Recently the Crest Hardware Art Show opened with a celebration that extended from the store itself to a full day of festivities at nearby Macri Park. Despite it being a bit of a dreary and rainy day, people strolled through the park and enjoyed great music played by various bands: from Twin Shadow and In Cadeo, Wizardry and Brian Bonz. DJs kept the crowd afloat between gigs and the entire day was spent tapping and swaying whilst browsing through art & design provided by Artists & Fleas and feasting on BBQ from Papcitos.
Rachel Beach’s wood constructions linger between painting and sculpture, their unique cut shapes heightening a sometimes bland perspective on abstraction. Their trompe l’oeil effects create illusionistic tints spurred by colored finishes, offering a trippy play on space and perception.
Broken Crow’s stencil based artwork (previously included in the Great Outdoors show at Artbreak Gallery is a cascade of wild animals and hunting imagery staged on an urban staple, the rusty old door. The vivid and minimal use of color accentuates each figure, its crimson orange allowing for a nostalgic energy that is part dream, part history lesson.
Andre Kutscherauer is a 3D artist specializing in photo realistic design visualizations. This image titled self-illumination depicts a personified light bulb and the all white, clear and metallic scheme makes for a futuristic and clean-cut imagery that is pristinely rendered.
KinKillerie are two sisters who use hardware to outfit the ladies (and adventurous gentlemen) with these vibrant and edgy accessories. My favorite are the bright red faucet necklace chains.
Beth Livensperger’s paintings depict everyday objects and the unextraordindary spaces that house them, resonating in a thoughtful and meditative calm. There is a sense of silenced determination that is mysterious, as if we’re looking at the remnants of a past.