Richard Heller Gallery in LA is currently showing a large group show presenting the works from a wide selection of artists they are working with. Titled "Beheaded" the show symbolizes the social and political disconnection from the ideals upon which our nation was founded as well as serves as an exploration of the detached head in art history.
In times when the head is doing things that our core principles abhor, it is important to symbolically present this paradox to a wider public. And what better way than through selection of contemporary artworks that play with the idea of the head being detached from the rest of the body. From Caravaggio’s severed "Head of Medusa" or Gentileschi’s "Judith Slaying Holofernes" this subject has been revisited so many times in art history. And our contemporaries are creating their take, focusing on different aspects and contexts of the theme. From Van Minnen's tattoo covered portraits, Matelli's severed sculptures adorned with fresh fruits, Norvett grotesque re-creations of human figure, Ojanen's playful stainless steel casts to Yellin's illusive 3D collages, "Beheaded" gives you an updated and abbreviated overview of this recurring theme in current times. The full list of featured artists includes Philip Akkerman, Firelei Báez, Nigel Cooke, Eric Croes, Neil Farber, Daniel Jensen, Chris Johanson, Kajahl, Hideaki Kawashima, Tony Matelli, Rebecca Morgan, Yoshitomo Nara, Sean Norvet, Joakim Ojanen, Raymond Pettibon, Devin Troy Strothe,r Dani Tull, Christian Rex van Minnen and Dustin Yellin. —Sasha Bogojev
The show is on view through August 5, 2017