Ascribed to everything from the unexplored depths of the Earth’s oceans to the vastness of outer space, “The Great Unknown” tends most commonly to refer to the mystery of the afterlife. With the term appropriately used as the title of the Clutter Gallery‘s recent three-person exhibition, the white-walled space became home to a bevy of Hellishly monstrous forms summoned forth by artists Seymour, Wonder Goblin, and Remjie.

The Great Unknown Exhibition

The Window Display

Peering through the front window, viewers glimpse an assortment of creature creations that could fit seamlessly into the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, especially the humanoid-headed and masked Bigbirdman forms of KaijuTan, each having been reworked by Peter Kelk under his Seymour alias so that they are lugging a pair of skulls in their wake. But save for Kelk’s contributions, their surreal shapes adorned with a layering of darker hues, the others’ works are decorated in a way to prescribe a more psychedelic than scary manner to them. With these vibrantly colored pieces primarily being finished by each artist with cohesive touches: rubbed in black shadows and splatterings of gold from James Sizemore’s Wonder Goblin alias, while Remjie Malham delivers exquisitely painted, tattoo-like sections on her creations with holographic pigment granting each a subtle sparkle.

The Main Wall: Seymour’s Display

In addition to two further hand-painted renditions of the Bigbirdman form by Kelk, this Australian-based New Zealander exhibits several evolutions of his own vinyl cat sculpture, the Manky Neko, and its demonic-headed variation, the Oni Neko. Employing an aesthetic that Kelk has steadily used over the past couple of years, the Onimenken pieces have his bulbously sculpted oni heads splitting apart, revealing polished visages that the artist borrowed from Awesome Toy‘s Jinmenken design. Not only a beautiful textural contrast, these works contrast the aspects further through their smartly applied, hand-painted details. And furthering the grotesqueness of his character, Kelk immaculately affixed two Manky Neko bodies together, creating a four-armed feline monstrosity known as the Mega Manky.

The Main Wall: Wonder Goblin’s Display

From his studio in Georgia, American artist Sizemore creates what he terms “Candy Colored Nightmares”, his pieces herein decorated through a style he refers to as “day tripper”, flourescent pops of paint topped with splashes of gold. With a uniquely hand-painted rendition his own Lovecraftian horror Queen Hagopuss situated near a similarly adorned version of Hardcore Toys‘ tendriled Abyss form, Sizemore also imbues his aesthetic onto designs by his fellow exhibitors, a pair of Manky Neko designs from Seymour and one of Remjie’s big-eared, five-eyed demons, the Doro Kaiju. And providing a perfect mixture of the psychedelic and the nightmarish, Sizemore’s section is finished off with a unique rendition of his Budfoot design, the undead cryptozoological creature invitingly holding aloft a water pipe to tempt the passerby with.

The Main Wall: Remjie’s Display

The mononymous Norwegian artist Remjie contributes two unique renditions of her own Doro Kaiju, both exhibiting her multi-layered paint application to emphasize highlights and shadows across the forms. Similarly hand-decorating a version of Candie Bolton‘s aquatic monstrosity Bake-Kujira, Remjie’s careful and controlled brush technique is most easily recognized in the works she adorns with tattoo-like paintings, like the Turncloak Tiger draped around one of Awesome Toy‘s Nipper dog forms or the sharp-toothed monstrosity emblazoned across the belly of an Ah-B designed UnderNeko creation. But perhaps the most striking example of this style is her Moby-Dick Shark Papa, a primarily dark rendition of Momoco Studio‘s shark-man vinyl form that Remjie has intricately detailed with a painting of nautical terror, one inspired by the original illustrations in Herman Melville‘s Moby-Dick as well as Paul Romano‘s cover art to Mastadon‘s Leviathan album.

The Rear Wall Display

Completing the exhibition space, all three artists have hand-painted their own decorations on Seymour’s vinyl Manky Neko sculpture. From Remjie’s sickeningly vibrant Toxic Splash rainbow fade to Seymour’s metallic swirls of patterning to Wonder Goblin’s “day tripper” aesthetic, these renditions reveal the diversity of this trio’s talents. And while potentially seen as being world’s apart, they are all fitting parts within The Great Unknown.

Having had its opening reception on Saturday, July 14th from 6-9pm, all works in this exhibition will remain on display until August 3rd, 2018 at the gallery’s physical location (163 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508).

View the gallery’s dedicated page for the exhibition

For more information on Seymour:
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For more information on Wonder Goblin:
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For more information on Remjie:
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