Preview: “CONJOINED (6)6(6)” Chet Zar Curated Exhibit @ Copro Gallery [Santa Monica]


Flyer sculpture by Akihito Ikeda
“Death Wings (AngelOfDeath) Mixed media
35’x 30’ x14’

This Saturday, January 16th, Chet Zar will return to Santa Monica‘s Copro Gallery to present his 6th installment of the CONJOINED exhibit that he curates every year.  Zar is an accomplished artist of multiple disciplines, who transitioned from a career in makeup and special effects for the film industry (Hellboy, Planet of the Apes, etc), into doing highly acclaimed video and live 3D effects work for Tool, before settling into his role as a notable force in the painting and fine art world.  Both his background and his notoriety as a master of dark art and the macabre play into his curation for these exhibits, which primarily feature 3-dimensional works and assemble a list of impressive contributors that include artists exploring less orthodox disciplines than you might find in other shows throughout the fine art world.  Among them, this installment will involve returning artists like brilliant hyperrealist, Kazuhiro Tsuji (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Hellboy); rogue taxidermists, Sarina Brewer and Emi Slade; set designer, Daniel Saks; and Rebecca Rose, with her trademark wearable pieces known as “sculpturings.”

The opening for this show isn’t free, but many of the artists will be in attendance and there are some really impressive pieces that need to be seen up close to fully appreciate; well worth far beyond the modest $6 price of admission.  Adding to this years festivities “there will also be live music by The Steady 45’s, live body painting by Nix Herrera and Michael Rosner and free virtual reality demos by Kevin Mack!”  If you are going to be in the Santa Monica area and are able to make it out for this opening… seriously, just go to this.  If you’re surrounded by a bunch of indecisive wet blankets, you might have to be the one to step up and make the decision this time and drag everybody’s ass out of the house to do something worthwhile.  I have faith and know that you have it in you.

Here’s a list of the folks providing pieces for this event…

Aaron Verity, Adam Dougherty, Akihito Ikeda, Alex Pardee, Amanda Dempsey, Ave Rose
Beast Brothers, Ben Schwenck, Bill Bryan, Bill Sturgeon, 13lack Mass, Blue the VigoristBrent ArmstrongBrian PoorBrian Smith,Carl Lyon, Casey Love, Catalyst Butcher,Cataclysm, Chet Zar, Chris Haas, Chris Marchwinski,Clinton Neuhaus, Chantal Menard, Cig Neutron, Corey Urlacher, Craig LaRotonda, Daniel Horne, Damien Echols, Daniel Saks, Dave Correia, David Richardson, David Stoupakis, Dug Stanat, Eddie Sparr, Eli Livingston, Emi Slade, Eric Sonntag, Erwin Papa, Gabriel Marquez, Glenn Barr, Grant Standard, Gustavo Ramirez, J. Anthony Kosar, Jack Howe, Jacob Roanhaus, Jason Hite, Jason Soles, Jed Leiknes, Jeffrey Kibbe, Jesse Gee, Jessica Joslin, Joe Badiali, John Haley III, Johny Chow, Josh Franklin, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Keely Reichman, Kevin Mack, Kristen Phillips, Kamila Mlynarczyk, Larkin, Lee Joyner, Lee Shamel, Laurie Hassold, Lonehawk Whitlock,Kristina Drake, Mani Price, Manny Lemus, Marcel Banks, Mario Torres, Mark Edward
Mark Setrakian, Mark Walker, Matt Levin, Matt Ullman, Matthew Dutton, Meats Meier, Menton3, Michael Rosner, Mike Correll, Mike Regan, Mikey Rotella, Miriam Mirastchitski, Moses Jaen, Nathan Cartwright, Neil Winn, Nekro, Nix Herrera, Peter Goode, Randy Kono, Ricky Leach, Robert Vinter, Rodman Edwards, Sarina Brewer, Scott Stoddard, Shawn Coss, Stanislav, Steve Niles, Steven WIREBOSS Darden, Tate Staniek, Tayler Brown, Ted Von Heiland, Tim Martin, Tokyo Jesus, Tom Taggart, Tracey Roberts, Vega, Ver Mar, William Bryant, William Hand, Yuko Yabuki & more

Check out a selection of preview and work in progress images below, after the following event details.


Group Exhibit Curated by Chet Zar


Saturday, January 16th


Copro Gallery
Bergamot Station Arts Complex
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5
Santa Monica , CA 90404



Opening is all ages – entry fee $6
Many artists will be in attendance
Live music by The Steady 45’s
Live body painting by Nix Herrera and Michael Rosner
Free virtual reality demos by Kevin Mack
Exhibit runs until Saturday, February 6th
Gallery hours: Wed. – Sat. 1 – 6pm
Official Event Website:

Sarina Brewer -  "Poseidon's Penchant

Sarina Brewer
“Poseidon’s Penchant”
Gold leaf & taxidermy materials (stillborn pygmy goat, Mediterranean sea bass, European roe deer antlers on mâché armature)
17″ x 7″ x 5″


Akihito Ikeda - "Nephila Mix"

Akihito Ikeda
“Nephila Mix”
media / 68′ x 29′ x 28′ [includes base]

Marcel Banks - "Gillywog"

Marcel Banks
Creature from the Black Lagoon baby “Gillywog”
Mixed media, platinum silicone


Chet Zar - "Conjoined 666"

Chet Zar
“Conjoined 666”
Mixed media 20″x5″x20″


Rebecca Rose - "Disfiguring When Worn"

Rebecca Rose
“Disfiguring When Worn”
3.90 troy oz. Cast Aluminum 4″ x 2″ x 1.5″
(8″ x 5″ x 5″ with framed display) Unique, 1/1


Rodman Edwards - "Behind This Smile, I Cry"

Rodman Edwards
“Behind This Smile, I Cry”
15″ x10″ x12″ medium: plaster and burlap


Steven Wireboss Darden - "The Old Tooth"

Steven Wireboss Darden
“The Old Tooth”
Medium galvanized steel, copper wire,
copper pipe, galvanized steel.


Gabriel Marquez - "The Goblin Kaiyam"

Gabriel Marquez
“The Goblin Kaiyam”
Polymer clay, epoxy resin 12″ x11″ x6″


Manny Lemus - "The Martian" (Twilight Zone)

Manny Lemus
“The Martian” (Twilight Zone)
Platinum silicone, mixed media 11″x 14″


Mark Walker - "KingSkull"

Mark Walker
22″ x22″ Bronze


Tayler Brown - "Chimaeram Infans"

Tayler Brown
“Chimaeram Infans”
Silicone, Mixed Media 9″ x9″ x12″


Brian Poor - "Cat Mask"

Brian Poor
“Cat Mask”
Animatronic, motion-tracking eyes,
nickle-plated bondo
20″ h X 18″ w X 6″ d


Kazu Tsuji - "Frida Kahlo"

Kazu Tsuji
“Frida Kahlo”
80″ x 36″ platinum silicone, human hair,
metal compound, acrylic and oil paint, resin


Jason Hite - "Cacolantern"

Jason Hite
Mixed Media 27 plug in LEDs 14″ x11″ x12″

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