BURLINGTON — Artist Les Cosgrove's new exhibition "Wings & Wicked Things," flights into realms beatific and dark, runs through April at Red Square in Burlington.She hadn't planned on a themed show. But most of her works had wings, flight, movement,"Angels in different stages of becoming what they are ('Transformations')," Cosgrove said. "There are a lot of angels and animals with wings. A lot of birds ('The Wish'). Angels with guitars ('Celestial Sphere') is another wingy one."She explores "Wicked Things" in works such as "The Chase" and "Memories of Being Human."
"'Perpetual Adolescence' is on the wicked side. You're always battling your hormones or whatever. Not that I think that's wicked. I have an oldie but goody, 'Painting the Town Red.'"A vampire woman tramps through the streets leaving bloody footprints."I haven't showed that in a really long time. It fits in with the location really well. This is one of my best shows that I've put up. It has 39 pieces. It's all pretty exciting."Cosgrove's canvas paintings are large. Prior to this show, any art not a painting was accomplished with Prisma markers. No more. She is having an awesome time with Repidograph pens.
"The Repidograph has an ink cartridge. It comes out a lot smoother. It's easier to make a mistake. But the quality of the ink is so much better. The color does not go away.""Memories of Being Human" and "The Last Dance" are Repidographs. She was tipped off by artist Bosco McKinney."I knew that he has been using them. I enjoy doing markers but you're constantly buying black pen markers. They run out. You buy the pens once. Hello? That's a big difference. You buy the pen set once, and you can refill the cartridges. That's a huge difference."She has a small set of pens. She's eager to purchase a bigger set.
"I'm drawn to mind drawings. You don't do a sketch. You just start drawing. This allows you to be really smooth. Go with how you're feeling. I don't sketch. I just draw with these pens. It's just what it is. I just go for it. That's why I really like it."Red Square suits her more political works, "Liberty Goes Shopping" and "Love In A Barren Land.""It says it all. Not a lot of people like it. I cooled off on the politics. My mind is more on winged things. It's a lot more fun and light-hearted than the things I did in the past. I wanted to lighten up a little."Her palette is bright and fanciful with faces of women, flowers and pixies.
"It's the magical part," Cosgrove said. "Things we wish we could see every day but we don't."