Hellmouth

 

Not sure of the source or subject, but pretty fantastic.

Given that today is Halloween and the group show I curated Hellmouth at Ave. 50 Studio closes this week, I thought it appropriate (and timely) to memorialize the wonderful work and artists I selected. As many know Hellmouth is a theme I love, Mystery Plays, the Harrowing of Hell, sacrifice, redemption and rebirth  are ideas I return to time and again. My intention with this show was invite artists I admire into the dialogue; the conversation that ensued proved to be fascinating. 

I designed the font for the show’s vinyl lettering.

 

The statement for the show pretty much says it all:

Hellmouth
Curated by Leonard Greco

Many a morning I awaken with a fiery knot in the pit of my stomach. It frequently feels we are living in dire times and I know many share my dread .
That being the case I’ve invited a few friends to jump right into the Hellmouth and showcase works that explore the depths of existential angst.
The results are poignant , beautifully charged and frequently quite amusing . Much gratitude to the artists:
Jodi Bonassi
Jeanie Frias
Jeff Iorillo
Tom Lasley
Randi Matushevitz
Dakota Noot
Dania Strong

Upon receiving the submissions I’ve been struck with how the artists of Hellmouth are poets of the shadows , frequently committed to exploring the dark existential crevices of being .
More sensible artists may resist this oracle’s call but like Orpheus these seekers cannot resist that final backwards glance . I trust you will be as moved as I have been.
Leonard Greco

 

 

Perhaps narcissistically, I found it  gratifying  how familiar all of the work felt to me on an innate level. That perhaps is why I am attracted to this very diverse group of artists in the first place.

Jodi Bonassi
“Syrup”
2017
30 by 24 “
oil on canvas
Jodi Bonassi
“Sprawl”
2017
30 by 24 “
oil on canvas

Jodi Bonassi fills her canvas with meticulous detail, keenly observed images and most particularly, startlingly empathetic relatable figures. I’m crazy for her paintings… and for her.

Jeannie Frias
“Little D on His Pedestal”
2017
Mixed media
14 by 5 “

My friend Jeannie Frias is  a very fine artist in more traditional mediums, she surprised me with her diabolical mixed media piece. The little guy just delighted me.

Jeff Iorillo
“Beq”
blowtorched gesso, enamel and crushed marble on zinc
12 by 36 “
Jeff Iorillo
“Fragment”
acid-free bookbinding cardboard, terra cotta clay, crushed marble, Sumi ink, bamboo ashes, beeswax
24 by 38″

I’ve known Jeff Iorollo’s work for some time, following it from afar. His work worlds removed from my own superficially spoke directly to my soul; his “Beq” a memorial dedicated to those lost to AIDS particularly poignant.

Tom Lasley
“Regrets”
2016
mixed media assemblage
23 by 9.5 by 7.5 “

I feel with Tom Lesley’s work that I almost had a hand in the making. His references frequently so much my own. His dunce-capped fellow seems lifted right from my own “Hadesville” – it isn’t of course, just a delightful serendipity of art making.

Randi Matushevitz
“Judges”
2016
charcoal, pastel, spray paint
image size 29 by 22″
Randi Matushevitz
“Plaintiff”
2016
charcoal, pastel, spray paint on paper
34 by 26 “

 

Randi Matushevitz powerful scrawls of emotional chalk upon receptive paper causes me to envy her direct expression. They are a marvel.

Dakota Noot
“Bacon Wants a Taste”
2017
Acrylic on canvas
30 by 30 inches

My young friend Dakota Noot made “Bacon Wants a Taste” specifically for the show, I’m touched by that on a personal level but exhilarated on a aesthetic level. He is an artist to watch, his nimble witty work excites me.

Dania Strong
“Vomitoria”
2016
colored pencil, oil pastel on paper
12 by 18″
Dania Strong
“Dark Carnaval”
2016
colored pencil, oil pencil on paper
12 by 12″

Dania Strong is perhaps the artist I relate to the most personally. Also quite young she is the artist I wanted to be in my youth. We share a visual vocabulary which I am keen to see develop. She also had a sale, congrats to that!

and my own…

Leonard Greco
“Hadesville”
2016
oil on canvas
35 by 56 “

The show was very well received and one I am proud of it. I’m looking to curate further shows, thinking of various themes. One being male artists practicing  “women’s work”: embroidery, fiber, applied arts, paper etc. Thinking of calling it ” Under Omphala’s Watch”, referencing Herakles’ “emaculating” period of spinning wool under  Queen Omphala’s command.  The other possibility is “Beyond Frankenstein”, an idea suggested by a friend, where our demons and self loathing monsters have been embraced. Will keep you posted.

Hellmouth, curated by Leonard Greco, Ave 50 Studio, Los angeles, CA, 2017

This is the last week of the show which closes on Friday, November 3rd 2017 at Ave. 50 Studio, 131 N. Ave 50, Los Angeles, CA, 90042

323-258-1435

 

 

Author: babylonbaroque

I am a painter and printmaker working towards creating a body of work that reflects my own developing aesthetic. New work ,first link. The second link is an on-line portfolio.

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