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Morning Breath & Cycle, Nathan Lee Pickett, Bonnie Durham at Ad Hoc

Morning Breath & Cycle – “Oddities”

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Morning Breath and Cycle

Morning Breath and Cycle

MORNING BREATH

Morning Breath is Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto. In 1996, the two worked together on skateboard designs at Think Skateboards in San Francisco. There, they discovered they had similar tastes and influences, many of which were associated with the late 70s and early 80s. These included everything from sniffing glue and punk rock to racking paint and hip hop.  Over the years, their collaborations have grown beyond skateboard graphics to include graffiti art, music packaging and more. And in 2002, Cunningham and Noto formalized their partnership with the creation of Morning Breath, a creative studio located in Brooklyn. Today, Doug and Jason split their creative energies and time between commercial and personal work. In 2006, their first book was published: The Early Bird – The Art and Design of Morning Breath.

CYCLE

For nearly 20 years the name CYCLE has been a fixture in graffiti in the United States.  Although plenty difficult to make a substantial impact in New York City’s saturated graffiti scene, Cycle has managed to do so while even pulling off the same feat in both DC and San Francisco, as well as a gang of freight trains in between.  Somegraffiti writers have followers who paint in their style.  But CYCLE isn’t one of these.  Rather, he sets a quiet example for younger graffiti writers with his consistency, woring equally in tags, throwups and pieces, all the while creating riveting work.  The end result – despite such diverse style skills – is work that immediately announces CYCLE.  CYCLE received his BFA from George Washington University in Washington DC and then his Masters from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  Currently, he produces Fine Art, Illustration and Graphic Design for collectors, clients and companies all around the world.

Nathan Lee Pickett – “Breath Like You Mean It”

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Nathan Lee Pickett was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. He lives and works in Brooklyn. Inspired by graffiti, classical painting and calligraphy, he fuses cut paper with paint to create an eclectic mix of stoic and ethereal figures within celestial voids. Nathan seeks to synthesize a lifetime experience worth of exposure to visual overload, mythology, and chaos. The improvisational nature of his work uncovers at once his fears, desires and dreams. Evident in its labor intensiveness, his display of dedication to craft  provides us with a sophisticated color palette and textural richness that is the embodiment of his work. His warm and vivid imagination weaves together compelling stories that are both graphically visionary and poetically expressive.

Bonnie Durham

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Bonnie Durham’s work is about tuning in to her surroundings and never wasting time.  Painting with gouache, acrylic, ink and watercolor and using calligraphy brushes, she slowly thins out the color in backgrounds of her work before creating the surface ‘spraypainted’ effects (without the use of spraypaint) which have become a trademark in Durham’s paintings.  Recently, collage elements from used books containing old illustrations have found their way into her works.  Her surfaces range from the traditional canvas, wood and panel, to the quite non-traditional cutting boards, clipboards, dresser drawers and wooden trays, which she find at flea markets, second hand stores and discarded on the streets.  She has shown in New York, Los Angeles and Canada.

Opening Reception: Friday, February 27th, 7-10pm

Feb 27th – Mar 22nd 2009

Ad Hoc Art

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“Delineations” Drawing Show at Ad Hoc

IN THE FRONT GALLERY

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“Delineations”
a collection of drawings and illustrations from a diverse group of international artists.

Participating artists include: Alley Cat, Adam William Carnes, Gigi Chen, Fernanda Cohen, Molly Crabapple, Adam Collison, Cycle, Deseo, Bonnie Durham, Ezra Li Eismont, Ewelina Ferruso, EZO, Nate Frizzel, Yoko Furuso, Bob Gibson (TLP), Mark Gibson, GROW, Joshua Hagler, Fred Harper, Peter Herpich, Thomas Herpich, Nevada Hill, Phil Hollenbeck, Mike Houston (Cannonball Press), isuel isuel, Jeremyville, Katie Kaplan, Jane Kim, Hiro Kurata, Rafael Ladesma III, Laura Lee, Tim Hon Hung Lee, Tae Lee, Brian Life, Tommii Lim, Daniel Hyun Lim (Fawn Fruits), David MacDowell, Drew Maillard, Sara Antoinette Martin, Martin Mazorra (Cannonball Pres), MIHA, Melissa Murray, Gilbert Oh, Logik One, Pagan, Nathan Lee Pickett, Lady Pink, Lilly Piri, Anthony Pontius, Devin Powers, Carlos (MARE139) Rodriguez, Dorthy Royle, Martina Secondo Russo, Frank Russo, Allison Sommers, Robert Steel, Kevin Earl Taylor, TheDirtyFabulous, Elisabeth Timpone, James Turek, Connie Wang, Jaeran Won, Pippi Zornoza plus Mikey & Doyle of the Black Label Bike Club

January 16th through February 15th 2009

Opening Reception: Friday, January 16th, 7-10pm

Ad Hoc Art is proud to present “Delineations”: a collection of drawings and illustrations from a diverse group of international artists.  Drawing has been and will always be a fundamental part of the art-making process.  Starting as far back as the 1400’s, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo, and Raphael used drawing as not only a starting point but as a way to communicate things which could not be accomplished in any other medium. Fast forward to the 1900’s as artists such as Max Beckmann, Jean Dubuffet, Arshile Gorky, M. C. Escher, André Masson, and Pablo Picasso not only continued this serious examination of drawing as fine art, but took it to incredible new places through their creativity and talent.  In more recent times artists such as Marcel Dzama, R. Crumb, Dan Clowes, Joe Sacco, Yoshitomo Nara, and Julie Doucet (among many, many others) again redefined how we look at drawing as not only a means to an end but an important and impressive end in itself.  Continuing with this amazing tradition, we present to you a new generation of drawers and illustrators who hope to not only add to this amazing lineage of artists but to also find ways to reinvent and reinterpret how drawing can be used to communicate and enlighten.

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