On Saturday, December 13, 2014, CHG Circa presents Joey Remmers “The Lost” an exhibition of new paintings and charcoal studies.
Austere landscapes and esoteric girls obscured by tangles of hair, trees, or leaves are a couple of persistent clues surrealist painter Joey Remmers likes to tease his audience with. Just when all may seem lost for his subjects, a glimmer of hope is revealed through the subtle interaction with an insect, a seemingly protective wolf pack, or a pop of color provided by a lost songbird.
While mysterious whirlpools, abandoned structures and flooded shopping centers serve as the foreboding backdrops for his new paintings, Remmers also cites the Aokigahara Forest in Japan as a recurring inspiration. In the shadow of Mount Fuji, this haunted sea of trees is so dense that strings and tape are hung on the branches to help visitors find their way out. As a result, the forest floor is littered with colored remnants. Might this also apply to its lost souls?
“I always like to explore the duality between the beauty of nature and its constant potential for violence,” explains Remmers. “The world we live in, with all its beautiful scenery, climates and mysteries always has something we too often don’t see.”
The opening reception for Joey Remmers will be hosted Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 7-10pm at CHG Circa. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition is on view through January 10, 2015.
Born in 1978 and raised in a small Southern Californian town in the San Bernardino Mountains, Joey Remmers was influenced at an early age by his artist mother. At 19 years old, he began tattooing, which became both his profession and alternate artistic medium, fostering his interest in the macabre. Remmers currently works as an illustrator and is a nationally recognized tattoo artist based in Orange, CA where he lives with his wife and children. His paintings have exhibited with Corey Helford Gallery since 2006, and can be seen on the covers of several literary journals and magazines.