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Kirk Pedersen: The Urban Asia Series and the Evolution of Zero+ Publishing
Including work by Above, Lisa Adams, Jeff Alu, Fatemeh Burnes, Roman Cho & Tatiana Wills, Cryptik, Craig Deines, Michael Falzone, Blaine Fontana, Lawrence Gipe, Wendell Gladstone, Mercedes Helnwein, Andrew Hem, Yumiko Kayukawa, Nathan Ota, Shark Toof, Jophen Stein, Sage Vaughn, Mark Dean Veca & Mark Whalen
October 27 - November 24, 2013
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 27, 2-5pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, November 24, 2-5pm

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Press Release

Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Kirk Pedersen: The Urban Asia Series and the Evolution of Zero+ Publishing, October 27 - November 24, 2013. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, October 27 from 2-5pm and a closing reception and artist's talk on Sunday, November 24 from 2-5pm.


Kirk Pedersen: The Urban Asia Series and the Evolution of Zero+ Publishing, tells the story of how artist, teacher and gallery director Kirk Pedersen went from publishing a monograph of his own photographs in 2009 to founding and directing an art book publishing company, Zero+ Publishing. Many of Zero+'s titles are published in limited Deluxe Artist Boxed Editions in collaboration with the artist, which are in and of themselves fascinating works of art. 

Included in the exhibition are images from Pedersen's Urban Asia series, a collection of urban photographs taken throughout many Asian countries from 2005 to 2009. Pedersen examines the seemingly ordinary stuff of life- sidewalks, curbs, markets, alleys, and, through his eye for synchronicity, reveals new truths about the world around us. Nearly 200 of the images are reproduced in two 160 page monographs titled Urban Asia and Tradeoffs. The exhibition will aslo feature a number of Deluxe Artist Boxed Editions created by ZERO+ Publishing. 

Also included is an exhibition of small artwork by the published artists including: Above, Lisa Adams, Jeff Alu, Fatemeh Burnes, Roman Cho & Tatiana Wills, Cryptik, Craig Deines, Michael Falzone, Blaine Fontana, Lawrence Gipe, Wendell Gladstone, Mercedes Helnwein, Andrew Hem, Yumiko Kayukawa, Nathan Ota, Shark Toof, Jophen Stein, Sage Vaughn, Mark Dean Veca & Mark Whalen.

Pedersen will give a lecture and slideshow about the exhibition at the closing reception on Sunday, November 24 at 3pm.

Kirk Pedersen received his M.A. from San Francisco State University and his M.F.A. in painting from Claremont Graduate University. He has exhibited extensively at major galleries, art fairs and museums throughout the United States. Internationally, Pedersen’s works have been featured in Germany, Switzerland, and China, including the Today Art Museum, Beijing and the Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai. Since 1997, he has served as professor of painting and drawing at the Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. He was director of Pedersen Projects, a Pomona, CA gallery which featured street/urban/graffiti art, pop surrealism, low brow works and more. Pedersen is founder and director of Zero+ Publishing.

In conjunction with the October 27, 2013 opening reception of Kirk Pedersen: The Urban Asia Series and the Evolution of Zero+ Publishing, will be the unveiling of an outdoor mural by Mark Dean Veca.



Kirk Pedersen, Nissin, Hong Kong, 2009, Inkjet print 39 x 51"
Blaine Fontana: Amalgamate, Deluxe  Boxed Edition, 2010, edition of 10, Zero+ Publishing
CRYPTIK, Ganesha, 2013, paint on die-cut plywood, variable size (approx. 20" high) 
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