This past weekend was a good time for art fans as a handful of amazing shows opened up. One of which was “Necropolis”, a dark art group show that opened at the Congregation Gallery on Saturday. The show features work by Nikko Hurtado, Christopher Peters, Cam Rackam, Christopher Ulrich, Larkin, Dan Harding, Scott Holloway, Buddy Nestor, Jeremy Cross, Jason Soles, Aunia Kahn, Christopher Conte, Kolaboy, Chad Savage, the Creep, Jason Hernandez, Sean Chappell, Scarecrowoven, Liv Rainey-Smith, and many more. The show will be on view until roughly August 12th. I was very happy to see the work of Kolaboy, as I have been a fan of his since around the time this site started. Liv Rainey-Smith also made some amazing little block prints.
If there is one theme a group show can have that will consistently reel me in, it’s a show in which the artists are drawing inspiration from earlier periods of art. The last how like this was “The Idol Hours” that took place last November at London Miles (featured). Distinction Art is all set up to open another show with this theme entitled ” The Pillars of the Earth: A Tribute to the Masters” on march 12th, and will continue until April 2nd. There is some great work in this show, and I am glad that a majority of these artists tackled paintings that aren’t often reinterpreted. The list of participating artists is Sean Chappell, Jeff Christensen, Nathaniel Clark, Jon Jaylo, Jason John, Dan Lydersen, Macsorro, Pedro Matos, Joey Remmers, Ivan Unwin, Timothy Vermeulen, Beau White, and Pamela Wilson. Take a look at the preview, and then keep your eye on the site for the full preview.
Opening tonight, July 24th at the Congregation Gallery in Hollywood, CA is a group show entitled “The Black Plague Art Show”. Curated by Cam Rackam, this show has a very impressive lineup with new works from: Jason Soles, Buddy Nestor, Cam Rackam, Chris Peters, Christopher Conte, Dan Harding, Ian Ward, Sean Chappell, Terry Wolfinger, Vincent Castiglia, Lacey Bryant, Karl Persson, Nikko Hurtado, Larkin, and many more. Of course we all know the Black Plague to be one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, but one of the elements you will see in many of these works is the outfits the plague doctors would wear. It consisted of a wide brimmed hat (a signifier of being a doctor), a long black overcoat (to minimize exposure), a cane for examining and ushering people around, and most notable the bird’s beak shaped mask. This mask worked similar to a gas mask, as impure air was thought to spread the disease. The mask had red eyepieces, thought to block the doctor from evil, and the beak would be filled with herbs or spices that would reduce the smell and again block impure air.
It’s an outstanding show, and had me surprised quite a few times. Dan Harding’s new piece “La Bella Morte Nera” (or The Beautiful Back Death), is so amazing, his work just keeps getting better. I also liked Jason Soles “Bell Jar Baby” and various masks. Lacey Bryant also has some great, illustrative pieces that really take the idea of the Black Plague as inspiration. “A Surprise for Mum” has the rats that helped spread the plague, and “Pocketful of Posies” is pretty creepy as well. Take a look at the preview images here, and then head over for the full show.
On Friday Eclectix Gallery opened it’s Fourth Halloween themed group show, “Dementions”. There were 50 artists participating in the show, Dan Harding, Scott Hove, Sean Chappell, Brooke Kent, Jackie Gallagher, Buddy Nestor, Dean McDowell, Isabel Samaras and many more. This was the first time that I had been to the new location of Eclectix. The space is much bigger with the shop downstairs and the gallery space upstairs. The weather that night wasn’t that bad, but upstairs in the gallery the temperature was that of a hot summer day. So it was a good idea for me to take a break outside, get some fresh air and wait for the crowd to cool down anyway.