An esoteric concept that fascinated the first Surrealists, an “égrégore” is a sort of mob mentality. Scholar Pierre Mabille defined it as “a group of humans endowed with a personality different from that of the individuals forming it.” This concept of collective consciousness was the springboard for Yves Laroche Gallery’s eponymous exhibition, the gallery’s largest group show to date. With dozens of artists, many of whom are associated with the Pop Surrealist movement, the show builds its momentum from the multitudes of distinct yet complementary aesthetics joined together. Among the line-up are names that will be well-known to our readers: Josh Agle (Shag), Martin Wittfooth, Amy Sol, Joe Sorren, Liz McGrath, Annie Owens (Hi-Fructose co-editor-in-chief), AJ Fosik, Miss Van and many others. Take a look at our sneak peek below before “Égrégore” opens on October 30 at Yves Laroche Gallery in Montreal.
With Halloween just around the corner, we’re seeing many exhibitions exploring darker themes and subject matter inspired by the season- from new works by the Black Moon collective to “The 13th Hour” at Last Rites gallery, and even Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkins”. Among the spookiest is opening tonight at Copro Gallery; Chet Zar’s “ALL HALLOWS’ EVE”, coinciding with their group show “Roadside Attractions” (previewed here). Lover of horror cinema, monsters, movie props and all things Halloween, Zar contributes a new body of work with some of the holiday’s most popular images in his style. Glowing skulls, witches, ghosts and the mysterious unknown are all represented in these colorful 60s-inspired illustrations.
Exhibiting concurrently with Jonathan Viner’s “Cold Snap” (previewed here), will be “Black Moon New York” by longtime friends, Jessicka Addams, Camille Rose Garcia, Elizabeth McGrath and Marion Peck. With the help of gallerist Alix Sloan of Sloan Fine Art, they began their collective for “Black Moon” in 2013, inspired by their special comradery. This year, they’ve created a more ambitious body of work inspired by autumn. Autumn and the idea of witchcraft is represented here in their signature stylistic choices. All share a dark and disturbing quality mixed with a dash of playfulness. Rather than depicting this famous seasonal character as evil, each makes a connection between witches and their kin.
With a focus on light and perspective, Olafur Eliasson’s installations have a transformative capacity that allows the viewer to experience the illusion of a supernatural environment. In an interstitial space of the Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Gravity Stairs is composed of glowing spheres which, attached to the ceiling and bathed in warm yellow light, resemble the sun. The otherworldly light and a mirror on the ceiling present an impression of floating through space and among celestial bodies.
Bright flora bursts in Kent Williams’s paintings (featured in HF Vol. 21). Thick brushstrokes of hot pink, mint and navy hint at an arrangement of organic growths. Williams frequently positions his subjects in the outdoors, where they inhabit areas that seem wild and overgrown yet feel contained like miniature Edens. His characters fervently move as if enacting a frenetic dance performance, their motion captured by his expressive use of paint. While Williams has been widely recognized for his figurative work over the past 20 years, his first solo show with 101/Exhibit in Los Angeles, “How Human of You,” marks a shift into abstraction. Figures are still present in many of the works, but Williams removes the idea of time and place, instead suspending them in an imaginary space where his flamboyant color choices elicit a visceral, emotional response.
A New York City art space with a penchant for the macabre, Last Rites Gallery currently has its annual group show, “The 13th Hour,” on view just in time for Halloween. The show features artists who have come to be associated with Last Rites — Dan Quintana, Naoto Hattori, David Stoupakis, menton3, Paul Booth — as well as many unexpected participants like Hannah Yata, Nicomi Nix Turner, Brin Levinson and Jean Labourdette. However, these are just a few examples of the show’s wide-ranging roster. Take a look at some highlights from the exhibition below and check out the show through November 15.