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Peter Anton Presents Sugatarium at Unix Gallery

Sugar Madness Pink Confetti Cake
Sugar Madness Pink Confetti Cake By Peter Anton (All Photos By Gail)

Sculptor Peter Anton, the king of monumental-sized Hyper Realist Food Sculptures, returns to the Unix Gallery for another of his immersive, slightly dark,  food-themed exhibits with Sugatarium, which opened on Thursday, April 27th with a reception at the gallery.

Sugatarium Installation View
Sugatarium Installation View from the Opening Reception

As an exhibit of Anton’s wildly impressive artworks, Sugatarium is staged like a secret sanitarium for those driven to the brink of madness by a craving for sugar; and as such, the gallery installation includes a number of institutional beds — some complete with leather restraints — which, for the opening party, were occupied by actors playing the parts of “patients.” One pajama-clad lady, seen in the foreground in the above photo, cradled and spoke in hushed, comforting tones to a stuffed doll.

Sugatarium Installation View

Another ‘patient ‘aligned and stacked bars of Rice Cripsy Treats with mind-numbing repetition. Gallery attendants, and Anton himself, could be identified by their white lab coats as they  mingled with fans. The Carpenters‘ super saccharin 1973 hit “Top of The World” played on an endless loop over a PA system throughout the evening, which added to the surreal gestalt.

Sugar Madness Strawberry Sundae
Sugar Madness Strawberry Sundae

The featured artworks consist of various sugary-sweet treats which have been smashed against canvases and mounted on the walls. Anton uses a variety of materials, including resin, plaster, wood, clay, aluminum, and acrylic and oil paints, to make his creations look good enough to eat. They really are remarkable!

Sugar Madness Chocolate Bunny
Sugar Madness Chocolate Bunny

Can’t you almost taste this Chocolate Bunny with your eyes?

Sugar Madness Cherry Pie
Sugar Madness Cherry Pie

No one makes Art that looks like Food quite like Peter Anton!

Sugar Madness Strawberry Sundae

While this exhibit is much less ambitious, with only four artworks on display, it is hard not to compare Sugatarium to Anton’s 2015 masterpiece, The Foodhist Temple, which transformed Unix Gallery into a shrine to dietary decadence. Seriously, Foodhist Temple was mind blowing. But if you already love Peter Anton’s art, or have not yet seen it up close and are intrigued, then Sugatarium is a must see. I’m not sure if Unix will continue to stage the gallery as the scene of a sparsely inhabited, derelict asylum in the weeks to come, or if they will remove the beds and add more art, which would be awesome. I might have to pay a future visit to see what’s up.

Peter Anton’s Sugatarium will be on Exhibit Through June 17th, 2017 at Unix Gallery, Located at 532 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Sugar Madness Pink Confetti Cake

Update May 19th: They Have Added More Art! See Below!

Macarons

Sugar Madness Macarons

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KwangHo Shin There Is No Title at Unix Gallery

Untitled
Untitled Being (All Photos By Gail)

Unix Gallery is currently hosting a solo exhibition by Korean artist KwangHo Shin –“제목이 없는 존재” — which literally translates to “There is no Title.” Shin’s latest series of work features new oil paintings that challenge the notion of identity and interactivity between people. Painting in the new environment of New York City, Shin features new tones and color combinations that directly reflect the artist’s experience with his new surroundings. The result of this is a seductive enigma, an amalgamation of specificity and obscurity, anxiety and humor; all with Shin’s expressive strokes that articulate the eponymous notion of “제목이 없는 존재,” the devoid identity, the ‘untitled being.’

Untitled Being Laying Down

Evoking themes of Abstract Expressionism, Shin employs intense and vibrant colors to depict the individualistic expression of emotion and a sense of self. He applies charcoal and oils in thick brushstrokes to distort and exaggerate the subject’s facial features. His technique confronts the viewer with an emotional impact, effecting our understanding of the human form. Channeling a more figurative mode with Untitled 16NY09, the artist melds layers of pinks and purples with white to create an explosion of ephemeral flesh. The use of softer pastels leaves a more gentle effect offset by rich siennas and flesh tones.

Installation View

Colorful and faceless paintings brilliantly capture the complexity of human emotions. The subjects range from individual models, noted international celebrities, and self-portraits. Untitled 16NY16 expresses Shin’s natural inclination to represent his subjects’ personalities and innate nature; even his own. “I don’t see anything,” the artist ruminates on his source material, “but it is also a self-portrait. When I am painting I don’t exactly plan what colors I will use to paint.” Here, Shin is able to clear his mind and evoke his full creative psyche.

Painting Surface Texture Detail

“During the painting process I change my ideas and feelings many times. I just focus on that feeling; that moment…I put the totality of my energy into that feeling so that when a work is complete I feel peaceful.” Whether it is the external pose of the subject or the unique color combinations, abstraction or layered texture, the portraiture of KwangHo Shin is able to document the psychological changes and clashes that arise in us all.

