CHET ZAR & JEREMY WAGNER PRESENT 'CONJOINED VS. GROTESQUE' Celebrating the Denizens of the Dark......
Contact: Gary Pressman, Gallery Director
WHAT: CHET ZAR & JEREMY WAGNER PRESENT 'CONJOINED VS. GROTESQUE' Celebrating the Denizens of the Dark
WHEN: Exhibit runs; January 19 – February 16, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday January 19 , 2019 - 8:00 – 11:30 p.m. VIP Party Saturday January 26 , 2019 After NAMM & LA ARTSHOW
WHERE: 2525 Michigan Ave. T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404 / 310-829-2156
Chet Zar, Peekaboo
Copro Gallery presents a group art exhibit curated by artist Chet Zar and collector, author, musician Jeremy Wagner. 'CONJOINED VS. GROTESQUE' Celebrating the Denizens of the Dark.... will feature Sculptures, paintings, drawings and collector guitars with a slant towards the Dark and Grotesque! Rock and Roll Art, Gigantic oil paintings, Bizzarre & Hyperreal Sculptures, Lifelike & Life sized models, Surreal assemblages, mixed media paintings, Twisted Art Toys and other Conjoined work will all be featured. Many of the artists in the exhibit are from the Dark Contemporary Art Movement as well as Motion Picture and Music Industry artists, Special F/X technicians and others from all walks of life exhibiting their Top Notch #1 craft for this special jointly curated exhibition.........
FEATURING these ARTISTS and MORE TO COME: Chet Zar, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Jay Weinberg, Wes Benscoter, Ed Repka, Dan Seagrave, Andreas Marschall, Scott Musgrove, Shane Pierce, Louie Becker, Matt Dangler, Miroslav Petro, Zack Dunn, Dominic Holmes, Carin Hazmat, Magnus Gjoen, Ronald Gonzalez, Bob Tyrrell, Rob Smits, Kevin Estrada, Gene Ambo, Claudio Bergamin, Max Verehin, Vincent Villafranca, Dan Harms, Mark Rudolph, Ryan Matthew Cohn and many more!
Chet Zar BIO:
Zar's interest in the darker side of art began in the earliest stages of his life. A natural fascination with all things strange fostered within himself a deep connection to horror movies and dark imagery. He could relate to the feelings of fear, anxiety and isolation that they conveyed. These are themes which had permeated most of his childhood drawings and paintings and are reflected in his work to this day.
The combined interest in horror films and art eventually culminated into a career as a special effects make up artist, designer and sculptor for the motion picture industry, designing and creating creatures and make up effects effects for such films as, "The Ring", "Hellboy I & II", "Planet of the Apes" and the critically acclaimed music videos for the art metal band Tool. Zar also embraced the digital side of special effects as well, utitlizing the computer to translate his dark vision with 3D animation for Tool's live shows and subsequently releasing many of them on his own DVD of dark 3D animation, "Disturb the Normal".
Through the many years spent dealing with all of the politics and artistic compromises of the film industry left Zar feeling creatively stagnant. At the beginning of 2000 (at the suggestion of horror author Clive Barker), he decided to go back to his roots and focus on his own original works and try his hand at fine art, specifically painting in oils. The result has been a renewed sense of purpose, artistic freedom and a clarity of vision that is evident in his darkly surreal (and often darkly humorous) paintings.
"Chet's art is beautiful & scary. His style has a modern twist crashing into a classical approach. I think Chet is a master painter on his way to making a great mark in our little world. Wanna do something smart with your money? Invest in a Chet Zar painting." - Adam Jones (TOOL)
Jeremy Wagner BIO:
New York Times Bestselling Author, Peter Straub (A Dark Matter, Ghost Story, and The Talisman—with Stephen King) says, "Jeremy is a pretty impressive dude.” Jeremy Wagner has released 8 albums and has written lyrics to hundreds of songs with his international death- metal band, BROKEN HOPE. He has a following of rabid fans worldwide, yet aside from his music career, Wagner writes dark fiction and short works full time. His published works include the best-selling debut novel, THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD, the story “Romance Ain't Dead” for the anthology, Hungry For Your Love (St. Martin's Press), the story “The Creatures From Craigslist” in the anthology Fangbangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love (Ravenous Romance), the seasonal bio tale “When I Scared Myself Out of Halloween” (Shock Totem Books), his horror writing essay- exercise in the Now Write! Edition of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (Bantam Books), and most recently, his short story ”Pit Stop” in the A Tribute Anthology to Deadworld (Riverdale Avenue Books). Wagner's novel, The Armageddon Chord, peaked at #4 on Barnes & Noble's Top 10 paperback Bestseller List and peaked at #9 on B&N's Top 100 overall Bestseller List in the first week of release. The novel also earned a Hiram Award, a first-round ballot Stoker Award Nomination, and received critical acclaim in Publisher's Weekly and Rolling Stone magazine among many other worldwide media. The Afraid imprint of Riverdale Avenue Books will release Wagner's newest novel, RABID HEART, on October 3rd--the publisher will also re-release a revised edition of THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD in December 2018 with new cover artwork and more. Wagner is a serious collector of dark art, fantasy art, and lowbrow art. He lives in the Chicago area.
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