The art of mixed media artist Jennifer Verge is a perfect match for Wood Metal Screw 2, a new show opening this Saturday, August 22nd. This will be the 2nd time that she will be exhibiting work at the gallery.
Owner Jason Ostro said he has always been fond of Verge’s art and it will work well in the group exhibition. Ostro explained, “We see art in all forms, departing from the standard canvas form and using all other mediums is what this show is about, and the artists involved play with this alternative space perfectly.” Ostro has an art background. He has worked in the entertainment business, the fashion business and consistently created art. As owner of Gabba Gallery he has curated many art shows. He is also a talented artist.
A Los Angeles based oil painter, Phil Santos is the co-curator of the upcoming exhibition. “Wood, Metal, Screw 2 has a roster of artists from such diverse and creative backgrounds that it will be a wonderful haven for any art enthusiast.“
Verge will be displaying three of her artworks in the group exhibition. Verge has experimented with many different mediums, such as Life drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography, prior to landing on her preferred style of mixed media.
One of the works she will be showing in Wood Metal Screw 2, was directly inspired by Jean Michel Basquiat. She explains, “Basquiat is a huge inspiration to me…. He’s a trailblazer. A true original, a risk taker with a style that is truly genius, his paintings are intelligent and playful. He had GUTS and his paintings took the art world by storm. I loved painting this piece, it was pure pleasure.”
As an artist Verge has been inspired by many that have come before her…Banksy, Basquiat, Frida Cahlo, Joanne Corno, Lourenco Didier, Frank Gehry and Nelina Trubach-Moshnikova and Andy Warhol.
All of Verge’s works showing as part of the exhibition were created on wood, with stain, metal, plaster, found objects, and words. Verge has shown at her art all over Los Angeles and most recently at FABstudio in Santa Monica, and the Santa Monica Art Studios. For more information about the artist, see Jennifer Verge’s website.
The beauty of Gabba Gallery is both curators are artists as well, so they respect artists and have successfully produced show after show, which are artist driven. “Before The Gabba Gallery, I worked in the service industry as a bartender but I was heavily involved with the arts, said Santos. “Showing, painting, networking, and all the hustling that goes with an artist’s lifestyle.” He will be showing a painting of a local homeless man in the Gabba Arts District. As co-curators, Ostro and Santos have created some incredible exhibitions, which has attracted much deserved attention from the art industry.
Additional artists include: Christopher Slaymaker, Nate Otto, Phobik, Cody Bayne , Kristine Schomaker, WRDSMTH, Patrick Haemmerlein, Wayne Chang, Annie Motel, Thrashbird, Mary Hanson, Nathan Anderson, Kate Kelton, CANTSTOPGOODBOY, LOUDLABS, Max Neutra, HERO, Toshee, Clinton Bopp, Allison Isenberg, Spacegoth, Pastey Whyte, Steven Lopez, Lisa Derrick, Peter Goode, Phil Santos, Jason Ostro, Benedigital, Nathan Cartwright, Juri Koll, Jennifer Celio, L. Croskey, Joey Rotten, James Johnson, Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, Ken Brayden Matthews, Carly Ealey, Ken Dougherty, Andy Knights, Stephan Canthal, Michael Christy, Phobik, JSpot Jr., Blake Shane, Scott Groome, Save the Panduhs, Kophns, Andy Knights, Chris James and Skid Robot.
Wood Metal Screw 2 opens on August 22, 2015 and will be on view through September 19, 2015. A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, August 22, 7 – 11 p.m. at the Gabba Gallery, located at 3126 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057. Special guest DJ Jonathan Williams will be spinning. The event is sponsored by 7/11, Hubert’s and Perrier. To find out more about the exhibition, see Gabba Gallery website