Cirque Noir
Cirque Noir

OCTOBER 6th – 28th, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: OCTOBER 7th, 6:00-8:00 PM

AFA Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by artists Kelly Denato, Kathie Olivas, and Stickymonger. This series of painting and sculpture will explore the enigma of the face behind the masks we wear and expose the secrets of the beautiful and macabre that lies beneath. Juxtaposing the real with the surreal, the artists in this exhibition have accepted the challenge to express complex visions without superficiality and to inhabit the curious space between attraction and revulsion.

In an exploration of the dichotomies present in our everyday lives, Cirque Noir features a series of paintings and sculptures that challenge our perception of good and bad, beautiful and ugly, real and superficial. Artists Kelly Denato, Kathie Olivas, and Stickymonger, each working in diverse media, address these dichotomies through figurative work that is at first blush visually engaging and beautiful, and which, under closer examination reveals its complex symbolism.

Responding to the anxiety provoked by the manner in which each of us is observed, Stickymonger’s work is representative of the gaze. Utilizing eyes throughout her work and as primary subject matter, She embraces that which both fascinates and frightens her.  By incorporating these eyes into her work the Artist strips them of their power, while simultaneously encouraging them to look back at the viewer that views them creating a participatory experience.

Kathie Olivas’s work is a study of the human preoccupation with aesthetic beauty and its ability to provide comfort where typically there is none. By assigning “cuteness” to her sculptures and paintings, Olivas distracts the viewer from their involuntary response of revulsion and compels them to spend more time confronting those things that make them shudder. Olivas deftly fuses the weird with the adorable, the creepy with the alluring, through her use of delicately applied oil paints and of found objects. The finesse of the objects themselves allows them to serve as vehicles for Olivas’s messaging: suspect those things that are most familiar rather than those that are not.

Kelly Denato’s body of work is perched at the boundary where optimism and happiness meet tragedy and darkness. Human experience has shown that happiness and sadness are inextricable from one another, that one may not exist without its counter. Denato’s work encapsulates the moments in which one extreme may turn into the other. Delicately rendered sylphs float within their own consciousnesses, entangled and entranced by their dreams, oblivious to the menace of the darkness around them. The paintings belie their complexity through Denato’s masterful application of glaze-like paints and candy-colored environments.

 

Stargazer

Kelly Denato, 2017, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 60 x 60 in.

I Am More Than What You See

Kelly Denato, 2017, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 40 x 30 in.

The Death of the Dancing Bear

Kelly Denato, 2017, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 48 x 36 in.

I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours

Kelly Denato, 2017, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 60 x 60 in.

I Will Follow You Into the Dark

Kelly Denato, 2017, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 60 x 48 in.

Just Sitting Here Playing the Blooms

Kelly Denato, 2017, Acrylic on Board, 30 x 24 in.

Then, Now, Forever

Kelly Denato, 2017, Acrylic on Board, 30 x 24 in.

Mask 1

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 2

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 3

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 4

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 5

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 6

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 7

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 8

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 9

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 10

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 11

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 12

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 13

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 14

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

Mask 15

Kelly Denato, 2017, Cast Resin & Acrylic, 3 x 5 in.

No. 3 Alive

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Oil, Acrylic, & Glass Gems on Wood Panels, 68x 12 in.

Create and Destroy

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Oil, Acrylic, & Found Objects on Antiqued Wood Panels, 24 x 12 in.

Flood

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Oil, Acrylic, Glass Gems & Found Objects on Wood Panel with Art Resin & Antiqued Finish, 24 x 12 in.

Witching Hour

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Oil, Acrylic, & Found Objects on Wood Panels with Art Resin & Antiqued Finish, 61 x 30 in

Black Armor Lizzie

2017, Mixed Media, 17 in.

Buttercup

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 12.5 in.

Girl with Cat

Katie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 18 in. (cat is 9 in.)

Hypno Jester

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 25 in.

Mermaid

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 11.5 in.

Pink Apocalypse Elizabeth

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 18.5 in.

Pure

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 24 in.

Rosebud

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 22 in.

Seated Esther

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 9.5 in.

Two Faced Girl Series: Black Rabbit Apothecary

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 25 in.

Two Faced Girl Series: Channeler

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 23 in.

Two Face Girl Series: Eleanor

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 16.5 in.

Two Faced Girl Series: Encrusted Snowdrop Rabbit

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 18 in.

Two Faced Girl Series: Harley

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 17.5 in.

Two Faced Girl Series: Ivy May

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 11 in.

Two Faced Girl Series: Octopus Girl

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 19.5 in.

Valentine Clover

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 11 in.

Violet Bat Girl

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media with Articulated Velvet Wings Fabricated by Lana Crooks, 21 in.

Zinnia

Kathie Olivas, 2017, Mixed Media, 14.5 in.

An Ordinary Day

Stickymonger, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 in.

Dotting and Dotted

Stickymonger, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas, 36 in.

The Complicated

Stickymonger, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas, 36 in.

The Last Swimming on Earth

Stickymonger, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 in.

Relax in Anxiety

Stickymonger, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 in.

Sick Girls Club

Stickymonger, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 in.

Teacups Have Eyes

Stickymonger, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 in.

No Matter How Mummy I am

Stickymonger, 2017, Vinyl Cut and Hand Embellished, Gloss Coated on Wood Skate Board, 32 x 8.5 in.

See Through

Stickymonger, 2016, Acrylic & Satin Varnish on Canvas, 20 in.

Cosmic Girls #1

Stickymonger, 2016, Acrylic, Oil, Pen & Satin Varnish on Canvas, 10 in.

Cosmic Girls #2

Stickymonger, 2016, Acrylic, Oil, Pen & Satin Varnish on Canvas, 10 in.

Cosmic Girls #3

Stickymonger, 2016, Acrylic, Oil, Pen & Satin Varnish on Canvas, 10 in.

Cosmic Girl to the Rescue (Pink)

Stickymonger, 2016, Acrylic on Canvas, 16 in.

Cosmic Girl to the Rescue (Blue)

Stickymonger, 2016, Acrylic on Canvas, 16 in.

Strawberry Jammed

Stickymonger, 2016, Acrylic, Gouache, Satin Varnish on Wood Panel, 24 x 18 in.

Look Behind You #1

Stickymonger, 2016, Vinyl on Archival Paper, 23.5 x 19 in.

Look Behind You #2

Stickymonger, 2016, Vinyl on Archival Paper, 23.5 x 19 in.

Look Behind You #3

Stickymonger, 2016, Vinyl on Archival Paper, 23.5 x 19 in.

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