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  • Merry Karnowsky Gallery
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  • Merry Karnowsky Gallery
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Whalen’s Catalog of Human Activities

May 6, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

Mark Whalen‘s latest exhibition “Stranded“ at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in LA came down last week. Over the past month, visitors had the opportunity to see Whalen’s new body of work, which includes themes for which the Australian artist is well-known, such as tiny people doing different human activities – playing, creating, or experimenting – and settled in limited geometrically-designed spaces. According to the artist, “Life is a series of rooms, and in here and out there are all of these interconnected states of being.“ Through his meticulously crafted worlds, Whalen explores different human interactions that take place in the modern world. The overall impression is bizarre with humanoid characters resembling puppets.

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
Mark Whalen

Ceramic Vessels

However, a series of ceramic vessels that was also on display entire month shows how Whalen re-interprets these same themes through another medium. Whalen’s odd catalog of human activities is taken further with ceramics. The exhibition at Merry Karnowsky Gallery introduced the audience with Whalen’s new aspect of his art. The artist’s modern pictorial ceramic vessels were exhibited for the first time and have been well received by audiences.

Mark Whalen sculpture at Merry Karnowsky Gallery

About Merry Karnowsky Gallery

The Merry Karnowsky Gallery is home to several of the most significant artists working today. Founded in 1997 by Merry Karnowsky, the gallery has had a central focus for over a decade; championing emerging and mid-career artists who push beyond the boundaries of formal definition. The Gallery is devoted to exhibiting contemporary works of art that are challenging, innovative and committed to fostering new directions in American art.

Mark Whalen at work