California’s scratchy creature of ghoulish delight, Neck Face followed 2009’s storied Miami exhibit with a grisly, beer-soaked trip, Into Darkness, last night at his opening reception at LA’s OHWOW gallery. Purely getting into the space proved a major part of the holiday-appropriate romp.
To start, you’re separated from whatever party you were with in line by tattered, blood-covered, pillowcase wearers with wooden sticks and hurried behind a metal door, finding yourself smack in a full-featured haunted house. Forgiving the long line, it’s then a brief jaunt through token scenes of the horror canon; there’s the chainsaw attacker, a mother of multiple demon babies and a pure scene of shrieked female devil possession. What’s behind the exit’s black curtain though, seems comparatively like a leisurely respite to the above scenes of death and torture: cheap beer, skateboarding and the actual art.
Showcasing no more than 20 pieces, Neck Face showed his colors over scenes of known hairy demonic characters, playful comic-strips (Cheetos’ tiger smokes crack, catches himself on fire, becomes Flamin’ Hot was a standout alongside the Death meets Heath Ledger piece), larger text-based works (“I’ve been there, it took my nowhere, but it was fun” scrawled across red Afrika-print background) and a pair of installations adorned with smutty clippings, metallic cut masks and marionette dolls.
There was also persistent heat from the crowded space, some mini-ramp tricks, Tecate and lots of girls dressed Black Metal. Ending seemingly rushed around 11pm, most of the party headed over to Three Clubs for more costumed libations and a performance from stoner skate-band The Goat.
Neck Face: Into Darkness runs through November 20th, 2010 at OHWOW Gallery, 101 S. La Brea in Los Angeles. Click any of the images to expand them and check after the break for a gallery of my images from the opening night party.