Sunday, October 10, 2010

Abracadabera: Deedee Cheriel at Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Ms. Cheriel's work is even more beautiful than her oh-so-lovely name. Here is the language she knows to describe her "satirical and playful" work: Meditations on the "tedious drama" of her real-life Los Angeles social circle where "boyfriend stealing friends, narcissistic hippies, do-gooders and intellectuals" are caught anthropomorphizing into the surreal world of random theater.

Ms. Cheriel's magic is wholly hers, the word Abracadabera stirring childish memories: myth, elemental and maybe a bit rock'n'roll.  Oh and there is a literal defining of Abracadabera, if you will (I hesitate because there is power and strength in grabbing a word like that): That word was originally used by a Roman physician in the Second Century who prescribed disease sufferers to wear an amulet (Wendy? Wendy Brandes?) containing the word Abracadabera in the form of a triangle. Power ... yes.

Alchemy, art, magic; Shepard Fairey said of her work, "...Deedee's work is idiosyncratic in the most ideal way .. it is a reflection of her unique personality."

Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 170 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California. October 9 - November 6. (link here.)

Deedee Cheriel prints are available at Poster Child Prints (link here.)


  1. Beautiful artworks' pics!



  2. I love this! Ms. Cheriel is FABULOUS!



  3. She really is fab ... such powerful imagery and such a pretty girl.

  4. Really interesting work ~ thanks for introducing me to this artist!


  5. Amazing :] Love them!


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