"No Wave" is the newest collection from Brooklyn based artist Hellbent, for his second feature show at C.A.V.E. Gallery. The work is a continuation of his series "Mix Tape" which was originally started in Los Angeles as a mural.
This body of work evolved from the artist making collage's with the tape he used to mask portions of paintings when spray painting. The over-spray on the tape was then reconfigured into different arrangements and then used as sketch for pieces to be done in paint. These sketches are then encased in liquid glass and are called "Demos", which are displayed along with actual works in which they inspired. The painted pieces are then named after whatever song happened to be playing as the artist created them.
In his latest body of work "No Wave", Hellbent departs from his typical subject matter and reinterprets his work by juxtaposing patterns and colors in such a way that creates an eye catching effect that plays with one's perception. The artist has incorporated shadows to accentuate depth, and also begins to use white in the color field to "ground" to these paintings.
Similar to the No Wave music of late 70's and early 80's which emphasized musical texture over melody - Hellbent too is emphasizing texture and color over subject. Hellbent's work is influenced by the earliest ventures into abstraction, by Kandinsky and other artists from the early 20th century, which were reactions to the music of the day. Much like Richard Dieberkorn's "Ocean Park" series, Hellbent sees these newest pieces as an evolution of a larger body of work in abstraction.