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Bishop203 and Laura Lee at HiChristina Gallery All Week: Get your Artfreak on!

Bishop203 and Laura Lee at HiChristina Gallery All Week: Get your Artfreak on!

Writers, Cartoonists, Nude Figure Drawing, Puppets, and Battlestar Galactica

you wouldn’t think those things have much in common – although Puppetry of the Penis kind of ties many of them together, now that I think of it.

Opening tonight at HiChristina, a small but densely packed show with LauraLee and Bishop203 will entertain those A.D.D.-addled button-punching phone-surfing multi-tasking Millenials and GenY Early-Adopters who have infiltrated large swaths of previously normal neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Many Bangels Swirling around in this new canvas by Bishop203 (photo Jaime Rojo)

Many Bangels Swirling around in this new canvas by Bishop203 (photo Jaime Rojo)

HiChristina is a lively gallery run by Christina Ewald and Fritz Donnelly, two fun-loving arts fans who run a performance space/community space/gallery – all with a flair for ironic fashion statement.  The space on the main drag of Grand Street (with marquee by LauraLee Gulledge), straddles Williamsburg and Bushwick and has no shortage of entertaining and quirky ideas for you if you care to partake in their mayhem.  Transplanted from Orchard Street in moneyed Manhattan, HiChristina won’t indulge in any white-box fluffery.

Starting tonight, by way of engaging minds and making people laugh, they are featuring five different themed events from Tuesday to Sunday that welcome and embrace.  Briefly here is a list of the events (more at bottom) -and of course you’ll also see the work of LauraLee and Bishop203;

Tues 8/25: Writers & Cartoonists Show n Tell

Wed 8/26: Nude Figure Drawing

Thurs 8/27: Open Mic: Puppet Edition

Fri 8/28: (Fake) Art Therapy Night

Sun 8/30: Frak Earth: An Evening of Battlestar Galactica

Each evening there is a very small suggested donation so if you are looking for Therapy or Geeking out – you’ll be able to enjoy it. (Check links at the bottom)

Bengels by Bishop203 (photo Jaime Rojo)

Bengels by Bishop203 (photo Jaime Rojo)

First we talked to Bishop203, who will be showing a number of new canvasses featuring his Bengel character.

Brooklyn Street Art: Tell us about the HiChristina Gallery.
Bishop203: I met the “HiChristina” crew last year through my good friend Karat. They had a space in the Lower East Side but moved to Brooklyn last March. They are some crazy and amazing folks. Always doing some silly event that will end up making you laugh until your cheeks hurt.

(Bishop203) (photo Steven P. Harrington)

(Bishop203) (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Brooklyn Street Art: Who is this little wizardy guy that you create?
Bishop203: I made this character to represent me on canvas. I call them “Bangels” (Bishops’ Angels). I made them big-headed lanky guys with empty hearts; although when I put them on the streets I consider them to be more of Brooklyn’s Angels.  Hopefully making someone smile as they walk by (or pry them off the wall).

(Bishop203) (photo Jaime Rojo)

(Bishop203) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: When do you find time to create these pieces that are at the show?
Bishop203: I do most of my canvases and design work at my job. I work what most people would consider a crappy third shift job in an apt. building working front desk. I love it because it gives me the freedom to play and paint. It’s like scheduled studio time that I get paid for!

(Bishop203) (photo Steven P. Harrington)

(Bishop203) (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Brooklyn Street Art: Looks like every night this week has a bonafide theme. What night will be the most fun for you – Nude Figure Drawing or Fake Therapy Night?
Bishop203: Damn. Good question. I am actually really looking foward to the puppet show. Though the fake art therapy sounds pretty amazing.

Mid-installation, LauraLee has about 20 more to install (photo Jaime Rojo)

Mid-installation, LauraLee has about 40 more to go (photo Jaime Rojo)

LauraLee is a prolific artist and illustrator who will show about 100 of her drawings, paintings, renderings.  Stylistically she ranges from children’s book illustrations to the New Yorker, depending on the project and her mood.  She also does a bit of street art.

Brooklyn Street Art: You have a great variety of styles that you work in – do they reflect your mood or your interests?

LauraLee: With each new drawing idea I have I try to utilize whichever style will suit it best, hence there is a lot of variation.  For example, I like diffusing serious topics by drawing them whimsically. Or I’ll take sappy material and simplify it so I can tone it down.  Or I’ll just let myself experiment and play with technique after I’ve nailed down the basic composition.

