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October 2–December 12, 2015

Orbital–cut up and rewired

November 6–December 12, 2015

Eminence Front

Anno Domini presents...

Orbital–cut up and rewired
Dale vN Marshall (UK) solo exhibition


Dale vN Marshall

Orbital – cut up and rewired  is Dale vN Marshall’s second solo exhibition at Anno Domini Gallery in San Jose, California.

This exhibition is made up from one single thirty foot self-portrait, a portrait Marshall exhibited illegally on the streets of Bristol earlier this year. Orbital was attached to an enormous billboard and seen by many people whilst withstanding torrential rain and strong winds.  Marshall then cut up this enormous work, rescuing, restoring and ‘healing’ each section in his studio before sending them on their journey to be exhibited in California. 

The physical life journey of this work is totally significant when viewing this show. By initially placing this work on a billboard in the streets of Bristol, Marshall is reflecting on the time he spent there as an illegal graffiti artist. Now that this work now hangs in a Californian Gallery is hugely symbolic as California became Marshall’s home when he won a scholarship to study abstract painting in 2012; a proud moment of glory after a severe personal battle with mental health. Anno Domini gave Marshall his first solo show at the time and this series celebrates this positive cycle of events asking the viewer to appreciate that there can be positives when it comes to the taboo of mental illness.

Orbital in its new guise can be read as a series of bruised, honest and time trodden self-portraits. Each work is infused with scars and scrawls, yet worked up and repaired into a complete and finished piece.  The networks of lines in each work represent aerial cityscapes drawn from memory of visions Marshall had whist being locked up and treated for insanity. Each work is a collection of Marshall's experiences with illness, healing and health.

­In essence, this exhibition celebrates survival; Marshall’s story challenges us to reflect on issues of mental health and ultimately how we treat people who suffer from similar afflictions–can they also be rewired and restored to better health?

Dale vN Marshall was originally a graffiti artist in Bristol under the tag “Vermin” during his formative years. He went onto  to become a graduate of Coventry University Fine Art and studied Graduate Abstract Painting at California State University, Long Beach. Marshall has had successful exhibitions in the UK and US as well as a landmark solo exhibition at the Herbert Art Museum in Coventry, UK in 2014. and most recently, a sold out series of work at the prestigious LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair 2015 in London, England.

Opening Reception: October 2, 2015 RSVP
Music: DRKMTRLS performing throughout the night

Exhibition: October 2–December 12, 2015

Anno Domini presents...

Eminence Front
New work by painter, illustrator and comic book artist Bill Koeb


Bill Koeb

For this new series of monographs, Koeb asked people to share their stories, their secrets…the things no one would assume about them from just looking at them. The knowledge of this process puts our minds in motion to question and imagine these anonymous subjects through rich and often haunting hints at what may lie beneath the surface in others. It may also reflect back on us our own secrets and cause us to wonder if they are as well hidden as we’d like to think they are.

"It has been said that each of us is three people: how others see us, how we see ourselves, and who we really are. I don't know if I agree with this entirely, but I do think that when we begin our lives, we are the same person in private as we are in public. But then, at some point-usually around the time we become aware of our sexuality-we begin to keep parts of ourselves hidden behind a front. As adults, we are one person at work, another with family, and yet another when we are alone. 

In this series of monotypes, I am interested in exploring the relationship between what we see on the surface and what lies beneath. We all have hidden lives, and desires that we keep to ourselves; stories we never share with others. I believe we have more in common than we often think and my hope is that this work will shed some light on our commonalities.”  ~Bill Koeb

About the Artist:
Bill Koeb was born in Los Angeles in 1965; while he was very young, his family relocated to San Jose, CA where he spent most of his childhood. His interest in art began when he discovered comic books and book illustration. He attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco where he studied under Barron Storey, who introduced him to etching, and Bill Shields. While at school Koeb often visited museums and galleries and discovered the works of Richard, Diebenkorn, Robert Rauschenberg, Nathan Oliveira, and several other painters and printmakers. His first exposure to monotypes came when longtime friend and fellow student Tim Bower showed him the process; Koeb liked the freedom and fluidity of the monotypes. Koeb’s love for drawing from life and visual journalism can also be seen in his 20 years of personal sketchbooks; a daily documentation of his observations, thoughts, experiences, and the lives of those around him.

Koeb’s professional career includes drawing and painting comics and illustrations for magazines, books, and advertising campaigns. In 1995 he created paintings for the sets of the film "The Crow, City of Angels" (the works he created were used as artwork attributed to the character Sarah­-a central part of the story.) This experience proved to be a catalyst for Koeb to pursue a focus on his personal art while he continued to work as an illustrator for several more years. Koeb has had numerous exhibitions of his work in the U.S. and currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC with his wife and son where he continues to paint and teach. 

Opening Reception: November 6, 2015 RSVP
Music: DRKMTRLS performing throughout the night

Exhibition:November 6–December 12, 2015


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