Opening reception November 8, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Primitive in approach and execution, Gary Ward's drawings and collages combine influences from a variety of media. Ward uses images from magazines, scrawled messages, slogans and raw charcoal and ink drawings to achieve a skewered view of life in today's media obsessed society. A self-taught artist, Ward's influences are varied and include Cy Twombly, Richard Prince, Barry McGee, Ed Ruscha, Neil Young, advertising, film and Pop Culture.
"Gary Ward uses charcoal, graphite, oil pastels, and an overall sharp wit to examine humanity's mess of emotion over the confusion of body and identity. Ward, a self-taught artist based in Los Angeles, says he is interested in how the mind and hand talk to each other in one uninterrupted sitting. He likes to see the authorship of a flawed line and honors how each mistake can spontaneously change the work in a new direction" - Beautiful Decay Magazine