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Bjorn Bauer December

Bjorn Bauer

victory in loss by bjorn bauer // dec 12

For December we fill our gallery with "Victory In Loss" a new series of oil painting and individually embellished screen prints by Oklahoma based artist Bjorn Bauer. The series contains a consistent theme but builds a visual contrast between the styles and qualities seen in the paintings and prints.

Make sure to RSVP to the Facebook Event, just follow this link.

bjornbauerart.com facebook.com/bjornbauerart

Bjorn  Bauer

Artist Questions What is your medium/process? Primarily oil painting and screen printing, but I also experiment with mixed media and take on various illustration projects.

Where are you from? I lived in Germany until I was eight, then lived in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Malaysia, but I've lived in Oklahoma for the past fourteen years.

How would you describe your latest body of work? This latest set of pieces is titled Victory in Loss, and these pieces mark somewhat of a shift form my previous work, which has mostly been in a more straightforwardly expressionist style. The new work consists of oil paintings and individually embellished screen prints.  I've used a consistent set of symbols and subject matter in the whole set; but the paintings are in a more polished, surrealist style; whereas the prints are more intense and much grittier. I think this will present an interesting contrast visually; and, in a way, the contrast reflects the themes in the title.

What inspires you? My wife, my students, Gustav Klimt, the Smashing Pumpkins, and anyone who exhibits exemplary creativity or kindness.

How did you get started? As a kid, drawing was my natural response to anything interesting, so I realized pretty early on that I needed to create images in some capacity.

What are your goals for the future? I'd like to show my work in Berlin someday. I'd also like to go back to art school and earn an MFA. I want to be the best artist I can be, even if it takes me until I'm 100 years old.

ANNIVERSKULLY 6

DNA Galleries Anniverskully 6

anniverskully 6 // nov 14

It's been a joyous evolution from our humble beginnings in 300 sqf of our live/work space in 2008 to the over 2100 sqf in the former mattress factory where we are currently located. We have a lot going on this year in celebration of 6 years at DNA Galleries!

During the day, we will be giving away 25 free goodie bags to our first customers through the door along with a storewide 10% off from 11-7pm

We have also been working on a new local artist line debuting this friday that includes pencil cases, leggings, sketchbooks and zines! We have choses Norman based artist Ruth Ann Borum to be a part of our limited release on most of our new products.

We will be wrapping up the night with our 2nd "Anniverskully" Group Art Show that will open from 7-11pm. Feel free to come by during the day to check out the work if you can't make it by for the evening reception.

Thank you for supporting our business and local artists throughout the years. We would not be here without your patronage!

RSVP to the Facebook Invite here!

Tessa Raven Bayne + Lauren Miller

tessa raven

lauren williams

aug 8 // tessa raven + lauren miller

This month we are highlighting some of the most talented and hard working ladies in the city. Lauren Miller creates her meticulous dream like portraits with graphite on birch panels she builds. Look closely at each piece, and you will see the hours of painstaking handwork that goes into each creation. When she is not doing her art, she is hard at work on her tattoo apprenticeship at Beauty from Pain Tattoo.

Tessa Raven is a Plaza District resident and worker. You can spot her signature characters when you see them. Tessa incorporates creativity in all areas of her life by always keeping a sketchbook handy. When she is not working on her personal art, she is best known for her caricatures. Tessa can draw you up as anything from a monster to your favorite animal.

Both artists have created a collaborative piece that captures the nostalgia of youthful memories that will debut the night of the exhibit.

You can RSVP for the Facebook Event here.

Artist Questions:

Tessa Raven What is your medium/process? Mixed media, but mostly Acrylic, graphite, watercolor, and ink.My process is usually very spontaneous, sometimes jumping in without any sight of the end, just trying to get something out , and stopping when it feels right.Other times I see the picture there before i even start, and I paint what I already see.

Where are you from? Good ol' OK!

How would you describe your latest body of work? A collection of emotions portrayed through mixed media characters on wood.

What inspires you? People, Dreams, Stories, Life

How did you get started I come from a family of artists, I picked it up I suppose.

What are your goals for the future? To inspire other people, to keep creating, to keep changing, to change what art is, to use all of my experiences to create something true, to help cultivate a community of culture and art in OKC.

Lauren Miller What is your medium/process? Mixed media, but mostly Acrylic, graphite, watercolor, and ink.My process is usually very spontaneous, sometimes jumping in without any sight of the end, just trying to get something out , and stopping when it feels right.Other times I see the picture there before i even start, and I paint what I already see.My main go to these days is graphite, with a little water color or acrylic. I've also been building my own panels from birch. Most of my work is quite meticulous. I enjoy the tiny details.

Where are you from? I'm from Norman, but have called OKC my home for the past five years.

How would you describe your latest body of work? Dreamy. I'm trying to capture those quiet moments that are so precious and sing to the soul.

