“Shreds” – Christian Calabrò

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MIXED MEDIA ARTIST CHRISTIAN CALABRÒ
BRINGS FIRST U.S. SOLO EXHIBIT TO THE CHAMBERS PROJECT

July 10, 2019 – Nevada City, CA. On July 20, 2019, The Chambers Project will feature a collection of fifteen mixed media pieces entitled Shreds by internationally renowned designer and fine artist Christian Calabrò. 

Originally from Zurich, Calabrò came to New York City to study graphic design and his talent immediately landed him employment at Atlantic, Verve, and Warner Records – among many others. The fiercely competitive market pushed him to refine every last detail of album cover art for musical giants like Tony Bennett, Rage Against the Machine, and Depeche Mode. His design work even earned him two Grammy nominations, but he also watched up close as the recording industry convulsed and sales plunged. 

Witnessing these changes, Calabrò was gripped by a need to move away from the computer and use his hands again. He scavenged weathered music posters from city walls all over the world in an almost archeological way of remembering. Drawn to a face or a font, he would tug at an aging corner and see what came off. Then he started to experiment with applying these little scraps of history to surfaces.

Calabrò layers his torn treasures sometimes 20 or 30 strips deep before again peeling them away. It’s a process of obscuring and rediscovering that he then articulates further using charcoal or acrylic.

What remains are filaments of time, glimpses of obscure musical aspiration, and distressed commercial imagery embellished by Calabrò’s paintbrush. He said in a recent interview, “You forget what’s there. Once you start digging, you find the unexpected,” which is true of the process, and in a way, the experience of viewing the end result. The works that will appear in the Northern California show range from 12’’x12” to 40’’x40.’’

With this exhibit, The Chambers Project has continued to carve out a niche by finding established artists with a strong international track record and presenting their first US shows. “Christian’s work has a real raw depth to it, ” says Brian Chambers, the owner of the successful new art space in Nevada City, “it’s an honor to host his first dedicated U.S. show.”
Shreds opens on July 20, 2019 with an artist reception from 5-9pm.

“GEODAESIA” – BY COLIN PRAHL

Geodaesia Exhibit by Colin Prahl Makes West Coast Debut on June 1 at The Chambers Project, Nevada City

(May 16, 2019, Nevada City, CA) -The hypnotic brain paintings of Colin Prahl will be on full display for Northern California viewers throughout the month of June. Prahl’s 16 works entitled “Geodaesia,” draw on the celestial and psychedelic while applying draftsman-like precision. 

A native upstate New Yorker, Prahl attended RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) earning a B.A. in Illustration in 2012 before moving to New York City where he worked as a studio assistant to several prominent artists. His aesthetic has been shaped largely by his studies of perception, a lengthy exploration of neuroscience guiding his process. 

The “Geodaesia” body of work attempts to capture a sense of deep space, the suggestion of other dimensions, and the intangible vibrations of the mind. Prahl works in acrylic airbrush and the result is shimmering expanses of color and texture that imply movement, auric, geometric canvases that appear to pulse right off the wall. 

This is Prahl’s first solo show on the West Coast after growing interest in his contributions to a group show last year in Arizona. Owner Brian Chambers says, “It’s really exciting for us to bring Colin’s work to California, his paintings attracted so much attention in 2018. I think people are really going to be blown away when they see this show altogether. The effect is indescribable.”

Geodaesia opens on June 1, 2019 at The Chambers Project, 103 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA 95959 with an artist reception from 5pm-9pm. For more information, please visit thechambersproject.com

“Reincarnation” – A Solo Show By Hollie Dilley

Taxidermy Reincarnated: Renowned sculptor Hollie Dilley breathes new life into sentient animals and the mediums of taxidermy and ceramics in her new show, “Reincarnation”.

April 3rd, 2019, NEVADA CITY, CA: The pop-surrealist sculptures of Hollie Dilley will take the spotlight at the Chambers Project in Nevada City, CA on May 3, 2019, at 5pm. The artist, 39, creates intricate works using ceramics, animal skins and bones, small metals, and more.

