#LosAngeles #Opening #Art @MKGalleryLA – Victor Castillo w ‘Pure Pleasure’ + Mauricio Garrido + Claudia Pena ‘Sleepless’ @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery Saturday, February 1st

Victor Castillo :: Pure Pleasure

Mauricio Garrido and Claudia Pena :: Sleepless

Opening Reception, Sat. Feb. 1st, 8-11pm

Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Victor Castillo  A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

Victor Castillo – A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

Victor Castillo  Dancing Days

Victor Castillo – Dancing Days

Mauricio Garrido  Ball No 9  2014  Collage

Mauricio Garrido – Ball No.9 – 2014 – Collage

Claudia Pena  El Pintor Pintora  2014

Claudia Pena – El Pintor Pintora – 2014

From the release:


Following Under Heavy Measures last year, Victor Castillo returns to Merry Karnowsky Gallery with Pure Pleasure, featuring 12 black-and-white paintings on paper and a large-scale mural installation that emphasize the artist’s deft hand and brilliant compositions.

Pure Pleasure is a pause, a departure from the vividly-colored acrylic paintings the artist has previously presented. What Castillo proposes in paring down to the essence, to ink on paper, is refreshing and equally impactful. It’s like championing a return to analog in an image-saturated digital world.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2010, Chilean artist Victor Castillo has presented his work in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Hamburg, and Tokyo, as well in group exhibitions in the United States, Chile, Denmark, Italy, England, Germany, France, and Switzerland. His work was featured at Les Enfantes Terribles at the Lyon Biennial, France and has been reproduced in numerous publications worldwide.


Born in Chile, in 1974. Studied art in 1995 and recently exhibited in CUT/LOG 2013 Fair in New York. Garrido has been exhibited in Europe, Asia and Latin América with work is in several collections including the Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli in México, Collection CCU in art, Chile, and in private collections, such as singer Elton John.

Often described as Neo-Baroque, Garrido’s multi layered collages reference various media such as sculpture, collage, textiles and video art. His work alludes to the codes of representation throughout the history of art, and is particularly focused on the figure to deptict allegory as a visual language.


Born in Chile in 1970. Studied art in Universidad de Chile, Fine Arts Faculty.
For two consecutive years she received awards from the foundation “Amigos del Arte”, and has exhibited in Buenos Aires, Lima, as well as in her native Chile. Pena’s paintings show a index of images whose fragmented composition are in opposition to a linear narrative, developing an iconographic dialogue on childhood, fetishes and intimate landscapes that have to be reconstructed by the viewer.