Click Mort, Edward Robin Coronel, Christopher Bales, and Aaron Rivera
July 3 – August 2, 2015 Artist reception: Friday, July 3rd; 8-11PM
CLICK MORT Delirium Tremens
The Jitters. Hallucinations and nightmares, occasionally punctuated by some pleasant dream. Sleep tight, my darlings.
Click Mort’s work centers on indiscreet modifications to existing porcelain figurines. Each piece is a unique consolidation of two or more previously unrelated figures, with extensive cutting, sculpting, sanding, and painting being required to unify them into a new, seamless whole. The result is kitsch resurrected in a still vaguely familiar but somewhat less cozy form.
Mr. Mort’s formal training consists of a single high school ceramics class, where the tendency of his pieces to explode when fired eventually led to him being banned from the kiln. He has since opted to work only with pre-fired materials.
His recapitated figures have been shown at La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles and Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas. A book of Mr. Mort’s work, The World’s Best Loved Art Treasures, was published by La Luz de Jesus Press in October of 2014. It is available at Wacko as well as a number of reputable booksellers.
EDWARD ROBIN CORONEL Fuzzy/Furry
Edward “Robin” Coronel is a self-taught artist born in the Philippines. His family moved to the Midwest, in the United States, when he was a few years old. He is best known for his anthropomorphic characters that are whimsical, awkward, and melancholic. These characters explore Coronel’s curious world, dreams, and fuzzy memories with hope and curiosity. Coronel sold and exhibited his works in numerous galleries throughout the United States, Australia, Asia, and Europe.
CHRISTOPHER BALES Archetypal Memory
It seems cheap to pigeonhole assemblage artist Christopher Bales’ work as merely steampunk: His aesthetic is older than that. Although he sometimes uses antique and vintage materials associated with the genre, such as metal cogs, the final product often looks more like an altar constructed from the rubble of a pre-Victorian cathedral. Bales, who has been assembling these intricate sculptures since 1989, said he sources “an enormous amount of objects”—like broken wooden boxes, dolls, clocks, picture frames, figurines—from his weekly visits to flea markets and thrift stores. When he starts a new piece, he says he doesn’t have a preconceived notion of what the end result will be, but following his intuition when layering cutouts of classic paintings over etchings with skulls and religious imagery creates enough detail for the viewer to stay engaged but not overwhelmed.
–Shoka, Sacramento Bee
AARON RIVERA Leisure
There is nothing quite like the energy of a July 4th weekend spent with friends who know how to have fun. Aaron Rivera’s works are a celebration of friendship in the context of the riotous color and excitement of a long, hot summer. Indulging in a love for bright colors, bold shapes, and a variety of patterns, these works seek to create a sense of nostalgia for a time when summer held endless possibilities. Rivera’s works are snapshots of intimate relationships, small adventures, and quiet moments. They seek to remind us of experiences that reinforce bonds, create memories of summer, and of the debauchery of youth we carry with us throughout life.