Forget vampires, zombies, and Real Housewives: these days, the horror figures du jour are robots, and as we all know, they’re not that horrible after all. So what better time of year to celebrate these sometimes creepy, often lovable, yet always confounding man-made thingees than with a robot-themed pop-up art show and shop during the holidays? Featuring the work of the highly creative artist, character designer, and animated TV producer Dave Pressler, A Very Robot Christmas is curated by Mat Gleason of LA’s Coagula Curatorial at LA’s Red Pipe Gallery.
As Gleason explains, “I’m excited to curate this show as the built-in audience for Dave’s work gives me a chance to put gallery-going on their 2014 to-do list. The robots are perfect because they have a foundation Pop Art but are also really portraiture, really archetypes of various elements of the human condition. There is a reduction to the highest common denominator among us, and in that they are more sophisticated than a lot of the copycat contemporary art being churned out by the local MFA diploma mills.”
So expect a full-scale holiday art-filled pop-up shop stocked with original drawings, paintings, sculptures, and other goodies from the multitalented Dave Pressler. A Very Robot Christmas is on view December 14, 2013 through January 4, 2014 at Red Pipe Gallery (78 Chung King Rd, Chinatown, CA 90012). Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12–5pm. Not on LA? Don’t fret: we’ve got pics for you right here.