FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Three Man Show 'Another Christmas' at Van der Plas Gallery featuring the works of Konstantin Bokov, Joe Bloch and Alejandro Caiazza, Opening Friday, December 15, 2017 6-8 PM on view through December 31st. 156 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, NYC Open 12-6 daily.
New York, NY December 14, 2017 --Van der Plas Gallery presents, Another Christmas , a three man show featuring contemporary local artists Konstantin Bokov, Joe Bloch, and Alejandro Caiazza, displaying works that respond to the changing forces of the New Year. These artists’ works center on the idea of how to cope with and document the rapidly changing landscape of New York City on both a physical and cultural level. Neighborhoods that were once cultural icons have been replaced with ubiquitous coffee shops and boutiques hawking overpriced dungarees. The rapid succession of changes that caused them to collapse into sameness has become nearly impossible to track.
In the paintings and sculpture of Bokov, he fastidiously dates each image and writes its location, so as to keep a record of his observations. Christmas and New Years images are featured strongly in his oeuvre, marking the change into another Christmas, with another tree. These Christmas scenes feature symbols of each year. The 2017 Christmas tree quite presciently features a bed and a clock, perhaps suggesting that we wake up and come to our senses.
Meanwhile, Bloch and Caiazza, who work together in the CreativeBloch collective, feature a more brazen approach to the changes of city life, taking on an imagined and gritty character in their respective works. Bloch features a bad santa amongst his characters in the Sticky City. Meanwhile, Caiazza features a miserly Grinch and his reindeer. These works make us laugh but perhaps also urge compassion, as no one really wants to live amongst the oddball denizens of Sticky City.
About Konstantin Bokov
Konstantin Bokov (1940- ), is a New York-based outsider artist who was born in Ukraine and expelled by the Soviet Union in 1975. Encouraged by the liberal atmosphere in New York City, the artist never puts limits on his art. Instead, he draws inspiration from his cultural background and the energetic local art scene, and keeps exploring different styles and materials. Beginning with paper works and city landscape painting, his sensitivity to the nature of beauty soon led him to his signature style. From the mid 90s, Bokov has developed a unique creation method, picking up and recycling objects discarded by others as trash, and then transforming them into the outstanding artwork. His collage and sculptural works are the product of keen observation, wild imagination, and bold construction and drawing skills.
About Joe Bloch
Joe is the founder and creator of CREATIVEBLOCH and has over 25 years experience as an artist, illustrator and Creative Director. He graduated RIT with a BFA in medical illustration and illustrated countless books, journals and magazine covers for various clients. Joe's highly textured acrylic paintings are known for their bold, expressive style. He created CREATIVEBLOCH art magazine, a publication for emerging and established contemporary artists. He is also the illustrator and author of "STICKY CITY" a new graphic novel created entirely on the iPad Pro. Joe's work has been shown at CREATIVEBLOCH Gallery, Van Der Plas Gallery, Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, Fillin Global, Studio Milo, and the Brooklyn Waterfrot Artists Coalition. He has been active in showing through ARTINDUMBO events such as the DUMBO Open Studios, the DUMBO Arts Festival and First Thursday Gallery Walks.
About Alejandro Caiazza
Born in Santa Fé Argentina in 1972, Alejandro Caiazza has Italian roots and was raised in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. He was trained in architecture and fine arts at the Jose Maria Vargas University in Caracas Venezuela. His first one-man art-gallery exhibition as a fine artist was on April 1999 in the “Sala de Arte de Sidor” in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. In 2000, Caiazza moved to Paris, France where he lived and worked for 10 years. Caiazza started his abstract paintings mainly with black, white, and grey, giving him a vehicle to express his interior anguish. The black in his work symbolized emotions, the white was the rationalization and essential for the existence of black, while the grey brought balance. In 2010 he developed a universal language by mixing various traces, signs, figures, and colors, communicating feelings and sensations known to all. By the end of the year, he exhibited at the Lavatoio Contumatiale in Rome, Italy. Caiazza currently works and resides in New York City. He continues creating extraordinary pieces that reflect the artist’s emotions. In his most recent work he demonstrates a strong passion for American pop culture, embracing traditional forms expressed in primary colors, and sometimes adopting a ‘naive’ technique. Alejandro creates whimsical and delightful paintings at first glance, but often there is a deeper, darker side to his work. He creates elementary and childish figures, often cruel, inspired by the drawings of children, which often include criminals, skulls, clowns, and madmen.
Written by: Nicole Lania