The impossibilities that magic and fantasy can create are at the heart of Matt Dangler and Mark Garro‘s side by side solos at Copro Gallery in Los Angeles. Both artists are known for their depictions of creatures and figures of legend in scenes evoking a certain darkness. In recent exhibitions, covered here, Matt Dangler has looked to Old Master painting techniques by artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Johannes Vermeer, marked by their serene mood and luminous colors of painting. For his exhibition, “Sanctify”, Dangler takes a note from the religious themes found in Renaissance art in particular, where figures like Jesus and the Hindu God Ganesh appear in bizarre settings.
The upcoming weekend is a big one for Santa Monica’s Copro Gallery. Mark Garro’s solo show, “Peace, Love & B29s,” “The Convergence” group show guest-curated by Nathan Spoor and “Espionage II,” a follow-up to the Miami Basel Week group show “Espionage,” all open this Saturday, March 22. In all three exhibitions, the chosen artists merge a certain seductiveness and delicacy with morbid elements. In “Peace, Love & B29s,” Garro’s fourth solo show with Copro, the artist hearkens back to the hippie counterculture of the ’60s, convoluting dreamy, psychedelic elements with allusions to the destructive militarism of the era. Nude nymphettes (who, given Garro’s conceptual starting point for this body of work, could easily evoke the long-haired, topless women in video footage of Woodstock) contend with strange monsters that tinge the surrounding idyllic landscapes with a sense of foreboding.
Since we first featured his work on our blog in 2011, Mark Garro has considerably evolved his style in his latest series. The artist seems to have turned the dial down a few notches from “epic, apocalyptic sci-fi,” now focusing in on fantastical scenes with a more illustrative, narrative quality. Playful characters (even Spongebob makes an appearance among the muses) and busy details remain a hallmark of his work, but now with more direction and focus. Garro’s solo show, “Atom’s Eve” will debut at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica on October 13. Take a look at our preview courtesy of Copro Gallery.
Now on view at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica is a three person show featuring the dark works of artists Chet Zar, Dan Quintana and Mark Garro. Though all three painters may fall under the banner of the term “dark arts,” all three also offer distinctly different voices to the scene, coupled with incredible technique. Zar’s ‘The Left Hand Path’ presents and apocalyptic and horror filled series of creepy portraiture who’s world ties in nicely with the photorealistic and surrealistic body of work, ‘Apocalypservice’ by Mark Garro. Garro’s haunting yet cleverly playful pieces are fueled by a fantastical motif, the perfect accompaniement to Quintana’s hypercolored ‘Tinsel.’ Get a look at selection of works from all three artists, here on Hi-Fructose.
Employing visually rich compositions, artist Mark Garro captivates viewers with his highly detailed work. Currently working towards a solo show ‘Apocalypservice’ at Corpo Gallery next month, Garro’s fantastical pieces oscillate between whimsy and darkness. Mermaids are belted with bullets, nuclear bombs take the aquatic shapes of marine life and celestial beings co-exist with nature within the same plane, separated by the inner and outer landscapes of the compositions. View more of the stunning works after the jump.
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time for Copro Gallery’s spooky group exhibition of “Roadside Attractions”. Previously covered here on our blog, the exhibit is an extravaganza of the macabre, guest curated by Cris Velasco, who is well known for his moody film and video game scores. This year’s installment coincides with joint solo exhibitions, Mark Garro’s “Corpus Callosum” and Matt Dangler’s “Sanctify”. Artists have served up their interpretation of all things Halloween-related, and by that we mean from the scary to the darkly romantic, and even a little funny.