Young Guns 6 WINNERS

2008: Continuously evolving, Young Guns 6 saw efforts to make the competition even more exclusive, by limiting the number of potential winners to 50. This also marked the first year of the Young Guns Cube. While this was essentially a smaller version of the acclaimed ADC Cube, it started a process that would soon become a major part of Young Guns tradition. The Cubes were awarded in a ceremony and exhibition on September 4, 2008.

 

Mike Perry

Mike Perry makes paintings, animation, sculptures, books, public art installations, monographs, exhibitions, drawings, silkscreens, and more. His creative purpose is to conjure that feeling of soul-soaring wonder you have when you stare into distant galaxies on a dark night, when you go on long journeys into the imagination, when you ponder what it is that this life is all about. In so doing, he celebrates form: of the human body, of shapes and lines that coalesce into lyrical masses, of the vastness of the cosmos and the questions it calls us to. In Mike’s patterns, portraits, and dreamscapes, there are layers upon layers of meaning, some erased, some covering, some asking you to look deeper, some no longer there but still vibrating with a story that sought not to be forgotten. His use of color, pattern, and form, at times child-like, expresses a joyful spirit and a reverence for the bliss that is inherent in the human experience. He is continually exercising his faith in the transformative power of making things. His work can be considered love notes to the abstract, unknowable future that is all possibility in the present. He invites you to join him on this curious journey to discover more of the unknown.

Mike’s work has been exhibited across the globe in countries such as Germany, Australia, China, Singapore, and Holland with solo shows featured in London - “The Landscape Between Time & Space” 2008, Tokyo - “We are the Infinity of Each Other” 2011, NY - “Wandering Around Wondering” 2012, and most recently “Intoxicating Pollen Wiggling in a Moist Journey of Constantly Blooming Tides” at Garis & Hahn’s new Los Angeles location in the fall of 2017. He is the curator of the ongoing series “#GetNudeGetDrawn” which just had its sixth installment in the spring of 2018. His foray into the world of animation has been highlighted by his continued work on Comedy Central’s Broad City along with an audio/visual collaborative installation at the Dolby Headquarters in San Francisco as part of their ongoing Artist Series. To round out his creative canon one can throw in a dozen art & design books in print along with a stint of illustrations for Playboy magazine. When Mike is not sharing his knowledge at the likes of Parsons at the New School, Adobe’s 99U conference, or an 8th grade art class at the World School, he is drinking coffee and painting in his Brooklyn based studio under the watchful gaze of Bass the dog.

 

 

 

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