Amanda Charchian, Bumblebee, Greg Allen-Müller, Judith Supine, Lisa Solberg, Zio Ziegler

Young Americans: Antimatter

August 22– September 8, 2013
Opening reception : Thursday, August 22, 6 - 9 PM

Gajah Gallery
140 Hill St
Old Hill Street Police Station
Singapore 179369

“Young nomads, we love you! Be ever more modern, more mobile, more fluid…Be lighthearted, anonymous, precarious like drops of water or soap bubbles! For if you’re not fluid, you’ll become tacky real quick.” (Giles Châtelet)

Young Americans: Antimatter comprises 6 artists who brazenly tackle the world around them. They take to and from the streets, energetically seize the canvas and exemplify the spirit of the times through their personalities, art and fans. Coming of age between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, Generation Y is neither cynical nor reactionary. Instead, they have renounced insurrection for the sake of free enterprise. Masters of turning culture into economy, their do-it-yourself attitudes demonstrate their will to disregard restraints for the sake of letting their visions be seen. The creators and champions of social media, their identities are inherently connected to their webs of mutual relationships; critical acclaim is measured by the likes gathered from their followers, the aesthetically conscious, cyber-savvy population of the cool.

The artists in this show not only belong to this group -- they are its leaders. Their work is admired and often mimicked by the thousands of people who follow their every day moves so closely that they feel as though they know them. Like all true artists, they are driven by an inescapable need to make art. They alter and beautify their environments, hoping to better the lives of those who encounter their works. The social consequence of this is intrinsically linked to the very nature of our times. Sharing every choice we make from our friends, to our food, to our vacations and outfits, we cannot help but share the art we make with as many people who will look at it.

Bumblebee has always relished the streets. Hailing from Downey, a suburb southeast of Los Angeles, he took the culturally vapid and largely ignored city and used it as his personal canvas. Considerate and thoughtful, Bumblebee’s work deals with issues such as child homelessness and the impact of modernity on nature. Despite the seriousness of his subject matter, his works are not heavy. Instead, they are whimsical, playful and exude a sense of childish innocence, freedom and joy.

Judith Supine’s signature neon green is an emblem that has changed the face of New York City. To any observer who pays attention to the city’s streets, bridges, or rivers, Supine’s characters almost seem omnipresent. Throughout all this, he is able to maintain an anonymity that’s grounded by the fact that he goes by his mother’s name, and never shows his face, giving his work and personage a mysterious, otherworldly aura. His transgressive antics certainly contribute to his peculiarities, as does his uncanny ability to tease yet bypass danger. Early in his career, Judith used street art as a vehicle to “mask suicidal behavior,” climbing bridges while inebriated, popping pills and swimming in New York City’s rivers. Though he has moved towards a more focused and contemplative studio practice, Supine continues to thrill the imagination by his unique way of manipulating found images, distorting representations of popular imagery from consumer ads, and incorporating aspects of the urban environment.
When Lisa Solberg works on a painting, she becomes intensely antisocial, a lone wolf who cuts off communication with the outside world. Her large-scaled paintings are physical in every capacity- from the sheer grandiose scale to the, what she calls 'schizophrenic expression', needed to make one. A rush of raw energy infuses the brushstrokes Lisa applies to canvas. Not only do her paintings transcend continuality, they engage the moment and express both motion and emotion with a tremendous passion and inspired pertinacity. Drawing from a pool of inspiration that counts Cy Twombly, Andrej Pejic, Michael Jordan and most anyone who surrounds her or crosses her path, regardless of it being in a positive or negative capacity, she soaks it all in and brings it to her work in a manner that can only be explained as supernatural. Lisa is not only forging a vibrant path between abstraction and figuration, she is endowing 21st century painting with a powerful new voice.

Such explosions of color and contrast are thrust into the third dimension in the work of Greg Allen-Müller. All manner of texture and tone burst from the white aluminum frames that, while rendered impractical in the conventional sense, assist in the composition and conceptual focus of Leaks in Logic, the artist's most recent series of genre-bending sculptures. "To me, human beings are always trying to force their will on things," he says of these works, which direct the viewer's attention to the conflict between man's attempt to control nature and nature's inevitable rebellion, "but I think it's flawed, and that's where the leak sort of starts to happen.” Allen-Müller comments, “My most significant influence is my ability to daydream," citing Brancusi, Duchamp and Pollock as some of the artists to impact his early creative conscience. The imprint of the former is most evident in his earlier series of vinyl boxes, which reveal a fascination with the inseparable nature of an object and the space around it. While the vinyl has been abandoned in the Leaks in Logic, Allen-Müller's heightened awareness of space and framework remains, with layered references paid to the more traditional subject matters of still life, the nude and landscape painting.
Zio Ziegler too draws his inspiration from tradition, particularly ancient history, classical masters and philosophical thinkers. For Zio, painting is a meditative process; it does not represent a product but rather is his process of self-reflection, examination and understanding. By painting, Zio hopes to discover ways of turning crisis into opportunity in the same way a dream might help us flush out our subconscious thoughts so that we may arrive at some revelation about whatever may be troubling us in our waking life. But this flushing out is not an end; there is no conclusion to his existential inquiry, only more questions. For Zio, there is no meaning aside from the relative meaning each viewer gives his works. The patterns are endless, the interpretations are infinite and the opportunities are limitless.

