After presenting AM readers with teasers, updates, studio visits/previews, and exhibition set-up posts on James Jean’s Rebus show, the moment of truth has finally arrived and the glorious payoff is in sight. The artist’s first solo exhibition in his hometown of Los Angeles has opened (up until April 23) at West Hollywood’s Martha Otero and includes paintings, drawings, sketchbook spreads, sculpture, editioned scarves, and wall installations.
Jean creates a immersive experience that feels like a romanticized dream where the environment is in colorful decay from one voyeuristic scene to another. Rebus’ fantasy world draws from the artist’s esteemed comic book background and is enhanced by references to art history and contemporary pop culture.
A look at the opening night festivities after the jump.