Harold Golen Gallery has announced the latest solo exhibition featuring the work of artist Chris Dean.
“Transylvania” is a series of 3D lenticular images that reflect on ideas of transformation and acceptance in the context of Detroit’s troubled landscape. The show opens to the public Saturday, Jan. 8, with a live musical performance by the Gold Dust Lounge.
”Transylvania” is an exhibit that uses the unusual medium of lenticular holography to create multi-layered, hypercolor images with stunning depth and motion qualities. Dean uses this process to create illusions that make objects appear to levitate from the surface of the image and shimmer and move as viewers walk by.
Although lenticular images have a 50-year history of kitsch and commercialism, the technology is used by Dean in an exciting way that takes full advantage of the medium’s potential.
The content focuses on Dean’s relationship with the troubled city of Detroit and the concept of transformation — in the city but also as a universal truth.
“Stability is an illusion,” Dean says in the opening paragraph of the show’s statement.
This theme gets played out in the exhibit’s 11 3- by 4-foot pieces where robots, rainbows and prostitutes seem caught in an inexplicable metamorphous, as Dean would say all thing are. The photographically based pieces are brightly colored and temper the sometimes gritty content with an element of humor and otherworldliness.
The Harold Golen Gallery, 2294 NW Second Ave. (305-576-1880) promotes and exhibits emerging and established artists in the “Pop Surrealism” genre. Established in September 2007, the gallery is located in the Wynwood Art District of Miami. Some artists that show with Harold Golen are Ron English, Glenn Barr, Mitch O’Connell, Chris Dean, Skot Olsen, Nik Satterfield, Shag and many others.
Gallery hours are Saturdays 1-5 p.m. and by appointment. The galley also has extended hours every second Saturday during the monthly Gallery Walk.