Athena Kargeui’s instantly recognizable aesthetic of wispy, as-if-drawn-by-a-small-child line work was honed, like many young up-and-coming Los Angeles artists, by doing zine and poster illustrations for and drawings of the various characters that revolve around the DIY music scene of L.A. Briefly returning from her self-imposed exile in Lima, Peru, where she recently dropped out of art school, Karguei has assembled some of the brightest and most original artists to spring forth from the scene for S H O W R O O M/D U M M I E S, running from January 1 to the 29th of 2011 at L.A. DIY mecca, The Smell.
Explains Kargeui “The first art-show I curated, in 2008, was called ‘All Up To The Artist’, and if the title doesn’t clue you in, there wasn’t much of a cohesive theme. I felt like a dummy, as if I had no idea what I was doing. Over time, however, I’ve come to see the beauty in not knowing the ‘proper’ way of creating or displaying art. We are all dummies, and the current scene in LA is free of the constraints that might threaten to make us more polished, less interesting artists.”
Not unlike the music scene that has been so instrumental in lending a platform for their art, the artists in question are a wildly disparate bunch, ranging from the acid-addled homeroom sketch grotesquery of Paul Kubasek to Philippe De Sablet’s high contrast love letters to the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it surrealism of every life in Los Angeles. Other featured artists include Cali DeWitt, Janet Kim, Jackie Friedberg, Cassie Grzymkowsky, and Elon L. Etzioni. Opening night will be accompanied by musical performances from like-minded dummies such as Tearist, TIK//TIK, Back to The Future The Ride, and Protect Me.
-Jon Christian Yates// Kevin Skyler
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