Tuesday, September 8, 2009

"Mad Science" in Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery Show, The Machine in the Garden

"Mad Science" will be shown in Los Angeles, at Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery in West Hollywood.

The Machine in the Garden, An Experiment in the Steampunk Aesthetic Movement has been extended through September 26th. The show is "an expedition of Glass Garage Gallery artists into the retro-futurist hopes for a brighter yesteryear." "Mad Science" will be joining the wonderful work of Jerry Wayne Downs, Mikel Glass, Steven Kenny, Tristan Schane, Margo Selski and others.

The show is reviewed in ARTnews Magazine, September 09 issue. Richard Chang of ARTnews eloquently describes several works in the show and mentions a "strange mix of optimism, alienation, and nostalgia that animates the steampunk movement".

Steampunk as an aesthetic movement refers to art, speculative fiction or a certain science fiction, music, or fashion that emphasizes technology from the Victorian era. For it's history think HG Wells, Mark Twain, Mary Shelley and Jules Verne. One of the earliest manifestations was the TV show from the 60's The Wild Wild West.

It's a fantastical view of the world as if the past were imagining a future using technology from the Victorian era. Examples of movies that have a Steampunk attitude are Steamboy, Wild Wild West, City of Lost Children, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

"Mad Science" (19x24) is oil on canvas over panel and part of my Incognito Series. The series is an exploration of dreams followed and futures imagined.

It's an interesting idea to me that a costume can reveal OR disguise. These paintings are adventure and magic, a confiding of our secret selves. They are answers to the question "So, what do you want to be when you grow up?"

Thanks to my husband, a great visionary, for being the mad scientist in the basement and inspiration for this painting.

Here are a few more details of the painting.

More details for The Machine in the Garden show or Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery   

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