LA Gallery Titillates, Pays Homage to Playboy In New Group Show
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Tonight, the Los Angeles art gallery Slow Culture deep dives into the cultural cachet of the Playboy empire with a new group show. For Playboys & Girls, the newly-relocated Chinatown space tasked 22 artists — established and emerging — to create entirely new works that incarnate the iconic brand’s 60 year legacy. The group exhibition ventures well beyond the obvious boobs and hot blondes, and retains the humor and originality that’s buoyed Playboy across six decades and a changing media landscape.
Curated by Jay Howell, the zine madman and creative mind behind Bob’s Burgers and Sanjay and Craig, with Slow Culture’s beating heart—Max and Frederick Guerrero and Steve Lee, the exhibition reaches across an array of varied medium. There are tattoo artists featured, folk illustrators, photographers and painters. Ben Venom has tailored from recycled fabrics a neon paño-esque quilting of Playboy’s bunny logo. Nathan Kostechko has created a more Impressionistic, teasingly suggestive painting of the female form, while Hellen Jo went straight for the bad-assery, drawing her signature K-town girl who would gladly wreck any playmate’s day. Molly Steele, Tamara Santibanez, Cleon Peterson and Ed Templeton, among others are also on the roster.
The opening reception for Playboys & Girls kicks off tonight, September 2 from 7 to 10 PM at Slow Culture (943 N. Hill St, LA). The show runs through September 24, 2016.