NX Gallery Presents: Brian Hyrne

Showing: November 8th – 30th
Artist Reception: Friday, November 14th, 6-9pm
“Having had a camera in my hand since the age of 5 years old, I am an individual with a passion for seeing the beauty & personality in people and capturing it with the use of a lens and showing it the most interesting and beautiful way possible. I am partial to Black & White photographs and other imaging affects that use Dramatic and Soft lighting techniques. I am always challenged and inspired to capture things seen everyday (including people) with a fresh and different prospective.”

NX Presents September Featured Artist – Tom Baillieul

“Put On a Happy Face” What if you encountered a familiar symbol in an unexpected, even disturbing, context? That’s one of the questions posed by my most recent work. My life-long fascination with cultural symbols led me to imagine the ubiquitous yellow “smiley” face in a variety of seemingly contradictory situations. I want people to realize that the world is a much more complex place than we might wish, and things we thought were clear can take on a different meaning in a different context. I seek to create narratives about issues of importance in our 21st centuryworld. For this series I sought to build ambiguity into each painting or collage, and invite viewers to complete each narrative based on their own lives and experiences. I hope you’ll join me. For more of the artist’s work, visit:

NX Gallery Presents – Char Norman: Nature as Deity – SHOW EXTENDED

SPECIAL CLOSING EVENT: Char Norman as Curator AND Artist Due to special circumstances CS is hosting a special event soft closing for both of Char Norman’s amazing shows:
Friday August 29th, 6-9pm
Nature as Deity The idea of Nature as an object of veneration and worship is as old as man. Numerous religions and cultures have built upon this notion- even as some religions have evolved pagan roots are still evident. Tied into the worship of nature is the idea of the inter-connectedness of all things with none dominant over the other. As our society and world are facing an environmental crisis which may even lead to our demise it is more important than ever to understand this symbiotic relationship and embrace eco-psychology. I present nature in sacred spaces and attitudes as a way to bring understanding and importance to the issues at hand. The work is created through a labor-intensive almost meditative process. The making of the paper is an act of worship and reconstruction of plant fibers; embedded within are healing herbs. The sewing of layers and natural elements to the surface references mending of worn or damaged goods as well as the nurturing action of women’s work. The many layers within each piece denote the layers of religious history from paganism to Etruscan to roman to contemporary Christianity. Just as these processes and materials are woven together, the interconnectedness and the sanctity of nature is reinforced.

NX July Featured Artist – Matt Yoho “Exorcism Notes”

NX Gallery presents: Matt Yoho – “Exorcism Notes” Showing July 8th – 30th Artist Reception July 11th 6-9 pm In his own words: Deus ex machine, ergo sum. Which roughly translated is: god (ghost, spirit) in the machine, therefore I am. My work, particularly in the last year, has a certain amount of introspection and darkness contained within it. For me, creating a meaningful work of art isn’t about copying, or even re-imagining the world around me. It’s about digging around inside myself – sifting through memories, occurrences, and emotions; and bringing these parts of myself together in an external representation. For instance I deal with a lot of imagery that isn’t the most pleasant: conjoined twins, revolvers, my own face; and a lot of times I will use text that’s biblical or psychological in origin because those are the ideas that resonate within me on one level and appall me on another level. I think this is a good metaphor for my inner life and maybe the lives of a lot of other people: On one hand life is great, on the other hand life is horrible. Most likely a lot of the themes in my work come from growing up in rural West Virginia. Where I grew up we had abandoned farms, hollows full of dumped cars from the 50’s, all set in hills and forests so thick the ground never saw the light of day. So, I’m digging around in my subconscious, panning through this and that, and finding those little golden nuggets of idiosyncratic paradoxes and putting them on display for all the world to see.

NX Gallery Presents June Artist April Sunami

In her own words:
For several years I have painted women with fanciful hair and/or body coverings (i.e. burka, hijab, veil, etc). When I first started painting this theme I was interested in exploring the beauty of the female face and combining it with flowing shapes to represent hair or the covered form of a body. I’m still engaged in the idea of coupling the abstract with the figurative, but now I’m also preoccupied with the larger theme of contrasts. Representational/abstract, light/dark, high/low, decorative/substantive, symmetry/asymmetry, material/idea, intuition/intellect, power/impotence, Western hegemony/marginalization, universal/specific and process/result are few of the dichotomies to which I attempt to bring balance.
As a foundational base of my paintings I utilize oil and acrylic mediums. I render the faces and flesh in oil and I use acrylic to paint the ground palette of the body, clothes, and background. I love the organic and sensual quality of oil paint, but I also appreciate the fast and flexible properties of acrylic. To build texture I use everything including paper beads, collage, fabric, cork, post it notes, potpourri, mirrors, stones, breakaway glass from car accidents, and anything else I can affix to a surface (I’m still working on a good adhesive to incorporate a kitchen sink!).
Like most artists, making art is a means of creating emotional and spiritual harmony and thus a means of staying sane. My paintings are an expression of my attempt to bring internal conflicts into balance and agreement. I present it to other people in hopes that it might be a cathartic experience for them. It is my overall objective to create the kind of unity in painting that has a visceral effect on the viewer.

