Halloween is the most wonderful time of the year, so this nearly 3-year-old gallery/boutique (fairly analogous to LA's La Luz de Jesus), has packed in 60, nearly holiday-themed prints, constructions and canvases in the top half of its new split-level space. Below, are antique and contemporary objects d'arte including vintage Hawaiiana, hip trinkets, books, clothes and crafts from Michouacan. Among the works upstairs is Tricia Anders' homage to ‘60s decorative art: louche ladies with psychedelic Bette Boop-like girly-girl heads on spindly bodies, in one case wearing a spotted magic mushroom like a beret. Here, are monochrome canvases by that ever-amusing celebrator of the fabulous ‘60s television shows, Isabel Samaras--the two works here are spun off from TV's Addams Family.
Up and comer Chris Buzelli has two distinctive pieces including a small, striking "To Kill A Moth," showing a lolling tongued krampus-devil stomping on a large red panic button.
Note also the triptych portraying Mexican folk art masks by Eric Joyner, and former graffiti artist Saratoga Sake's three Mexican calavera-style portraits of a man, a woman and a corpus delecti, peering out of the depths of a thick antique varnish. Mark Mothersbaugh of the band DEVO has two digital prints of freakish figures.
Still, the most tantalizing pieces are Randall Heath's five mixed media constructions with peepholes or keyholes in front. Inside these wooden lacquered boxes are motor-driven tableaus of shattered mirrors, colored lights and half-visible toy figures. As the machinery whirls around, you are startled to observe, staring right back at you, is your own disembodied eye.
- Richard von Busack
* mages, from top to bottom: Tricia Anders, "Tarty Orangsicle Sisters," oil on canvas, 2' x 3.' Chris Buzelli, "To Kill a Moth," oil on paper, 12" x 16.' Mark Mothersbaugh, " "Fibi's 2nd Birthday," digital print, 18" x 24." Randall Heath, "Inner Demons, 2007," wood, brass, electronics, figurines, trees, flowers, 8" x 7" x 3/4." Randall Heath, "Splitting Amy, 2008," wood, brass, photography, figurines, electronics, flowers, 9" x 9" x 10."
all photos courtesy of the artists and Eclectix Gallery.