MARK WHALEN: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT examines the world of artist Mark Whalen (AKA Kill Pixie), who explores the human condition through his stunning body of work. Using a tightly controlled painting technique, Whalen expresses satirical social narratives through universal situations. Strange hooded characters caught in the throes of ambiguous action, shimmering trees, geometric patterns, architectural anomalies and intricate textural beads of color collide in kaleidoscopic intensity, at once immaculately composed and careening out of control. Whalen uses sly oppositions to reflect life's puzzling duality; evoking dark humor through luminous color, chaos through controlled detail, the sublime through the specific. Whalen employs a seductive synesthesia that sheds new light on humanity: which, like his works, is both erotic and oppressive, vibrant and reclusive, beautiful and uncanny.