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Since 2005, the young Vienna-based artists Daryoush Asgar and Elisabeth Gabriel of Asgar/Gabriel, have been collaborating on a radically contemporary form of figurative painting. Drawing upon historical movements such as baroque, pop art, and abstract expressionism, while referencing contemporary developments in graffiti and photo-realism, the duo create intricately layered canvases in which linear narrative falls prey to the chaos of our image saturated times.

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The subjects of their paintings, at the hedonistic pinnacle of youth, find themselves classically posed within disconnected scenes, awash in a sea of vibrant hues. Here, within these pseudo-mythological canvases, Asgar/Gabriel reveal the vanity and the absurdity of our search for heroism in the everyday.

Marking their solo debut at Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, Asgar/Gabriel will present Bucolica Obscura, a series of large-scale paintings realized over the past two years. Should you find yourself on the West Coast, we strongly recommend a visit.

Bucolica Obscura
Opening Reception: 10 January 2009, 5-7pm
January-14 February 2009

Mark Moore Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue, A1
Santa Monica, CA 90404 map
tel +1 310 453 3031 More images after the jump .

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