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Joseph Gross Gallery Presents Cecil: A Love Story By Joseph Grazi

Mufasa By Joseph Grazi
Mufasa By Joseph Grazi: Taxidermy Bats, Dried Butterflies and Stone Sculpture on Wood Mounted in Plexiglass (All Photos By Gail)

Writing this rad blog has been an excellent way to discover and start to follow the careers of many cool and talented local artists, one of whom is Joseph Grazi, who creates fresh artworks by mixing taxidermy with classic statuary, juxtaposed with pristine colored pencil and graphite renderings, and giving the result a slight twist in perspective. Joseph Gross Gallery is currently hosting Cecil: A Love Story, Grazi’s latest body of work, which is a multimedia exhibition that examines the public’s erratic moral compass in the wake of highly publicized tragedies.

Cecil a Love Story

On August 15, 2015 the world learned through a flurry of rage posts populating social media newsfeeds that the (until then widely unknown) Zimbabwean icon Cecil the Lion had been killed by a trophy hunter. The hunter responsible, a white, privileged dentist named Walter Palmer, had become the most hated man on the planet overnight.

Cecil Large Installation

Cecil: A Love Story scrutinizes the public’s alarmingly inconsistent morals, particularly in relation to animals. Through various media, Grazi creates a dialogue surrounding how we perceive and process atrocities committed against human beings versus those against animals.

Panthera Repax
Panthera Repax

Why did killing of Cecil the Lion by Walter Palmer make frontpage news over a terrorist attack that happened in the same week? Why did Jimmy Kimmel cry over the death of Cecil, but not after 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram?

Panthera Nobla
Panthera Nobla

Having worked with lions in Africa for a period of time, the artist brings an informed perspective to the exhibition that contrasts the suburban American mentality surrounding wildlife. Wildlife, the artist argues, is a human construction. People say “don’t play God,” but rather, he states, “we already are God.” The wilds are only wild because humans allow it to exist.

False Prophet 1
False Prophet 1 (left) Installation Detail

Further, Joseph Grazi investigates what it is specifically about lions that has infatuated humans throughout history. A timeless tradition and continuous obsession, with imagery carved into ancient churches to the modern suburban home – the exhibition begs the question “why are lions so special?” It dives deep into our
collective consciousness to discover why Cecil, of all creatures and all lions, was deemed so extraordinary.

Panthera Regal
Panthera Regal

Joseph Grazi and Lynzy Blair
Artist Joseph Grazi with Joseph Gross Gallery Director, Lynzy Blair, at the Exhibit’s Opening Reception

Panthera Aesthetica
Panthera Aesthetica

Cecil: A Love Story By Joseph Grazi will be on Exhibit Through October 31st, 2016 at Joseph Gross Gallery, located at 548 W 28th St, Ground Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

False Prophet
False Prophet 2

Art By Chad Wys at The Joseph Gross Gallery

Sculpture by Chad Wys

All Photos By Gail

Multidisciplinary artist, Chad Wys has some really fantastic work in  Not The Sum of Its Parts, Just The Parts, up now at the Joseph Gross Gallery. The two person show (which also includes works by Jesse Draxler) examines the variables of abstraction, conceptualism, and mark­making. In this exhibit, Wys rips apart and questions the use of traditional arts materials, rediscovering and reevaluating the limits of the surface.

Sculpture by Chad Wys

Painting by Chad Wys

The title of the show is a reactionary statement against the Aristotelian philosophy that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”  Rather, the title attempts to highlight, in a multi­layered approach, that each part is essential, individual, unique, and not­ to­ be overlooked in its contribution to the “whole.” Both artists utilize this principle in their practice.

Paintings by Chad Wys

Chad Wys is interested in manipulating found objects – the more in a state of depreciation, the better – he adds new life, meaning and function to existing materials and products, adding to the object’s history and its journey. Throughout his work he has maintained a longstanding fascination with the ideals of conceptualism. Informed by Dadaism and minimalism as well as post­modernist philosophy, Wys’ work examines visuality, from images and objects to decorations and art, and how the reproduction of these materials influence our visual experience.

