Brian Belott. Courtesy of Canada.
With no further ado, CANADA is pleased to finally present an entire show devoted to new works by Brooklyn based artist, Brian Belott. Although Mr. Belott has shown extensively with the gallery since 2003, this new show marks the first time the gallery will be granted a complete exhibition focused solely on Mr. Belott’s much sought after glass works. Until now, this part of the artist’s oeuvre was handled exclusively by Mr. Kenny Schachter of London, England.
Since the mid 1990’s Mr. Belott has been carefully crafting his unique painting style. His glassworks are image driven, cartoon influenced and enigmatically sublime. Music is a generating source of inspiration for Mr. Belott’s production. Here the works are staged with a sound track of 1960’s and 70’s light radio with smooth, swirling, lush orchestration. All of the pieces reflect themes of music, like vibrations, patterns, clusters, and waves. The repeating moronic motifs of spiral eyed cats, cross eyed clowns, and googly-eyed owls are either back-dropped by fantastic landscapes or floating in black space. Using glass, markers, gels, spray-paint, glitter, foil, keys, gold leaf, dirty socks, butterfly wings, junk, rubble, and dust, the materials convey traditional values like light, depth and volume while the images pop and hypnotize. The result of these mesmerizing works is an exciting display of new image making.
With the works hung over a hand made wainscoting of clothes pegs and tube socks that mimic an endless scrolling piano keyboard, we are always being reminded that these works spring from melody and the rapture of music, reiterating they’re need to be listened to as well as seen. Mr. Belott’s glass paintings are sly and humorous caricatures of all the art that ever came before them. They shimmer with the glare and gloss of silver and gold. This is a vaudevillian, showstopper of a show. Come one come all.