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C.A.V.E. Gallery ~ February Exhibition Preview

February Exhibition Opening Reception Saturday, February 11, 2012, 6 - 10 pm With: DJ's & Live Painting.
C.A.V.E. Gallery ~ 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice.


Chris Stain grew up writing Graffiti in Baltimore, MD in the mid 80's. Through printmaking
in high school he adapted stencil-making techniques, which later lead to his work in street
stencils and international recognition in the urban contemporary art community. Compared at
times to the American Social Realist movement of the 1930’s and ‘40’s, Chris’s work echoes
his upbringing and the people who helped shape his mental and physical landscape. His work
illustrates the struggles of the unrecognized and underrepresented individuals of society.
Chris currently teaches art in New York City and is pursuing a BA in Art Education.

"What I strive to achieve with my work is to raise an awareness of the
struggles of common American's and working class and impoverished people through out the
world. By bringing light to such situations I hope to inspire compassion and understanding
thereby infecting individuals with a sense of urgency to act toward a viable solution to the
turmoil that society faces today.”

“For the new work for the upcoming show at C.A.V.E. Gallery, I am focusing my energies
to capture the variety of emotions experienced in inner city life. Stylistically the work is
developing to include not only people but words and imagery all pertinent to sidewalks,
subways, brick tenements, bicycles and pigeons. Mechanically, I have been implementing the
use of hand cut rubylith and silk screen more and more and then working back into the pieces
by hand and with stencils.”
More info at Brooklyn Street Art

TAKA SUDO (Vancouver) • "DYNAMO"

After a series of impressive exhibitions in Portland, Vancouver and Japan, Taka Sudo
returns to C.A.V.E. Gallery with a fresh collection of bold and energetic mixed media
paintings. Taka’s dynamic style is influenced by the energy of the overcrowded subways,
soaring skyscrapers and warmth of the people of Japan. From Japan, Taka moved to BC
Canada where his love for nature and the outdoors has inspired his compelling imagery of
resplendent chaos.

Taka’s new works continue to develop the stylized series of nebulous images of human and
animal figures surrounded by fragmented text, echoing the conflicting messages swirling
around one’s environment. The scattered elements represent the influential forces of our
environment, the human condition, daily life, current affairs, information, and individual
passion. Taka’s artwork is inspired by a quest to seek out a true energy and a belief that
each person embodies a spiritual “dynamo” that has the power to make every day full of
symbiotic creative energy.


Born on Staten Island in 1981, H.Veng.Smith began painting as a young kid at a local art
league. Heavily influenced by the painting style of the Northern Renaissance, he depicts
surreal relations between humans and animals, perceived from a contemporary and playful
view. Often using the backdrop of the urban environment as a canvas, Veng illustrates his
thoughts through whimsical figures whose expressions are eerily familiar, inviting the viewer to
escape into a fictitious realm of ambiguous time and space.

For his new work in “Alternative Occupancy”, H.Veng.Smith explores phenomena of nature,
abstract living spaces and the relation and behaviors of people and animals.

H.Veng.Smith creates a playful world and at the same time examines the complex evolution
of habitats and survival of both human and animal life on this finite planet. In the piece "The
Hunter’s Patience", Veng depicts a crane searching for food with a fly fishing technique -
adopting techniques from humans suggesting nature’s strength to persevere. Below the water,
he creates a surrealist landscape dotted with homes representing a new human habitat. In
another new work "From the low to the high" a man holds atop his head an animal from the

oceans, symbolic of the complex and sometimes strenuous relationship between man and

Also in February on The Project Wall: MIMI YOON (Ca) • "Don't Look Into My Eyes"

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