Morally Reprehensible by Pedro Vélez

Kevin Van Gorp
May 3, 2014 5:46AM

101/EXHIBIT proudly presents Morally Reprehensible, a solo exhibition from artist and critic Pedro Vélez. This is the artist’s first showing with the gallery and will include new paintings on canvas, collage, and the artist’s signature banners. A limited edition, tri-fold conceptual show card designed by Vélez will accompany the exhibition. Additionally, the show will feature a soundtrack by Gardy Pérez, an experimental musician and leader of the seminal shoegaze band un.real, who is a long time collaborator of Vélez. One copy of the soundtrack will be available and includes a poster/collage based upon the audio.

The opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, from 7 – 10pm, and will conclude on July 12th. 101/EXHIBIT is located in West Hollywood at 8920 Melrose Ave on the corner of North Almont Drive, one block south of Santa Monica Blvd. This opening will also serve as the re-launch celebration of 101/EXHIBIT’s original and newly remodeled 1,300 square foot West Hollywood gallery space.

For his first exhibition in Los Angeles, Pedro Vélez will produce a new series of paintings on canvas based on photographs taken by the artist over a period of seven years. These works combine quotes by other art critics, imagery of hotel room views, bits and pieces of personal conversations, and portraits of art world figures and sites to create a visual essay in which beauty, art journalism, social media, race, and political corruption collide. WithMorally Reprehensible, Vélez mimics the way the majority of art critics distribute information today. This exhibition culminates the quadrilogy about morality and art criticism he started with #DrunkDictators, recently on view at Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, #ProtestSigns at Galeria Obra Alegria in San Juan, and #TheMonochromaticCritics, his installation currently on view until May 25th at the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Kevin Van Gorp