On November 12th, Los Angeles based artist Douglas Alvarez debuted a new body of painted and sculptural works entitled Too Cool For School at Cactus Gallery. The exhibit displays an array of typographic buzzwords (such as share, special, lunch, today) along with Alvarez' viscous paint application giving texture and depth with each painting.
In the middle of the gallery, Alvarez created a sculptural installation reminiscent of a school courtyard. Placed around a paper machete tree were chairs displaying phrases like "don't judge me by my handwriting" or "reading can save my soul" expresses the universal need for acceptance and sanctuary we have all felt as adolescents.
Too Cool For School is a cohesive body of work filled with iconic images of modern youth. If you're in the Eagle Rock area, be sure to view the works in person. Show runs until December 4th.