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Nicholas Di Genova and Troy Briggs:
Contemporary Drawing

Gallery 500
Portland OR Nov 2-Dec 1, 2005

Troy Briggs - Untitled
Troy Briggs, Untitled (2005), ink and acrylic medium on paper [Gallery 500, Portland OR, Nov 2-Dec 1]

Gallery 500 is featuring new work by two talented young artists, Nicholas Di Genova and Troy Briggs. Di Genova, a Toronto-based artist, has earned recent acclaim for an inventive, hybrid style of illustration. His intricate drawings on layered pieces of mylar combine elements of graffiti art, pop culture, Japanese animation, science fiction cinema and references to Frank Miller’s comics and screenplays.

Di Genova’s drawings have recently been shown in New York, Berlin and at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto. Although his childlike characters are set against soft pastel landscapes with bubbly cloud-filled skies, the pictures have grim undertones. The underlying narrative, an epic of war, is ongoing throughout the exhibitions. Di Genova envisions a post-apocalyptic world inhabited with bio-mechanical creatures. Various species have mutated in their futuristic warlike environments: storks have grown handguns instead of beaks and a Shelled Walrus-Hunch has armour resembling a turtle shell.

Nicholas Di Genova - Pygmied Video Drone
Nicholas Di Genova, Pygmied Video Drone (2005), ink and animation paint on mylar


Nicholas Di Genova - Pygmied Video Drone
Nicholas Di Genova, Pygmied Video Drone (2005), ink and animation paint on mylar [Gallery 500, Portland OR, Nov 2-Dec 1]

Portland artist Tony Briggs creates simplified drawings of solitary figures with exaggerated features and sets them against spare urban landscapes. Briggs’ ink and acrylic drawings are generally monotone studies with a quiet and sombre mood. His dark psychological figures seem etched into the background with shadowy vertical washes suggesting melancholy situations.

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Allyn Cantor

 Wed, Nov 2, 2005