Event: “Just East of Here”, a duo exhibition by artists Ahren Hertel and Jaxon Northon at Modern Eden Gallery

Where:  San Francisco, CA – January 12th, 2013

Photojournalist: Michael Cuffe

Paintings Available:  http://www.moderneden.com/collections/just-east-of-here

Information from day of event:

Modern Eden is pleased to announce “Just East of Here”, a duo exhibition by artists Ahren Hertel and Jaxon Northon. Growing up together in Reno, Nevada, Hertel and Northon have always maintained a strong friendship and an artistic dialogue. Their unique, yet complementary painting styles, along with a their expert blending of subject and environment has brought about a cohesive body of work.  “Just East of Here” depicts the complicated interactions between humans and nature through Hertel’s beautiful and striking narratives and Northon’s wonderfully detailed and realistic portraits. In both of their works, the relationship between humanity and the natural world fluctuates.  It is at once symbiotic and mutually beneficial and at other times one-sided and disparate. Their work is an homage to the dichotomy of Mother Nature.

Ahren Hertel was born in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1979.  Ahren received his BFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2002. After graduating, he moved to Reno, Nevada where he later received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno where he now teaches painting and drawing as an adjunct professor.  Ahren’s new series is a visualization of the everyday damage we do to the environment. His work depicts women making direct attacks on nature using sticks and stones.

Jaxon Northon is a self-taught oil painter specializing in realistic portraiture. As a full-time artist, he has exhibited his work between San Francisco, California and his hometown of Reno, Nevada.  Jaxon’s portraits present women who seem to be growing out of their surroundings. His representational works confront the viewer with a realistic subject interacting with elements of unreality.

The opening reception for “Just East of Here” will be held at Modern Eden Gallery on Saturday, January 12th from 6-10pm. The exhibition will be on display through February 9, 2013 and is free and open to the public. Complimentary beverages will be served by Three Wishes Winery and Cable Car Brewing.  There will be a live DJ set by DJ Brendan J.  during the reception. Featured artists, Ahren Hertel and Jaxon Northon will be in attendance.

For more information, please contact Modern Eden: (415) 956-3303, Info@ModernEden.com

For more on the show visit:  http://www.moderneden.com/collections/just-east-of-here