For husband-and-wife art duo DABSMYLA’s latest show, the pair has transformed a corner of Los Angeles into a vibrant, playful wonderland. Curated by Beyond The Streets founder Roger Gastman, the show—titled Things That Can’t Be Seen—combines bright, cartoonish floral studies with imagined scenes that ruminate on creative life. The 20+ large-scale works evolve their characters and world from the fantastical, grounding them in a potentially plausible world where fluffy clouds hang out in art studios and flower-crowned people merge with the magical surroundings around them.
“We wanted to bring our subconscious thoughts to life in this new body of work and have spent the past two years exploring and painting these ideas, broadening the scope of our universe,” the artists explain. The result is a body of work that stretches from paintings to prints to ceramics and more—altogether some two years in the making.
Of note are hyper-saturated floral designs made in collaboration with Amelia Posada of Birch & Bone, along with ceramics by New 2, all of which bring characters out from the paintings. These items steal plenty of attention from their position at the center of the exhibition. From the larger-than-life mural outside, to the floral paintings, heart-shaped characters and beyond, the overarching feeling when exploring this show is one of playful, childlike wonder.
DABSMYLA’s Things That Can’t Be Seen is on now through 11 November at 8070 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles.
Images by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick