Down The Rabbit Hole
1st – 21st March 2018
Imitate Modern Gallery
19 Shepherd Market, Mayfair
London W1J 7PJ
“The little girl just could not sleep
because her thoughts were way too deep
her mind had gone out for a stroll
and fallen down a rabbit hole”
Its been 153 years since Alice fell down the rabbit-hole and embarked on the most wonderfully bizarre adventures. For our group show at Imitate Modern, we will present a whole new plethora of trippy, vibrant and psychedelic artworks inspired by Alice’s otherworldly experiences down the rabbit hole. The exhibition will feature artworks by six different artists whose intentions remain the same – to beguile and enthral the viewer to venture down their interpretation of a distorted wonderland. Featured artists include: CB Hoyo, Yeah Yeah Chloe, Shawn Kolodny, John Paul Fauves, Francesco Vullo and David LaChapelle.
‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ promises to deliver an explosive mix of colour, styles and mediums, combining photography, abstract paintings, graphic illustrations, and everything in between. We present a selection of emerging and established international talents who are paving the way to a new wave of thinking with an emphasis on tongue-in-cheek humour and a playful approach to art making.
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About the Artists
YEAH YEAH CHLOE
Yeah Yeah Chloe is a Queensland based artist, exploring anatomy in the mundane with a growing preoccupation for legs and a dash of Ozzy humour. She lends us her rose tinted glasses so we become engrossed with her pop infused and surrealist worldview. Some of her most recent series was sparked by a rather inflammatory comment made by the US President Donal Trump, claiming all he need in life was a nice piece of ‘ass’. As a result, she transmuted the rage she felt regarding these comments into a positive celebration of the variety of female form.
CB Hoyo is a self-trained artist, who continually produces work that playfully questions authenticity and monetary value in an era defined by fake news and social media. Hoyo’s paintings are both playful and provocative. Slogans are scrawled over familiar works by the likes of Basquiat, Rothko and Hirst. This humour is coupled with a prodigious and instinctive painterly skill as Hoyo pays a tongue-in-cheek homage to many of his artistic heroes.
Shawn Kolodny is an American artist who has emerged with one of the most provocative and discussed series of the year. Drawing from a life spent amongst substance, addiction and materialism, as the owner and operator of New York City’s most prominent nightclubs, he has been both the observer and the subject. For Kolodny, addiction is a pathological relationship in which things replace self. Kolodny’s work confronts the infinite cycle of fake fulfilment shaped by modern society’s addiction to ego, using the most sought-after brands and the most addictive drugs as a visual medium.
John Paul Fauves
John Paul Fauves is a Costa Rican contemporary artist based in Belgium who’s latest series ‘A Loss of Innocence’ has brought him plenty of attention globally. The works are an observation on the loss of innocence we all go through in life, inspired by watching his own son grow up and start to interact with the world. He uses famous figures from popular culture as a vehicle for expression. He reworks ‘innocent’ characters with colours and brushwork inspired by the Fauves. His aim is to use take an iconic figure such as Alice in Wonderland outside the realm of Disney, to make the viewer engage with the familiar image in an unsettling and abstracted background.
Francesco Vullo is a Palermo born, Milan-based graphic illustrator, his work is strongly influenced by events and contemporary culture and has many ironic nuances and messages of social criticism. All works reveal an irreverent vision of the world and society. In his creations we can find remakes of famous paintings, surreal combinations between objects of common use and illustrations that reveal the dark side of social networks.
David LaChapelle is an American photographer that has worked in the fields of fashion, advertising and fine art photography. What brought him to the top of the art world were his photos of various celebrities he made in an unusual way – vivid, erotic and brimming with life. The artist is noted for his surreal, unique and often humorous style. Perhaps his strongest feature is his exceptional talent to successfully blend a unique hyper-realistic aesthetic with profound social messages and art history references.