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Luminosity & Dust: Casey Weldon, Peter Gric, Rodrigo Luff & Gerard Geer @ beinArt, July 23 -

Our pals at beinArt Gallery continue to bring you the very best in new contemporary art with Luminosity & Dust, an exhibition of new works featuring Casey Weldon’s 'post-pop' iconography, Rodrigo Luff’s lush psychedelic nudes, Peter Gric’s bio-mechanical desolation and Gerard Geer’s imaginative bone assemblages.

Kicking off at 6pm on July 23 at beinArt Gallery (1 Sparta Place, Brunswick, Melbourne), the exhibition will run through until August 16.

Here's a little taste of what you can expect:

Casey Weldon (USA) graduated with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 2004. After living in Las Vegas, where he operated his studio, he relocated to Brooklyn, and then finally Seattle, Washington where he now lives and works as a full time illustrator and fine artist. Weldon utilizes a bright, vibrating hyperchromatic palette and carefully constructs layers of neon glaze to create a supernatural glow, almost as though the painting is illuminated from within. The result is a cinematic narrative that draws us into the story. Casey best known for his use of melancholy and humor in conjunction with the iconography of modern pop culture, leading his critics to designate his style as post-pop surrealism. Weldon has exhibited and sold his work in galleries across the United States and his pieces now reside in collections across the world.

Below: 'Death Perception', Acrylic painting by Casey Weldon

Rodrigo Luff (Australia) is an Australian artist who was born in El Salvador. Rodrigo creates ethereal figurative works of women and nudes in beautiful dreamlike settings, his works are ornate and lush, replete with elaborate references to the natural world. Luff studied traditional life drawing and painting at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney from 2006 to 2009. Since graduating, Luff honed his practice through four solo exhibitions in the U.S and several group exhibitions. Luff’s palette is vibrant and his sense of light luminous. He explores a feeling of the otherworldly by capturing his subjects in trance-like dream states, suspended in mysterious atmospheres. Using chiaroscuro effects, and traditional figurative techniques, Luff creates a visual world that is realistic, painterly and surreal. Luff is also co-curator of the annual Moleskine Project exhibitions at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, which began in 2011 and features artwork from a variety of international artists.

Below: 'Plasma II', Oil painting by Rodrigo Luff

Peter Gric (Austria) started to discover the possibilities of computer graphics for his paintings in the early nineties, realising his organic-surreal visual imagery was enriched by complex architectural structures. In place of using pencil and sketchbook, he began to design his compositions with 3D visualization software. This method is most obvious in his Artificial Spaces series. These paintings are based on three-dimensional geometrics built with mathematical and algorithmic concepts. The creation of these images plays with complex spaces and perspectives in order to explore inaccessible places in a completely artificial arrangements of space and light. In addition to his Artificial Spaces, Gric also experiments with the human nude combined with mineral, technoid and architectural structures. Despite the fact that the bodies of this “Mnemosyne” and “Gynoid” series are often dissolved and fragmented, he willingly obtains or even emphasizes the erotic component. In 1993, Peter earned a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. Gric has also worked on Concept Design for Guillermo del Toro’s film project “At the Mountains of Madness” and from 2011 to 2015, had a teaching assignment at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. Gric‘s works are in possession of numerous private and public collections throughout the world.

Below: 'Inorganic Muse IV', Acrylic painting by Peter Gric

Gerard Geer (Australia) is a Melbourne based sculptural artist with an insatiable curiosity for the anatomical inner workings of all things organic. Predominately using animal bones as his medium, his work combines skeletal articulation, chemistry, and fantasy to create intricately articulated works that conjure a slightly distorted reflection of nature. The cyclical processes of nature are reflected in Geer’s work. Just as animal remains decompose and nourish the environment, ultimately being redistributed into their ecological system, so too do his creations. Their bones are akin to building blocks, and on a chemical and physical level; are taken apart and reassembled into new forms. Through this process he breathes new life into the medium he works with, to create pieces that explore ideas of impermanence, mortality and rebirth.

Below: Crystallised monkey skull and bone assemblage by Gerard Geer

What: Luminosity & Dust, an exhibition of new works by Casey Weldon’, Rodrigo Luff, Peter Gric’ and Gerard Geer

When: Opens July 23, 6pm – 9pm, runs until August 16.

Where: beinArt Gallery / 1 Sparta Place, Brunswick, Melbourne, VIC 3056

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