YESNIK is known as a multifaceted visual artist, whose artistic oeuvre encompasses painting, sculpture, works on paper and outdoor murals. Collectively, these works come to define his aesthetic. Working within a range of mediums using deliberate ardent detail with flat color-laden shapes that seem to carry the composition, YESNIK has carved out a series of a remarkably diverse works, which firmly come to define his complex yet coherent artistic style.
Utilizing an array of vibrant deep hues to set the tone, the viewer becomes engulfed within a harmonic kaleidoscope of shapes and imagery. Thru this, we begin to notice figures situated within sweeping landscapes of petrified wood or stone that come to resemble fossilized traces of a past existence. These abstruse objects, situated within arid landscapes come to life in his paintings and become metaphors for a society that YESNIK believes has entered into an evolutionary pitfall. Akin to artist’s like Max Ernst or Paul Nash, whose works give you a sense of a society in a perpetual fragmentation, YESNIK expounds upon a similar idea by use of abstraction which creates the illusion of a distorted reality. This type of suggestion—within a brazen juxtaposition of visual beauty—might imply that we are living in the most convenient denial.
Previously known for firmly making his mark in Los Angeles and abroad with BLK/MRKT—his design studio and gallery—YESNIK (formally known as Dave Kinsey) decided in 2010 it was time for a change. After a fifteen plus year run, he closed the business and retreated to a small town adjacent to the Sequoia National Park in Central CA to paint full-time. Over the next five years he would embark on an autodidactic journey that would come to define the next chapter of his personal work under the pseudonym YESNIK. As the artist states “As far back as I can remember, art has always been a place of self expression, refuge and understanding of the world around me. I’ve always known that at some point I would go back to that place. When I found this small isolated town, that could provide me a renewed platform to create without all the distractions of my previous ventures, I jumped right in”. YESNIK’s next move, found him relocating back to San Diego where he now works and lives.
(b. 1971, Pittsburgh PA), YESNIK’s paintings have been shown nationally and internationally in galleries such as: Library Street Collective in Detroit; Jules Maeght Gallery in San Francisco; Die Kunstagentin in Cologne, Germany. His works are also in the collections of Takashi Murakami, The Penny and Russell Fortune Collection in Indianapolis Indiana, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and The Dean Collection in New York.
For more informations please visit YESNIK’s website: http://www.yesnikevad.com
Chiara Clemente is a film director who explores identity, cultural contrast, and the creative process. Her love of art can be traced back to a childhood spent tiptoeing around paintings in her father’s studio. After attending film school at Art Center in Pasadena, she directed her first art documentary in 2000 for RAI in Italy. In the following years, Chiara continued to film and collaborate with artists such as Jim Dine, Brice Marden, and Frank Gehry. In 2005, she began filming her first critically-acclaimed documentary, “Our City Dreams”, which followed the lives and work of five contemporary women artists (Nancy Spero, Marina Abramovic, Kiki Smith, Ghada Amer and Swoon) in New York City. Our City Dreams premiered at the prestigious Film Forum in February 2009, screened in more than 30 cities worldwide, and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel.
Shortly after, Chiara directed several short films: “Curiosity” for Saatchi and Saatchi, “Remembering Sprouse” with Louis Vuitton for The New York Times, “Richard Tuttle and Mario Sorrenti” for W Magazine and a series of short portrait pieces for Anthropology.
In 2010 she directed a film for Levi’s initiative “Shape What’s to Come” that premiered at the TED Conference. That same year she wrote and directed: “Beginnings”, an original short film series for the Sundance Channel, which after the Second Season won a Webby Award for Best Doc Series. She also directed the online series Made Here: Performing Artists on Work and Life in New York City, which is now in production for its fourth season.
Recently Chiara has worked with Apple, Wieden + Kennedy Portland, Persol for Publicis Paris, directed her first music video for Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles which was featured on MTV and did two wonderful films for Baccarat and Style.com
Mark Ulriksen is a San Francisco-based artist and illustrator whose instantly recognizable portraits and whimsical take on life have led to projects for a variety of major clients. He specializes in figurative work that blends humor and darkness with psychological insight. After initially working for 13 years as a graphic designer and magazine art director, Mark went through a relatively early mid-life crisis and gave up a world of monthly deadlines for a world of weekly ones, pursuing a new career as a freelance illustrator and artist.
Photograph by Sarah Soquel Morhaim
Akiko is a seven time Key Art / CLIO Award winner, a two time SXSW Best Film Poster Award winner, a Golden Trailer Award winner and an International Epica Award winner. In November 2014, she was invited to do an installation at The Standard Hotel. Her “Bad Milo” poster was featured on the Conan Show, she was handpicked by Roman Polanski for a carte blanche illustrated poster exploration for his latest film, she was the judge of PRINT Magazine’s 2012 Annual Hand Drawn Competition, was a 2012 SXSW panelist for “Art & Advertising : Two Sides of the One Sheet”, was deemed “Poster Girl” by Interview Magazine, Creative Review Magazine dedicated their January 2011 Monograph zine solely to her illustrated movie posters after naming her as “Ones to Watch in 2011”, her work was featured in PRINT Magazine’s “Movie Pictures” article showcasing celebrated modern movie poster designers, her participation in Spain’s Avalon Blu-Ray DVD Artists Series was personally approved and celebrated by directors Michael Haneke and David Lynch, she was grouped into Cole Haan’s 2010 “Inspired Life” fashion story showcasing artists in New York and Los Angeles, and her illustrated poster for “Funny Games” was a Key Art Award finalist for best horror poster, was featured at the Annual Type Convention, and took both #1 spots on The Auteurs Movie Posters of the Decade list, and Australia’s Stale Popcorn Top Posters of the Decade.
You may check out Akiko’s website by clicking on the following link: http://akikomatic.com
Lives and work in Paris.
Artist Statement, A short introduction :
What I aim to depict in my body of work, is a time of volatile change and freedom trough rebellion and mischief towards self discovery, on a backdrop of childish innocence and nostalgia. These drawings are about the contrasting pull of innocence and vice and the beauty that comes with a corrupt youth through the sheer will to discover and experience. I especially aim to focus on girlhood, and what it means to become one’s self while refusing to be taimed. In a simple sense, it’s about Bad Girls. It’s about girls refusing to be that pure and unblemished self. It’s about girls with faults. Girls who chose to be what they are and own it. But you have to look closer, to find clues hidden in the details as to what a drawing is really about : from the scars on the fingers of the cheerful girl with a lust for sweets to the Ouija symbols on a shirt, sometimes there may be more than one way to read the same image…
And even in the dark, they might light up.
All of my drawings are done almost exclusively with ballpoint pens, except for yellow color pencils.
I first started drawing with ballpoint pens in high school, when I kept a diary which would last more than a decade. In class I would write a lot in that diary, as well as draw, and using ballpoint pens was the best way to be discreet and keep the teachers at bay.
All of my drawings are inspired from my real life experiences and memories.
2006 Blake College of Arts, London
2007 Penninghen, Paris
2008 Emile Cohl, Lyon
2009-12 Intuit Lab, Aix en Provence
2014 DRAW, Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam, H Represents
2015 Slow Gallery, Paris
2016 GIRLS, Galerie Metropolis, Paris
2016 Drawing Now, The Contemporary Drawing Art Fair, Paris
2016 Fernelmon Contemporary Art Festival, Chateau de Fernelmont, Belgique
2017 Drawing Now, The Contemporary Drawing Art Fair, Paris
2017 NO (s) Drawings, School Gallery, Paris
2018 Art Paris Art Fair, School Gallery, Paris
You may check out Helena’s website by clicking on the following link: http://www.helenahauss.net