Both on a technical and contextual level, Trey Abdella creates exceptional paintings that play with one’s perception and the notion of familiarity. Effortlessly mixing a variety of visual languages and technical tricks, his latest series includes popular culture icons, placed in the middle of most surreal, often humorous situations. Taking these cartoons as a reference, Abdella constructs images that transcend the plastic world of animation into realistic, rendered snapshots of life. With additional surreal and psychedelic elements,no aspects of his work feel predictable or dull. Bar dogs playing with jumper cables, Tom the cat playing baseball, Wile E. Coyote burning his toast, and recurring elements like shiny sinks and yellow rubber gloves tie these surprising images together. Abdella has been in the…

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