Carbon- New work by LI-HILL
The Hero’s Journey – New work by JOHN PARK
Artists’ Reception: SATURDAY February 7, 6-9pm
On view February 7 – March 2
C.A.V.E. Gallery is pleased to present “Carbon” – an impressive new collection of work by Li-Hill.
The global tension of man versus nature continues to be a driving influence in Li-Hill’s work. For this new series, Li-Hill portrays a diverse selection of animals whose habitat is threatened by the effects of industrialization, especially carbon producing industries.
The show title references the cycle of life and death. It is a reminder that all matter is made from carbon and starts and finishes with this element. The series also reflects the effects of carbon emissions on climate change and the dire consequences this has on habitats and the natural world.
The exhibition includes a series of 10 monochromatic animal portraits created with graphite and spray paint – highly carbon concentrated materials. Li-Hill employs an ephemeral aerosol technique so that the subjects appear to dissipate – reflecting the inevitable breakdown of all matter to molecules of carbon. The series is a beautiful representation of the artist’s fascinating signature style where subjects float with a dynamic tension and a rhythmic balance.
Li-Hill is a Canadian visual artist currently based in Brooklyn. He received a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) in 2011. In addition to his studio work, the artist is also known for his large scale urban murals and constructing complex, multi-layered installations with found objects and unconventional materials.
Li-Hill has exhibited across the world in countries including Australia, Thailand, China, Canada and the US. He has had works shown in national institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Portsmouth Museum of Art in New Hampshire.
John Park has become one of Los Angeles’ most recognized contemporary artists. Classically trained, he used these fundamentals as a starting point – and then exploded convention to develop a rigorously stylized urban aesthetic that is rich in meaning and technical skill. His intricate layering of forms and text create a unique, abstract structure – however, each piece is a methodical evolution of complex forms and ideas.
Park received his training at the Rhode Island School of Design. Soon after, he felt constrained by the traditional and regimented style of classical realism that he was pushed to achieve in art school. In 2008, Park began to “live paint” at various venues across Los Angeles, including many of C.A.V.E. Gallery’s opening receptions. The live settings allowed him to invite spontaneity into his work – and from this energy, his unique style was sparked.
Park’s distinct technique of layering marker, charcoal, and acrylic continues to evolve. He employs a focused approach – first creating intricate base layers of text and architectural motifs for each piece, and then incorporating stylized figures in motion emerging from their environments – giving each piece a unique voice.
The subjects in this new collection of work by Park reflect the archetypal stages of The Hero’s Journey as outlined in Joseph Campbell’s famous book of world mythology, “The Hero With a Thousand Faces”. The series is an exploration of the trials of today’s world, including the pressure of increasing urbanization and alienation in the midst of constant surveillance. The subjects are presented with a “call to adventure” where they must face challenges. If they respond bravely and wisely to these tasks, they emerge a Hero with the insightful knowledge and consciousness to influence positive change in the world.