Launch F18 is pleased to announce Horror Girls, the first solo exhibition of work at the gallery by Nelson Loskamp. The exhibition will be open by appointment starting Tuesday June 12 and runs until Saturday July 28, 2012. The artist reception will be held on Saturday June 23, 2012 from 6 – 8pm.
Nelson Loskamp is known for his dynamic relationship with the figure. He has executed work in a multitude of media within the parameters of individualistic style and cultural visual stigmas. Horror Girls comes from an interpretation of still shots from an assortment of 1960’s horror films. Loving the style in these B films, Nelson considers the 60’s hair and make-up in their depicted period settings and recreates them in haunting paintings that are both beautiful and macabre.
The paintings in this exhibition describe these women in a style that could be familiar to some. Nelson handles the medium so confidently and accurately, describing only the necessary visual requirements of the story. Much like Francisco de Goya’s 1812 painting A Butcher’s Counter, Loskamp accompanies the fragments of his subjects with the toil of his painterly style. In Horror Girls, Nelson presents for the viewer the possibility of pain with style while quietly introducing horror into everyday life.
Nelson Loskamp was born in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1962. After living in Brooklyn, NY for the past 14 years he recently moved to California. Previous exhibitions include “Unframed,” Lehman Maupin, New York, NY (2003); “Dead Kids Do Nothing,” 31 Grand, New York, NY (2004); "Performa 07," Swiss Institute, New York, NY (2007); “Christmas Palm,” Friese Museum, Berlin, DE (2009); “Not Quite Human,” Launch F18, New York, NY (2011).