POP Icons! Featuring works by French Sculptor Helder Batisa and American Painter John Stango

Jan 14, 2018 - Feb 8, 2018

POP Icons! Featuring works by French Sculptor Helder Batisa and American Painter John Stango

Artist's Proof is pleased to announce the group exhibition POP ICONS! featuring works

by French Sculptor Helder Batista and American Painter John Stango. Highlighting all

things POP, John Stango with his distinctive American Muscle Car Style, and Helder

Batista's engaging use of found objects within Resin sculpture, these artists carry the

Pop Art movement into the 21st Century. Please join us for the opening reception on

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 4-6pm at Artist's Proof Gallery located at 1533

Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington D.C 20007. The Exhibition runs from Tuesday, January

16th, 2018 from Sunday, February 18th, 2018.

 

With a worldwide following drawn to his distinctive American Muscle Car style, John

Stango (American, b. 1958) builds upon the late 1950’s tradition while incorporating

contemporary brands and uniquely American icons, such as Muhammed Ali, Superman,

Basquiat, and Audrey Hepburn.

 

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Stango's family's artistic heritage stems from the famed

American artist Norman Rockwell. Those family ties continue to influence him to this day.

Stango paintings combine a unique composition of silk-screening and hand painting.

Through gestural brush strokes, explosive colors, aggressive textures and juxtaposed

images yield distinctive and recognizable canvasses. Stango's paintings evoke a sense of

nostalgia while remaining culturally relevant. Drawing inspiration from retro advertising,

pop icons, B-movies, mid-century modernism, magazines, noir films, vintage signage and

all things pop-culture. His various series from the Stewardess to Political Figures to the

deeply rooted Americana figures- each composition is reborn and strategically thought

out while remaining true to the Pop aesthetic.

 

Helder Batista (French, b. 1964) is a self-taught artist who works predominantly in

sculptural medium. He describes the genesis of his artistic career as an epiphany,

Intrigued by the complexity and potential of everyday objects. In his exploration of

materials, Batista discovered that his ‘found’ objects could function as support, medium,

and subject, or as self-sustained complete works of art. Batista avoids polluting his found

objects even through his curatorial presence, arguing that assigning a value to some over

others creates contaminating waste. Instead, Batista sublimates, recycles and allows his

materials space to articulate themselves. Often a simple, transparent acrylic mold utilized

in works like Lego or Red Shoes is enough of a change in context to infuse everyday

objects with artistic poignancy.

 

In constant communication with Pop art, most of his pieces are intentionally ambiguous.

Batista’s work cuts in multiple directions depending on context and audience. His series

of Flag Guns, where the form of a revolver is wrapped with a flag and solidified with a

fiber rising coat, has multivalent layers of meaning. Batista himself refuses to elaborate his

intention of the flags, beyond admitting that he is toying with the power of symbols.

Batista’s larger oeuvre explores themes of nonsense, consumerism, globalization, and

overconsumption without searching for concrete explanations. By toying rather than

pontificating, Batista can be playful while also gesturing at serious dissonances in society.

 

POP Icons! Featuring works by French Sculptor Helder Batisa and American Painter John Stango
Artist's Proof is pleased to announce the group exhibition POP ICONS! featuring works by French Sculptor Helder Batista and American Painter John Stango. Highlighting all things POP, John Stango with his distinctive American Muscle Car Style, and Helder Batista's engaging use of found objects within Resin sculpture, these artists carry the Pop Art movement into the 21st Century. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 4-6pm at Artist's Proof Gallery located at 1533 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington D.C 20007. The Exhibition runs from Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 from Sunday, February 18th, 2018. With a worldwide following drawn to his distinctive American Muscle Car style, John Stango (American, b. 1958) builds upon the late 1950’s tradition while incorporating contemporary brands and uniquely American icons, such as Muhammed Ali, Superman, Basquiat, and Audrey Hepburn. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Stango's family's artistic heritage stems from the famed American artist Norman Rockwell. Those family ties continue to influence him to this day. Stango paintings combine a unique composition of silk-screening and hand painting. Through gestural brush strokes, explosive colors, aggressive textures and juxtaposed images yield distinctive and recognizable canvasses. Stango's paintings evoke a sense of nostalgia while remaining culturally relevant. Drawing inspiration from retro advertising, pop icons, B-movies, mid-century modernism, magazines, noir films, vintage signage and all things pop-culture. His various series from the Stewardess to Political Figures to the deeply rooted Americana figures- each composition is reborn and strategically thought out while remaining true to the Pop aesthetic. Helder Batista (French, b. 1964) is a self-taught artist who works predominantly in sculptural medium. He describes the genesis of his artistic career as an epiphany, Intrigued by the complexity and potential of everyday objects. In his exploration of materials, Batista discovered that his ‘found’ objects could function as support, medium, and subject, or as self-sustained complete works of art. Batista avoids polluting his found objects even through his curatorial presence, arguing that assigning a value to some over others creates contaminating waste. Instead, Batista sublimates, recycles and allows his materials space to articulate themselves. Often a simple, transparent acrylic mold utilized in works like Lego or Red Shoes is enough of a change in context to infuse everyday objects with artistic poignancy. In constant communication with Pop art, most of his pieces are intentionally ambiguous. Batista’s work cuts in multiple directions depending on context and audience. His series of Flag Guns, where the form of a revolver is wrapped with a flag and solidified with a fiber rising coat, has multivalent layers of meaning. Batista himself refuses to elaborate his intention of the flags, beyond admitting that he is toying with the power of symbols. Batista’s larger oeuvre explores themes of nonsense, consumerism, globalization, and overconsumption without searching for concrete explanations. By toying rather than pontificating, Batista can be playful while also gesturing at serious dissonances in society.
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Artist's Proof
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Madonna Interview, 2018
John Stango

