DARK MONEY
Aug
24
to Sep 30

DARK MONEY

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TESS BARBATO - DARK MONEY
AUGUST 24TH - SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
RECEPTION SATURDAY AUGUST 25, 7 - 9PM 

 Tess Barbato Dark Money 2, 2018 Oil on canvas 40x36"

Tess Barbato Dark Money 2, 2018 Oil on canvas 40x36"

Dark Money

Over the last few years, I have explored the concept of money through my artwork. Although I have touched on many subjects, I have so far missed the most important- dark money. Dark money is what drives our government and society. It’s what creates and kills laws, alters what’s portrayed in the media, and what elects our politicians. Most elections and ballot referendums can be predicted by which campaign has more money behind it.

With the passing of Supreme Court decisions, starting with Buckley v. Valeo to the most recent Citizens United, buying results is essentially the standard method of governing. This stacked deck is more than enough to make us feel that the system is rigged. One person, one vote no longer stands. People can take to the streets, start hashtag campaigns, and vote but nothing will come of it. The military industrial complex will shut down any protest. Social media crusades are only effective on diseases and creeps. Votes are useless when money controls our politicians, not to mention the fact that many votes literally don’t count with gerrymandering and the Electoral College.

As a millennial, the system that once had promise is now beyond troubling. The fact that the majority of people want gun control and our politicians have done absolutely nothing about it is proof of the effectiveness of dark money. The CDC isn’t, at a minimum, provided funds to study gun deaths or guns as a pubic health issue. Despite the hard evidence of other countries and their forward thinking regulations and proven results, American elected officials do nothing but send thoughts and prayers, which have been scientifically proven ineffective and are just nice sound bytes. The reasoning behind this is painfully clear, which is there’s no money to be spent or gained in regulation.

There’s an inconceivably long list of such examples, most notably climate change and healthcare. All of these subjects have obvious solutions, but they are thwarted by dark money. America has turned away from following science and common sense. Greed and special interests are the only things that drive policy. This has led to the systematic dumbing down of the proletariat, who routinely vote against their own interests.

I have little hope for this country on the current path we are on. We are failing in almost every aspect. There is no light to be seen at the end of this tunnel of tragedy that we find ourselves in. The concept of this series is to illuminate what has been darkened so that others can see what is truly there.

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American Emotion
Aug
31
to Sep 8

American Emotion

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O' Neil Scott - American Emotion
Exhibition Dates: August 31 - September 8, 2018
Reception: Saturday September 1, 7-9pm

American Emotion is an exhibition that takes a look at individuals and there different emotional states in relationship to the country. This emotion spans from a sense of joy and pride to a sense of sorrow and anger. Touching on topics such as the border situation, immigration and the country’s current sense of divide around justice and reverence for others. Asking the question of, how do these topics make us feel as American, as well as how is the view of America being impacted across the world. Each painting holds symbolism beyond first glance and encourages the viewer to step out of their current world and connect with other races, nationalities, and religions. In the end it should bring forth some awareness to our fellow Americans.

-O'Neil Scott

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Deconstructed
Aug
1
to Aug 10

Deconstructed

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DECONSTRUCTED
AUGUST 1 - 10, 2018
MEET THE ARTIST RECEPTION SATURDAY AUGUST 4, 7 - 9PM

Gallery Director Carolyn Kramer is proud to present DECONSTRUCTED, a solo exhibition by newcomer to our 2018 roster, Dallas based artist Tom Hoitsma. Tom's current work consists of large-scale, landscape based "gestural" abstract paintings. 

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Urban Saints
Jul
7
to Jul 13

Urban Saints

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URBAN SAINTS
Large-scale portrait paintings by CHRIS LÓPEZ
July 7th through July 13th, 2018
Meet the Artist Reception: Sunday July 8th, 7-10PM

Press Release

URBAN SAINTS is a series of large-scale portraits juxtaposing doctrinal Renaissance painting techniques with modern masculinity. The artist, Chris Lopez, is well known for his portrayal of the attitudes and distinctive personalities of his subjects in the details of his otherwise burly and raw nude paintings. His work is masculine to the core, but in a way that represents man in totality: rugged, brawny, sensory, and sensual.

Lopez says that this series is a play on the word “saint”, combining the painting styles of the Apostles and other religious masterpieces with modern subjects, adorning large tattoos that showcase their personalities. His paintings do not just represent each man, but reveal their personal memoirs; the hardships they have faced, their private suffering, and the stories they carry with them. There is an instinctual response to each painting; a relation made between the work and the viewer’s own experiences that creates an intimate, empathic connection. Viewers are enticed by the paintings to explore the personalities of each subject, from their most masculine features to their clandestine sensitivities. 

To Lopez, the men in his paintings represent saints in a secular way. He offers that “people don't need to be religious to be a saint to someone”, and reflects on stories of perseverance, passion, moving to a new country for a better life, and dealing with loss. He argues that the hardships his subjects have faced have made them better men, saint-like in his perspective, which is why he has chosen to portray them in this virtuous manner. An intentional choice to use acrylic paint on oriented strand boards blends texture into the portrait, giving the subject another expression in a realistic language. Lopez considers the panels an essential part of the painting process as they become the gestures that create and actualize his subjects.

The series is not just about the emotional and multifaceted nature of the men Lopez portrays. URBAN SAINTS is an homage to the sanctity within all of us.

