Had heard a new gallery recently opened up on Cahuenga just past Amoeba and was in the area the other day, and decided to swing on through Gallery Space 1520. Was stoked to see a solo show was on view from none other than Kime Buzzelli. ‘Disappear Here’ opened back in early March and closes this weekend, but if you have time, it’s worth stopping through.
Informed and inspired by the cult of fashion, Buzzelli’s paintings invite voyeurism, seducing the viewer with a fantasy that enchants and unsettles. With a loose, easy painterly style, Buzzelli captures a womanhood that is youthful, mischievous, elusive, demure, alienated and at times, grotesque. Exploring the ambiguity of fashion in the feminine psyche, Buzzelli deftly navigates the contradictions and conflicts of an idealized femininity. In as much as the compositions indulge in aesthetic decadence, they are tempered by atrophy, disintegration, and subversion as suggested by trailing brushstrokes, haunting shadows and use of negative space.
Unique installation (above) featured in ‘Disappear Here’
Buzzelli has shown with New Image Art, DirtyPilot.com, Motel, Quality Pictures and others.
In addition to Buzzelli’s fine art pursuits, she is the proprietress of Show Pony, a performance space and boutique in Echo Park (Los Angeles) featuring handmade clothing by Buzzelli and a roster of independent designers (opened in 2000).
Her one-of-a-kind hand-crafted clothing has been featured in photo shoots, films and music videos and worn by celebrities including Lindsay Lohan, Shakira, Jane’s Addiction, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nelly Furtado and Jennifer Lopez. In addition, Buzzelli’s fashion illustration has been published in I-D, Elle, W, Cosmopolitan, Paper, Italian Fashion News and Fashion Illustration Next by Laird Borrelli, among others.
Closing Party this Sun, April 5th from noon – 4PM with live music from Kid Infinity & Puppy Dog
Gallery Space 1520
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in Los Angeles