Join bG Gallery July 2nd as they proudly present “Complicated Contradictions”, the highly anticipated exhibition of Mike Maxwell. Immersed in a diverse range of styles and interpretations, the emotive narratives and textured brushwork will stimulate your imaginative facilities.
This is the gallery’s first in-person exhibition since March, so help them celebrate! If you’re in the area, tours are available in groups of 5 throughout the day from 3-8pm. Save your spot and book an appointment! To add to your collection and view all available artwork, visit bG Gallery’s online shop.
This is the first major exhibition for Maxwell in ten years and is a long-awaited exhibit by a highly respected artist in the scene.bG Gallery
Mike Maxwell “Complicated Contradictions”
Exhibition Dates: July 2 – July 25, 2020
Zoom Reception: Thursday, July 2nd from 7-9pm | Zoom code 3109064211
Streaming live via @bggallery
Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Space A2 | Santa Monica, CA 90404
For collector preview, inquiries and to make an appointment to visit the gallery, contact [email protected] | Phone: +1 310-906-4211
The gallery is open Tuesday- Saturday 1:30am – 6pm at Bergamot Station, next door to the Bergamot Cafe
Complicated Contradictions is not themed. Rather it’s a visual journalistic interpretation of my past, and current experiences over the last two years.Mike Maxwell
bG Gallery Press Release // bG Gallery reopens w/ underground art star Mike Maxwell’s first solo exhibition in 10 years. Complicated Contradictions offers visitors to see his self-curated exhibition, booking one-on-one tours with the artist and gallerists on July 2nd.
A long-awaited exhibition, this is the first major exhibition for Maxwell in 10 years. Maxwell has been highly respected in the underground art world since the late 1990s, when he worked as an artist assistant for Shepard Fairey. His art came into popular culture awareness after he created the portrait logo for the popular Joe Rogan podcast. His own podcast, “Live Free Podcast,” was an artist-interviewing-artist platform that saw over 100 episodes over a five-year span and featured the likes of Mike Giant, Anthony Lister, Ed Templeton, and many other prominent painters and creative types from the scene. In 2011, he and Mike Giant were featured in an art film titled “Working Class,” created by Jeff Durkin of Bread Truck Films.
For over 20 years, Maxwell has spent equal portions of time painting murals in the streets, drawing on train cars, and painting in his studio. His art is gritty yet mature, raw yet refined. His work is a mix of influence and experience from the street scene, to old school graphic techniques to old masters. Renaissance master, Albrecht Durer, as one of his primary influences.
Maxwell’s paintings are from the heart and void of any censorship or concern for mass affirmation. He is an unapologetic contrarian that is not afraid to speak his mind, which is evident in his body of work – a quality found in the purest of paintings. Whether shown here, anywhere else or not at all, these paintings would have been painted because painting for Maxwell is like air and water to the rest of us. This exhibition is a collection from the tap of Maxwell’s creativity. In an effort to showcase his art in the purest light, bG Gallery has given full creative reign to Maxwell to integrate his recent works into a one-of-a-kind exhibition. The result is an eclectic body of work with different clusters of themes coming together.
The safety of visitors is of the utmost importance to bG Gallery with this reopening to the public. Safety protocols and guidelines are in place, and visitors will experience the exhibition in tours of up to 5 people throughout the opening day on July 2 and by appointment for the remaining run of the exhibition. On these tours opening day on July 2, visitors will be guided by the artist himself, offering a unique reception experience and personal insight into the work.
Press and VIPs are invited to join for a preview with a light lunch and champagne prior to the event 1-2pm. Press previews are also available from Tuesday, June 30, onward by appointment.
The preview waiting list is currently open.
About bG Gallery // bG Gallery specializes in accomplished artists who have crossed traditionally contentious art ideologies including expressive-conceptual, insider-outsider, high-low and figurative-abstract.
The post modern era raised questions about the importance of originality and genre. We believe that an ‘anything goes’ answer to these questions has led to short lived market trends that are unfair to the investors and artists that get caught up in them. A more appropriate response to the postmodern quandary is an exploration of voices that survive through multiple genres and movements. Works that speak to true vision in conjunction to a pioneering approach typically are the works that have established historical legacy.
Our aim is to bring authentic art with elements of human spirit back to the forefront of the contemporary art scene. Art that does not hide and succeeds in spite or because of its flaws. bG Gallery strives to foster, establish, and secure the careers of artists producing work in these disciplines.