If the couple of days of Indian Summer we had earlier this week wasn't enough for you, head over to see New Jersey-based artist Serena Bocchino's iPOP at Chelsea's Tria Gallery for a healthy dose of Technicolor springtime. Bocchino's iPOP — Mixed Media Installation features paintings, photo-paintings, painted figures and drawings that combined create brightly colored, trippy, idyllic scenes. The artist creates "a colorful and surprising environment which combines high art with popular culture" (from the exhibit's press release). "Surrounding her vivid and lyrical paintings is a garden with ordinary lawn ornaments such as bunnies, squirrels and flamingos which she transforms into iconographic pop elements."
Bocchino's photo-paintings "combine digitally manipulated photographs with acrylic plexiglass sheets on which she paints to create a 'pop synergy' between the different media." The artist paints lawn ornaments of woodland creatures to match her paintings, "and the integration of these figures creates an unexpected reality that spins ideas of fantasy and hope and creates a unique and personal perspective on life."
Bocchino's pop-inspired, Easter egg-hued installations are fun, whimsical and cheerful. Her rainbow-colored, furry and feathery friends posing on AstroTurf beneath her paintings effortlessly bring a smile to the viewer's face. Learn more at triagallerynyc.com. Through December 5th.