OuterSpace Gallery is pleased to host "The Many Faces of Koyama Press" the first in an ongoing series of publisher spotlight exhibitions at Outerspace Gallery. We wish to provide arts publishers a platform to show their various publications side by side, to truly allow the viewer an understanding of the publishers vision.
We will be exhibiting the near complete catalog of publications produced by the crucial Canadian comics and art publisher Koyama Press.
We will also be exhibiting the artwork of six artists who have been published by Koyama Press - Patrick Kyle, Jesse Jacobs, Luke Ramsey, Tin Can Forest, Alex Schubert and Allister Lee .
This exhibition is for everyone who enjoys art, comics/graphic novels and books in general.
The exhibition will take place during Culture Days at Centennial Square in Victoria, BC. September 27th-29th, 2013
The Ambrus exhibition of drawings, paintings and collage compiled into a limited edition art book.
Morgana Wallace’s art is intricately layered with references to history, culture, and mythology. Possessing a rare mixture of vibrant spontaneity and meticulous skill, her images brim over with energy and movement. Morgana’s endless cast of strange and beautiful characters usher us into their imaginative and sometimes disquieting worlds.
This body of work, Ambrus, is a tribute to Morgana’s favourite illustrators. Throughout her artistic life, she has been struck by the importance of illustration to the overall impact of the book, believing that illustrators deserve respect as legitimate artists. Now having compiled her own book of illustrations, Morgana pays homage to the illustrators who illuminated her imagination and taught her how to see the stories in images.
The Don't Panic Pack is a unique free publication found in carefully selected independent shops, bars, universities and art spaces. Also distributed outside alternative music events and launch parties, it contains all sorts of arts and culture goodies and information for cities all around the world with the emphasis on design and the future of our planet. (Unfortunately there are no distributors in North America.)
At the heart of the pack find the Don't Panic Poster where a rotation of established and unknown, up and coming artists design around an issue that affects culture across the world. On this site find an interactive online magazine to further explore the issue raised on the poster where you can contribute to the debate with text, graphic design, illustration, photography, animation, music and film for all to see.
Randy Laybourne has an upcoming show entitled 20x20, which is a series of 20 water color paintings done at 20"x20". Here is a time lapse video of Randy creating #16.
Here is a posting from Laybourne's blog describing his influences for the 20x20 show.
When I was 20 years old I was able to backpack and skateboard around Europe, going as far east as the middle of Turkey and as far north at Gdansk in Poland. During the trip I tried to get to every gallery and museum I could afford to see. Being able to see a lot of the masterpieces of art was amazing but there were particular artists that had a big impact.
Bosch was one of them. Being able to see ‚ÄúThe Garden of Earthly Delights‚Äù in Madrid was mindblowing. I stood there for what seemed hours. Trying to take in all the detail. Most other artwork in any museum I‚Äôd count to 10 and move on. Picasso 10, 9, 8‚Ä¶ David 10, 9, and so on and on and on. Not with Bosch though.
Garden of Earth Delights (center panel)
Garden of Earthly Delights (center panel detail)
Garden of Earthly Delights (right panel)
Garden of Earthly Delights (right panel detail)
I mainly was and am interested in his way of creating different visions of heaven, earth and hell. All his little demons and monsters are fascinating and there is so much to look for and read into.
Pieter Brugel was equally impressive to me. The influence of Bosch on Brugel is clear but Brugel goes a different route and along with vision of hell, he shows what life was like in a village. Full of entertaining details and stories.
Netherlandish Proverbs info
The Netherlandish Proverbs illustrated sayings of his day visually and every little thing had a meaning. Wikipedia shows them all. So am still so amazed with all of it.
The Triumph of Death
The Fight Between Carnival and Lent
The amount of little things that have to do with a story or meaning is what drew me in then and what still makes me go over the work of both artists.
With the 20X20 work, they didn‚Äôt start off with tons of detail but as I kept going and finishing one after another, some similar, quiet narratives were coming to life. There are a few things from my life directly in the work, but I‚Äôd much rather have the viewer find little meanings on their own. As I kept going with the series, they were getting more and more complicated and taking a bit longer to do. I kept going back to review the works of Bosch and Bruegel as the series was being done. I‚Äôm glad I was able to see their actual work (way back in the 90s) and have it make its mark on my own in some simple way.
"Citing influences including Jim Jones, the tiger that escaped from the SF zoo earlier this year and the Mission School, 22 year-old artist Matthew Palladino's paintings are, to say the least, bizarre. Primarily working on watercolor paper, images of gang members, drug dens and bleeding bodies are rendered in simplified shapes with rich, saturated colors.
The faux-naive allusions are many ‚Äî Darger, , Dzama, Clare Rojas, Chris Johanson, among others ‚Äî but the SF-native's honesty shines through in his meticulous detail and the freely-associated subjects. And his sense of composition likely has to do with a stint at the California College of Art. To learn more, check out the Fecal Face interview." - Cool Hunting
Edel Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1971. He left for America on a boat with his parents and sister when he was eight years old. He majored in painting at Pratt Institute (BFA) and Hunter College (MFA). His work has appeared in four picture books, on stamps for the U.S. Postal Service, and on posters for Broadway shows. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine and was also an art director at TIME magazine for over a decade. His website is edelrodriguez.com
"A study on prisoners, looking at their childhood, teenage years, and what led them to gangs and violence."