‘Suggestivism’ group show at Grand Central Art Center this February

A group exhibition curated by Nathan Spoor
February 5 – April 17th @ The Grand Central Art Center at Cal State Fullerton

Cal State University’s cutting-edge museum arm, Grand Central Art Center, and Nathan Spoor have teamed up to present one hell of a show in the form of ‘Suggestivism’ – a comprehensive survey that explores and documents a select section of modern contemporary artists which make up the vibrant core of creativity existing in the current art world.

Conceptually speaking, the term “suggestivism” refers to the ability of an individual to pursue their purpose with an amplified understanding and sensitivity. The artists involved represent precisely this – a wave of purpose, working within the more fluid aspects of narrative or figurative arenas. Through the mere power of suggestion, the magic is transferred from one to another, engaging the world at large from the most vivid and evocative of visual realms.

Esao Andrews 'Milkmaid's Daughter' - Oil on wood panel - 20x30"

Featuring works from:
Esao Andrews, Carrie Ann Baade, Sandow Birk, Michael Brown, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Dave Cooper, Bob Dob, Thomas Doyle, Ron English, Alex Gross, Robert Hardgrave, Naoto Hattori, Femke Hiemstra, Gregory Jacobsen, Audrey Kawasaki, Andy Kehoe, Kris Kuksi, Darren LeGallo, Kris Lewis, Francesco LoCastro, Jason Maloney, Mars-1/Mario Martinez. Chris Mars, Dalek James Marshall, Dan May, Elizabeth McGrath, Jeff McMillan, Tara McPherson, Mia, David Molesky, Brendan Monroe, Scott Musgrove, Nathan Ota, Michael Page, Kevin Peterson, James Roper, Chris Ryniak, Bob Schneider, Todd Schorr, Greg Simkins, Skinner, Jeff Soto, Nathan Spoor, CR Stecyk III, Heidi Taillefer, Joe Vaux, Nicola Verlato, Oliver Vernon, Eric White, Robin Williams, Martin Wittfooth, Chandler Wood, and Chet Zar

The exhibition will be accompanied by a grand print / book piece that includes the artwork in the exhibition, as well as a fascinating time capsule of studio shots and compelling interviews conducted by Spoor with each artist during the three-year curating period (2008 – 2011). Our props to Spoor for all the hard work he’s put into this, going to be one amazing show!

Opening Reception: Sat, Feb. 5th 7-10PM

Grand Central Art Center
125 N. Broadway in Santa Ana / 714.567.7233
*Parking available in the Third Street parking structure

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Andy Kehoe – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Andy Kehoe 'Delight of a Decomposer' - Oil and acrylic on wood panel

“To celebrate their 5 Year Anniversary, Thinkspace Gallery is putting on the mother of all shows.” – MyModernMet.com

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Andy Kehoe

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
This piece is about a creature that breaks down dead forests and allows life to reenter. Here, he is revisiting an old forest and enjoying the fruits of his labor.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I had just moved back to Pittsburgh from New York to focus on making this painting thing happen. Too many days in New York were spent flat broke and drunk so something had to change. When I got to Pittsburgh, I got a job at a coffee shop and painted whenever I could. I think you got in touch with me that year and I submitted a piece for “Picks of the Harvest” the year after. It’s been a good five years.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
Music, Audio Books, Butt Cushion, Deer Skull, House Elf.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Wow, 2015 sounds so futuristic. Well, I hope to still be alive and not thrust into some sort of armageddon where my painting skills wouldn’t be very practical. I hope to learn some practical skills in the next five years to prepare for the armageddon.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
I’ve got a solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in March and I’m talking to Roq La Rue about doing a show later in the year. Then my next solo show with you in the summer of 2012. Lots to look forward to!

Artist website: www.andykehoe.net

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

Andy Kehoe ‘Back Talk’ interview with Juxtapoz.com

Truth-Found-Whispering-Dead (Large)

Fresh off his successful ‘Living In Twilight’ solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC this past spring, Andy Kehoe has not missed a beat and is preparing for his 2nd solo show with us, opening this coming Friday, Dec. 11th.

Check out Kehoe’s recent ‘Back Talk’ feature with Juxtapoz.com here:

Sneak Peek at works from ‘The World Unseen and Those In Between’ coming together here:

Look for my interview with Kehoe to be posted here early next week.

“The World Unseen and Those In Between” from Andy Kehoe
Opening Reception: Fri, Dec. 11th 7-11PM

4210 Santa Monica Blvd (near Sunset Junction) in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles

If you’d like to receive the digital preview to view the works featured in ‘The World Unseen and Those In Between’ please send a request to contact@sourharvest.com

Andy Kehoe interviewed by Erratic Phenomena

The World Unseen and Those In Between - 01

One of our favorite people and favorite writers just did a very in-depth interview with Portland-based artist Andy Kehoe whose upcoming solo show, The World Unseen and Those In Between, is coming up this December at Thinkspace.

