Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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Urbis-Artium - San Francisco - Art Opening - Thursday 16th - 5:30 - 8pm




NEW STENCIL PAINTINGS FROM LOGAN HICKS & ADAM5100
Exhibition Dates: March 16 through April 28, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 16, 2006, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 to 5:30, Saturday 11:00 to 5

Urbis Artium Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new stencil paintings by Logan Hicks and Adam5100. This will be the first public viewing of several large and mid-sized works by two of California’s most acclaimed stencil artists.

Known for his hyper-detailed, meticulously hand cut stencils, Los Angeles-based Logan Hicks has risen to the top ranks of his field with his borderline obsessive approach to the stencil medium. Using a non-intuitive approach to color, layering and scale, Hicks’ recent work exposes the hidden structural parallels that unite architecture and the urban “organism" with their counterparts in the natural world, leaving the viewer surprised, delighted, and haunted. A former professional screen printer, Hicks has exhibited and lectured throughout the U.S. and abroad, with shows, talks, and demonstrations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baltimore, Slovenia, Berlin, Melbourne, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul.

Albuquerque-born, Oakland-based Adam5100 pushes the stencil medium to its outer limits. The products of a painstakingly complex process – incorporating as many as a dozen separately cut stencil layers – his finished pieces are unexpectedly serene and contemplative, yet somehow unsettling. His recent paintings challenge our concepts of modernity, using spaces as a language to describe forgotten places, giving them a story and a context within the present. A 2001 graduate of the California College of the Arts and recipient of the Yozo Hamaguchi award in printmaking, Adam5100 has exhibited in galleries throughout the Bay Area and beyond. He will exhibit in China in June and July, 2006.

Both artists will perform live stenciling demonstrations at the gallery on Saturday, April 8, 2006, giving viewers the opportunity to observe the layout, cutting, layering, and painting process from start to finish.

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