November 3-25, 2012 Bruce Monroe, Michael Francis, Bernardo Cantu, John Alexander Taylor

500x Presents

FOUR INTO ONE

November 3-25, 2012

Bruce Monroe             Michael Francis Bernardo Cantu     John Alexander Taylor
Opening Reception November 3, 7 - 10 pm

Buste, Screenprint, 2012
Bruce Monroe-
AIDS forms the core of my being and therefore the core source of much of my work. Much of my imagery alludes to a physical "safety net" that my doctor once warned me could only take so much of a beating before it failed and led to a cascading fall in health.  With each cut I make in my work, I attempt to reconstruct the destruction of the body -- seeking the failure point of the material -- following with reinforcement to shore up and reconstitute the self.  The resulting end is an embodied labyrinth of the myriad paths that anyone with a disease must follow to achieve a form of stasis within their own bodies and in the world.
 

Bruce Monroe

Group Entering the Woods, oil on linen

Michael Francis
This work explores the fringes of our constructed world; spaces where nature begins to reclaim forgotten areas. Showing cycles of life, death and rebirth in dreamlike scenes that fade in and out of our consciousness.
 
On Stage

eso eso eso, mixed media

Bernardo Cantu-
Bernardo navigates between the spaces of: 2d and 3d, fabric and paint, uncertainty and certainty,  high art and low art, tex-mex border cultue and pop culture, minimal and baroque, painting and sculpture, sci fi and anthropology.
 

3 Hour Tour

John Alexander Taylor-
Peso Whistle Park
Growing up one of my favorite places was Penny Whistle Park - an indoor amusement park for children, which closed decades ago. In an effort to recall the fun-loving, exciting, colorful memories I created this work to expose my inner child through the seemingly impromptu carnivals that pop up in retail parking lots, particularly Hispanic grocery stores.  I hope the images invoke carefree memories of childhood fun.
 
In the PROJECT SPACES Downstairs- Laura Doughtie and John Nicholas Hutchings -- 
Upstairs Bradly Brown and Shelby David Meier Mercury Retrograde