NX presents: UNDERGROUND64 Debut Show

Come join JT Thompson, Simon La Bozetta, and Nigel in their debut show in the NX Gallery. Hosted by CS Gallery.
Featured Artists: This is an amazing show to kick off our spring / summer season. These three gentleman have worked tirelessly to build something amazing in the spaces below CS and make it their own!! UNDERGROUND64 is an impressive collaboration and I am excited to be partnering with them. Don’t miss this debut showing!!

NX Featured Artist April 2014: Ashley Vance

In her own words:
The Freedom of Movement
My artistic perception starts with Freedom leaving no boundaries or limitations on creativity, with a primary viewpoint in the abstract realm. My art expresses movement and fluidity taking you on an endless journey through the dimensions, waves of color, and somber lines of a freedom movement through art expression. I invite people to get lost in individual perception as you walk away with your own understanding of what freedom means to you.
I love to paint it is my peace, and allows me to go on a voyage every time I pick up the brush. With no restraints, rules, or confinements I paint as a form of self expression. Imagine a world where the only way to communicate was through art. My paintings allow me express myself without words because art is a silent language that speaks volumes. I want you to walk away with what art means to you, and allow it to take you on your own individual journey. Indulge in these vibrant, colorful, modern statement pieces that speak in the midst of silence. Join my creative movement and let art free your mind.
Yours Truly,
Ashley Vance
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More on this Amazing artist coming soon!

NX 2014 – February Featured Artist Scott Marion

Featured Artists: In Scott’s own words. Growing up, I was always the “kid who could draw,” but it’s only been since 2011 that I’ve truly embraced that role and put my all into it and the results and feedback from friends, family, and critics has been wonderful. I call my style “Hyper Surrealism” which is made by combining a photo-realistic look with elements that defy the laws or gravity and physics. My goal with each piece is for the viewer to recognize what it is, or who it is, but not be able to understand how it would be possible to achieve in the real world. Graphite and ink are most common mediums, but I also enjoy colored pencils, markers, and pretty soon I’m going to move on to canvas and paint and airbrush. Some of my influences are MC Escher, Dali, and Alex Ross.

Spirit Dance – Sarah DeAngulo Hout

Sarah developed this show by combining what she experiences while watching someone dance, or when viewing still shot of motion, with her spiritual beliefs of what happens when these motions are released and/or the concepts the the movements cause her to ponder. Featured Artists: Sarah DeAngulo Hout

Remnants Of Human Existence: A Collaborative Show Featuring Brent Elam & Jeff Harber

From June 29 – July 29, NX Gallery, an annex to CS Gallery in Olde Towne East, will play host to a collaboration exhibit featuring new works by mixed media artist Brent Elam and assemblage artist Jeff Harber. The exhibit’s personality reflects the whims of two visual mad scientists showcasing both their individual and partnered works. Saturated in irony and social satire the walls are filled with characters, creations, and charismatic paintings/assemblages that demand exploration.

“Remnants” demonstrates how two artists with similar conceptual ideas meld two very different forms of art-making into an amazing collaborative experience. Elam’s paintings and sculptures incorporate toys, comics, and sci-fi movies from his childhood into whimsical and sometimes cynical low brow artworks dripping with Pop Surrealism. Harber’s assemblages give new purpose and meaning to things that are broken, out-lived their original value, or been forgotten over time; and breathes new life to things which are dead.

Featured Artists: Brent Elam & Jeff Harber

Tuck & Roll: New Work by Amy Leibrand

Tuck & roll investigates how we escape from ourselves. The common use of “escape” suggests physically removing oneself from a physical location. “Escape” is also used to describe behaviors that enable a person to flee from negative perceptions of self. Tuck & roll speaks to the tendency of humans to indulge in behaviors, perhaps selfdestructive, as a momentary escape.
Closing Reception June 21st, 710pm
Check out Amy’s ALIVE! article HERE
Featured Artists: Amy Leibrand