Kirk Hopper Fine Art presents Charmaine Locke and James Surls: "Chaos and Mayhem" opening reception
In Charmaine Locke and James Surls: "Chaos and Mayhem," presented by Kirk Hopper Fine Art, we enter a realm where shifts, ruptures and irreparable fissures are part of the natural flow. Order and stasis, the work tells us, are illusions. Decay, aggression and anarchy are part of the process to which we all must submit if we are to have any understanding of where and how we exist in time. Walking around, engaging with the sculptures, drawings and prints can induce vertigo. It's as if we've been through some kind of maelstrom and have yet to reach a state of calm.
Locke's life-size sculpture UnHoly Warrior: Blood Feud is a blue-eyed, crimson demon that lunges at us with sword and cross. Its back is riddled with cone-like extrusions as sharp as ice picks. Surls' Cock Fight, a 10-foot preening rooster of gnarly, rippling oak suspended from the ceiling, slams the senses with knife-edged, bulbous and phallic shapes. It soars through the space as if fueled by poisonous testosterone.
Following the opening reception, the exhibition will be on display through April 3.