On Saturday, March 12, the Gabba Gallery held an opening reception for “Layers,” four simultaneous solo exhibitions featuring artists Essi Zimm, Tōshee, Nicholas Bonamy, and Joey Feldman. Be sure to pop in, the exhibition runs through April 2.
Essi Zimm’s artwork delves into fairy tales and indigenous legends with mixed media layers of paper, pencil, ink, paint and more. The characters and meanings of these colorful stories are evoked through guttural marks as the viewer explores Zimm’s visual translations.
Influenced by his graphic design background, Tōshee employs bold, vibrant elements to arrest the viewer’s gaze. His technique incorporates both additive and subtractive processes with paint, pencil, ink, epoxy, and stencils that come together to produce images reminiscent of Eastern art.
The work of Nicholas Bonamy reflects the many layers of contemporary life happening all at once. Actions, thoughts, and dreams are revealed differently from every distance as the viewer’s focus drifts from one perspective to another in an experience akin to daydreaming while driving.
Fun is what you feel when viewing the characters exposed in the exuberant artworks of Joey Feldman. His colorful use of mixed media and gestural marks, lines, and layers ultimately add up to an energetic portrait of the eccentricities revealed in a character.
On view: March 12 – April 2, 2016
What: Opening reception
Where: The Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd. 90057
When: 7:00pm – 11:00pm