Formations at GR2 Begins Sat Feb 4th
GR2 Gallery 2062 Sawtelle Blvd LA, CA 90025 424-246-7626
Reception Feb 4th 6:30-10pm
Ke Jiang, Maggie Chiang, Stickymonger Vince Nguyen, Stacy Tan, Huntz Liu
Ke Jiang is part of the team that developed "Flower," an indie-game and he's known as Autokite on Instagram. His drawings are fun and cute, and his sculptures and animations are amazing as well.
Maggie Chiang is a Taiwanese American full time artist and part time dreamer. Inspired by both places real and fictitious Maggie's illustrations evoke a longing for adventure and the pursuit of the unknown, exploring impossible landscapes and places unseen. A central theme of her art is the relationship between humanity and nature, oftentimes the underlying thread that ties together her work and establishes her individual artistic voice.
Stickymonger, aka Joohee Park, is a Brooklyn-based artist with an obsession to convert spaces into imaginary worlds that emerge as giant mural installations.
Stickymonger’s murals are composed of black “stickers,” meticulously cut from giant sheets of vinyl and installed piece-by-piece by the artist, creating images that melt and flow together like rivers of ink cascading down the gallery’s walls. Park’s tactile and visual obsession with fluid and sticky blackness is related directly to her childhood experiences. Growing up in Korea, in a home adjacent to her family’s gas station, Park’s backyard housedsix fuel-storage garages. There, the future artist would hide among the oil cans, often stepping in and playing with the dense black petroleum puddles that were ubiquitous in her world.
Her subjects are visceral:darkness, prejudice, and anxiety are represented as eyes, holes and little girls, allowing the viewer to vicariously experience Stickymonger’s sardonic signification viewpointof human nature.
Nguyen grew up in Houston, Texas, where he began his artistic pursuit by drawing dinosaurs and super heroes. He went on to earn a BFA in illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has illustrated numerous of children's books and is also a part of the art department at Bluesky Studios, the makers of the movies Ice Age and Robots.
Stacy Tan: A Singaporean based in New York, I'm a born and bred summer girl. I am a visual communicator and graphic designer who loves a good cup of tea, and maybe some Mcvities on the side. English snacks you know what I'm talking about! I came from a fashion design background and have never looked back. I love what I do now and enjoy weaving mini universes of storytelling and visual cues to create a holistic viewing experience. Flowers, funny shapes and silhouettes are my weakness and each piece is a piece made with love.
Huntz Liu lives and works in Los Angeles (Highland Park), California. His works are often created with multiple layers of paper that are cut geometrically into three dimensions. He cleverly uses negative space along with the positive to create his pieces.