Currently on view at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, “Morpheus” is a group show guest curated by Morpheus Gallery. Morpheus began as a publishing house in 1989, carving a niche for themselves by showcasing the late, Swiss artist H.R. Geiger and other dark surrealists. The influence of Geiger’s disturbing, biomorphic creations can be easily spotted in the current group show at Copro. Dariusz Zawadzki, a Polish artist, does not shy away from horror and gore, painting foggy scenes in which everything appears to be connected by a tissue-like moss, adding to the feeling of an unescapable, nightmarish world.
Chilean artist Alvaro Tapia finds something sinister even in his most innocent subjects. His portrait illustrations feature friends, famous people, artists and others he admires. What lurks beneath the surface in these subjects — something grotesque and often evil — is what most attracts the artist. The end result, however, is far from ugly. Bursting with color and life, his portraits are high-impact. Tapia arranges contrasting colors, vector lines and geometric shapes so that they vibrate off one another. His subjects not only seem alive but ready to jump off the page right at the viewer’s throat.
Soze Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles came to our attention over a year ago and has been steadily turning out bold shows by established and emerging artists, usually of the street art scene. By bold, we mean artists here sometimes go left field in favor of experimentation and collaboration. Among those who have shown on Soze’s walls, both inside and out, are Miss Van, Ciro, Moneyless, Dave Kinsey, Cyrcle, Retna, Victor Castillo, and Dan Quintana to name a few. The gallery is now moving shop to West Hollywood, starting this Saturday with “Further Adventures in Abstraction” by graffiti artist Remi Rough.
Currently on view at Arch Enemy Arts in Philadelphia, “Sight Beyond Sight” is a group show that explores an age-old human impulse: our aching desire to predict the future. The show’s title evokes the idea of the third eye, which symbolizes intuition and even psychic abilities in many cultures. The works in “Sight Beyond Sight” indulge in the occult and the surreal. The featured artist in the show include Naoto Hattori, who is known for painting his dreams, 100taur, whose fantasy paintings of strange creatures apprehend more than just the future of humanity, as well as Chris Leib, Aof Smith and others. The show opened on July 11 and will be on view through August 31. Take a look at some of the artwork after the jump.
John Dolan is one of the East London’s most unique artists. He spent 20 years living on the streets of London and was in and out of prison during this period, stuck in what he refers to as a “revolving door of prison and homelessness” with no hope in sight. Hope came around five years ago when Dolan adopted a Staffie puppy from a homeless couple for the price of a strong can of lager. Having to take care of a new friend was a life changing moment for Dolan as going to prison again would mean losing George.
Michael Kvium has worn many hats through the decades: painter, performance artist, choreographer, sculptor, director. The list goes on. The interdisciplinary Danish artist shines the spotlight on his painting practice in his latest body of work, “Painter’s Nest,” which just came down at Nils Stærk Gallery in Copenhagen. Cynically autobiographical, the series focuses on the figure of the painter. The figure in question is a disrobed, aging gentleman who stands with his back to the audience holding paint tubes and brushes in his tired hands. Kvium presents this painter in many different fantastical settings, examining the various temperaments of an artist.