CITY OF FIRE Group Exhibition
Thursday, June 5, 2012 – Sunday, July 31, 2012
Arrested Motion and Stephen Webster are truly pleased to announce a group exhibition with works by artists that are frequently featured in AM’s digital art magazine. Familiar to readers and followers for providing and curating exceptional and comprehensive coverage of cutting edge contemporary art content for the past four years online, this will be Arrested Motion’s first exhibition in the United States and second overall. It will proudly be located at Stephen Webster – 202 North Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
City of Fire explores the idea of ambition and personal accomplishment within the context of a town internationally synonymous with success, fame, and affluence. Consisting of artists ranging from street and graffiti artists that started by making a name for themselves rebelliously on urban walls and outdoor surfaces to artists that reject the traditional ideas, subjects, and techniques consistent with what constitutes fine art, these individuals in their late twenties to early forties view Beverly Hills as intensely more than just a city and their respective paths leading up to exhibiting their art there is fiercely dissimilar to the ones taken by any fashion designer, movie star, or celebrity who has achieved success in the town.
Just uttering the two connected words “Beverly Hills” could ignite an idea of an impression that – for many in the world – represents a life’s pursuit. It could spark the thought of living in one of its sunshine-drenched estates or even becoming a regular in one of the luxurious restaurants, extravagant hotels, or lavish boutiques along its carefully manicured palm tree-lined streets. These goals catalyze an ambition that drives successful careers in every field – perhaps even the fine arts. “Beverly Hills” could also represent an ideological denunciation. The opulence and overt superficiality may symbolize everything that one rejects as a mortal aim.
The works in City of Fire embodies something decidedly intimate to each particular artist. It could be a personal ambition or motivation that they try for and achieve progress with daily. Or it could be an initiative that was taught and nurtured within them, but ultimately rejected. It also may be beliefs that they continually attempt to grasp, but so far have eluded them.
Artists in the exhibition include: Cyrcle., Thomas Doyle, Ron English, James Jean, Kid Zoom, Dave Kinsey, Mars-1, Patrick Martinez, Pedro Matos, REVOK, Rostarr, SABER, Andrew Schoultz, Jeff Soto, Judith Supine, TrustoCorp, Mark Dean Veca, Nick Walker, and Adam Wallacavage.
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