On a recent trip to Los Angeles I had the pleasure of heading to Santa Ana and stopping by the opening of Karen Hsiao and Dan Quintana's collaborative show entitled "Perverse Foil". The opening, which was Saturday August 2nd, even included an in person photo session with Hsiao and model Stephanie Inagaki, who has appeared in her work repeatedly over the years.
The work is a collaborative and explorative effort into merging their worlds where Hsiao, a professional photographer, exhibits original paintings and drawings with Quintana, who has created works based on her photographs. They claim that their collaboration was a "happy accident" due to being long time fans of one another's work, with roots in that conversation going back to 2009. Eery, ethereal, surreal, steeped in romanticism, sensual, powerful yet subtle, erotic, and masterfully executed, I am glad I happened to be in town to have attended. I look forward to seeing what's next, collaboratively and individually. The show runs through August 31st.
Photos and Text by John Felix Arnold III