“Jade Vine", 2014
Graphite and watercolor on paper.
Acrylic spray paint on paper
“Anonymity (Translation),” 2015
Enamel on PVC Panel
Axis Gallery is pleased to present -“Triad” – a show curated by long time Axis member Phil Amrhein, featuring the unique and individual work of 3 Amrhein’s (Joe, Justin and Phil) all native to Sacramento. Joe, Phil’s brother, is a successful gallerist and practicing artist living in New York. He has shown his work nationally and internationally for over 30 years. Joe and his wife Susan, cofounded Pierogi Gallery 20 years ago in Brooklyn, NY which they recently moved to the lower east side of Manhattan. Joe is a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from Pratt institute in Brooklyn, NY. Justin, Phil’s son, is a practicing artist with an MFA from San Jose State University. He lives and works in New York City. Phil is a practicing artist living in Sacramento. He is a graduate of UC Davis with an MA in studio art from CSU Sacramento. Phil taught high school art for 25 years. This father, son, uncle, brother, connection is the premise for this show. However, their work evolved in different directions making for a very diverse and interesting exhibition.
Justin approaches his work in a more technical context, by creating intricate complex machine oriented drawings on paper. “Figuring out how things work and discovering what components are necessary to create a fully functional machine intrigues me.” His inspiration is fueled by the intricacy and sheer beauty that he finds in mechanical schematics, blue prints and instructional drawings. “By combining mechanical and biological elements in a schematic like format, I’m able to create imaginary robotic surrogates for a multitude of subjects from monarchs, orchids, trees, tools and weapons to name a few. By utilizing a morphed language of technical, biological, and invented terminology, I create labels for each component of my drawings allowing me to add commentary and humor related to the function of each piece. In my most recent work, I’m exploring animation and different drawing techniques in an attempt to create a more functional display of my botanical machines.”