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SEVEN SINS Transgressions in Art - MENTON 3 'LOSS'

Copro Gallery, Suite T5
Exhibition Dates: June 8 - June 29

Opening reception: Saturday, June 8 from 6-10 pm

Copro Gallery presents a group exhibition curated by art collector and music composer, Cris Velasco. 'Seven Sins - Transgressions in Art' is a collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures referencing the Seven Sins and all stylized towards the dark art movement.

GREED - Allen Williams, Vanessa Lemen, Nikko Hurtado WRATH - Richard Kirk, Christopher Ulrich, Samuel Araya, Brian Smith PRIDE - Chet Zar, Dos Diablos, Jake Peck, Luke Hillestad SLOTH -  Mathew Mrowka, Matt Dangler, Ben Schwenk, Sadan Vague ENVY  Patrick Thai, Steven Black, Billy Norrby, Stefanie Vega LUST Stephanie Inagaki, Karen Hsiao, Gabe Leonard, Mark Newman GLUTTONY - Carlos Torres, Sean Andrew Murray, Matt Hurtado

CRIS VELASCO is one of the largest collectors of Dark Art is Los Angeles. As a patron of art, he often hosts parties where his collection can be viewed and shared by fellow collectors and artists. He is also a multiple award-winning composer of music for video games, film and television. Cris has become one of the most sought after composers in interactive entertainment, scoring many major titles including Resident Evil 7, Bloodborne, The Invisible Hours, The Long Dark, Company of Heroes 2, Mass Effect 2-3, Borderlands 1-2, Warhammer: Space Marine, God of War 1-3, Tron: Evolution, Darksiders, Clive Barker's Jericho, and many more. He also currently has two tv shows, Dimension 404 and Freakish, airing on Hulu and HBO. Cris Velasco's orchestral music is performed in concerts worldwide and has received numerous accolades including "Best Original Score" from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, "Best Original Music" nomination from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, NBC News' "Best Video Game Music of 2012", GameTrailers' "Best Soundtrack of the Year" and IGN's "People's Choice Award - Best Overall Music". 

Menton3 'Loss' is a series of paintings dealing with emotion and the recent loss of his brother who passed away this year. This exhibit will feature brand new oil paintings and airbrush mixed media artwork on paper as well as some older published work from his first publication. Though he has always drawn and painted, his first methodical exploration of this field was through music, which he saw as a tool enabling a composer to bring to light 'interior' imagery in the listener and reveal frozen phantasmagoric instants, realized subjective memories and encapsulated emotions. Says Menton, "Many of the mythological, religious, alchemical, and historical icons, symbolic figures and shapes stimulate, if not summon, internal functions."

Menton J. Matthews lll / menton3 is a self-taught painter, illustrator, and fine artist. His personal axiom is, "externalizing the internal so that resolution is a forgone conclusion." His subject matters are drawn from daily meditation, alchemical writings, symbology, and Jungian psychology. He frequently creates his own mediums from scratch, adding to the unique property of each individual work he produces. menton3 has an extensive history in comics and graphic novels as an illustrator, colorist, writer, cover artist, and creator. Some of his more well-known works include, The Memory Collectors, The X-Files, Transfusion, Silent Hill: Past Life, ZVR, The Fly and Monocyte. He also served as the co-creator, designer and editor of the TOME and EXPLICITUS EST LIBER art anthology series. 

Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404 - 310-829-2156