While we’re used to seeing Scott Belcastro’s beautifully whimsical paintings, we were delighted to find out that he’s turned a slightly darker corner with his new works. Opening February 24 at Iam8bit Gallery in Los Angeles is Brighter Doom, a solo exhibition that, according to the gallery, explores “the vivacity and chaos pulsating through all entities, whether natural or man-made, while simultaneously addressing the beautiful tragedy that is life.”
Using acrylic paint on wood panels, he’s both simulating movement and showing us explosions that seem to be traveling across.
“For this show I wanted to capture an imaginary essence or spirit that moves with things, whether it be a gun, an animal, or a building,” he says. “I like to think everything has an essence. The depiction of guns and animals together have nothing to do with any sort of violence or harm. I chose the two due to their contrasting elements and how it felt and looked creatively. Brighter Doom delves into my internal reactions to beauty and what it would look like as energy….motion ….and a bit of chaos.”