Friday, April 24, 2009

The Pop Shop Gallery/(art)ificial Gallery - Deckwreckers

The Pop Shop Gallery/(art)ificial Gallery
17020 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107

New Gallery Opens and Defines Arts District in Lakewood

The Pop Shop Gallery opens new doors and births a new child. On May 2nd 2009, the Pop Shop opens it’s second wing (once it’s studio space) to a new gallery called (Art)ificial Gallery. (Art)ificial Gallery will be a contemporary gallery geared towards national and seasoned artists, complimenting the Pop Shop which supports local and up and coming artists. This space will help define the arts in the Cleveland area, and anchor the arts district growing on the east side of Madison Ave.

(Art)ificial Gallery will present its first show entitled “DECKWRECKERS” (a group skateboard art show ) for it’s unveiling on May 2nd, 2009 from 6-9pm curated by Keith Corcoran. This show will run from May 2 - May 29, 2009.

NYC transplant and contemporary artist Keith Corcoran joins forces with (art)ificial Gallery in Lakewood, Ohio to bring you a hand-picked collection of tasty artwork slathered onto hundreds of layers of wood veneer goodness. While there is no overall subject matter theme to the show, the common thread is the use of a blank skate deck as a substrate for the artwork.

As curator of this group art show, Keith has assembled the talents of more than 20 artists from Ohio, Los Angeles and New York City. The diverse artist list for DECKWRECKERS features fine artists, children's book illustrators, graffiti artists and others who bring their own unique approach to a common wooden “canvas.”

"One of my goals in curating this show, aside from bringing together top talent, is to give the gallery visitor an immersive experience that compels them to want to see the show more then once," says Keith. To accomplish this goal Keith transforms the gallery space into an environment that not only complements the individual artwork contained within but brings the various pieces together for a complete experience.

In addition to the opening of (Art)ificial Gallery, the Pop Shop will house its 4th anniversary show simultaneously. Two shows for the price of one, for low, low price of FREE!

DECKWRECKERS and the 4th Anniversary show will kick the night off at 6pm on Saturday, May 2nd and will feature music, drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a special after-party for attendees at 9pm at Mullens on Madison (