JANUARY 12TH // JIM TROSPER + ANNIE DOAN

Featured in our gallery for the month of January is the work of Oklahoma artists Annie Doan and Jim Trosper Photography.
 


Join us Thursday, January 12th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 6-10pm.
 


Artist Preview Reception: January 12th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: January 13th // 6pm - 10pm
Exhibit Runs January 12th - February 5th

 

JIM TROSPER // ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process?

My process entails a long exposure technique that allows me to connect feelings to my photos that draw my viewers in. From vivid colors to dynamic lighting, my series of photographs allows me to instill a sense of adventure in my work. That feeling is amplified by seeing this series live. My work is presented on aluminum metal that gives a high gloss reflection that requires my viewers to look past themselves to experience the photos in full. That personal connection to the moment in the photo is what I aim to get across to my viewers.

Where are you from?

I am from Edmond, Oklahoma and studied photography at the University of Central Oklahoma.

How would you describe your latest body of work?

My latest body of work is a series of photographs showcasing the purest forms of nature. The connection that a lot of people have with nature is rooted in a desire for the unknown that further drives human thought and innovation. I hope to translate that same desire to my viewers.

What inspires you?

As an artist I am driven to create more powerful images and work on new techniques each time I shoot. The support I receive from my family and friends inspires me to continue to pursue a career in what I love to do. The work of other local artists plays a huge factor in my inspiration as well. Oklahoma City has top-level artists continuing to push each other to stand out as one of the most diverse and talented areas for art in the country. I am privileged to be a part of this community.

How did you get started?

I have always enjoyed photography and taking snapshots on family vacations; I never saw photography as a career option until I arrived at UCO. While in school I gained a new love and appreciation for the art of photography.  Connecting people to a sense of wonder allows me to tell a story in a way that is truly unique.

What are your goals for the future?

My number one goal has always been to enjoy the work that I do. As long as I have a passion for what I am doing my goals are within reach. I hope to be able to expand and develop my artwork throughout my life.

What advice do you have to other artists?

My advice to other artists would be to have an appreciation for the work you do while never losing the desire to grow as an artist. I am very happy to be able to have a series of work that I am proud of but I am always looking forward to what I can do next!  

 

ANNIE DOAN // ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process? 

My choice of meduim is mixed but primarily watercolor. By using water color, it allows me to create a blended flow between the colors, as if they’re holding each other together within the space. Although I describe myself mostly a painter, drawing is the core to most of my work, whether I begin with a sketch, or work with incorporating different mediums within a piece. 

Where are you from?

I am from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

My non-representational style allows the viewers to engage and challenge themselves with my choice colors and lines to evoke emotion. Using gestural, organic lines within my works allows the viewers to get a sense a motion. A majority of my work is often created from curiosity and is initially inspired though spontaneity. 

What inspires you?

Colors seen in nature. 

What advice do you have to other artists?

That every experience is an oppourtunity to creativity.

DECEMBER 8TH // SEAN VALI + HEIDI GHASSEMPOUR

Featured in our gallery for the month of December is the work of Oklahoma City artists Heidi Ghassempour and Sean Vali.

Join us Thursday, December 8th from 6-9pm for the Artist Preview Reception preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza from 7-11pm.


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

Artist Questions//  Heidi Ghassempour

What is your medium/process?

Wood doubles as both my substrate and primary medium. I create intricate stencils using tape which are layered with acrylic and removed to expose stained wood. I combine this process with mixed media elements including mylar and string to create stylized nature scenes.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. I attended UCO in Edmond and I have now been an OKC resident for almost two years.

How would you describe your latest body of work?

My current body of work focuses primarily on our relationship with Earth and the wonders it possesses. Comments on our relationship with the universe are still present, much like my past work, as seen through my representation of space. However, I have chosen to focus more on the earthly elements in this series, making my trees and mountains more visually stimulating. To me this represents how astonishing  and wonderful our home planet is, as opposed to focusing solely on the wonders of the universe as a whole.

What inspires you?

First and foremost, nature is my muse and inspiration. Nature to me encompasses all things natural including the universe, animals and humans, plants, even consciousness and emotion... I am constantly in awe of what this earth can create and sustain. I try to look at things through the eyes of someone or some thing that has no prior knowledge of the subject. From a tiny leaf on the sidewalk to a beautiful sunset, I am constantly witnessing the unimaginable and we have the Earth to thank for that.

How did you get started?

