The Midway Gallery & Artist Studios x Uprise Art present
BOW: an under $800 holiday art show
Gallery Opening Nov 17 from 7-10PM. Food, drinks & music in traditional Midway fashion! At The Midway we believe art should be accessible to all, that's why we were so excited to team up with the rockstar Uprise Art team. For the next generation of collectors, Uprise Art helps you discover original contemporary artwork by emerging artists for the spaces where you live and work.
Show runs from Nov 17th to January 13th
DIY Workshops & Gallery dinners to be announced!
Holly Addi is a Salt Lake City-based painter. Her works examine energy, space, and landscape through tempered abstraction. At once engaged in new methods to read public space, she views her practice as a deeply personal game of renegotiation between rules of inclusion and omission, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles. Her Skogg studies (Swedish for “forest”) employ Addi’s characteristic color blocking in compositions that echo autumn leaves and glimpses between trees.
Hyun Jung Ahn creates paintings and sculptures that investigates personal connection through enigmatic, abstract forms. Her process begins with a visual diary that draws from emotional states, emphasizing capsules of time that crystalize feelings and words with color and form. Ahn earned a first MFA from Duk-Sung Women’s University, Seoul in 2013 before she received her second MFA in painting and drawing from Pratt Institute in 2017. Ahn currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Karina Bania is a mixed-media painter whose works relate to landscape and geography. Her paintings feature pale hues and layers of subtle texture, often incorporating traditional pigments and dyes in stains and washes. Focusing on harmony between spontaneity and intention, each discrete shape in her work forces a conversation between visible and unseen landscape. Bania is based in San Diego, CA and Baja, Mexico and has exhibited nationally.
Erik Barthels creates deceptively simple paintings on paper. His work features a style of back-to-basics abstraction that is at once highly systematic and casually offhand. Characterized by simple forms, off-kilter color palettes, and an emphasis on process, his paintings draw from the tradition of minimalism and the discernible imperfection of traditional handicraft. Erik is a self-taught artist based in Mandeville, LA.
Natalie Baxter received her BA in Fine Art from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN in 2007 and MFA from the University of Kentucky in 2012. Through video, photography, and sculpture, her work deals with issues of home, place, and identity. Her recent bodies of work, Warm Guns applies sewing skills she learned from her Appalachian grandmother to create soft sculpture guns - traditional symbols of masculinity and Americana - that challenge gender norms, gun culture, and violence. Baxter currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Alex Diamond is an Austin, Texas-based artist and curator. His works on paper reflect self-determined systems of experimentation and controlled uncertainty, systems that the artist speculates “may crumble under their own weight.” The resulting images picture an accumulation of errors and human shortcomings that revel in the incidental beauty of mortal glitches and their transformative potential for reevaluation and change.
Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao are based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The collaborative duo’s work explores everyday life and domestic play through sculptures, installations, collages, and paintings. Inspired by unusual and unique surfaces, they embrace vibrant color palettes and surreal elements. Their projects can be characterized as existing at the “intersection of imagination and the natural world.” Frezza and Chiao have been collaborating since 2011.
Elisa Gomez is a Denver, Colorado-based painter focusing on landscape through the lens of abstract expressionism. Her bright, floral palettes are often at odds with her chosen texture and gesture, resulting in works that create space through spontaneous and chance encounters. Gomez’s Wonderland works originated from photography and sketches made between Austin, Texas and Denver and have been exhibited at The Midway Gallery’s 2016 exhibition Terrain.
Jieun Jang calls attention to commonplace, invisible, and neglected objects, through her unique drawing practice. With the goal of emphasizing subtle movement and hidden life in inanimate objects, she laboriously folds tracing paper with powdered graphite on her hands to create multi-dimensional drawings. Her pieces retain a deliberate delicacy and carefulness, requiring the viewer to approach her works with an increased care and sensitivity–qualities Jang believes are necessary to see and experience them. Jang earned her B.F.A in painting from Hongik University in Korea, and received her M.F.A from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Chad Kouri is known for his vibrant, abstract compositions which examine themes commonly associated with visual literacy - specifically how we see, read, and memorize the world around us. He is influenced by minimalism, jazz, conceptual and systematic art, design, and printmaking. Kouri routinely takes photographs of architecture and other compositional possibilities within his surroundings, focusing on chance intersection and juxtaposition. Kouri is originally from a small town north of Detroit and is a co-founder of the Chicago-based art and design incubator, The Post Family.
Jordan Sullivan is a photographer and mixed media artists dividing his time between New York and Los Angeles. His recent photo series Death Valley captures the arid desert of eastern California, stemming from an interest in preserving the experience of time and space within landscape. His Landscape Collage series also engage with landscape by use of found materials from Los Angeles used book stores, creating quick sketches focusing on color and form. Sullivna’s photographs, curatorial projects, and prose have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the co-founder of the publishing project 205-A.
Sinziana Velicescu is a photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. Her photography explores human intervention with nature in landscapes that have undergone social or environmental change. Appropriating architectural vocabulary, Velicescu disrupts everyday topography via careful composition to develop an elegant and humorous narrative to tell the story of place. Her ongoing series On the Periphery explores Los Angeles by way of chance paths, attempting to remove elements of a cluttered landscape to find moments akin to minimalism or graphic design.
Evan Venegas studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and earned his BFA in Painting in 1998. Venegas’ work represents the process by which he interprets the complexities of his surroundings. His Day Maps were originally inspired by the birth of his daughter. The process begins with organizing and attributing different values to certain tasks, events, and other “emotional” data. He then translates these values into circles of varying colors and sizes, which become continually spontaneous and reactionary.