Allen Williams 'Sinew & Bone' - Ed Binkley 'Strange Countenance'

Contact:  Gary Pressman, Gallery Director
Ph: 310/829-2156 


Allen Williams 'Sinew & Bone' - Ed Binkley 'Strange Countenance'

WHEN: Exhibit runs; June 4 – June 25, 2022

June 4, 2022 6pm – 10pm - Both artists in attendence

Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, June 25, 2022 - 1pm – 5pm (closing reception)

WHERE: COPRO GALLERY @Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. #T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Copro Gallery presents two solo art exhibitions. Allen Williams 'Sinew and Bone' and Edward Binkley 'Strange Countenance'. Both artists have created new bodies of work for the exhibit, representing their latest and greatest and will be in attendence at the opening reception Saturday, June 4, 5:00-10:00PM.

Allen Williams, Pieta. oil on board, 24"x 18"

Allen Williams fine art is grounded in reality but flows into otherworldly forms. He primarily works in graphite, gouache, and oils. His drawings and paintings directly respond to his surrounding environment and he uses everyday experiences and objects as a starting point for many of his pieces where the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. Allen tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels; these are meant to incite the viewer to make new personal associations within his work.

BIO- Allen is an award winning illustrator, concept designer and fine artist. From a young age the pencil and paper were an escape and a refuge for Allen. Now nationally and internationally known, for over 28 years Allen has applied his talents to everything from rock posters for the band Tool, concept work for creature and character designs in major motion pictures and television including the latest Hellboy, illustration for books & gaming companies. His first book, both illustrated and authored by Allen, is titled “The Witches’ Kitchen” and was published in 2010 and his most recent book illustration project is with Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke on Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun.

Edward Binkley 'Echo-location' 9"x 13" colored pencil; soft pastel, graphite

Edward Binkley presents 15 new pieces all done in the medium ofcolored pencil; soft pastel, graphite. 'Strange Countenance' grew from a class I taught. I suggested to students that in order for a creature to be truly disturbing (frightening? threatening? whatever the monster's raison d'etre) it must retain vestiges of human-ness; it must remind us of ourselves. Only then, when the creature goes beyond mere grotesqueness or disgust, when the viewer identifies with it in some way, does it touch a deeper level of our psyches and stays in our thoughts longer term.
I've also long been fascinated with paradigms regarding monsters. What does it take to generate empathy with a monstrosity? Is it possible to understand or even admire a creature who might be hideous or threatening? Mary Shelley certainly thought so. With my "Incognito" series I've imagined a defeated, suppressed class of creatures trying to acclimate, trying to blend in with our norms and get on with making a life in what to them must seem an abnormal and monstrous society.
Finally, I also love playing with ideas around shamanic ritual, thought, and privilege. Had I lived in a shamanic society I think I would have longed to become one, and/or been very frustrated that I wasn't born to it."

BIO - Ed Binkley has created fantasy artwork for three decades. His client list includes Lucasfilm, Ltd.,Wizards of the Coast, ImagineFX, and Artifacts Puzzles, among others. MORE

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