“The Death of Bighead,” a solo exhibit of the newest collection of works by artist Paul Chatem, will be held at the CAVE Gallery in Venice Friday, February 5th through Saturday, February 27th.

An opening reception is scheduled from 7 to 11 p.m. February 5th at the gallery, 507 Rose Ave., Venice.

Over the past year, Chatem says he has taken his artwork in a new direction. He began incorporating his woodworking skills and interest in antique mechanical toys with his storytelling ability and narrative structure to create a series of paintings.

The artist’s new works are skillfully painted and layered with hand-cut wood gears on custom birch panels which encourages a “kinetic interaction” with the gallery patron, a gallery spokesperson said.

“The Death of Bighead” will feature a series of paintings that Chatem says are inspired by a fictional yet meaningful narrative that celebrates the shedding of older habits and styles, and honors the revolution of originality.

The CAVE Gallery exhibit is Chatem’s third solo show in his career and will showcase a new series of these unique gear-driven pieces.

Viewers will be able to turn the cranks and drive the gears, creating an audio and visual whirlwind of the senses.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, February 5th.

Information, www.cavegallery.net/.

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