Blood, Sweat and Germs
February may be the short month, but the folks at La Luz de Jesus are making it the fattest, with a pair of concurrent solo shows from two of L.A.'s most fascinating and enigmatic surrealist painters. "GERMS: Visual Cacophony" and "David Lebow: Weird Tales" combine to fill the gallery with an explosion of gritty, haunting images. Despite their shared affection for strange visions and dreamlike symbolism, these two artists work in very different visual styles. Jaime Zacarias, aka GERMS, favors a language of colorful overload, depicting imaginary urban critters, protozoa, luchadores and exaggerated characters that populate his version of life in Los Angeles. As for David Lebow, he works in an almost classically art-historical style, using advanced figurative and portraiture techniques to depict mythological figures and emotional atmospheres - but always with an unsettling twist. In fact, if you are a fan of Dexter, you may recall the cycle of "Doomsday Paintings" featuring the blood-spattered "Angel of Death," which he created for the program on behalf of a certain, um, troubled character (no spoilers in case you've got your season-six binge queued up). The juxtaposition of these artists' signature styles and diverse followings should make for a gallery experience as surreal as the art on the walls. La Luz de Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz; Fri., Feb. 7, 8-11 p.m.; runs through March 2, Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun., noon-6 p.m.; free. (323) 666-7667, laluzdejesus.com.
Feb. 7-March 2, 2014 (Expired: 03/02/14)
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