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Joseph Grazi’s God Complex at Joseph Gross Gallery

Skull Drawing
All Photos By Gail

If you love Skulls and Taxidermy Bats as much as I do, you will flip out over NYC-based artist Joseph Grazi’s new collection of sculptures and drawings, God Complex, up for just three short weeks at Joseph Gross Gallery. Seriously, it is pretty awesome.

Pentagram Hedge Maze
Pentagram Hedge Maze Sculpture. Yes, I just typed that.

According to the shows official press release, these artworks, “illustrate man’s increasing dominion over the natural world. With the human brain being the most complex structure existing in the known universe, we have been given the ability to manipulate the environment as we please and, ultimately, bend nature itself to our insatiable needs.” I can’t say that I disagree with that statement.

Bats Lion Head
Lions Head Sculpture with Bats and Butterflies

As Grazi frequently points out, “nature has been tamed and the animals that once posed threats to us are now predominantly under control. In addition, we can rearrange and re-engineer our bodies, create new species, and explore other planets. This capacity, along with the eradication of our former enemies and fears, can have a subconscious calming effect.”

Skull Blue Butterflies

Grazi’s new work revolves around the often inconsistent and irrational relationship that we have developed with nature over time, and how are new technologies have begun to give us godlike dominion over the planet and its animal inhabitants. It is through the realizations of these new powers that the artist hopes to lead to a more aware and responsible approach to managing and maintaining the kingdom of Earth.

Butterlfy

Skull with Bats

Joseph was present at last week’s opening reception and, let me tell you, he is not only extremely easy on the eyes, but also could not possibly have been nicer to Geoffrey and me as we chewed his ear of about how rad his art is. I asked Joseph where he gets the bats he uses in his sculptures, and I think he said he gets them from various taxidermist sources, but who knows. He is so hot, it was hard for me to pay attention to what he was saying. Just kidding. Sort of. Not really.

Pink with Deer Skull

Joseph Grazi’s God Complex will be on Exhibit Through May 2nd, 2015 at Joseph Gross Gallery, Located at 548 West 28th Street, Suite 232, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

God Complex Signage

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Bethany Marchman’s Bless Your Heart at Bold Hype Gallery

Porky By Bethany Marchman
Porky By Bethany Marchman

Here at the Worley Gig, we are especially fond of the contemporary art that embraces both the dark and the darkly humorous. Perhaps this is the reason we are really digging the latest exhibit over at Bold Hype Gallery: Bethany Marchman’s Bless Your Heart. According to Marchman’s bio, the artist aims “to create parallels between innocence and influence / history and popular culture. [Her] paintings are reflections of the awkward changes we experience as individuals and as a society, while questioning whether or not growth is synonymous with improvement.” Interesting!

Dealing largely with the anthropomorphism of animals, this new series is both playful and morbid. We just love it! Marchman’s use of traditional oils in a primarily dark color palette lends a renaissance feel to her work; one which is further enhanced by each painting’s ornate, gilt frame. So gorgeous! Each painting tells a story that the viewer can make up in his or her head. Here are some of the thoughts I was thinking while I looked at them.

Nelly Senior Year
Nelly Senior Year

Billy Senior Year
Billy Senior Year

Are these actually High School Year Book pictures of Goats? If so, what kind world do those Goats inhabit? I want to know.

Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox By Bethany Marchman
Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox

Are these the skulls of animal characters that populate literary legend? Do they adorn the walls of a museum in a parallel universe? I want to go there.

Sweet Bunny and Honey Bunny By Bethany Marchman
Sweet Bunny and Honey Bunny

Are these bunny rabbits in Victorian collars honored pets or regal children immortalized on canvas?

Wayward Girl Scout
Wayward Girl Scout

Does this distracted young scout realize that the Yeti is fast encroaching on her? Scary!

Anterior By Bethany MarchmanAnterior

Interior By Bethany Marchman
Interior

Posterior By Bethany Marchman
Posterior

How can I get away with not paying my rent so that I can afford to buy the three paintings above?

Bethany’s paintings recall elements of the works of some of our favorite artists including Travis Louie, Ken Kearns and Mark Ryden. If the images in this post resonate with you, or if you dig any of the aforementioned artists, you should not miss this show.

Bethany Marchman’s Bless Your Heart will be on Exhibit Through October 6, 2012 at Bold Hype Gallery, Located at 547 W 27th St, 5th floor, New York, NY 10001. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 12 Noon – 5:00 PM
Bless Your Heart By Bethany Marchman Sign