Brainfeeder's Strangeloop opens gallery show Saturday [Video]
Strangeloop's art is nothing like his nuclear near-namesake Dr. Strangelove. While Peter Sellers' rogue scientist sought to incite holocaust, the music and A/V installations of the artist born David Wexler aim to produce elemental harmony. Sound as color, color as sound -- all ambient everything.
Indeed, the mission statement that governs the locally based artist's gallery exhibit at the Gus Harper Art Studio in Venice details his desire to meld psychedelic states with the disorienting flood of modern media:
Through art I seek an understanding of natural patterns, language, and evolution, which for me, are topics best approached through a variety of media and applications of creativity. I am fundamentally inspired by altered states of all varieties, and approach my materials with the intention of infusing them with the awe and strange aesthetics. I am deeply inspired by all forms of mysticism, but tend towards a merging ancient esoteric motifs with the scientific revelations of our age.
Chances are if you've attended anything Brainfeeder or Low End Theory-related over the last four years, you've seen Strangeloop's body of work: computer-constructed visuals full of twisting technicolor tentacles of light. Images that frequently draw upon anime and esoteric film and suggest psychedelic screen savers gone right.
The grandson of Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "American Graffiti"), Strangeloop has made his own forays into film, with his experimental opus “2010: (or) How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Technological Singularity" earning placements at film festivals and a cult fandom for its chimerical imagination and vibrant palette.
In celebration of the art opening and the release of his new Brainfeeder EP, "Fields," Strangeloop will be hosting a party Saturday night at the Harper Art Studio (11306 Venice Blvd). Performing alongside Wexler will be Teebs, Austin Peralta and promises of special guests. The exhibit will feature signed prints, concept drawings, sketches, paintings, 3-D stills and videos. It's free and goes from 8 until midnight, or the DMT wears off.
-- Jeff Weiss