Artists: Bryon Havranek, Gregory Liffick and Travis Reysen
March 13 through April 25, 2009
Receptions: Saturdays, March 14 and April 11, 6-9pm
Gregory Liffick creates his art works of manmade items, of metal or fabric or wood or ceramics, usually found in department or thrift stores. These items tend to take very interesting shapes and sizes, often embodying and commenting on styles from the present and the past. He likes to reshape or deconstruct these items and shapes and reconstruct them, adding string, paints and nails and words in ink, to make new statements on the current state of the world as he sees it. The form that the items take when he first finds them may inspire a work, but the work always changes in creation, and demands to become what it has to be, not what he usually first envisions it to be. There is always a final piece to complete the puzzle, which sometime requires a special search of its own.
For Bryon L. Havranek, his fascination is for geometric abstraction. He has noticed that certain design elements have been repeatedly used in artwork by various peoples from vastly different times and locations. These repetitive images are largely decorative in appearance, and comprise abstracted shapes such as chevron, key patterns (both angular and organic), intricate ovals and dazzling spirals, though some form of representationl figurization are also present. The fact that these shapes appear over and over again globally from cultures that historically have had no direct contact with each other has led him to suspect the possibility of a common human symbology, something that ALL humans share, regardless of culture, belief or heritage, and it is to the exploration of this symbology that his work is dedicated.
Born and raised in southern California, Travis Reysen was interested in art and painting as long as he could remember. Growing up, art had always caught Travis' eyes. He recalls back in school when it was lecture time or time to take notes, instead of following along, Travis would draw or doodle. At age 18, Travis looked at his art work a little more seriously and started to paint more. Andy Warhol, as well as Jean-Michel Basquiat has been a big influence on Travis: Travis uses bright colors in his paintings, and the mediums that he primarily works with are acrylic and spray paint. Rather than using canvas, he prefers to paint on wood. Now at the age of 24, Travis already has completed 70+ paintings and has even painted a couple of murals in peoples' homes.
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