“NAUGHTY OR NICE” GROUP EXHIBITION WITH KRAMPUS L.A.
“NAUGHTY OR NICE” GROUP EXHIBITION WITH KRAMPUS L.A. Art Opening with Performance COPRO GALLERY - Bergamot Station Arts Complex Saturday December 14, 2013 Opening reception: 8:00 – 11:30 p.m Krampus LA Performance 9:30-10:00 p.m. (time approximate) Exhibit runs through January 4, 2014 2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404 Gallery phone: 310-829-2156 Krampus LA contact email. Copro Gallery email.
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Copro Gallery celebrates the holidays with with “Naughty Or Nice,” a group exhibition exploring the darker meanings of St Nick’s nocturnal spying, his secret list, and its voyeuristic delight in hidden pleasures, pains, and — the punishmentsthey bring. Saint Nick’s darker, punitive side, the KRAMPUS, will not only grace gallery walls, but manifest in hot-blooded, bestial form, brandishing switches and and herding gallery patrons outdoors into his infernal habitat. There, amid a smoldering jumble of cages, bones, and screaming children, the Krampus shambles through the inscrutable tasks of eternal perdition, rattling chains, snarling, and otherwise presenting himself at his most hellishly photogenic.
Indoors the perils and delights of the season will be represented in a stellar exhibition of artwork curated by Albert Cuellar and Copro Gallery.
Exhibiting artists include:
Anthony Ausgang Al Guerrero Al Ridenour Bec Winnel Big Toe Bill Rude Bob Dobb Bob Lizarraga Casey Weldon Chantal Menard Chet Zar Christy Kane Church of Type Cone Eric Alos Eric Richardson James Naccarato James P. Scott Jason Hadley Jason Snyder Jeff McMillan Jeff McMillan Jennifer Korsen Jim Balsam Lisa Wood Lorena California Louie Metz Luke Cheuh Mackie Osbourne Marcel Dejure Marcus Schaeffer Matt Gordon Misery Miso Nathan Spoor Nora Keyes Redd Walitzki Rich Polysorbate Rick Zar Robin Red Rudy Fig Ryan Heshka Sarabeth Schedeen Spy Emerson Travis Louie Xiau Fong Wee
Staging the outdoor Krampus tableau in elaborate hand-crafted suits and masks are members of KRAMPUS L.A., the first and only Krampus troupe in the Western United States. Many of the troupe’s members were involved in the costumed buffoonery and public spectacles perpetrated by the CACOPHONY SOCIETY. Among the Society’s more transgressive and theatrical productions were the scenes of horror depicted in their occasional Halloween house of horrors, “The Museum of Mental Decay. Photos and artifacts from the “Museum” are featured below:
As a graduate with a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Miso’s work is presented through a variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and etchings. Her art is often stimulated by her interpretation of the known and her experimentation with the unknown. Fascinated with ecocatastrophe, biology and the science of evolution, Miso has sought to fabricate a world in which strange creatures, born of her making, exist and thrive among us. These homunculi are organic representations of the term that provides her name.
Miso currently works and resides in Los Angeles, California, and creates fine art photography under her given name, Karen Hsiao.