Art can be such a vulnerable window into the inner realms of the artist. Looking at the things that people create can reveal so much about their soul, their true essence. When I sat down for coffee with Los Angeles-based collage artist, Owl Eyes, to talk about his work, I came to discover that the art that he creates is a physical manifestation of his spiritual self. I feel this is a common occurrence with artists on a sub-conscious level. However, Owl Eyes is certainly very aware of the power that his work holds. Owl Eyes considers his art to be sacred images and displays most of it on a virtual alter, the internet, where he takes on the virtual persona of Astral Eyes. But his work is also seen on album covers for bands like Voices Voices, and Salem. He has more than often been pinned into the category of the occult artist, although he does not see it that simply. There is a resurgence of esoteric concepts embedded in his style, and the work might be misconstrued by critics because of its unusually mystical content. However, he doesn’t make art for the critics. For Owl Eyes, making art is a shamanic practice, a type of alchemy. His artistic process is a form of prayer, a reinforcement of removing himself from false realities and getting in touch with his higher-self. The finished product is just the evidence of that explorative meditation.
His collages vaguely resemble the style of the Surrealists, in the sense that the images are dream-like and extremely imaginative. Some of it is somewhat chaotic, yet feel so symmetrically balanced and pristine. When I look at these images, it sometimes feels like I am experiencing déjà vu. The familiarity of the work comes from the images he is using to create the collages, collecting the most recent images from the internet or media to create a figure or environment. By using the most recent, or most looked at images found on, let’s say, Google Images, his art is bound to resonate with its viewers as something familiar. I see his collage as a form of creation that pulls from the collective consciousness of the universe by mixing together so many pieces of other people’s images, seen through their particular lens. The work holds so much power, not just because it’s an image that has been filtered through the most spiritual planes of his mind, but also because it is art that is able to reflect facets of the universe back at itself. With that being said, his work can be seen as an elusive form of divination.
Owl Eyes’ art is not limited to collage. He recently had an exhibition at Sancho Gallery in Echo Park in which he collaborated extensively with fellow artist, Chromium Dumb Belle who uses embroidery to bring alive glamorous, but agonized figures. Her style is so vibrantly colorful, delicate and fluid with hints of Art Deco and Surrealism in the mix. They worked together to create a series of photographs and some fantastical mixed-media pieces. The exhibition was up between August 25th and September 11th. It was a show that was busting with glimmering mystique for those who missed it, but there is definitely more visions to seep out of the eyes of this owl. Check out more news from Owl Eyes at imortalmortal.com.