February 1 – March 1, 2014
Opening Reception February 1st 3-6pm
Gordon Skinner Gallery
315 Peck Street, Building 5
New Haven, CT 06513
The Gordon Skinner Gallery will host its latest gallery exhibition “Art and Soul” beginning with an opening reception on February 1, 2013 from 3pm-6pm. The opening reception will be hosted and broadcasted live from the gallery on 94.3 WYBC Yale University radio station. The exhibition will feature new and never before seen works by Gordon Skinner and for the first time exhibiting in Connecticut will be the works of twin fashion designers and artists Coco and Breezy. Works by Gordon Skinner, who’s colorful textured art confronts issues of identity, individuality and disparity, will include new original paintings and for the first time a wide range of works on paper by the artist. Works on paper by Skinner will be collages as well as a number of drawings including an expressive portrait series of artists and gallerists inspired by the 80’s Garbage Pail Kids trading cards. In addition to original works, prints and fine art buttons will be available at the exhibition.
Coco and Breezy are twin sisters based in Brooklyn, NY who are known for designing several lines of custom eyewear and accessories that are worn by the likes of celebrities such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Serena Williams and several others. The two are also visual artists and have recently launched a line of sweatshirts donning the images of their paintings. Coco and Breezy’s eyewear, sweatshirts and original paintings will be on view and available at the exhibition.
In addition to having the live broadcast by 94.3 WYBC, the reception is also being sponsored by downtown menswear clothing store Raggs. Raggs will hold a raffle for a $50 gift card toward a purchase at the store available to attendees who attend the opening reception on February 1st.
About Gordon Skinner - Skinner is a contemporary artist based in the Greater New Haven area. His work has been exhibited throughout Connecticut and New York including a solo exhibition at Yale University's Afro-American Cultural Center. The listing to his first solo show was a featured listing in the New York Times. In just four years of painting, his work has been archived at Vanderbilt University for research for art history. One of his paintings was licensed as the cover art of Fairfield University’s annual literary journal “Dogwood Journal”. He was commissioned to create an original painting that is the poster and image representing the documentary film "The Invisible Ones directed by an Emmy award winning filmmaker. Many articles have been written on him in publications such as Yale University’s The New Journal. He has also been featured in television interviews and panel discussions at universities about his art. His work is in many private collections and has been displayed as a part of many public art exhibitions.
About Coco and Breezy – Based in Brooklyn, NY, Coco and Breezy are twin sister fashion designers who came to prominence for their custom designed eyewear and accessories. Their eyewear designs have been worn by the likes of many celebrities such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kelly Osborne, Nicki Minaj and tennis player Serena Williams amongst others. Their eyewear and accessories have been featured in fashion magazines such as Glamour, GQ, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Teen Vogue, WWD and New York Magazine. They have travelled the world lecturing and giving workshops about the artistic and business side of fashion. Since moving to NYC from Minnesota, the two have done many design collaborations with Adidas and Sprayground while still creating works of art of their own on canvas. More info at www.cocoandbreezy.com