Hodgepodge is legendary artist Kenny Scharf’s new jumble of creations on exhibition at Honor Fraser on La Cienega’s gallery row. Scharf’s new LA adventure includes another one of his 1959 tricked out Cadillac El Dorado’s and a Cosmic Cavern, 2012 installation that places you in the black lit lobe of the artist’s right brain. Whether it’s his Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble or his hyper-lovable, animated Durante Spermales, 2012 Scharf’s cartoon fantasies can turn the heaviest frown, upside down.
It’s either something in the water in Los Angeles or Jeffrey Deitch’s reinvigorating reverence for street art that is inspiring all the fun and excitement happening in the West Coast art scene. Hodgepodge is the artist’s follow up show in the city of angels, after being included in last summer’s massively successful Art in the Streets, MOCA, Geffen Contemporary exhibition.
Although Scharf began to work with spray paint and graffiti in the early eighties, his seamless ability to work in a wide variety of media is evident. He and his infamous cohorts Jean-Michael Basquiat and Keith Haring, began to work in contexts outside of gallery spaces as a rebellion against the highly academic work that was being shown at the time. In the spirit of Warhol, Scharf began to merge the highbrow with the lowbrow by incorporating pop culture into his paintings.
On opening night longtime friend and artist, Ann Magnuson performed her piece entitled Finism, recanting lines like, “It’s not fashion, it’s a feeling.” Recalling Cadillac’s original TV commercials, which featured glamorized calendar girls gesticulating to showcase the cars’ prime features, the actress played with toy dinosaur car accessories insisting, “Bigger is better” as she slithered around on the rooftop of The New and Improved Ultima Suprema Deluxa.
Magnuson is a witty entertainer and her infamous Club 57 parties are an important part of performance art history. Finism was an incredible accompaniment piece and a testament to their friendship and kindred spirits. Scharf has always sought to incorporate his works within situations that anyone could relate to as well as, experience. His exploding, atomic mushroom cloud picnic table, Pikaboom, 2012 is a not to be missed and a must see for the whole family.
Kenny Scharf: Hodgepodge
April 14 — May 19, 2012
2622 South La Cienega
Los Angeles – Culver City