DENNIS MCNETT & KATI WILLIAMS
Opening Reception | Saturday, January 9, 2016 : 6-9pm
Show runs January 9 – February 14, 2016
presented by Vans
About Kati Williams:
Kati Williams is a figurative artist, born in Austin, TX in 1983. Her interests in the arts began at a young age listening to classical music with her father and later becoming a classically trained violinist. She also began sculpting and drawing figuratively at a young age, which eventually grew into an interest in the velvety surfaces and smooth glazes of Baroque paintings. Her area of focus shifted from sculpture towards oils and the painting techniques favored by the Old Masters. She found sculptural elements in the intricate processes of layering glazes and pulling light forms out of a dark surface. Her reverence for painting and sculpture eventually led her to receiving her BA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. Since that time she has shown her work nationally including New York, NY, San Francisco, CA and Austin, TX.
About Dennis McNett:
Dennis McNett was born in 1972 and grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. He moved to New York in 2001 and more recently to Houston in 2014. He has been carving surly block prints for over 18 years. His encouragement as a kid came from his blind grandfather, who told him over and over again that his drawings were good. Later influences came from the raw high-energy imagery pouring out of the early 80’s skateboard and punk rock scene.
His graphic aesthetic and love for narrative work has been translated in many ways. Dennis’work ranges from larger than life Viking ship performances and parades in Philidelphia, resurrecting Nordic giants on West Broadway in Manhattan, Dragon slayings in Oklahoma, masks, installations and sculptures to unique hand-carved wood cut pieces, traditional relief prints, and graphics.
Participating in both the fine art and design worlds, Dennis has been fortunate enough to have his work fill the windows of Barneys, NY, participate in the Deitch Artparade, exhibit at prestigious galleries and museums around the world, and create series’ for Anti-Hero skateboards and shoes for Vans. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Juxtapoz magazine, Thrasher and Complex Magazine.