The Art Dorks are a group of like minded artists whose work, while individually different, display together with a special cohesion. The artists range from illustrators, painters, sculptors, photographers and fine artists. A nice summary of the collective comes from a piece written by Leah Lehmbeck for New Angeles Monthy which says, “Many of these brave new works, in a paradoxical twist, engage in the most retardataire of genres: portraiture. (Gasp.) The finest pieces include invented creatures, fantastic landscapes, intriguing illustrated tales and innovative techniques. But their most impressive feature is their shared humanity.”
Originally the brainchild of Brendan Danielsson, Art Dorks began as an online art blog and artist community in 2004. The community attracted a number of really great artists who signed up to share their art and contribute to the community. The collective was formed after several community members banded together to organize groups shows. The group exhibited as the collective in several galleries across the US. No longer able to maintain the community website, the site was forced to shut down in 2006. The collective lived on for a couple more years and had it's last show in 2008… until now.
Shawn Barber, Mike Burnett, David Chung, Brendan Danielsson, Justin DeGarmo, Mark Elliott, Jad Fair, Joseph Daniel Fiedler, Robert Hardgrave, Gregory Jacobsen, Travis Louie, Chris Mostyn, Heiko Müller, Jason Murphy, Katie Ridley Murphy, Matthew Pasquarello, Anthony Pontius, Meagan Ridley, Chris Ryniak, Kim Scott, and Johnny Yanok.
The community may return to artdorks.com. There are plans underway to launch a new version of Art Dorks later this year. But development has been slow and there are questions as to whether it should even happen at all.
The collective, however, is reunited with this new show. Will it live on? Only time will tell.
Aeron Alfrey, Dan Barry, John Casey, David Chung, Brendan Danielsson, Justin DeGarmo, Mark Elliott, Jad Fair, Joseph Daniel Fiedler, Charles Glaubitz, Robert Hardgrave, Gregory Hergert, Gregory Jacobsen, Jonnie Jacquet, Colin Johnson, Jason Limon, Jon MacNair, Dan May, Christian Rex van Minnen, Chris Mostyn, Heiko Müller, Jason Murphy, Katie Ridley Murphy, Kristian Olson, Matthew Pasquarello, Anthony Pontius, Meagan Ridley, Kim Scott, Scot Sothern, Scott D. Wilson
The Art Dorks Collective Exhibit, "Art Dorks Rise", will open Friday, October 4, 2013, 5pm - 11pm. Several members of the Art Dorks will be in attendance at the opening. Dj Damian Lee will be spinning music for the duration. Bold City Brewery will be generously providing their delicious products for your refreshment. The show will run thru November 30, 2013. Admission to the opening and exhibition is free to the public.