Image: Local Strays, Chop Chop
On Saturday, I had the pleasure of going to one of the best galleries in Columbus. Chop Chop is actually a mixed-use space with promotional retail in the front, gallery space in the back, and studio space hidden away.
Artist and family friend, Sharon Bell was represented. Her work, pictured below, is a mixture of the fantastic, whimsical, and grim. Her work is sometimes reminiscent of Edward Gorey in tone but not as dry. I'd love to see her do a kids alphabet book--though, yes, that's me bringing up Gorey again. Anyway, Bell's work is really maturing and coming into its own. You should buy lots of her stuff while it's still affordable. Also, pickup a veg-dog from her husband Tawd while you're at it.
Image: Title Unknown (Where Is Home), Sharon Bell [note: crappy cell phone picture]
It seems everyone was all a gaga over Joey Monsoon. Already sold out by 8pm, he did quite well and rightfully so. Self-taught, Monsoon's figuration style is akin to Egon Schiele. His work also reminded me of another very talented chap I met at CCAD named Dave Crosland.
Image: Blister Sisters, Joey Monsoon
Image: Out of Season Portrait, Dave Crosland