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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

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

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

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

oct 10 // the dirty fabulous + jeff sparks

The Dirty Fabulous Jeff Sparks

oct 10 // the dirty fabulous + jeff sparks

This month we are featuring some of Oklahoma City’s best illustrative artists.

The Dirty Fabulous is exhibiting 3 original works along with 4 archival reproductions. These works are created with acrylic and oil on metal and are a part of an ongoing series since 1993. “The Dirty Fabulous produces relics of the modern American psyche in large-scale mixed media paintings and drawings. Referencing diverse historical, literary and pop subjects. The compositions are littered with symbolic imagery that is part satire, personal musing and broken alchemy….”

We are also excited to feature the work of Jeff Sparks this month whose works and are painstakingly stippled in a process he likens to painting in that he works “… over the same area multiple times to build depth and detail, similar to working from an under-painting.” His works are inspired by mythological and occult stories, theology, philosophy and the occult.

You can read more below about their work and process.

You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

The Dirty Fabulous

Artist Questions

The Dirty Fabulous What is your medium/process? Images are worked up from large scale drawings and a fair amount of research. Paintings are done in acrylic and oil paint on metal. Pieces typically take about a month to complete and are done completely by hand.

Where are you from?

How would you describe your latest body of work? I am very interested in referencing ancient mythology / belief systems. So while the works visually have their origins in pop culture, comics, pulp illustrations - the content of the work is in many ways quite serious. I see them as fables or stories, retold as a kind of dark comedy.

What inspires you? The usual suspects- literature, art, music, life -basically the entire specter of our human drama.

How did you get started? These started as a fluke, really. However, like many things that start as a fun, open-ended exploration, they have the chance of growing into something much more.

What are your goals for the future? Keep painting. I enjoy the opportunity to participate in shows like this and contribute to Oklahoma City's growing visual culture.

Jeff Sparks

Jeff Sparks What is your medium/process? Primarily I work with ink, stippling. My process is a bit atypical for stippled ink work though. I have gravitated toward a style more like painting in that I will work over the same area multiple times to build depth and detail, similar to working from an under-painting.

Where are you from? Nowhere special, just Oklahoma.

How would you describe your latest body of work? The themes are still dark, though not overtly morbid in my opinion. I have been drawing more from nature, mythological, and occult sources to build the imagery. It is more of a free-form atavistic approach though, creating more from feeling rather than creating imagery specific to any particular story or myth.

What inspires you? I can recall that even as a child, I felt persistent anxiety about, not only my existence, but existence in general as well as more pressing issues like: whether or not I was going to die that day from a full nuclear assault or simply a biblical end times/rapture scenario. Those sort of things never really go away and as a result I suppose, I have always lurked in the shadows of the more esoteric circles. Mix all of that with a little D&D, teenage rebellion, and a religious upbringing; you get a completely normal guy with a fascination in mysticism, theology, philosophy and the occult.

I guess that doesn’t really answer the question. All of that said though, I can say that I draw a lot of inspiration from music and literature without going into great detail about the kind of music and books from which I would derive said inspiration. I will say that I hold a special affinity for the works of Joris-Karl Huysmans, Jeffrey Burton Russell, David Tibet and Virgil Finlay.

How did you get started? I don’t really know. I’ve always drawn and I used to paint, but I started working with ink a lot while I was taking illustration classes at UCO. I felt more suited to working in that method as well as feeling that it allowed me to more accurately achieve what I wanted in my images. Everything else kind of fell away and it has just progressed from there.

What are your goals for the future? I would just like to continue working with enough success to eke out an existence and maybe find a small place on a hillside with my cats, away from all the peoples.

More short term though, I would like to start working on the Key of Solomon project that I’ve been dreaming about for the past decade. It is a very daunting undertaking that will probably take me years to complete based on the volume of work and the relative speed at which I can work.

vinton bayne + josh delozier

Vinton Bayne Midtown Plaza Court - Josh Delozier

jun 13 // new works by vinton bayne + josh delozier

We are excited to host our very first local photographers for 2nd friday this month. Make sure to swing by the opening at our store form 7-11pm, Friday June 13th. You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Vinton states: "For this show I decided to go all film, using lofi camera equipment. Everything was taken using either my Holga, Sprocket Rocket, or Diana F+. I love the surprise element, where all the planning in the world can't control everything about your shot. There is a magic to it." vintonjbayne.com

Josh's latest series, 180 Degrees OKC "is a panoramic view of Oklahoma city. It captures the cityscape from different angles and features several exciting destinations that ale Oklahoa City such an interesting place." joshdelozier.com

Artist Questions

Vinton Bayne

VINTON BAYNE

What is your medium/process? Photography, usually film, mostly lomography. Sometimes digital.Typically I just go on long walks with my cameras, often in the middle of the night, shooting long exposures of the city.

