I really like “Awkward x 2″ as the name for a pair of collaborative artists. Beyond having a cool name it sounds like they create really interesting work. I particularly am intrigued by their use of technology as the jumping off point for paintings. Sounds very interesting. I’ll have to check it out soon.
The Awkward rule is that the painting isn’t finished until either artist is sure of who did what. They start their paintings by combining two very different kinds of grid systems, and proceed to generate unpredictable and complex surfaces, combining color and space to evoke energy and movement operating according to a logic which neither painter could have generated alone.
Awkward x 2 uses science and technology as a starting point for much of the work. Paintings range from references of the unimaginable speed at which light particles leave a black hole to technological connections of artists through history who have attempted to replicate the brightest whites known during their lives (i.e. Manet replicating electric light, Mondrian recreating the light from movie projectors, and for Awkward the light of the computer screen).
In the best awkward moment relating to a press release ever one Awkward x 2′s artists left the following comment:
Actually our press release came out with a misprint, Awkward x 2′s policy is that our paintings are not finished until neither artist can tell who did what, the reverse of what the press release says… Kinda awkward…
May 2nd – July 27th, 2012
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 2nd, 5-9p
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday 9a-5p
Friday 9a-10p, Saturday 10a-10p