Saturday, February 23, 2013

Michael Hilsman and Chris Russell at the UPR

This past February the 20th, TPP visited the University of Puerto Rico art school to present the exhibition "Moon over Mountain Pass" dual individual exhibitions by the Hilsman and Russell, their first in Puerto Rico.

Professors Martin, Nestor and Laura brought their students so they could see the exhibition in what has been one of the most student attended exhibition at the UPR since we atarted the project back in 2011.

Exhibition will continue until the end of the month, for appointments please email me.

TPP presents: "Jason Karolak: Drawings"

This month TPP is proud to present the works of Jason Karolak in his solo exhibition titled: "Jason Karolak: Drawings" The exhibition consists of 15 ink on paper drawings of a variety of sizes. In what will be Karolak's first show in Puerto Rico. The works will range between $250-$400 keeping TPP mission of offering great works by great artists at affordable prices.

Karolak obtained his BFA from Pratt Institute and his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He currently has an solo exhibition at McKenzie Fine Art in New York. He is currently a Lecturer at Drew University and was a Professor (painting) at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2008-2009. For more information on his works please visit

His studio practice is grounded in the process of drawing. He works between the nodes of thumbnail sketches, ink drawings on paper, and oil paintings on canvas. The works on paper are loose and open-ended, often reworking similar forms and structures. He works fluidly from piece to piece, and later edits down to the ones that are successful. Working with a geometric vocabulary, looking to find balance between the architectural and the organic. There is usually a single, central form: The process is more about constructing than it is composing. For him, drawing is a place of cultivation where character and content have the potential to be revealed, even if only implicitly.

The show will be traveling to the University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras), Universidad del Sagrado Corazon and Escuela de Artes Plasticas. Make sure to follow us on Twitter

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Moon over Mountain Pass - Dual Show by Michael Hilsman and Chris Russell

Trailer Park Proyects kicks off 2013 with a dual exhibition by Michael Hilsman and Chris Russell. We will be visiting the UPR and Sagrado Corazon on the 14th. We will visit the Escuela de Artes Plasticas as well during the January 18th week. We are very happy to show our first non-solo show at the sapce with Chris and Michael who are best firends and their works altough different astheticlly, works together and the dialect between the works is superb.

The exhibition consists in 7 drawings by Michael Hilsman and 10 by Chris Russell. These will be priced ranging from $175-$375. The wexhibition will run until February 28th.

In addition to the use of figurative painting and drawing, Chris Russell and Michael Hilsman’s work have shared elements of humanism, fragmentation, and present the relationship between the immaterial and the physical world. In different ways, both artists’ work explore the transient aspects of the physical state, and highlight the sentient characteristics of objects and environments. The title of the exhibition is taken from a work by the 8th century Chinese poet Li Bai, who allegedly drowned while trying to embrace the moon’s reflection in a river. Russell and Hilsman met when the latter picked up the former while hitchhiking in 2003, and their artistic dialogue has continued ever since. The two have had their share of adventures together including nearly being swept away in a dangerous current in the Gan River, China, and wandering lost on the Khumbu glacier near the Mount Everest base camp.

Michael Hilsman was born in Burbank, CA, in 1984 and currently lives and works in New York. His work has been included in numerous periodicals including Modern Painters, The Huffington Post, The Village Voice, Le Point (France), Arte Mondadori (Italy), New American Paintings, The Boston Globe as well as the forthcoming book, Nature Morte: Contemporary Artist Reinvigorate the Still Life Tradition, published by Thames and Hudson. He has exhibited internationally, including two recent solo exhibitions, Big Little Man at GalleriaGlance, Turin, Italy and The Opposite of Love at Louis B. James, New York. His upcoming projects include a group exhibition, Cabinets de Curiosites, at Galerie Sebastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland, and a solo presentation at the Zona Maco Art Fair in Mexico City. You can visit to learn mora about his work.

Chris Russell was born in Palo Alto, CA, in 1982, and currently lives and works as a special educator in New York. He is the contributor illustrator for Stonecutter: A Journal of Art and Literature, and his work has also been featured in Washington Square Review and the 92Y’s online literary magazine Podium. His recent projects include illustrations for short fiction by Matthew Thomas Russell, and an original tarot card deck for the record Carpal Tunnel Vision Quest by Cash Pony. He is currently preparing for a solo exhibition of his 75-foot miniature subway landscape drawings in Brooklyn.

See you at the show.