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Exhibition Details

AQUA ART MIAMI

CONFIGURATION: a curatorial project
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brandy

Steven Walker

brandy

man-hatten woman

Steven Walker

man-hatten woman

SOLD
aubrey

Steven Walker

aubrey

black hearted woman

Steven Walker

black hearted woman

captain sunshine

Steven Walker

captain sunshine

eevile woman 2

Steven Walker

eevile woman 2

fire woman

Steven Walker

fire woman

ooo jackie blue

Steven Walker

ooo jackie blue

killer queen

Steven Walker

killer queen

Rob Browning

polk salad annie

street light

Rob Browning

street light

SOLD
smoke and hedges

Rob Browning

smoke and hedges

SOLD
ice house

Rob Browning

ice house

blue flying house

Rob Browning

blue flying house

blue curtains yellow house

Rob Browning

blue curtains, yellow house

miami cameo I

Christopher Peter

miami cameo I

SOLD
almost blue III

Christopher Peter

almost blue III

almost blie II

Christopher Peter

almost blue II

almost blue I

Christopher Peter

almost blue I

Christopher Peter

take 5

Madeline

Christopher Peter

Madeline

Constance

Christopher Peter

Constance

SOLD
caffeinated nebulosity

Josh George

caffeinated nebulosity

Josh George

this town of possbilities

Josh George

there has to be something to celebrate

Josh George

the inernuncio

Josh George

that's the plan ma'am

Josh George

standing in the catbird seat

Josh George

shift your work and your disorder

Josh George

imminent crossing

Josh George

tradition, progress, stagnation

Josh George

old habits turn to ideal life

Josh George

demons and devils I command You!

someone has to drive

Josh George

someone has to drive

Josh George

I drive real good and I am a great team player

miami cameo II

Josh George

miami cameo II

SOLD

Josh George

the wind carried it in its belly and the city nursed it

SOLD

Steven Walker

mustang sally

Steven Walker

long cool woman

LOCATION:

AQUA HOTEL

1530 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139

BOOTH: 201


8/31/17

For Immediate Release

CONFIGURATION to be featured at 2017 Aqua Art Fair

New works by Rob Browning, Josh George, Christopher Peter and Steven S Walker

For husband and wife team Jennifer Glave and BJ Kocen, 2017 marks ten years of owning and operating their gallery in Richmond Virginia. From day one it has been a dream to participate in The Miami Art Fair but that goal had always seemed out of reach until now.  Two factors came together that glave kocen mustered the courage to apply; the first being a founding partner of Richmond’s Annual Art Fair, “Current.” The other factor was a visit to Aqua last December. “We instantly got the Aqua vibe” began BJ Kocen. “We felt right at home and couldn’t wait to apply. When we got the word we got in, we were so proud!  We’re thrilled to be bringing some of our favorite artists to Miami and to represent the Richmond Art Scene.”

The exhibition” Configuration” is all about figurative works constructed in four very distinct processes. Take Josh George for example, an alum of The Aqua Art Fair, as he literally constructs his figures out of various bits of paper like maps and wine labels before any paint even hits the surface. His works becomes textural and disarmingly visceral flipping the script on everyday mundane moments. George’s paintings offer narrative “snapshots” conveyed with both a sly wit and sensitivity, juxtaposing humor and pathos to present the complexities of the modern American experience.  Josh George at once celebrates and critiques our culture, expresses both disillusionment and exuberance, and discovers beauty and disappointment in unexpected places.   His artwork has been featured such publications as Stile Magazine, Step By Step Magazine, American Art Collector, and Society of Illustrators, among others. George's work is part of Warner Music, Nissan, Capitol One, Sheraton Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Dominion Power, Landmark Bank, and Limno Tech corporate art collections.

Rob Browning’s work is smooth maintaining a powerful vibrancy. His compositions combine portraiture and architecture in sometimes fantastical ways coupled with narratives that are sometimes autobiographical. Flying figures not unlike Wendy Darling float out of second story window or a mother figure is rooted in the shadows and comfort of trees. There is no question where Rob got his touch of bold colors and playfulness. Browning was a Disney Illustrator before hand tools were replaced by computers which he had zero interest in so he quit working for the mouse to become a fine artist painter. Thanks goodness he did because his singular work has always been well received in Richmond and across the nation. Browning received his formal art education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia (1974-1979). His artwork is included in a number of public and private collections and has been used commercially by clients, including: General Electric, ITT, Federal Pacific, American Airlines and yes Disney Enterprises.

Steven Walker is presenting a whole new body of work for the first time as a portrait artist whereas he is traditionally known as a landscape and cityscape artist. It was such a daunting premise for him that he almost wanted to present these works under a pen name and did for his first work in this series as George A Mallory. glave kocen persuaded him to immediately drop the pen name and to not shy away from his new direction even though it’s a 180 from where he has been most of his career. These new works combine a montage of dramatic imagery layered into a female figure almost like illustrated movie posters from the late 60’s and early 70’s.  These large scale oils on panel are the most conceptual and boundary pushing Walker has ever created and Aqua will be the first true indicator of how patrons will respond. Born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and raised in Richmond, Virginia he discovered his love for art at a very early age. With little interest in anything else, Steven took the next big step towards his pursuit of a career in art when he earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He would later earn his masters in fine arts from Marywood University, where he also met his wife/fellow artist Evelyn. Since going full time as an artist in 2008, Steven has been included in several local and national juried competitions including the Richeson 75 Landscape Competition, Plein Air Salon, the International Salon Competition, the Oil Painters of America Salon and the Art Renewal Center. Steven also had the privilege of being a part of a statewide traveling exhibition with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  His work has been patronized in part by Airstream Inc., Hilton Hotels, the Boy Scouts of America, Dominion Resources, Virginia State Department, the National Parks Service, the Columbus Convention Center and the United States Air Force. To sum up Steven relays, “I should have quit years ago but that would have proven so many people right.”

Rounding out “Configuration” is Christopher Peter with his stunning mixed media silhouette pieces.The inspiration for these pieces is taken from his Lithuanian grandmother who used to shine a light on him and his siblings’ faces in pro?le, and trace the shadow on paper attached to the wall. She would then label and date it so she could compare as the children got older. She did this every year that they visited, so as a child Christopher has distinct memories of her house and all these little paper cutouts of their faces framed up everywhere on the walls.  As an adult Peter is  channeling all these in?uences from his past and using that same craft but through the lens of painting. He starts every piece with a model, a photograph, or a pre-existing found image, and sets his composition from there.  The surface prep, priming, underpainting, collage, painting, varnish, stretching and wiring is all done by Christopher even making his own paint, so each piece is completely a unique handmade work.  The underpainting or collage elements (this can be acrylic paint, handmade papers, vintage book pages, road maps, etc.) that are visible within the silhouette, cover the entire canvas at one stage, and the silhouette is painted on top of this surface. It is a painting within a painting, story within a story, or a frame within a frame.  Once the underpainting is complete, Peter starts layering white over it and covering things up...so the ?nished piece is just as much about what is shown as is what is concealed. Born in 1987, Christopher Peter grew up in Phoenix and spent his childhood endlessly doodling in his sketchbooks.  As a teenager, his dedication to his craft earned him scholarships to pursue two degrees in drawing and painting.  This is where he developed a love for figurative painting and abstraction. 

For more info or images pertaining to, “Configuration” please don’t hesitate to contacting bjkocen@gmail.com.

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