I have been sort of neglectful here, but wanted to make sure we got some information up about our current show.  In conjunction with Utley’s All-Star Animals and the PSPCA, the F.U.E.L. Collection is proud to present Dogs, featuring the work of Denise Fike, Noelle Nardone, and Jay McClellan, from May 29 – June 25, 2009.  

One of my roommates was pet sitting the cutest bulldog ever for two weeks and because she is now gone and I miss her dearly, I had to include a shot of Noelle’s painting.  From the press release, “Noelle Nardone’s paintings are a shout out to LOLcats and punk grunge skate culture that shows people’s need to communicate with, to, and through animals.  Similar to wheat-pasted advertisements on the side of walls, Nardone masks and paints her animals and words directly on maple and oak board, further illustrating her punk rock roots that inadvertently bring to mind a call to action for animal rights.”

 

Painting by Noelle Nardone

Painting by Noelle Nardone

Jay McClellan paints his three dogs Drew, Tip, and Honey inside their home in bright vivid domestic spaces, capturing the personalities of man’s best friend.  His aesthetic places the dogs in dreamlike interiors full of pattern and color, that somehow feel homey and calm and highlights the intelligence of our domestic friends.  

Denise Fike’s work is a celebration of her love of fashion and animals.  She has a background in fashion illustration, and her high gloss, highly illustrative, pop artworks reverse the conventional notion of dogs as the ultimate accessory and instead remind us that fashion is the accessory and animals are equal companions and friends.  

 

Below are some snaps from our First Friday opening.

 

First Friday with Jay's work

First Friday with Jay's work

 

 

 

Shots from First Friday, with Noelle, Jay, and Tip and Honey.

Shots from First Friday, with Denise, Jay, and Tip and Honey. Painting by Denise.