Painting by Chad Wys

Not The Sum Of Its Parts, Just The Parts, Featuring the Works of  Chad Wys, will be on Exhibit Through October 1st, 2016 at Joseph Gross Gallery, Located at 548 W 28th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Paintings by Chad Wys

Pink Thing of The Day: It’s Knot a Bike By Sergio Garcia

Knot a Bike
All Photos By Gail

Sergio Garcia’s tiny sculpture under a bell jar, cleverly entitled It’s Knot a Bike, was photographed at the Joseph Gross Gallery in the Chelsea Gallery District, where it was part of their Winter Group Show.

Knot a Bike Detail

Here it is in closer detail. See more of his cool work at the link above!

Really Bitchen Winter Group Show at Joseph Gross Gallery

Francesco Locastro Truth In Artifice (Verte En Artifice)
Francesco Lo Castro, Truth In Artifice (All Photos By Gail)

One of our favorite Chelsea Gallery discoveries of 2015 is the Joseph Gross Gallery, where we got turned on to cool and creative artists like Sebastian Wahl and the ridiculously hot Joseph Grazi, among others.

Erik Otto Take Refuge In The Shining Light
Erik Otto, Take Refuge In The Shining Light

Not to mention, but you can see I am about to, the ladies that work there are super nice and friendly — which we certainly know that is not the case with many galleries — and that makes visiting Joseph Gross a pleasure. Right now, they have a very eclectic Winter Group Show going on where you can see the artworks featured in this post, plus many more!

Take Refuge In The Shining Light Detail
Take Refuge In The Shining Light (Detail)

Even Venega Day Map 1112
Center – Even Venega, Day Map 1112

Erik Otto Distant Memory 01
Erik Otto, Distant Memory 01 (Also seen on the far left in the photo above)

Look how beautiful this one is.

Francesco LoCastro Traversal
Francesco Lo Castro, Traversal

Francesco Lo Castro has a few stand-out pieces in the show. He works with acrylic, spray paint and layered epoxy resin on wood. These pieces have so many visual aspects to them and are quite captivating.

Francesco LoCastro Ubicomp Everyware
Francesco Lo Castro, Ubicomp Everyware

Sean Newport UF Oh Yes
Sean Newport, UF Oh Yes

Sean Newport is a San Francisco based artist whose work varies from design to sculpture. He has two pieces in the group show that resemble origami, but are actually acrylic on hand-cut poplar wood.

Miniportal 111
Miniportal 111

I love the way his use of color recalls the effect of recessed lighting.

Sergio Garcia, It's Knot A Bike
Sergio Garcia, It’s Knot A Bike

I love this tiny Pink Tricycle and the play on words in its title. Clever!

Victor Solomon Now You Talk 'bout Some Prime Time
Victor Solomon, Now You Talk ’bout Some Prime Time

Anybody wanna shoot some hoops?

Now You Talk 'bout Some Prime Time Detail
Detail from Above Work

Rune Christensen Modern Icon
Rune Christensen, Modern Icon

This painting by Danish graffiti artist Rune Christensen reminds me very much of Paul Insect, whose art I adore.

Joseph Gross Gallery’s Winter Group Show will be up through January 23rd, 2016 at 548 W 28th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

James Charles Monstro Eyegasmica at Joseph Gross Gallery

Monstro Eyegasmica
All Photos By Gail

Do you love a good pop culture mash-up? I sure do, and Joseph Gross Gallery has an excellent one up right now for just a few short weeks, so don’t even wait until you’re done reading this review (kidding) to run over and check out James Charles’ Monstro Eyegasmica, which, I will just say right now, is completely fucking insane.

Monstro Eyegasmica — great title! – collects five of Charles’ large, mixed media paintings in which the artist combines illustration, painting and collage-style composition to create works that are at once strikingly familiar and gloriously unsettling.

For example, the exhibit’s eponymous work (seen above) combines The Kiss by Gustav Klimt and that famous scene in the original Planet of the Apes where Charlton Heston’s character kisses the monkey lady. Seriously, this is a work of genius.

