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Jon Beinart's "Dystopia" Group Show at Copro Gallery, Santa Monica

by Suzanne on March 13th, 2011

Non Omnis Moriar by Stephanie Henderson, 2007-09 - click to enlarge

This is one of those shows that really makes me wish I had spent more time working on bending the time/space continuum.

Jon Beinart - one of the finest curators in this star system and an insanely gifted artist on top of that - brings together the absolute crème de la crème of fantastic and surreal art for his Dystopia group show:

Kris Kuksi, Chris Mars, Viktor Safonkin, Laurie Lipton, David Bowers, Heather Nevay, Sandra Yagi, Carrie Ann Baade, Stephanie Henderson, Heidi Taillefer, Brian Viveros, Santiago Caruso, Mark Powell, Jon Beinart and many, many more.

The two works I selected won't be on show per se from what I can gather from the preview but I love them too dearly and it's really just to illustrate the insanely wide spectrum of great art you'll get to see at Dystopia.

Also: Kris Kuksi and Laurie Lipton will be signing copies of their new books at the opening reception!

Futher details below.

Condoned by Viktor Safonkin, oil on canvas, 2003 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Saturday, March 19, 2011, 8 - 11.30 PM, book signing with Kris Kuksi and Laurie Lipton

On show: Mar 19 - Apr 9, 2011

Address: Copro Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Complex, 2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404, USA, tel: 310/829-2156, email: CoproGallery@Live.com

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 1 - 6 PM

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New Works by Alex CF & Chris Mars!

by Suzanne on July 31st, 2008

Views of the Henrich Emille Rectangle by Alex CF, mixed media, 2008

I'm very proud to announce that Alex has just completed yet another ingenious project: The Henrich Emille Rectangle.

I think this was the most fascinating assemblage piece to watch evolve to date and the result is simply stunning. Oh, and please rest assured that it looks a gazillion times better than on the amateurish pictures we took of it.

Comforting Loss by Chris Mars, 2008

In other mesmerising news, Chris Mars recently published a series of new works over at Chris Mars Publishing, and once again, I found myself wondering why his creatures look so strangely familiar to me and why I simply cannot help sympathising & empathising with all of them. And then I realised that the answer lies in the expression of their eyes.

They have my eyes. Bleary, weary, weak, clouded, watery, aged eyes. Broken eyes that have seen too much and switch to monochrome vision when they can't stand the disgustingly bright colourfulness of the summer anymore.

Like Leah's eyes - forever defying the pure, the white, the cheerful, the enticing, the capturing in Rachel.

In fact, I wish Chris Mars' characters would come alive - I'd feel more comfortable than ever in their company. And I think Chris would understand:

"Let me tell you something about Monsters. I have great empathy toward Monsters, or more accurately, Perceived Monsters. To me, Monsters are more like misfits, people who are physically deformed, or rather, uniquely formed (as indeed we all are, each of us); or, people who are mentally on a different plane than the majority. By this definition, might I be speaking even of you?

I am sympathetic toward Perceived Monsters, because I have known and loved perceived monsters, and have felt this way myself. [...]

So look closely at my work, look hard. Because I'm trying to show you something beautiful."

(Chris Mars, 2003)

Chris is exhibiting at the Retinal Delights show at Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, through October 5, 2008. His next show is due to open at Billy Shire Fine Arts, Culver City, on September 13, 2008.