Heroes, Villains, Myths, Legends
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Charcoal and pastel on paper
11 x 16 1/2 inches
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
A Mobster has been brought in for interrogation for supposed injustices committed. The out of focus interrogator is an emphasis on the loss of power in the situation where the Mobster is in full on focus pushing control. The shadow being cast down over the mobsters face is a foreshadowing of the darkness lurking in him. The lighting is set to envelope the main character in his awe, Also intended to be an intimidation factor highlighting how powerful he is, yet not neglecting how somber the scene is between both individuals do to the dark areas of the work. The cup of coffee is meant to be a peace offering in a sense even though the mobster’s eyes are looking away from all of it in an annoyed show of complete disinterest; which is completed by almost no emotion on his face. I wanted the piece to be powerful, in your face and dark. The whole scene is a view of two individuals who are both power hungry, yet want power for opposite reasons -- one to protect, and the other to harm. A code of dominance is portrayed by both characters, but the only one who's winning, is the one in the spotlight.
|Anthony WaichulisHi-Yo Silver
||Timothy W. JahnPatriot
|Anthony WaichulisWhere Adventure Begins...
||Timothy W. JahnSymbiote
|Rodney O'Dell DavisThe Dark Side of the Force
||Kevin A. MooreFallen Glory
||Joel Carson JonesEdge of Spring
||Terese RogersPeter's Denial of Christ
|Stuart DunkelDeal with the Devil
||Stuart DunkelThe Mediator
||Kelsey AmyYou and What Army, Men?
|Alicia LangSea of Love
||Michael HockenburyIt's Alive
||Lois EdwardsUltimate Love
|Helen CrispinoThe Once and Mighty King
||Jason BradyPyrrhic Victory
|Emma HirstIcarus Flies to Selene
||Chelsea HerronI Shot and Arrow into the Air
||Victoria SteelThe Sandman
|Elena GreenThe Eye of the Day
||Ricardo E. MartinezAwakening
|Thomas MartinNYC Blues Legend
||Stephen A. Yavorski, Jr.Taking Flight
|Patricia Díaz Ride Between Life and Death
||Roneidy BonillaWhy So Serious?
||Eddy VargasEl Lado Que No Conoces
|Elizardo MojicaEver Danced With The Devil In The Pale Moonlight?
||Omar Rodriguez Jr.Imposters
||Jonathan Frómeta VasquezFriday the Thirteenth
|Joe DillonThe Pandora Paradbox
||Lynne GarlickThe Sword and the Chalice
|Phil KiddFable Fruit
||Deborah LloydThe River Styx
||Romaro H. RichardsonOff the Grid
|Roger C. LongArrogance and Nature Meet
||Shanicia RichardsonPoisoned Apples
||Canita RuanIndomitable Will
|Deanna SkalkaHeads and Tales
||Augusto Urena RodriquezForever Beautiful
||Eduard Peña Peña La Llorona
|Catherine AcostaHabia Una Vez
||Felix Esteban RosarioCiguapa
||Lynne GarlickI'm Having an Old Friend for Dinner
|Lucy ShemoFuture Time
||Emily ReynoldsDark Kingdom
||Susan WallaceSir Vantes, The Ingenious Gentleman
Hours: March 17 - April 11, 2014: Monday - Friday, 10:30 am - 5:00 pm.
With mainstream media fixated on science fiction -- heroes, villains, myths and legends have not only become part of our daily lives, but in some cases, an obsession. You see the effects every day, from San Francisco turning into Gotham City for a day just to make a little boy’s dream come true, to the young ladies who dream and plan their sweet 16s and weddings that are fit for a princess and the wealthy collectors paying tens of thousands of dollars for collectible comics and action figures. In addition, according to various reports, the past five year's top worldwide box office hits were: 2013 - Iron Man 3 which made over $1.2 billion, 2012 - Marvel’s The Avengers making over $1.5 billion, 2011 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 bringing in over $1.3 billion, 2010 - Toy Story 3 making over $1 billion and 2009 - Avatar which made just over $2.7 billion …these movies are all about heroes, villains, myths and legends. It is a theme everyone can relate to, and with such a broad subject matter given to the talent found at the Ani Art Academies ... well, our show – Heroes, Villains, Myths, Legends - is going to be epic.
Last year’s exhibition – The BIG Gamble – posed the following question: Does contemporary art need to shock the viewer to be good? I think we proved it does not...well, kind of. The overall reception to our exhibition was incredible and the opening saw more than 700 people in attendance with plenty of sales.
We have always viewed “shock-value” in terms of what some artists/people claim are works of art and the astronomical prices certain contemporary pieces can bring. Over the past year, at auction, we have seen artists take everyday items, declare them works of art and sell them for large sums of money. In addition, works by Basquiat reached nearly $50 million, Warhol’s work sold for $40 million+ and a Lichtenstein climbed over the $56 million mark – to many, this was shocking. We believe the Ani Art Academy artists truly hold their own “shock-value.”
Realism has been overpowered by pop and abstract art for some time and we’re at a point where many are left thinking, “Where is the talent?” How many times do we have to walk out of a contemporary art exhibit and say to ourselves, “Well… a 5 year old could have done that!” It is time that Realism steps out of the shadows of the art world and takes its place in the spotlight, where truly talented and devoted artists are appreciated for their refined skill and dedication. The rigorous training at the Ani Art Academies develops artists who create “shock-value,” but in a very different way than most contemporary artists do. With shockingly precise and realistic charcoals and oil paintings, these young artists will make you rethink your views on the art world of today as they present works inspired by characters and stories they love. Take a journey with the Ani instructors, apprentices, students and alumni into another world, a world of Heroes, Villains, Myths & Legends.
This exhibit is the second significant concentration of works in New York City from The Ani Art Academies’ instructors, current apprentices, alumni and associates. On view will be a variety of works celebrating The Lone Ranger, Poseidon, Atlas, Aphrodite, Mata Hari, Spider-man, Joker, Tron and many others; this will be an amazing exhibition and one we know you will enjoy.
As we have stated before, our ultimate goal with these exhibitions is to celebrate the good, the talented, and the skilled artists who continue a great tradition, centuries old, of Academic training.