Jennifer Kostuik welcomes Alex Couwenberg and Matt Devine to Vancouver, Canada
Q & A at 7:30pm– Please join us!
Show continues to November 16th, 2014
Los Angeles, California based painter, Alex Couwenberg was born to and raised by Dutch-Indonesian parents in Southern California, Couwenberg spoke both languages at home and was taught to understand and appreciate the craft of Indonesia, and the art associated with the Dutch masters. His childhood was thus influential in the development of his career in visual art. Together, with the aesthetics of his California experience (surf, skate, and hot rod culture), Couwenberg’s paintings visually layer archetypes or reinterpreted forms into a contemporary conversation with mid-century modernism
Couwenberg has shown throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in solo and group exhibitions. His work is in several museum collections, most recently in the permanent collections of the Laguna Art Museum, CA, and the Pomona College Museum of Art, CA, and has been included in Out of Line, a traveling exhibition curated by the Riverside Art Museum CA, which focuses on the contributions of non-objective painting in Southern California. In 2007, Couwenberg received the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for his achievements in painting. In 2012, Alex Couwenberg and Karl Benjamin: Influence, Divergence, & the Evolution of an Idea, at WilliamTurner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. was held in conjunction with the Getty Museum’s “Pacific Standard Time” project.
Matt Devine is self-taught metal sculpture artist based near San Francisco, California,. Devine began honing his metal fabrication skills in 1995 and transitioned to full-time sculpting in 2001. He is a master craftsman, fabricating and sculpting heavy metals such as steel, aluminum and bronze producing artwork that appears seamless and sometimes evoking weightlessness. Devine’s aesthetic is nonrepresentational and minimal, producing forms that are often improvised, highly expressive and organic in movement. His use of color runs within the Pop Art genre – vibrant yellow, red and blue – to natural renditions of black, warm bronze and ethereal white. Repetition of form, placement and minimalistic patterns create a sense of balance and harmony in his art. Whether wall mounted or free standing, the use of shadow play is elemental in his overall composition, which is a delicate balance between control and chaos.
In 2013, Matt Devine participated in 11 art exhibitions and art fairs and completed and installed two large-scale public works in Point Loma, California and Denver, Colorado. His creations can be found in private collections in locations ranging from Vancouver, Canada, Los Angeles California and New York, and international collections in Mexico, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong, China.
Matt Devine Three of Kind, Aluminum with red paint, 10 x 9 x 6 inches, $1,700.00