All of the galleries were pretty cool, but my favorite was David De Mendoza and Vanessa Gamboa’s work in the Max L. Gatov Gallery West. They did a collaboration, Vanessa;however, was not there at the time so I was only able to talk to David. David is from Santa Monica, he is finishing up his masters’s degree and has one year left.
The paintings have a lot of color. Most of the work was on big canvases and had a lot of color. Vanessa’s Untitled and Sedentary had tons of texture. You can see that she used a lot paint to add the texture and give it more life. Untitled is mostly shades of red, whereas Sedentary had lots of different colors and also a person who seems to be sleeping and falling over from a bed. David’s work was also colorful but it’s more creepy, like skulls, monsters, and baby heads.
David said he got his inspiration from old, scary movies and book, one of which was It by Stephen King. He said he just wanted to get a reaction out of people. Wanted to show the fear of the unknown and of nightmares. One of the things that stood out was the use of bright colors to make things look creepy, he said that to him bright and saturated colors were scary, but to a lot of people those would be the opposite of scary.
Whenever someone reads a book, watches a movie, listens to a song, or looks at art, the audience will shape to fit into scenario of their life and interpret it in a way that involves them, even if the artist was going for a completely different feeling. I didn’t really think the painting were scary, but I thought they were pretty cool and interesting.