March 8th Opening Reception and Show of “Family Units” by PIXELSTUD™

It would be lovely to see you at the opening reception of
“Family Units” — a brood of available, exhibited and unseen
paintings (2005 – 2015) by San Francisco based artist PIXELSTUD™

“Family Units”
March 2nd – April 4th, 2015

Opening Reception:
Sunday, March 8th, 4-9pm

Enjoy live music by Bruno Panunzio a classic and Flamenco guitarist,
gourmet bites and wine at Melanio’s Bistro during Ocean Avenue Second Sundays.

Melanio’s Bistro
1314 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
415 333 3665

2 blocks from the Ocean & Miramar stop on the K – Ingleside Muni Metro line.
12 minute walk up Ocean Ave from Balboa Park BART.

Regular Bistro Hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday 10am – 5pm
Thursday – Saturday 10am-9pm



About “Family Units”:
A brood of available, exhibited and unseen works (2005-2015) displayed in chronological order, forming a timeline that will reveal a unique perspective into the morphology and growth of the San Francisco based artist PIXELSTUD™ who has been selling and exhibiting his work since 2003.

facebook page: The Art of PIXELSTUD™

official site:

instagram (@pixelstud): pixelstud™

twitter (@pixelstud): pixelstud™

About the artist:
PIXELSTUD™ was born and raised in the mossy depths of Humboldt County, California – the crown jewel of the Redwood Empire.  He lassoed himself a Bachelor of Science in Art & Design with a minor in City & Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, leaving his mark on said university by designing the logo for the community’s first gay pride parade and hosting one of the first queer-produced and themed college radio shows.

Today he lives smack dab in the midsection of San Francisco and can be spotted wearing his signature handmade LEGO eyewear.  If the PIXELSTUD™ neon sign hanging in his street-facing studio window is on, it means he’s working hard to make art for you.

Artist statement:
My interest in art spawned from an isolated rural childhood in which design books, Madonna, plastic toys, consumer culture, pop art and the surrounding redwood forest stoked an active imagination.

Over and over again, I concocted a variety of alternate, complementary worlds to the one I lived in:  a LEGO city (featured in the book: Weird Rooms by A. Vertikoff), hand made comics, hundreds of made-up action figures illustrated on 3×5 cards, imaginary corporations plotted on graph paper, diagrams of sociological friend maps, pyramids and towns made out of wood and earth, floor plans for shopping malls, and skyscrapers so tall they could only be drawn on the longest rolls of butcher paper.

Today, I paint with a technique that feels true to that legacy. I apply acrylic to canvas but forego the traditional brush for a plastic LEGO brick.  The blocky brush leaves behind a series of analog acrylic pixels as a footprint.  I layer these pixels over one another, over and over, until the narrative comes into resolution, impressionistically speaking.  As the dots come together, the image claims and incorporates recycled candy wrappers, and objects found on the San Francisco city streets:  receipts, napkins, fabric softener, municipal transit passes, anything discarded and not well-loved enough seems to find a home in my work.