Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Recommended openings to catch this weekend...

Recommended openings to catch this weekend...

Wed, Oct. 1st 7-10PM ($25 donation to Obama Victory Fund @ door)
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
“Art For Hope” special one-night only group show to raise funds for the Obama campaign with works from The Clayton Brothers, Camille Rose Garcia, Mercedes Helnwein, Seonna Hong, Kill Pixie, Marion Peck, Kent Williams, Todd Schorr and many more plus the release of a special Mark Ryden print + DJ action + drinks & more

Fri, Oct. 3rd 8-11PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.666.7667
“Way, WAY South” from Nathan Ota (picture above) + “Teratoid Muse” from Joel Nakamura
(Both exhibits on view through Oct. 26th)
Check out a preview of the show here: http://laluzdejesus.com/shows/currentshow/ota.htm

Fri, Oct. 3rd 7-10PM
New Image Art Gallery
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood / 323.654.2192
“The Swimming Pool” featuring new photographs from Deanna Templeton
(On view through Oct. 24th)

Fri, Oct. 3rd – Sun, Oct. 5th
TarFest 2008
A great weekend of free art and film events along the miracle mile area of Wilshire Blvd.
Check http://www.tarfest.com/ for details

Sat, Oct. 4th 5-7PM
Robert Berman Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space C2 in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.315.1937
“Massillon” featuring new b&w photographs from the team of Jeff Charbonneau & Eliza French
(On view through Nov. 4th)

Sat, Oct. 4th 8PM-Midnight
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art
1257 N. La Brea Ave in West Hollywood / 323.969.0600
“Raw Skies” featuring works from Gaia, Labrona, Imminent Disaster, Produkt, Vitche, Kay 2 and Jana Joana
(On view through Oct. 26th)

Sat, Oct. 4th 7-10PM
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.287.2340
“Black Sugar” featuring new works from Joshua Petker

Sat, Oct. 4th 7-10PM
Nucleus Gallery
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
“Endless Reflections: Celebrating 20 Years Of Sandman” group show featuring works from Tessar Lo, Barron Storey, Dave McKean, Nate Frizzel, Nimit Malavia, Michael Page, Jason Shawn Alexander, Vincent Locke, and others
(On view through Oct. 20th)

Sat, Oct. 4th 6-9PM
Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside / 951.684.7111
“Beyond Baby Tattooville” featuring works from the artists taking part in this year’s Baby Tattooville (also going on this weekend) as well as artists from last year’s debut show/retreat. Artists exhibiting works include Ana Bagayan, Glenn Barr, Gary Baseman, Lola, Tim Biskup, Luke Cheuh, Dave Cooper, Gris Grimly, Bob Dob, James Jean, Frank Kozik, Tara McPherson, Joe Ledbetter, Daniel Peacock, Brandi Milne, Ragnar, Shag, Amy Sol, Jeff Soto, Amanda Visell, Michael Whelan and Jeffery Scott.

Sat, Oct. 4th 7-10PM
SCION Installation L.A.
3521 Helms Ave in Culver City / 310.815.8840
“Tokyo Nonsense” group show featuring works from Ai Kato, Ichiro Endo, Taro Izumi, Sachiko Kazama, Iichiro Tanaka and the six-member artist group Chim/Pom
(On view through Oct. 25th)

Sat, Oct. 4th 7-10PM
Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Blvd in the Echo Park region of Los Angeles
“Park Life: Friends and Family” group show with works from Josh Cochran, Jordan Crane, Tristan Eaton, Shepard Fairey, Andrew Foster, Gary Garay, Cody Hudson, Travis Millard, Cleon Peterson, Mel Kadel, Kill Pixie, Skullphone, Florencio Zavala and many, many more
(On view through Oct. 31st)

Sun, Oct. 5th @ 2PM
8910 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.559.6300
Live painting with Ai Kato in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition “Tokyo Nonsense” at Scion Installation L.A. The artist will paint directly on models wearing schoolgirl uniforms in addition to creating a wall mural before a live audience. Fellow performance artist DJ Ichiro Endo who will play an eclectic mix of `90s Japanese pop and techno will accompany this event

Tue, Oct. 7th 7-10PM
Gallery 1988 Los Angeles
7020 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.937.7088
“Cover Band” group show with over 50 artists all painting upon vintage 12” LPs reinterpreting the LPs in the process featuring an array of some of today’s most popular artists
(On view through Oct. 31st)

PLUS don’t forget this is the last weekend to view “In The Land Of Retinal Delights” at the Laguna Art Museum!!!

