Justice Smithers

feb 11 // justice smithers

Featured in our gallery this month is Oklahoma City photographer Justice Smithers. This body of work is inspired by the fragility of human existence, focusing on portraits and representing the delicacy of our physical bodies.

Join us Thursday February 11th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 7-11pm.

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Artist Preview Reception: February 11th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: February 12th // 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs February 11th – March 4th

Justice Smithers

Artist Questions

What is your medium/process?
The photographs in the show are a mixture of digital and film photography.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Harrah, Oklahoma, and currently live in Oklahoma City.
How would you describe your latest body of work?
I started this body of work, because I had been thinking about how fragile our existence is, specifically our physical bodies. I focused on portraits incorporating objects that I felt were a good representation of the delicacy of our physical being.
What inspires you?
I get inspired by people. I almost exclusively shoot portraits, so people and the human form are usually the source of my inspiration.
How did you get started?
I started taking photos in high school and it just progressed from there.
What are your goals for the future?
I want to take as many pictures as possible. I want to grow and push myself to be, and do better.
What advice do you have to artists?
Do what you love. Don’t care too much about approval, or what people think. Just create what makes you happy, that’s all that matters. Sorry for the generic advice.

Justice Smithers

Justice Smithers

 


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Angel In Advertising

jan 7 // tessa raven bayne + vinton bayne

Kicking off the new year we are featuring artists Tessa Raven Bayne and her husband Vinton Bayne. This local creative couple has been collaborating on a new series of photographic prints on panels which have been embellished with painting and wood burning. To accompany the new body of work, the dynamic duo also created a zine which includes additional photography, mixed media and writings by the artists.

Join us Thursday January 7th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 7-11pm.

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Artist Preview Reception: January 7th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: January 8th // 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs January 7th – February 5th

Subway Superhero

Artist Questions

What is your medium/process?
The pieces in this show are a mixture of digital and film photographs taken by Vinton that were printed onto wood. Tessa then altered them using acrylics and wood burning.

The zine is a combination of Vinton’s photography, Tessa’s mixed media pieces and both of their writings.

Where are you from?

We are both Oklahoma born and raised. Proud to be Plaza District residents.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
We have been married for over two years, working on art alongside each other. We decided to pursue the goal of putting our art together as a way to express our unity in life and creativity. We want to tell stories that encourage people to think, question and dream, further exploring stories of their own.

What inspires you?

We inspire each other in our respective mediums. We both look up to creative masters such as Jim Henson, James Jean, Bill Watterson and Farel Dalrymple, as well as the hard working artists in our community. With the zine specifically we were inspired by the weird, thought provoking media we love like the Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, X-Files, Welcome to Night Vale, Ray Bradbury, and HP Lovecraft.

How did you get started?

Tessa grew up in a creative family and community and has been actively showing and making drawings and mixed media paintings for around five years.

Vinton started doing photography and graphic design in high school, loving the way he could alter the world with the lens and combine images with design to create a fuller picture.

What are your goals for the future?

To grow together, create, discover, encourage and inspire.

More specifically we’d love to continue to produce zines, podcasts, paint some murals, make some graphic novels, and construct more big sculptures from cardboard (Like the one Tessa made for DNA Galleries window)

What advice do you have to artists?
Go do the thing, be encouraged, be true to yourself, we believe in you.

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Trisha Thompson Adams

Trisha Thompson Adams

 

dec 10 // trisha thompson adams + hagan billigmeier

Finishing out the year in the on the gallery wall we have Trisha Thompson Adams and Hagan Billigmeier. Trisha has created a diverse mixture of oil paintings which bring colorful galaxies to meet celestial portraits. Hagan is influenced by taxidermy and utilizes a mixture of airbrush and sculpting in his grimly themed works.

Join us Thursday December 12th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 7-11pm.

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Artist Preview Reception: December 10th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: December 11th // 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs December 10th – January 3rd

hagan billigmeier

Trisha Thompson Adams

hagan billigmeier


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Cody Rains

nov 12 // cody rains, eleazar velazquez + chandler watson

As we head into the last couple months of the year we have a couple a great shows still to come. For November we have a 3 man show with artists Cody Rains, Eleazar Velazquez and Chandler Watson. All the artist have distinct styles which set them apart, but a vibrancy and creativity which is seen in all the work creates a common feeling among the works.

