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Born in 1974 in Teaneck, New Jersey, Jesse Reno is a mixed-media painter living and working in Portland, Oregon. A self-taught artist, Reno developed his unique style through his prolific output. His pieces contain a mix of materials including acrylic paint, oil pastels, coloured pencil, wood panel, and canvas. He typically works on five to ten paintings at once trying not to get too caught up in any one piece until it is nearly complete.
“My art is a product of pure necessity…With no formal education I draw my inspiration from the primitive ancient cultures of Africa and South America, as well as modern pop culture. My style and technique is made up of quick expressed lines, smears of vibrant colors, and layer after layer of changing ideas and shapes.”
Reno has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in the US and Canada. He has been featured in publications including Juxtapoz and BLK MKT, and has published 6 books of his work.
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Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Wangechi Mutu moved to New York in the mid-1990s. She received her MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 2000.
“Mutu’s work explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics and the international fashion industry. Drawing from the aesthetics of traditional crafts, science fiction and funkadelia, Mutu’s works document the contemporary myth making of endangered cultural heritage.
Piecing together magazine imagery with painted surfaces and found materials, Mutu’s elaborate collages mimic amputation, transplant operations and bionic prosthetics. Her figures become satirical mutilations. Their forms are grotesquely marred through perverse modification, echoing the atrocities of war or self-inflicted improvements of plastic surgery. Mutu examines how ideology is very much tied to corporeal form. She cites a European preference to physique that has been inflicted on and adapted by Africans, resulting in both social hierarchy and genocide.
Mutu’s figures are equally repulsive and attractive. From corruption and violence, Mutu creates a glamorous beauty. Her figures are empowered by their survivalist adaptation to atrocity, immunised and ‘improved’ by horror and victimisation. Their exaggerated features are appropriated from lifestyle magazines and constructed from festive materials such as fairy dust and fun fur. Mutu uses materials which refer to African identity and political strife: dazzling black glitter symbolises western desire which simultaneously alludes to the illegal diamond trade and its terrible consequences. Her work embodies a notion of identity crisis, where origin and ownership of cultural signifiers becomes an unsettling and dubious terrain.” (bio from Satchi Gallery)
Mutu’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous major art museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In 2010, Mutu was selected as Deutsche Bank Group’s Artist of the Year.
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French artist Jean Labourdette aka “Turf One” began his love affair with art with graffiti as a youth in the streets of Paris. After some time, he found the graffiti world somewhat limiting so he moved on to working as a multi-disciplinary artist including illustration, comic strips, painting, and film making.
Initially painting on canvas, Labourdette now paints on found objects including rusty salvaged metal, street signs, and discarded wood. Turf One is also a little obsessed with Victorian-looking midgets, Russian icons, dead things, carnival sideshows, and seedy theatre stages.
“Labourdette’s signature aesthetic evokes a unique combination of contrasting traditions such as 15th Century Flemish portraiture, Russian icons, and circus/carnival sideshows. He renders his male subjects in a meticulously fine level of detail, with highly defined wrinkles, facial hair and prison tattoos, suggesting colorful narratives of gypsy vicissitude. Abnormal bodily proportions in a range of extreme height or weight measurements are prominent, such as midgets and giants—some of which are obese or have distorted, shortened or elongated limbs.” (from Jonathan Levine Gallery)
Turf One’s work has been exhibited worldwide including Yves Laroche (Montreal, QC), Jonathan LeVine Gallery (New York), Fuse Gallery (New York), to name a few. He has also created art for Kanye West, Sony Music, Universal Music, the Canada Council for the Arts, Pound Magazine and Cirque du Soleil.
To learn more about Turf One visit Turfizm.com.
Sources: Thinkspace Gallery
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Joe MacGown (aka Neogothic-Jam) was born in 1964 in Maine and moved to Mississippi when he was ten. His interest in art began early and as a child, he spent his time collecting insects, exploring nature, and drawing everything in sight. MacGown attended the Memphis College of Art for a while but it didn’t stick. Instead, for a few years, he worked the night shift at a grocery store and did some freelance artwork on the side. Since 1988, MacGown has worked at the Mississippi State Entomological Museum as a scientific illustrator and assistant curator.
MacGown’s true interest is in the “interrelationship of the environment and all forms of the animate and inanimate” and says “As I have studied nature over the course of my life, I have come to realize that every little thing we do affects something else, whether it be negative or positive. I greatly enjoy playing with positive and negative space, the juxtaposition of seemingly unnatural elements, and filling an area with as much as possible.” MacGown describes his style as “neogothic surrealism or subconscious meandering… a blend of fantasy, surrealism, and visionary art.”