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"Liquid Experiments: Ken Echezabal"
2005-02-05 until 2005-02-27
McCaig-Welles Gallery
Brooklyn, NY, USA United States of America

McCaig-Welles Gallery and C3 Agency are pleased to present an exhibition of work by Ken Echezabal. The exhibition opened with a reception on Saturday, February 5, 2005 with complimentary Miller High Life and candy confections served. "Good art is too damn expensive these days," according to Echezabal. Therefore, the artist and McCaig-Welles Gallery are thrilled to offer patrons an opportunity to own an original work from a respected artist at accessible rates. There will be over 200 works shown, with nearly half the collection priced at under $200.

Echezabal describes his new body of work as experiments in "stimulating serotonin." Using an inventive painting technique, slowed-down wavelike images are poured onto the canvas. The subjects range from a mother holding her child in the middle of a nuclear blast to vibrating cartoon characters in a sugar rush of candy colors. Each painting is intended to stimulate the viewer's brain chemistry, and therefore change the viewer's mood. About Ken Echezabal: Ken Echezabal, was born in Tampa's Ybor City, and raised in western Tampa's Little Havana community. He began painting murals and stage backdrops for the 1980's Ybor nightclubs. He opened "Dog Eat Dog studio" in Ybor City in 1988, inspired by Keith Harring's "Pop Shop" and Warhol's "Factory." After years of commission work, and academic training, Ken now focuses on a personal painting style fusing classical with psychedelic tribal. His current influences are trance, op, and ambient painters such as Fred Tomaselli and Gerhard Richter.

About C3 Agency: C3 is the "Future-Now Agency" that authentically fuses bold companies with youth culture. Our experts specialize in what fascinates youth - DJs, text messaging and other emerging trends - and creates the ultimate outlet for companies and culture to connect. Headquartered in NYC, C3 has 17 years of experience in producing branded experiences that captivate influential youth & young adults throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Australia. Clients include Miller High Life/Ammo Marketing, Target, LG Phones/Brand Buzz, truth Tobacco Information Campaign, AT&T Wireless, Puma, Heineken USA, Heineken Intl., Crunch Fitness, Shure Record Needles, Upoc Text Messaging, Herbie Hancock, Masters At Work, Lee Quinones, the Rock Steady Crew and more.

About McCaig-Welles Gallery: McCaig-Welles Gallery opened March 3, 2001 at Havemeyer and S. 2nd Street, and moved to its current Williamsburg location at 129 Roebling Street in September of 2003. It is an artist-run gallery emphasizing urban and street art, showing mid-career and well known artists including NYC Lase, Shepard Fairey, Futura, The Tats Cru, Seen, Quik,Ewok, Dalek, Doze, and Martha Cooper. McCaig-Welles is a member of The Williamsburg Gallery Association and was cited for "Best Graffiti Art" in "The Best of Manhattan" issue of The New York Press. Recent reviews and articles have been featured in The New York Press, AM NY, The Village Voice, The Wooster Collective, The Columbia Spectator, Paper Magazine and others.

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