Thursday, August 21, 2008

"Catalyst" September Show at FIFTY24SF Gallery

FIFTY24SF Gallery Presents the Group Show “Catalyst”
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 4, 2008 from 7–9:30 p.m.

“Catalyst” is a group exhibition that will include eight of today's most prominent visual artists from the abrasive music community.

The exhibit will bring together an underground community of artists in which aural and visual expressions converge. Artwork on display will comprise of a wide source of media, including new two-dimensional paintings, drawings, video installations, screen prints as well as an installation of seminal works from each of the artists’ extensive catalogues. The exhibit will be curated by Brett Aronson.

The “Catalyst” group show will be on display at FIFTY24SF Gallery from September 4–25, 2008.

Featured artists include:

Josh Graham
Josh Graham is a graphic designer, visual artist, director, and songwriter. As a graphic designer, he has worked with a variety of bands including Jesu, Neurosis, Tombs, Grails, Blood & Time on their album art, silk-screened posters, and other merchandise. Graham has directed more than twelve music videos, including ones for Dillinger Escape Plan, Enon, Isis, Underoath, and Neurosis. As a songwriter, Graham performs in the critically acclaimed Battle of Mice, Red Sparowes, and his new venture A Storm Of Light.

For more information on Josh Graham, please visit:

Aaron Turner
Aaron Turner spent much of the 1990s smoking weed and claiming to be straightedge. Today, he is the figurehead of a bizarre religious cult known as Hydra Head Records, an elitist music sect heralded in the industry for its ability to sell the same product to its customers in six or seven different colors.

He formed ISIS, a band which performs in a style that is referred to as post-metal. Turner participates in several musical projects including working with bands Old Man Gloom, House Of Low Culture, Drawing Voices, and Lotus Eaters. He also does drawings and designs album covers.

For more information on Aaron Turner, please visit his blog:

Seldon Hunt
Seldon Hunt is an artist, designer, illustrator, photographer, writer, and filmmaker that has designed posters and cover art for many contemporary musical visionaries including Neurosis, Khanate, Jesu, Null, Hydrahead Records, Isis, Kid 606, Lotus Eaters, Troum, etc. He has made documentaries about ISIS, subculture in Antwerp, and recently Earth and Dylan Carlson. He has been featured in numerous publications including Terrorizer, Revolver, Rocksound, Versus, iDn, Vice, Computer Arts, and he has appeared in documentaries covering modern rock culture.

For more information on Seldon Hunt, please visit:

Aaron Horkey
Aaron Horkey was raised in the small farming community of Windom, Minnesota. He is known for his debilitating social ineptitude, enjoys desolation, and he has a perverse attention to detail. Currently ensconced in a rustic whistle stop just west of the Mississippi, he whiles away the hours staring at his workstation and cultivating ulcers until eventually giving into the overwhelming desire to work in the yard. Horkey is the sole survivor of the Black Osprey Dead Arts Society and founding member of the Cottonwood County Druids Skateboard Gang.

For more information on Aaron Horkey, please visit:

Justin Bartlett
Inspired by religious and theological conflicts, environmental decay, and man's inhumanity, Justin Bartlett spends hours and hours obsessing over every last detail. Be it hand-drawn, corpse-ridden manifestations, or digital collage works, his work is an excessively detailed visual experience. Bartlett has illustrated and designed for a diverse range of bands including SUNN O))), Gorgoroth, Apoptygma Berzerk, Cadaver, Aura Noir, Trap Them, and Intronaut. He has illustrated for Adbusters and Vice Magazine and has been featured in Rock Sound and Terrorizer. As of late he is working on projects for Creature Skateboards and a Norwegian line of apparel called "Anti-Sweden."

For more information on Justin Bartlett, please visit:

Stephen Kasner
Stephen Kasner was born in 1970 and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. The cloudy, icy winters and cold steel mills of the Northeast Coast ingrained a sense of existential struggle for survival and spiritual introspection in the artist from the beginning.

Kasner studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, earning a BFA with a major in Illustration and double minors in Drawing and Photography. His interest in combining art with music has continually surfaced throughout his career. He has collaborated on visuals with many eclectic musicians, including Martin Grech, SUNN 0))), darsombra, Khlyst, Integrity, Lotus Eaters, and others. He continually pursues his own personal exploration in music under the moniker Blood Fountains, and he is collaborating with Dwid Hellion and Jacob Bannon as a trio called Irons.

Kasner's work has been exhibited worldwide with exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Berlin. His first solo exhibition in New York City will be held at Last Rites Gallery in February 2009.

To learn more about Stephen Kasner, please visit:

Dwid Hellion
Dwid Hellion was born in Indiana and currently resides in Belgium. He is the founding member/frontman of pioneering hardcore metal band Integrity. He is currently a member of the band Irons. In addition, Hellion is also a visual artist who has created albums for Moutheater, Vegas, Pulling Teeth, and Living Hell.

For more information on Dwid Hellion, please visit:

Florian Bertmer
Florian Bertmer was born in Germany in 1978 and to his mother's surprise drew his first skull at the age of five. He smokes a pack a day and drinks way too much Coca Cola when he is not at the drawing table. He is currently studying Illustration in Münster, Germany. He has worked for Converge, Napalm Death, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Integrity, Pig Destroyer, The Hope Conspiracy, Dillinger Escape Plan, Job for a Cowboy and many other bands.

To learn more about Florian Bertmer, please visit:

Upcoming Shows at FIFTY24SF Gallery
Upper Level Gallery: Word to Mother, Empte, Misty Avlia Ovalles
Ground Level Gallery: Koralie

Upper Level and Ground Level Gallery: Insect

FIFTY24SF Gallery Contact Information
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 12–6 p.m. and by appointment
Address: 252 & 248 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Contact: Kimberly Verde / Phone: (415) 252-9144 / Email:

Source: Lisa Revelli at Upper Playground

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