‘People of the Babak’

Posted October 7, 2015 by The Argonaut in This Week

Mar Vista art duo takes over Trunk Gallery on Saturday

A portrait of Tom Waits by “Babak”

A portrait of Tom Waits by “Babak”

Painters Mitchelito Orquiola and Chalavie (aka Charlotte Vanhaecke) don’t just share a workspace at Mar Vista’s Grand View Fine Arts Studios.

They share art.

Collaboration in visual art is nothing new — Warhol and Basquiat, Pollack and Krasner, to name a few. But Orquiola and Chalavie take it to a unique extreme, sharing a canvass by painting over each other’s brush strokes and kissing control and ego goodbye.

Orquiola is self-taught and from the Philippines. Chalavie is much younger and from France. While the pairing may appear slightly incongruous, the work is anything but.

Watch the two of them share a canvas on Saturday as they live-paint during the opening of their joint exhibit “People of the Babak” at Mar Vista’s Trunk Gallery. “Babak” is the name that Orquiola and Chalavie have given their creative continuum, which has included a series of portraits crafted over the past year.

For a preview of the show, look no further than the front of Trunk Gallery, which Orquiola and Chalavie decorated with a site-specific abstract mural in September.

— Joe Piasecki

“People of the Babak” opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Trunk Gallery, 12818 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista. The exhibit remains on public display from noon to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1. Call (310) 483-7221 or visit trunkgallery.org.


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