LA///OPENINGS///MARK DEAN VECA’S “PHANTASMAGORIA” AT OTIS’ BEN MALTZ GALLERY

October 14, 2008  |  art, LA, News, Openings

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What Mark Dean Veca's gooey art brain looks like on the inside...

Representing the pinnacle event of his long-term artist's residency at OTIS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, "Phantasmagoria," a massive installation by painter MARK DEAN VECA, debuted last weekend at the institution's BEN MALTZ GALLERY to a crowd of stunned fans. Encompassing the whole of the gallery's cavernous space, Veca's monstrous site-specific painting engulfs all visible wallspace before spilling onto the floor in an epic biomorphic tableau that must be seen in person to be believed. Incorporating numerous Pop themes into the incredible detailing of the baroque organic patterning that dominates his visual landscape, Veca pays homage to the pantheon of modern characters—from KAWS' Companions to Popeye and Charlie Tuna— that dominate our postmodern consumerist mythology. HAVE A LOOK:

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Mr Veca with young pupil Luca Veca...

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MDV with his custom KAWS Blitz shirt and KAWS Companion wallpiece...

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Mr Veca and the wifie, Lauren...

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Luca Veca takes a break to let his hair grow...

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MDV with Nike design overlord Sandy Bodecker...

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Exhibition curator Meg Linton color-coordinates for the event...

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It's gotta be the shoes: MDV's custom "Phantasmagoria" colorway by Nike iD Los Angeles...

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