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JULY 31 THROUGH AUGUST 21, 2009

Sin Alley/Robots & Hungry Animals/Voodoo Kitchen

CRAIG BOSTICK, FISH MCGILL, GAVIN PETERSEN

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SPACE 242 , Boston’s lowbrow destination, proudly announces its July 2009 exhibitions: SIN ALLEY, featuring new work by Craig Bostick, ROBOTS & HUNGRY ANIMALS, featuring new work by Fish McGill; and VOODOO KITCHEN, featuring new work by Gavin Petersen. The exhibition, on view July 31 through August 21, features a variety of new work by these three illustration artists. The opening reception, Friday, July 31, runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Boston’s South End, 242 E. Berkeley Street, 2nd floor (between Albany Street and Harrison Avenue). The artists will also host an artist talk Tuesday, August 18, from 7:00 to 8:00p.m. RSVP required for attendance at either event at ww.space242.com. Regular gallery hours are Friday evenings, 6:30-8pm, and by appointment. No RSVP is necessary for visiting during regular gallery hours.

SPACE 242 July’s exhibitions are sponsored in part by The Weekly Dig, and ArtScope Magazine.

About Craig Bostick
Craig Bostick returns to SPACE 242 after his 2008 exhibition TRICYCLE with SIN ALLEY, a collection of new illustrations and paintings. According to Bostick, this new body of work is “an interpretation of sin and Satan skewed through a mind immersed in mid-twentieth century pop culture. It seems The Seven Deadly Sins are never far away even in the relatively innocent pursuits of comic books, toys, B-movies, and commercial advertising if you are twisted enough to look for it.” Adopting semi-abstract figures, economy of line, and the flat color palette associated with that period, Bostick playfully explores the darker side of humanity.

An illustrator, designer, comic artist, and photographer, Bostick’s work has appeared in various books and magazines including Bazaar Bizarre by Greg Der Ananian (2005, Viking Studio). His comics have appeared in many anthologies including Boy Trouble, Sidewalk Bump, Pink Medicine, SPX 2001, and Last Cry for Help. In his spare time he plays guitar and sings in the punky-pop band Spoilsport. He lives in Boston.

About Fish McGill
Priding himself on being “an artist devoted to drawing,” Fish McGill’s new work, ROBOTS & HUNGRY ANIMALS, uses characters to communicate and question his involvement in and perception of society. He focuses on robots as literal and metaphorical machines that convey ideas on what it means to be human. According to Fish the robots “are each trying to fit in as members of society, beyond their limited functionality. You could say they’re in over their heads. Everybody can relate to wanting to be part of the fun or feeling anxious about biting off more than you can chomp.” When asked about the robots questioning society, he answers “you may think a robot is totally boring at first glance. But then you hang out and discover you both share an equal love of Prince or something else!”

He has exhibited at the ICA, Worcester Art Museum, LAB, in Massachusetts, as well as in New York, Montreal, and Japan. Fish’s work has been commissioned professionally by the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), the Berwick Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Nike, MTV, Deitch Projects, Company One, Harmonix Music Systems, IdN, Adobe, and The Weekly Dig. Fish earned his BFA in S.I.M. (New Media) from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Originally from Somerville, he lives in Quincy.

About Gavin Petersen
VOODOO KITCHEN, Petersen’s first professional exhibition, features tribal motifs, intense decoration, skulls, hearts, crosses, and “an intricate geometry and symmetry, similar in Aztec, Egyptian, Mayan, or Voodoo art. The disturbing look on some of the characters reminded me of Voodoo dolls – there is a warped cuteness to them.” For his own characters, he likes to mix “cute and disturbing, primitive and futuristic, human and animal. For VOODOO KITCHEN, he intends the characters to “be viewed like symbols or spirits on a totem pole.”

Petersen began drawing as a child, inspired by super heroes, cartoon characters, video games, and crude comic books. According to Petersen “I’m attracted to more of the outlandish, fantastical side of things.” Of recent, he’s worked with oil paint markers “as it goes straight onto most surfaces with ease. Using different sizes and colors, you can create really bold work, but in an illustrative way.” This is an evolution in Petersen’s aesthetic, as according to the artist “I have more skill in black and white drawing. This exhibition pushes my use of color and will hopefully take my work to the next level.”

Petersen cites influences including Frank Miller, James Jean, Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird, Masashi Tanaka, Greg Simkins, Todd Schorr, street art, magazines, toys, and graphic novels. Originally from the Massachusetts’ Berkshires, Petersen will receive his BFA in Art and Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design this summer. He lives in Boston.