Kenny Scharf — Born Again at Honor Fraser Gallery

Los AngelesArt & Culture

Art Attack

When mischievous street artist Kenny Scharf gets his hands on a painting, the results are shocking...

Invite Kenny Scharf around to your house for dinner at your peril. Dessert has been eaten, the cheeseboard consumed, and post-prandial digestion is underway in the living room when, after popping into the kitchen to do a quick bit of washing up, you return to find the oil painting hanging above the fireplace has been augmented with a menagerie of multi-coloured life-forms. Creatures leak out from the canvas and ooze down the frame, objects thrust out three-dimensionally and threaten to remove an eye.

Nonsense, of course, I’m sure Scharf is the perfect guest. The Los Angeles artist’s interventionist hi-jinks are performed on found paintings, but probably (hopefully) not found on his friends’ walls. Born Again is a salon-style installation of these mischievous works, and forms part of a larger exhibition at Honor Fraser Gallery covering his diverse career. Things get even more weird when we see Scharf’s Space Vomit assemblages: miscellany accrued over the years (bits of toys, fragments of adverts) hits the canvas like a semi-digested alien puke. Also on display are a selection of Scharf’s early videos (’79-’84), recently transferred from analogue tape to digital format and enhanced. The exhibition closes on 4 April.

@honor_fraser

Kenny Scharf Born Again Honor Fraser Gallery Los Angeles Kenny Scharf Born Again Honor Fraser Gallery Los Angeles Kenny Scharf Born Again Honor Fraser Gallery Los Angeles Kenny Scharf Born Again Honor Fraser Gallery Los Angeles Kenny Scharf Born Again Honor Fraser Gallery Los Angeles Kenny Scharf Born Again Honor Fraser Gallery Los Angeles Kenny Scharf Born Again Honor Fraser Gallery Los Angeles

Kenny Scharf,
Born Again, 2015
Installation view at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Courtesy Honor Fraser Gallery
Photography Joshua White/JWPictures.com

Instagram