Madonna Interview, 2018

Acrylic on Paper

44 x 35 in

Blue Cocoon, 2018
Helder Batista

Blue Cocoon, 2018

Plastic and Fiber Resin

17 x 6.25 x 6.25 in

Encased Series: Rubber Ducky
Helder Batista

Encased Series: Rubber Ducky

Rubber and Fiber Resin

10 x 8.50 x 3 in

Laced
Helder Batista

Laced

Calais Lace and Fiber Glass

10 x 16 x 3.25 in

Crosstown Traffic, 2017
John Stango

Crosstown Traffic, 2017

Mixed Media on Canvas

56 x 44 in

Jack Comes To Life, 2017
John Stango

Jack Comes To Life, 2017

Mixed Media on Canvas

34 x 34 in

Krylon Basquiat, 2017
John Stango

Krylon Basquiat, 2017

Mixed Media on Canvas

42 x 36 in

Double Mona Lisa Worksheet, 2018
John Stango

Double Mona Lisa Worksheet, 2018

Acrylic on Paper

35 x 44 in

Superman Energy, 2017
Helder Batista

Superman Energy, 2017

Fiber Resin and Found Object

8 x 6.50 x 3.75 in

Hope
Helder Batista

Hope

Found Object, Fiber Resin

40 x 9 x 9 in

Blood and Barrel
Helder Batista

Blood and Barrel

Fiber Resin, Aluminium

64.10 x 27.60 x 15.70 in

Look Marilyn
John Stango

Look Marilyn

Mixed Media on Canvas

42 x 42 in

Audrey Tiffany & Co. Turquoise, 2017
John Stango

Audrey Tiffany & Co. Turquoise, 2017

Mixed Media on Canvas

34 x 34 in

Vinyl & Veuve, 2017
John Stango

Vinyl & Veuve, 2017

Mixed Media on Canvas

48 x 36 in

Campbell's Mickey (Pink and Blue), 2018
John Stango

Campbell's Mickey (Pink and Blue), 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

44 x 35 in

Little Pink and Black Shoes, 2017
Helder Batista

Little Pink and Black Shoes, 2017

Fabric, Fiber Resin

16 x 10 x 3.50 in

Z for Zorro
Helder Batista

Z for Zorro

Neon Light, Plexiglass Base

30 x 30 in

Lego (Large)
Helder Batista

Lego (Large)

Acrylic and Legos

16 x 9.50 x 3 in

Superstar Audrey in Veuve, 2017
John Stango

Superstar Audrey in Veuve, 2017

Mixed Media on Canvas

34 x 34 in

Heineken Basquiat, 2017
John Stango

Heineken Basquiat, 2017

Mixed Media on canvas

33 x 40 in

Action, Superman!, 2017
John Stango

Action, Superman!, 2017

Mixed Media on Canvas

60 x 48 in

Red Cocoon, 2018
Helder Batista

Red Cocoon, 2018

Plastic and Fiber Resin

17 x 6.25 x 6.25 in

Made in America (88/1000), 2017
Helder Batista

Made in America (88/1000), 2017

Fabric & Fiber Resin

9.25 x 13 x 7 in

Washington's Dollars
Helder Batista

Washington's Dollars

Paper and Fiber Resin

20.50 x 5 x 5 in

Superman Jesus, 2018
Helder Batista

Superman Jesus, 2018

Found object, Acrylic and Fiber Resin

13.75 x 12 x 3.25 in

Jackie Comes To Life, 2017
John Stango

Jackie Comes To Life, 2017

Mixed Media on Canvas

34 x 34 in

Action, Batman!, 2017
John Stango

Action, Batman!, 2017

Mixed Media on Canvas

60 x 48 in

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