"Live Free with Guys" YOUNGSONS + + + + +
Co-Lab Projects' DEMO GALLERY @ The Avenue, 721 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78702
Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12-6pm
This public artwork and exhibition is part of the West Austin Studio Tour, May 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd, 11am-6pm. Stop #175 www.west.bigmedium.org
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YOUNGSONS is the collaborative painting duo of Drew Liverman and Michael Ricioppo. Rather than work alongside one another and impose two contrasting sensibilities onto one canvas, the artists trade turns at every stroke, at every idea point and counterpoint from detail to composition. There is a visual rhyming here, a syncopation, perhaps even a punning. You can catch a stroke as assured as the most calligraphic graffito right next to, or even obliterated by, the blind scratchings of a caveman squatting with primeval lamp of animal fat and head swimming with lust. The results are accumulative, energetic, omnivorous, and almost always organized into images that flirt with but never want to wholly emerge from the zest of the painting process itself. www.youngsons.org
For "Live Free with Guys" Drew Liverman and Mike Ricioppo have created a giant mural on the corner of Congress & East 8th Street as well as mounted an exhibition of artwork in the storefront windows and interior of DEMO GALLERY.
Michael Ricioppo is a fabricator and artist currently living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He splits his time between cultures and disciplines, with one foot in the rough-neck world of high-end finish construction, and the other in the “no rules, no plan, no matter” art world. Michael has experimented with most things craft, and all things art, from video to theatre, printmaking to ceramics, stone carving to poetry, and pop music to art furniture; everything is of interest. Making is what’s most central to his varied practice, and if there is any plan at all, it is to be unafraid and open. www.apartmanstudio.com
Drew Liverman is an artist and designer living in Austin, TX. Since receiving his BFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002, Drew’s drawing, painting and installation work has been featured in Beautiful Decay Magazine and shown in The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Scotland; Big Medium in Austin, Texas; and the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas. In addition to his personal work, Drew contributes to the Austin, TX based art collective, Boozefox and has been on the staff of MASS Gallery in Austin, TX since 2007. www.drewliverman.org
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.