The Gay 90’s: West is an upcoming solo art show at Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles that will feature the work of talented pop surrealist Mark Ryden. The show will open on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 from 12 – 6 PM and be on display until Saturday, June 28th. You can view more work from Mark’s show at Kohn Gallery and Hi-Fructose Magazine.
In the inaugural exhibition Mark Ryden, underscores his aesthetic forays into cultural kitsch through his exploration of the lost but not forgotten “Gay 90s”. Employing the visual trappings of the formally idealized 1890s in America—women dressed in satin skirts with large bows, large wheeled bicycles, Main St. USA, vaudevillian stages—Ryden recreates scenes from this marginalized slice of pop culture. This important new body of work—which includes paintings, works on paper, installations, and sculpture—negotiates the aesthetic value of clichéd nostalgia through the lens of polished neoclassic painting, and will include Ryden’s largest and most ambitious work to date, ‘The Parlor (Allegory of Magic, Quintessence and Divine Mystery)’: a 96 x 120 inch painting with a wooden frame hand-carved in bas-relief.