 

 

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THE WILD ONES
Jun
29
to Jul 6

THE WILD ONES

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Gallery Director Carolyn Kramer is proud to present THE WILD ONES, a series of large-scale photographs by artist Martina Gates. In these photographs Gates has captured the power and symbol of freedom in The Horse. Each tangled mane and arched neck bring viewers back to the exact moment these inimitable images were captured with tangible energy.

"My connection with horses has always been a part of my life. Since I was a young child it has been the place that brings me the deepest source of peace, security and happiness. Being able to capture these imperial animals with a camera is a true gift. Other forms of art have always inspired my creative process, whether it be drawing, architecture, fashion, design, or the simple magic of a singular brushstroke. When I finally realized that The Horse was my totem, the first day of photographing these magnificent beings in the wild I suddenly felt the earth shake as the thundering horses came towards me. The sensation was everything I had been waiting for. This form of art is what I will be doing for the rest of my life. This is what fulfills me. The Wild Ones is a culmination of my spiritual connection with this majestic creature". 

~ Martina Gates

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REBEL WITH A CAUSE
Jun
1
to Jun 16

REBEL WITH A CAUSE

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The Exhibition REBEL WITH A CAUSE Has been extended to Saturday June 23, 2018

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JO HAY OPEN STUDIO GALLERY
is pleased to present
REBEL WITH A CAUSE

Featuring artists Michael Elsasser, Jo Hay, KJ Shows, O’Neil Scott, Tess Barbato, and Cobi Moules. 

Carolyn Kramer is proud to exhibit the work of six extraordinary painters and their depiction of rebels from the past and present day. Tarana Burke, founder and activist of the #METOO movement has been painted by artist Michael Elsasser. Artist Jo Hay has painted Emma Gonzalez, teenage survivor of the Parkland shooting, and founder of March for Our Lives. Rosa Parks, iconic civil rights activist who refused to sit in the back of the bus has been painted by artist KJ Shows. Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, activists and the faces of the Feminist Movement as well as the founders of Ms. Magazine has been painted by artist Tess Barbato. Football player Colin Kaepernick who took a knee to protest police brutality of people of color has been painted by artist O’Neil Scott. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a tireless advocate for the equality of women and the first Jewish woman to be appointed as a Supreme Court Justice has been painted by artist Jo Hay. Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, one of the original four founders of the Women’s March, has been painted by artist Jo Hay. 

These are the names of real American heros. 
These are Rebels with a cause.

#metoo #guncontrolnow #womensmarch #takeaknee
#transgenderEquality #civilrights #feministMovement

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O' NEIL SCOTT - REASONABLE DOUBT
Sep
1
to Sep 16

O' NEIL SCOTT - REASONABLE DOUBT

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Self-taught and with just two years of experience painting under his belt, the Philadelphia-based artist’s large-scale portraits don’t only convey a technical aptitude that can be likened to the Old Masters, but, more importantly, they speak to the concerns that affect those from marginalized communities who remain in fear for the loss of their basic rights.

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JARRAD TACON-HEASLIP - ACROSS THE LINES
Aug
7
to Aug 17

JARRAD TACON-HEASLIP - ACROSS THE LINES

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Exhibition Dates: Monday August 7 - 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday August 11, 7-10pm

August 2017, Provincetown, MA: JO HAY OPEN STUDIO GALLERY is pleased to present new acrylic/resin works by Jarrad Tacon-Heaslip.  Across the Lines features meticulous, hand-crafted works that reveal the captivating relationship between bold, colorful lines, simple geometry, and precise angular forms.  Visitors are invited to see this exhibition at 167 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, from Monday, August 7, through Thursday, August 17, 2017.  The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, August 11 from 7-10PM.

New Zealand native Jarrad Tacon-Heaslip creates works which combine his knowledge of architecture with his ongoing exploration of symmetry and color.  During his early twenties, Tacon-Heaslip studied architecture at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand.  There, he drew inspiration from the crisp lines and structural forms of modern and post-modern architecture, which later became the inspiration for the simple, geometric lines of his artistic works. “Lines,” states Tacon-Heaslip, “offer a quality of precision that other shapes lack.” 

Tacon-Heaslip’s interest with lines in conjunction with his long-term fascination of geometry come vibrantly to life in the multicolored pieces of Across the Lines.  Tacon-Heaslip invites his viewers to “enjoy the art experience through feeling rather than concept,” to take in the stunning impression of pure, unblemished form and color.  Combined with the large-scale size of many of his works and the masterful resin application which he has perfected over the last several years, the impact of Across the Lines is forcibly direct.  The resin application, in order to further augment the positive feeling that Tacon-Heaslip attempts to provoke in his viewers, “makes the colors pop, it makes the most vibrant quality of the colors emerge.”      

The colors employed in Across the Lines are part of an evolutionary process that has been manifesting for years.  According to Tacon-Heaslip, “the pieces in this series are inspired by what I feel as aesthetically appealing; they are part of a long process of acquainting myself with the way particular colors work and communicate with one another.”  Tacon-Heaslip is continuously working towards creating color contrasts that induce feelings associated with bright, glowing experiences. 

Across the Lines is a magnificent display of how art effectively maintains a dialogue with other disciplines in such a masterfully uplifting way. 

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A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTCLUB
Aug
4
8:30 PM20:30

A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTCLUB

A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTCLUB
FRIDAY AUGUST 4TH 7-10pm ONE NIGHT ONLY!

An exhibition of hundreds of Poloroids by guest artist Shann Treadwell.

Please join us in welcoming Shann for this one night extravaganza featuring photographs of the most iconic drag performers and celebrities in the world, such as #amandalepore #biancadelrio #raja #detox #courtneyact and hundreds of others. 

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