featuring Jenn Brisson, Kristian Adam & Phresha
September 8–30, 2016
When your mind has gone deep space fishing, what creatures will it encounter? Cosmic Sea features new works from Jenn Brisson, Kristian Adam and Phresha. The nautical and metaphysical theme sets the stage for the many colourful new works by the three artists. Invisible sea creatures, extra-terrestrial ocean babes, jellypurrrs and octophants, magical coral reefs, an army of lollipop licking dolphins floating through the milky way. Oh, and don’t forget…. SPACECRABS! These are just some of the amazing things you soon may witness. Both plants and animals first evolved in the sea. Now they must evolve in space and the deep sea of our minds!
Jenn Brisson started her art career in Classical Animation working on kids’ TV Shows and films for many moons. All that time drawing cartoons mixed with an interest for the macabre has brought equal parts strange and saccharine to her art. Jenn loves to paint pictures that tell stories and showcase characters that rule in far away places; nature’s mysteries and curious beings that long to learn more about life and the viewer that gazes upon them. These mischievous creatures live upon textured backgrounds made with mixed materials, such as spray paint, stencils and ripped paper. They will draw you in with their hypnotic eyes, soft contours and calming colours, and hope to enchant you so you may dream of other places where magic still exists. Jenn’s work has shown in galleries across Canada and in the US and has also made an appearance in Vancouver’s local street scene. Her work has been published in comics, kids’ novels and various art books, was showcased on CBC’s TV Show “Crash Gallery” and has recently been exploring mural painting. Last year she completed an 8×54′ mural for Downtown Vancouver and has just finished a collaborative 600sf mural in New York City. Currently living in the Vancouver neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant, Jenn continues to chase magic beings and is living life to the fullest.
Kristian Adam is a Canadian born artist. He exhibits regularly throughout Vancouver and in galleries around the world and has been featured in books and television. His paintings often combine themes of nature and invention from the humorous perspective of animals which he refers to as “NymNums.” Dr Seuss’s body of work and a book called the Codex Seraphinianusóbrilliant books filled with surrealistic and organic Rube Golberg-like contraptionsó have helped serve as inspiration to creating his more recent landscapes and devices. Born 1978 in Edmonton, Alberta, Kristian grew up on a small farm near Grande Prairie. Recurring themes of nature in his work are inspired from his childhood living in the country.
Phresha was born with a crayon in her hand. This mischievous child of colour that grew up in Toronto currently resides in Vancouver BC. Her work can be described as vibrant and playful organic flows with seductive female forms and whimsical undertones. Sultry, mysterious vixens are often found frolicking with feral kittens and other wild creatures. Currently, Phresha is focusing on gallery shows, commission work and sampling all the delicious sushi down the coast. “As a visual artist, I am fascinated by the female form, as the embodiment of Mother Nature and her many manifestations. She is the divine goddess, an ethereal warrior, the seductress and the mistress among her many incarnations. A creature of mysterious beauty and allure, she frolicks with whimsical creatures in the planes of my imagination.”