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Chet Zar’s DY5TOPIA Evolves

Chet Zar’s DY5TOPIA evolves! Though it has been in the recesses of Chet Zar’s mind for over a decade, the process began in earnest this year on April Fool’s Day, with the success of the first DY5TOPIA Kickstarter. The generous assistance of the Zarmy allowed us to begin the arduous process of developing a Field Guide to the Dark Universe of Chet Zar. In order to truly capture the essence of Chet’s Dark Universe, we decided to approach the process from the standpoint of investigators; “When we embarked upon this journey to understand Dy5topia, we knew very little. What we did know existed in the paintings themselves. The paintings are the only “evidence” that we can base our investigation and research on. So we approached the process as interviewer (me) and interviewee (Chet Zar), observing the paintings simultaneously as the Q&A unfolded.” (excerpt from the Field Guide) 

Chet Zar's DY5TOPIA Evolves

Over a period of five months we developed the backbone of the field guide in the form of a classification system, which allowed us to organize over one hundred paintings, and so the field guide was born. Fast approaching though was Chet’s annual Solo Exhibition at Copro Gallery. Having been immersed in the various dark corners of DY5TOPIA for nearly half of a year, we recognized that the DY5TOPIA exhibition required funding. There was no other choice than to launch a second DY5TOPIA Kickstarter, in order to transform Copro Gallery into one such dark corner!

Chet Zar's DY5TOPIA Evolves

Once again, with the amazing support of the Zarmy, we were able to facilitate not only an exhibition, but an event and moreover, an experience! For those who had the pleasure of attending the opening night of DY5TOPIA, it was no doubt more than a simple event. Working up until the last minute Lee Shamel and the Figment Foundry crew, owned and operated by James and Tayler Brown, assembled DY5TOPIA piece by piece. The parking lot was alive with activity as everyone, many Zarmy members included, helped to seam together the elaborate set. Inside was no different with Erica Miller and Gary Pressman facilitating the final, minute details. 

Chet Zar's DY5TOPIA Evolves

As Cris Velasco‘s score rose and “Black Magick” (played by Rick Galiher and costumed by Junker Designs) emerged from the DY5TOPIA street scene staircase, an ominous sensation gripped the attendees. An uneasiness permeated the atmosphere, and it seemed those who came to look were almost afraid to see! The “Interloper” (created by Jim Beinke, played by Alexander Ward) snapped its arms as Zarmy members began snapping pictures, and the entire experience took on a very surreal quality. It seemed the fine line between our world and DY5TOPIA began to blur. Oddities appeared up in every direction you turned – trench coats, gas masks, beaks, rotten grimaces, everyone moving as if in slow motion. Water continuous sloshed from a rusty pipe, and nearby a skulking zombie peered into a storefront, where enormous centipedes writhed upon a countertop. Adjacent to the street scene were towering smokestacks glowing an ominous red, from which thick smog belched.” 

“Up the ramp and through an elaborate Mausoleum complete with a coffin, flickering candles and flying-gas-mask facades, and into the “Interloper” monitoring station, where flashing imagery and bizarre landscapes could be seen upon the screens, along with a live feed of those in attendance. Damien Echols held down Gallery 2, where DY5TOPIAN leaves swirled about gallery goers’ feet as they enjoyed his many “Collaboration” pieces. Gallery 1 boasted Chet’s fourteen paintings, framed atop rusty, drippy walls, with “Black Magick” periodically moving through the crowd. Five framed excerpts from the field guide hung near Chet’s painting “DY5TOPIA”, elaborating upon the many facets of “Creeple”, “Black Magick”, “Interloper”, “Landscape”, and “nOmen”.” (Kickstarter Update)

The following day I had the pleasure of returning to Copro Gallery, where Chet and I met up with Rick Galiher, and did some pick-up shooting. Aside from advising Rick on some basic “Black Magick” character information, we allowed him to feel out the “monster” on his own, with only minor direction. Shooting in tandem, Chet captured the secondary angle on his phone, while I captured the primary angle on my camera. Rick is, in my opinion, a genius at his trade, and this performance was no different! With footage in hand I returned from Los Angeles and set about editing together a short, experimental narrative of the footage that we captured. Toying with various cuts, filters and resolutions I was able to create an experimental short, which only increased our already teeming excitement concerning further permutations of DY5TOPIA.

