Anthony Ausgang

"cat scapes" - October 28 - November 30, 2000

Anthony Ausgang
Press Release
October 28, 2000 through November 30, 2000

The Kantor Gallery is pleased to present: “cat scapes” by Los Angeles based artist, Anthony Ausgang.

New Catnip for the Psychedelically challenged?

Anthony Ausgang’s paintings are inhabited by animal cartoon characters of his own design, rendered in acrylic paint inn psychedelic colors on stretched canvas. More unorthodox surfaces include severely wrecked automobiles and living skin, some fans going as far as to have his work tattooed on their bodies. Ausgang paints mostly cats, expressing his take on the human condition in feline terms. In his paintings, cats and other animals act our much of or everyday and deviant behavior in a humorous manner. The world that Ausgang paints is a fast moving cartoon carnival, motorized by hot rod engines and fueled on hedonism.

Using the computer as much as the pencil, Ausgang’s new work has a distinctly cyber edge. His cats have been morphed into less recognizable shapes, still feline but with a twist. In his upcoming show at the Kantor Gallery, Ausgang debuts his new series of ” cat scapes”, paintings that blur the distinction between his characters and their cartoon environments.

Considered by many to be one of the originators of contemporary Low Brow art, Ausgang works and lives in Los Angeles. Exhibiting since the early 1980’s he has shown locally at the Laguna Art Museum in the Kustom Kulture exhibition and nationally at Bess Culture Gallery in NYC. Ausgang returns to Los Angeles after three years of successful solo shows in Detroit, Washington DC and Manhattan. Tower Records have used his paintings advertisements and LA Weekly for its Millennium cover. Illustration clients include Warner Japan and Symphony for the Record Industry.

The exhibit begins October 28, and continues through November 30. 2000 with an opening reception on Saturday, October 28th, from 6pm to 9pm