XUE WANG 'UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL'/ CIOU 'KEEP MY HEART BRIGHTING IN THE DARK'/ CRAIG LAROTONDA 'LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES' / STFANIE VEGA
WHAT: XUE WANG 'UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL'/ CIOU 'KEEP MY HEART BRIGHTING IN THE DARK'/ CRAIG LAROTONDA 'LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES'
WHEN: Exhibit runs; December 10– December 31, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday December 10 , 2022 - 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Gary Pressman, Gallery Director - Copro Gallery
XUE WANG 'Up Close and Personal
Copro Gallery presents a Xue Wang solo exhibition 'Up Close and Personal'. This new body of work explores the microscopic world ( fat cell, red/white blood cell, hair, eye, bone et al.).We cannot escape the past and our sweet yesterdays, whether imaginary or real. They are my repository. Superficially my paintings may appear ‘cute' but my intention is to unsettle, albeit subtly. As the creeping wasp on the fairy cake does."
BIO XUE was born in northern China in 1980, the year of the mischievous monkey. After a BA degree in Fashion in China at Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art in Shenyang she relocated to London at age 22 to finish her MA at University of Westminster. Painting and drawing, playing around with ideas, juxtaposing images and allowing her imagination free reign have all helped guide her development however her career has not followed a linear path. The self-reflective intimacy of art, which has always been latent in her, forced Xue’s transition from fashion to painting. For each character, Xue sketches out the faces before adding makeup, hairstyles, clothes and accessories. She uses oils on board and paints at home on her easel, with her dog Kuma and daughter Macey - who is sometimes too helpful!
CIOU 'Keep My Heart Brighting in the Dark'
For her second solo exhibition with Copro Gallery Ciou's new body of work is titled 'Keep My Heart Brighting In The Dark' . Heterogenous, abundant and firmly alternative, Ciou’s world is a visual compendium of fantastic themes and styles. Cultivating a taste for the odd and folkloric. Ciou approches in her work subject as nature, metamorphosis, paganism and beauty. Self -characterized as a Necro Kawaï art ( Necro for the dark side, Kawaï for the cute side ). Her style is the result of a massive hybridation of European, American, Mexican and Japanese graphic fields. A large part of Ciou’s world can besides being described as a strange carnival parade where tattooed ladies, charming freaks and outsiders are the norm. She composed acid coloured farandoles with attractive nymphs, phantasmagorical animals and anthropomorphic plants .Ciou approches in her work subject as nature, women, metamorphosis, paganism and magic. Her Style is the result of a massive hybridation of European, American, Mexican and of course Japanese culture. She works with different mediums such as acrylic, watercolor, ink on paper on wood. She is working with Rotring pen the smallest one 0,1 mm and she is using a magnifying glass. For her art everything is in the small details.
CRAIG LaROTONDA 'Les Enfants Terribles'
Copro Gallery presents a solo exhibition of Craig LaRotonda's 'Les Enfants Terribles' Says Craig about the show "Welcome to my motley group of outcasts- LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES. These orphaned misfits hail from a long-gone circus of the bizarre, each now fighting for their place in a world where they cannot be placed. These weirdos are embellished with cracks, a decaying patina, and their curious paraphenelia that represents each of their personalities. The ambiguity of their unique appearance is both nostalgic and futuristic – this odd ensemble seems as though they have each lived 100 lives. Inspired by sideshow “freaks”, pop culture, and mythology, they're old souls who each have a story to tell… some good, but mostly terrible!
Stefanie Vega presents a small exhibit of unusual pieces for the Holiday season. She will be present opening night!
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