For his first solo show at Paul Loya Gallery, Brendan Donnelly has seemingly digested every political and cultural reference, be it symbolic or iconic, from the high to the low brow, and regurgitated it as an irreverent joke. One that is projected onto everything he can get his hands on. Be it ink on paper or the invisible frame by which every Angeleno views the world: the windshield, there is no escaping the hilarity of our modern existence. How To Be A Magician in Your Spare Time is emblematic of our time. Donnelly's first trick is the revelation that he is a jack of all trades and master of wit.
A clever commentary on the reductive forms of communication we've adopted as norm, Donnelly's work is a homage to the best (or worst) of Craigslist, the classic Pee Chee folder sketches of our youth, bumper stickers and more. The accessibility of the materials used may feel low brow but the overall context requires a high degree of self reflection. His wit is akin to the genius sometimes expelled by an educated internet troll. The ones that set ablaze the comment section of well written articles. Yes, his work says exactly what you're thinking but it's funnier and smarter. The appropriation of symbols and slogans used to represent core beliefs makes you rethink the seriousness of living in this world. Or maybe life really is a beach, then you die.
How to Be A Magician In Your Spare TIme hints that the greatest illusion of all time: reality.
How To Be A Magician In Your Spare Time
September 6th - October 25th
Opening September 6th 7-10pm