Technology, Art Converge in BYO Studio’s ‘Ink!’
With BYO’s flexible
gallery walls, soft chairs and cocktail bar, the exhibition presents its art in
an informal, comfortable environment. The setting affords each artist his/her
own specific space for viewing.
On one wall, Allison
Alexander Westbrook mounts Photoshop pictures, with several resembling
film/screen backdrops that evoke an otherworldly atmosphere. Two specific
landscapes, Sea Floor Lurker and Junkyard Home, instill futuristic
visions. Westbrook’s energized portraits may not be the most original, but they
demonstrate strong commercial appeal.
Introduced as a
philosopher by his artist’s statement, Anthony Brandl’s insightful collages
incorporate ideas with images. His small-scale mixed-media pieces beg to be
read and further contemplated. One work, titled Sherlock Holmes on Love, quotes from the Holmes story The Adventure of the Naval Treaty.In the image, a hand-drawn Holmes peeks
over a found printed rose, combining technology and the personal to illustrate:
“But this rose is an extra. Its smell and color are an embellishment of life,
not a condition of it.”
On one movable wall,
Catherine Palmeno combines cut paper with text to recreate miniature posters
with spare visual triggers. Her piece Murder
by Death coordinates human and computer touches by picturing a blood-red
silhouette of death’s cloaked figure that advertises the Double Door theater in
This trio represents
only a sampling of the artists showcased in the exhibit, which also includes
Christopher MacDonald and his detailed, large-scale pen drawings that defy
While the assemblage
varies in both appeal and ability, each artist exhibits his or her singular
vision on illustration or design, allowing visitors to infer their own
conclusions on how technology affects the definition of art. Viewers may attend
the exhibition simply for this reason, or to acquire very affordable, original
artworks in a relaxing studio.
“Ink!” continues through June 20 at BYO Studio Lounge.