Next the Field Guide text will be handed over to editor Tony Saavedra, while Chet creates the final images in preparation for everything to go to designer Mackie Osborne. The End is NEAR! In the meantime we are devoted to reward fulfillment for the two Kickstarters, and with that in mind, check this out: You can still get DY5TOPIA Merchandise, but only for a limited time here: BackerKit DY5TOPIA Store! Stay tuned for updates as we move forward with the evolution of Chet Zar’s DY5TOPIA…

Chet Zar's DY5TOPIA Evolves

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LA Premiere of ILTPM


Last week was the LA Premiere of ILTPM for “Son of Monsterpalooza“, and what an incredible event it was! You never really know how those kinds of events are going to transpire. You move into them with your intent affixed on what you would like to see – you rally and focus your efforts on working towards that vision – so it was quite gratifying to have such a successful screening! When we arrived on Thursday night to drop of I Like to Paint Monsters I was afforded a rare opportunity to see the “Son of Conjoined” exhibit prior to its public opening. I had imagined, in my mind’s eye, a relatively small exhibit but was surprised to see an expansive array of incredible artwork, both sculptural and two dimensional! After perusing the mutilated monster heads, glass encased curiosities, paintings and drawings, I gravitated to Chet Zar’s “Hearbroken” head, which I watched him produce (via social media) during a grueling eighteen day process, but had never seen in person. As is the case with all of IMG_4184Chet’s work, pictures do not do justice! Heartbroken is incredibly detailed and impressively large. My initial reaction was to seize it and pick it up, yet I respectfully requested such an honor prior to doing so. With permission, and a fair warning concerning the paint on the ears, I hefted the bulky thirty-five pound head and immediately set about having my cowboy hat set atop the wrinkled crown. After several shots were snapped Chet took control and positioned me in a better location, so that he could encourage and capture my ridiculous performance. Of course mischief and mayhem ensued, and good times were had by all! 

Mike does the Humpty Dance.

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The following day we arrived at Son of Monsterpalooza prior to the public opening, and spent a good deal of time at Chet’s booth, chatting with Zarmy members and selling Chet merchandise. The screening wasn’t until nine at night, so we kept our fingers crossed that people would stay for I Like to Paint Monsters. Shortly before the screening began “RIP The Undertaker” arrived and began ushering excited fans, friends and colleagues into the theatre, handing out skeleton candy and grinning maniacally. At Chet’s request we sat nearer the back than we have previously, and were accompanied by many Zarmy members, both old and new, including Stan DarkArt who makes a guest appearance in the film. The theme song for the documentary was created, performed and recorded by the incredible band, “With Our Arms to the Sun“, so it was exciting knowing that band leader Josh Breckenridge was in attendance for his first full-screen experience of the documentary. After I briefly introduced the film for a nearly full room of attendees, we buckled in for another ride on the ILTPM roller coaster, and I was both pleased and encouraged 12027756_1654190631494283_7935818608176723945_nto watch the audience react to the film as it played out! After the credits rolled (with everyone staying through them to hear RIP’s Ego Death delivery), we held a nice Q&A and mingled with our new friends. Cake was had by all, as it was Gary Pressman’s birthday (Copro Gallery). Long time Zarmy member and incredible tattoo artist Brett Herman stayed late to discuss the film, and we were joined by Conjoined contributor and artist Michael Whitlock, who arrived with Ketmanee Whitlock, bearing gifts!

The experience was powerful, so the fifteen hour drive home allowed me an opportunity to meditate on where the documentary started, where it has been, and where it is going. As the road scrolled by in a blur of black punctuated by yellow flashes, and we moved into the desolate deserts of the Mojave, I was struck with a sense of calm and time became malleable. I know this place, this present moment, this now, and so I immersed myself deeply as the sun glinted upon my windshield, throwing rainbows in my eyes. Back home now and we are moving briskly closer to a distribution deal, with more to come on the next blog, so stay tuned for future developments!    



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Chet Zar Documentary Trailer Debut

EgoDeathAscensionThe trailer debut for the Chet Zar Documentary, “I Like to Paint Monsters”, is here! The annual Beyond Eden Art Fair at Barnsdall Art Park is hosting the opening of Chet Zar’s “Ego Death” solo show on Saturday, October 12th, 2013; and NRG Creations has partnered with Chet Zar and Copro Gallery to have a screening space for the I Like to Paint Monsters documentary trailer! Stay tuned to for the online trailer release – coming soon! This is merely the kick off for what will be Chet Zar’s most inspired solo show ever, and the final production shoot for I Like to Paint Monsters! The closing show, at Copro Gallery on Saturday, October 26th will host a complex funereal experience, including a hearse, casket, organ player, pall bearers, a bronze version of “Soft Spot” and a life sized “Black Magick” sculpture! NRG Creations will also be attending this show to capture the magnificence of Chet Zar’s dream of Ego Death manifest! New Brand_ILTPM                

