21 Mar

"The Fungus Among Us" a showcase of new works by NYC based artist & muralist, John Breiner

03/21/2017 - 04/01/2017
All Day
Converge Gallery

March brings the Converge Gallery debut of John Breiner with his show, "Fungus Among Us." This exhibition is ultimately about the interaction of humans and nature. John loves contemplating the idea of humans taking from nature and then nature eventually reclaiming what humans took. With the state of the world today, this show features new, darker additions of walls, bricks, and patriotic creatures amongst the constant battle between humans and the world around them. The exhibition opening will be held on Friday, March 3rd from 6-9pm. An exclusive Gallery Insiders preview hour will be held from 5:00 - 6:00. RSVP is required and attendees must register in advance at https://convergegallery.com/register-collectors-preview-hour/ or by emailing john@convergegallery.com. The exhibition runs from March 3rd - April 1st, 2017.

Books, salvaged paper, and found objects are Breiner's work surfaces of choice, and he constantly looks for surfaces with stains and other telltale marks of a past life. His hope is to create a seamless interaction with the piece, to join image to surface as naturally as possible, and push it out into the world with a new story to tell. 

The title "The Fungus Among US" refers to a number of things and have been on John's mind for years. Originally, his work manifested itself in a vegetative way, where all his work, whether it be of people, planets or buildings, began to be covered with vegetation, decay of former man made structures, and scenes of nature taking back. This is still a main focus in his work and reuse is still a heavy topic as most of the surfaces John works on are found objects, books or old paper. 

However, about a year ago, John began to notice his messages taking an even darker turn from warnings of destroying the planet to reflecting a change in the country. Suddenly hatred and fear was growing in a vegetative way and began to almost overshadow everything else he was working on. Naturally John's work took a turn to accommodate this.

Now as current talk of walls and bans emerges, so has a call to America to wake up. Many of his images now deal with the so called, "symbols of America", (a far cry from their original meanings). Now John portrays them in a decaying and broken down manner as they change from the original meanings to now a sort of mockery of just how far down the wrong road we've come both environmentally and culturally.

About the Artist

John Breiner is a visual / sound artist hailing from New York. Getting his artistic start at a young age, John was immersed in the comic, skateboarding and graffiti scene of New York City in the early 1990s. While living in Brooklyn in 2000, he made his transition from street graffiti to the work he does now, focusing on found objects with special attention to reusing books and book paper.  

John has maintained a career as an Illustrator, fine artist, and muralist for well over two decades. While the focus of his personal work revolves around the reuse of found items (specifically, old paper, books, and book jackets), he has also painted large-scale murals, various private commissions and designs, and curated a number of group art shows and installations. 

After spending 15 years in NYC, John currently lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley. He is living and working as an artist and DJ while preparing for a number of shows on both coasts and working on various design and mural projects.

John's works have been exhibited internationally in Turkey, Italy, Switzerland and China, as well as nationally in New York City, Miami, Austin, Los Angeles, Washington D.C, Philadelphia and San Francisco. 

About Converge Gallery

Converge Gallery was founded in 2011. The gallery, already internationally recognized for its ambitious program, has been extremely selective and focused on finding emerging or notable mid-career artists with a contemporary emphasis oriented to display the most challenging and innovative art.

What we are trying to do, without any pretense to define art, is to elevate the discussion about art, reality, and perception. Converge Gallery's goal is to sell the meaning, cultural context, and the individual point of view of the artist. Both artist and collector are encouraged to approach a certain level of aesthetic value, clarity of content, and vision.

The greatest achievement for us would be to extend the boundaries of art, and generate a conversation between artists and the general public.

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