Preview: Shag "Animal Kingdom" @ Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City

February 02, 2012
Inspired while painting in his studio during the Kentucky Derby, Southern California based fine artist, Josh "Shag" Agle, returns to Corey Helford Gallery with a new body of work titled Animal Kingdom. The show marks Shag's second with the gallery, with a conscious effort to use brighter, more radiant colors.

Recognized worldwide, Agle’s iconic imagery celebrates commercial art from the 1950s and 1960s and is infused with playful narratives about consumerism and hedonism. “Ironic humor, impending trouble, or unexplained situations are common elements in most of my work,” Agle notes. For “Animal Kingdom,” his new collection of paintings returns to brighter and happier times. “Colors have become more radiant, and the men and women in the paintings seem happier and more satisfied in their hedonistic lifestyles.”

Inspired by vintage animal costumes, Furry fandom and anime characters who dress as animals, all of the paintings in the exhibition feature men and women in animal attire. The concept for the show was inspired by a 1970s sewing pattern for an animal costume. While the body remained the same, the ears and tail for each animal changed, transforming it into a tiger, a bunny, a bear or a mouse. Agle adds, “I’ve noticed a lot of teenagers and hipsters recently wearing hoodies and beanies with animal ears, antlers or horns. Maybe there is a subconscious societal urge to return to our animalistic natures. This is a theme I’ve flirted with in the past, but never this directly.”



Animal Kingdom
February 11—March 7, 2012
Corey Helford Gallery
Culver City, California