Two solo exhibitions will be opening and running concurrently at the Copro Gallery starting June 11, 2011; Joe Ledbetter ‘INNARDS’ and Joe Vaux ‘My Brain Made Me Do It’.
Joe Ledbetter explains, “the goal of the show is to open up my work and ignore any restrictions. The theme of the show is that there is no theme. I want to reveal what’s been living inside me for the past year, and I’m ready to spew my guts all over the gallery.” Disregarding his past, Ledbetter says he has “erased any self-inflicted boundaries”. His most fun, colorful and impressive paintings to date are to be expected for this ambitious show.
Ledbetter’s work is influenced by classic animation, graphic design, and daily life. Light-hearted in its approach, he often combines cute and cuddly creatures with unfortunate — albeit humorous — situations, with a lean on the subversive and absurd.
Here are samples:
Joe Vaux parents were both artists and was surrounded by art materials and inspiration. His imagery seems to grow out of an adolescent’s sensibility. Strange environments and absurd characters are the players in a demented adaptation of his life story.
Out of Reach
The June 8th opening reception from 8:00 – 11:30 PM will have a live performance by Ghosts of Searchlight. Both shows run through July 2, 2011 in Santa Monica, CA.