Welcome to the Jumble
Soundtrack by Scott McMahan
September 8 - October 15, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 5 to 8pm
Artist CARMEN’s solo exhibition at Gallery 525, “Welcome to the Jumble” features paintings with fantastical figures combining elements from past and futuristic time periods, historical styles and various species including robotic. Inspired by the scientific term “hybrid vigor,” wherein species are enhanced by fusion of superior qualities from genetic cross-breeding, CARMEN has imagined a new world that evolved after an epic, yet ultimately happy accident wherein the best talents and passions of all combine. Her characters all have their own storyline, and CARMEN has concocted an expansive new positive cosmology from these individually-different beings living comfortably together. Also, the Artist has new takes on what these folks do with their time, leading to new ways of looking at ours. Her playful titles reflect careers very different from our current society’s such as “Gus and Armani’s Holographic Pet Adoptions and Deep Sleep Dentistry Gardens” and “Billie and Martina’s Remote Viewing Cinema Club and Archival Feline Memory Vaults,” amongst others.
Starting with eleven large 47” x 21.5” wood panels found at a local thrift store, CARMEN stated that when sitting down to paint, the ideas for the characters appeared instantly, and as she created each new painting, she became more inspired and awed as they manifested before her eyes. Visually, these are rich in patterns, colors and cultural influences drawing from Indian, Egyptian, Mayan, Native American, Eastern European styles, amongst others. Of course, the art works possess CARMEN’s well-lauded and exceptionally potent narrative painting style with their fresh execution, inherent mystery and humorous, poignant underbelly.
According to CARMEN, “Everyone is a little mix of everything.”
In addition, a book of the “Welcome to the Jumble” paintings by CARMEN will be available.
Inspired by CARMEN’s painting and their stories, Musician and Composer Scott McMahan has written a “Welcome to the Jumble” Soundtrack which will be highlighted at the show.
Bio of CARMEN
Carmen Abelleira C. V.
"My new series depicts a sci-fi happy accident of epic proportions. This was an event that drastically transformed and brought together a group of unsuspecting inter-galactic time travelers and landed them in a place called Moog Holler, a tiny star hidden within the clouds of the beautiful Crab Nebula. This is where you will meet them and see them living, thriving while exemplifying their ever-flourishing hybrid vigor. This situation has greatly improved and increased their functions, good looks and new found talents. All their traits have been enhanced as a result of this serendipitous and accidental mixing of all their genetic contributions. They are very eager to meet you! Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the jumble!"