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Ariel Vargassal: Self-Made Myths

Ariel Vargassal: Self-Made Myths To be immortal is commonplace; except for man, all creatures are immortal, for they are ignorant of death. --Jorge Luis Borges Painter Ariel Vargassal renders vignettes culled from an esoteric plane of consciousness, a hybrid world of being and nothingness, externalizing the human psyche in jewel-like portraiture augmented by symbolism. With touches of hyper-stylized post-Pop beauty and the gravitas of modern-day mythology, Vargassal’s humans are young and vital, of diverse race and gender, nude or else evocatively dressed, stood against unblemished white space. In each tableaux they -- we, really -- are joined by animal companions, striking counterparts whos

Miyazaki in Los Angeles Art Show @ Building Bridges Art Exchange (Santa Monica)

Jason Edmisten, “The Storyteller”, acrylic on wood panel, 8″ x 10″ Since their debut exhibit with the Wes Anderson-themed Bad Dads show, Spoke Art has hosted similar tributes to influential filmmakers from The Coen Brothers, and David Lynch to Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, and Stanley Kubrick. Last year, the gallery honored the legendary Japanese master of animation, Hayao Miyazaki, in similar fashion, first with a group exhibit at their flagship location in San Francisco and, later in the year, with a 3-day pop-up show at their space in New York City. This Friday, they return with their latest installment in the form of another 3-daypop-up show, but this time in Southern California

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