Even super heroes have a bad day. Lucky for us, these split seconds are painstakingly and beautifully recorded by Meggs, an Australian artist who has based his young career around catching Captain America, Astro Boy and others in their most unflattering moments. Meggs launched his work on the streets of Melbourne, and makes use of the techniques learned there — stencils, aerosol, type and grime are all part of his painting's landscape. Meggs' energetic depictions of comic book protagonist murder, depression and anxiety conceptually challenge authority (and copyrights) within gallery walls. One of his new works, “Toy Boy” renders a modified Astro Boy as a colorful splat on the wall as though we were murdered by a giant boot. The result is mesmerizing and violent. Now through August 1, Cerasoli Gallery in Culver City showcases Meggs' “Crime and Charity” show which marks his second appearance in the L.A. area and the U.S. as a whole. The work of mixed media on wood is partners with an abbreviated “Urban Myth” exhibition showcasing noteworthy U.K. graffiti stars, curated by Inkie.

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: July 11. Continues through Aug. 1, 2009

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