Doubleparlour, the husband-and-wife duo of Ernie and Cassandra Velasco, produce surreal figurative sculptures that are both fanciful and slightly menacing. The pair, living in San Francisco, move between complex scenes in resin or simpler, yet striking, single figures. Doubleparlour was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 22, and last appeared on HiFructose.com here.
Last Thursday, Spoke Art in San Francisco debuted a two-person show featuring Swedish illustrator Jonas Lofgren and local sculptors Duobleparlour (Hi-Fructose vol. 22) with special guest Luke Chueh (Hi-Fructose vol. 24). Portraying somber characters through a cartoonish artistic vocabulary, Lofgren’s graphite drawings echoed with themes also found in Doubleparlour’s miniature sculptures in the center of the room. Despite their different subject matter and media, the works created a dialogue on how the eery and sullen can be made light and enchanting.
We were fascinated by Doubleparlour‘s miniature sculptures of disillusioned children when we introduced them in Hi-Fructose vol. 22. The husband-and-wife duo (comprised of Cassandra and Ernie Velasco) is currently preparing for the July 5 opening of their show at Spoke Art with Jonas Lofgren and Luke Chueh, and they invited us into their studio to take a look at their latest creations.
Currently on view at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, “The Lost Mitten Society” is a salon-style group show filled with work from emerging and well-known artists working across various disciplines. The exhibition opened on January 10 and includes a diverse sampling of work from artists we have featured in print over the years as well as ones we recently introduced on our blog.
“The Fourth World” is the utopian group show at Arch Enemy Arts in Philadelphia centered around the concept of a secular paradise populated by fantastical creatures (“heaven without religion,” according to the gallery). The interdisciplinary artists in the show focus on character-based 3D work. There’s Erika Sanada (Hi-Fructose Vol. 31), whose dog sculptures examine animal instincts and impulses. Then there’s the delicate, taxidermy-like works of Caitlin McCormack; the ornamented bone sculptures of Chris Haas; Doubleparlour’s mutated creations and Adam Wallacavage’s tentacled chandeliers. While the idea of “The Fourth World” hints at an idealized wonderland, there are notes of darkness in many of the works. But for a group of artists with a penchant for surrealism, there’s really no other way.
63 Bluxome Street Gallery‘s opening last weekend showcased three Bay Area talents with the show “Adrift“. First we are reacquainted with art duo, Cassandra and Ernie Velasco aka, Doubleparlour whom we featured in HF’s latest issue, Vol.22 and got some quality face time with their newest creations, full of attitude and personality. Next up Matt136‘s unique presentation of cut out paintings on wood. The single piece on view is actually a series of many medium to small pieces arranged across an entire wall to form a pictorial story, one set being a group of mousetraps. Finally is Ken Davis‘ newest hand lettered, stunning gilded signs! View more images after the jump.