Gam Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition and comic book release of Sean Karemaker’s ‘Astronaut Journal: What Will you Stop to Smell When All of the Roses Are Gone?’ March 30 – April 30, 2012
Opening Reception: March 30th, 8 pm to 12 am
“Since the time that I was a young child, comic books stood out to me as being more than just cheap entertainment. In the absence of religion the larger than life characters gave me a mythology to look to. I lived in a small town and comics showed A world that I couldn’t imagine. I had no access to information about art history so that comic artists became my main inspiration for my early drawings, paintings and sculpture work. I began to write and draw my own stories. Later in life I began to view comics as being something that was unlikely to make me any money so I stopped making them. I continued to build sculptures and to paint and draw. I found work doing graphic design, 3D design for video games and illustration. For a number of years this pacified me creatively. Several years ago I began to draw comics again. It was slow at first but it quickly became an obsession. I began to work on a series of single panel comics about my experience observing people in Vancouver. I called the comics Astronaut Journal because I felt like an outsider, someone from far away. As I wrote more I began to write stories about my own life. The process was cathartic and it gave me a chance to explore my own thoughts and history. I began to experiment with new composition and art styles and I attempted to develop a writing style. ‘Astronaut Journal: What Will You Stop to Smell When All of the Roses Are Gone?’ is the second book that I have written, drawn and self published within the last few years. The process of making this book has been intense and rewarding.”
The Gam Gallery
110 E Hastings St.
Vancouver BC, Canada
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