I can recall putting serious effort into drawing as far back as I can remember. We found these thick rolls of paper in the basement of a house we bought when I was 5. I would start drawing at the end and just keep unrolling as I went. I was in a constant state of doodling. It wasn't until high school that I realized that making "actual art" was a possibility for me. I decided to enroll in art class and never looked back. I would then go on to get my BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma while discovering my passion for nature and the universe.

What are your goals for the future?

My main goal is to see and appreciate as much of this earth as I can before I'm gone. I will continue to make art and further my concept through my experiences. Always thinking, always changing, always growing...

What advice do you have for other artists?

If you are struggling, look around you. Look within you. It's all the same, it's all connected, and it's all beautiful. None of us can fully understand how lucky we are, but try to. Try as hard as you can. And if you can't, do it anyway. You have something divine within you and within all things, find it and let it out.

november 10 // ashlyn metcalf

Ashlyn Metcalf

Featured in our gallery for the month of November is Tulsa artist Ashlyn Metcalf.

This body of work is inspired by the renaissance of thought we are now experiencing when it comes to mind altering plants. She is figting specifically for the medical legalization of marajuana here in Oklahoma. She created a few pieces inspired by State Question 788 and the battle between political forces and citizens trying to get medicine. This exhibition is colorful, cerebral, and has grit.

Join us Thursday, November 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 from 7-11pm.

Artist Preview Reception: November 10th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: November 11th // 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs November 10th - December 4th

Ashlyn Metcalf

ARTIST QUESTIONS

What is your medium/process?
I am a painter and I prefer acrylics, markers, and pens. I like painting on surfaces that have a history like discarded library books, scrap material, things that I find etc. I started painting on books a few years ago and I really enjoy seeing the bits of life, story, and marks left by others inside the pages.

In terms of my painting process, I usually have an image in mind before I start and I get a lot of ideas while hiking, being outside, or flipping through the books I might paint on. Part of my process is taking reference photos then working from photos to gain an element of realism. Once I start working on the painting I like to move fast. A lot of my painting technique is intuitive, I don't like thinking too much about laying the paint down, and once it feels finished I leave it alone.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Catoosa, OK. I now live in Tulsa.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I wanted to create a body of work that was colorful, cerebral, and had some grit. Many of my pieces are messy if you look close up on the surface. I like the layers and mess.

What inspires you?
For this show I was inspired by the renaissance of thought, we are now experiencing, when it comes to mind altering plants. Specifically marijuana, we must fight for its medical legalization here in Oklahoma. I created a few pieces inspired by State Question 788 and the battle between political forces and citizens trying to get medicine. I believe we should have the ability to choose what we put in our bodies.

How did you get started?
I grew up in a rural area with not much to do but explore and create things to entertain yourself. So in a way I never stopped playing and creating.

What are your goals for the future?
I'd like to just keep painting. I would some day like to be able to live off my work-but I am happy to just paint if that does not happen.

What advice do you have to artists?
Make as much art as you can. Constantly create and evolve. Journal and write about your process. Plans will fall into place quite nicely if you make creation your focus.

october 8 // anniversary skull show

Smitty Skull

Help celebrate DNA Galleries 8th anniversary! Join us Saturday evening for the opening night of our newest exhibition, a skull themed group art show, featuring over 60 artists. Catered by our neighbors at Saints Pub!

Death By Pizza - Yeehapizza

ARTIST RECEPTION AND ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Saturday, October 8th // 6-10pm

LIVE ON THE PLAZA
Friday, October 14th // 7-11pm

PLAZA DISTRICT DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL
Sunday, October 30th, 1-8pm

Exhibit runs October 8th - November 5th

Skull Screenprints by DNA Galleries

september 8 // street pop group show

Tanner Frady

Street Pop or Urban Pop is the September focus at DNA Galleries with a combination of artists that is sure to please a crowd. Even with a wide variety of subjects matter and style, the bright colors and attention grabbing works work well as a group.

Featuring the artwork of Ashley Smith, Cassie Stover, Tessa Raven Bayne, Tanner Frady, Dusty Gilpin, Jake Beeson, Sean Vali, Tony Thunder, and Jason Pawley.

Show runs September 8th - October 4th

Jason Pawley - Night hawk

august 11 // lunch box group show

Join us Thursday evening for the opening night of our newest exhibition, a Lunch Box themed art show, featuring over 50 artists.

Featuring a diverse spectrum of artists working with a common theme, this exhibition showcases the different ways each artist celebrates this nostalgic medium.

ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, August 11th // 6-9pm
LIVE ON THE PLAZA Friday, August 12th // 7-11pm
Exhibit runs August 11th - September 4th

We are also excited to team up with SISU Youth for this exhibition. DNA Galleries is donating 10% of the proceeds from all Lunch Box art sales to help pay for meals and necessities at the shelter. Patrons may also donate cash directly to the organization at DNA Galleries beginning August 11th through the end of the month.

Sisu Youth is an OKC nonprofit utilizing the power of volunteerism to affect change in the lives of youth experiencing homelessness in our community.

Learn more about SISU here:
https://www.facebook.com/SisuYouthOKC/?fref=ts
And here:
http://sisuyouth.org/

Klair Larason

july 7 // dylan bradway

Dylan Bradway - Warming Up

Join us the evening of July 7 for the opening night of our newest exhibition featuring the work of Dylan Bradway.

This exhibition will be in part a retrospection featuring works, largely unseen, created over a span of eight years. This show will also include many new pieces created in 2016.

ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, July 7th // 6-9pm
LIVE ON THE PLAZA Friday, July 8th // 7-11pm
Exhibit runs July 7th - August 7th

Dylan Bradway - Blue Flower

june 9 // tattoo group show

Ashley Smith

Join us Thursday evening for the opening night of our newest exhibition, a Tattoo themed group art show, featuring 30 artists.

Showcasing a versatile range of artists working with a common theme, this exhibition explores the different ways each artist pays homage to this beloved art form.

ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, June 9th // 6-9pm
LIVE ON THE PLAZA Friday, June 10th // 7-11pm
Exhibit runs June 9th - July 3rd

may 12 // lindsay harkness, steffanie halley + jeremie infelise

Lindsay Harkness

Lindsay Harkness is an Oklahoma photographer who works in mixed media to achieve her aesthetic. Her latest body of work is an animal series that she has been working on for a couple of years, and is an ongoing project. Lindsay describes this project as her happy place. Doing something that no one else can do the exact same way, and creating something that puts a smile on someone's face inspires her.

Steffanie Halley is a photographer currently residing in Oklahoma. Her imagery as a whole is an observation bearing whitness to life; her own and others. Intrigued by the indulgence of our imaginations as well as physical surroundings, and the relationships that coexist in both worlds. Steffanie's work represents fleeting moments of calmness and quiet intensity and the vulnerability of our imaginations and memories.
 

Jeremie Infelise

Jeremie Infelise is a photographer from California. His latest body of work he describes as the visual translations of the moment. He seeks to find truth in a place that clings to smoke and mirrors. Summer trips with his grandmother as a child planted the seed of an urge to see everything he could and the importance of documenting it to relive those moments.

ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, May 12th // 6-9pm
LIVE ON THE PLAZA Friday, May 13th // 7-11pm
Exhibit runs May 12th - June 5th

april 3 // kelly rogers, sarah k. coffman + reagan kloiber

kelly rogers

Featured in our gallery this month are three artists, Kelly Rogers, Sarah K. Coffman, and Reagan Kloiber.

Kelly Rogers is an Oklahoma City based artist who creates embroidered paintings. Her latest body of work is “Sketches from a Family Album,” inspired by both her collection of antique family photos, and sketches of her family as it is today; these images connect her current family’s story to its historical roots.

Sarah K. Coffman works with a wide variety of mediums, including ink, paint, paper, wood, thread, leather, and found objects, and loves experimenting with woodburning. Although she grew up in Austin, and spent most of her adult life in Brooklyn, she currently resides and works in Oklahoma.

Sarah K. Coffman

Reagan Kloiber uses watercolors and ink on fabric placed on embroidary hoops, then adds stitching to the final work. She describes her latest body of work as beautiful faces with too many eyes, wide open toward truth, wearing tiny crowns of Earth (flowers, insects, spiders) to represent all the simple things that are right in front of us that few people take the time to pay attention too in the hustle and bustle of the media age.

reagan kloiber

Join us Sunday, April 3rd during our regular business hours, 11am-5pm for our special art preview, preceding our regularly scheduled Artist Reception on Thursday, April 8th from 6-9pm, and the 2nd Friday LIVE on the Plaza from 7-11pm.