Where are you from? The 405, born and raised.

How would you describe your latest body of work? For this show I decided to go all film, using lofi camera equipment. Everything was taken using either my Holga, Sprocket Rocket, or Diana F+. I love the surprise element, where all the planning in the world can't control everything about your shot. There is a magic to it.

What inspires you? Local artists who are in my life, weird fiction and comic books. I don't have a lot of photographers I follow. Most of my inspiration comes from artists of other mediums. Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Nikola Tesla, Jim Henson, Bill Watterson, R.A. Lafferty, Doug TenNapel, Jeff Lemire, Josh Dies, C.S. Lewis, Jack Kirby,  Buster Keaton, and my wife: Tessa Raven, to name a few.

How did you get started? Playing with my dad's camera as a child. Seeing the great shots he would take just for family photos. When I first starting shooting, it was all digital. I never thought I would use film. Now I can't put down my film cameras.

What are your goals for the future? Continue playing with the medium, see what I can do with it. I'm just going to keep having fun.

Skydance - Josh Delozier

JOSH DELOZIER

What is your medium/process? I create panoramic photos of Oklahoma city. I shoot sequences of photos that are then stitched together to produce a stunning 180 degree panoramic view of OKC’s sights and skylines.

Where are you from? I live in oklahoma city and have my entire life.

How would you describe your latest body of work? “180 degress okc” is a panoramic view of Oklahoma city. It captures the cityscape from different angles and features several exciting destinations that ale Oklahoma City such an interesting place.

What inspires you? My city inspires me. I take my camera with me every day because you never know when you’ll see something that will make your next photo. I love this city and love to capture it’s beauty.

How did you get started? Photography is something I’ve only recently started to seriously pursue. I wanted to find some thing that would make my photos unique, so when I made my 1st panoramic from atop the Centennial Building in Bricktown, I knew I had something special.

What are your goals for the future? I want to continue to work on my technique and continue to show good photographs. I might not ever become a full time artist, but I know i’ll love every minute of the journey.

New Works By Angela Westerman

The Articulation Of Genesis - Angela Westerman

may 9 // new works by angela westerman

This month we are hosting a solo exhibit of works by Oklahoma based artist, Angela Westerman. Westerman creates haunting organic abstracts of nature. Her works explore the evolution between man, nature and technology and the impact of our progress on the earth in physical and environmental terms. This surreal blending of technological and natural textures are an articulate portrayal of the cyclic cleansing of light and dark.

Be sure to come out Friday May 9th from 7-1pm for the opening. You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

For more info on the artist you can read the artist questionnaire below.

What is your medium/process? While every piece is derived from my own personal narrative, I always attempt to include some ambiguity, allowing the viewer to fill in pieces of the story according to their own unique perspective. I enjoy working on a large scale, as I believe it creates an almost ‘epic’ feel for the viewer, allowing them to lose themselves in the minute details. The term ‘organic’ is an apt description for both my creative process and my choice of subject matter, as I prefer to let the work take on a life of its own and my subconscious express itself freely and fluidly without preconceptions.

Where are you from? I am originally from Salinas, CA and was raised on the East Coast - currently residing in Edmond, OK.

How would you describe your latest body of work? While I have explored various subjects and themes for exhibitions throughout the past two years, my focus in 2014 is a return to the exploration of natural and technological evolution.

