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Conjoined IV: A New Beginning - Gallery Review

I've before mentioned our penchant and passion for the beauty and power lying in the depths of expression behind dark art.  To some this medium of macabre serves to suit only superficial shock, but to those that can connect and possess the vision to look deep within the inspiration behind such pieces, the boldness and beauty of dark exploration reveals its power and intellect.  The Conjoined series of art shows (curated by the talented Chet Zar) being one of the more complete and talented collectives of such found within Los Angeles, I was greatly excited to attend and discover what was in store.

Some of the best and most beautiful things the we encounter in life are not immediately obvious.  Hidden doors and unmentioned pathways often reveal the most rewarding and fruitful experiences when unearthed.  Such is the sentiment that reflected upon me as I approached the Copro Gallery  tonight's home of Conjoined IV: A New Beginning  in the hidden side streets of Santa Monica, an otherwise sterile and unsuspecting geography for a mecca of visual dark art display.  Anticipation and excitement grew as I approached and merged with the vast and bustling crowd of alternatively attired patrons eagerly shuffling to get a glimpse of the exhibits on display.

Upon entering the gateway to the gallery I was first greeted with an oversized bust of an incredibly detailed Andy Warhol, aptly titled "Andy".  The irony and artistic impact of the piece was overwhelmed by the incredibly fine detail found in its craftsmanship.  The eerie parody seemed to be looking through me as I was mesmerized by the intricacy of its existence.

Immediately after the greeting of the host Warhol likeness there opened up a foyer will a vast wall full of diverse and beautiful paintings and other framed artwork.  Each possessing its own unique personality and message, it was if they all immediately screamed at me at once to purvey the simultaneous origin and destination of their inspirations.  The eye and mind were initially overwhelmed but eventually alighted upon a various few that spoke to me most intimately.


The two main showcase rooms were adorned with mainly sculptured, three dimensional artworks varying from fabricated sculpts to mixed media pieces all ornately detailed and speaking each a language of their own expression.  Each of the rooms overflowed with engaged onlookers, weaving and walking amidst each other from one presentation to the next. 

The quality of the artworks continued to impress as I made my way around the galleries taking in the nuance and craftsmanship of each.  Here are some highlights from those that spoke to me loudest.  I'll let their visual descriptions speak for themselves.

"Conjoined" by Casey Love

"The Wonderer" by Nathan Cartwright

"Liberty Rot" by Matthew Dutton

"BIO-KALI" by Jason Hite

"Black Figure" by Bill Sturgeon

"Vesicahedron" by Tas Limur and Michaela Bookout


It was invigorating and inspiring to see such a great turnout for the event, full of like minded admirers of the beautiful underground dark art scene.  Many of our friends and peers were there as well including members of the progressive ambient band Kolm  Giog Yela and Tas Limur, the latter whom participated in the visual art show with aforementioned "Vesicahedron".  Acclaimed music photographer, Kaley Nelson (who has shot our shows in the past) was also there chronicling through the talents of her medium of choice.  I also had the pleasure of meeting Lustmord, who is known for his dark ambient music production and work with Tool and Puscifer.  And I'm sure there were droves of other inspiringly creative people among the crowd whom I failed to recognize at the moment.  

Overall it was an incredibly inspiring event of art and community and it reassured the strength of the dark art scene in Los Angeles.  I encourage you to come and experience the exhibit for yourselves, it will be open until February 8th at the CoproGallery in Santa Monica.  More information below.


Conjoined IV: A New Beginning
Dimensional Group Art Exhibition
Curated by Chet Zar
January 18 - February 8 2014

Bergamot Arts Complex, 2525 Michigan Ave T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404 - 310-829-2156
Ph: 310/829-2156

From Press Release:

CONJOINED 4: A New Begining curated by Chet Zar, Starts all over for the next chapter in the Conjoined Chronicle.The New Begining features some of the most outrageous and majestic work yet! Classic sculptures, Lifelike & Life sized models, Surreal assemblages, mixed media paintings, Art Toys and other conjoined work will all be featured. Curated by Chet Zar this show will include many artists of Pop-Surrealism as well as motion picture industry special effects and Toy Art. All the artists will be exhibiting their Top Notch #1 craft for A NEW BEGINING so don't miss it! 

Full List of Gallery Pieces complete with titles and artists

More Notable Pieces

Artist: Bruce Spaulding Fuller

"Xtapodi" by Matt Dickson

Artist: Ver Mar

"The Queen" by Tokyo Jesus


Image Below - Craig_Larotonda - "The Incarnation"