Apr 23, 2014
Born in 1968 in Jiangsu Province, China, An Kun
(安堃) began painting for no particular reason other than that of the enjoyment he received standing in front of a canvas, pouring out his inspirations. After graduating from the Suzhou Art and Design Technology Institute and studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, An Kun worked as an art designer and decoration designer for a corporation, but felt his creativity stifled. Thus he removed himself from the ‘mess’ and tucked himself away in a studio, preferring the solitude and quiet, working and meditating with great composure and demonstrating his natural otherworldly instincts. To An Kun, the contemporary environment too often blunders about with thick color and shallow meanings that block people from thinking, thus leaving them at a loss. In his Zen series, the characters of his paintings often seem gaunt and woeful, quite in opposition to the common conception of the word ‘zen’. But An Kun’s explanation is as simple as it is meaningful: Because of this uneasy world, one’s soul is unable to cease all suffering. But by using simple and thin colors, and playing with light and shadow, An Kun creates austere faces that appear as if they are finally, silently able to enjoy the solitude in life and a measure of peace.
Apr 22, 2014
is an artist, sculptor and musician living and working in the NEPA valley. "I am drawn to working in the six elements of stone, metal, wood, light, ice and water. It gives me the ability to work intuitively. All possibilities can exist briefly before I impose parameters with regard to my emotional and intellectual contexts." The undercurrents of natural decay,unity, duality,symmetry, space, time and dimension are at the heart of Tom's creative energy. "I work seasonally, tracking the weather. Different temperatures demand independent responses to materials and approaches. "Ice follows the freezing mark of winter, stone and steel the exterior work space of summer. Spring begins the search for materials and fall settles all debts, emotional, physical and intellectual. " My work is my life and I thrive on long days. There is only the transcendence of the everyday. Cooking, friends, love becomes the sublime witness of doing. Process for me is the essence of my day."
Apr 18, 2014
Louisiana-born Scott Campbell
is known throughout the world as being one of the most talented hands in the world of tattooing. After abandoning a career as a biochemist at the University of Texas, he fled to San Francisco, and began tattooing. He learned the craft at Picture Machine, one of the oldest shops in California, rich with stories and nicotine stained flash on the walls from it's heyday in the 60's and 70's. He now owns and operates the legendary Saved Tattoo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, whose client list includes New York's art and design elite, fashion designers such as Marc Jacobs, and a long roster of celebrities including Heath Ledger, Josh Hartnett, Orlando Bloom, Helena Christensen, and Penelope Cruz. In recent years, he has gained much acclaim from fine art communities worldwide for his work in mediums other than skin, including intricately carved sculptures made out of US currency, a series of watercolor paintings based on his experiences during a 6 week stay in a maximum security prison in Mexico City, and graphite drawings done on the insides of eggshells. Campbell has only shown in galleries for a few years, but his work is already seen in some of the most revered collections and museums worldwide. He is celebrated as one of the brightest new voices in the New York art scene.