This weekend, CASA opens two excellent new exhibits featuring new works from popular local artists Len Komenac and Leila Armstrong.
“Dr. StrangeLen’s Pop Tarts and Burning Toasters” features a variety of Komanac's pop art inspired works which may be familiar to those who frequent the Owl Acoustic Lounge which frequently features Komanac's works.
“He looks at popular culture, art history and consumer culture which allows the listener to knead some deeper issues,” described curator Darcy Logan.
The west wall of Komanac’s room is dominated by sculpted television dinners.
“It’s just a really fun concept, but I look at it as exploring food consumption and how art explores our food needs,” he continued.
Another wall features new works inspired by comic strips.
“They are a reference to romance comics,” Logan continued. While another wall features works inspired by ’60s pop artist Andy Warhol, who is best know for works exploring works featuring Campbell’s Soup Cans.
“He’s riffing on Andy Warhol’s soup cans, except Len’s works are based on very contemporary no name brands,” he added.
Dead centre in the middle of the room are several giant sculpted Lego blocks.
“Everybody will be able to appreciate these from families, to children, to fans of pop art,” he said adding Komanac has also had exhibits at the Bowman Art Gallery as well as has taken part in group exhibits from Trapdoor and the Potemkin Collectives.
Leila Armstrong has also exhibited at the Bowman as well as in various group exhibitions.