Apparently, there is an art gallery on Clinton Ave between Fulton and Atlantic! I guess I need to get down there more often. Anyway, here's an interesting show going on there, featuring the artists who run the studio: BRAND US. : A ONE MAN/ONE WOMAN SHOW
Opening reception: Saturday, June 13, 2009, 6 – 10 pm
The Capital Hill Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Phillip Martin and Theresa O’Neill.
Phillip Martin was born in Kingston, Jamaica on July 7, 1974. As a young man, he moved to Dallas, Texas, where he resided until accepting a soccer scholarship from UCLA in 1992. He began coaching soccer in 1996 and continues to do so to this day. Phillip has been painting with intense dedication since 1998, though his life has always been full of images and Art. Phillip's work is rooted in history, culture, myth and the power. "I paint the things I know and love. I paint heads because anyone can be a head. People need and deserve to be remembered. In the memory of the remembrance of things past. We are the ones who must outlast. Anyone looking at a head can project themselves or whomever they think fits the profile. The heads serve as a way to document the greater narratives of all our lives throughout all of time." In addition, Phillip has been performing poetry in Los Angeles for over ten years under the name Phillharmonic. He has performed with noted luminaries Saul Williams, Lewis McAdams, Wanda Coleman and Kamau Daaood Phillip now lives and works in Brooklyn, York New. He is looking forward to getting his paintings out to the world. “My creative will wills it. We are the ones we have been waiting for.”
Theresa O’Neill was born and raised in Northern California. In childhood as of now, Theresa’s passion was to tell stories and she spent most of her childhood days creating plays and movies with friends, siblings, cousins and anyone else she could convince to play along in the great spectacle of all creative acts. In 2000, Theresa moved to Los Angeles to study theatre at UCLA and she continues to work as an actress to this day. Although Theresa has made visual work all along the path, she did not truly begin painting until 2005. Theresa’s paintings and drawings are always a deeply personal chronicling her experiences. The majority of Theresa’s work revolves around a characters she calls the Sensualist:- "To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread.” - James Baldwin. Theresa currently lives and works in Brooklyn NY. “I love it when it gets weathered and you have to tape it together. So you do. Cuz you know you going to want to see it again when you forty. And like the late night Topanga CatSkills hillside, you love every shading and curvature. Because you saw how it was formed. Because you were a part of it.”
For more information, please contact the gallery.
CAPITAL HILL GALLERY
503 ClLINTON AVE. #2 BROOKLYN NY 11238 T. 310.871.2844
The Capital Hill Gallery is both the studio and exhibition space run by Theresa O'Neill and Phillip Martin. This is the third show they've have had at the gallery since they first moved in this past September. The gallery focuses on O'Neill and Martin's work, as well as local artists, most recently Rahkeem Taylor. The last exhibition, Musec Plus Us., was filmed by BCAT. Each show thus far has continued to evolve and grow to what they hope becomes a community staple for a vibrant and vital Brooklyn art destination. They look forward to more good times ahead.