WHERE: Copro Gallery - Bergamot Station Arts Complex
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404 
Ph: 310-829-2156 
E-Mail: CoproGallery@Live.com
Web: www.CoproGallery.com


WHEN: Exhibit runs; March 2 – March 23 2024
Opening Reception
: Saturday March 02 , 2024 - 6:00 – 09:00 p.m.

Contact:  Gary Pressman, Gallery Director - Copro Gallery

ED BINKLEY'HOLYMEN & MONSTERS' solo exhibition is artist Ed Binkley's second solo exhibition with Copro Gallery. The show includes 18 original drawings and the 2 recent Tool posters created by Ed Binkley, embellished and signed by the artist. Ed elaborates on the exhibit.... "Developed from my lifelong fascination with vestments and official costumes, and they effect our perception of the characters and creatures wearing them. In this show I've combined that with my interest in beings designated or recognized by a given society as having inscrutable connections to other worlds -- spiritual, cosmic, past, whatever the specific need and priority of that society is at the moment. Shamans, priests and priestesses, wizards, witches, and seers have always been foremost in my imagination and my creative pursuits. Lately I've started playing with the question of where exactly a vestment might end and the creature's body begins -- is the costume a living part of the being, or is it taken on-and-off as we normally think of clothing? It is possible to blur the distinction, both figuratively and literally? At what point does that combination/confusion render something unified and inseparable, without distinction between living flesh and assumed clothing? And what therefore does that blending do to our perception of its nature? When does the holyman, faery, or imp become a monster?  Along those thoughts, I also wish to create monsters who retain some vestiges of human-ness. I believe that the monsters that are most disturbing, frightening, or imbedded in our thoughts (their raison d'étre) are those that persistently remind us of ourselves. When we can identify with some aspect of a monstrosity, a connection is established and we instinctively become more interested in that creature's story -- its own longings, fears, needs, and purposes -- in spite of any initial repulsion we might feel. Those monsters linger in our thoughts and dreams longer and with more effect, and we are more likely to explore what their deformities might represent in our own psyches and lives. We long for the experience of seeing our deeper anxieties, flaws, and wishes made real, verified and deemed to exist.

BIO - Ed Binkley has created fantasy artwork for three decades. His client list includes Lucasfilm, Tool, Suntup Editions, Wizards of the Coast, and ImagineFX, among others. 
Ed's artwork has been published in numerous issues of "Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art" where he won Gold and Silver awards, and he was the cover- and feature-artist in "Spectrum Quarterly" Issue 2. Ed was awarded the First Place Grand Prize in IBA Volume 10, the Body of Work Portfolio Award for Volume 10, and the Gold Award in the Drawing category in IBA Volumes 11 and 12. He was a finalist in the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize competition each year from 2019 to 2023, with his 2021 entry being chosen to publicize the "Animalia" Group Show at The Haven Gallery sponsored by Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. His work also appears in multiple art books by various publishers including Taschen (Germany), Citadelles & Mazenod (Paris), and CYPI (London).  
His work has been featured in multiple exhibitions and he is an annual exhibitor in the IX Art Show in Reading, Pennsylvania. Ed lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife Lisa, who is also an accomplished artist.  

includes selected work from the LA ARTSHOW 2024. If you missed our booth at the LA CONVENTION CENTER February 14-18, come see a variety of the work at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica. Some of the artists included are Adam Walcavage, Annie Montgomerie, Anthony Ausgang, Benz and Chang, Brad Gray, Candice Tripp, Carl Dobsky, Chet Zar, Chris Guest, Chris Mars, Craig LaRotonda, Dos Diablos, Dustin Myers, Ed Binkley, EGO, Femke Hiemstra, Glenn Barr, Jason Freeny, Jeff Nentrup, Jim McKenzie, John Mortensen, Jojit Solano, Jonathan Queen, Jon Huck, Jose Galvan, Karikatura, Katie Gamb, Lizz Lopez, Lucia Heffernan, Luke Hillestad, Luke Chueh, Mark Garro, Naoto Hattori, Niagara, Paul Barnes, Peca, Richard Ahnert, Ross Jaylo, Shane Pierce, Shawn Barber, Simona Candini, Stefanie Vega, Stephanie Inagaki, SV Williams, Tikunkit Jason Wheatley, Tin, Travis Louie, Vanessa Lemen, Victor Castillo, Xue Wang

Jose Luis Galvan 'Animal Things' presents an exhibit of work associated with 'Animal Things'. Each oil painting tells a story about a bunny, a rabbit, a fox all with human characteristics.

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