“Lux In Tenebris,” which translates to “Light in Darkness,” is the latest exhibit at Lethal Amounts in Los Angeles, California. The group dark art show features more than 30 artists from across the globe and was curated in collaboration with Ahuixa Swimwear and Brooke Kent Art & Design.
Ahuixa is a high-end alternative swim apparel line that takes its name from the Aztec goddess Ahuic who guides running waters. Brooke Kent is an artist and graphic designer whose work highlights death, beauty, the natural and the subconscious. Both curators hold a deep appreciation for creativity that embraces the shadows and morbidity inside us, and the exhibition reveals this aesthetic.
An impressive figure donning a goat head and skeletal chest piece from MM Fabrications’ new fashion collection stood erected in the gallery space. Director, photographer and designer Ashley Joncas contributed a trio of digital photographic portraits displaying women in hauntingly beautiful poses.
I was elated to have the opportunity to see “Black Heaven” by Orphné Achéron in person. The French painter and illustrator is inspired by antiquity, mythology and the Medieval time period, and her designs are quite majestic, incorporating ancient Egyptian influences, among others.
Many artists I was introduced to for the first time. Wendy Gadzuk draws on religious and occult imagery, as exemplified by “A King is Born,” an ornate mixed media creation made of animal bones, jewelry and other objects; it exuded opulence and sacredness.
Django Nokes is based in Italy and his framed pieces “Doppelganger” and “The Gardens of Grief” were featured. In both works, the heads of the figures were dissected and each appeared to contain esoteric undertones.
I don’t deny that I have a fixation with blood and anything that looks like it could be blood, so “Visceral II” by Adam McCarthy immediately caught my gaze. The oil on wood panel showed a naked woman with red liquid running down half of her body.
Another arresting piece was by Sean Forrester and is not for the squeamish. The description read “dead cat, resin casting, equal parts guilt and shame.” The most disturbing yet beguiling detail was the human face protruding from the feline’s entrails.
There were many other gifted artists’ works on display filled with occultism, magick symbolism and other dark themes. If you’re local to Los Angeles, I highly recommend you head to the gallery to see the exhibit. It will be up until October 10th by appointment only and the art is available for purchase, so call ahead to book your visit.
More details can be found at the Lethal Amounts official website.