Todd Schorr and Kathy Staico Schorr: The Golden Age of Hypocrisy
Two Person Exhibit
Opening reception - Saturday, April 30th, 6pm-9pm
April 30, 2005
through May 28, 2005
Todd Schorr and Kathy Staico Schorr:
The Golden Age of Hypocrisy
On view April 30th - May 28, 2005
Opening reception: Saturday, April 30th, 2005 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present, “The Golden Age of Hypocrisy,” new works by Los Angeles based artists Todd Schorr and Kathy Staico Schorr. This unique exhibition will combine five new acrylic paintings, three drawings, and one bronze by Schorr, with seven oil paintings by Staico Schorr, as well as, a collaborative painting titled, “Autumn Sojourn.”
Included in the current exhibition is the latest large scale painting by Todd Schorr that continues his quest of presenting popular culture iconography in the context of vast sweeping historical allegories. The 60”x84” piece titled, “The Parade of the Damned,” uses contemporary horror imagery, set in a medieval world, and was inspired by Pieter Bruegel’s 1562 painting, “Dulle Griet,” (Mad Meg). In astonishing detail, an elaborate procession of hideous characters make their way to the open mouthed Cyclops, which represents the Gates of Hell. Schorr’s formal training and extensive illustrative background are a platform for his run amok surrealism and far too fertile mind.
After several years working as a successful illustrator, Kathy Staico Schorr broke away from the confines of illustration and began painting for herself. Not long after, the Laforet Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, invited her to be a part of the group show, “The First Pop Culture Show Today.” It was a life changing experience as she proudly exhibited alongside ‘Lowbrow Great’ Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams, Georganne Deen, Gary Panter, and Mark Mothersbaugh. Drawing from early childhood influences of Gerry Anderson’s puppet animated cartoons and the horror and sci-fi films from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, Staico Schorr, is our guide into a blameless world where we are once again ultra-conscious and impressionable.
The gallery will be releasing two new prints of Schorr’s paintings, “The Parade of the Damned,” and “Under Autumn’s Tentacled Spell,” and one print of Staico Schorr’s painting, “Early Departure.” Todd Schorr, in conjunction with Jonathan LeVine Gallery will be releasing his first bronze based on his painting, “Under Autumn’s Tentacled Spell.” The bronze, sculpted by well-known sculptor Tim Bruckner, stands approximately 12”, and is limited to an edition of ten.