In the painting Flux, deconstructing and reconstructing the form let me play outside of the bounds; fusing detailed realism with abstraction. The fragmentation felt in today's quick pace of life and the mask we wear in negotiating our day, including online, are reflected in its "moving parts." For this exhibition it plays out in the female experience as shared by a dear friend- one of expectations and seemingly opposing forces in the definition of femininity seen through the media, the home, the workplace, film, advertisement, etc. Creating and maintaining a successful career while being an available mother is similarly such a common pull and concern. I sought to honor her impressions while working in a way that rethinks the painting process as an excited exploration of shape, form, and identity.
Daniel Bilodeau’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad; including the Peninsula Museum of Art in California, 101/Exhibit in Miami, Sotheby’s New York, and the Guardian Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. His work is featured in numerous public and private collections including those of the Citadel Museum in Canadian, Texas, the New York Law School in New York, New York, and the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Recognized in the Art Renewal Center International Salon and listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Mr. Bilodeau is the recipient of a number of awards and honors including the George Sugarman Foundation Grant and the Leslie T. and Frances U. Posey Foundation Scholarship. His work is included in many private collections and has recently been published by Rizzoli press in The Figure: Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, a book chronicling the use of the figure in contemporary art. He is the recent recipient of a summer residency in Giverny, France with the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Mr. Bilodeau’s contemporary realistic figurative and still life works touch on post-modern life, consumerism, and identity. Producing monumental scale works as well as tiny miniatures, Bilodeau blends passages both smooth and textured, graphic and naturalistic in his painting style. Born in Montréal, Canada, Mr. Bilodeau lives and works in New York City, where he earned an MFA in 2013 from the New York Academy of Art.
This painting depicts the limitations society places on women, corrupting what truly is beautiful by placing them in these prisons of identity. By doing so, society is asking them to become superheroes. The work is an offset of American comics, synonymous to entertainment and fun. This is exactly the goal of the series - a daily struggle against that which is imposed by society and the very expectations we impose on ourselves I keep myself busy in many ways; single mom, business woman, artist, the household, romance, errands. It puts a lot on one’s shoulders. We overwork ourselves. We are all slaves to something or of something. And in comic books, despite all the playfulness of the thing itself and all the “POW BING BAM,” superheroes are also fragile. We are merely human men and women and we are entitled to the flaws and errors. Lets be proud of who we are, be fierce and strong.
Sandra Chevrier, who calls herself a “gaze collector,” creates hyperrealistic paintings of women that stare out towards the viewer. Reinterpreting the superhero mask, Chevrier covers these images with a collage of comic book prints, using scenes from Superman and Batman to conceal the faces of these idealized women. Chevrier selects sections of comic books that portray “fragile heroes,” promoting the idea that vulnerability often underlies heroism. Titled “Cages,” these mixed-media works encourage viewers to consider how the modern woman—like these superheroes—might also be surrounded by expectations of effortless perfection.
Jennybird Alcantara's minutely detailed oil paintings possess un-borrowed symbolism, drawing the viewer deeply into a world both strange and beautiful. Dreamlike narratives form the core her paintings where the complex interconnectedness of opposites appear through the prism of myth, fable and fantasy. Jennybird uses the symbolism of duality to explore the connection of life and death and the veil in between.
Born a minister's son in 1977 in Seoul Korea, Young Chun remembers as a child, living in a small attachment to a hillside church for a brief time. The weekdays spent running around with imaginary friends in the dim empty chapel has fueled his imagination, contributing to his artistic growth. The "chapel" has become a permanent fixture in his creative mind - where he constructs, develops, and stores works in progress, before they ever meet a sketchpad. In 2000, Young received his B.F.A, from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena California. After several years of painting without clear direction, he stumbled into the opposite end of the spectrum - into the healthcare field - to search for "substance" and "something deeper in life". The years spent working as a respiratory therapist, helping people who were faced with life and death situations, has expanded his outlook in life; adding to his artistic vision. In February of 2011, Young resumed working as a full time artist. He currently lives and works in Orange County, California.