FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Double Trouble, the art of Ausgang and Niagara
February 21 through March 27, 2004
Reception: Saturday, February 21, 8-11pm
11265 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230
Contact: Gary Pressman, Copro/Nason Gallery Director
Ph: 310/398-2643 Fx: 310/398-7643
Web site, <http://www.copronason.com>
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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.
It all began for Ausgang in the early 90s when he went to a gallery opening of Robert Williams and introduced himself. 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 harassing local galleries for a show. He was included in a group show at the Zero One Gallery and moved on to Solo shows in New York, Seattle and countless other cultural Meccas. Ausgang draws influence from as many "outside" channels as possible. He favors the toy contents of a grocery store gumball machine over the latest exhibit at the Whitney.
Opinionated but informed, he is able to see the beauty in a Rembrandt as well as last year's rusty primer gray finish. This variety of interest has led him to design his artwork on the computer but complete it on the easel, the perfect combination of new technology and traditional media.
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. Its 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 theyre 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!!!