DUST & WISPS
Drawings by Michelle Seo and Paintings by Daniel Porras
January 8–February 26, 2022
The first show is this young year at Cornelius Projects features drawings by Michelle Seo and paintings by Daniel Porras. The show runs from January 8th until February 26th. The event had been planned for some time and yet omicron upended plans as it can do, so the usual fun opening reception has been deep sixed. The regular show hours and Saturdays and Sundays, noon til five, or by appointment.
Daniel's work has been described as elusive and ghostly, while Michelle's drawings are maximal and detailed.
Michelle Seo’s work balances societal class rage against the happiness and love of the nuclear family. Korean in approach but with an American core, she turns her personal reality into a universal fiction with animal figures symbolic of naïveté such as the bunny and teddy, and the turtles and fishes of Korean tradition.
Seo's DUST series is an homage to a long time admiration for the art of comics. DUST is concerned with what happens after death, and is her response to not only the ongoing pandemic, but also to her living together with her grandmother who is living with dementia.
Daniel Porras' anthropomorphics are inspired by ancient Peruvian art. His seductive creatures are modeled after fertility effigies, ceramic vessels, and tropical bird plumage. His latest series, Wisps see Porras immersed in a world melting into itself.
Both Porras and Seo are Angels Gate Cultural Center Studio artists in San Pedro, CA.
Daniel Porras, Betrayal in a Circus, 2021. Oil on wood panel. 12 x 9 inches
Main Image: Michelle Seo, DUST (page 24), 2020. Watercolor and ink on paper. 10 1/2 x 7 1/5 inches
In alignment with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's policies for indoor public places, face masks are required for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Please do not come to the gallery if you have a fever, cough, or respiratory illness.
1417 South Pacific Avenue
Tongva Territory, San Pedro, CA 90731