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Contact: Scotto Mycklebust, 917 697-0844, scotto@scottomycklebust.com

Scandinavian NYC Artists Transform Highline Loft for Up in the Air – Go Far

Reception/ Party Thursday Sept. 27 Featuring DJ Amore

Public Art Squad Project is pleased to present Up in the Air – Go Far. An exuberant exhibition of painting, sculpture, installation and mixed media works by artists Scotto Mycklebust and Sophie Stærk, Up in the Air- Go Far Art Show will be on view September 25 – October 2, 2018 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Highline Loft Gallery, 508 West 26th Street. NYC. Please join our beverage sponsor Wine & Spirit Magazine in the celebration and meet the artists and view their work September 27th at a party featuring DJ Amore, (Intlx Productions).

Up in the Air – Go Far Art transforms the gallery space into a colorful visual collage, at times a montage of collision, of pieces by Mycklebust and Stærk — enchanted visions of the altered visual ethics of Scotto Mycklebust’s universe, reflecting on the state of the world today, play with Sophie Stærk’s painterly and conceptual take on the domestic side of interiors, place, wilderness and sensuality to form an immersive and compelling experience.

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Reminding us of just that, artists from Lascaux to Warhol made a point of incorporating into their work imagery of the normal to the mundane, re-framed in a way that calls attention to what most of us ordinarily overlook.

In 21st Century we continue to develop myriad new directions in which to explore the object in art, provided by the expansion of both the technology to capture, transmit, manipulate and present the visual essence of Things, and the boundaries of how art itself is defined.

Of course it is up to artists to accept this invitation to expand in new directions  — or not. As evidenced by what they create in their Chelsea studios, Scotto Mycklebust and Sophie Stærk enthusiastically answered, “Yes!” In September, they will collaborate as individual creators in an expansive shared space for the exhibition Up in the Air – Go Far Art Show, featuring painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation — with and without internet intermediation.

Entering a museum-like space at the epicenter of contemporary art, expect to see bunnies, beach balls, traffic barricades – in real life and on paper, a tower of rococo chairs juxtaposed with the large-scale paintings they star in, as two artists present an environment where the viewer is immersed at every level with the intensity and significance  – from the social to the surreal — of their visual languages.

Minneapolis native and Viking descendant Scotto Mycklebust studied art and humanities at the University of Minnesota, and obtained degrees in Studio Arts, Visual Communications and Theater Set Design from Augsburg College. Mycklebust has long been a versatile and pioneering force in multimedia art; his practice encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, sound, video, and performance.  Maintaining a studio in West Chelsea since 2009, he also publishes ART511 Magazine and organizes and gathers support for prominent projects around art and activism, including regular West Chelsea gallery district’s Artists Open Studios and the recent Eminent Domain exhibition featuring over 90 feminist artists. www.scottomycklebust.com

Ann Sophie Stærk was born in Copenhagen, Denmark where she graduated from the Royal College of Art. She first exhibited in the United States in 2003 as part of the group “Quirky Girls” at the DCA Gallery in Chelsea, and later toured to Horsens Museum of Art in Denmark, where it was nominated for a prize. In 2004 Staerk was accepted to the ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program) in New York and has remained in the City, with her studio in Chelsea. Her work has been featured in Art Fairs such as: Scope, Art Basel, Miami, and the Armory Show as well as The Salvatorre Ferregamo Gallery, NYC. In 2006, Commissions include murals at the Dune design store in Tribeca, and Danfoss and a new courthouse, in Denmark. www.sophiestaerk.com

Amore is the co-owner of Intlx Productions, a production company based out of Harlem NYC, founded by Harlem School of The Arts Alumni J. Bada (Cellist & Pianist) and DJ/Producer Amore in 1998 as well as DJ for the infamous Wizards of The Styles Crew.  Recognized not only as a collector for her classic golden era, soul, funk, rare groove break sets, she has also gained notoriety for her razor sharp scratching and remixing skills. www.intlxproductions.com

Please join us and our beverage sponsor Wine & Spirit Magazine for a refreshing glass of libation to celebrate the artists and their work, September 27th,  featuring DJ Amore (Intlx Productions.)

Highline Loft Gallery, 917 697-0844, scotto@scottomycklebust.com
Gallery Hours: Tuesday September 25 – Tuesday October 2nd, 11am – 6pm
Address: 508 West 26th Street, 5th floor. New York, NY 10001

Subway information: If you are in New York, the gallery is easily accessible from the C and E trains. Simply get off at the 23rd street stop, exit at the 26th street exit, and walk 3 blocks west to 10 Ave.

For more information, visit www.gofarartshow.com