Amanda Charchian investigates the state of alienation through realms of the physical, psychosocial and spiritual human condition. Employing 2D and 3D mediums to transmit mystical experience into matter, her art practice is a means of communicating the subconscious sphere into objects, creating possible portals to ascend beyond known reality. Looking to imbue her images with a timeless quality, Amanda attempts to freeze time. For example, although she believes clothing can be fun, she sees them as a mode of covering up. On the contrary, she strives to reveal her subjects, hence her tendency to work with nudity. In her sculptural work, Amanda finds a mantra that resonates with her, such as “yes.” The “YES mentality,” she says “is not only about witnessing but also accepting the actual nature of something in all its energetic complexities. The embracing of YES is seeing things as they really are, which is infinite. It is about empathizing so much that you become fully united with the essence of something enough to have influence. That is a key element of sympathetic magic and white magic.”

About the artists:

Born in Downey, California
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Select exhibitions group include My Turn, Carmichael Gallery, Culver City, CA (2012), Wild at Heart, Thinkspace, Culver City, CA (2012), Beyond Eden, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA (2011), Street A.K.A. Museum, Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (2011) and Outside/In, LeBasse Projects, Culver City, CA (2011).

Bumblebee has been covered by numerous media outlets including LA Weekly, The Dirt Floor,
Unurth, Arrested Motion, Downey Beat and Complex Magazine. In 2012, a short film was made by Handi Films titled Bumblebeelovesyou.

Greg Allen-Müller:
Born 1973 in San Marcos, Texas
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

Greg received his BFA from Southwest Texas State University in 1997. Select solo exhibitions have been with Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Köln, Germany and Galería Arnés + Röpke, Madrid, Spain in 2004 and Washington Square Widows, NYU Galleries, New York in 2003. Group exhibitions include "Line, Space, Color, Gesture"  -  Galerie Stefan Ropke, in NYC (2012), "Never Never Ever Land"  -  curated by Natalie Kovacs at Anna Kustera, NYC (2012), "Rush"   -   Carmichael Gallery, Culver City, CA (2012)  and Spring/Break Art Fair curated by Natalie Kovacs in 2012.

Select media outlets that have featured Greg’s work include MoMA P.S.1 Studio Visit, Complex Magazine, and LA Art Diary.

Amanda Charchian:
Born 1988 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives and work in Los Angeles, CA

Amanda received her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2010. Select exhibitions include The Silverstone at ROX, New York, NY (2013), Animate Objects at the Sacred Door, Los Angeles, CA (2013), Death Can Dance, Zurich, Switzerland (2012), Mediums at the Abrahamian Art Centre, Yerevan, Armenia (2012, and My Boyfriend Was Stolen by Tom, E.P.I.C. Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2011).

Select media outlets that have featured her work include Juxtapoz, Black Magazine, The Bohemrian, Inside Beat, Sciences Occultes, Hunger TV and Hillbilly Magazine. Amanda was also the 2012 recipient of two International Photography Awards and co-directed the music video “To the Horses” for singer Lanie Lane with fellow artist Lola Rose Thomson.

Lisa Solberg:
Born 1983 in Barrington, Illinois
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Solberg received her BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2005. She has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, London, Amsterdam, Sydney, Chicago, Denver, Aspen, Boulder,
San Francisco and Louisville. Select solo exhibitions include Stalker, THIS Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2012), Lisa Solberg: New Paintings, Kinsey/DesForges Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2009) and I Spy Ying Yang, Swiv Tackle Circus, Oceanside, CA (2008). Select group exhibitions include Rush, Carmichael Gallery, Culver City, CA (2012), These Friends Three, THIS Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2012) and The Happy Tree, Monster Children Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2010).

Select media outlets that have featured her work include The Great Discontent, Lost At E Minor, Booooooom and THIS Visits: a video project from THIS Gallery partners Luis Farfan and Aaron
Farley by Incase.

Judith Supine:
Born 1978 in Portsmouth, Virginia
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

Select solo exhibitions include Too Much For One Man, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY (2012), Ladyboy, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (2011) and Dirt Mansion, English Kills Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2008). Select group exhibitions include City of Fire, Stephen Webster, Beverly Hills, CA (2012), Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories, C.A.V.E., Venice, CA (2011) and Octo Pusses, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (2009).

Supine’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including books such as, DELUSIONAL: The Story of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, published by Gingko Press in 2012, TRESSPASS: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, published by Taschen in 2010 and Beyond The Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art, published by Gestalten in 2010.

Zio Ziegler:
Born 1988 in Mill Valley, California
Lives and works in San Francisco, California

Ziegler studied Philosophy at Brown University and painting at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) from 2006-2010. In 2010, Ziegler founded Arte Sempre, a lifestyle and clothing brand offering hand-made and unique products. Select exhibitions include a solo show, Lost Illusions, Project Gallery, Hollywood, CA (2012), and several group exhibitions including FlashBang VOL III ft. Groovebox, Project One Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2012), Primeval, Carmichael Gallery, Culver City, CA (2012) and Chromatic: An Undeniable Experience, Roll-Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2012).

Ziegler's work has been featured in several online press outlets, including Argot & Ochre, Unurth, Complex, Booooooom, Arrested Motion, RVCA and Mill Valley Patch.

About Simmy Swinder:

Simmy Swinder is an art dealer, advisor, curator, collector, and marketer. Currently Simmy works as director of Carmichael Gallery and as marketing director of tasj magazine. Prior to joining the gallery world, she worked as fair manager of photo l.a., as an associate of Cottelston Advisors, and as half of the curatorial duo, TS+ Projects. Simmy received her BA in Philosophy and Art History from UC Berkeley and her MA in Art Business from the Sotheby's Institute of Art-New York.