Nefarious Neck opened his third solo show last night at New Image Art gallery in West Hollywood, CA. Based on the the 1,000 or so scenesters, Baker/Deathwish teams, art aficionados, and WeHo PoPo in attendance, the “Cannibal Carnival” opening killed it. If you missed out, don’t worry: the slideshow is below and the art is on display through September 20.
PRESS RELEASE 8/4/08:
VANS and ALTAMONT present
at NEW IMAGE ART GALLERY
7908 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Opening Reception Aug.16th, 7-10pm
Show runs Aug. 16th - Sept. 20, 2008
Neckface is back in L.A. to stir up some trouble. This time, his third solo show at New Image Art, “Cannibal Carnival,” is all about taking things out of context to create some chaos. The watercolors featured in the show explore good things gone bad, subjects that become frightening when taken away from familiar settings. “When you see a clown at a circus its funny,” says the artist, “but if you saw the same clown from the circus in an alleyway at midnight it wouldn’t be funny at all.” The original integrity of the medium is also twisted; a method which the artist normally associates with wholesome and effeminate images, Neckface uses watercolors and gouache to depict morbid and jarring scenes.
Also featured in the show is a set-up familiar to Neckface but certainly not for an intimate gallery space. At the opening, friends of the artist and professional skaters Sammy Baca and Lizard King will be skating in a caged off mini-ramp filled with objects they encounter every day: knives, spray paint, and booze of course. “They are both satanic,” Neckface says. “Sammy once carved Satan into Lizard King’s chest with a knife.” With “Cannibal Carnival,”
Neckface offers the public a rare glimpse of his curious existence–parts of his life and mind that cannot be merely spray painted on the streets of New York. “I’m more of a trouble maker skateboarder who makes stuff.”