Mix N' Mash
Jeff Gillette's large acrylic paintings combine iconic cartoon figures in a mesmerizing yet intentionally nauseating and gratuitous style. Much of his work confronts the subconscious influence of pop culture on the American psyche while addressing social issues.
"As kids, [cartoon characters] infiltrate our brains, whether we want it or not," Gillette said. "I like to pick on things that are most beloved, which are our cartoon characters and our religions."- from SqueezeOC interview
The Assemblage sculptures by Long Beach social and environmental artist Rick Frausto featured in this exhibition are created from common found objects such as old wire, torn plastic, broken toy parts and more discarded as waste then rescued and transformed into whimsical and fantastic characters.