KP Projects / Merry Karnowsky Gallery is proud to present this spring’s group exhibition featuring new works by artists Glenn Barr, William Wray, and the art duo devNgosha.
170 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
March 14, 2015 | 7-10PM
March 14, 2015 – April 11, 2015
Glenn Barr is one Detroit’s most successful and celebrated underground artists. His surreal creatures and tragic characters live in a seedy universe, drenched in the grit and haze of a post-apocalyptic urban dreamscape. Inspired by cult films of the 1960s and 70s, the hauntingly beautiful figures in Glitterland evoke a sense of film noir – an uncertain reality that extends beyond the frame. The exhibition is an ironic paradox of the cheap glitter of Hollywood glamour, embodied in the subtle, wistful expressions of his ‘B culture’ stars.
As a fine artist and cartoonist, William Wray combines traditional painterly style with contemporary subjects to create a uniquely personal body of work. Growing up on Hollywood Boulevard, Wray was intrigued by the flooded sidewalk of struggling actors and models impersonating pop culture icons. Drawing inspiration from his encounters with Hollywood’s ‘superheroes,’ Fortress L.A. inverts the idea of superheroes’ human alter egos by highlighting the identities of the slumped and weary subjects in their heroic costumes. Though his works evoke a sense of comedic irony, the iconic characters you see in his painting embody a deeper sense of desperation and ennui born out of the humdrum reality of everyday life.
devNgosha is a Los Angeles art duo consisting of Devin Liston and Gosha Levochkin. They combine their different styles to create their distinct and recognizable body of works. Thirst represents the severity of the current California drought as both a physical reality and an allegory of artistic desolation. Images of cacti, cowboys and tumbleweeds embody the reversion of a golden California landscape into a desert community.