James Charles and John Felix Arnold @ Joseph Gross Gallery, NY
This week Joseph Gross Gallery will be opening two new exhibitions: "Monstro Eyegasmica" by James Charles, and "From Here" by John Felix Arnold III.
From Here: New Works by John Felix Arnold III
From Here is a turning point in Arnold’s career. These stark pieces define themselves sharply against Arnold’s previously maximalist, densely detailed work in painting, collage, print, sculpture, and installation. This time around, Arnold is working by subtraction, by paring down. Utilizing twelve mixed-media pieces on wood panels and paper, he’s created a series that builds off of his earlier style by the process of effacement; a release of past convention necessary to regeneration.
Monstro Eyegasmica: New Work by James Charles
Charles is well known in the San Francisco Bay Area for his colorful statements on consumer culture. He will début a series of large scale vibrant paintings inspired by pop culture, alongside his signature detailed work on banknotes. Monstro Eyegasmica is a paintings in which the artist are at once familiar and unsettling. Charles’ brand-jamming artwork irreverently combines pop culture characters with traditional iconography and embodies a sarcastic sense of humor. His fluorescent painting Axis Bold as McLove is based on the image on the album cover of Axis: Bold As Love, released by The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967. Charles’ painting updates the image by replacing Hendrix with Ronald McDonald holding an array of fast food items. This unapologetic image of a fast food mascot alongside a God is an explicit critique of the commercialization of contemporary society.
Joseph Gross Gallery
New York, NY
Opening receptions: Thursday, November 5th, 2015 from 6-9pm
On view: November 5 - 25th, 2015