KwangHo Shin’s There is No Title will be on Exhibit Through July 30th, 2016 at Unix Gallery, Located at 532 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Untitled Being

Desire Obtain Cherish, Servant to Infinite Distraction at Unix Gallery

Nuero Girl 2016
Nuero Girl, 2016, By Desire Obtain Cherish All Photos By Gail)

The contemporary fine artist known as Desire Obtain Cherish (real name: Jonathan Paul) has a new exhibit at Unix Gallery, which is called Servant to Infinite Distraction, and it is pretty sweet.

DOC Painting 1

In previous DOC exhibits, we have mostly seen the artist’s iconic, Pop Art sculptures, such as his oversized Blow Pops, but while the new exhibit does feature new sculptures, here DOC experiments with abstract canvases that mix black and white prints with thick swathes of brightly-colored oil paints, for a very cerebrally compelling visual impact. Tablets of the anticonvulsant medication Klonopin are a reoccurring motif.

Floral Pills

Pills show up on other canvases as well, such as the “painting” above, which creates a classic floral still life from pharmaceutical capsules filed with colored pigment.

Colored Pills Detail
Detail from Above Painting

Still Life with Pills

Here’s another Still Life with Pills, and a detail shot below.

Gelatin Capsules Detail

Nuero Boy 2016
Nuero Boy, 2016

The pair of white, child-scale, mannequin-like sculptures called Nuero Girl and Nuero Boy have what looks like velvet-covered, amorphous masses enveloping their heads, feet and hands. Very fun!

Unix Gallery Installation View
Installation View

Desire Obtain Cherish, Servant to Infinite Distraction will be on Exhibit Through June 18, 2016 at UNIX Gallery, located at 532 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.
DOC Signage
DOC Painting 2

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Blow Pop Sculpture By Desire Obtain Cherish

DOC Pink Blow Pop
Photo By Gail

This fun sculpture is part of In Visual Dialogue, the Winter Group Show at Unix Gallery, on through January 16, 2016.

Efflorescence Summer Group Show at Unix Gallery

Machiko Edmondson, Sign
Machiko Edmondson, Sign (All Photos By Gail)

Nothing says it’s Summer in the Chelsea Gallery District quite like the ubiquitous Summer Group Show. So many are doing it, with varying degrees of success. And while we’ve seen a few galleries (that shall remain nameless) totally phone it in, Unix Gallery maintains their high standard of showing provocative, quality contemporary art with its group show, Efflorescence, which is up now.

Efflorescence features new works from Zhuang Hong Yi, Machiko Edmondson, Ellen de Meijer, Gavin Rain, Pino Manos, KwangHo Shin, and Alexi Torres, plus a few assorted piece from artists, such as Desire Obtain Cherish, who’ve previously exhibited in solo shows at the gallery.

Pino Manos Trio
A Trio of Works By Pino Manos

Pino Manos, Sincronico Rosso,
Sincronico Rosso

I hadn’t seen the work of Pino Manos before, but I really loved his three pieces in this show, which are created Acrylic on Extroflexed Canvas — an exciting aesthetic twist on minimalism.

Zhuang Hong Yi, Untitled 38
Zhuang Hong Yi, Untitled 38

Zhuang Hong Yi’s Chinese training combined with Western Impressionist elements produces a vast collection of work. With studios in Beijing and Amsterdam, this cross-cultural artist brings traditional Chinese motifs such as rice paper and ink into the modern era, fusing contemporary form and culturally significant media.

Mom and Child Portrait

Ellen de Meijer’s paints a unique contrast of tension and pathos. Her portraits show figures of successful repute, yet vulnerable with an empty gaze. They are armed with digital gadgets, which refer to our zeitgeist of access to information and power. This proliferation of technology becomes a point of dependency while human instincts docilely move to the background. Often they brandish small, bizarre objects or wear gloves symbolic of a societal obsession with sterilization and unattainable perfection.

Gavin Rain

Gavin Rain draws from traditional pointillist studies with a mix of the Russian avant-garde of the early 1900’s and modern digital images. His layering of styles communicates a particular message: “I usually dislike art that doesn’t communicate anything.” (Note:I fee similarly about works that are titled “Untitled”).

Gavin Rain Detail
Detail From Above Work

Rain’s works aims to stimulate the eye and mind simultaneously, creating a constant fluctuation of information being transmitted between the work and the viewer.

Justin Bower
Art By Justin Bower

Portrait with Capsules
Art By Desire Obtain Cherish

Portrait with Capsules
Detail of the Above Portrait

Intensive Care Unit By DOC
Intensive Care Unit By DOC

It was fun to see a few works by Desire Obtain Cherish — who had such a fun show at the gallery in back in May of 2014 — mixed in with the new stuff. His art is so clever.

