Chuck & George Magnetron
June 2 - June 29, 2017
Reception: June 2, 2017; 6 - 9pm
In Collaboration With Arttooth
Brian K Scott and Brian K Jones joined artistic forces and created “Chuck & George” in 1990 at the University of North Texas in Denton. The duo eventually found their way to the Oak Cliff area of Dallas in 1996 where they continue to cohabitate and collaborate. “The Brians” and Chuck & George have been part of the Dallas/Fort Worth arts scene for decades including shows at 500X, Gray Matters, Mighty Fine Arts, Conduit, The MAC, Ro2 Art, CentralTrak and occasionally the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie. They have maintained and operated the Oak Cliff Visual Speed Bump Art Tour since 2000. They have also collaborated in business as Art Services Collective, creating high end custom murals for interior designers and architects. Their small home is the largest running collaboration and has been described as a “rave for your eyeballs”. Other than the annual Speed Bump Art Tour it has been included in several organized bus tours and has hosted charitable events.
As Chuck & George, their work is often autobiographical. The Brians' interests are revealed through the exploited humor and beauty of themselves and their loved ones. They shamelessly admit to using this unflattering portraiture as a way to explore the vision of reality, and of course admit to using mockery as a device. The artistic exploration begins with the identification of a theme and the investigation of it with various forms of media- usually painting, printmaking, sculpture, animation, and "constructions." With these tools, they approach their subject as something to be promoted, similar to an advertising campaign, or a public health service. Common threads in the work are storytelling, 80's pop songs, vintage television, kittens, comics, art history, domesticity, childhood, love, and violence.