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New Paintings by Kelly Allen, Xiau-Fong Wee & Melissa Arendt | On display in the 2nd Street Gallery through Nov. 10th |111 Minna Gallery presents three unique yet complimentary styles in these three female artists, which combine textile type graphic illustrations accompanied by realistic renderings of figures, animals and objects that act as observers of and within the very paintings themselves. Colorful, intricate, dynamic and whimsical are just a few words that are seemingly conjured in the imagination while viewing the work in the Corporeal Clusters exhibition. We invite you to meet the artists and experience their work on the 19th.Kelly AllenKelly Allen creates tightly rendered paintings that are based on collage sketches, featuring clusters of animals, plant life, and a variety of colorful forms and objects. Every composition is meticulously hand painted with gouache, oil, or acrylic. The practice of careful, photorealistic rendering is a metaphor for energetic unification with the objects she depicts. Oftentimes her dedication to technique initially fools viewers into thinking they are experiencing a traditional collage until they take the time and energy to explore and connect with the work before them, thus fulfilling the artist’s goal of creating an opportunity for viewers to slow down and take time to look at the world more carefully. The paintings she creates speak to the interconnectedness of all life, and communicate through intuitive, symbolic voices, specific to each person who witnesses them. Kelly Allen lives and works in Oakland, CA. She is represented by Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City and Bold Hype Gallery in New York. In addition to creating original paintings and commissions, she works as a freelance illustrator, having worked for New York Magazine and The Sunday Times UK Edition, Armada Skis, among others. She holds an MFA in drawing from Kendall College of Art and Design and her B.A. in painting from Humboldt State University in Northern California.Xiau-Fong Wee Xiau-Fong Wee is really three different artists stuck in one body. Her work branches into three different categories each with a distinct style that covers different ideas and subjects. The images are an alternate dimension, a new world that tells a story, hints at an underlying message, and provides a small adventure for people looking in from the outside. She finds inspiration in the bizarre, and strange, as well as the beauty of what the urban environment and nature has to offer; the challenge is to connect what is unknown with what is familiar and create an altered view of aesthetics.After acquiring her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Academy of Art University, Xiau-Fong continues to live and work in San Francisco. She works in oil and acrylic paints, as well as charcoal, for her three series ‘Concrete,’ ‘Concept,’ and ‘Crinkle,’ respectively.Melissa ArendtSometimes I find myself wonderfully overwhelmed with all that my eyes see. For years I have kept a list in my purse of images that catch my eye or come to mind. Day after day I add to my list. Appearing on this list are objects, buildings, organisms, places and historical events that intrigue me. Recently, I found that my list was over capacity and so I decided to create an aesthetic clusters with my “data.” This is how my new series came to be.Melissa Arendt is a California native and currently resides in Sacramento, CA. As a visual artist, she is in a constant state of creation, whether through painting, illustration or graphic design. She attended school at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco but had to leave prematurely due to a lack of finances. Though the decision was devastating, it became a situation that conjured an avalanche of creativity by allowing more time for personal exploration and development of style. Stylistically, she enjoys the aesthetics of colorful cells (she refers to as “clusterfucks”) juxtaposed with technically lined pencil drawings. Melissa has been involved in a total of six art shows throughout California. Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine and Print Magazine.[wpsc_products category_url_name=’corporel_clusters’]

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