440 Gallery announces Sequential Synergy: The Art of Comics exhibition

BROOKLYN, NY – 440 Gallery proudly announces the 2022 Summer Theme Exhibition, Sequential Synergy: The Art of Comics, featuring thirty artists selected from a national call-for-art. This show of thirty-four multi-media works is a collection of contemporary comic book art celebrating the diverse ways comic artists and cartoonists utilize the real estate of the blank page. For over a century, artists have been creating comics to tell stories about caped crusaders, historical figures, themselves or something else entirely.

Sequential Synergy: The Art of Comics explores the forms that comics can take and how they affect us. Cartoonists are not merely visual artists, but also writers, designers, directors, and most of all, acute observers of human behavior. Curators Dean Haspiel and Whitney Matheson have curated the show as a means of broadening the thematic content and visual art forms traditionally exhibited in a gallery environment. 440 Gallery’s annual Summer Theme Show is popular with art followers and collectors alike, as a showcase for bringing new talent and voices to our space.

“Dean and I are thrilled to showcase these works from talented comics artists,” said Matheson. “We hope others will be as inspired as we are by their skill and storytelling. It’s our pleasure to highlight our favorite medium at one of our favorite spaces in Brooklyn!”

EXHIBITING ARTISTS
Maurice Buckley, Peter Carella, Caitlin Cass, Junjun Chen, Brianna Collins, Joseph Desposito, Tom Galambos, Geoff Grogan, Alisa Harvey, Marie Hueston, Mindy Indy, Craig Johnson II, Simon Kiener, Jerry Ma, Brian McNamara, Gina Minichino, Adriano Moraes, Sarah K Myers, Josh Neufeld, Susanna Plotnick, Jerry Ramirez, Joan Reilly, Lynne Marie Rosenberg, Bill Roundy, Kevin Sacco, Arlen Schumer, Karl Stevens, Onur Tukel, Weston Wei, Marlene Weisman

ABOUT THE CURATORS
Dean Haspiel and Whitney Matheson are Co-Founders of Nightwork Studio.

Emmy Award-winning cartoonist Dean Haspiel is best known for creating Billy Dogma and The Red Hook, collaborating with Harvey Pekar and Jonathan Ames, and illustrating for HBO’s Bored to Death. His work includes writing and drawing for Marvel, DC, Archie, Image Comics, and Webtoon. In addition, Haspiel is an accomplished playwright and Yaddo fellow.

Whitney Matheson is a journalist, children’s book author, playwright, and cartoonist best known for creating Pop Candy, USA Today’s award-winning pop-culture blog. Her work includes the kids’ book We Make Comics and the comics anthology PANDEMIX.

Sequential Synergy: The Art of Comics
Curated by Dean Haspiel and Whitney Matheson
July 7 – July 29, 2022

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 3-6pm

For more information go to our website at 440gallery.com or contact the director, Amanda Brown, at 718-499-3844 or info@440gallery.com.

Karl Stevens, Penny walking through Brooklyn, 2019
Ink and watercolor on paper

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