NoseGo at Paradigm Gallery

Posted by DoN Brewer on June 04, 2012
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Nosego at Paradigm Gallery
NoseGo at Paradigm Gallery

NoseGo at the new Paradigm Gallery

Paradigm Gallery moved to 803 South Fourth Street after a having a go at 20th & South. The new gallery looks just like the old one but now will attract the audience curator Sara McCorriston is seeking.  NoseGo is the featured artist in the new space with a fantastic collection of paintings in a style combining surrealism, animal portraits, skate-punk and street art with classic brushwork and paint application.  Fourth Friday on Fourth Street, South of South Street, is a monthly art event and the grand opening of the new space was packed with art enthusiasts, NoseGo & I stepped out onto Fabric Row to talk about the show.

 

Nosego at Paradigm Gallery
NoseGo at Paradigm Gallery

DoN: I really like your work, it’s kind of surrealism mixed with collage and street art.

NoseGo: I guess it’s urban contemporary art, you know? It’s street art inspired but I try to throw a little bit of traditional work into the mix.

DoN:  You’ve got a lot of skill.

NoseGo: Thank you, it’s like it’s not but at the same time it can be.  Also, just because a lot of the paintings are kind of subconscious, so often I’ll start with an animal that I want to paint and depending on what I’m listening to and the mood I’m in it kind of like inspires what builds around it.  And then often if I want a certain type of shape? I’ll start to think of objects or elements that have either a certain type of curvature or something more angled or longer, elongated to form this composition that I want.  And then often I try to picture the work just like black and white as if it was a silhouette, that’s how I create the imagery.

Nosego at Paradigm Gallery
NoseGo at Paradigm Gallery
Nosego at Paradigm Gallery
NoseGo at Paradigm Gallery

DoN:  So it’s all thought out ahead of time then?

NoseGo:  It is, but never planned, the only time it’s planned is when I do work for clients and they want to see what it’s going to look like. But for me personally, I like to be surprised by the end result.  I feel if I already know what it’s going to look like it’s kind of boring, and even if I have an idea in my head, but it’s always changing. I’ll sit down and think I want to paint a tiger and have a van on top of his head and what shapes and elements can I put around it to make it more interesting as a composition.

DoN: Is there any symbolism to the animals?

NoseGo: Sometimes, not often. A lot of time when you see a tiger or it can be from maybe like something that someone read the wrong way, a lot of times when you see a wild animal with one of my more cartoon characters, it’s kind of the way I picture myself.  Like a silly guy, I’m outside but inside, I’m more a powerful creature but it’s playful, I’m not trying to push meaning. But when you see those type of paintings that’s often what I’m getting at.

DoN: You mentioned street art, did you make a transition from street art to gallery art?

NoseGo: Yes, I think so. It was a weird transition. So, I grew up in Philadelphia and I took fine art classes, my Mom was an illustrator, I took classes at Fleisher and then I went to CAPA and I had a painting teacher named Jaqueline Kunin and she would only let us use primary colors and white, we had to make all our colors from scratch. I learned great color theory from her. And then I took oil painting classes at PAFA while I was in High School, with Al Gury, I believe he’s still there, if I’m not mistaken.

DoN: Um, he’s the top guy at PAFA.

NoseGo: Oh!

 

Nosego at Paradigm Gallery
NoseGo at Paradigm Gallery

NoseGo: He was a great teacher and I was still in High School when I had him. He taught me a lot. And it wasn’t until college that I studied film but I was still doing art and I guess around that time I started to explore more of the style I wanted to have with my work. Because I didn’t want to just paint, like, I have a great appreciation for fine art, but I didn’t want to just do landscapes and live drawings. I wanted to find a way of making it more playful.

Nosego at Paradigm Gallery
NoseGo at Paradigm Gallery
Nosego at Paradigm Gallery
NoseGo at Paradigm Gallery

 

Written and photographed by DoN Brewer, Contributing Writer, SideArts.com Philadelphia Art Blog

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