Read more about the artist below.

Join us Thursday November 12th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza.

Artist Preview Reception: November 12th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: November 13th // 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs November 12th – December 5th

Artist Questions

Cody Rains

What is your medium/process?
My medium for this body of work is a mixed medium of spray paint, acrylic, and oil. My Process typically starts with some abstract, emotionally driven mark making. I then work back from there to a more conceptual stage of creating a portrait in layers on top of those markings. I typically finish with another round of abstract mark making on top of the portrait.

Where are you from?
I was born in Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve lived in the Oklahoma City metro since 1996.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
This body of work aims to encapsulate an emotion or feeling at a specific and defining moment along the journey of life. So these pieces are all intersecting points between two moments in time. A moment captured on canvas and the moment the piece of art is viewed and received. Each time these pieces are viewed the “life experience” of the viewer is uniquely their own, producing a one-of-a-kind reaction to the piece. Sometimes the intersection of those two moments will be powerfully inexplicable, sometimes not. For me it was.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by the human experience and the way that life can be shaped, altered, and redirected by different experiences and relationships.

How did you get started?

I was scribbling and drawing from out of the womb. I started painting in high school and developed a senior portfolio with a concentration in cityscapes. I stopped painting altogether from the year 2007 to the year 2013 while I focused all of my creative energy toward graphic design. In 2013ish I rediscovered painting in an entirely new light and have been experimenting and re-developing my craft ever since.

What are your goals for the future?

I have many. Career-wise I hope to continue supporting myself or even thriving through unique, creative, and inspiring endeavors.

What advice do you have for other artists?
I don’t know if I’m qualified to give advice. If anyone has any advice for me, I’d love to listen.

Eleazar Velazquez

Eleazar Velazquez

Where are you from?
Eleazar is an Oklahoma native living in Dallas, TX. Born in Cuidad Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico and raised in Oklahoma City.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
My work explores the relationship between multiculturalism and geometric shapes. With influences as diverse as Kahlo and Picasso, new combinations are manufactured from both simple and complex discourse. Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of the moment. What starts out as vision soon becomes manipulated into a tragedy of emotion, leaving only a sense of dread and the dawn of a new order. As wavering phenomena become distorted through emergent and critical practice, the viewer is left with an insight into the limits of our future.

How did you get started?

I’ve has been drawing since the time a Crayola was placed in my hand. I remember vividly drawing and doodling on walls just like the great artist of the twenty first century. I attended Millwood High School where my passion for creativity blossomed in art class. My admiration for Frida’s bright colored paintings and Diego Rivera’s murals brought huge influence in my work today.

What advice do you have for other artists?
Accept your many identities. Be fearless no matter how hard the journey is, it is the most rewarding.

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Chandler Watson

What is your medium/process?
Wooden panels with charcoal, pastels, acrylic paint and spray paint, sometimes I use paint pens as well.

Where are you from?
I was born in Florida but I live in Oklahoma city, been here for awhile

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I would describe my latest work as psychedelic flowy stuff with hidden faces… so pretty much the stuff in my head.

What inspires you?

Life inspires me, or the voices in my head

How did you get started?

I stared a year ago to help deal with the nervous energy I had, before I would get on stage to tell jokes and it turned into what I do now.

What are your goals for the future?

Future goals are to tour as a comedian and share my art in as many galleries as possible and possibly do a massive mural in a city outside of the United States.

What advice do you have for other artists?
Live Free and do what you want.

 


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7-YearAnniversary-web

october 8 // 7 year anniversary group show

We’ve refreshed our storefront just in time for our 7 year anniversary! Over 50 local artists have created pizza, skull and beer art for our annual exhibit. We are also launching a new line of “Drink Local Beer” products in conjunction with Anthem Brewing Co. who will be onsite serving from their beer truck.

Come listen to the sounds of NGHBRS and visit our neighbors next door at Tree & Leaf Clothing who will be celebrating their 9 year anniversary!

RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Group Show Artist Reception: Thur October 8th // 6pm-10pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: Fri October 9th // 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs October 8th – November 8th

Joey Alvarez


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Dylan Bradway

september 10 // dylan bradway

Keeping it close to home for September, we have new works in the gallery by our very own Dylan Bradway. Vibrant colors bring playful energy to his new paintings while intriguing images build the sense of a deeper story. Many of the works are inspired by a recent sketchbook that draws upon scenarios in his life including “the experiences of the past and present…whether inspiring or traumatic.”

We will also be releasing a limited run of full color shirts and pencil bags with Dylan’s new work during the artist preview reception on Thursday Sept 10th from 6-9pm.

Read more about the artist below.

Join us Thursday September 10th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza.

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Artist Preview Reception: September 10th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: September 11th // 7pm-11pm
Plaza District Festival: September 26th // 11am-10pm

Exhibit Runs September 10th – October 5th

Artist Questions
Where are you from?
Born in Oklahoma City and call it my home today.

How did you get started?
Growing up in a creative environment, my focus on visual arts started solidifying towards the end of high school. During college I pursued a degree in Graphic Design with my art serving as more of a personal outlet. Since 2006 I’ve been building on my artistic career with strong involvement in the local art scene while developing connections outside of the state.

What inspires you?
Life, dreams, faces, friends/family, along with my beautiful and talented wife. The experiences of the past and present are influential whether inspiring or traumatic. These influences present themselves in my art, sometimes without conscious intention which can allow myself and others to interpret their meaning.

What is your medium/process?
Lately I’ve been working mainly on wood panels using acrylics and inks, with the subtle embellishments of colored pencil, graphite and spray paint. Usually starting with a loose sketch, I build up layers with washes of color, then focus on finishing the piece with precise line-work. The concepts usually take shape during the sketching process without much planning and I hardly ever use specific reference material which allows for a more fluid thought process.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I’ve been working within a vibrant color palette to not only break from old habits but to have fun and see what comes from it as I move forward. Many of the pieces are based on sketches I’ve been compiling over the past year or so, during a time of inner focus and growth for me. The images seem to flow freely as I let my mind relax and allow myself the space to create.

What advice do you have to artists?
Keep your mind open, keep growing, experience life and make some art.

What are your goals for the future?
Push myself to create more art on a regular basis, with or without a specific project to work towards. Be involved in more public art, which has become a passion of mine. I also want to travel as much as I can, even if it’s just a day trip somewhere close by.


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Kalee Jones W.

august 13th // kalee jones w.

We are excited to have one of our in-store jewelry artists showing her many talents in the gallery. Kalee Jones W. brings a multidiscipline approach to her work with a focus in both sculptural stained glass and abstract style acrylic paintings. The many colors and textures seen in the glass bring inspiration for Kalee and she hopes to bring a closer connection between her sculptures and paintings as she continues to explore the two mediums.

Read more about the artist below.

Join us Thursday August 13th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza.

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Artist Preview Reception: August 13th 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: August 14th 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs August 13th – September 4th

Artist Questions
Where are you from?
Born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma and steeped in Colorado.  I now reside and create art in OKC.

How did you get started?
Five years ago, after moving back to Oklahoma, someone gave me a box of my mothers stained glass sheets.  I decided I wanted to give the art form a try. So I did and I liked it.

What inspires you?
Visual delight. I am drawn to glass for its many colors and textures as well as its ability to catch and cast light.

What is your medium/process?
I work with stained glass to create sculptural pieces, windows and jewelry. I am also a painter working in acrylics.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
This body of work is stained glass focused.  I have incorporated various found objects by encapsulating them in stained glass vessels.

What advice do you have to artists?
Create create create

What are your goals for the future?
A continued exploration of both stained glass and painting, bringing the two mediums closer together.


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ruth borum loveland

july 9th // ruth (borum) loveland

With summer in full swing DNA Galleries is happy to announce our latest art exhibition featuring Norman based artist Ruth (Borum) Loveland. As long time fans and close friends, we have had the great opportunity to see Ruth’s work progress and evolve over the last decade. Her newest series “demonstrates a slow accumulation of discoveries” which can be appreciated in the various media, use of color and meticulous detail-oriented subject matter. As each piece holds a level of personal meaning to the artist, she truly hopes that the viewer can interpret the works to find their sense of meaning.