Beginning with metal fabricated and bronze casted sculpture with a focus on animals, Hollie Dilley soon discovered ceramics. This medium helped her create the textures and details necessary to reflect her vision and honor the diverse connections between humans and animals. The art of taxidermy injects real-life context to her otherwise fantastical creatures.

“I am honored to share the work I created at the Chambers Project,” the artist says. “It is an amazing opportunity to show the community, especially those who donated animal specimens, the vision I’m so passionate about.”

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Leans’ First U.S. Solo Show “EXORDIUM”

Leans painting entitled "Heeeey"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LEANS MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN NEVADA CITY WITH “EXORDIUM”
PRESENTED BY THE CHAMBERS PROJECT

NEVADA CITY, CA – The Chambers Project presents Australian artist Leans’ debut solo show “Exordium” October 27, 2018 in Nevada City, California. Known for his graffiti writing and large- scale murals throughout Australia, Leans will present a collection of new original paintings reflecting his current evolution from street artist to abstract painter. This premier showing in the United States is an intimate collection of work on a scale attainable for collectors. The opening reception for “Exordium” is October 27, 2018 at The Chambers Project 103 Argall Way in Nevada City from 5 – 9PM. The collection will be on view until November 24th. For a preview of Leans’ “Exordium,” please contact Brian Chambers at brian@thechambersproject.com.

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Justin Lovato’s Solo Show “QUALIA”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUSTIN LOVATO’S SOLO SHOW “QUALIA”
OPENS AT THE CHAMBERS PROJECT IN NEVADA CITY, CA.

QUALIA:

The internal and subjective component of sense perceptions, arising from stimulation of the senses by phenomena. What it is like to taste a specific apple, this particular apple now.

July 2018 – The Chambers Project presents Justin Lovato’s solo show “Qualia” opening in Nevada City, CA on September 22, 2018. This showcase of artwork features original paintings, drawings, and limited edition screen prints. Justin will create an immersive installation in the gallery inviting observers to feel absorbed into his radiant and detailed works. Justin’s art is inspired by natural landscapes that filter through his unique lens, producing psychedelic scenes where alternate dimensions are revealed in familiar places. His most recent body of work embodies the energy of the natural world through one’s subjective perceptions, attempting to capture the momentary connectivity found within the boundless limits of experiential perception. “Qualia” by Justin Lovato opens September 22, 2018 at 103 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA from 6 -10pm and will be on view until October 27, 2018 during business hours and by appointment.

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Grand Opening Group Show 2018

The Chambers Project is excited to announce that we have decided on making our hometown of Nevada City, CA the location for our gallery for the foreseeable future. On August 11 we opened our new chapter with a grand opening group show and the response was so strong that it inspired us to commit to a longterm lease at 103 Argall Way and make this our home base for the coming years. At this location we strive to showcase the top local, national and international talent in the psychedelic aesthetic that we love so much while maintaining our roots in all things Gonzo and the 60’s poster movement out of San Francisco. Moving forward we aim to engage our community by supporting emerging artists in our surrounding areas and providing a platform for art enthusiasts of all types to gather and celebrate the arts.

The first solo show at our new space will open September 22 with “Qualia” by one of our favorite artists, Justin Lovato. “Qualia” will feature an immersive installation and works across many mediums including a massive pen drawing that Justin has spent the better part of the last year working on. Following this will be the US Debut from young Australian wizard Leans in his solo show “Exordium” which will open October 27. Stay tuned for many exciting announcements coming very soon and thank you for your continued support in the next chapter at The Chambers Project!
 

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Scope Miami 2016

 Ralph Steadman, Animal Farm - Revolution , 1995, ink on paper, 24 x 34.5 in. Ralph Steadman, Animal Farm – Revolution , 1995, ink on paper, 24 x 34.5 in.

