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Current exhibits


"Where Death Goes to Die" Mike Egan
Exhibit dates: November 2 – December 14, 2018
Artist's Reception: November 2, 2018 from 7–11pm
Live soundscapes by Lucidbeaming
part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk
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In Borges' Labrynths Denis Korkh
Exhibit dates: September 7 – November 10 , 2018
Opening Reception: September 7, 2018 from 7–11pm
part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk
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Anno Domini presents...

"Where Death Goes to Die" by Mike Egan, solo exhibition
Artist's reception: Friday, November 2, 2018 from 7–11pm


Mike Egan art
"We Are Forever", acrylic on wood panel, 36” x 48” by Mike Egan

Mike Egan (b. 1977, Pittsburgh, PA) returns to Anno Domini for his third solo show with a new body of work that expands his aesthetic by bringing abstract elements into his signature art brut style. The resulting effect of his  gradient tonalities adds a vibrancy (perhaps a hopefullness?) to his otherwise stoic stance on the ultimate inevitability of death.

"2018 has me feeling like I'm at a bit of a cross roads in my career as an artist. I wanted to create a body of work for this show that was new and fresh but still screamed “Mike Egan did that!”. I've never been one that is experimental with color and I wanted to change that. The idea of drawing the viewer into a painting with color always appealed to me. With using new colors for me like purples and aquas and using the gradient colors I feel like these new paintings really pop. Another shift is the size of the work that I'm doing. I wanted the paintings to have a commanding presence in the gallery.  Although I still have the themes of death and dying running through my work I'm hoping that people find joy and happiness with how fresh and bright everything is. The title “Where Death Goes To Die” is kind of me saying forget about the sadness and death aspects of my work and maybe focus on the new graphic qualities and colors that I'm using. I'm still alive, moving and growing as an artist!

"I am a Pittsburgh based artist who received my BFA at Edinboro University of  Pennsylvania in 2000. I focused on printmaking at the time which is where I learned about artists like Jose Guadalupe Posada and the German Expressionists like Kathe Kollwitz. After I finished school and returned home I did not have the necessary supplies to continue making my prints, so I turned to painting so I could keep making art. While I wanted to be an artist I felt having a day job that I found interesting was important. I had discovered that there was a mortuary school in Pittsburgh where I could get licensed as a funeral director/embalmer. I knew nothing about the business or what I was getting myself into. I went to school for a year and followed that up with an internship for another year. I learned how to do removals, embalm, do restorations, dress and casket people, do the cosmetics and assist on funerals. I continued to paint and made a lot of bad art. I eventually got a job as an embalmer out in Reading, PA in 2005. Between four locations we did 500 calls a year, so it was a busy time for me. The hard thing about being an embalmer is that you're on call when someone dies, so I spent a lot of time alone in my apartment waiting for the phone to ring. This is where I learned to craft my paintings and style. I thought back to my printmaking days in 2000 and how I loved the bold line work I was doing. So I started to paint in that style and things started to click for me. In 2006, a friend of mine put together a gallery show in Pittsburgh and included my paintings. I sold three the opening night and thought I'm doing something right. I've been working with galleries all over the U.S., Canada and the UK ever since."   

~Mike Egan, 2018 A.D.


Artist's reception: Friday November 2, 2018 from 7–11pm
Live soundscapes by Lucidbeaming
Exhibition dates: November 2 – December 14, 2018

Anno Domini presents...

In Borges' Labyrinth” by Denis Korkh
Artist's reception: Friday, September 7th from 7-11pm


Denis Korkh art
Infinite Tiger, acrylic on canvas, 48” x 36”, 2018 by Denis Korkh

Denis Korkh (b. 1986, Ukraine) is a painter of philosophies. His imagery holds cryptic keys to personal truths that viewers may find fantastical, surreal or disturbing. In this way, he is a perfect translator of the brilliant short stories encapsulated in "Labyrinths" by Jorge Luis Borges. 

Korkh’s "In Borges’ Labyrinths" paintings are a visual feast true to the magical-realism of Borges’ tales; so much so that Borges’ words are not replaced by these representations, they have moved from the imagined into a tangible reality by way of Korkh’s attention and expression of them.     ~ Anno Domini

Here, I visit "Labyrinths" by Jorge Luis Borges I am happy to map a few passages and share them through these paintings. The quality of my attention to his work then changes from a reader to its denizen. I am possessed by it. I come to believe there is only one author, infinite philosophies, perfect memory, and I find an object of obsession impossible to lose. I am the other Asterion, I follow The Immortal and his horse, I am imagined and dismissed by a wizard at the ruins, and live in a depthless library which certainly has every book. In my cell, I paint an infinite tiger.

I was born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine in 1986. There, I was instilled with many of my core values and sensibilities. In 1997, my family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. In 2004, I moved to San Francisco; there, on occasion I would lose many of my values and sensibilities. In 2011, I came to San Jose and have resided here since.

Up until that time; I made a painting here and there– less than a handful in all. Then, overnight, in November 2013, I became obsessed; I painted one, and then again the next day, and then, every free minute for a long time after. I had made just over a hundred paintings in that first year.

I knew for certain only that I loved the ritual and that there was meaning. That year, I discovered Anno Domini and inside I found life-time works. On these walls were decades of someone's silent contemplation–­unconcerned and honest. I knew then that in a few decades I will produce work that will also have this quietude which will be less a product of my effort and more of time and intimacy.

I am still very short of this decade but in no rush to quietude. Today, my work is perhaps neurotic but not at all concerned – it wanders freely around disparate concepts and techniques. My work now is to amplify ideas I find beautiful–Borges' "Labyrinths" is a bottomless cache for me.

~Denis Korkh


Artist's reception: First Friday September 7th, 7–11pm
Exhibition dates: September 7–November 10th, 2018


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