somehow, we all seem connected

August 18, 2008

Somehow, We All Seem Connected
New Works by Steven Harrington and Justin Krietemeyer

Opening Reception: August 23, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: August 23 – September 19

1331 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
T: 213.213.0078

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is pleased to announce Somehow, We All Seem Connected, a solo show of new works by Steven Harrington and Justin Krietemeyer, the creative duo behind National Forest Design. The exhibition will feature handmade multiples and sculptures exploring human connectivity and humorous points of similarity, through our perception of reality, experience, and imagination. The exhibit marks Steven and Justin’s fourth collaborative art exhibition and will run from August 23 to September 19, with an opening reception held for the artists on Saturday, August 23 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For Somehow, We All Seem Connected, Harrington and Krietemeyer’s insightful, colorful pieces reinforce the presence of connectivity in the world that surrounds us, from an individual point of view, to complex peripheral networks, to foreign and fabricated cultures existing in another time and space. For their screen prints, the duo incorporates old black and white photographs that revive lost stories, only, now, Harrington and Krietemeyer infuse the pictures with their exploration and experimentation of new media, graphic designs, and illustrations. The combination of old and new compliments the show’s focus on “the need to be loved, the desire to find your place in mayhem, and how much you rely on people.” The various pieces and geometric shapes in the screen prints are unique as individual pieces, but when melded together, a new cohesive idea is formed that calms and sooths the human spirit.

Harrington and Krietemeyer do no limit themselves to screen prints; instead, they have created vibrant 3-Dimensional teepees. The traditional form and primitive inspired drawings coupled with neon colors and psychedelic layouts transport the observer to an alternate universe suspended in space. For each piece, there is a strong anthropologic inspiration, with abstract cues, an “encyclopedic folk art”, that we are invited to observe, decode, and connect. The concept maintains a “youthful and naïve” observation of how people, places, and things relate, while simultaneously conveying the complexities of a philosophy altogether abstract.

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