Alexander Chambers Gallery is thrilled to announce their participation at Scope Art Fair in Miami Beach, Florida this fall. Showcasing over thirty-five works from fifteen exceptional artists, booth A02 will offer an exclusive first look at the cutting-edge programming the gallery is developing ahead of its highly anticipated opening in Summer 2017. Owners Brian Chambers and Brady Alexander, and Director Leah Brenner Clack, hand-selected a roster of national and international artists—ranging from emerging to established—who seek to expand the confines of traditional fine art, including: Morten Andersen, Jud Bergeron, NoMe Edonna, Alex GreyRick Griffin, Joe Hengst, Justin Lovato, Mars-1, CT Nelson, Sean Smokovich, Ralph Steadman, Alex Ubatuba, Mark Dean Veca, Oliver Vernon and Sebastian Wahl. The Alexander Chambers booth at Scope Art Fair will be open to the public during fair hours (11am – 8pm) from November 30 through December 4, 2016.

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Coalescence 2015

Luna Rienne Gallery and Furtherrr are pleased to present Coalescence, a two-man show by artists Justin Lovato and Sebastian Wahl.

Coalescence brings together the psychedelic styles of New York-based collage artist Sebastian Wahl and Grass Valley/San Francisco landscape painter Justin Lovato. Curated by collector Brian Chambers (Furtherrr), this exhibition of multi-dimensional urban mandalas and op-art natural settings evolves the contemporary visionary genre established by artists Mario Martinez, Damon Soule, Oliver Vernon, and David Choong Lee.

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Momentum 2014

A groundbreaking new show by three of the west coast’s most renowned contemporary artists, Mars – 1, Damon Soule and Oliver Vernon-aka the Furtherrr Collective-whose works are mainstays of private collections and public spaces across the country.

A marriage of street art and psychedelic abstract, future-focused art, the show is, as gallerist Michael Burnett observes, “An unprecedented accomplishment; the pinnacle of 6 years of collaboration.”

Already on the must-see calendars of guests from across the country, Momentum features works in diverse media, including paint, bronze, pen and ink and collage, many in unconventional shapes designed to change perceptions of the use of space itself and the viewer’s relationship to it.

Most striking about the show is its centerpiece, a sweeping 9 by 22-foot canvas of a scope rarely found outside museums.

“This will be something really new that people haven’t experienced, on a scale they’ve never seen before,” said Parsons-trained artist Oliver Vernon.

“This is the biggest collaborative canvas of their careers,” show curator Brian Chambers added. “Every way you look at it, there’ll be something new to see and wonder at. No two people are going to experience the same thing-it’ll be a very different exploration for everybody.”

Working in both the fine art and street art traditions, the Furtherrr trio announced itself to Denver in late August with a massive streetside mural at the Cultivate store at 666 Buchtel. Not only was the huge, week-long production an introduction to the scale of the artists’ ideas, it was also an introduction to a way of working well-known to street art, but not to the gallery world: collaboration and improvisation.

Partners in collaboration since 2009, Mars-1, Soule and Vernon address their street and fine art projects with no advance sketching; no plan. Damon Soule described the process: “We let go of what we think the work should be. The lines blur between one and the other. Painting over someone else’s work, letting go, is part of the process. When you open up to other artists, you get to new places.”

“The fine art world hasn’t embraced collaborative art as a valid expression,” said Chambers, “maybe because no one has really done it like this before…no one has done it like this. Ever.”

And why Denver? “It’s not a coincidence that we’re doing this show here. This is one of the most progressive cities in the world. This art is right for right now, and Denver is the perfect place for it,” Chambers said. “We checked out a lot of the galleries in town; Space Gallery was hands down the right choice for the show.”

“This show will change the art scene in Denver,” said co-organizer (and Denver resident) Brady Alexander. “These guys are ahead of the curve. The work will open a lot of people’s eyes. Even for people who like contemporary art, this will be very different.”

Space Gallery director Michael Burnett summed it up simply: “This may be one of the most significant shows ever to hit the Santa Fe Arts District-and even the Denver gallery scene as a whole. We can’t wait for people’s reaction.”

Also exhibiting in the project room new works by Justin Lovato from his series entitled ‘Prima Materia’ created over the last six months.

Exhibition presented with Space Gallery, Denver 2014.