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Victor Castillo and Tara McPherson Show Different Visions in Color and Drawing at Merry Karnowsky

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March 5, 2016
Alias of Ksenija Pantelić

Holding on to the inner-child and celebrating its free and spontaneous spirit, not being afraid to ask questions and show where the problem lies, seems to be the connecting glue between two artists, Victor Castillo and Tara McPherson. Their paintings, inspired by comics, science fiction, vintage illustrations, graphic design, and above all color, reflect and celebrate the resilience of the human spirit. The diversity in the use of the color and the drawing style, suggest the two driving forces behind their works. KP Projects at Merry Karnowsky Gallery soon will be a place where the two worlds will encounter and we will be offered different heroes that fight on the same side of life.

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Left: Victor Castillo – Where is My Mind / Right: Victor Castillo – Ouch

Victor Castillo – Born in ‘73

The painting style of Victor Castillo often is referenced to Pop-Surrealism. His paintings, created with the use of traditional and new, reference with a humorous tone, difficult history of his hometown Chile and the military dictatorship established in ’73 following the neoliberal model of Chicago school economists. The self-reflective reference of the title of his new exhibition to his generation as well as to the historical time emphasizes the importance of childhood and personal experience. Feelings of fear, rebellion, brutality and force imposed by political and social systems, are all suggested in Castillo’s paintings. Seeing art as a place where one can be free and natural, Castillo celebrates the freedom and unrestricted expression he has created and with loose, vibrant color and gestural style, adopted from his murals, tells us his stories addopting the logic of children’s tales. Commenting upon the figures of power and conspiracy, attacking the ignorance through blindness, the artist shows us the dark side of the world. Seeing the world as a marvelous place that has been corrupted and perverse, Castillo takes his negative experience as an experience from which he reached his perception that one must go forward, with fire in his beliefs, and celebrate each day.

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Left: Tara McPherson – The Difference Between Here and There / Right: Tara McPherson – The Distance Between Me and Myself

Tara McPherson – The Difference Between Here and There

If we compare the world of Victor Castillo to the one of Tara McPherson from the start we will acknowledge that the world of her paintings exists in a different plane to the one we all inhabit. Artist’s heroines and miniaturized characters travel the journey towards self-discovery in a dream-like world, above in the sky or even in a parallel reality. Numerous different narratives of her paintings and illustrations, showcase that it is isolation and the surreal that govern the forces of our psyche and also provide the clues to the distance felt between the mental and physical. Whether showing the world of whimsical creatures or the world of her heroine, that has a dream-like fixated gaze, her paintings celebrate life. Wide array environments of her paintings, both the boundless space or deep sea, are terrains that her characters travel to find lost friends and use on their journeys of self-discovery. Surface of her paintings, often referenced as a jewel-like, vibrates from within, almost using the force from another world.

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Left: Victor Castillo – Resistencia Inutil / Right: Tara McPherson – Namaka

The Meeting Point

At a celebrated Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles, two worlds of Victor Castillo’s Born in ’73 and Tara McPherson The Difference Between Here and There will meet. From March 5th – April 2nd, 2016, the public will get a chance to explore and experience the paintings that have one message in common, and that is to trust the inner-strength and acknowledge the spirit of the moment and the world.

For this occasion, Victor Castillo created eight new paintings on canvas and ten on paper including one of Castillo’s biggest and brightest canvases to date The Big Dream. Similarly, Tara McPherson will show along her new body of work an extensive series of small portrait paintings of Dreamwell creatures. Both artists, interested in telling stories, show the journey of self-discovery, surreal and dream-like places, corrupted and negative elements that one must struggle against and brave creatures that will take on the fight.

All images courtesy of Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles. Featured images in slider: Victor Castillo – Born in ‘ 73.