Coming Up Next Week:
Fri, Oct. 10th 7-11PM
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375
“Red Forest” featuring new works and an installation from Ekundayo and Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez + “Moments Of Bliss” featuring new works from Jeaneen Carlino & select new works also on view from Michael Alvarez in our project room
(Both exhibits on view through Oct. 31st)

Dan Witz to open solo shows in both NYC and the UK this weekend...

Legendary Brooklyn, NY based street artist Dan Witz is preparing to shake things up as he opens simultaneous solo shows this weekend in NYC and the UK. We've been lucky enough to view both shows already and he's certainly taken things up another notch with this show. His use of lighting and shadows... so many times you'd swear it was a photograph before even considering it was a painting. Both shows are just stunning and if anyone is lucky enough to be in either metropolis this weekend, do not miss your chance to view his works in person.

View images of the full NYC show @ DFN Gallery here: http://dfngallery.com/exhibitions/dan_witz_102508.htm

Check out more about the UK show @ Stolen Space here: http://www.stolenspace.com/section.php?xSec=170

Dan Witz 1st book ‘Dan Witz In Plain View. 30 Years of Artworks Illegal and Otherwise’ Will be be published by Gingko Press December '08. So can't wait for that!

For a sneak peak of the book, click here: http://www.danwitzstreetart.com/book/1.html

Look for Witz to take part in our upcoming "From the Streets of Brooklyn" group show curated by Ad Hoc Art coming up this January.

For more on Dan Witz, check out his site at: http://www.danwitzstreetart.com/

Early glimpse at two finished works from KMNDZ...

Above is the first look at two of the finished works for next Friday's Red Forest opening from KMNDZ. "El Chango" (shown first) and "Enjoy" are both just a taste of the onslaught of works that await all next Friday when Red Forest opens to the public.

The digital preview will be going out next Tue or Wed. No add'l details are available until then, including pricing or sizing on the above works. Please be patient and all will be revealed come next week when we send out the preview to those on the waiting list.

Both invade our space starting this Sunday - expect some epic murals/installs come next Fri!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Studio visit with Ekundayo...

Went over to Ill Squad Studios the other day, home to Ekundayo and Michael Alvarez (who will also be debuting some new works in our project room alongside Jeaneen Carlino). Dayo is busy putting the finishing touches on "Red Forest" and the new works are just stunning, by far his most focused body of work to date and I can't wait for all to see these all finished and framed up coming opening night on Fri, Oct. 10th... until then, check out the below sneak peek into his studio

We'll be showcasing some of Dayo's hyper-detailed pen and ink works in "Red Forest" (see above) - taking them to the framers tomorrow to be nicely float mounted and framed...

After checking out the works for "Red Forest" we headed out to check out a few of Dayo's recent street missions with Michael Alvarez (see below) as well as Augor (2nd image down, below the bomb with Alvarez)...

Red Forest
With Ekundayo & KMNDZ
Coming up on Fri, Oct. 10th
I think it goes without saying, but do not miss this one!!!
More soon...

Friday, September 26, 2008

Red Forest is coming...

Final weekend to go "Tumbling"...

This is the final weekend to view "Tumbling" from Lesley Reppeteaux
as well as the beautiful exhibits in our project room from Zach Johnsen and Paul Barnes.

Final day is next Fri, Oct. 3rd

Thursday, September 25, 2008

'Art For Hope' Obama Benefit next Wed @ Merry Karnowsky

Wednesday, October 1, 7-10pm
$25 Donation at the Door

The evening will include an art show featuring works by:
The Clayton Brothers, Camille Rose Garcia, Mercedes Helnwein, Seonna Hong, Dean Karr, Kill Pixie, Marion Peck, Todd Schorr, Kathy Staico Schorr, Melora Walters, Kent Williams and more.

Mark Ryden is producing an exclusive limited edition print for the event (see above); all proceeds will go to the Obama Victory Fund. A special guest DJ will spin. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and a print by Camille Rose Garcia will be raffled off.

Lazarides Gallery invades NYC tonight!

The Lazarides Gallery comes to New York City tonight for a two week hit and run show showcasing new work from their artists in a group show called 'The Outsiders'.

The show will feature works from Faile, Paul Insect, JR, Antony Micallef, Jonathan Yeo, Miranda Donovan, Invader, David Choe, Mark Jenkins, Todd James, Vhils, Polly Morgan, Mode 2, BAST, Conor Harrington, Zevs, Blu, Borf and Ian Francis.

To help celebrate the event David Choe (pictured above), Conor Harrington (pictured below), JR and Mode2 have all been getting up and busy about the city...

For more info and images check out: http://www.lazinc.com/news/

Recommended openings to catch this weekend...

