Beavis & Butthead in Real Life, the Viral Hit Sculpture, is Among New Work at 'Conjoined II' Art Show
When artist Chet Zar was offered the chance to curate a show for CoproGallery last year, he brought together his friends from the special effects world with a variety of other artists for a sculpture show.
Liz Ohanesian Beavis and Butthead in Real Life by Kevin Kirkpatrick
"You don't see a lot of sculpture shows," he says.
Titled "Conjoined," the show broke attendance records at the Bergamot Station gallery. Like massive Hollywood hits, Zar's event spawned a sequel, the cheekily titled "Conjoined II in 3D: The Sequel", which opened Saturday night and runs through February 11.
Zar's own background is in special effects make-up. He started working in the film industry right after high school and did that for, he estimates, twenty years. He's worked on projects for the band Tool as well as on movies like Planet of the Apes and Fantastic Four.
Liz Ohanesian Chow Monstro by Johnny Chow
"Through the years, I was amazed of the artistry in the effects business," says Zar. "Ninety-nine percent of the time, we'd bust our asses and create these amazing pieces of art work for movies that just ended up being horrible, or they cut it out of the movie and you spent six months pouring your heart into something."
It seems almost perfect, then, that the night's big hit was created by special effects make-up artist Kevin Kirkpatrick. Titled Beavis & Butthead in Real Life, the busts depict the cartoon duo in a form so lifelike that they're unnerving.