Read more about the artist below.

Be sure to join us Thursday July 9th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception the evening preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Artist Preview Reception: July 9th 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: July 10th 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs July 9th – August 7th

ruth borum loveland

Artist Questions // Ruth (Borum) Loveland

Where are you from?

I am from Oklahoma City

How did you get started?

I made a conscious shift in the way that I used my free time when I was like… 15. I’ve been painting regularly ever since.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by art materials, wood grain, being outdoors, mushrooms, things my son says, things I feel, things I know to be true.

What is your medium/process?
I consider all my work as mixed media. It is a combination of pen drawings, photocopied manipulations of pen drawings, transfers of those manipulations, wood-burnings, sanded layers of paint, and acrylic paint applications. I work in a series, so I usually begin a piece where another one left off and the outcome
Is always unplanned.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
My latest body of work demonstrates a slow accumulation of discoveries. It’s centered around the process I have developed around taking an original drawing and manipulating it on a copy machine. When enlarging images, I stay pure to the photocopier, and never scan or digitally alter an image. The stretching that occurs in some of the forms is a movement on the glass of the copier, thus making each output truly original and impacted by the touch of a hand. I love the surprise of taking a drawing and altering it with movement on the copy machine. My recent body of work explores bringing these techniques together, taking me further in my image making journey. My husband went through an intensive course of cancer treatment last year and I find that everything I do now is a meditation of gratitude, community, love, relationships, and repeating, altering, and multiplying the good in our lives. While some of the work carries personal meaning, my greatest wish is that it can be open to the the viewer for their personal interpretation. Each painting can be appreciated for the basic material aspects of color, shape, size, and level of detail. I keep a certain level of feeling and understanding hidden just below the surface of the formal aspects of the work as to allow it to be hung in any space and be an object of interest and consideration.

What advice do you have for other artists?
Work on something everyday. Even if it seems inconvenient. Habit is more dependable than inspiration or talent.

What are your goals for the future?
Since having my son, I have had to completely rewire my ways of working and am just now gathering my steam back up. I ended up in a full time job, that is really great but includes a commute, so I have to work double hard to carve out time to work in the studio. My goal is to transition back into full time art making through gallery representation and direct work with folks to make art for their homes. I just bought a potters wheel and a tiny kiln so a big goal is to get a regular ceramics practice going. I also want to do more west coast traveling with my husband and son in the future. We go out into the woods around Oklahoma a lot and I want to continue to do more of that.

ruth borum loveland


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Klair Larason

june 11th // klair larason

For June at DNA Galleries we are changing things up a little with an Artist Preview Reception: Thursday, June 11th from 6-9pm, preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza.

Join us as artist Klair Larason displays new works filled with a mixture of vibrant colors, fluid shapes and textures from both manmade and natural origin. Using her personally developed foil gum wrapper gilding process, each piece relates to “individual experiences” from the artist’s life from the last 2 years. The concept behind each piece is explored with the use of skulls, bones and 2-d surfaces as support structures for the gum wrapper medium. A playful palette of colors flow in an almost liquid state over the visually raw elements of the skull and bone based pieces, creating a sense of contrast and layered meaning. To accompany this series, Klair has produced a series of skateboard decks which contain patterns made up of select pieces from the show.

RSVP to the Facebook Invite here.

Artist Preview Reception: June 11th 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: June 12th 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs June 11th – July 3rd

Klair Larason

Artist Questions // Klair Larason

What is your medium/process?
I use the foil from colored gum wrappers. They’re my primary medium and I support my work with bones, skulls, or design on a 2-d format. The process is close to gilding, however my technique differs from professional gild-work as I don’t use artist quality material. For my sculpture, I melt polymer over whatever I’m going to be working on, then peel foil off the wrappers, and adhere it to the areas I want to cover on my work. When choosing my skulls and subject matter, I look for things that interest me, or allow me to express a feeling I’ve experienced recently.

