Much delayed post as these photos were taken on the opening date (June 22). Better late than never! But I suppose it’s good to remember that on-time is best. Anyway. The triple threat that came after the Sausa/Sanchez/Muñoz team-up that I loved so much features Andy Barrioquinto and Jon Jaylo, with Dave Lock as guest artist.
Barrioquinto’s pieces feature large-scale, close-cropped faces, overlaid with patterns of foliage and, from what I can tell, oriental-inspired ornamentation. I think the people he featured are actual people he knew, because we saw one of his models at the show. It was pretty weird. And also funny. Barrioquinto’s usage of color is unusual; like, I’d never have thought to pair certain cool shades of green with deep purples, but he pulls it off well.
Jaylo’s exhibit is very lush and rich, having his space (the walls, at least) painted in a very deep red, paired with a squishy faux-grass floor covering. Which, I thought, really set off the surreal quality of his works. While they are rendered realistically (and really, really well, if I may say so), the hybridity of familiar elements result in surreal and dream-like images. It’s an odd sensation, to see these not-quite-real occurrences rendered so clearly and so precisely. The strange composite images are offset by his careful execution, which I love so much.
This is the only photo I have of Lock’s exhibit, which is an unfair representation, but you can see the rest of his works here (dead link). Lock’s exhibition is largely comprised of black-and-white illustrations, representing the artist’s own struggles with life itself. His works are filled with emotion, and are largely concentrated on the human face.
More photos under the cut. For a complete gallery of the works cataloged, please visit West Gallery’s official website.