Ultrasonic VI : Appropriate - Annual Group Exhibition; Featuring: Theodora Allen, Sebastiaan Bremer, Alika Cooper, Mark Mulroney, Okaymountain, Andrew Schoultz

Sep 10 - Oct 22, 2011 Back

Images

Theodora Allen / A Song For You (GP), 2010 / Oil on canvas / 24 x 24 inches

Theodora Allen / Live At The Tennessee State Prison (DAC), 2011
Oil on canvas / 12 x 16 inches

Theodora Allen / Someday I'll Get Out Of These Bars, 2010
Oil on canvas / 12 x 16 inches

Theodora Allen / You Got Gold (JFK), 2011 / Oil on canvas / 18 x 24 inches

Sebastiaan Bremer / Schoener Goetterfunken I, 'A loving father must dwell' (Muss ein leiber Vater wohnen), 2010 / unique hand-painted chromogenic print with mixed media / 10 x 10 inches

Sebastiaan Bremer / Schoener Goetterfunken VIIIB, 'Above The Starry Canopy' (Droben Ueber'm Sternenzelf), 2010 / Acrylic and inks on chromogenic print, unique / 10 x 10 inches

Sebastiaan Bremer / Schoener Goetterfunken XVII_B, 'A friend, proven in death' (Einen Freund, geprueft im Tod), 2010 / Unique hand-painted chromogenic print with mixed media / 10 x 10 inches

Alika Cooper / Nude with Quilt (2010) / gouache on paper / 5 x 6 inches

Alika Cooper / Joan (2010) / gouache on paper / 14 x 11 inches

Alika Cooper / Red Stable (2009) / gouache on paper / 12 x 10 inches

Alika Cooper / Back Float, 2011 / Fabric and adhesive on panel / 22 x 28 inches

Alika Cooper / Glass Cats, 2011 / Fabric and adhesive on panel / 35 x 30 inches

Mark Mulroney / Good Company Deserves the Best, 2010
Acrylic on panel / 12.25 x 16 inches

Mark Mulroney / Swingin' Sausages, 2010 / acrylic on panel / 16 x 12.25 inches

Mark Mulroney / I'm Watching You, 2010 / acrylic on panel / 16 x 12.25 inches

Mark Mulroney / I've Caught Something Embarrassing, 2010
Acrylic on panel / 16 x 12.25 inches

Mark Mulroney / Steamed Weenies, 2010 / acrylic on panel / 16 x 12.25 inches

Okaymountain / "Wheel of Fortune," 2011 / paint on wood with spinning mechanism / 12 feet in diameter, 36 inches high

Andrew Schoultz / Currency Tree, 2011 / ink and collage on paper / 22 x 22 inches

Andrew Schoultz / Patriotic Horses in Opposition, 2011 / ink on paper / 12 x 12 inches

Andrew Schoultz / Up in the Air, 2006-2011 / mixed media on paper / approximately 11 x 20 feet

Andrew Schoultz / Made in China, 2011 / Gold leaf and acrylic on embossed collage paper / 30 x 44 inches

Andrew Schoultz / Black Flag Explosion, 2011 / acrylic, collage and gouache on stretched antique American flag / 26 x 44 inches

Okaymountain/ 7x7 Collaborative Drawing (#1), 2011 / mixed media on paper / 7 x 7 inches

Okaymountain / 7x7 Collaborative Drawing (#5), 2011 / mixed media on paper / 7 x 7 inches

Okaymountain / 7x7 Collaborative Drawing (#7), 2011 / mixed media on paper / 7 x 7 inches

Okaymountain / Water Water Everywhere So Let's All Have a Drink, 2010 / video and "program guide" / 28 minutes / Edition of 3

Press Release

Mark Moore Gallery presents the sixth installment of its annual Ultrasonic series, Appropriate, featuring a selection of new work by six emerging or mid-career artists.

The practice of appropriation has been historically elemental in social and societal critique. By borrowing elements of the signifiers, icons and motifs of a given visual parlance, the artists in Ultrasonic VI have distinctively embraced adoptive techniques to illustrate the gravity of context and repetition in our communal ideologies. Sourcing retro postcards, records and film stills indicative of popular Americana, UCLA MFA candidate Theodora Allen paints seemingly insignificant fragments of a master image. An ordinary vase of flowers appears a pedestrian still life until recognized from the background of a popular Gram Parsons album cover - its initial familiarity refashioned based on shifting cultural association. Photographer Sebastiaan Bremer mines autobiographical memories and experiences to unearth ostensibly hallmark images of familial mannerisms and archival traditions. Meticulously dotting his chromogenic surfaces with hazy swirls of acrylic Braille, Bremer covertly distances his landscapes and portraits from assumed communal affiliations with every allusive speck. With nearly cubist technique, Guam-born Alika Cooper paints figures and scenes that are at once iconic and disconnected in their candidly inelegant likenesses. Exploring the myth of fame and beauty, she oftentimes appropriates characters from media imagery – Farrah Fawcett's features become angular and alien while Grace Jones suddenly seems less so. At first glance, Mark Mulroney's cartoonish superflat paintings appear to be Archie and Looney Tunes comics gone awry. His lighthearted palette and style filches a jocular sensibility akin to the mass graphics of childhood, but actually evaluate the implicit lewd and malicious desires we are raised to oppress. Similarly, artist collaborative Okaymountain repackages, reconstitutes and rekindles our consumerist desires with a sardonic edge. With ten members, the group creates installations and multi-media assemblage works that mimic the stock vernacular of our communal materialism, yet tweaks them just enough to reveal our superficial insecurities and convictions. Finally, Andrew Schoultz's large scale collaged paintings employ notorious emblems of imperialism and globalization – from the Trojan Horse to the American flag – that dissolve into a patterned frenzy of chaos and whimsy; not so dissimilar from our systemic modern habits. Initially historical in allegory, they ultimately issue a sense of foreboding anticipation.

For full biographies of the artists included in this exhibition, please visit www.markmooregallery.com.

More about these artists

Okay Mountain
Andrew Schoultz