Imagined Worlds, an exhibition celebrating humor and fantasy in everyday life, will open December 12 and run through January 25 at the Schelfhaudt Gallery in the Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport.
An opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 12 and is open to all.
Featuring works by Rob Beam, Frank Iovino, kHyal, and Frank Foster Post, Imagined Worlds invites the viewer to consider how contemporary culture and media influence one another and how quotidian life is elevated to art.
“Works on display are inspired by cartoons, urban street art, e-’zines, animation, and digital media,”says gallery director Peter Knosterlie.
“These artists are committed to exploring new worlds and territory in art. They are creating pieces that are edgy and whimsical.”
About the artists:
Rob Beam is an illustrator and graphic designer from Bridgeport, CT. He describes his work as "fantastic" and "unusual," inspired by alternative comics, both past and present, though rendered on canvas. His work has appeared on an array of album covers, promotions, and publications, including The Weekly, Paranoia, and Jazz Times, among others. He has been commissioned to do art for DJ Spooky and musicians Matthew Ship, Ben Neil, Wiliam Parker, and Vernon Reid.
Frank Iovino challenges viewers to stop and reconsider the ordinary people, places, and things pthat might otherwise might go unnoticed: the mailman, workers, tractors, a piece of machinery. Working in pastels, oil paints, and colored pencils, he suffuses his canvases with brightness and light impossible to ignore.
kHyal began creating black-and-white collages as a means to communicate while still a painfully shy child. Her circuitous career in the arts includes 20 years as a graphic designer, art director, and creative director for Gap, MTV, and other clients, from GAP to MTV. Known for her edgy and innovative style, she specializes in avant-garde and youth markets. Her work has been exhibited at numerous museums, including the American Visionary Art Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, the Outsider Art Fair, and the Cooper Union.
Frank Foster Post drew his first cartoons on napkins, and embraced the technique as an immediate way to convey visual information. He is particularly interested in how elements of a particular image are put together to create change. “If I have little idea what will be created when I start a piece, if a viewer stops for a moment and there is a sense of wonder—then I’ve been successful,” he says.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, firstname.lastname@example.org