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Chet Zar Ego Death Kickstarter

Ego Death MourningThe Chet Zar Ego Death Kickstarter has met its minimum goal, but the race isn’t over just yet! Chet Zar still has three days to pull in new Backers and drive this Kickstarter beyond the basic goal. More funding = better Ego Death Solo Show! Every additional dollar earned will ensure that Chet Zar’s ultimate vision for Ego Death is manifested! There are many ways to contribute. You can share this blog, or other blogs that mention Ego Death. You can donate here: Ego Death Show, or even bump your reward tier to provide additional support. You can join the Facebook “Chet Zar Ego Death Kickstarter Finale” event here: Event, and share Ego Death paintings, promotions, and links. However you do it, we encourage you to join the Zarmy, and help Chet Zar create the most memorable solo show of the year, perhaps of the decade! egodeathshow

While Chet Zar’s Ego Death Kickstarter moves towards greater success, NRG Creations has been busy working on the I Like to Paint Monsters documentary trailer! Scouring through the 70 hours of footage is a laborious process, but the gems that lie within are truly inspiring. The trailer is slated for completion near the beginning of September, and will be officially screened at Barnsdall Art Park during the first opening of Chet Zar’s Ego Death Solo Show! Many thanks to all Zarmy members for contributing and collaborating with us to spread the word of Chet Zar!

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Chet Zar Presents Ego Death

Chet Zar presents Ego Death, a solo show revolving around the idea of laying the collective ego to rest. Today Chet Zar launched a Kickstarter campaign to seek the funding necessary to realize his dream of Ego Death! This show of original paintings depicting different aspects of the ego will be presented as a mock funeral during the 2013 Beyond Eden Art Fair at Barnsdall Art Park, and then later in October at Copro Gallery. Chet Zar intends to decorate Copro Gallery with a coffin, hearse, lillies and wreaths. There will be funeral organ music playing over the sound system, and a faux funeral director handing out catalogs and welcoming people to the event. This is slated to be Chet Zar’s most grandiose and epic solo show to date, revolving around the strongest concept he has ever attempted to manifest. Now it is up to his friends and fans to help him bring this project to fruition! To be able to achieve this dream he will need a large budget, and that is where crowd funding comes in.

The Heart EaterHere is what Chet Zar has to say about the concept of Ego Death, “I have long been toying with the idea that my paintings are, and have always been, representations of our collective ego. Maybe this is why I have not only been painting monsters but I have been painting monsters with pathos.The paintings are portraits of ourselves, the parts of us that we are often afraid to look at. The parts of us that are vulnerable and wounded. They are the parts of us that are in pain. Not only will this be an amazing show to attend, but it will be a fantastic opportunity for NRG Creations to capture additional footage for I Like to Paint Monsters. A portion of the budget which Chet Zar is seeking assistance in generating through Kickstarter will afford Director Mike Correll and the entire NRG Creations team the opportunity to come out to LA for both openings of Ego Death! I implore the entire Zarmy to help fund this amazing event! Every dollar helps, so take a look and see what tier is reasonable for you:


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Chet Zar Documentary Continues

The Chet Zar Documentary Continues! All may seem quiet on the front, but Mike Correll and NRG Creations have been busy logging, capturing, and editing. All of the footage thus far is in the process of being worked into loose outlines for the short trailer, the long sneak peek, and the feature documentary. In fact, a quick interview clip will be posted (in less than twenty four hours) to the NRG Creations Youtube channel VFX master Gary Kelly has also joined the I Like to Paint Monsters team, and is currently working on animations of select Chet Zar paintings, which we intend to feature in the short trailer!

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The I Like to Paint Monsters Store has continued to financially support ongoing expenditures, but only because of the devoted Zarmy! Many thanks to everyone who is bringing this documentary to life by contributing through the I Like to Paint Monsters Store! Over the next several weeks NRG Creations will be adding an apparel line with shirts and hoodies. So keep your eye out for updates on the I Like to Paint Monsters Facebook page

The finale film shoot is scheduled to occur in October at Chet Zar’s “Ego Death” solo show, which will be hosted early in the month at the Beyond Eden Art Fair, and then again for Halloween at Copro Gallery. This will be an amazing event, so we are so excited for all of the support everyone is showing in financing this important trip!

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