December Art Shows: Bows Collective and Chris Sullivan

Our December Art show features twelve different artists, because we’re creating a Bows Collective 2012 Calendar! Each artist’s new work will be displayed in our gallery, and the printed calendars will be for sale for $15.

A teaser of Jon's work

The artists (and their respective months) are:

Dana Iske-January
Melinda Arendt-February
Mitra Fabian-March
Melissa Arendt-April
Katie Shapiro-May
Olivia Coelho-June
Richard St. Ofle-July
Corine St. Ofle-August
Liv Moe- September
Troy Mighty-October
Jon Bafus- November
Jairus Tonel- December

A teaser of Olivia's art

Troy Mighty, who came up with the idea, said, “I’ve wanted to make a calendar of my own work for years. Every year comes and goes, with me remembering the idea far too late. I spat it out to Trisha, when we first spoke of this group show, and the idea has soared, from there. [Z.e] Pangborn really encouraged me, though he might not know it, that producing such things can be easy, affordable, and locally manufactured. I can’t wait to see this calendar, throughout the whole of next year!”
A teaser of Troy’s work
The reception is this Friday, December 2nd, from 6-10 PM. Come check out some art and maybe do some Christmas shopping–calendars and vintage clothing make great gifts!
RSVP to the Facebook event here.

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The other aspect of our art shows is of course the bathroom art. Why not use that wall space for something? People need something to look at in there anyway. December’s bathroom artist is Chris Sullivan. I don’t have any images of his work, and he doesn’t have a website that I can find, but that just adds to the suspense, doesn’t it?

I did manage to ask him some questions:

How would you describe the work you’ll be displaying?

It’s just kind of stream of consciousness type art. I try not to think too much about the meaning behind what I’m doing. I usually just have an idea pop in my head or I think of something that seems fun to draw, like Garfield or something and just go with it.

Are you a full time artist or do you have a “day job”?

Yeah, I have a day job. I work at Community Thrift Store on Valencia St. in San Francisco. There’s a lot of other artists that work there and there’s always weird stuff to find.

How long have you been creating art and how do you think your style has changed since you started?

I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember, so my style has just slowly been evolving since then.

Do you have any particular influences?

Most of my influences are my friends, just being inspired by their creativity. Also comics, cartoons, skateboard art, sports, video games and various other things I was into as a kid.

What mediums do you use, and why?

I use pen and watercolor mostly. I don’t really like to use watercolor but it’s really inexpensive.

What do you think of the bathroom art shows at Bows? Do you think it’s a legitimate way to display art?

Sure, why not? I always like looking at art while I’m in the bathroom. Plus if people really hate my art, there’s a toilet they can throw up in!

Have you shown anywhere else?

Yeah, at Minna Gallery in SF and Doublebreak gallery in SD and some other little shows over the years.
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