FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Birds Of Pray”
February 4 March 4, 2006
Opening Reception : Saturday, February 4, 8 - 11 pm
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90036
Website : http://www.mkgallery.com
Merry Karnowsky Gallery is proud to present Birds of Pray the latest exhibition of paintings, drawings and soft sculpture by FriendsWithYou a.k.a Arturo Sandoval III and Sam Borkson. The exhibition is an exploration of the ‘flora and fauna’ of a whimsical world -- where a new classification of mystical creatures and spirits exist just beyond our rational everyday. The duo’s artistic approach and sensibility, which often seem closer to that of a visionary poet, is startlingly fresh and idiosyncratic: with mythical images that are possessed by an extraordinary charm, wit, and imagination. Focusing on seemingly fantastic aspects of an apparitional landscape - e.g. spirits, hooded talisman, sacred creatures, etc... FriendsWithYou privilege and celebrate the phenomenal, the hybrid, the marginal, and the invisible. For this gallery exhibition FriendsWithYou will present a discrete group of paintings produced over the past year, along with a multi-piece installation featuring wood sculpture, giant snakes, plush skins, and other magical deities.
FriendsWithYou recently completed their first solo museum exhibition entitled ‘Cloud City’ at MOCA at Goldman Warehouse during Art Basel, Miami. The exhibition included an oversized interactive playground, and was featured in articles in the New York Times and the cover of The Miami Herald.