What inspires you? The natural beauty of the world, including the human figure. The holy spirit, who is constantly opening my eyes to the small wonders that surround me. And the most talented group of friends and family.

How did you get started Both of my parents are artists, so it was encouraged and nurtured at a very young age.

What are your goals for the future? I'm currently 9 months into a tattoo apprenticeship. My hope is to continue working toward getting my license and owning my own shop. As well as continue showing my drawings in galleries and local shops.

fanny pack fashion show

Fanny Pack Fashion Show

july 11th // fannys back 3 + packs from the plains

This second Friday we are celebrating summer and back to school! We will start the evening with our 3rd fanny pack fashion show right at 7pm. Local artists have taken creative liberties with the fashion worlds most functionally tacky accessory. In previous years artists have converted packs into boom boxes, light shows, robots and yetis.

We are also teaming up with BWAP • Backpacks With A Purpose and Keep It Local OK for their special Keep It Local backpack launch. For every pack that is purchased BWAP gives 2 backpacks to local charities. We have distributed a few to Local artists to You can see the artist's work and purchase a special Keep It Local edition bag at the opening! All B-WAP backpacks purchased benefit artists and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

pack from the plains

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.

kalee jones w. + tammy brummell

Kalee Jones W.

march 14 // kalee jones w. + tammy brummell

We are pleased to have Kalee Jones W. and Tammy Brummell’s chromatic studies on our walls in time for spring. Kalee works spontaneously to capture the present moment unfolding. Through multiple layers of color, you can see the formations of anthropomorphic beings, animals and occasional text appear and dissolve into one another. Tammy’s latest series "Prison Girls" captures various females in vintage mugshots layered on a colorfully marbled background. She transforms these women with jewelry and flowers. The juxtaposition of the background and embellishment of the females characterizes the transformation of their souls.

Read more about the artists below.

Make sure to come out March 14th from 7-11pm for our opening of this show during LIVE on the Plaza.

You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Tammy Brummell

Artist Info

Kaylee Jones W.

What is your medium/process? Acrylic and graphite.  I pick a color and jump in.  The composition is built up in layers of mark making and color washes.  Each choice is a deliberate move towards overall balance and rooted in focused spontaneity.

Where are you from? Born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma, steeped in Colorado.  I currently reside in OKC.

How would you describe your latest body of work? Cool and moody.  Reminiscent of landscapes and weather.

What inspires you? Star dust and creation stories.

How did you get started? Crayons and markers.

What are your goals for the future? To stay centered and open; so that my work may authentically evolve.

Tammy Brummell

What is your medium/process? My medium is digital photo montage in which I apply paper, ink and paint to a giclee print.

Where are you from? Oklahoma City

How would you describe your latest body of work? My latest body of work “Prison Girls” was inspired by arrest photos of women from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. I transformed the photos into portraits of the women, kind of reinventing them. Vibrant liquefied marble back grounds represent the transformation of the past, while the women are mirrored and adorned with jewelry and flowers as part of their outward transformation. Their souls are bursting into thin air with enamel embellishment.

What inspires you? Life, art, granddaughters, old photos, new photos, people, nature, architecture, animals, wood, rocks, science, color, light, patterns, shapes, media, fashion, movies, music, the universe.

How did you get started? I studied design and photography at Oklahoma State University and have been a graphic designer in Oklahoma City for 20 years, focusing on magazine layout and design. I later developed my technique for creating digital photo montage art.

What are your goals for the future? Work more in mixed media, do more collaboration, work with wood. Explore video, sound and projection. Achieve more exposure on the web.

 

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.

 

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.

dna grand opening

DNA grand opening

may 2nd // dna galleries grand opening

One year ago, we announced our move and began a huge remodel on the former mattress factory at 1709 NW 16th st.

Come celebrate our re-opening! During the day, the gallery will be hosting a catered coffee bar from 11-3 by Cafe Evoke, 10% off all retail merchandise storewide (excludes gallery art) and 50 grab bags of merchandise for the first customers who spend $10 or more.

At 7pm, the group art exhibit will kick off with a catered bar, DJ and live art and screen printing out front. Limited edition shirts will be available only during this event. The group show will feature "drop" shapes that mimic DNA's "Support Local Art' logo. Each piece was cut out of wood salvaged from our old location and given to 30 different local artists to customize.

april 12th // katie rake & eli scott

Holey Kids

april 12th // katie rake & eli scott

This month, we are ecstatic to show some brand new collaborative works by our old friends Katie and Eli! We are currently in our new space (1709 NW 16th St. west of the old place) which has an entire wall seperate from the retail to fill with their original watercolors, etchings & drawings. Limited edition copies of "The Holey Kids Revival" will be on hand for purchase as well.

We've added some incredible local artists to the shop this month as well, come see what's new!

