Lou Beach: A Plague of Fools
Stephen Aldrich: Subject Matters
Joseph Heidecker: Figures & Faces
Zac Thompson: False Family: The Architecture of Found Photographs
Apropos of the current political scene in America and barbaric events worldwide, Lou Beach’s exhibition of new collages is titled, A Plague of Fools. His witty and provocative work can be compared to the robust oddities of Hannah Höch, the incisive critiques of John Heartfield and the curious fantasies of Joseph Cornell.
Concurrently, the gallery will present, Subject Matters, an exhibition of recent collages by Stephen Aldrich. Working with fine 19th century engravings from books and journals as his source material, Aldrich cuts imagery with mind-boggling precision and complexity.
In New York-artist Joseph Heidecker’s first exhibition in Southern California, Figures & Faces, photographic portraits are stitched with colorful threads. He is intrigued with exploring images that someone else has made and taking it to another place through ideas of identity, role-playing and impermanence.
Finally, the fourth in our quartet of collage artists, Zac Thompson, works with vintage found carte de visite portraits, reassembling them into a series called, False Family: The Architecture of Found Photographs. Giving context for the genesis of this work, Thompson writes, “Primarily working with found photographs and collage, I construct false objects with an often surreal and dystopian quality. The photos and houses are like hollowed out memories that invite me to fill them with my own history and experiences.”