|in this promo 'Torrential Downpour Girl' ©Angie Mason 2013|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9th, 2013 MF Gallery is proud to present a new show of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and installations by three international female artists: Nicoz Balboa (Italy/France) Aya Kakeda, (Japan) & Angie Mason (U.S.A.) These artists, all known for creating colorful and whimsical worlds where animals interact with girls and all sorts of fantastical characters, will have new art for sale, and each artist will also be creating a permanent mural in the entranceway to the gallery. Come see them paint the walls during the opening party on Saturday April 13th from 7 to 10 pm!
Nicoz Balboa, Aya Kakeda and Angie Mason will be exhibiting some of their newest works and site-specific installations at MF Gallery from April 13th until May 31st, 2013. During the Opening Party, (on Saturday April 13th from 7 to 10 pm) all three artists will be doing Live Mural Painting in the entranceway of MF Gallery. Refreshments will be served. Admission is Free and open to all ages.
The show will be open by appointment until the end of May. Contact Martina or Frank at (917)446-8681 or email: info@MFgallery.net to make an appointment to see the show. All of the art will also be available for viewing and purchasing online on: www.mfgallery.net/
Angie Mason often creates character driven works that explore psychological, emotional, dark yet humorous situations inspired by life. Her darkly sweet playful cartoon like characters navigate through worlds in vibrant colors to muted gray pencils works.
For this exhibition, the 'Weathered Souls' collection, a series of works will include stormy characters in the form of drawings, paintings,sculptures and jewelry she likes to call "wearable art". These moody weathered souls are worn out beauties yet have a spark of hope and fire left in them. Having gone through life storms both metaphorically and literally Mason's collection of Weathered Souls is a reflection on those times.
In the artists words: "I visually explore the balance of opposites between darkness and light / humor and sadness through the creation of character narrative works. The work reflects how I cope and see things within our modern world. Much of the work stems from personal life experiences, dreams, memories ,fairy tales, to everything I encounter.
I filter all these things through as ingredients toward cooking up my personal visions which have a flavor I like to refer to as Grotesque Folk Pop. This melancholy menagerie of characters and worlds are a funny, whimsical, dark and tragic view at the wonderful mess of life. The human experience is full of many strange tragic moments that are sad yet, at the same time, so full of comedy. It is this mix of comedy and tragedy that I enjoy fusing together. Humor and horror married together to give birth to a family of characters that are my reflections on the world. By utilizing my characters I aim to paint truths about being human creating a balance or a tug of war between good and evil, hope and despair all while telling stories and navigating through my life. These character documentations are my modern fairy tale I am weaving together, growing it with time and experience. My characters ,me and the viewer are all on a journey together."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Angie Mason was born in 1973 in Northern, New Jersey, but was uprooted quite often during her younger years. This chaotic, disjointed upbringing helped inform her visual imagination and sensibilities. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City. Her extensive body of work has centered on a visual examination of modern life in a unique and sometimes frightening look through a 'grotesque folk-pop lens' of character narratives. Angie Mason has been involved in several published book projects which showcased her artworks (*The Lowbrow Tarot Project) as well having her work in a number of private collections. She has even had her beloved hand sculpted and painted 'Rotten Tooth Gang' earrings featured in IFC's original show from David Cross The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret worn by actress Amber Tamblyn. The artist has been exhibiting her artwork in both solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States as well as internationally for the past ten years.