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Tri-opening night at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Charlie Immer - Skeletal Triangulation, Oil on panel, 30 x 30 in. $4,800.00

Charlie Immer – Skeletal Triangulation, Oil on panel, 30 x 30 in. $4,800.00

 

Lookout folks! 

Billy Shire at La Luz de Jesus Gallery has TWO (well, three, sort of…) shows opening up tomorrow evening: It’s a surrealist, Vodou hat-trick of an art throw-down tomorrow night – so please pay attention :

Behind door number one we have Charlie Immer presenting his first solo show, “Loose Juice”.

Expect adorable surreal imagery that will make you laugh, cry, orgasm and possibly sick to your stomach – all at the same time. Charlie is inspired heavily by horror films, cartoons, nature, candy and video games.

“With this body of work I introduced new flavors, structures, and textures to the undulating and quivering landscape. The structure of the pieces was heavily inspired by the isometric perspective seen in many video-games of the 90’s. I’ve reintroduced buckets of “juice” which have been mostly absent from my recent work. Liquid is so alluring and dynamic. The subjects of the work are jiggling jesters and dripping skeletons enduring pain free violent acts. The nervous system has evaporated in this world and blood is in infinite supply. I’ve always found over the top violence to be appealing when stripped of pain and possibility of death.” – Charlie Immer

 

 Vodou Flag: Saint Jacques Majeur, Sequins, beads on linen, 33.5 x 38 in. $tbd


Vodou Flag: Saint Jacques Majeur, Sequins, beads on linen, 33.5 x 38 in. $tbd

Now behind door number two we get to preview Billy Shire’s personal collection of Haitian Vodou flags from the 80’s and 90’s – on view as an Easter exhibition, which consequently has inspired me to make my Easter celebration plans include significantly more Vodou wares than in Easters past (I’m envisioning a pig on a spit encircled by dancing loved ones humming “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”).
Vodou flags can have attributed to them significant religious power to those relics which they depict/represent or may also be appreciated quite simply as totally rad specimens of colorful, pictorial ethnographic interest. They have traveled out of temples and gained interest over the years with foreign buyers – igniting curiosity of those intrigued by magic and ritual. As each piece is crafted by hand, they vary significantly: some artists imbue their flags with quasi-Christian imagery (angels, hearts, saints, etc) and others are made by actual Vodou priests who select imagery and pictorial elements specifically for the ritual being performed.
Concepcion Aguila - Snakewoman, Sculpted and painted clay, 7 x 17 x 7 in. $450.00

Concepcion Aguila – Snakewoman, Sculpted and painted clay, 7 x 17 x 7 in. $450.00

As an extra little treat, we also get to view an exhibition of handcrafted Oaxacan memorial sculptures from Concepcion Aguila.
I know La Luz has an enormous space, but am curious to see how they’re going to get so many good things into the space at the same time.
Previews of pieces can be seen here.
Charlie Immer
“Loose Juice
April 4 – 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, April 4th, 8-11 PM

Haitian Vodou
April 4 – 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, April 4th, 8-11 PM

 

La Luz de Jesus Gallery

4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com
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