Group Show Featuring: Tim Kowalczyk, Swoon, Martin Whatson, Dan Witz and David Walker
October 6th – October 28th
Main Gallery

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 6th
7-9pm
Free & Open to the public
Tim Kowalczyk will be in attendance

“Gander” is a group show featuring a handful of artists we will be exhibiting this December at CONTEXT Art Miami. CONTEXT is an international art fair taking place during Art Basel Miami week. We have been exhibiting in Miami going on five years, it is a great chance to introduce collectors from around the world to our roster of artists. For this exhibit we want to give a gander into the artists we typically show outside the gallery.

This year a new addition to a very diverse group will be Tim Kowalczyk and his ceramic sculpture works. Tim has created a new series of work based on “tools” typically used by graffiti writers.

Tim Kowalczyk received his MFA from Illinois State University in 2011 and now teaches Ceramics at Illinois Central in East Peoria. He is a seasoned ceramist dedicated to working solely in ceramics. He received several awards including the Presidential Scholarship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Merwin Medal: McLean County 82nd Annual Amateur Show, and Best of Show: Water Street Studios Anniversary Show. Tim works out of his home in Central Illinois.

Tim’s newest work is a series of sculptures that pay homage to graffiti artists through imitation. He has created startlingly real looking “vandalism tools” using only ceramic, silk screen and glaze. The attention to detail when using his “Trompe l’oeil” effects makes the ceramic take on the illusion of actual paint brushes, markers and other banged-up tools previously used by graffiti artists. This transformation creates a history/use for the objects that leaves the viewer to consider their true purpose.

Alongside Tim we will be exhibiting a selection of works by Swoon, Martin Whatson, Dan Witz and David Walker. All of these artists bring a unique atheistic that always stands out among hundreds of artists in the same room.

Recently, we had the chance to attend the opening of Swoon’s retrospective exhibit at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center. “The Canyon 1999 – 2017” features a very in depth look at the career and amazing artwork Swoon has created going back 18 years. It’s an absolute honor to work with such a talented and thoughtful human being. Included in this exhibit we have a few beautiful examples of her work.

Martin Whatson recently opened a very successful solo exhibit in Los Angeles featuring a wide range of his work including paintings on found objects which are always very popular in Miami. For this exhibit we have a few paintings on antique portraits that have an equally farsical and sinister vibe.

Dan Witz is always innovating, commenting on and beautifying our surroundings with his discreet yet powerful paintings and sculptures. Going back over 20 years Dan has been placing hummingbirds into city environments, we are lucky to have a couple of his studio pieces he created on found signage. We also have on view a pair of painted dumpsters from a new series of work Dan has been exploring. The “dumpsters” are oil paintings on Sintra based on actual dumpsters Dan encounters during his travels.

David Walker is an artist who takes painting with spray paint to another level. He creates beautiful portraits with bursts of color that seamlessly blend and bounce off each other across the entire canvas. We can’t emphasize enough how easy he makes this look when in reality it’s very difficult effect to achieve. Stop by and see a painting in person.

We hope you can see these works in the gallery before we take them to Miami in early December – More information on our booth and artists for CONTEXT Art Miami coming soon!

Tell us a bit about your work, career, school, city, ideas, etc.
I make stuff out of stuff that looks like other stuff. More specifically, I make ceramic objects that look like garbage. I went to undergrad at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The year after receiving my BFA, I went to Illinois State University and received my MFA. I moved to Minonk, IL and started my home studio. I get all of my ideas by looking at garbage and trying to imagine how it ended up there in the condition it is in, or the condition I want it to be in.

What is more important – Content or technique?
They are both equally important. Content only comes from good technique and technique is pointless without content.

How many hours do your pieces generally take to complete?
A mug may take up to an hour and half. A hand-sculpted piece may take anywhere from 4 hours to 20 hours of continuous contact. Slipcast pieces only take an hour, but I spend 2-3 hours making the mold.

What are some of the responses you hear in regards to your work?
A lot of “why is this garbage in the gallery?” followed; after they are told or realize it’s trompe l’oeil they say, “really?!” and have to touch it in some way to make sure I am not tricking them.

What is currently influencing you that might surprise people?
TV shows, movies and Youtube. Lots of Jean Michel Basquiat paintings!

Describe your work environment – Music, TV, movies, things you drink/smoke, time of day, etc.
I over-plan my day with a list of to dos. I work in my windowless home studio while I binge-watch TV shows, rewatch movies I have seen a million times, or listen to hip-hop (on “hip-hop Fridays”.) I usually work early in the morning until late afternoon, and then around 8 p.m. until I get to a “good” point.

Any kiln explosions/tragedies you care to share?
Not as of recently. I have my firing schedule down and it is fairly reliable.

Any plans to work with different materials, like bronze?
No, I am solely dedicated to ceramic and ceramic materials. I like using other images and trying to apply them to my work.