Jewel Pacifier
Jewel Pacifier, By DOC from his Married to Success Series

Efflorescence will be on Exhibit through August 22nd, 2015 at UNIX Gallery, Located at 532 W 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Efflorescence Signage

Peter Anton’s The Foodhist Temple at Unix Gallery

Foodhist Temple Pizza
All Photos By Gail

Foodie-ism ascends to a higher plane at Peter Anton’s The Foodhist Temple, up now at Unix Gallery. For this sensorally-immersive exhibit, Unix has transformed itself into a red-walled sanctuary displaying objects of adoration in the form of larger-than life sculptures of decadent food items. A Cheeseburger Deluxe Platter, several brimming Boxes of Chocolates and a mammoth Chocolate Layer Cake on a Pedestal are among the righteous treats nestled amid a plush-carpeted shrine, complete with dimmed lighting, New Age mediation music, lit candles and fresh flowers. Visitors are asked to remove their shoes upon entering.

Foodhist Temple Welcome

As an aside, the carpet feels amazing against street-weary stocking feet.

Foodhist Temple Cake
Cake Worshipers at Foodhist Temple Opening Reception

To facilitate a blissful worship experience, pillows and rugs are scattered across the gallery/temple floor, so that devotees can comfortably prostrate themselves before the Food Idol of their choice. At The Foodhist Temple, Believers can relax, reflect, and achieve a heightened awareness of the importance of food and all of its pleasures.

Foodhist Temple Entry Flowers

Foodhist Temple Chocolates
Entire Box of Chocolates About Equal to the Height of a Person

The hyper-realist detail in these monumental sculptures — which Anton crafted using wood, metal, resin, clay, and both acrylic and oil paints — is extraordinary.

Cheeseburger and Fries
Say Cheese-Burger!

Cake Worshippers
Gallery View With The Foodhist Faithful

Fried Egg
Achieve a State of Egg-Stacy!

More Chocolates
More Chocolates!

Shrine

Visitors will pass by this little shrine on the way to the two smaller, rear galleries. There, you will encounter:

Foodhist Temple Sushi
Sacred Sushi!

Holy Donuts
Hole-y Donuts!

Candy Worshippers
Still More Boxed Chocolates! They Seem to Radiate a State of Enlightened Bliss!

Foodhist Temple Bacon
Benevolent Bacon!

At The Foodhist Temple, all are Welcome.

Peter Anton’s The Foodhist Temple will be on Exhibit Through May 9th, 2015 at Unix Gallery, Located at 532 West 24th, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Foodhist Temple Signage

Foodhist Temple Shoes

Eugenio Merino’s Always Shameless at UNIX Gallery

Row of Coke Cases
All Photos By Gail

If you like Coca Cola and World Politics and have a twisted sense of humor, then UNIX Gallery in Chelsea is currently hosting an exhibit you will enjoy. Always Shameless, an exhibition of new work by Spanish artist Eugenio Merino is instantly polarizing for its depiction of life-sized Political Leaders including Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong Il, Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush displayed in Coca Cola Refrigerator Coffins. Surely, this visual alone will inspire hours of lively discourse.

Walls at either end of the the Coca Cola Case Display are mirrored, creating an infinity effect and indicating that the line of corrupt leadership “goes on forever,” according to Gallery owner Alex Cesaria, whom I spoke to at the opening reception this past Thursday. The figures of each well known leader (most now deceased but some still living) are all astoundingly lifelike (although a few have noticeably over-sized heads, take that however you want).

Always Franco
Always Franco

According to the exhibit’s press release, Always Shameless is the culmination of a project Merino began in 2011 with Always Franco, a life sized sculpture of uniformed Spanish dictator Francisco Franco preserved in a Coca Cola refrigerator. The Fundación Nacional Francisco Franco, an organization dedicated to preserving Franco’s legacy, quickly sued the artist over the sculpture as well as for a second sculpture the artist created of the dictator. Merino went to trial twice to defend his freedom of speech and won both cases. As an aside, I can’t help but recall the long-running punch line on early seasons of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update News segment, reporting that “Generalissimo Francisco Franco is Still Dead.” If you are too young to remember that, it doesn’t matter.

Hugo Chavez
Always Chavez

Putin Close Up
Always Putin Detail

Despite the legal setbacks, the artist has continued his series of sculptures of political figures for the exhibition. The title of the show, Always Shameless is a play on the 1993 Coca Cola slogan “Always.” Merging the political nature of the artist’s sculptures with the branding of a universally recognized product brings these ultimately dark and poignant works into the more accessible forum of popular culture. As Kestum Bilt (a Branding authority) puts it, ” These works evoke the unspeakable in a field of voices”.

Always Mao
Always Mao

Merino’s work undoubtedly reflects his struggle as a politically active and controversial artist. Speaking directly to the issues of manipulation and control throughout the 21st century, his works challenge the artistic and social limits his subjects have set upon their respective societies. Their legacies have been preserved simply through our participation in keeping their reigns alive. Jonathan Jones of The Guardian noted, “it seems incredible that General Franco is still oppressing artists in Spain from beyond the grave.”

Punch a Poitician

Punch Putin
Vladimir Putin Punching Bag, Very Timely!

As a terrific kick off to the summer, Always Shameless is a Do Not Miss Exhibit!

Eugenio Merino’s Always Shameless will be on Exhibit Through July 12th, 2014 at UNIX Gallery, Located at 532 W 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Gallery and Exhibit Signage