Based on the premise that art is meant to be shared and experienced, the ArtMob was founded in 2012 with the goal of being a gathering place for artists and art admirers. More than merely a place to look at art (though there is certainly value in that), theArtMob seeks to offer opportunities to learn and interact with artists and discuss process, techniques, materials, and ideas.
TheArtMob is curated by artists Dennis Bredow and Max Strauss.
Los Angeles native Dennis Bredow examines and celebrates the tireless optimism of mid-twentieth century America in his retro-modern artwork. Using acrylic, serigraphy, and found object assemblage, he creates smart, streamlined pieces which bear the hallmarks of 1950's craftsmanship and graphic design -- offering a present-day revival of the exuberant ideals of a bygone era.
Bredow abandons traditional canvas supports in favor of solid birch panels, which allow for heavy distressing of the paint as well as the application of vintage advertisements, hardware, and other found materials. The finely crafted panels instill the paintings with a sturdy sense of permanence, while the application of multiple layers of distressed paint imparts to each piece a unique narrative of process and history.
Bredow secured his first advertising agency internship at the age of 15. After studying illustration and graphic design at California State University Fullerton, he transitioned to full-time advertising work. He spent nearly two decades in the advertising and film industries before turning his attention to his own work.
Bredow currently lives and paints in Los Angeles, CA.
American artist Max Strauss is known for his thoughtful and highly conceptual works which explore nostalgia, pop culture, celebrity, and identity. Solitary objects are sometimes featured, celebrated to an extent almost fetish-like -- the side-effect of a childhood spent moving from state to state every 2 or 3 years, wherein Max found sanctuary in the permanence of things rather than in fleeting relationships with his peers. Sometimes the work will evoke in the viewer a visceral connection based on similar childhood experiences, while other times the work will present a critical or comedic observation of human nature.
Strauss will utilize media as wide-ranging as his subject matter. From beautifully layered acrylic painting to assemblage and found object manipulation, and even sculpture, he exercises the unique ability to fulfill his vision in the medium best suited to convey his point of view. This willingness to adapt his medium is part of an overall dedication to process, a commitment which ensures that each piece represents the most complete way of expressing an idea. The process of creating a piece is considered part of the narrative which brings added excitement to the viewing of his work, as one must consider not only the result, but also how it was achieved.
Max Strauss is a graduate of Otis College of Art & Design, and a long time Hollywood film industry veteran. He currently lives and paints in Portland, Oregon.