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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