|WHERE: Copro Nason Gallery (11265 Washington Bl., Culver City, Ca. 90230|
WHAT: DOUBLE TROUBLE The art of Ausgang & Niagara
DATE: February 21, 2004 through 27 opening reception February 21 8-11
CONTACT: Gary Pressman, Copro/Nason Fine Art Gallery
Copro Nason Gallery invites you to see the art exhibition "Double Trouble" featuring the work of "Ausgang" and "Niagara". Both artists have been around the Lowbrow art scene since the beginning and have developed into leaders of the movement.
Ausgang has been living and painting in Los Angeles since the early 1980s. He first became interested in Lowbrow art in the early 80's after attending a local opening. Realizing the vast difference between what was being taught at the Otis Art Institute and the graphics of the yet unnamed Lowbrow, he dropped out of art school and hit the streets to get some practical know-how. Armed with a portfolio and bad attitude he began showing at local galleries. In 1993 he was included in the Laguna Beach Art Museum¹s seminal ³Kustom Kulture² show. He moved on to Solo shows in New York, Seattle and countless other cultural Mecca's.
He calls his art "Cartoon Realism". Cartoon animals of his own creation populate a psychedelic universe where viewers find themselves transported to a world where anything can happen. Occasionally the hand that feeds does get bitten. Opinionated but informed, he is able to see the beauty in a Rembrandt as well as last year's rusty primer gray finish. Recently published in the 2003 book "Morning Wood" Ausgang now finds himself in the company of "urban outsider" artists and a force to be reckoned with.
It's not easy being Niagara. As founding member of the seminal noise band, Destroy All Monsters and now the chanteuse in Dark Carnival with Ron Asheton of the Stooges), Niagara remains the Queen of Noise. She is also an internationally known painter. It's her art that has brought her the most attention. Her cross-pollination of Lichtensteinesque figuratives with a Warhol pallet has polarized art buyers. Her greatest strength is that she "bitch-slaps" both styles as her female subjects point guns, gulp booze and generally kick ass. The out of register lines make her paintings look silk-screened (in homage to Andy Warhol) but they're not. She paints them "wrong" because she can. Her bold use of color is almost as important to her work as the attitude of her girls. If you don't buy into her world, drop dead. The smart money's on Niagara. Together with Ausgang this show is going to be "Double Trouble"!!!