Collaborative Installation with Thomas McMahan and Carla Azar

Collaborative Installation with Thomas McMahan and Carla Azar

Los Angeles, CA USA Saturday, September 3, 2011Saturday, October 1, 2011
anomaly by kill pixie

Kill Pixie

Anomaly, 2011

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Los Angeles, CA USA
Saturday, September 3, 2011Saturday, October 1, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 8 - 11pm
HOSTED BY JOSH HOMME (Queens of the Stone Age / Them Crooked Vulchers)

Merry Karnowsky Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new work by artist Mark Whalen (Kill Pixie) entitled ANOMALY. Although his career started on the streets of Sydney, Australia, Mark Whalen has evolved into an artist whose meticulously executed paintings now have a prominent place in galleries around the world.

Always examining the human condition, Mark says of his work: "Sexuality, invention, playing, fighting, experimenting, cultivating, dreaming, destroying and ideologies confronting each other… I'm looking at the full range of everyday experience." He is hoping his audience will do the same, becoming observers of their own mechanisms, both productive & destructive.

As complex as the cosmos or the workings of the human mind, Whalen’s pieces resemble elaborate puzzles or labyrinths, set up by the artist to challenge ones understanding of their own place in life. Whalen’s line precision and glowing color palette is enhanced by the introduction of vivid yellow; the color of light, caution and arousal, making the interaction of his subjects more accentuated and accessible. Thick, seductive layers of clear glossy resin create a post-modern plane for the artist to explore spatial possibilities and relativity within the narrative. Futuristic and geometric, Whalen’s somewhat androgynous characters seem to infer an equality to the banality or sometimes trauma of their existence. Shana Nys Dambrot wrote in her foreword for Mark’s upcoming book Human Development “…Whalen is more than aware that the cautionary paradox of progress is that it both uplifts and destroys.”

Integral to Whalen’s work is movement and sound. In addition to paintings, animator Thomas McMahan, who has been working professionally in New York City and Los Angeles as both a designer and animator for the past six years, has collaborated with the artist to produce 3 animated pieces which will be unveiled at the exhibition. The video pieces will also integrate sound elements created by frequent collaborator Carla Azar of the band Autolux.

McMahan has worked for clients including MTV, Nike, The Academy Awards, IFC, HBO, and Thrasher Magazine. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles where he currently works & resides, as well as, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.

Since 2006, Mark Whalen’s work has shown in a constant stream of sold-out gallery exhibitions in Los Angeles, London, Berlin, and Australia. He was also included in 2009’s Apocalypse Wow! Exhibition at MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Italy and his work has appeared in publications such as Juxtapoz, Modart Europe, Arkitip, Art Ltd., Anthem, and Monster Children.

In 2008, Whalen was awarded the Sydney Music, Arts & Culture Award for Best Visual Artist, and in 2009 he was named in the Top 100 Creative Catalysts by the Creative Sydney festival. He currently lives and paints in Los Angeles, California.

Whalen’s first book entitled Human Development, published by Zero + will be available for the first time at the opening reception on Saturday September 10th. Hard cover, 120 pages, limited to 1000 copies.

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