COLLIDING WORLDS, an ART DOCUMENTARY in a 30-minute format, brings The Artists You Meet – Klari Reis, John Taylor, Todd Carpenter, Andy Burgess and James Panozzo of LAUNCH LA.
Kari Reis is a Colorist working in a medium not reserved for art but for floors. Working in epoxy polymer, similar to resin, the UV resistant plastic is her method of expressing interactions of art and science on a microscopic level.
Currently working in San Francisco, home to a large concentration of bio-tech companies Klari’s artwork finds its inspiration. Using cells as her basis, Klari creates works of brightly colored smears, bumps, stains and blobs atop aluminum and wood planes. She pigments the plastic with powders, oils, acrylics and industrial dyes through many layers of the ultra glossy plastic. Klari has turned the invented process into a science in the service of art.
Todd Carpenter uses only blacks and whites with shades of gray to create detailed illusions of cities, landscapes and skies. Trained in neuroscience and psychobiology, Todd mixes his version of science and art. Meticulous is detail, stripped of all but black and white, his work forces the viewer to enter into world created by lines and dots. Todd’s small-scale work is deeper in depth and larger in scale than one can ever imagine. Understanding how the brain reacts to sight, has given Todd a unique perspective that makes his work outstanding.
John Taylor’s art may appear in the form of model ships, but it grows as much from Matthew Brady Civil War portraits, New England deciduous forests, and abandoned buildings in Midwestern expanses as it does from any formal aspects. Using cast-off materials John creates models of ocean vessels with the precision and detail of a master ship builder. The works are haunting, remarkable reminders of the glorious sailing vessels of a time gone by.
Mr. Taylor has produced over 250 pieces, and his work been featured in various museums around the country, including the Boise Museum of Art, the Henry Art Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art.
Andy Burgess is a visual artist living in London and Tucson, Arizona. After earning a degree politics, Andy studied fine art at The Byam Shaw School. He has won a series of awards including Apthorp Fund for Young Artists, The Worshipful Company of Painters/Stainers and The New English Art Club School of Drawing Scholarship. In 2005 his painting of a Philadelphia street scene was selected for the prestigious Hunting Art Prize exhibition at The Royal College of Art.
Burgess's love of Pop Art and the incorporation of found vintage ephemera find its way into his collage work. Much of that work references a golden age of American graphic design and advertising. But it is Andy’s painting of midcentury modern architectural buildings where his command of color, geometric elements, and the early Twentieth century modern movements combine. His painting do more than capture a structure, they capture the all the elements that allowed midcentury design to change the modern world.
James Panozzo created the non-profit social enterprise LAUNCH in 2010 to oversee the production of TarFest annually while also providing unique programming and exhibition opportunities to important artists in Los Angeles. James co-founded TarFest in 2003 and continues to develop and manage its programs that provide opportunities to emerging artists in the Miracle Mile District of Los Angeles. LAUNCH strives to engage a broad cross section in cultural events that foster mutual understanding and creative expression.