Franklin Art Works is pleased to present three solo exhibitions by artists Shawn Cheng, Matt Wiegle, and Amy Lockhart.
The exhibitions open with a reception on Friday, February 17, 2012 from 6 to 8pm. Both exhibitions will remain on view through April 28, 2012.
Shawn Cheng and Matt Wiegle will be in attendance at the opening. Join us at 6pm this Friday for an artist talk by both artists.
In the Main Gallery
Shawn Cheng: Wonder and Woe
The Brooklyn artist Shawn Cheng will premier a series of large scale, finely detailed paintings that explore the figures and narratives of mythology and folktales. Depicting supernatural characters in the midst of intense conflict within expansive, ambiguous landscapes, these paintings evoke a sense of wonder alongside a sense of impending doom.
Wonder and Woe is the result of two year’s work during which Cheng developed a process that combines DIY self-publishing and printmaking practices to create unique, visually dense images.
Among Cheng’s previous works is Road of Knives, a “battle blog” in which Cheng, Zak Smith and Nicolas di Genova took turns drawing monsters fighting each other. Cheng’s contributions to this series will also be included in the exhibition.
Shawn Cheng received a Bachelor’s degree in art from Yale University, and has exhibited at venues including Giant Robot (New York and San Francisco), GR2 (Los Angeles), Cubitt Gallery (London), and in New York at Fredericks and Freiser Gallery, ABC No Rio and aRAMONA Gallery. Cheng has also published many graphic novels through Hougton Mifflin, Conundrum Press, Fluke, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Microcosm Publishing, and Candlewick Press, among others.
In the Project Space
Matt Wiegle: Blood Meteor
The Philadelphia-based artist will present two series of works on paper: selected drawings from Blood Meridian in which the artist engages with Cormac McCarthy’s famed novel, and series of silkscreen prints titled Pink Meteor which depicts an alien invasion. Wiegle’s prints employ transparent overlays to reveal and advance the story.
Blood Meridian was a collaborative project between Wiegle, Sean McCarthy, Zak Smith, Shawn Cheng, John Mejias, Craig Taylor.
Matt Wiegle received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Yale University, and has exhibited at Locust Projects (Miami), GR2 (Los Angeles), Cubitt Gallery (London), and Fredericks & Freiser (New York NY). His comics and illustrations appear in publications from Tugboat Press, Fluke, The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Seven Stories Press. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent at the Small Press Expo (Bethesda, MD).
In the Screening Room
Amy Lockhart: The Collagist
The Toronto-based artist Amy Lockhart will present her single channel animation, The Collagist. This stop-motion work documents the working process of collagist Marc Bell, depicting his hands as they deftly draw, cut, paste and rearrange images on a desktop.
Amy Lockhart studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and was awarded a residencies at the Quickdraw Animation Society and the California Institute of the Arts along with a fellowship at the National Film Board. She has exhibited internationally, at venues including Richard Heller Gallery (Los Angeles), Adam Baumgold Gallery (New York), Stride Gallery (Calgary), Helen Pitt Gallery (Vancouver), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), Cinders Gallery (Brooklyn), and Michael Gibson Gallery (London).