Aaron Axelrod is taking over Barnsdall Art Park for three days with Dark Matter, a one-of-a-kind, provocative visual experience which will launch at Barndall’s Breaking Convention Summer Soiree on Friday, July 15 from 6 – 10pm and will open to the public Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 from Noon – 9:30pm daily.

Guests will preview a spectacular Axelrod and Swarovski collaboration art piece housed at LAMAG, featuring almost 700,000 multi-color crystals in addition to other captivating works.

gia on the move aron axelrod artDealing in a vast array of mediums from painting to photography as well as installation and video art, the presentation will feature 40 pieces of art with 8 distinct themes including the inventive multi-media series

  • Melting Rainbows, a performance piece which was depicted in a national commercial campaign on MTV
  • Freedom of the Press, a series of large-scale pastel paintings of scrambled news channels
  • String Theory, a series of neon-light mixed-media paintings, several abstract resin sculptures, and Swarovski collaboration

Influenced heavily by children’s fairytales, psychedelia, and the occult; Axelrod is known for his unique use of the spectacle and aesthetic choices; inspired by Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, donuts, and the unknown.

A practitioner of vast disciplines including painting, installation, performance, sculpture and video art, Axelrod’s work has been displayed in galleries, museums and public spaces in cities across the country. Collaborations have included projects for Walt Disney, KCRW, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, TOMS, Myspace, PTTOW!, Coachella, Skee.TV, Vans, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to name a few. A CalArts graduate, Axelrod currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Generous support provided by Swarovski, Baxter and Bombet Hospitality Group.

For more information visit and follow:
@theaxelrod, @BarnsdallPark, @HollyhockHouse, @LAMAGBarnsdall, @swarovski,
#BreakingConvention2016, #DarkMatterExhibition, #BarnsdallxAxelrod, and #Swarovski on social media channels.

Photo (above) Melting Rainbows by artist Aron Axelrod

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