BEN WOODWARD, KRIS CHAU, AJ FOSIK, Not for Nothing
Opening 15 September 2010 h 6:30 p.m.,
Until 06 November 2010
Galleria Patricia Armocida of Milan is proud to present Not for Nothing, a collective of three Philadelphia artists, Ben Woodward, Kris Chau, and AJ Fosik, opening on Wednesday, September 15th at 6:30 PM.
Philadelphia is the fulcrum of the art scene’s fresh and vital gust of wind that has trickled south from NYC, where the scene has been flooded for years. Since the mid-90s, it was the birthplace of captivating art collectives, like Space 1026 where over 25 artists run a gallery and printing facility together.
The artists exhibiting are a reflection of Philly: relaxed, ironic, and dialectically direct.
Ben Woodward is one of the founders of Space 1026, his works portray a parallel world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals in existentially difficult situations, yet always marked by a sharp sense of humor. His meticulous drawings with thin lines and vibrant colors recollect various styles of religious paintings and the works of Hieronymus Bosch.
Kris Chau’s lines are elegant and clearly feminine. Graceful girls, whose clothes seem to move delicately in the wind, contrast with portraits full of irony about female life after the so-called emancipation. The intricate details and lines recollect some younger works by Andy Warhol.
AJ Fosik utilizes hundreds of pieces of wood to create, through a complex process of joints, three-dimensional animal heads with sharp teeth ferociously exposed that are mounted on walls as if they were taxidermy pieces, frozen in their expressive force and tension.
“Not for Nothing” is a typical expression in Philadelphia. It is not by chance that the three artists exhibiting represent the various facets of the human mind: Ben Woodward expresses an existentialism diluted with irony, Kris Chau expresses a pungent and cutting femininity, AJ Fosik represents an atavistic and purely masculine force; eccentric visions of individual contemporary intimacy.
Ben Woodward was born in Philadelphia in 1974. He attended Rhode Island School of Design. He’s a founding member of Space 1026 and has shown in museums and galleries from Philadelphia to Japan. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Chi, his daughter Atari, and a one-eyed pug Leroy.
Some noteworthy exhibits: 2008: Beep-boop beep-Boop, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; 2005: Fork in the Road, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY; International Artists Exhibition, P4 Gallery, Milan, Italy; 2004: It Came From Above, two person show with Max Lawrence, Space 237, Toledo, OH; Change It, Call it a Crew, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA; By the People for the People, Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; The Great (re)Masters, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; 2003: Brothers from Different Brothers, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC; Were You Allright Yesterday?, White Columns, New York, NY; Raw Stitches, The Punch Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Skate Culture - The Art of Skateboarding, The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA; 2002: But I Wuv You, 31 Grand, Brooklyn, NY; But the Earth is already in Space (solo exhibition), Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
Kris Chau was born and raised on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu, she lives and works in Philadelphia. She dreams and draws girls all day and often mistakes her paintbrush mug for her coffee mug. She will keep drawing as long as she can.
Some noteworthy exhibits: 2010: Work to Work, Urban Outfitters Gallery 543, Philadelphia, PA; Draw Show, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY; PuppyFace: New Work from my Brain, Topstitch Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Game Over, Group Show, Giant Robot, San Francisco, SF; 2009: Ma Vie En Rose, Group Show: Kris Chau, Kime Buzelli, Derek Ihnat, Jess Schnabel Ambrella Sugary Sweet Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; 2008: Talk Story, Rowan Morrison Gallery, Oakland, CA; Plaits and Fringe, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, LA.
AJ Fosik was born and raised in Detroit. He has a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York. His work explores the powerful mediums of language and metaphors, used to emphasize narrativity and interpretation; furthermore, his work is impregnated with subversive cultural influences and evokes American Folk Art. He uses wood and other found materials to create eclectic and provocative three-dimensional pieces.
Some noteworthy exhibits: 2009: Prepare for Pictopia - Pictoplasma, Berlin, Germany; New Ancient structure, An exhibition by Aj Fosik and Anrew Schoul, Space 1026 Philadelphia; 2008: In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor - Laguna Art Museum, Los Angeles, California; 2007: At the Edge of Town, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY; 2006: Friendly Fire: Four from the East, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; 2005: Proof Denies Faith, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY; AJ Fosik and Monster Project, curated by Jordan Isip, Riviera Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Some of My Best Friends are American, curated by KGBE Rotgut, New Image Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; 2004: Parts and Labor, Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, CA; Garbage Strike, Camp Fig, Austin, TX; 2003: Up Far Too Close, curated by Jordan Isip, Tin Man Alley, Philadelphia, PA; Assembly, The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY.