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Owen James Gallery

PHUNK

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    PHUNK, Feast in the Peachy Heaven - Day (collaboration with Keiichi Tanaami), 2010
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Press for PHUNK

Current Exhibitions at Owen James Gallery


Music For The End Of Time

  • Fanny Allié,
  • China Marks,
  • David B. Smith,
  • Opens: Sep. 24, 2020
  • Closes: Nov. 21, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Sun Also Rises

  • CHIAOZZA,
  • Jon Cowan,
  • Phillip Guston,
  • Jasper Johns,
  • Ellsworth Kelly,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Mark Mann,
  • Robert Mangold,
  • Elin Rødseth,
  • Yasmin Sison,
  • Opens: May. 20, 2020
  • Closes: Jul. 20, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Concavity

  • Rachael Gorchov,
  • Opens: Jun. 11, 2020
  • Closes: Aug. 01, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Concave

  • Rachael Gorchov,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2020
  • Closes: May. 16, 2020
  • Reception: Mar. 19, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

David Kramer: Essential Oils

  • David Kramer,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Closes: Mar. 07, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Trunk Show

  • Danny Licul,
  • Björn Meyer-Ebrecht,
  • Jonathan Cowan,
  • Mark Mann,
  • Rachael Gorchov,
  • CHIAOZZA,
  • Mariano Ching,
  • Karen Marston,
  • Sue Stone,
  • Opens: Nov. 15, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cascades & Crescendos

  • CHIAOZZA,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gary Gissler / Huston Ripley

  • Gary Gissler,
  • Huston Ripley,
  • Opens: Jun. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2019
  • Reception: Aug. 01, 2019
  • Hours: 5 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gary Gissler / Huston Ripley

  • Gary Gissler,
  • Huston Ripley,
  • Opens: Jun. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 13, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Uprising

  • Björn Meyer-Ebrecht,
  • Opens: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 01, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Thick Lines Between Here and There

  • Angkrit Ajchariyasophon,
  • Thaiwijit Puengkasemsomboon,
  • Mit Jai Inn,
  • Somluck Pantiboon,
  • Franz West,
  • Robert Rauschenberg,
  • Richard Tuttle,
  • Robert Mangold,
  • Richard Long,
  • Gary Stephan,
  • Larry Zox,
  • Sam Francis,
  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 08, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Age of Enfrightenment

  • David Sandlin,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

O Uncolored People

  • Mark Mann,
  • Opens: May. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2018
  • Reception: May. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Harbingers

  • Karen Marston,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

China Marks

  • China Marks,
  • Opens: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn

  • Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn,
  • Opens: Nov. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 17, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

Malady of Association

  • Dina Gadia,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 12, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

Weaving Light

  • Takuji Hamanaka,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 08, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

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  • Dex Fernandez,
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2015
  • Closes: Nov. 29, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 30, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Strange Days

  • Mariano Ching,
  • Robert Langenegger,
  • Danny Licul,
  • Opens: Sep. 18, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

There's A Bluebird In My Heart

  • Charles Bukowski,
  • Walter Robinson,
  • Opens: Apr. 08, 2016
  • Closes: May. 14, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PHUNK

  • PHUNK
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 16, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 16, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Demeter's Wrath

  • Karen Marston,
  • Opens: May. 20, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 26, 2016
  • Reception: May. 20, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Structural Constellations

  • Björn Meyer-Ebrecht,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 19, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

Play Ground

  • Nikki Luna,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 30, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

Organic Geometry

  • Rachael Gorchov,
  • Opens: Mar. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

Displaced

  • Sue Stone,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Closes: May. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

Wall Works

  • CHIAOZZA,
  • Opens: Jun. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 23, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 16 - Oct 16, 2016

  • Reception: Sep 16, 6 - 8pm

Where

Owen James Gallery

  • 59 Wooster Street, 2nd floor, New York NY 10012 Map
  • 718.395.4874

About

Owen James Gallery is pleased to present, in association with Art Seasons Gallery of Singapore, a solo exhibition of PHUNK Studio. The gallery is proud to open this exhibition in collaboration with Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW).

PHUNK is a dynamic and influential 4-man art and design collective based in Singapore. Founded in 1994, it is composed of Jackson Tan, Alvin Tan, Melvin Chee and William Chan. Since it’s inception, PHUNK’s enormous output has produced typography, graphic design, animation, vector illustration, sculpture, mural and installation art. In addition to their studio practice and individual endeavors, they have worked on major design projects with clients such as MTV, HTC, Nike and Comme Des Garçon, to name but a few. PHUNK’s defining feature is their distinctive computer-based illustration style. It is both frenetic and sublime, combining tight-lined characters with a carnivalesque Baroque lushness. As a group they tap into a wide range of influences, from Chinese mythology to Japanese manga to British music and American pop culture and media.

The exhibition revolves around a series of screenprints that were produced in 2010 during a collaboration with artist Keiichi Tanaami. Since the early 1960s, Tanaami has helped define Japanese Post-War art through graphic design, illustration, painting, printmaking, book design, animation and comics. Tanaami helped introduce a Warhol-infused Pop aesthetic, as well as a wild Psychedelic turbulence into Japanese contemporary art. He has also been a large and ongoing influence on PHUNK’s artistic aesthetic.

At the heart of this print series is a central, mandala-like design, with a balanced equilibrium of distorted characters and twisted shapes. Each print has been created in two variations, with different palette tones, so that it is represented by a brighter and darker (Day & Night) state. Many of the iconic PHUNK characters, such as Mr. Black, can be seen throughout: robots, metallic mushrooms, and half-alive mannequin forms among them. The landscape is cacophonous, with a range of effects that can feel dystopian, religious, humorous, disturbing, and yet optimistic in their pure force of energy. These forms interact with Tanaami’s figures, which are often cartoonish riffs on Hieronymus Bosch-like species: numb-eyed women, monsters composed of various body parts, and strange intestinal forms. They are often depicted with a benday dot pattern, referencing his Pop art influences. The prints shimmer not only from masterful printing in many layers, but from additional printing techniques that include pearl effect and diamond dust application.

The members of Phunk work through a continually shifting approach, where in each project they rotate who initializes concepts, illustrates them, oversees production, and then re-imagines the idea to begin the next phase. This sensibility makes the pairing with Tanaami, with his long history of graphic design projects, a natural fit. PHUNK’s fastidious attention to detail highlights the caliber of their influences, and places this body of work firmly in the amazingly diverse world that they continue to create.

What is perhaps most impressive about PHUNK is the truly multi-dimensionality of their work. Each project allows them to tap into their central core of influences, and yet produces an infinitely expanding visual universe.


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