january through february

Paul Beck, Allen Brewer & Pat Snow

  • opening reception: friday, january 13, 7-9pm
  • exhibition dates: january 13 - february 19, 2012

True Story explores the purity of perception, the accuracy of memory, and the truth of desires. This exhibition features paintings from Paul Beck and Allen Brewer and watercolor mixed media works from Pat Snow.


Paul Beck

Paul Beck currently lives in Austin, Texas. He wears many hats including visual artist, filmmaker and animator. As an animator, Beck worked on the feature films Scanner Darkly and Waking Life. He has also written, directed and animated music videos for David Byrne, The Black Eyed Peas and Radiohead. His visual art has been exhibited at AMOA’s 22 to Watch and New American Talent at Arthouse.

“I want my work to provoke thoughts first for me, and then for the viewer. I make images for me. That is the power I give myself as a human being. I truly appreciate the viewer’s response to the work. I consider art-making a true act of freedom.”


Allen Brewer

My recent leanings as an artist have been that of truth and purity of perception. This investigation of form, verity, and accuracy has made me more aware of infinitesimal structures that are crucial to thingness.

For the past few years I have been making drawings using typewriter carbon and found photography, transcribing exacting details from the photo (via carbon) onto a substrate. The result is a “ghost”, devoid of any human embellishment or direct mark making. This process has caused me to draw and paint “blindly”, or refusing to look at the substrate while I work. Instead, my focus pinpoints every detail and form that makes the subject the subject. By eliminating my own perception of the thing, I am getting closer to its truth.


Pat Snow

Pat Snow came to his art practice after studying and working alongside Robert Colescott and Reverend Howard Finster where he was introduced to the use of humor and narrative in his art. Snow has focused on drawing as a medium to express his concerns and desires. He uses the cliché and the vernacular of the storyteller to further his art practice by continuously rearranging the visuals and stories he encounters to critique and explore narrative. He gathers the raw materials for his art from the personal, popular media, bad jokes and art history. He then reconditions them through his own thoughts and feelings. He lets his narrative images flow, allowing one image to slip to another, creating possibilities and a rich, open-ended story. Pat Snow’s artistic approach questions how one remembers and constructs a personal history and eventually tests how reliable and trustworthy ones memories are.

Paul Beck - I made it to cereal boxes in the wrong way
Paul Beck - Though his heart was pure, his deeds were dirty
Paul Beck  - MIC - Obamay
Paul Beck - A bird watching
Paul Beck - I had a vision of a blue bird singing a tune about money, I still don’t know what it means.
Paul Beck - KEY - Ricky
Paul Beck - Conventioneer
Paul Beck - I Vote
Paul Beck - Yo bro you’re lookin’ at it
Paul Beck - Peace bro stop droppin’ your shit on me
Paul Beck - Take it easy bro you’ve taken all I got
Paul Beck - What now bro
Paul Beck - Nice out bro
Paul Beck - Where’s the love bro
Allen Brewer - Wolfman
Allen Brewer - Divine
Allen Brewer - Class Photos of Anonymous Boy
Allen Brewer - Poopy
Allen Brewer - The Reagan Years
Allen Brewer - Highway to Heaven via Two Oceanic Oil Fires
Allen Brewer - Saved
Allen Brewer - Communicado
Allen Brewer - Bette Davis
Pat Snow - F5
Pat Snow - I have boring dreams
Pat Snow - Record Shop Girl
Pat Snow - I think my dog might be a racist
Pat Snow Sleeping vs Waking
Pat Snow - Girl Crazy / Crazy Girl
Pat Snow - I'd gone blank
Pat Snow - I'd Just barely met her
Pat Snow - The idiot
Pat Snow - Mary Janes