What inspires you? My joy in creating comes from a deep desire to comment artistically on humanity’s place on this earth, and the constant battle between man, nature and technology. Mankind continually strives for evolution, both in process and in innovation. We search out that which inspires us. We dream, create, destroy, and dream again. Our successes and our failures weave a complex and unique tapestry that defines our struggle for advancement. Yet even as we grasp for elusive perfection, our efforts often see the destruction of the natural elements around us. Our history and our future bear the scars of our continued attempts to harmonize with – yet enslave- the natural forces that hold sway on our world. Nature and man in constant battle, man and technology, life and death, locked in an endless war, bloody yet beautiful.  Every cycle cleansing and bringing life anew.  I find I am continuously drawn to this epic and endless dance.

How did you get started? I segued to full time professional artist after spending over a decade in the graphic design and marketing industry.

What are your goals for the future? I hope to continue to experiment with unique combinations of mediums and embrace the continuous pursuit of unattainable perfection in my craft.

Josh Heilaman

Josh Heilaman

april 11 // cycles - new works by josh heilaman

We are pleased to announce what will probably be a final showing of one of our all time favorite local artists, Josh Heilaman. Josh has a distinctly experimental quality to his works that blend fantasy characters with illustrative storytelling. Josh has built a reputable following with his work and has inspired many of us to look at life and art as one and not just something separate we do as as a weekend hobby. In his aptly titled show “Cycles” you will see the creative beginnings of his physical relocation to Japan this summer.

Come show you support for this influential local artist as he embarks on his next life chapter.

Artist Questions

What is your medium/process? The works for this show are all mixed media drawings.  I used ink, watercolor, and assorted markers on rice paper to create the drawings.  The drawings were then affixed to wood panels.

Where are you from? I am from Oklahoma City, OK.

How would you describe your latest body of work? My latest body of work is primarily abstract with a heavy emphasis on line and space. Many of the pieces began as ambient watercolor works and evolved into their final forms through the addition of line.  The works in this show are the result of a subconscious free form process, focused on experimentation.

What inspires you? This series is mostly inspired by the process of experimentation, itself.

How did you get started? I simply found art supplies and started experimenting.

What are your goals for the future? My immediate goals for the future involve relocating to Japan so I can reunite with my wonderful fiance, Akane.  After that, I plan to obtain an MFA and begin teaching art.

jason pawley & ross adams

Jason Pawley

feb 14th // jason pawley + ross adams

Say hello to our neighbors and artist friends Jason Pawley and Ross Adams. These native visionaries work tirelessly on their own art, are gainfully employed in the Plaza District AND run Tall Hill Creative; a gallery/studio space on NW 34th and Villa. Using spray paint, pens, watercolor and acrylic, their use of bright psychedelic colors create a complimentary body of work. In contrast, their subject matter is unique to their individual inspiration. Ross is inspired by punk subculture. Think album covers, zines, gig posters and punk fashion from the 80's. Jason draws inspiration from nature and his many adventures on the road. You can RSVP to the Facebook Event here and make sure to read the artist questions at the bottom of the post.

Ross Adams

This 2nd Friday falls on Valentines day, so expect the district to be full of the appropriate celebrations. In the shop, we are stocked full of new product for the holiday. Expect to see lots of handmade gifts and Valentine's cards in addition to new knits appropriate for this late chill. You can see some of the new products online or just come by the shop! Also be sure to see full list of Plaza District happenings for LOVE on the Plaza.

For those emerging and aspiring artists we have a group show taking place the first Sunday of March and are currently seeking entries. Details below:

DNA Galleries Animalistic

Artist Questions

Jason Pawley

Jason Pawley What is your medium/process? Acrylic, spray paint, paint pens....

Where are you from? Earth

How would you describe your latest body of work? What inspires you? It's kinda like daydreaming of my travels and places or things that make me happy... where the mountains meet the ocean on a gravel road..... that's my inspiration.

How did you get started? Skateboarding graphics.... that's what made me want to start drawing.

What are your goals for the future? To say hungry :)

Ross Adams

Ross Adams What is your medium/process? Lately I've been working in a lot of different mediums. For this show I have been working with: pens, pencils, colored pencils, acrylics, spray paint & water colors, all on bristol board. Not exactly sure how I would describe the process, It's just something I enjoy doing.

