions are made.

Jim Kazanjian does not come into contact with a camera throughout his entire creative process, but uses a library of literally thousands of images to assemble a palimpsest of unfamiliar imagined images into his series of landscapes and labyrinthian abstracts. The internet serves as his camera, Photoshop his lightbox and the mouse his shutter whereas William Hundley’s photography is taken straight from the camera with no postproduction alterations or manipulation applied. Hundley calls this series of work Entoptic Phenomena and has been exploring his unique thread of visual trickery since 2006.

Kazanjian and Hundley’s distinctive yet divergent work is inextricably linked through their proposal of reality as illusion within the subject matter of their work as a common and unifying bond. Both widely known and respected, Kazanjian and Hundley use and capture the urban landscape in a state of flux. Kazanjian’s composites of impossible architecture hang in the balance as if ready to fall at any moment as the viewer bears witness to the last moments that his illusionary images (never) exist, whereas Hundley’s gravity defying in-camera captures illustrate a constructed moment in time, preserved for perpetuity.

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Throw Off Your Mental Chains: Work by Eric Shaw
Breeze Block Gallery Portland OR. (Gallery 2)
6 June - 29 June 2013


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Eric Shaw BREEZE BLOCK GALLERY June 2013 by sven / a million pieces, on Flickr


Breeze Block Gallery proudly presents a solo exhibition of all new work by Brooklyn based artist Eric Shaw.

Eric Shaw’s most recent gouaches present a pop-suprematist take on conventional portraiture. In these highly stylized paintings, bold shapes come together to form inscrutable human faces, expressive of an almost robotic emotional ambivalence. Reified brush strokes float motionlessly across the surface of the paintings, held in place by abstract armatures that defy dimensionality. Landscapes reduced to swaths of blue and green give a vague sense of place to these anthropomorphic forms, and architectural cues act to thematize the viewer’s conflicting impressions of depth and flatness.

The psychedelic compositions create multiple levels of depth within Shaw’s geometrically defined super-flat style, particularly within his abstract works. The paintings are self-referential, allowing common motifs and gestures to form part of his distinctive vernacular.
Eric Shaw’s work is playfully reminiscent of 1980s graphic design and early digital animation, but never succumbs to the pitfalls of direct referentiality. Imagine El Lissitzky equipped with a Quantel Paintbox, imbuing his inner demons with a touch of technicolor confection and good cheer.

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About Jim Kazanjian
Jim Kazanjian
received his MFA from the Art Center College of Design in 1992. His BFA was completed at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990. He has worked professionally as a commercial CGI artist for the past 18 years in television and game production. Various clients he has collaborated with include: Nike, Adidas, NBC, CBS, HBO, NASA, HP, Intel and others. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

About William Hundley
William Hundley
is an American artist born in St. Paul, MN. He completed his BFA in Studio Art at Texas State University in 1998. Early in his career he first used photography to capture an image or idea to recreate later via drawing or painting. At some point he started to enjoy the photography side of his practice more than the artwork it informed. His intention is to create images never seen before by capturing surreal imagery and performing magic in the eyes of the camera and viewer. He currently lives and works in Austin, TX.

About Eric Shaw
Eric Shaw
(b.1983) is a self-taught artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. His surrealist, super-flat works are executed in vibrant gouache. Each of his paintings is an exercise in exploded forms alongside explosive color theory.His work has been previously exhibited at Space 1026 in Philadelphia, FFDG in San Francisco, Pen to Paper in Berlin and Double Break San Diego amongst others. He has had solo exhibitions at Park Life in San Francisco, Yes Gallery, Market Hotel and Youth Group Gallery all in New York.

William Hundley interview and preview images:
http://arrestedmotion.com/2013/06/inter ... k-gallery/

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Jim Kazanjian interview and preview images:
http://arrestedmotion.com/2013/05/inter ... k-gallery/

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For preview inquiries, please email Paige Prendergast: paige@breezeblockgallery.com



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Re: Jim Kazanjian / William Hundley & Eric Shaw @ Breeze Blo

Post by svenman » Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:52 pm

Preview links to the show PDFs are now live.

Below is a link to the digital preview catalog for Jim Kazanjian & William Hundley, "Temporary Equilibrium":
http://breezeblockgallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/BreezeBlockGallery_KANZANJIAN_HUNDLEY_June20131.pdf

Below is a link to the digital preview catalog for Eric Shaw, "Throw Off Your Mental Chains":
http://breezeblockgallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/BreezeBlockGallery_ERIC_SHAW_June20131.pdf

For more information on both shows please visit:
http://breezeblockgallery.com/

The PDFs take a moment to download so please do not cancel out of the download.

Please contact Paige Prendergast info@breezeblockgallery.com for any enquiries about the work.

Thanks for looking - i'm really pleased how the exhibitions have come together.

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