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jason pawley with john young feb 8th

Jason Pawley

february 8th - jason pawley

Friday February 8th we are so excited to share the works of Jason Pawley (your favorite Mule bartender and owner of Pines Primitive clothing) along with John Young, an emerging local artist.

Jason has been refining his signature style with bright layers of color and bold brush techniques. Pawley creates a brightness and depth which is true eye candy for the viewer. If you look closely, there are small hidden concepts and drawings enmeshed in most of his work that become part of the larger piece.

Jason Pawley

John Young is more of a new-comer on our radar. His work has a rough sketchbook quality to it. His recent series "Doodling & Noodling: biomorphic abstractions from the right side" requires you to engage up close to see the detail unfold.

We are also gearing up for Valentines Day in the shop with lots of new handmade apparel, gifts and accessories. All of our gifts for this holiday are made locally with love so give with meaning and Support your local artists!

John Young

 

 

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.

 

new works by jerrod smith

jerrod smith: november 9th

This month we are hosting local artist and Plaza business owner, Jerrod Smith. Jerrod runs the Society down the street and has done artistic illustration for places around town including Elemental, Cuppies & Joe, Groupfly and many more. He's bringing us prints of some of the originals just for the show!

As an added bonus we (AmandaDylan) are collaborating with Sean Vali on a new fresh piece. The “canvas” is the super cool and very modern new furniture creation of Larry Pickering called the Adironagami chair. It will be available for silent auction so be ready to bid! We will have a bid sheet on hand but we will also have a Facebook aspect to the silent auction coming soon!

M Paul Kirby September 14th

m paul kirby m paul kirby

m.paul kirby: september 14th

This month we are please to feature busy local artist M. Paul Kirby. You may recognize the infamous "birdie" character he paints or cuts from wood. He has created a very special and exclusive $30 birdie series just for his show at DNA. These are especially targeted to you art collectors on a budget, so come snatch them up, only 30 will available!

Artist Q&A

How would you describe your work? The aesthetic of my work tends to lean towards the visionary and the otherworldly. It's unexpected dreamlike nature borrows from the surrealists while its allusion to the familiar could draw comparison to the lowbrow comic culture of the 1930's or the pop art movement of the 1960's. While it's impossible to escape all visual influences, I strive to create a world that is distinctly my own.

What inspires you? Thematically, I'm influenced primarily by my experiences throughout life, by my interactions with other people and by the environment in which we live. The themes within the artwork are delicately intertwined with memories from the past, emotions of the present, and the fears and hopes of the future.I strive to use my work not only as a cathartic tool for myself but as a way to communicate the indefinable feelings of being human. I never felt like it was my job as an artist to always make the viewer feel comfortable, but I do feel obligated to illicit within the viewer something visceral and unexplainable. What is beautiful to one viewer will be grotesque to another, but a very important aspect of being an artist, for me, is to initiate creative and progressive dialogue between different schools of thought. All of my work is an effort to grow and evolve, to rise from the ashes and begin anew, to progress to a higher level of thought, to disconnect and reorganize. Everything inspires me.

How did you get started? I initially used it as a means of self exploration and as a dissociative activity. I did it as a kid to sort of pass the time and take my mind on journeys because I was always a loner. I was totally the quiet weird kid in school much like I'm the quiet socially awkward adult now. I started getting more serious about it around 2004-2005. It got a lot more "professional" around 2007 when I started doing more touring and small exhibitions. Creativity and producing artwork are a lot different than doing exhibitions and shows. So while the essence of what I do has been there for a long time, the shows came much later in life. I've been so fortunate and honored that people relate to whatever that thing is that I do. Seeing the response is extremely humbling. Hearing other's explanations of my work are one of my favorite guilty pleasures in life. People have amazing imaginations and it's so cool when they take an image or an idea that you've made and run with it mentally! The fact that something as simple, in theory, as Bird can be a catalyst for creative dialogue is a gift I could never explain in words. People see the works and read the titles and then completely make up their own stories. They get tattoos, they do fan art, they write fiction, they relate to it in ways only known to them and it becomes a very intimate experience. Seeing all of it unfold sometimes brings me tears. The fact that I can somehow share in a moment with the viewer on that level is... magic. If I know one thing it's that nothing in life is guaranteed to last, so I'm sincerely thankful from the bottom of my heart for every moment.

What are your goals for the future? I hope to perfect the art of guacamole making. I've found that only the greatest of people make great guacamole. So, when I reach that peak I'll know I've truly become one with the totality of all things.

jayce cogburn jeremy watson february 10th

jayce cogburn & jeremy watson

jayce cogburn & jeremy watson: february 10th

This month will we have a killer lineup. Jeremy Watson is a young local artist who is showing his work for the first time and he's brought a TON, including 15 original watercolor paintings for $20. We met Jayce last year at the Dustbowl artist market and fell in love with his characters he had painted on nesting dolls and canvas. Both styles blend together well so look forward to seeing their delightfully prismatic charicatures this second Friday. You can read our interviews with both artists below..

