YeEGGS-EASTERs it’s Easter weekend…so it may be a bit quieter out there in the galleries, but there are still TONS of events…we shall see. Spend time with loved ones. I have some dining options listed for Sunday…but I suggest you make reservations NOW!

Our Pick of the  Week takes place this Saturday at CHG CIRCA (8530-A Washington blvd. Culver City, CA), where the work two talented artists, Ray Caesar and Beau Stanton will be celebrated.

JuCHGCIRCA-LOGOst in case you have never been, it is…or was next to the old Corey Helford on Washington…if you did not know yet, I am sad to tell you the larger (Corey Helford) space is NO more…but don’t fret. They are planning to open another space…down the line. In the meantime, CHG CIRCA will continue the legacy. 

CHG CIRCA has been open since 2012 and word is, the art party will be extended behind the gallery with a tented off enclosure. CHG CIRCA is a long and narrow space and has a train-like feeling (yes I’m from NYC…so I am think ing of the subway) with a gothic charm to it. The space is divided by archways. The work of each artist will line the walls on their perspective side. It’ll be a bit more cozier…but space will be limited, so be sure to get there early.

Back to our PICK….”A Tainted Virture” featuring the work of Ray Caesar and “Cartography of the Machine” featuring the art of Beau Stanton.

I POW-4.19-Corey-RayCaesar-ABeautifulThoughtam always intrigued to discover how artists arrive at their creative destination. As with many talented artists, their stories share a demonic character or insurmountable obstacle that has utterly altered their lives. Their art, spawned by deep rooted creativity and originality, takes on a new perspective and actually flourishes from the very tragedy that dared to destroy it.

See image: RayCaesar – “A Beautiful Thought”

Artist Ray Caesar has a fascinating and dramatic story. Diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), previously referred to as multiple personality disorder, the artist has learned to use what some would consider a hindrance as a multifaceted benefit. Emerging triumphant, Caesar has turned his “disability” into a vibrant artistic skill.

Having spent years working in the photography department of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, one can only imagine what experiences have been added to his creative process. His fairytale-esque inspired paintings often blur the lines between the dark side of fantasy and its happy ending. Inspired by surrealists Kahlo and Dali, Caesar’s art is created with the use of Maya (a 3D animation software). The artist has lived many lives…spending 1998 through 2001 working in digital animation for both the television and film industries. His talents earned him a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Special Effects in a Series in 1999. Caesar currently resides in Canada. 

Also on view at the gallery is Beau Stanton’s new show “Cartography of the Machine.” This will be his solo debut of 14 new multi-media works of art.

SePOW-April19-BeauStanton-Submariner-2e image: Beau Stanton – “Submariner”

Referred to as ornamental surrealism, Stanton’s work combines a multitude of visuals such as 19th century historical references with his love of architecture. His use of letterpress graphics and vintage imagery offer a retro feel with intricate detail.

Stanton, also a muralist, is inspired by historic buildings. He often starts his process by visiting abandoned areas and photographing out-of-date machinary and collapsing buildings. These images later pop up in his work.  

What: Opening reception
Where: CHG Circa, 8530 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232
When: 7:00 pm ‑10:00 pm
Phone: 310 287-2340