Until the end of January, 2018, the exhibition entitled Religious Painting of the Expanded Gallery is on display at Pasadena’s Gallery 30 South. Italian artist Riccardo Mayr added Star Wars elements to original 17th and 18th century paintings, combining history with modern pop culture in an imaginative way.
The first reaction upon learning that someone painted over 17th century paintings is sheer shock. But there’s a logical explanation. Mayr was born in Ferrara, Italy, into a family with a vast collection of art. He was faced with inventorying it upon the death of his mother and while doing it he came across a collection of some very damaged paintings. When a conservator informed him that the paintings were worth less than what it would cost to restore them, Mayr set to “recycle” each painting by adding Star Wars elements to them. The Star Wars movies, toys, and characters had also been an important part of Mayr’s young life. With this decision Mayr connected the dots between his past and his present, and that became the genesis of Religious Paintings of the Expanded Galaxy.
Gallery 30 South is a small space that was launched in February, 2017, by Matt Kennedy and his wife Ai Honda Kennedy. There is no admission price to see the exhibit, which is open Wed. through Fri. from 11 am to 3 pm and Sat. and Sun. from noon to 6 pm. All the paintings at the gallery are available for purchase, and Kennedy gracefully takes the time to answer any questions you may have about the exhibit. The gallery is located at 30 South Wilson Ave, in Pasadena. For more information, visit www.gallery30south.com.
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