Enlightened Ronald

Elsewhere, Charles’ brand-jamming artwork irreverently combines pop culture characters with traditional iconography and embodies a sarcastic sense of humor. Here we see an enlightened Ronald McDonald sitting in for Jimi Hendrix of the cover of the album Axis: Bold As Love.

Mickey and Minnie

T.R.I.A.P.S. (Two Rats in a Psychedelic Sock) puts an R Crumb-esque spin on Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Bride of Pinkenstein

Bride of Pinkenstein marries the Bride of Frankenstein as portrayed by Angela Lansbury with one of the world’s most famous paintings, Thomas Lawrence’s portrait of eleven year-old Sarah Barrett Moulton, better known as Pinkie.

Frankenstein's Blue Boy

How absolutely perfect then that Charles dresses his likeness of Frankenstein’s Monster in the outfit worn by Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy, which hangs directly opposite Pinkie in the permanent collection of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Charles has also worked as a commercial sculptor, creating toy prototypes for the likes of Disney, Mattel, and Hasbro, so you can see where his irreverence and keen humor is coming from. His work reminds me very much of Ron English’s Popaganda movement, but with a more refined sense of the absurd.

James Charles’ Monstro Eyegasmica will be on Exhibit Through November 25th, 2015 at Joseph Gross Gallery, Now Located in a Fabulous Street Level Space at 548 at West 28th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Joseph Gross Gallery Signage

Tahiti Pehrson’s Pareidolia at Joseph Gross Gallery

Tahiti Pehrson
All Photos By Gail

Geoffrey and I were taking a Saturday afternoon cruise through the many galleries whose openings we’d missed the previous Thursday, when everybody had an opening, and we stumbled into one of our favorite places, the Joseph Gross Gallery — where something unique is always going on. This is what we saw:

Tahitit Pehrson Suspended

Pretty cool right? This is the work of California-based artist Tahiti Pehrson, who has been creating geometrical hand cut paper layered into three-dimensional structures for fifteen years. That’s right: hand cut.

Tahitit Pehrson Suspended 2

Tahitit Pehrson Suspended Detail

Imagine how long it takes to make all of those tiny, precise cuts by hand. Talk about taking the old school approach.

Wall Sculptures

Detail

Here’s a super close-up shot so you can really see the attention to detail paid to these doily-like works. I looked up the exhibit’s title, Pareidolia, because I wanted to find out if it had anything to do with actal doilies, and this is what I learned:

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern where none actually exists. Pareidolia can cause people to interpret random images, or patterns of light and shadow, as faces.

Learning!

Pareidolia

Heating Grate

What is funny is that after looking at the these artworks for a few minutes, I started seeing similar patterns all over, such as the above image of the heating grate on the gallery windowsill. Cool.

Pareidolia, a solo exhibition by Tahiti Pehrson, will be on Exhibit Through October 3rd at Joseph Gross Gallery / Art Now New York, Located at 548 West 28th Street, #232, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Tahitit Pehrson Signage

Summer Group Show at Joseph Gross Gallery!

Installation View with Shark Gun
Gun Shark! (All Photos By Gail)

You only have until August 1st to see the really fun — and diverse — summer group show up now at the Joseph Gross Gallery. The exhibit features a few of our favorite artists, including Ron English, Sebastian Wahl and Joseph Grazi, plus a lot cool new stuff from artists we didn’t previously know, including: Alex Yanes, Alison Mosshart, Ben Venom, Dave White, Diane Munoz, Eric Inkala, Etai Rahmil, James Charles, Jet Martinez, Jessica Hess, John Felix Arnold III, Pam Glew, Peter Gronquist, Rune Christensen, Jessica Hess, Sergio Garcia, Christopher Schulz, Tahiti Pehrson and Ted Lincoln.

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show!

Glass Trumpet

Glass Trumpet Sculpture

Hexagonal Wall Sculpture

Sebastian Wahl

Collage pieces by Sebastian Wahl.

Geometric Painting

I love the vibrant colors and geometric shapes in this painting.

