NO, YOU CATCH US OUTSIDE HOW ABOUT THAT – DEREK ERDMAN & BRANDON VOSIKA, Opening Thursday, March 9, 2017 6-9pm
Derek Erdman (born December 6, 1978) is an artist living in Seattle, Washington. Erdman is known primarily for his vibrantly colored paintings, his phone-prank CD Kathy McGinty, his portrayal of Rap Master Maurice, and his website. His work has appeared in the Chicago Reader newspaper, Roctober magazine, and on the cover of the acclaimed 2006 novel Lullabies for Little Criminals. In 2010, Erdman contributed to MTV’s music website and became a regular contributor to Seattle’s The Stranger. -Wikipedia.
Brandon Vosika makes sardonic, cuss-filled sketches of stuff like jaundiced dead presidents, deadpan memento mori in the form of chain-smoking skulls and McDonald’s golden arches (“I JUST WANT TO DIE $199” the marquee reads). He renders fuck-you flair in effortless, wobbly watercolors that live somewhere between the political cartooning of James Ensor and an 8th grader’s sketchbook. That said, he does actually keep a sketchbook.
“Projects I’ve worked on over the last couple years have really boosted my appreciation for sketchbooks,” he says. “A good deal of my work forms around things that I find funny and most of the real good bits come from pointless drawings and spur of the moment pairings that wouldn’t have otherwise occurred. I have a healthy fear of a blank canvas but a sketchbook is different. It’s an endless collection of cheap empty pages that are allowed to be ruined or covered with bad drawings. It feels disposable in a way and I end up doing things that I wouldn’t usually because there isn’t a reason not to. The sketchbook creates a process that wouldn’t otherwise exist for me and I’m often surprised at what comes out when I don’t really care. ” – City Arts Magazine, Amanda Manitach, 12/10/15
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