In shop, we're almost halfway through the remodel and have added several new artists. We also have a nice selection of handmade one-of-a kind gifts for Valentines day in addition to our traditional line of disingenuous cards. You won't be bored, promise.

Jayce Cogburn: How would you describe your work? I usually tell people its cute, bright, and a little humorous. It's mostly a bunch of animals or creatures put in scenarios to either make people smile or to illustrate some sort of story.

What inspires you? My inspiration comes from many different things; animals, folklore, or it could be as simple as a color that I want to use. I see colors somewhere and then start thinking of ideas to use that color in. Little stuff like that will catch my attention, so when I want to think of new ideas, I usually walk around busy places and just watch what is going on. Some of the stories I paint are actually ones I come up with when I narrate people's lives while lurking around in public.

How did you get started? I have been doodling since I was a kid, but I had never tried painting until about 6 years ago. My girlfriend Jill got really behind on her school work and asked me to help her finish some stuff for her art class. She got A's on them all so I figure maybe I should keep going at it.

What are your goals for the future? I hope to keep progressing with my painting. Maybe one day even get into different galleries and get to do some traveling!

Jeremy Watson: How would you describe your work? I would describe my work as that moment when you say something epic but then you realize that the scene is all wrong and it sounded cooler in your head.

What inspires you? The main piece of imagery I use in my work, the colors on the cheeks and chin, is originally inspired by navajo legend and art. In the legends, whenever someone has a yellow chin or rainbow stripes on their face (which were generally red, white and turquoise), it meant that they had exceptional power.

I believe that there are probably a thousand things that influence my art on a subconscious level, but some pieces that I actively draw inspiration from are things that are cinematic in some way. Whether it's a real life experience or something I could have read in a book, I like to think of an alternate scenario where one person involved would say an epic line or quote. That is where most of the words come from on my pieces. Of course, the viewer may not understand the meaning, but that's kind of the point.  I want them to try and create the backstory themselves.

How did you get started? Art, it seems, is in my blood. A lot of my family is artistically gifted. I really didn't start doing anything art related until I moved to Oklahoma. At that time, it really didn't expand beyond me drawing a bunch of bad anime characters.  However, once I started high school I started expanding and exploring my artistic creativity.

What are your goals for the future? I'm hoping to have the opportunity to do many more shows in the future, and possibly attend college again. We'll see.

november 11th april and johnny delucia

april and johnny delucia

april & johnny delucia: november 11th

This Friday we are showing a new body of collaborative and complementary works by local artists Johnny and April Delucia. These two are gifted in expressing themselves with words and visual art while working together and individually on their passions. We asked them a few questions to get to know more about their process and what inspires these two to make creation a part of their lives and relationship:

How would you describe your work? Johnny- "Heavy on the abstraction, less on the expression. I use music & poetry for expressing and confessing, while painting is my release from the deep stuff. Purely aesthetic ...art for art's sake. If the paintings were to say something, they would talk about asymmetry, balance, value, weight…you know, the elements." April- "Playful, Strange, Bright, Brooding, Heavy, Lazy, Loud... Eclectic! A mismatched mess of much."

What/Who inspires you? April- "Johnny inspires a great deal out of me, often.
I additionally seem to get rather motivated to create when I'm watching my Buster Keaton. Sometimes, listening to new wave. Other times, watching old cartoons does it...but I can not say for sure why." Johnny- "The two things that inspire me to paint are the same two things that inspire me to suck air every day:
The Original Source/Jehovah/God, & my wife April. In them, I have found every good thing. Everything I need."

How did you get started? April- "I got into things as a kid, did things I wasn't supposed to. Overall, I wasn't very good for awhile there... As opposed to punishment, my rents bought me some crafts & a journal. I went from breaking things to making things. I fashioned little knick-knacks & trinkets, then went on to writing poetry & short stories...& finally did my 1st painting at 15, with discarded house paint & old box lids."

Johnny- "I've always painted but didn't really know how or why until college, so I'll say it started there."

What are your goals for the future? April- "Primarily, to be happy & healthy, rich in love & warmth, surrounded by family & friends...& our collected accomplishments in art & poetics, with as much drive as we have at this very moment..& more so." Johnny- "To reach people...a lot of them. Particularly those who are desperate or hungry. I've been there. More importantly, I'm no longer there. I'm on the other side of living, with a map & a megaphone. I have a moral obligation to tell others...and I hope they benefit from my story.
Fine, I'll just say it... My goal is to change the world. Yours should be too."

You can see Johnny and April's work through the end of the month.

We will also have a special sale in store on select shirts and accessories to make room for holiday stuff. Knit hats, scarves and gloves are all out and we are ready for Fall!