AO On Site (With Video) – Los Angeles: Neck Face's Halloween exhibition "Into Darkness" at OHWOW through November 20, 2010

November 2nd, 2010

Neckface, “Into darkness”, Crowd oustide on Halloween night at OHWOW Gallery, 2010. Via Michael C. Hsiung

With “Into Darkness,” Neck Face imparts many layers of his wonderful psyche upon the OHWOW audience, including takes on violence, music, optimism and addiction. His acerbic, Pettibon-esque drawings remain engaging, as always, and are the highlight of the show. An intelligent coupling of this series with a selection of collage and large, text-based paintings with his imagery provided a balanced presentation of his work at the Los Angeles venue’s installation. OHWOW’s sophisticated and discerning curatorial decisions transcend the chaos-over-saturation possible in the undertaking of this Halloween debut.

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Neck Face, “Into Darkness,” OHWOW Gallery, Halloween 2010. Via Michael C. Hsiung

“Into Darkness’” staging as a Halloween event was weighted by the potential of a demotion of the show’s serious artistry and thematic content. However, it seems to have been embraced as an appropriately-entertaining and performative way to celebrate the graphic, expository nature of the artist’s aesthetic, showcased in part through a half-pipe built into the gallery that was eagerly utilized by costumed boarders. The opening provided a welcome energy suitable for the celebratory context in all its irony, and customary reversal of implications thereof. “Into Darkness” runs through November 20th at 101 S. La Brea, Los Angeles California, 90036.

Neck Face, “Into Darkness,” OHWOW Gallery, Halloween 2010. Via Michael C. Hsiung

Neck Face, “Into Darkness,” OHWOW Gallery, Halloween 2010. Via Michael C. Hsiung

Neck Face, “Into Darkness,” OHWOW Gallery, Halloween 2010. Via Michael C. Hsiung

Neck Face, “Into Darkness,” OHWOW Gallery, Halloween 2010. Via Michael C. Hsiung

Neck Face, “Into Darkness,” OHWOW Gallery, Halloween 2010. Via Michael C. Hsiung

Neck Face, “Into Darkness,” OHWOW Gallery, Halloween 2010. Via Michael C. Hsiung

- Text and Video by R. Leib; Video Edited by S. Mindlin

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