April 10, 2010 – May 5, 2010
Reception: Saturday, April 10, 6:30 -10:00
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Giant Robot is proud to host Living Space, an art show featuring new work by John Pham.
John Pham is a Los Angeles-based, Xeric Grant-winning artist and creator of the ongoing graphic novel series Sublife, published by Fantagraphics, in addition to making work for various galleries and clients.
The work in Living Space portrays a cartoon world with its own set of laws and internal pop-inspired logic. The flat, vibrant colors and abstract lines clash with caricatures of urban, Los Angeles streetscapes and the people who live there. Rules of perspective and representation are willfully ignored in the gouache paintings on panel; the familiar figures, faces and places are distilled into contorted, colorful versions of themselves. Everything becomes, in effect, a cartoon. At first glance, the fluorescent-skinned, fractured people and pop candy-colored buildings may seem alien and off-putting. Upon further inspection, and with some familiarity, they prove inviting, friendly and, most importantly, human. The pieces will be mostly gouache paintings on panel with a few sculptures.
The work looks amazing…I am sad that I can’t get down to LA to see it in person. Yet another reason that I miss Southern California.