KP Projects is proud to announce the newest exhibition of work by Victor Castillo: Broken Hearts. The exhibition features six new acrylic paintings on canvas, in medium and large size, and a selection of colorful ink and masterful graphite works on paper. Broken Hearts explores themes of love and disappointment as well as addressing social and political issues that are a mainstay of Castillo’s work.
As if it were a contemporary chronicle, Castillo appropriates the narrative logic of children’s tales and vintage aesthetics to present us with parables of greed, inequality, indifference, brutality, and other values that the artist sees being imposed worldwide. Castillo’s scenic paintings have also been described as allegories of corrupted innocence and beauty.
In the painting titled Broken Hearts, two amused children hover over a desolate, weeping Mighty Mouse kneeling on the ground. Distraught, disillusioned, and broken hearted, something has changed his brave and courageous nature. Heroes no longer represent what they were. While Broken Hearts is painted in Castillo’s classic chiaroscuro style contrasting light and dark, the largest painting in the exhibition, humorously titled Thank God For Sinners (80 x 110 inches), is painted in a style reminiscent of comics and vintage illustrations.
The anchor piece of the exhibition, Thank God For Sinners portrays a group of children chasing a demon fleeing through the streets of a middle-class neighborhood. It looks like a game, but for Castillo, the protagonist children represent the new protectors of society against the evil among us. The painting builds on a more recent gestural style that the artist debuted with The Big Dream series of large-scale paintings in his exhibition Born in ’73 at the gallery in 2016.
Castillo has said that his work is like a “mirror” of how we are as a society. Broken Hearts portrays scenes loaded with playfulness, irony and social reflection.
KP Projects is proud to announce a 2 Part exhibition of sculptures and installations by Scott Hove, cohesively entitled Last Ticket for the Beauty Train. The exhibition will consist of two shows, at separate locations, with an immersive Pentagon Cake Infinity Chamber at the gallery’s Chinatown pop up space, and a multi-media art showcase at the permanent gallery location on La Brea, in Los Angeles.
This new series as a whole explores what Hove terms “the failures of the Illuminati,” and addresses deeply political and socially conscious messages under the guise of sugar-coated acrylic ‘frosting’ decorated with shell borders, rosettes, fruit, and crystals.
The Chinatown installation-based exhibition (opening Fri. Sept. 1st) will feature a groundbreaking pentagon shaped infinity chamber, complete with tiered cake sculptures and disco ball refracting light onto the surrounding mirrored walls. The exhibition will also include an altar of cow bones and flowers, hanging and stand-alone sculptures, chandeliers, and other unexpected elements that will create a fully immersive experience.
As the focal point of the La Brea art showcase (opening Sat. Sept. 9th), Hove will construct an altar-esque bubblegum pink four poster bed adorned with satin fuchsia sheets, pillows, and clusters of artificial flowers. Accompanying dancers will perform choreographed activities to animate the installation aspects as an immersive fairytale with a sharp edge. The exhibition will feature updated elements from Cakeland and will premiere nearly a dozen new sculptures, chandeliers, and a striking prosthetic sculpture in platform stiletto covered in pills, black and bronze frosting, and ruby crystals affixed to knives.
Through a seamless intertwine of sugary-sweet beauty and touches of ferocity, Hove confronts the viewer with the dualism of light and dark, innocence and desire. Using cake motifs alongside knives, guns, horns and open fanged animal mouths, the artist creates objects that provoke a visceral reaction to both “imminent beauty and imminent threat.” These ruptures in the seemingly approachable and happily indulgent cake surfaces allude to a wild, free, and uninhibited essence at the core of each seductively frosted surface.