Where are you from? Oklahoma City, Oklahoma United States of America

How would you describe your latest body of work? #artorwhatever

What inspires you? Probably punk, as a soundtrack and as a subversive subculture.  It is something I have always been interested in.  Album art was the first visual art that peaked my interest. Artists like Raymond Pettibon, Winston Smith and Pushead were some of my first major influences. From there, fliers for punk shows and independent zines pushed my interest in the visual art of the subculture further.  Lately, I have also been inspired by the punk fashion that was displayed so prevelently in 80's punxploitation films like: Suburbia, Class of 1984, Repo Man etc.  I'm also inspired a lot by other visual artists.  Beyond that, I would say every moment that I am breathing I am being inspired to create.

How did you get started? When I was a kid I would always draw pictures for my grandmother, because she was a painter and I thought that was cool. She always encouraged me to keep drawing. And from there I guess never stopped. I only took sketchbooks to class in high school and college (which, I'm sure was not her intention). I really don't remember a time in my life when I wasn't making or breaking something. Art has just always been there.

What are your goals for the future? Survival.

 

Anniverskully

DNA Anniverskully

nov 2 // anniverskully - 5 years at dna galleries

Nov 2nd we are ECSTATIC to celebrate a crucial milestone for any business, 5 years of business! If you have followed us from the beginning, you know this all started as 300sqf of our home and grew to completely overtake the entire location at 1705B NW 16th St. In April this year we were blessed to acquire the larger space beside us and finally expand our gallery. Come celebrate with us!

Special offerings throughout the day:

  • 25 goodie bags for the first 25 customers
  • Cafe EVOKE will be offering free artisan coffee 11am-2pm
  • 10% storewide discount from 11am-12pm
  • Opening reception for group SKULL show featuring 50+ local artists goes from 7pm-11pm
  • Limited edition t-shirt for the opening (7-11pm) $15/shirt
  • Cash bar

We would not be here without the loyalty and support of our patrons. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives and reshaping downtown OKC.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

 

august 2013

a vivid paradox

august 9 // a vivid paradox // amanda bradway + juuri

For August DNA Galleries presents A Vivid Paradox, this exhibit features a new body of work by local artists JUURI and Amanda Bradway. The artists have created an exhibit of enchantingly prismatic works including collaborative pieces specifically for the opening. This show is entitled 'A Vivid Paradox' due to the vibrant spectrum of colors that both artists utilize. The paradox is apparent through Amanda’s work with skulls and JUURIi’s somber, sad looking female subjects. Expect the color in which both JUURI’s girls and Amanda's skulls are wrapped to bring them all vividly to life. These works will be on display until Friday August 30. Check out and RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

http://vimeo.com/71157732

About JUURI & Amanda Bradway Japanese-American artist JUURI, creates colorful female figures using watercolor and colored pencil. JUURIi about this latest series: "Several of my works in this show will present opposing questions, such as 'Trash or Treasure?' 'Rotten or Redeemed?' 'Weak or Strong?' I wanted to capture both the turmoil and the beauty of finding the answers to all those questions about yourself. The style of these works is a little more stark than my previous work. I wanted to draw maximum impact to the figures and their questions this time, instead of the backgrounds. Several of the pieces feature gilded Japanese calligraphy. Ask me what they mean, and I'll teach you a little Japanese!"

Amanda Bradway, and owner at DNA Galleries, creates works with intricately cut and folded paper in a variety of colors and sheens. Combining these elements with skulls, she recreates elements of nature and reconstructs unworldly beings. Each piece in this new series draws on personal perspectives of the dichotomy of struggle versus surrender in a world where many truths operate simultaneously. These works ask the viewer to consider how we can all live with respect and awareness for others without sacrificing our own truth.

Conrad Crespin & Sean Lyman

everyday rituals conrad crespin Pause - Sean Lyman

july 12th // conrad crespin + sean lyman

For July we are excited to be featuring two national artists Conrad Crespin and Sean Lyman. Conrad is a resident of Portland, OR and has created a body of work which focuses on his interest in line, form and pattern with a very minimal color palette. In contrast Sean, who resides in Springfield, MO, explores the concept of masks as a transforming element on individuals in his realistic but dreamlike drawings. You can check out the Facebook event here. More information about the artists in the questionnaire section below.

Keep an eye out for our collaborative group art show with B-wap coming Sunday August 4th, featuring 25 local artists.

questions for conrad crespin

How would you describe your work? The work in this show explores my interest in pattern, form, and space. These pieces were originally inspired by fractals. With this work, I usually start with a basic form and build intuitively from that. I am extremely interest in process and how process informs or relates to the final visual outcome. As the artist, the process is just as important to me as the physical work.

