VICTOR REYES and DYLAN MADDUX at Known Gallery | Opening photos

March 27 2012 . 08:08am


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Preview pics from Victor Reyes | The Jungle at Known Gallery

March 23 2012 . 08:01pm

VICTOR REYES / THE JUNGLE
Opens: March 24, 2012 | 8-11pm
Runs: March 24 – April 7, 2012

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

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Teaser video of VICTOR REYES | THE JUNGLE at Known Gallery | March 24, 2012

March 22 2012 . 07:50am

VICTOR REYES / THE JUNGLE
Opens: March 24, 2012 | 8-11pm
Runs: March 24 – April 7, 2012

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

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Dylan Maddux Cambodia | The New Life at Known Gallery | Video

March 22 2012 . 06:15am

Photographer Dylan Maddux is coming back from Southeast Asia for an exhibition at Known Gallery. Cambodia | The New Life.
The exhibition opens on March 24, 2012… alongside Reyes | The Jungle. Good night to be in Los Angeles…

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VICTOR REYES and DYLAN MADDUX at Known Gallery | March 24, 2012

March 19 2012 . 07:13pm

 

VICTOR REYES / THE JUNGLE
Opens: March 24, 2012 | 8-11pm
Runs: March 24 – April 7, 2012

Known Gallery is pleased to present The Jungle, featuring new paintings by Victor Reyes. In this ambitious body of work, Reyes’ illuminates the savage nature of humanity in the context of modern day America while simultaneously exposing the primal, mammalian inclinations that pulse just under the facade of contemporary culture. The artist critiques the premium placed on notions of “civility” while celebrating instinct and acknowledging the dark underbelly of our society.

The Jungle is a two yearlong exploration of human nature and survival. Jungle themes first appeared on Reyes’ black and while murals and have been translated into the subject of many paintings on wood panel that explore a variety of color palettes.

The Jungle is submerged in the representational motifs of animals, carnage and patterns arrayed in warm, vibrant colors that recall the meat, bone and sinew that comprise all mammals.  Herein lie tapestries of line and palette whose language and conversation are a departure from the formulaic and mundane. Within this new work, Reyes reveals a world of color and form where situational dramas are framed into context by pigment and fury. Each new picture presents the very real emotions of survival and dominance in an exhibition that encapsulates Reyes’ stark and meaty vision of our civilization.

Since the early 90s, Reyes has been painting.  His work has been shown extensively in countries around the world, including the group show titled Letters First (2006) which traveled to Tokyo, Taipei, Korea, and Barcelona, Public Provocation (2008) at Carhartt Gallery, Weil am Rein, Germany, Will Rise group show (2010) as Yves Laroche Gallery, Montreal, Canada and Misspelled (2010), a solo show at Robert Berman E6 Gallery, San Francisco. Misspelled was culminated through an experiment in typography in which Reyes painted all 26 letters of the alphabet in the Mission and he published a 104-page book for the exhibition under the same name.

Reyes’ work has been commissioned for Louis Vuitton in conjunction with Stephen Sprouse for a San Francisco Flagship store release and in 2010, his feature, “Man of Letters on a Mission” was the cover story for the San Francisco Chronicle.

This is Reyes’ second solo exhibition at Known Gallery since unveiling his show Warpaint in 2010.

 

DYLAN MADDUX / CAMBODIA, The New Life
Opens: March 24, 2012 | 8-11pm
Runs: March 24 – April 7, 2012

Chances are, you’ve seen the work of Dylan Maddux without realizing it. Maddux has been shooting crisp, raw, vivid photos all over the globe for years. He always maintains that tangible, almost indescribable, flavor to insure a genuine feel… Be prepared to envy his career. –Katie Zuppann

Born in Los Angeles, Dylan dove into the world of photography in 1999 when he moved to San Francisco where he spent the next 12 years perfecting his craft. Most of his time was spent in Lower Haight, a district that would ultimately shape his signature style. He began working with the newly established clothing company/gallery Upper Playground and shot the works of artists the company represented at the time. His other early works consisted mainly of hip-hop editorials and advertising in the skateboard industry. From there he moved onto street photography shooting portraits of street hustlers, gang members, and “the sexy girls next door”.

His photography has been published in both domestic and international publications including Intersection (UK), Warp (Japan), Slap, Thrasher, Juxtapoz, Mass Appeal, and Swindle. He was also one of ten photographers to be published in Juxtapoz Photo, the book.

He has shown at many galleries including YBCA (SF), FTC (Japan), Known Gallery (LA), BACC (Bangkok), 1AM (SF), and Cassel Gallery (SF) where he showed his latest solo exhibit Mau Loa, a Hawaiian portrait series..

Always in need of a challenge, Maddux has stepped into the world of directing and shooting videos. To date, he’s done numerous video works in Kingston, Jamaica; Hawaii; Bangkok; Hong Kong; and San Francisco.

He has been in Southeast Asia for the last year and a half. Of that time, he spent over a year in Bangkok photographing fashion, red light, and street culture. He has recently moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia where he is currently working on completing his first book.

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

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