ART PREVIEW Sunday, April 3rd // 11am-5pm
ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, April // 8th 6-9pm
LIVE ON THE PLAZA Friday, April 9th // 7-11pm

EXHIBIT RUNS April 3rd - May 6th

ARTIST QUESTIONS

Kelly Rogers

What is your medium/process?
I create embroidered paintings, using my sketches as a pattern. I “draw” each piece with a needle and thread, and then finish the work with drawing inks. I am inspired by the colors of Oklahoma’s landscapes and sunsets, and incorporate them into my color palette for these pieces.

Where are you from?
Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work?
My latest body of work is “Sketches from a Family Album,” inspired by both my collection of antique family photos, and sketches of my family as it is today; these images connect my current family’s story to its historical roots.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by survival stories, human compassion and resilience, and I have a soft spot for the underdog. I work in a non-profit call center where part of my role involves hearing stories of loss, hope, and survival. I am always amazed at what people are capable of- in the best and worst sense of that expression.  In my work, I reach for those stories of hope, true grit, and triumph over adversity.

How did you get started?
I’ve been an artist since I could color and draw as a child; my professional career unfolded while I was in college, through participation in local exhibitions and arts organizations. Volunteering truly connected me with OKC’s arts community.

What are your goals for the future?
My goal is to make art that reflects to its audience the beauty and power of their own survival. I want my art to say, “I know how it feels, and I know you can make it through this.”

What advice do you have to artists?
Don’t stop; reach for what you don’t feel “ready” for. Create your own contribution to what you want to see in your community, and know that our world is crying out for art made from love.

 

Sarah K. Coffman

What is your medium/process?
I work with all kinds of mediums. Ink, paint, paper, wood, thread, or whatever I find lying around. With my woodburning tool for instance, I have found that you can burn more than just wood. I've done leather, vinyl records and even deer skulls.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Austin, Texas, but have spent most of my alleged adult life in Brooklyn.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I don't know that I can answer that well. It's what comes from trying to honestly figure out who you are and taking risks to love people who it turns out could never love you back.

What inspires you?
Willie Nelson, old people, good stories, solitude, trash and abandoned spaces.

How did you get started?
I don't remember a beginning. Since I've known me, I've just been making things.

What are your goals for the future?
To get the hell out of Oklahoma, ride an elephant, and give myself chances to be seen.

What advice do you have to other artists?
Ignore as many rules as possible.

 

Reagan Kloiber

What is your medium/process?
I use watercolors and ink on fabric placed on embroidary hoops. I also add thread and stitching to the final work.

Where are you from?
I am Oklahoma born and raised

How would you describe your latest body of work?
I wanted to create beautiful faces with too many eyes, wide open toward truth wearing tiny crowns of Earth (flowers, insects, spiders) to represent all the simple things that are right in front of us that few people take the time to pay attention too in the hustle and bustle of the media age.

What inspires you?
I am always inspired by opposite things. dark and light, hard and soft, color vs black and white, full and empty, happiness/sadness, and making non­pretty things pretty and vice versa. I am inspired by nature and heartache.

How did you get started?
Ive been an artist since I was little but never took it seriously until the last 3­4 years. A few significant life incidents occurred (thankfully) that led me back to art.

What are your goals for the future?
Never again stop creating.

What advice do you have to artists?
Be open to all things/experiences and practice constantly!

 

march 10 // annavittoria conner, boo boo danger + pearl olsen

Annavittoria Conner

For our March gallery opening we have teamed up with Ross Adams to bring punk to the Plaza District for Everything is not o.k. II "how do you put a price on garbage?" This 4 day event will be filled with art, punk and fun. DNA will host 3 artists on our walls with a wild mix of illustration and screen printing.

Annavittoria Conner brings her take on "fourth wave feminism" to the show through her printmaking techniques. Armors, a series of illustration by Boo Boo Danger, hope to expose past identities and hidden truths seen in the adornments of punk torsos. Pearl Olsen focuses her energy on sumi inks on kozo paper for a series of "Illustrations for a story about escape and survival."

Join us Thursday March 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 from 7-11pm. Don't miss the poetry reading by: Joseph Sulier on Saturday afternoon.

Artist Preview Reception: March 10th // 6pm-9pm
LIVE On The Plaza Opening: March 11th // 7pm-11pm
Exhibit Runs March 10th - April 1st

Pearl Olsen
Pearl Olsen

ARTISTS QUESTIONS

Annavittoria Conner
What is your medium/process?
Screen printing, intaglio, relief, digital printmaking, fibers, and now I’m getting into ceramics.

