C.A.V.E. Gallery 3 Year Anniversary Group Exhibition- Brand X (May 2011)
The Center for Visual and Audio Expression (C.A.V.E.) Gallery has created a niche for themselves in Los Angeles since arriving on the art scene three years ago, cultivating a hybrid low brow and street art sensibility. Their recent move in to a larger space on Abbot Kinney came just in time to mark their Three Year Anniversary Group Exhibition, which celebrates the works of 50 artists whose styles reflect the C.A.V.E’s beginnings and look ahead to an uncharted future. The works encountered the gallery’s anniversary group show are bold, ambitious visions of emerging and recognized artists whose sensibility could best be described as drawing outside of the lines and pushing the elastic bubble of creativity. The materials used know no bounds, as the artists experiment with an array of mediums including acrylic, mixed media, and spray paint on paper, canvas, and panel. The exhibition relays messages familiar to Los Angeles and its citizens — urbanity, eccentric personalities and remnants of dreams.
New artists in the show include Young Chun, whose caricatured faces with baby doll eyes veiled by a pair of Elton John inspired sequined sunglasses and pouty lips confront with the viewer with a deliberate self-awareness. Kevin Peterson’s “White Dress” addresses Angeleno life outside the gallery; rendered with oil and acrylic on metal siding, the realistic portrait of an angelic girl standing in front of a graffiti covered wall seems a snapshot from urban life. Dan Cooley’s experimentation with resin on fabric and acrylic complete with a woven pattern made of diamond shaped paint drops, dives head first into an a whimsical fascination of materials and their interaction on the visual plane. Finally Joka’s work “The Gravity of Perfection” seems a modest work on acrylic, but upon closer inspection the viewer realizes the canvas is consumed by individual dots which the artist accomplished using a toothpick.
The artists at C.A.V.E are genuine storytellers who communicate to the viewer through a complex web of materials and subjects that aren’t always what they appear to be. The Three Year Anniversary not only commemorates the persistence of the gallery but their intention to continue incubating new ideas and realizing their multifaceted potential. The group show will be on display through June 4.
C.A.V.E. Gallery, 1108 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice; http://cavegallery.net.
Anthony Ausgang, Anthony Clarkson, Bryan Pickens, Cate Rangel, Chet Zar, Chrystal Chan, Codak, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Craww, David Cooley, David Stein, Eatcho, Euth, Gosha Levochkin, Gustavo Rimada, Hans Haveron, Jasmine Worth, Jason Hernandez, Jim Darling, John Park, Jennifer Springman, Joka, Josh Hart, Kevin Peterson, Kelly Berg, L Croskey, Leontine Greenberg, Macsorro, Max Neutra, Megz Majewski, Nathan Cartwright, Patrick Hammerlein, Paul Chatem, Randy Noborikawa, Renee Lawter, Rudy Fig, SIT, Smog City, Taka Sudo, Tina Darling,Tom Haubrick, Vahge, Van Saro, Walt Hall, Young Chun, Zach Johnsen, Zoso