May 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cartomancy: Recent Drawings by Shay Bredimus
- The Seni Horoscope Re-imagined in Tattoo Ink
Exhibition dates: June 28 – July 26, 2014
Reception for the artist: Saturday, June 28th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Koplin Del Rio is pleased to announce its third solo exhibition with Los Angeles artist
A figurative painter and notable tattoo artist, Bredimus employs languid and gestural marks using tattoo ink on drafting film to portray spontaneous, yet controlled modeling techniques of his subjects. The artist’s classical training in portraiture is evident, to which he depicts aesthetic influences from Japanese tattoo and Ukiyo-e prints. In his recent series “Cartomancy: The Seni Horoscope Re-imagined in Tattoo Ink”, Bredimus employs both these background interests from the intuitive brush drawings from past series, as well as, the delicate refineness and graphic nature of his tattoo profession.
The Seni Horoscopes were a 17th century German fortune-telling card system. This astrological picture card deck was created by Giovanni Battista Seni—an Italian oracle who served Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein, a major figure in the Thirty Year’s War. The Seni Horoscope cards were used for divination, as well as a guide to spiritual pathways.
In this body of work, Bredimus has re-imagined a version of those historic cards, a visual mixture of pictographs and portraits, with iconic and mystic symbolism. The artist has created 72 unique works that reference each individual card – not only to be viewed as artwork, but also to be seen as an interactive conduit to understanding man’s position in the universe.
The gallery installation includes 24 individual pictographs set in a cathedral ambiance. Bredimus influenced by old masters such as John Singer Sargent, Alphonse Mucha and Jean Leon Gerome, continues to draw with his signature tattoo ink on drafting film. A quiet female portrait emerges from a central mystic icon such as a ship, crown or nature symbol. Each piece is encased in a wood pediment fenestration, which complements the parallel visual conversation in the reading of the cards.
Shay Bredimus earned an MFA in 2008 from the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna, California and a BFA in painting from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada in 2004. He has studied under mentors F. Scott Hess, Stephen Douglas and Wes Christensen, among others. In recent years, Bredimus’ work was has been in solo exhibitions at the San Luis Obispo Art Center, CA and Fresno City College, CA and numerous group shows in Hong Kong, Seattle, Las Vegas and Carlsbad, CA. Bredimus has earned critical praise with feature articles in the Huffington Post, Culture Magazine, Evolved, Prophets & Poets, Arts Journal and Inked. Bredimus was also voted as one of 10 local artists to watch in the OC Weekly’s Artopia 2014.
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