Sorry We Weren't Here to Meet You, We've Been Out Exploring

PRESS RELEASE

 

Pablo de Pinho and Usagi NY are pleased to present Sorry We Weren’t Here to Meet You, We’ve Been Our Exploring, a group exhibition featuring eleven East Coast based artists. Curated by Pablo de Pinho, artist and curator based in San Francisco, California.

The show will explore a range of small paintings and drawings by Jessica Hans, Miles Debas, Jenna Ransom, Austin Eddy, Paul Simmons, Angela Heisch, Matt Kleberg, Rachel Hayden, LilKool, Tessa Perutz, and Mark Sabio Mazza.  This exhibition will also include a special installation by Yurika Shiroyama.

These paintings share a similarity in two-dimensional figures, motifs and flatness. They have an absence of shadow per se, focusing on solid shapes, gradients and lines. They present a graphic quality and are each approached differently, varying from and including a combination of, pastel on board board, graphite, oil stick and color pencil on paper and ink, flashe, acrylic and oil on canvas. These works presented are right in between figuration and abstraction, some lean more to one side than others, ranging from still life, portraiture, illustration, symbols and spatial relations.

Featured works will be displayed on fifteen track-mounted panels, inspired by traditional Japanese screens. The internal architecture of Usagi was designed by Sou Fujimoto.

 

Jessica Hans

Born in 1988, Jessica Hans lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. She makes sculptures, vases and paintings and photography. Themes of earth and sea are consistently present in her work. She has studied Textile Design at Moore College of Art and Design and has received her BFA in Fiber Arts and a Minor in Ceramics from Maryland Institute College of Art. Jessica Hans has been featured in a previous show curated by Pablo de Pinho titled Sculp, a sculpture show featuring Matt Gil, Paul Simmons, Ethan Caflisch, Karen Hagen, Damien Hoar de Galvan, and Alexandre Bavard. Her ceramic work, and prink collaborations with Anaick Moriceau will be featured at Tempo, Pablo de Pinho’s curated design space, in San Francisco.

 

Miles Debas

Painter Miles Debas was born in Paris, France, 1985, and he currently lives in New York City. He is currently doing his MFA at Hunter College, and has received a Bachelors in Studio Arts at Skidmore College, Saratoga, NY.  Miles will be exhibitions his works in a solo exhibition February at Arts & Leisure NYC, along with a publication of an art book.

Jenna Ransom

Jenna Ransom paints and draws.  She was born in 1980, Boston, MA and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  She has received a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and a Bachelor of Arts, from Roanoke College, Salem, VA. In 2015 she was granted a NYFA painting grant and was awarded a Sharpe-Walentas Studio in 2014.  

Austin Eddy

Sculptor, painter and curator Austin Eddy was born in 1986 in Boston, MA, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has received his BFA in Painting from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Austin will be featured in another group show in which he has also titled, called In the Night Kitchen, curated by Pablo de Pinho at Pt. 2 Gallery, Oakland, California in January 2019, along with Soren Behncke, Michael Swaney and Angela Heisch. Austin Eddy’s publications by Ampersand Books and Yundler Brondino Verlag will be featured at Pablo de Pinho’s curated design space, Tempo in San Francisco.

 

Paul Simmons

Painter and sculptor Paul Simmons lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  He received his BFA in Painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from The Ohio State University.  Paul Simmons' works on paper explore the creative process as a subject through a language of undulating line and form, depicted through a haze of layers that reveal themselves as equally ephemeral and concrete.  A figurative motif, recurring both within a composition as well as from one work to the next, can also be seen as a visual trajectory of creative thought. Sculptural blocks of color reveal impressions from previous acts of mark making, illuminating a layered process of divergent histories which ultimately form a synthesized image. Simmons has been featured in a previous show curated by Pablo de Pinho titled Sculp, a sculpture show featuring Jessica Hans, Matt Gil, Paul Simmons, Ethan Caflisch, Karen Hagen, Damien Hoar de Galvan, and Alexandre Bavard. A selection of Paul Simmons’ painted cardboard sculptures will be featured at Pablo de Pinho’s curated design space, Tempo in San Francisco.

 

Angela Heisch

Painter Angela Heisch is currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She has received her BA from SUNY Potsdam, and her MFA from the University at Albany. Angela will be featured in another group show titled In the Night Kitchen, curated by Pablo de Pinho at Pt. 2 Gallery, Oakland, California in January 2019, along with Soren Behncke, Michael Swaney and Austin Eddy.

 

Matt Kleberg

Matt Kleberg was born in Kingsville, TX in 1985. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has received his BA in Studio Art from the University of Virginia and his MFA from Pratt Institute.

 

Rachel Hayden

Rachel Hayden is a Baltimore-based painter originally from Cincinnati Ohio. In addition to painting, she works as a museum educator at The Walters Art Museum, teaching classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Her work deals with gentle touches and sensations both physical and emotional, as well as phenomena of time and space.

 

LilKool

LilKool was born in Dallas, Texas 1985. Disenchanted by the ways pop culture was slowly brainwashing the masses, LilKool took to painting as an act of defiance, beginning with spray-paint.Since moving to New York in 2008, LilKool’s repertoire expanded to include painting, illustration, large-scale murals, photography and fashion collaborations. His style transcends each medium it inhabits. From paneled comic strip style illustrations to abstracted interior stills that rethink modern living- LilKool’s style manages to be diametrically varied but immediately recognizable.

 

Tessa Perutz

Artist and curator Tessa Perutz was born in 1988 in Chicago. She lives and works in New York and Brussels. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and additionally studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, London. In addition to maintaining a studio practice, Tessa also curates Massif Central; a collection of silk scarves by contemporary artists.

Mark Sabio Mazza

New York City-based artist Markus Sabio Mazza comes from a multi-cultural family with a lineage of Arts, Music and Sports. For over two decades, Markus has continually pushed the boundaries in producing vibrant works that blend abstraction, color and dynamic forms. Graduating Top Ten of his class from The School of Visual Arts, Markus has been creating, painting, and pioneering the urban landscape worldwide.

Sabio stands for “Supreme Articulation Bouncing in Orbit” and comes from the romantic Latin root “wisdom or all knowing”. As bodies of work emerge, he constantly finds new ways to reveal his inspiration rooted in consciousness, spiritualism, and historical allegories. Energetic and raw, his paintings employ an aggressive use of color and texture with various combinations of oil, enamel, spray paint and collage elements on canvas. A multi media artist, his work has been exhibited in various group exhibitions and Galleries worldwide, valued works acquired by prestigious art collectors and continues to share his energetic works publicly.