Street art and graffiti will be moving from the streets and onto the pristine walls of the Converge Gallery for September's opening of "Below The Surface." This two-month long group show, which runs from tonight to Oct. 31, will bring back old favorites from Converge's stable of artists, and introduce Williamsport residents to some new, world-renowned names in the street art world. This will be the first time many of these artists have shown together. An opening reception and artist talk by Jason Bryant is planned for 6 to 9 tonight.
Those new to the gallery include Jason Bryant (NYC), Ted Mikulski (Connecticut), Thomas Buildmore (Philadelphia), Dark Cloud (NYC) and Keely (NYC).
Jason Bryant was born in 1976 in Wilson, N.C., and now lives and works in New York City. Bryant graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor's degree in fine art and went on to the Maryland Institute College of Art for his master of fine arts degree in painting. Bryant moved to New York City soon after and began work with such notable artists as Kehinde Wiley and Bjarne Melgaard.
“Below the Surface”?will be on display from tonight until Oct. 31 at Converge Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St. The show will feature street and graffiti art, as well as art by Converge’s stable of artists.
Heavily influenced by classic film, Bryant begins each painting by researching images from cinematic moments or magazine images of interest to fit various themes exploring loneliness, vulnerability and frailty. Bryant renders each image, at first as a pencil sketch on canvas without the use of projection and then by transforming the image through oil paint into a photo-realistically and beautifully rendered film still. Bryant then incorporates his signature skateboard graphics, a skateboarder himself, or paints in pixelated areas often cropping the eyes or other notable features of each character.
Ted Mikulski is an innovative artist with a studio based in Connecticut. Ted studied architecture and applies his knowledge of space and form to his art.
He likes large surfaces, which allow him to be freer with paint and material in order to express an overall concept.
He combines media to develop figurative and non-figurative elements to work in the cohesion of an exhibition or presentation space. Originally known for his abstract expressionism, he has branched out into installation work and pop-art hybrids. A native of Boston, Mass., Thomas Buildmore attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts where video, installation, painting, and film were his main studies. In 2007, Buildmore founded Overkill Studio in South Boston, where he also acted as the studio's Conceptual Art Director.
In 2010, Buildmore relocated to Philadelphia, where he teamed up with photographer Dan King, and established Old City artist studio StupIDEAsy. Featuring 2,700 square feet of creative space, the Third-and-Market studio provides plenty of room for Buildmore and his artist colleagues to tackle creative projects. Little is known about artists Dark Cloud and Keely (and they'd like to keep it that way), but their works can be seen all over major metropolitan areas. Residents of Brooklyn, N.Y. their works use repetitive images of clouds and cats to help identify their tag.