This Saturday, October 8, Copro Gallery presents a 4 artist art exhibition and October Halloween event! Chet Zar, Dos Diablos, Rachael Bridge and Ego each bring their unique twist on portraiture, which promises to get you in the spooky mood. Better yet, all of the artists will be present, as well as live live music from Lawndale and plenty of Tricks, Treats & Surprises!
Chet Zar “Zombie Death Bots” | Dos Diablos “Beauty MtrFkr“ | Rachael Bridge: “Hysteria” | Ego ‘Memories of Never‘
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 5-10pm
Note: All artists will be in attendance, and Chet Zar will be signing his new book!
Exhibition Dates: October 8 – October 29, 2022
Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, #T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404, United States
Phone: 310 829 2156
For more information, email Gallery Director, Gary Pressman at [email protected] or call 310-829-2156.
Press Release //
Copro Gallery presents a Chet Zar exhibition ‘Zombie Death Bots’. This is Chet’s 10th exhibit and event since 2006 with Copro Gallery. In in this new 9-piece collection of oil paintings, Zar has taken inspiration from archaic robotic technology and EC horror comic style zombies and combined them to create a small legion of deadly foes- the Zombie Death Bots. What is their purpose? Who created them? And why? You are invited to contemplate these questions and many more through a series of creepy zombie robot portraits that continue to expand the ever-unfolding world of Dy5topia, the “negative thought-form dimension” that Zar has spent most of his artistic life uncovering through his paintings and sculptures.
Additionally, Chet will be signing his brand-new book “Dy5topia- A Field Guide to the Dark Universe of Chet Zar”. This is a long-awaited field guide to Zar’s nightmare frontier. It describes the characters, territories, societal class structures and more using full colour reproductions of Zar’s artwork and text written by Mike Correll (director of the award winning documentary, “Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters”). The layout and book design was created by Mackie Osborne (graphic design for TOOL, The Melvin’s and Zar’s “Black Magick: The Art of Chet Zar” book among many others). The nearly 400-page tome also includes a foreword by artist and author Wayne Barlowe (“Hellboy”, “Galaxy Quest”, “Avatar”).
Dos Diablos unveils a new series of eight oil paintings with all new Monsters. From Punk Rock to Classics each one has its own personality.
Jorge (Dos Diablos) was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. His art career started as an editorial illustrator, working for several Mexican newspapers and magazines. His illustrative collaborations range from posters, music album covers and book designs. Jorge’s fine art career began as a result of restlessness, inner emotions and social conflicts. His critical vision which we see in each of his works evolves into the monster that we each carry with us every day. The work of ‘Dos Diablos’ transgresses and delights the viewer, leaving us no option but to forge ahead and contemplate our destiny. Jorge works and lives between Guadalajara and California.
Rachael Bridge’s ‘Hysteria” is a unique take on traditional portraiture. Rachael can be considered a master of the macabre, an artist whose portraits embody the terrors of the human mind drawing on the viewers’ proclivity for fear, and masterfully using her style to pull us into her dark and symbolic world. At first glance, Rachael Bridge’s work feels almost sinister. Her depictions of women are corpse-like and otherworldly. She uses horror to depict complexities of the human psyche with themes of anxiety, isolation, seduction, and despair. Rachael obtained her BFA in 2010 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and now lives and works in New Jersey.
In his latest series, Ego uses classical painting techniques to conjure intricately crafted portraits of macabre yet whimsical solitary outsiders. Ego feels a kind of kinship with these characters, as a socially-awkward extroverted introvert himself. The seemingly melancholy, yet somehow also charming figures he dreams up appear to dwell in the spaces somewhere between the natural and metaphysical worlds. In his work there is often a juxtaposition between the grim and endearing, the modern and classical, the real and the surreal.
A self-taught painter, Ego’s distinctive style is informed by a lifelong fascination with popular culture (movies, music, comics, skateboarding, etc.), as well as a profound appreciation for the work of classical masters. From the masters, he’s adapted the nuanced rendering of light and shadow, as well as the study of anatomy which he bends to fit the uniquely distorted nature of the denizens of his imaginary world. Living in the Pacific Northwest also influences the tone of his work. For a large portion of the year, it’s dark and rainy. While many find this depressing, Ego feels the gloom contributes to a lush and hazy landscape that seeps into the colours and subjects of his paintings.