Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 4:56 p.m.
- Santa Monica
Biscuit Street Preacher’s narrative multimedia paintings of back alleys, appliance storage yards and industrial offices merge primitive scrawling and sublime representation with such uniqueness and attention to overlooked objects—fuse boxes, light switches and ashtrays—that they give off a warm, collective nostalgia, no matter how gritty the subject.
In Santa Monica, opening May 3 at Trifecta Gallery, the Preacher does something completely different and takes us to the beach, using a brighter, bolder palette while keeping the same style and intensity that defined his other works. Southern California beach life is portrayed in compositions that combine clever illustrations with childlike depictions, delivering colorful vignettes: a sunglasses blowout sale, passengers at LAX deboarding a plane and an aerial view of the Santa Monica pier with sunbathers parked on the beach. Same style, different subject.
“It’s really happy,” says gallery owner Marty Walsh. “It’s like he’s come out into the daylight and out of the alleys. He’s one of the greatest storytellers in painting I’ve ever known.”
There’s even more happening at Trifecta in May. Artist Joel Spencer has filled the walls of the gallery’s Attachment Room with red stickers shaped in hearts, squares, circles and diamonds. For $5 you can buy a wooden panel, pull the stickers from the wall and create your own work in a nod to art consumerism while deconstructing the installation as the whole process is filmed. Not a bad way to start the month.