December 10 to February 11, 2023
Opening Reception on December 10 (4pm to 8pm)
Cavernous Perspectives explores the full scope of humanity and what lies beneath. The works presented challenge the common representation of a collective consciousness that is overly binary or morally pat. The portraits of both Gregory Malphurs and Lin Fei Fei offer viewers the opportunity to reflect on the complexity of the human experience as a whole. Cecy Colichon’s conceptual abstraction and non-corporeal creations foster an associative atmosphere for the observer to ponder their own cavernous subconscious.
A mix of collage and painting in Malphurs’ emotionally charged and fragmented portraits use deconstruction to create a world that holds comfort around ambivalence and recognizes a universal bond of personal struggle. Lin’s ethereal portraits also live in the acceptance of darkness. As faces surface from an abyss into a clear forefront, from shadow to light, they bring facets of mankind deemed taboo to gleam.
This emerging movement takes on a multi-dimensional form in Colichon’s works, often a visual representation of music or sounds, and provides a vehicle for thought and transportation to other realms. The showcased pieces bring the intricacy of mortals to the palm of one’s hand as they journey the viewer from self to the unified ethos, then, with a new understanding, back to self.
Gregory Malphurs, a Los Angeles based contemplative painter, explores new ways to perceive the subject of portraiture. His works are a deconstruction of emotions, colors, and inspirations reflecting life with its troubles and complications. The work reveals a universal bond of personal struggle — that life is a series of fragments we have to make sense of, our complexity of being.
Gregory (born 1966, United States) rejects the notion that an artist must meticulously reflect physical reality. Instead, he uses the human presence, ecstatically and complexly perceived, to reflect the condition of humanity while inviting the viewer’s ambivalence. With the belief that great art should challenge us to embrace our insecurities rather than hold a torch up to ideal forms, Gregory shares an experience of escapism to a reality where complexity feels oddly familiar.
The chaotic and clashing lines, colors and breakage in Gregory’s works might first appear as an artistic compulsion to destroy or fragment bodies and ideas. However, the deconstruction in his works actually stems from a need to understand, to go deep and look at the avoided corners of our consciousness, to make whole and heal. By brazenly acknowledging the convolution in all of us, Gregory hopes to make the statement ‘yeah we’re all fucked up, but we’re doing the best we can.’
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