Featured sculpture: “El Portero” by Chris Haas

This Saturday, January 20th, Santa Monica‘s Copro Gallery will present the 8th installment of their annual CONJOINED group exhibit, curated, as always, by the inimitable Chet Zar.  Zar‘s many accomplishments involve a career in makeup and special effects for the film industry (Hellboy, Planet of the Apes, etc), before transitioning into doing highly acclaimed video and live 3D effects work for Tool, and ultimately 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 is described as a “3-Dimensional Group Sculpture Art exhibition” featuring “Classic sculptures, Hyperreal life like models, Surreal assemblages, mixed media paintings, Art, Toys, live body painting performance, live music, virtual reality event and other conjoined works.”  As in past years, Conjoined 8 will involve an impressive selection of 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 brilliant hyperrealist, Kazuhiro Tsuji (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Hellboy); special effects sculptor/makeup wizard, Ikeda Akihi (X Men Origins: Wolverine, Shutter Island, Alien VS Predator, Transformers, Death Proof, etc.); rogue taxidermist, Sarina Brewer;  special fx wunderkind, Nicholas Winstead (American Horror Story): water color master/Hi-Fructose magazine co-founder, Annie Owens; body painter, Michael Rosner; and a plethora of other talented international artists working in a variety of disciplines.

For the opening, many of the artists will be in attendance and, with 3-Dimensional art in particular, seeing these pieces up close provides exponential benefit.  This year’s festivities include live music, live body painting, a virtual reality experience, and a food truck.  The suggested donation is only $5, so if you are going to be in the Santa Monica area and are able to make it out for this thing, you should probably do it.

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 20, 2018


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



Opening is all ages – suggested donation: $5
Many artists will be in attendance
LIVE MUSIC BY “SOUL BEAT” with members of the “The Steady 45s
Plus live body painting performance, virtual reality experience, food truck by “Pinch of Flavor”
Exhibit runs until Saturday, February 10th
Gallery hours: Wed. – Sat. 1 – 6pm
Facebook event page: 


Chet Zar
Rusty Conjoined Heart


Annie Owens
“It’s my Party”
watercolor on 100% cotton archival paper
13” x 17” (15” x 19” framed)


Sarina Brewer
“The Golden Calf (Beef Bullion; The Real American Idol)”
Cow fetus, metal platter, polished stone grapes, gold leaf
20 L x 12 W x 6H


Dave Pressler
“Tribute to Astro Sloth”
Assemblage Sculpture


Barbara Loveless
11×17 Graphite on Bristol with UV Archival matte varnish


David Meng


Michael Rosner
“Lady Mercury”
body painting
(photography by Ash Gupta, headpiece by Miss G designs, model: Olivia Fox)


Nicholas Winstead
“The Klansman”
Multimedia sculpture


Kenneth J Hall
13″W x 10″D x 15″H


James Ryman
“Speaking In Tongues”
Oil on aluminium panel
13″ X 13″


Christopher Von Polentz

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