Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Press Release: The Order: July 16, 2011

Modern Eden is pleased to announce The Order, an exhibition featuring new paintings by Bradley Platz and Michael Ryan. The opening reception for The Order will be held at Modern Eden on Saturday, July 16th from 7-10pm. (Press and Collector Preview at 6pm) Live music will be provided by DJ Ed Aten and drinks will be served to our 21+ guests. The exhibition will be on display through August 14, 2011 and is free and open to the public.

"The Order" draws from the imaginative collaboration of Michael Ryan and Bradley Platz. Former studio mates and long time friends, "The Order" will be Platz and Ryan's 2nd duo show after 2008's acclaimed "Portraits and Allegories". In this new exhibition the concepts of both artists weave together through their respective solo work and culminate to find an exact cohesion in a 2 panel diptych in which Platz and Ryan have collaborated. The dramatic piece depicts Sophia and the The Demiurge, Gnostic and platonic deities responsible for fashioning the material world out of primordial chaos. From San Francisco to Seattle the artists have put together compelling individual bodies of work that, collectively, tell a story about the incidental beauty of creating Order.

Both painters are featured artists of The Beinart International Surrealist Collective and draw inspiration from mysticism and allegorical storytelling using traditional artistic mediums.

Bradley Platz
will also be unveiling “The Golden Calf” a life-size modern masterpiece measuring a whopping 12 feet tall. The Golden Calf adorns the walls of Modern Eden and viewers have been able to watch the monumental painting’s progression, over 5 years in the making.

Bradley Platz’ intricate oil paintings deal with the alternating nature of worship in the modern age. Using classical symbolic imagery from old world traditions and transposing subtle hints of modernity, his work might best be described as tarnished elegance. Ever present also are certain whimsical and subtle symbols that carry the viewer through his body of work as a reader through a story, or a craft on the sea. Bradley is co-owner and curator at Modern Eden Gallery and has shown his work throughout the United States and beyond. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

Michael Ryan creates allegorical images rich in symbolism, dealing with the human condition, society, and the world that surrounds him. Ryan expertly blends his long developed traditional painting techniques with ideas and subjects that are often other-worldly. Michael’s work shows his constant fortitude by alternating from bold strokes to delicate brushwork. His work is deeply psychological, each painting is a glimpse at a graceful and interrupted moment that tells a story through it’s subtle nuances. Michael Ryan has been in numerous publications (Spectrum 14, Wizards of the Coast, White Wolf Studios and Strange Horizons) and has shown his work as well throughout the United States. He currently resides in Seattle, WA.

In addition to "The Order", Modern Eden will be showcasing a International group exhibition “The New Surrealism : A Collection of Strange”. Modern Eden invited selected artists to submit works in homage to the strange and weird, reflecting the evolving future of surrealism in the modern age. Exhibiting artists include: Steve Bartlett, Bonni Reid, Sandra Yagi, David Ball, Lee Harvey Roswell, Vahge, Allison Sommers, Adriana Michelle Mekan, Lacey Bryant, Lance Hewison, Michelle Waters, Moises Hergueta, Christine Benjamin, Kieran Collins, Emilio Villalba, Anderson Lewis, Andy B. Clarkson, Natasha Dikareva, Archer Dougherty, Samuel Araya, Baldur Helgason, and David Camisa.

Modern Eden Gallery is one of San Francisco's newest and most exciting destinations for art. Located in San Francisco's historic North Beach, Modern Eden is one of the city's largest art galleries. Opened by local artists, Bradley Platz and Kim Larson in June 2010, Modern Eden showcases talent-driven art by San Francisco's top emerging and established artists.

When: Opening Reception: Saturday, July 16, 2011 7PM, Artists will be in attendance.
Show runs through Sunday, August 13, 2011

Where: Modern Eden Gallery
403 Francisco Street
San Francisco, CA 94133


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