one night only performance by NY artists Justin Cooper and Ross Moreno

Everyone go to this!!!

One night only performance of YETI AND FIREBUSH at the opening night of Justin Cooper’s solo show “thin lines” at beta pictoris gallery:
https://www.facebook.com/events/383804704965682/

New York based artists Justin Cooper and Ross Moreno bring their unique brand of comedic deconstruction to beta pictoris gallery.
Elements of stand-up, parlor magic, and slapstick comedy are juxtaposed with highly choreographed monologues and wildly unhinged improv creating an experience that is funny, strange, and ultimately thought provoking.

Friday, March 16, 2012 (6-9pm)

A review from Brooklyn, NY based L Magazine of a recent performance:

“[This] all then culminated in a performance of comedic awkwardiana by Ross Moreno and Justin Cooper, who both delighted and confounded their audience with a mash-up of deeply self-aware and self-effacing comedy with quasi-magical tom-trickery, hilariously tragic soliloquies and a rather astonishingly bare-laying finale.”
-Paul D’Agostino

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Opening: Justin Cooper “thin lines” solo show at beta pictoris gallery

JUSTIN COOPER
“thin lines”

March 16 – April 14, 2012

opening Friday, March 16 (6-9pm)

“Thin Lines” is an exhibition by New York based artist Justin Cooper that explores lines from multiple perspectives. Through drawings, performance and sculptural objects, lines are deconstructed, dissected, tossed around, laughed at, and playfully abstracted. His work is very fluid, moving between mediums and emphasizing their connections by blurring the ‘thin lines’ that separate seemingly disparate practices.

Cooper says of his work:
My work is located in these liminal spaces and positions, dangling precariously between the hinged and unhinged. A relentless cross-pollination of media within my practice marks a restless search for these lines in both formal and conceptual manifestations. Whether drawn, spoken, or objectified, the lines contain an energy that is both earnest and utterly deadpan.

New York based artist/magician/comedian Ross Moreno will be joining Cooper for a performance entitled YETI AND FIREBUSH at the opening reception:
https://www.facebook.com/events/176280859153112/

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“The Space Between” by Derek Cracco // Re-Blogged from sara-cannon.com

When I went to The opening of A Dog From Hell at Beta Pictoris Gallery, two pieces really caught my attention. They were Derek Cracco’s “The Space Between.” It was really wonderful to see this work coming from a Birmingham native! I personally really enjoyed these pieces and the extra visual dimension that they gave to emotional disconnect.

In Derek’s own words:

Space Between is an exploration of contemporary relationships filtered through fairy tales and folklore.  The two largest works each explore the emotional spaces that exist between couples.  They are grounded in the theory of the “Distancer and the Pursuer”.  This theory suggests that, in any given relationship, the emotional space between couples is always the same. One person takes on the role of the distancer, meaning that they pull away from the other, and the other pursues.  At times the roles switch, leaving the emotional distance between the two exactly two the same, and thereby never allowing their emotional states to meet. The path through the woods is a reference to this never ending journey. These works are constructed with ink jet prints and model train landscapes, creating images that oscillate between a flat, two dimensional surface and the three dimensional hills and valleys created from the landscape miniatures.

"Winter Wonderland" by Derek Cracco - Image Courtesy of Derek Cracco

"Out Of the Woods" by Derek Cracco - Image Courtesy of Derek Cracco

Derek Cracco is Assistant Professor of printmaking and computer graphics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. View more works online at derekcracco.com