Matthew Hansel Paints How “My Inner Demon Never Sleeps Alone”

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There is a fine line between debauchery and pleasure. There was a moment in the 1960s and 70s of a sort of unhinged utopian dream, a place where Matthew Hansel is painting from where a feeling of freedom of expression and sexuality became slightly, well, unattended and unhinged to use the word again. For his new show at The Hole in LA, the main gallery features a bestiary of demons, pixies and nude men and women in all kinds of entanglements, poses and rituals. The human figures are painted from clippings from 1960s and ‘70s brochures for West Coast nudist colonies, while their demons, with scaly bodies, attenuated snouts and poulaine-toed feet, recall the morality paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. Hansel’s allegorical twist:…

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