What inspires you? So much inspires me, especially people. There are a lot of artists living today that are producing just spectacular work. I am especially inspired by those around me and the way in which others interpret the world. I think we all have little kernels of truth to share. Music is a huge inspiration as well.

My biggest inspiration is most definitely nature. There is so much beauty, mystery, and absurdity in the universe and that makes me happy.

How did you get started? I got started like most artsy kids with encouraging parents and an interest in making things. I was fortunate to meet certain people throughout my life who were there for me at pivotal times and encouraged artistic exploration.

Nowadays, it isn’t even a question. Why not make art?

What are your goals for the future? I am currently pursuing a degree in Graphic Design and building a career in the art/design realm. I really want to build something unique that contributes to the community and keeps me artistically, professionally, and financially satisfied. I know that is a tall order. But I am realistic about a lot of things and ultimately my needs are simple.

I want to keep making things until the day I die.  I want to collaborate. I want to grow and explore. I want to fall in love. I want a root beer float.

instinctive turns jess and keegan

The Distant One By Jess and Keegan

may 10th // instinctive turns // jess & keegan

This Friday we are pleased to bring you a brand new series of works by local artists Jessica Beethe and Keegan O'Keefe. This collaborative duo has been world traveling for the past 5 years and we are ecstatic to have nailed them down for a show. Jess and Keegan will have 13 brand new pieces of art on display along with a raffle for 3, $200 limited-edition giclée Prints. Tickets for the raffle will be $5 and winners will be announced at 10pm the night of the event. You can preview 9 of the New works from their online gallery and learn more about the artists below...

http://jessandkeegan.com/gallery.html

The Infinite Push by Jess and Keegan

Artist Bio

Visual expression has been a part of our lives from a very young age. We both drew, collaged, sculpted and created things throughout our childhood and those habits have continued into our adult lives.

When the two of us first met, we began trading pieces and working over top of what the other was doing. This process began to slowly transform the way we saw and produced our work and began driving us to create more. As Our exchange continued and we found that when working together we produced better results than either of us was doing working alone.

Now, as a collaborative entity, we take turns swapping pieces and working over each other's additions to develop our style as a single entity. Our work is like a spontaneous dance - a fluid non-thinkingness. We accept and release with little to no planning. Our conclusions are always organic and unforced.

Our travels have taken us to all corners of the USA, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia.

At some point, we both graduated and aquired multi-diciplenary BFA's in Graphic Design, Illustration and Painting.

Currently, we live and work out of our studio in Oklahoma City, OK, USA.

-Jess M. Beethe & Keegan D. O'Keefe

 

Artistic Statement

For us, it is undeniable that human life is a collective effort of many parts and a vast sum of time, energy and connections.

Our work, however, is not about us, our ideals or our beliefs but is an assimilation and redistribution of the world and what it has to offer.

Using this idea, we combine our time and energy to craft original works on paper that directly reflect our surrounding environment and its cultural influences.

This art making process helps us fully appreciate where we are and what we are doing; ultimately giving us a tangible dialog with which to see the multifaceted ways our lives are connected to so much more than just ourselves.

 

Empty Pride By Jess and Keegan

How would you describe your work?

Tangible experience, captured action; Our work is a conversation between ourselves and the world we are surrounded by. In fewer words - it's filling time. (See also ARTISTIC STATEMENT below)

What inspires you?

New experiences, travel, humor, other artists & their art, conversations, clouds, rain on tin roofs, debate, animals, independent films, music, good food, sailing, scuba diving, adrenalin, running, yoga, coffee, flyers, flowers, magazines, thunder storms, old books, etchings and old illustrations, creeping vines, 1920's, 1800's, samurai, 1950's, 1980's, big hair, sunny window seats, short skirts, the internet, dry wit, social networks, octopi, great stories, skulls - particularly orbital bones and teeth, new drinks & dark beer, theology, philosophy, organization, minimization, bonsai trees, feng shui, karma, tides, chi, sharing, other languages & cultures, outer space, satire, nebulae, black holes, quantum foam jitters, construction, empty buildings, faded colors, abandoned cars, truth, moist dirt, baby grass, cities, public transit, crushed glass, road trips, using chopsticks, dreams, sentinel pine trees, staying up late, hieroglyphs, calligraphy, graffiti, art history, archeology, psychology, finding forgotten money in a pocket, anthropology, bridges, nowhere country, mountains, rivers, kayaking, mythology, rock climbing, friends, family & our ability to act - just to name a few :)

How did you get started?