Blue Frame

Whoever made the decision to put this one in a blue frame made the right choice.

Ron English

Painting and Sculptures by Ron English.

Darth Vader

Darth Vader’s likeness inlaid into a slab of wood. Very nice!

Shark Guns

Shark Guns! Yes!

Installation View with Bike

More Cool Stuff!

Napoleon Dynamite

I especially enjoyed the collection of five dollar bills modified with images and sayings few various Pop Culture Icons. Above, Napoleon Dynamite.

Alec

And Malcolm McDowell as Alec from A Clockwork Orange, plus there are a bunch more.

Be sure to stop by before they take this stuff down because it is a must-see show!

The Joseph Gross Gallery is Located at 548 W 28th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Yes, It Exists: Baby Head with Seed Pod Body Sculpture

Seed Pod Baby Head
Art By Jessica Jenkins (All Photos By Gail)

I tell you, it does not ever get boring looking for fucked up shit to photograph for this blog, because it is everywhere. I saw this baby head sculpture with a seed pod body — and actually, if you look below, there are two of them — at the Into the Wild exhibit at Art Now NY Gallery on West 28th Street. And now it cannot be unseen.

Seed Pod Baby Head
Behold: The Full on Seed Pod Baby Head Experience!

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

Sebastian Wahl’s Psychedelic Gravy for the Receptive Mind at Joseph Gross Gallery

Sebastian Wahl 3 Mandalas
From Left, Kaleidoscope Vision (1 and 2) and Third Eye Vision, Collage Layered in Resin, 2014 (All Photos By Gail)

Because it is up for only one more week, you should make every effort to head to the Joseph Gross Gallery for Sebastian Wohl’s amazing solo exhibition, Psychedelic Gravy For the Receptive Mind.

Wahl is a Swedish artist now living in NYC who works with collage and lacquer in a manner similar to that of artist Fred Tomaselli, but on a much more cerebrally expansive scale. Geoffrey and I were fortunate to meet and chat briefly with Sebastian at the exhibit’s opening reception, back on February 12th, and when I mentioned how much his work reminded me of Tomaselli, he did confess to also being a fan, and offered that Tomaselli’s use of lacquer had been a tremendous influence on this new body of work.

Vahalla
Vahalla

To achieve his multidimensional effect, Wahl carefully places handmade papers and images between layers and layers of resin. The result is a collage time capsule with real shadows cast within each piece. “Collage is my medium, resin is just the gravy on top,” the artist states in the exhibits press release, adding that, “The mystical experience has always been a point of reference for my work so Psychedelic Gravy For the Receptive Mind seemed like a fitting title for the exhibition.”

Mandalla 4
Mandalla 4

Wahl’s goal is to trigger an awakening of imagination, spirituality and vision. In his work everything is balanced with the attention of a tightrope walker. This attention to balance transforms into symmetry and repetition in the three new circular works that he created for this exhibition. These three pieces are titled Kaleidoscope Vision (1 and 2) and Third Eye Vision (see the first photo in this post) and are loosely inspired by traditional Thangka painting.

The Conductress
The Conductress

Flying Lotus, VooDoo Chile, Kaliucifer
Juju Elves From Left: Flying Lotus, VooDoo Chile, Kaliucifer

Sebastian also created a new series of 7 small pieces that he refers to as the Juju Elves. The works are charged with positive energy and the intention of protecting their owner’s home.

Jimi Hendrix 4 and Jimi Hendrix 2
Jimi Hendrix 4 and Jimi Hendrix 3

He also did series of portraits of Jimi Hendrix, each one unique from the others.

Detail of Jimi Hendrix 2
Detail of Jimi Hendrix 3

12/21/12
12/21/12

Sebastian Wahl’s Psychedelic Gravy for the Receptive Mind will be on exhibit only through February 28th, at the Joseph Gross Gallery, Located at 548 W. 28th Street, Suite 243, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Mandalla 1
Mandalla 1

Detail of Mandalla 1
Detail of Mandalla 1

Sebastian Wahl Signage