Removing the Safety Net

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© Courtesy of the Artists and C.A.V.E. Gallery
Removing the Safety Net

55 North Venice Blvd.
90291 Venice
June 10th, 2011 - July 2nd, 2011
Opening: June 10th, 2011 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Wed-Sun 12-6 and by appointment


(Venice, CA) C.A.V.E. Gallery presents "Removing the Safety Net", featuring new works by: Zach Johnsen (Portland), Pat Perry (Grand Rapids), Van Saro (Los Angeles), and Hans Walor (Los Angeles).


"Removing the Safety Net" showcases the ambitious new work by four emerging stars, who have pushed their style - making it their own. A burgeoning talent and committed drive supports their creative flight - promising a bright future in the New Contemporary Art Movement. The works are inspired by a personal examination of societal behavior and culture, interpreted through a lens of imagination and reflection - resulting in an inescapable subjectivity that is also powerfully familiar.   


Zach Johnsen's striking new series of graphite and watercolor drawings - Acid Over Easy - continues his exploration of human forms in moments of suspended movement - frenetic, exploding or morphing - the result of pure revelation, the release hidden power and sudden bursts of inspiration - the Acid trip continues...!


Pat Perry poetically combines fragments of places or objects from his imagination with glimpses of the everyday, creating vivid allegorical narratives resembling the whirling and unraveling imagery of a dream state. The bright subjects are beautifully rendered against the subtle hues of the landscape. The dynamic compositions are captivating, and immediately feel personal and familiar.


Van Saro's new work portrays glimpses of youth - of hope and spirit, in the midst of conflict. Van's rich oil paintings are crafted using technical, traditional painting techniques infused with the fluid forms of stylized graffiti. The paintings capture honest and animated emotions, reflecting how the impact of childhood and adolescent experiences are critical to what we become both as individuals and as a society.


Hans Walor's series looks for inspiration through the eyes of the "goddess" and her powerful incarnations. Through this creative exploration, Hans develops a unique style of playing with shades of color - letting the light challenge the dark - creating a new collection of mixed media pieces that are influenced by a journey driven by an awakening of the self, exposing the truth behind the system, provoking individual thought, and the offering of a new balanced perspective dedicated to the masses.