Los Angeles based Mark Whalen (previously featured here) has been showing some new work. Using a tightly controlled painting technique, Whalen expresses satirical social narratives in seemingly universal situations. The most recent series of sculptural works continues his study into the complexities of displacement and positioning that we, as both individuals and a species, experience through our evolutionary trajectory. Construction netting captures, cordons and compartmentalizes our distinctive characteristics as they shift under the weight of societal pressure through this ever-changing global economy.
Mark Whalen is an Australian born, Los Angeles-based painter. Using a tightly controlled painting technique, Whalen expresses satirical social narratives in seemingly universal situations.
Characters caught in the throes of ambiguous actions, shimmering trees, geometric patterns, architectural anomalies and intricate textural beads of color collide in kaleidoscopic intensity, at once immaculately composed and careening out of control. His use of sly oppositions reflects life’s puzzling duality; evoking dark humor through luminous color, chaos through controlled detail and the sublime through the specific – a seductive synesthesia that sheds new light on humanity: which, like his works, is both erotic and oppressive, vibrant and reclusive, beautiful and uncanny.
Our friends at Fecal Face Dot Gallery are opening a new show with LA-based artists Jay Howell and Mark Whalen, Midnight on the Sun. Here is a little blurb… we will be stopping by tomorrow night: San Francisco’s FFDG is excited to announce the opening reception for MIDNIGHT ON THE SUN featuring over 60 new paintings by Los Angeles based artists Jay Howell & Mark Whalen (Kill Pixie). An opening reception will be held on Saturday February 18, 2012 (6-9pm). Also on the same night be a zine release for Jay Howell’s newest zine THE DARK WAVE published by Unpiano Books & Mt.St.Mtn. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Kill Pixie, or now known to the world as Mark Whalen, just opened a solo show, Anomaly, at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles. We like Whalen’s work more and more over the years, but we mostly like this animation he did for the show, with friend Thomas McMahan. Watch it kids. Little sexless creatures everywhere.