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Contact: Garry Booth
6X6: GROUP EXHIBITION
Phone Booth Gallery is pleased to present “6×6,” an exhibition of new work commemorating its sixth anniversary. Since 2008, PBG has exhibited creative risk takers, artists who reimagine pop culture, evoke complex fantasy worlds and render images and objects staggeringly true to life. This expansive anniversary exhibition conveys the gallery’s range, captures its dynamism and gives a glimpse into its near future. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. at 2533 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803.
Each work in “6×6” is, as the title suggests, six inches by six inches in size and made specifically for this exhibition. In selecting artists, PBG began by inviting contributions from those in its core program have shown with the gallery over the years, like Bryan Schnelle or Ryan Milner. Then it expanded its scope, reaching out others it had been discovered through social media or learned about through other outlets but had not yet worked with. The resulting list includes nearly 100 international emerging and midcareer artists.
The work ranges from whimsical, like in Ian Ferguson’s quirkily quaint figures and landscapes or Nicole Goux’s rendering of a woman glimpsing out from inside a tree, to aggressive and gnarly, like in Jessica Jenkins’ paintings of guts against pitch-black. Artists in the show who have exhibited with the gallery over the years include Sandra Chevrier, whose paintings combine portraiture with collaged together pop imagery, and Sean Norvet, whose takes on American consumerism are crudely comical. Bryan Schnelle has been showing his ominous collage work with the gallery since the beginning and Cuyler Smith, who painted a craggy knot of leafless but seemingly alive trees for this show, is also a veteran.
Agnes-cecile will be exhibiting with the gallery for the first time, showing her tender but intense paintings of young women, portrayed in a way that both captures their external beauty and hints at their complex interior lives. Her fellow newcomer Hanna Jaeun renders exquisitely convincing fantasies, and for this show, has painted a rabbit with a third eye and a serpent looking in a mirror, the reflection of its tongue emerging from the glass in three dimensions. Tony Graystone makes his PBG debut with pointillism portrayals of skulls cut apart to reveal glimpses of the cosmos, and John Wayshak’s painting marries a rough-and-tumble street aesthetic with a composition that recalls horror movie close-ups.
Since beginning as an online-only gallery with a modest artist roster, PBG has grown considerably, opening in a brick and mortar space and making a concerted effort to introduce compelling art to its audience. As it has expanded, it has remained committed to its goal of celebrating diversity and collapsing the boundaries between traditional fine art, illustration, pop, advertising and street art. 6×6 celebrates this exciting genre-mixing and boundary-blurring. The exhibition continues online and at the gallery through April 30th.
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Contributing Artists Include:
Alex R. Kirzhner
Carrie Anne Hudson
Famous When Dead
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Ki Sung Koh
Nicolaus Ferry Hadinata
Ryan De La Hoz
T. Dylan Moore