Where are you from?
I’m from Oklahoma City! I was born here, and I’ve lived here forever. I travel to New Mexico quite a bit too, so I also feel comfortable when I’m on the mesa and in the mountains. I’m fortunate to be able to call both places home.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I would describe each piece as a series of individual experiences I’ve had in the last two years. Some of those experiences are great and happy, while others are the lowest I’ve felt in my life. I think the use of color speaks most about each piece. Even though my medium has only 14-16 choices of colour, I like to experiment with the combinations to create my perception about my memories. The artificial restriction of a small palette gives me more limitations, and I like that. I think it helps me to push back harder against those adversities, within my art and outside of my control in the larger world.

What inspires you?
Oh gosh, other art and music for sure. I’ll get hooked on one artist for maybe a month, then move on, but I always remember what I’ve seen. Right now I’ve enjoyed work from Sarah Cain and Chris Ware. Juxtapoz had fantastic interviews from them both featured in this year’s May issue, and I’ve kept it close since it arrived in the mail. I’ve also been drunk on Mac Demarco, Connan Mockasin, and Corners. I can’t figure out how to listen to any other music right now. And lastly, my friends who also make art rub off on me too. I like to see what they’re doing, because most of the time what they make is really cool.

How did you get started?
I always remember when I was little, about times when I would just like to create something, either building a box fort or trying to write my own stories. I was twelve, and during a spell of boredom I tried to peel foil off a gum wrapper, like a friend showed me how to do at school. I started to cover a skateboard, and that alone took a year to do, but after a while I got more skilled at it, and started doing other small things. After a while, working became an escape for me, and I just kept going. It probably all came about because was a really lonely, weird kid.

What are your goals for the future?
I’m in a slight lull right now, taking things easy, saving up, and making things I haven’t had time for until now. Starting on some really big work, stuff that can’t be made at a desk. Things like that. I’m working on becoming a more professional artist and not be so spotty with everything. It’s really hard, but I hope it pays off.

Special Thanks
I’d like to thank everyone at DNA Galleries, Dylan and Amanda Bradway, Stacey Miller and Tony Morton, the good folks at Core Extreme Sports, Charlie Trujillo at Lettering Express, Kaiser Volk, Karen Collier, Garrett Young, and my parents for all the help with this show. Without you guys, I’d be a mess.


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Jetpacks & Jasmine

meet your maker // jetpacks & jasmine

Meet Your Maker for the month of June, Tamara Shryock.  She is a lady of many talents.  She hand crafts some of our most fun items in store.  From flower crowns, to felt magnets & pillows and our personal favorite.. Plushidermy wall mounts.  Her colorful creativity is inspired by pop culture, TV shows and movies.  Her IG says she’s probably one of the most boring people you’ll ever meet.  We say the opposite.  Tamara’s energy could inspire anyone to start crafting ASAP!  She is a blast to be around.  Her products definitely embody her personality.  We are so thankful for the opportunity to carry Tamara’s lively creations in our store.

 

Jetpacks & Jasmine

What is your process?
Think about it, make it, take it apart, make it again, cut it, sew it, start over, and victory!

Where are you from?
South Side OKC

What inspires you?
Mainly pop culture, movies and TV shows that I love. I always try to create things that I would want to buy. I spend a fair amount of time on Instagram looking at all the random photos and am inspired by a large number of different artists.

How did you get started?
I started off with photography, I did mainly pinup photography and got a calendar I made in Blue 7 from there it has snowballed into hand sewn finger puppet sets to the variety of items I currently make.

How old were you when you started selling your handmade items locally?
I want to say early twenties.

What are your goals for the future?
To dominate my markets and add new stores outside of the OKC market.

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How much time a week do you spend with your craft?
Crafting is my full time job now so definitely over 40 hrs, I work 7 days a week but take more than an hour lunch :)

Any advice for other crafters or those looking to become makers in the future?
Don’t stop! When you find that one thing you’re really good at keep at it! Keep trying different methods or crafts until you find the thing you are good at. So many people give up. Don’t ever give up!

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What do you do in your spare time?
Aqua Zumba, turning into a cat lady and obsessing over Disneyland.

What tunes can you not stop listening to?
I made this sweet 90s pop station on Pandora that I kick out all my jams to when I’m fitnessing.

Jetpacks & Jasmine


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    DNA Galleries is an artist made store and urban contemporary art gallery in Oklahoma City. We are located in the historic Plaza district at 1709 NW 16th OKC, OK 73106

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