The Weird and Wonderful World of Joshua CoatesOpening reception, Aug. 3, 6-9 p.m., on display through Aug. 31, The Gallery Below, 718-B N. Weber St., facebook.com/thegallerybelow.
ell, this is certainly something weird and wonderful. The eclectic artwork of Colorado Springs artist Joshua Coates draws inspiration from myriad sources, including “Salvador Dali and the surrealists, Andy Warhol and the Pop Art Movement, sustainability, psychedelic art, Toy Story
, cartoons, comic books, mythology, dreams, drag queens” and more, all presented with a touch of camp. While his artistic focus was once traditional painting, in the last two years he has branched out into creating unique sculptural pieces with found objects, combining them with aspects of traditional art like hand-sculpting and painting. “A core tenet of his artistic beliefs,” reads his artist statement, “is that art is for everyone, and anything can be art.”