Gallery Nucleus Triple Threat: Cam De Leon, Jeremy Enecio and a Lot of Skulls
On Saturday night, Alhambra's Gallery Nucleus celebrated the opening of three new shows, "Stasis" by Cam De Leon, "Larvae" by Jeremy Enecio and the group effort, "Hollow Thoughts: A Skull Show." Together, the shows mixed fantasy, introspection and metaphors for a diverse display.
Gallery Nucleus Crania Anatomica Filigre
Cam De Leon, "Stasis"
Liz Ohanesian Day by Cam De Leon
If you're a fan of the band Tool, then you are probably readily familiar with Cam De Leon's work. His work has appeared on the band's albums, like Ænima, and T-shirts as well as in videos. "Stasis" is his first solo show of original work at Gallery Nucleus.
De Leon spent a year and a half working nights on the paintings featured in "Stasis." There's no theme, "just escapism," he says.
"It was a project to see if I could get a bunch of pieces together in what for me is a short amount of time," says De Leon. "To have an overarching concept was a luxury I couldn't afford."
De Leon does his drawings digitally. With those, he creates "a catalog of imagery" that provide the basis for his paintings. One of the most spectacular pieces in the show is called Day, a painting of a woman as a flower that is a tribute to his wife's garden.
"When I got the house -- I hadn't met her yet -- it was all dirt and weeds," says De Leon of his yard. Now, there's a garden filled with birds and bees. "At the end of the day, when the sun is coming straight across, it hits some of those flowers and they illuminate."