© Morán Morán / Daniel Arsham – installation view

Bugs Bunny, Felix The Cat and Bart Simpson, they’ve all showed up at Morán Morán gallery for a reason. not only to these iconic cartoon characters serve as artist Daniel Arsham‘s whimsical tools to explore colour and light, but they’re also part of his youth. Mind you, some images are from his childhood collection of patches that covered the backpack he owned during his school years in the 1990s, and also his keen interest in pop culture. in the first part of Arsham’s show, aptly entitled Character Study, the cartoon characters cast from vintage patches, enlarged to a fantastical scale, appear familiar and playful as they hang throughout the gallery. The oversized patch works are cast using a plaster material, however, the expected colour scheme was not used. Instead, the pieces are pure white, half painted in a chiaroscuro style. this technique uses a gradual field of colour to imply a shadow across the work, bringing attention to the texture and intricate detail of the embroidery. The pigment is dusted over the surface, allowing gravity to determine where the colour lands [on through Jun 9]. Location: Morán Morán, 937 North La Cienega Boulevard (West Hollywood).

© Morán Morán / Daniel Arsham – installation view