INCLINE GALLERY is pleased to present Cyclorama 2, both a collaboration and a series of new works by Alan Miknis and Jeff Rahuba. In Georgia (where both artists grew up), the importance of war culture, especially the Civil War, is used to encourage the views of children in a patriotic and nationalistic direction. In 2011, Jeff Rahuba and Alan Miknis collaborated to recapture the field trip Mecca known as “The Cyclorama,” one of the greatest artistic feats of southern culture. Located in Atlanta, it’s a three hundred and sixty degree depiction of a Civil War battle using painted landscapes and dioramas. Inside the INCLINE GALLERY Miknis and Rahuba have created a 30 foot collaborative scroll drawn in the spirit of these child-like war fantasies. Miknis and Rahuba are playing war with fake guns on a playground of paper, trying to eradicate each others creations, but in the end creating a cohesive work out of this chaos.
For Cyclorama 2, Alan Miknis’ explores the storytelling medium of comics. Each image is about maximal energy in minimal situations, expanding a moment of simplicity into a lifetime of reflection. Using personal experience, life-long symbols, and religious, genealogical, and heretical iconography as the building blocks. Images form off each other, and fill in the gaps with a world of detail too large for any sense of casual viewing. Packing as much information as possible into each page, Miknis spews out his thoughts onto the paper and allows chance techniques to transcribe these dictations.
Jeff Rahuba began exhibiting his art in parking garages and on utility poles in downtown Atlanta, where he developed a taste for drawing and painting on top of found objects. Continuing in this vein for Cyclorama 2, Rahuba uses record sleeves and the accompanying album art as the canvas for him to dismantle and reinvent. Rahuba’s work utilizes imagery that is simultaneously humorous and repulsive, trying to strike a delicate balance between obscenity and comedy.
Exhibition Dates: January 20, 2012 to February 17, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday January 20, 2012 6-9pm
766 Valencia St. b/w 18 & 19 (side gate)
SF, CA 94110