I ate a crayon when I was 6 months old while Jess started drawing before she could walk. There was no other way to start, really, it's just what was supposed to happen. (See also BIO below)

What are your goals for the future?

Make make make, Do do do. Explore, travel, love, befriend, show show show.

alesa clymer & "driving against balance" by jamie pettis

new works by alesa clymer &"driving against balance" by jamie pettis january 11th

We will be featuring 2 incredibly talented ladies next Friday for the Plaza art walk. Alesa Clymer is a recent graduate of UCO whose humerous characterized illustrations reflect her geek pride. Jamie Pettis is an Oklahoma expat living in Arizona. She creates richly colored female figures that blend abstracted forms with the subjects features.

In the shop we have been working to refresh our products for the new year and upcoming move. We have a selection of shirts marked down for a limited time. Hope you enjoyed your friends and family, we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Please take a minute to read our artist questionnaires below.

Alesa Clymer

alesa clymer: artist questionnare

How would you describe your work? My work fits into the category of the Lowbrow art movement, or Pop Surrealism. I describe my work as illustrations that narrate my own satirical sense of humor and geek pride.

What inspires you? The inspirations that guide my work consist of dialogue with friends and family and the art that is found in comics and cartoons, computer and console games, and movies and tv series. I find humor in everything and I am easily inspired to create from common pleasures.

How did you get started? In elementary school, I caught on quick that other people enjoyed my stories and drawings and I began writing and illustrating my own short stories on scratch paper. I stuck with my interest in art throughout primary school and continued my education at the University of Central Oklahoma, obtaining a BFA. I still feel as though I am just getting started although I have been creating my entire life.

What are your goals for the future? The majority of graduates that get an art degree seem to stop creating once they are done getting their degree, or at least most of the ones that I know have done so. My goals are to never stop creating, and to continue sharing my work.

Jamie Pettis

jamie pettis: artist questionnare

How would you describe your work? My work is very rich in color. Color is like candy for my eyes, and when I'm creating one of my pieces I get to experience the pure pleasure of seeing that colored image in my head for days.  I love drawing/painting women, and in general, people. I love to capture expression, and after much diligence feel as though I've near mastered the difficult ability to capture eyes, noses, and mouths (ears, too). When drawing people I do not stop in realism. I add to those pieces with my own free, abstract expressions of color, and flowing lines and edges. I really have no plans when I create. It's all very retrospect. I find when I think too hard about 'making' something, I stand still.

What inspires you? I'm inspired by truth. Whenever asked to state one of those little quotations that describes me, I always respond with 'Sit in the truth'. However, I can't take credit for the quote; an old therapist of mine said it to me once. This last year I've made a lot of changes in my life towards my goals and wants. One thing that has become very apparent to me is that I must be exactly what it is I want to be in this life. For awhile I became caught up in what looks good for a career, and became driven by the fear of finances. With this came a lot of unhappiness and dissatisfaction because for me my dreams will never just go away. In turn, I had to get real with myself and take a leap of faith towards my own personal truth a big part of which has been a greater pursuance of my art. With this said, all of this has been a major driving force in my most recent work, and it has fueled me to only become even more honest with myself as a person. In turn, I am moved to pass it on to others through my work in hopes to inspire them to do the same in their own lives.

How did you get started? Growing up my dad use to take us to his art studio every Saturday in downtown Holdenville, Oklahoma, population around 5,700 (last time I checked). My dad was a lawyer, but also an artist. It was interesting because this art studio (which was built originally as an office in the early 1900's) looked just like a historic New York City loft. My dad would draw in rich oil pastels, and us kids would use whatever medium we could get our hands on and go at it. Interestingly enough, that set in motion the style in art that I would adapt later, and also my love for Manhattan. Coincidentally, Manhattan played a major in my style after spending a summer there doing  an internship for Marc Jacobs. I majored in fashion design in college, and the fashion rendering classes I took, as well as working for Marc Jacobs, had an underlying influence on my hand.