Installing the show (photo Jaime Rojo)

Installing the show (photo Jaime Rojo)

Drawing in different styles keeps me on my toes and forces me to always be trying new things.  (I suppose I have a fear of falling into a rut!) And I’m very much influenced by the stimuli I’m encounter from day to day, whether it’s an art show or a scenic project or a graphic novel I’m reading.  I encourage myself to incorporate as many new techniques into my visual vocabulary as possible.

Brooklyn Street Art: Is it true you have a graphic novel coming soon?

LauraLee: I am indeed working on a graphic novel!  I’m writing and drawing a 190 page debut graphic novel for Abrams, specifically with their young adult division.  It’ll take me the next year to draw and it will come out in Spring 2011. It’s called “Page by Paige” and it’s about a redheaded girl from Virginia who moves to New York and wants t become an artist…autobiographical to say the least!  It will blend images of reality with the imaginary much like the introspective drawings I’ve become known for.

Silhoetted rooftops by LauraLee (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Silhoetted rooftops by LauraLee (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Brooklyn Street Art: And you design Christmas windows for Macy’s too?

LauraLee: I am a Christmas elf!  I am a scenic painter for a design firm that creates a variety of holiday window displays around New York and beyond. We have fabulous designers that work with Macy’s to design the windows themselves, and then a whole studio of artisans such as myself that actually bring their designs to life.  (Carpenters, sculptors, props, animators, etc)  This will be my third season as the Macy’s scenic painter, and I’m thrilled!  This years’ design is great. There is lots of airbrushing and glitter!

LauraLee’s Blog

Bishop203’s Site

THE WEEK’s EVENTS at HiChristina

Tuesday August 25th:  Writers (& Cartoonists) Show N Tell
8:00pm; $5 suggested donation, BYOB
**Check out this event on Facebook**

Wednesday, August 26th (Nude) Figure Drawing
8:00pm; $10 suggested donation,  BYOB
**Check out this event on Facebook**

Thursday August 27th: Open Mic: Puppet Edition!
9:00pm: $5 suggested donation, BYOB (and P)
**Check out this event on Facebook**

Friday, August 28th: (Fake) Art Therapy Night
9:00pm: $5 suggested donation, BYOB
**Check out this event on Facebook**

Sunday, August 30: Frak Earth: an evening of Battlestar Galactica
6:00p; $5 suggested donation BYOB (scotch is also encouraged)
**Check out this event on Facebook**

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Bishop203 and LauraLee at HiChristina Gallery One Week Only

Writers, Cartoonists, Nude Figure Drawing, Puppets, and Battlestar Galactica

you wouldn’t think those things have much in common – although Puppetry of the Penis kind of ties many of them together, now that I think of it.  See the interview HERE

THE WEEK’s EVENTS at HiChristinaTuesday August 25thWriters (& Cartoonists) Show N Tell8:00pm; $5 suggested donation, BYOB**Check out this event on Facebook**

Wednesday, August 26th (Nude) Figure Drawing
8:00pm; $10 suggested donation,  BYOB
**Check out this event on Facebook**

Thursday August 27th: Open Mic: Puppet Edition!
9:00pm: $5 suggested donation, BYOB (and P)
**Check out this event on Facebook**

Friday, August 28th: (Fake) Art Therapy Night
9:00pm: $5 suggested donation, BYOB
**Check out this event on Facebook**

Sunday, August 30: Frak Earth: an evening of Battlestar Galactica
6:00p; $5 suggested donation BYOB (scotch is also encouraged)
**Check out this event on Facebook**

Tuesday Through Sunday at HiChristina, a small but densely packed show with LauraLee and Bishop203 will entertain those A.D.D.-addled button-punching phone-surfing multi-tasking Millenials and GenY Early-Adopters who have infiltrated large swaths of previously normal neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Many Bangels Swirling around in this new canvas by Bishop203 (photo Jaime Rojo)
Many Bangels Swirling around in this new canvas by Bishop203 (photo Jaime Rojo)

Bengels by Bishop203 (photo Jaime Rojo)

(Bishop203) (photo Jaime Rojo)
(Bishop203) (photo Jaime Rojo)

(Bishop203) (photo Steven P. Harrington)
(Bishop203) (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Mid-installation, LauraLee has about 20 more to install (photo Jaime Rojo)

Mid-installation, LauraLee has about 40 more to go (photo Jaime Rojo)

Installing the show (photo Jaime Rojo)
Installing the show (photo Jaime Rojo)


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Silhoetted rooftops by LauraLee (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Silhoetted rooftops by LauraLee (photo Steven P. Harrington)

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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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