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Loved to Death, 2008 Acrylic On Wood 26" X 15"
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Knowledge Returns Home, 2008 Acrylic On Wood 26" X 15"
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Whisper, 2008 Mixed Media Sculpture 10" X 10"
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Tattered Wings, 2008 Mixed Media Sculpture 12" X 30"
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Übermensch
Curated by: Johnny Sampson

765 Saint Clair St. Ste B
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
August 16th, 2008 - October 4th, 2008
Opening: August 16th, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.boxboxbox.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
orange county
EMAIL:  
chris@splitends.com
PHONE:  
949-645-1223
OPEN HOURS:  
Tues - Sat 1-8 PM
TAGS:  
steampunk, cyberpunk, Robot, retro-futurism
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

In Thus Spake Zarathustra, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche expresses the need for man to create something beyond himself--the super man--the zenith of human progression.  Artists Matt Linares and Ted von Heiland approach this charge with technosophical whimsy.  Set after a technological singularity has occurred, where the machines we create can improve and re-create themselves, the images fashioned by these two artists seem distilled of dreams. “This is an exhibition,” says curator Johnny Sampson, “where the intimate and the grotesque embrace. These artists have taken machines, breathed life into them, and shaped the alternative Übermensch.  Yet in this rendition of the story, confronted with mechanical mortality, the machines become, in many ways, more human than ourselves”.

San Francisco artist, Matt Linares, manipulates narrative and the subconscious into playful yet poignant dreamscapes.  Using images of advanced machinery composed of wood and other un-technological materials, Linares sets up an unsettling symbolic dichotomy where nightmare and childlike fantasy merge. His paintings evoke an innocent sense of wonder as technology becomes self-aware of both its power and its limitations.

Los Angeles based artist Ted von Heiland’s, sometimes grotesque yet always sublime, sculptures reveal an intricate humanity beneath a cyberpunk aesthetic. Tender, comical, or horrific, his works juxtapose industrial isolation and introspective intimacy to elicit a cathartic empathy from the viewer.  His mixed media sculptures are both challenging and familiar as they try to resolve technology and nature into a curious harmony.

 

Background on The Box gallery

The Box gallery is a collaboration between Splitends owner and stylist Christopher Hall and curator Johnny Sampson.  It is a multi-use space, combining a minimal boutique salon with a contemporary art gallery. Located in the heart of the Costa Mesa SoBeCa district at 765 Saint Clair Ste B, The Box gallery and Splitends offer an unconventional, progressive venue for art and style. For more information, log onto www.boxboxbox.com or call 714-724-4633.