Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce Street) is pleased to collaborate with artist and curator
Benjamin Terry (Denton) to present FUN featuring the work of artists, Sterling Allen, Michael Blair,
Benjamin Edmiston, Bradley Kerl, Allison Reimus, and Jonathan Ryan Storm. The show opens on
April 1, 2017 and runs through May 6, 2017, with a public reception from 6.00 – 8.00 p.m.,
Saturday, April 1st.

Through traditional and expanded modes of painting, these artists make work that beckon you
from across the room, immediately become your best friend, and force you to smile. While at times
these artists utilize overt, knee slapping humor, they often employ a slower tongue-in-cheek
approach. Traditional paintings techniques cleverly bounce off of found and non-traditional
materials, initiating impromptu conversations about contemporary painting. Awkward shapes are
stacked and odd spaces are constructed, creating an uneasy sense of gravity and subverting
expectations. Images and symbols may suggest narrative, but these are indeed wholehearted
formal investigations that forefront each artist’s personality, forging their own unique visual

Benjamin Terry lives and works in Denton, Texas, where he received an MFA in Drawing and
Painting in 2013 from the University of North Texas. He has exhibited work in numerous solo and
group shows in Atlanta, Charleston, Dallas, and Houston. His work has been published in New
American Paintings (#96), and he received both the Kimbrough Fund Award and the DeGoyler
Memorial Fund Award from the Dallas Museum of Art. He currently teaches Drawing and Painting
at the University of North Texas.

Sterling Allen holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard
College. He is a co-founder and co-director of Okay Mountain, an artist collective and former
gallery based in Austin, Texas. As a solo artist and in collaboration with Okay Mountain, he has
exhibited, organized, and completed projects at venues throughout the United States and
received several residencies including the Artpace International Artist-In-Residence Program in San
Antonio, Texas. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Studio Art at Texas State University.

Michael Blair is currently living and working in Dallas, TX. He received his BFA from Mary Hardin
Baylor and an MFA from the University of North Texas. He has exhibited work in many solo, group,
and juried exhibitions throughout Texas and nationally, including Missouri State University
(Springfield, MO), Rudolf Blume Gallery (Houston, TX), Texas Biennial (San Antonio, TX), Cohn
Drennan Contemporary (Dallas, TX), and Texas National (Nacogdoches, TX). He is a co-founder of
the DIY gallery space Art Rover. His work has been written about in Arts+Culture Texas, Modern
Houston, Modern Dallas, and D Magazine. He is also a contributing writer for Glasstire, and
currently teaches at the University of North Texas and Texas Christian University.

Benjamin Edmiston currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from Brooklyn
College in 2012 and his BFA from Tyler School or Art in 2003. Edmiston’s work was included in New
American Paintings Northeast edition #104, and ‘The Art of Collage’ Contemporary Collage in
Modern Art. He was an artist in residence at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada, and was
nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant.

Bradley Kerl currently lives and works in Houston, TX. He received his MFA from the University of
Houston in 2014 and his BFA from the University of North Texas in 2009. He has exhibited work in
group and solo exhibitions throughout Texas, and recently completed the artist-in-residence
program at 100 W Corsicana.

Allison Reimus lives and works in the Chicago area. Her work has been featured in numerous
exhibitions and publications throughout the United States. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions
include Knox College, The Mission (Chicago, IL) and DEMO Projects (Springfield, IL). Recent group
exhibitions include Left Field Gallery (San Luis Obispo, CA), Dorchester Art Projects (Boston, MA),
Platform Gallery (Baltimore, MD) and Heiner Contemporary (Washington, DC). Her work has been
included in Maake Magazine and New American Paintings (#88, #113, #125,), highlighted as both
an "Editor's Selection" and a "Noteworthy Artist". Reviews include The Boston Globe, The
Washington Post and NPR. Reimus received her BFA from Michigan State University and her MFA
from American University.

Jonathan Ryan Storm is currently living and working in Northampton, MA. He received a BA in
Metaphysics from Wheaton College. He has exhibited work in numerous group and solo exhibitions
internationally. Recent exhibitions include Farewell Books (Austin, TX), Morgan Lehman Gallery
(New York, NY), MAKEBISH Gallery (New York, NY), David Shelton Gallery (Houston, TX), Neur
Saarbrucker Kunstverein (Saarbucken, DK), MOHS (Copenhagen, DK), and GoodPressGallery
(Glasgow, UK). His work has been written about in Visual Art Source, Houston Chronicle, the Wall
Street Journal, and Glasstire.
Kirk Hopper Fine Art
3008 Commerce Street
Dallas, Texas 75226
February 18 - March 25, 2017
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Allison Reimus.  :)  2015. Towel, oil, glue on canvas.
14 x 16 inches