If you could choose only one, would you rather be thought of as a great artist or a nice person?
How about a decent artist and a decent person? At the end of the day, a nice person. My goal has never been to be a great artist. I planned on being someone who made stuff.

TIM KOWALCZYK – FIRE EXTINGUISHER
Media: Ceramic, glaze and silkscreen
Size: 18 x 11 x 6 inches
Edition: 10 – Each unique – 9 available
Year: 2017
Price: $2500
Availability: Inquire

TIM KOWALCZYK – PAINT ROLLER (YELLOW)
Media: Ceramic and glaze
Size: 13.5 x 2.5 x 9 inches
Edition: 5/color – Each unique – 9 available
Year: 2017
Price: $1000
Availability: Inquire

TIM KOWALCZYK – LEANING PAINT BRUSH (ORANGE)
Media: Ceramic and glaze
Size: 7.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches
Edition: 10/color – Each unique – 9 available
Year: 2017
Price: $400
Availability: Inquire

TIM KOWALCZYK – LEANING PAINT BRUSH SET (WHITE)
Media: Ceramic and glaze
Size: 9.25 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches – Each
Edition: 10/color – Each set unique – 9 available
Year: 2017
Price: $600
Availability: Inquire

TIM KOWALCZYK - PILOT MARKERS NO CAP (BLACK)
Media: Ceramic, silkscreen and glaze
Size: 4.75 x 1 inches
Edition: 10 - Each unique
Year: 2017
Price: $150
Availability:
TIM KOWALCZYK - PILOT MARKERS CAP ON (BLACK)
Media: Ceramic, silkscreen and glaze
Size: 5.75 x 1 inches
Edition: 10 - Each unique
Year: 2017
Price: $150
Availability:
TIM KOWALCZYK - SHOE SHINE MOPS (BLACK)
Media: Ceramic and glaze
Size: 5 x 2 x 1.5 inches
Edition: 10 - Each unique
Year: 2017
Price: $125
Availability:

DAVID WALKER – YURI (BLUE)
Media: Spray paint on canvas
Size: 39 x 47 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $4,850
Availability: Inquire

SWOON – YAYA
Media: Silkscreen, gouache, and cut paper on wood
Size: 5 x 13 Inches
Edition: Signed Varied Edition 6/28
Year: 2016
Price: $1,800
Availability: Inquire

SWOON – CAIRO
Media: Silkscreen, Cut paper, color wash on handmade paper
*Paper made by the artist
Size: 12 x 13 Inches
Edition: Signed Original
Year: 2016
Price: $3300
Availability: Inquire

SWOON – EDLINE
Media: Screen print on Kraft Paper, hand painted acrylics, on wood and metal
Size: 23 x 32 x 1.5 Inches
Edition: Signed Edition Variant of 30/32
Year: 2015
Price: $4500
Availability: Inquire

SWOON – BEN
Media: Screen print on Kraft Paper, hand painted acrylics, on paper and mixed media
Size: 35 x 27 Inches
Year: 2012
Availability: Inquire

DAN WITZ – HUMMINGBIRD 5
Media: Oil and mixed media on found metal sign
Size: 14 x 17 inches
Year: 2017
Price: $2500
Availability: Inquire

DAN WITZ – HUMMINGBIRD 6
Media: Oil and mixed media on found metal sign
Size: 14 x 18 inches
Year: 2017
Price: $2500
Availability: Inquire

DAN WITZ – BLUE CONTAINER, EAST MOLINE
Media: Oil on Sintra with wood back frame
Size: 41 x 28 inches
Year: 2016
Price: $3500
Availability: Inquire

DAN WITZ – CONTAINER 5, ANDALUSIA ILLINOIS
Media: Oil on Sintra with wood back frame
Size: 29 x 22 inches
Year: 2016
Price: $3500
Availability: Inquire

MARTIN WHATSON – VENUS DE MILO- HF PRINT
Media: Spray paint, markers and screen print on paper
Size: 21.5 x 30 inches
Edition: 15 – Each has unique hand finishing – 1 available
Year: 2015
Price: $1500
Availability: Inquire

MARTIN WHATSON – VINTAGE MAN #1
Media: Spray paint and marker on antique portrait- On paper mounted to board
Size: 16 x 20 inches
Year: 2016
Price: $2000
Availability: Inquire

MARTIN WHATSON – VINTAGE MAN #2
Media: Spray paint and marker on antique portrait- On paper mounted to board
Size: 16 x 20 inches
Year: 2016
Price: $2000
Availability: Inquire

MARTIN WHATSON – VINTAGE GIRL #1
Media: Spray paint and marker on antique portrait- On paper mounted to board
Size: 14 x 17 inches
Year: 2016
Price: $1800
Availability: Inquire