The World Unseen and Those In Between is a show about the unseen spirit world and invisible forces that exist all around. It’s been fun creating an even stranger and more mysterious world around my already pretty strange world. I’ve been playing around with ghosts and spirits in previous works, so it’s been great dedicating a whole show to it.” – Andy Kehoe

View the full interview with Kehoe from Erratic Phenomena here:

Andy Kehoe
‘The World Unseen and Those In Between’
Dec. 11th, 2009 – Jan. 2nd, 2010
@ Thinkspace

Opening Reception: Fri, Dec. 11th 7-11PM

View a set of pics from Andy’s studio here.

Andy will be in town from Portland, so please mark your calendar now to attend the opening kick off on Fri, Dec. 11th and watch for an interview with him to be posted here soon as well as a short interview over at Juxtapoz.com (we’ll post a link to that too once up).

In the studio with Andy Kehoe…

‘Living In Twilight’, a solo exhibition of new works by Andy Kehoe, opens at Jonathan LeVine Gallery on Sat, May 16th. Kehoe has created a new series of oil and acrylic paintings on wood panel, including some of his largest-scale pieces to date, for his debut New York City solo show.

“Beacon For Wayward Souls”

Kehoe’s allegorical compositions are painted in a low-key palette of rich autumn and earth tones beneath a fine layer of crisp black accents. Many of his characters of the part-man-part-beast variety are portrayed with a strong sense of alienation, finding peace and beauty in solitude to overcome feeling alone. Elemental details like skylight and foliage (or lack thereof, on bare tree branches) represent the passing of time and seasons of change.

Studio shot of things coming together for this May at LeVine…

“Humanity Returns”

Kehoe’s isolated figures are often surrounded by the majestic grandeur of nature (a character in and of itself), which has a powerful influence on the artist and is present throughout his work. The nature theme illustrates perspective on how small and insignificant our problems are in the larger scheme of things, although the artist says that he “completely sympathizes and relates to the heavy toll these problems have on the mind and heart.”

Living In Twilight features Kehoe’s trademark style of imagery inspired by traditional folktales and mythological art with narratives of the fantastic and grotesque. Nostalgic for a time before society’s age of science (or before an individual’s developmental age of reason), Kehoe rekindles a childlike sense of wonder in his work, recalling an era when fables and legends were believed as truths to explain all the mysteries of the unknown.

Even though Kehoe’s world is a magical imaginary one, it is not a perfect fairytale—contrasting forces of nature and human emotions surround primordial themes of life and death—and the fundamental plight of mankind still exists through greed, betrayal, deceit, violence, and self-destruction.

On the title chosen for his show, in the artist’s own words: “Twilight can be seen as the waning moments of decline preceding an eventual end. The sun disappears over the horizon, as the onset of darkness is assured and approaching. The actual moment spent in twilight is an instant when two strong forces hang in the balance and quietly coexist. I wanted to make a world that lives in this delicate harmony, even with the promise of change and resolution lying impatiently on a cusp, ready to break…I continue to build this world piece by piece, creature by creature and story by story.”

“Decay Nurtures Life Anew”
“The Wandering Of The Wicked” on the easel of Andy Kehoe…

“The Wandering Of The Wicked” process shot 1

“The Wandering Of The Wicked” process shot 2

“The Wandering Of The Wicked” process shot 3

“The Wandering Of The Wicked” process shot 4

“The Wandering Of The Wicked” finished piece

“March Of The Exiled”

Andy Kehoe was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and now spends his days painting in his attic in Portland, OR. He grew up reading comics, enjoying the cool costumes and the ridiculous, stylized violence. Now relishing the nostalgia of childhood, he remembers the days of his youth spent watching cartoons, reading storybooks and doodling all day. This childlike sense of wonder is something Andy tries to portray in his work, reflecting a time when magic and monsters existed and all the mysteries of the world were possible. After high school, Andy took a long and expensive tour of art schools and finally ended up at Parsons School of Design in NY, where he studied illustration. After a few illustration stints, Andy began to focus on his personal work—and in the years that followed, his paintings have been shown in galleries across the country.
‘Living In Twilight’ opens Sat, May 16th and will remain on view through June 13th at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City.
For more on Kehoe, watch his site at http://www.andykehoe.net/ and be sure to check out the short ’20 Questions’ feature Juxtapoz just did with him here.
Mark your calendars now for Kehoe’s LA solo show this December with Thinkspace… more on that soon.