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Arts and Entertainment

'Oh, You Are Sick...' Art Homage to David Lynch

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We've Met Before' - Acrylic, Screen Print, and Lettering Enamel by Nick Marquez (image courtesy of Phone Booth Gallery).

We've Met Before' - Acrylic, Screen Print, and Lettering Enamel by Nick Marquez (image courtesy of Phone Booth Gallery).
Phone Booth Gallery's current collection of dark humored art, Oh,You Are Sick... is a group exhibition featuring 34 pieces inspired by the iconic, penetrating, jewel-toned surrealism of David Lynch's films. Nestled among the Victorian-era craftsman bungalows of Bluff Heights in Long Beach, Phone Booth is a modest, unpretentious, and welcoming space frequented by a youthful, low-key South Bay crowd well attuned to the defining elements of the Lynchian aesthetic. Oh, You Are Sick... is a wholly enjoyable presentation that will undoubtably provoke devilish grins and spirited intrigue from both Lynch fans and visual art lovers alike.Curated by Garry Booth, Oh, You Are Sick... is a group exhibition culled from 24 artists and an impressive mix of primarily two-dimensional mediums seemingly chosen for their use of rich saturated color, understated violence, disturbed inclinations, and eclectic humor. Each Lynch-loving piece is easy on the eyes, encouraging viewers to linger and softly be drawn in to the cerebral dynamics of the art at hand.

While each piece is drastically different from one another, they are at the same time completely complementary. Rife with absurdism and surrealism, the works are presented with an egalitarian spirit by Phone Booth. John Ottinger's mixed media Dark Father (which answers the question of what would Lynch do to Darth Vader) and Aurora Armijo's watercolor and ink Blue Sandy are especially funny. Lynch buffs will undoubtably be drawn to the buttery, candy-colored pseudo movie-poster screen prints by Ryan Milner, Joe King, Kevin Tong, Doe Eyed, and Rich Kelly. And Bryan Schnelles collages are complex and utterly luxurious.

Oh, You Are Sick... can be viewed at Phone Booth Gallery from noon to 6PM on Saturdays through April 9, 2011 or on Wednesdays by appointment. Phone Booth Gallery is located at 2533 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803. Oh, You Are Sick... is presented in conjunction with the Long Beach Cinematheque/Mondo Celluloid David Lynch month-long film series including a free beach screening of Dune. Schedules are available from Long Beach Cinematheque and Mondo Celluloid.