A review by Rachel Flanagan.
Victor Castillo and Tara McPherson take you on a political and intergalactic ride with a childlike wonder in their exhibitions at the MKG Gallery. Each artists brings out their inner child with work inspired by comics, science fiction and lots of color that reflect a unique spirit.
Victor Castillos' "Born in '73," paintings mix a Dick and Jane style image with
Merry Melodies cartoon like humor and sausage noses and toothy grins in a fun and colorful image with a slightly creepy and sociopolitical essence. The children in his paintings may be doing something seemingly innocent and make believe but each image represents a slightly ominous presence of the corrupted social system that Castillo grew up with in Chile. Each of his works reflects the feelings of fear and rebellion with the freedoms that comes through art and colorful imagery.
Tara McPhersons' "The Difference Between Here and There," creates a world of self-discovery in a sort of intergalactic and underwater world of heroines and other creatures. Each of her characters displays a playful piece of the human spirit from paintings of celestial women with glowing eyes to cuddly polar bears, bunnies, and space cadets. Her pieces have a colorful pastel hue and take you on a playful and spiritual journey from here to there.
The two worlds of Victor Castillo and Tara McPherson come together from March 5 - April 2, 2016 at the MKG Gallery in Los Angeles. Be sure to stop by and take your own journey to self-discovery with the alternately colorful worlds created by these two talented artists.
MERRY KARNOWSKY GALLERY
170 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036