What are your goals for the future? My goals for the future? In the long term I want to be painting, making music, and acting full time. Someone told me once that I'm a 'triple threat' (I think that's what they called it). I want all 3 of these things very much (and I've been involved with all 3 of these things throughout my life), and can never decided to pursue only one. These goals have been the same ever since I can remember....In the short term, I would like to start showing my work in galleries in Los Angeles, as well as make an appearance in Juxtapoz magazine.

 

jeff sparks july 13th

jeff sparks

jeff sparks: july 13th

Jeff Sparks is talented local illustrator/artist whose art we first saw in 2008 at the Canvas shoe art show. Since then we searched with no luck and spent many long nights wondering where he hides his works. We were ecstatic when we saw a shirt he illustrated for Warpaint a couple years ago and then shortly after when he approached us for a show. Needless to say he doesn't show very often so come get a rare peek at his dark and masterful illustration skills. This is a perfect show for a Friday the 13th.

We will also have the music of Cari Wallenberg out front once it cools down a bit in the evening.

jeff sparks

jeff sparks

abby stiglets may 2012

abby stiglets

abby stiglets: may 11th

Get ready! Abby is bringing us some killer works from her newest series. She will have a few of her larger oil paintings and some super affordable watercolor illustrations. The Plaza is also celebrating the Thunder this month so many of the businesses will be offering some limited edition Thunder gear. Come celebrate with us!

Check out Abby's site here.

moses white july 8th

moses white: july 8th

This month begins our kickoff of a monthly featured maker. We usually re-merchandise our front area for new stuff, but everyone in our store is an artist and we want to give everyone a chance for exposure and an opportunity to make our front area an Installation of sorts.

"Altar L" is an Okie/TX jewelry collaboration of natural rocks and minerals, with pendant symbols. You can wear them for their healing properties or just pure aesthetics.

Our visual artist this month is local artist Moses White. Moses describes his work as "Energetic, Visceral, Introspective. Comic book art makes love to contemporary art." He is inpired by works that give off energy where you can see the passion of the artist in the piece. You can tell by looking at his work, these ideas are below the surface. Personally, we've enjoyed the portraits he's done of random people around town that have popped up on social media sites in the past. Like all of us, Moses just wants to make a living doing what he loves. His group "Noise of the Nameless" will also be playing out front Friday night during the opening.

ruth borum-loveland: january 14th

ruth borum-loveland: january 14th

This month is one of our favorite artists, and very good friend Ruth Borum-Loveland! Ruth is based out of Norman and does not show in the city very often. You may have seen her work at Momentum or the Girlie Show recently. Back in the day, we would all get together regularly with other artist friends for work nights and one night she brought along a wood burning kit. Since then she has worked on perfecting her technique on various woods. If you are familiar with her work, the rendering of her biotic plant like forms are especially complimentary to this new medium. Some of her other works in oil will be here but we are excited to see where these works have come in the past 3 years.

cole cathey march 12th 2010

cole

cole cathey: friday march 12th

This month we are hosting the works of local artist Cole Cathey from Seminole. He works primarily with spray paint and stencil and the pieces are a little more urban than graffiti. Every business on the street is open tomorrow from 7-11pm for the Plaza walk so there will be food, drinks and family friendly entertainment.

We would also like to mention that Dylan and I are very excited about being honored with the very first annual Young Urban Pioneer award which will be presented during the Urban Pioneer Awards luncheon this spring! If you are interested in attending or sponsoring this event, you can find more information on the Plaza District website. This event is more than just a swanky lunch, it also helps the District raise money to continue to improve the district. If you are excited about the changes this area has seen in the past 12 years it would be great if you could consider a donation in any amount help our growth.

nic shelton friday january 8th 2010

nic

nic shelton - friday january 8th

To start off the year we are featuring an emerging Oklahoma artist Nic Shelton. With artwork covered in colorful and creative imagery,  this is sure to be a fun time. It might be cold out so bundle up, or come by and get yourself a new Support Local Art Scarf to keep warm. Oh and be sure to come out to actually support some local art :)

One more thing, we are also now carrying a wide selection of urban art books.