In Santa Monica, at Bergamot Station…Copro Gallery presents two exhibitions – “Once Upon A Time In New Kelp,” by Leegan Koo and Emma Black’s “The Devoured Myth.” An opening art party was held on Saturday August 13, 2022, but the show remains open through August 27, 2022.

‘Once Upon A Time in New Kelp’ opened on August 6, 2022 at Copro Gallery. “This series features different places and happenings in a newly imagined New Kelp City, which is the underwater metropolis from SpongeBob SquarePants. Growing up in big cities, I’ve always been fascinated by cityscapes and wanted to create my own city. Since my artworks often include SpongeBob characters, I wanted to use the name “New Kelp” but create a city built upon my imagination and inspirations I got from the images of old New York City and Seattle. For this series, I focused mainly on a sort of micro-society of the planktons that are like NYC’s rats to New Kelp City.” – Leegan Koo

“The Devoured Myth” by Emma Black is a series about loss and change, bringing together a collection of portraits and personal memories. Present in the works is a contemplation of death and mortality, and an exploration of the relationship between new understandings and perceived identity. Caught between life and death in an essential unreality, the figures in the paintings are in turmoil as they transform into new beings. 

On view: August 13 – 27, 2022

What: New Exhibitions
Where: Copro Gallery (T-5), Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica