Bergamot Station Arts Complex
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404
What: Chet Zar "The Left Hand Path", Dan Quintana "Tinsel", Mark Garro "Apocalypservice"
Chet Zar Web-Preview
Mark Garro Web-Preview
Opening Reception, Saturday, October 15 - 8:00 - 11:30 p.m.
Dates: Exhibit runs; October 15 - November 5, 2011
Contact: Gary Pressman, Gallery - Director Copro Gallery
Dan Quintana's oil on wood panel paintings are influenced by his Catholic upbringing, the streamline architecture of Los Angeles, street art, hot rods, female models and comics. Quintana creates a world where angels and demons intermingle with girls and cars and Art Deco cityscapes meet surreal dreamscapes. In sepia toned allegories he tells the story of good versus evil, the physical versus the spiritual. A Los Angeles native born in 1982, Quintana began experimenting with oil painting in high school then shifting his focus to street art, creating numerous murals, many of which can still be seen around Los Angeles. In his early twenties Quintana embarked on commercial commissions for numerous music labels, tee-shirt designs etc. Quintana's talent has also found a home in the custom car culture in his work as artist for West Coast Customs on the MTV show Pimp my Ride and TLC's Street Customs and he has been featured in publications including LA Weekly, Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose, Car Kulture Deluxe and more.
Mark Garro -
“Apocalypservice” serves up apocalyptic imagery, acknowledging the media attention over relentless doomsday prophesies. While the show title was created with a smile and a wink, the viewer is presented with beautifully designed precision randomness using symbolism and allegory. Creation, destruction and revelation play out in two dimensions but imply four. The artist draws the viewer in to happily contemplate deeper, sometimes serious thoughts and conveys through painting, underlying truths, alternate worlds, the mystery of Nature and the Cosmos, while stirring in devilish side-dishes. Says Mark, “I like to think of my work as Chinese handcuffs for the visual cortex. Once you are drawn in it’s hard to pull away.”