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In his new series of acrylic on panel paintings entitled "Stranger Things", Beau Chamberlain carries forward his fantasy-filled extrapolations on the possibilities of the natural world, confirming his unwavering and precise vision of that which makes a painting pleasurable to behold. Impeccably crafted, delightfully obsessive, yet intuitive and fresh in their execution, these works become lyrical worlds with a logic and rhythm all their own.
Chamberlain was born in Portland, Oregon and received his BFA from Pratt Institute in 2003. His work has been presented in exhibitions at Jessica Murray Projects (NYC), Nicole Klagsbrun (NYC) and Mogadishni (Copenhagen). He lives and works in Brooklyn.
Anders Oinonen's unexpected color combinations and massive-seeming forms coalesce into singular faces, fraught with ambiguous emotion. We identify with these faces because they speak to the complex nature of human consciousness and emotion. These paintings are for those of us who have caught a glimpse of ourselves in a mirror during a soul-cleansing cry, and were unable to suppress a brief smile; For those moments when we realize that we are both the lead actor and front-row audience in the production of our own lives.
Oinonen received his MFA in 2004 from the University of Waterloo and was recently awarded two Emerging Artists Grants from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. He lives and works in Toronto.
Forged in her analytical mind and tempered by her intelligent sense of humor, Jane South's intricate, hand-cut and folded paper constructions possess the perfect balance of rationality and whimsy. South achieves this balance by contrasting the hand-made delicacy of her materials with the seeming functionality of the hard industrial forms they describe.
South has had numerous reviews of her work in publications including Artforum International, Art in America, ArtNews, the New York Times and Sculpture Magazine, among others. Her work was recently included in the exhibition "Burgeoning Geometries" at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
Dan Kopp's jewel-like gouache paintings take a cue from the concerns of the romantic painters of the nineteenth century. Rendered in a high-key, thermonuclear palette, these works can easily be read as sublime landscapes in a state of spiritual tumult. Kopp's brand of "new romanticism", while desirous of utopian beauty, is keenly aware of the ecological perils that presently face us.
Kopp's work was included in Greater New York 2005 at MOMA's P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. He studied painting at the Cleveland Art Institute, the Lacoste School of Art in Lacoste, France and at the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture. Kopp lives and works in Brooklyn.
CTRL Gallery is located at 3907 Main Street, one block south of Alabama in Midtown Houston. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 6pm. For more information, please contact the gallery at 713-523-CTRL(2875) or visit www.ctrlgallery.com