Where are you from?
Denton, Texas. An amazing place to be from creativity wise. I went to The University of North Texas there and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. The print program was worth every penny.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
Slutty, sexy, and goofy. I’m trying to figure out fourth wave feminism along with a lot of other contemporary creatives. I like to talk about prostitution, sex, gender roles, trans-sexuality, amongst many other issues.

What inspires you?
Women. I embrace all kinds of women but I’m mostly inspired by the outcasts and underdogs. Visually I’m inspired by other artists but conceptually I’m inspired by personal accounts and various books that deal with these issues. Of course music and film plays a role in my art as well. After I watched Tangerine I drew for days, after I read Playing the Whore I created my latest print.

How did you get started?
I’ve always made art, even as a child but I didn’t get into printmaking until one of my best friends, Josh Banks, suggested it to me. He is an amazing printmaker and musician and after he suggested my work would translate well within the medium I took the ball and ran with it.  

What are your goals for the future?
I have two more years of grad school at OU and my biggest goal at the moment is to find my voice as a graduate student and make my professors proud.

What advice do you have to artists?
Support the art world. Buy zines, prints, shirts, anything you can afford! Support the arts, go to openings and make friends within the art community. If you don’t support others how can you ask for support yourself?

Boo Boo Danger
What is your medium/process?
I typically work with pen and ink on paper or digital depending on the project. For this body of work I chose ink and gauche on bristol.

Where are you from?
Originally I’m from Boston but I’ve been living in Oakland, CA for seven years.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
Armors is a portrait series in a sense. As a young punk my friends and I used our jackets and vests to create our identities. Band names, slogans, political affiliations. As an adult I look back on those jackets and I think about the things that I was hiding from the world and myself. Armors is about exposure.

What inspires you?
I try to keep myself open to inspiration at all times. Cities, books, comics, movies, other artists. There is also a constant dialogue running in my head outside of my own influence and sometimes I need to draw out the ideas presented there to visualize and understand them.

How did you get started?
When I was 12 or 13 I got a spiral-bound sketch book and started trying to recreate graffiti I saw in my neighborhood; ads I liked in Thrasher and Propaganda magazines; and record covers by Pushed, Raymond Pettibon, and Mad Marc Rude. Soon I was spray painting around town and making art for my own bands.

What are your goals for the future?
Make more stuff. Do more stuff. I’ve got a lot of irons in a lot of fires right now but there is always room for more.

What advice do you have to artists?
The more you do the easier it gets. Make zines, stickers, buttons, flyers, greeting cards, whatever. Make stuff that you like; someone else is bound to like it too.

 

Pearl Olsen
What is your medium/process?

Right now all I do is draw with sumi brushes and ink, or sometimes watercolor, mainly on translucent kozo paper, because I received the brushes and paper as gifts and so I'm working my way through them until I run out and am forced to spend money on more supplies. I used to draw with pens but they were too familiar and made me too obsessive. Using the long brushes instead of pens helps me move quickly and work with whatever happens on the page. I set up my workspace so I could draw with natural light during the day but I always end up making pieces at 10 or 11 at night under a desk lamp.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and I've been living in Saint Louis, Missouri for 6 years.

How would you describe your latest body of work?
Illustrations for a story about escape and survival.

What inspires you?
People around me who trust themselves without egotism. Things that are just trying to manifest and exist on the margins.

How did you get started?
I practiced drawing constantly while I was growing up, then abandoned it at age 17 when I failed my Advanced Placement art test, then picked it up again in 2014 when people started asking me to do illustrations for zines and flyers for punk shows.

What are your goals for the future?
To work less hours so I can sit around doing nothing more and produce the same amount of work, but the work will be better.

What advice do you have to artists?
Don't be afraid of: idleness, time spent repulsed by art-making, long periods of dullness. These are a part of making things just as much as the active production of work. I consider my 8-year hiatus from drawing to be the most important element to my current work. Things made when identifying strongly as an "artist" will almost always suck. Trust peripheral vision more than trained focus. Don't go to art school or listen to advice from people who did unless it is "don't go to art school."

february 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.

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

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.

tessa raven bayne + vinton bayne

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.

RSVP to the Facebook event here.

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.

Giant Dreams

trisha thompson adams + hagan billigmeier

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.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

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

Cody Rains, Eleazar Velazquez + Chandler Watson

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.

 

7 Year Anniversary

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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

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Dylan Bradway

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.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

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.

kalee jones w.

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.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

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.

Ruth Borum Loveland

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

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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.

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klair larason

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.

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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.