Fri, Sept. 26th 8PM-Midnight
The Grind
12222 Venice Blvd in Los Angeles / 310.397.2244
“Art For Hope” featuring Tony Nsofor, Ike francis, Chika Idu, Kanayo Ume, Uche Agonsi, Chike Obeagu, Nelson Okoh, Ayo Adewunmi, Nneka Odoh, Chukz Okonkwo – all proceeds go to charities in Nigeria

Sat, Sept. 27th 7-10:30PM
Black Maria Gallery
3137 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles / 818.613.9090
“No Brow” group show with Brooks Salzwedel, Jason Hernandez (pictured above), Jeff McMillan, Jennybird Alcantara, John Casey, Junko Mizuno, Ken Garduno, Oksana Badrak and more!
(On view through Oct. 18th)

Sat, Sept. 27th 9PM-1AM ($8 Admission, $5 Walking Art)
Infus​ion Galle​ry (719 S. Sprin​g Stree​t in Downt​own LA 90014)
Cannibal Flower Monthly Group Show & Performance with featured artist Nicole Bruckman (One-night only special event)http://www.cannibalflower.com/

Sat, Sept. 27th 8-11PM
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
“Swim In The Deep Water” new works from Kent Williams
(On view through Oct. 25th)

Sat, Sept. 27th 4-6PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.666.7667
“E Pluribus Venom” book release and signing with Shepard Fairey

Sat, Sept. 27th 7-10PM
7662 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.655.0770
“A Maintenance Of Inhabitants (For Now)” featuring new works from Jeff McMillan

Watch out early next week for:
Wed, Oct. 1st 710PM
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
"Art For Hope" special one-night event to benefit the Obama Victory Fun with works from The Clayton Brothers, Camille Rose Garcia, Mercedes Helnwein, Seonna Hong, Dean Karr, Kill Pixie, Marion Peck, Todd Schorr, Kathy Staico Schorr, Kent Williams, and many more + the release of a special Mark Ryden print - $25 donation at the door. Don't miss this!
ALSO on view: “Swim In The Deep Water” new works from Kent Williams

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Best View In Town...

"Best View In Town"

We'll be debuting this amazing artist's work at Vanguard during Art Basel this December.

If you like what ya' see, hit me up. So much amazing detail. Sadly this beauty has already found a home, but more works of a similar vibe will be in our inventory soon.

Dreweatts & Bonhams Urban Art auctions on the horizon / sale catalogues now online...

Urban Art at Dreweatts opens on Tue, October 14th @ Shoreditch Studios, London

Click here for a pdf of the auction catalogue: http://webpix.dnfa.com/pdf-catalogues/13045b.pdf

Email: urbanartmailing@dnfa.com for additional info / questions.
As last time around, definitely some odd choices in the Dreweatts' auction, but still some beautiful works regardless of those that don't seem to be ready to be in such a high profile auction...

ALSO the good folks over at Bonhams are preparing to launch their next Urban Art Auction as well.

The Bonhams Urban Art Auction opens on Oct. 23rd at their New Bond Street location

Some really stunning works are featured in the upcoming Bonhams auction.

Head's up:
Coming up on the evening of Nov. 5th the good folks at Carmichael Gallery will be helping to host a special collectors discussion at Bonhams' LA offices. Word is Shepard and others will be on the panel. More on this soon.

CommandaX interviews Dennis Hayes IV...

CommandaX just posted a very, very in-depth interview with Detroit based artist Dennis Hayes IV over on her Erratic Phenomena blog (thanks!!!). His solo show with us, Against The Grain, just wrapped up and we've still some stunning works on hand. Check 'em out here: http://www.sourharvest.com/thinkspace/n_avail.php

Dennis also just took part in our massive East Of Eden exhibition this past weekend and folks were just crawling inside his works trying to discern how he creates 'em.

Check out her full interview with Hayes IV here: http://commandax.blogspot.com/2008/09/dennis-hayes-ivs-reclaimed-nature.html

Also keep an eye on Dennis and what he's up to on his blog here: http://industrialfeces.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Audrey Kawasaki posts pics from her Rome show + her own personal preview of those she curated for "The Drawing Room"...

Audrey finally posted some great pics from her Rome show and surrounding trip around Italy on her blog. Check them out here: http://i-seldom-do.livejournal.com/128188.html#cutid1

She also put together a nice lil' sneak peek of her own highlighting the works from all in her "Drawing Room" show too, check it out here: http://i-seldom-do.livejournal.com/128588.html#cutid1

A very impressive first attempt at curating, hope you are all looking as forward to this as we are.

KMNDZ interview...

An interview with Johnny "KMNDZ" Rodriguez

1) Talk a lil' bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for "Red Forest" with Ekundayo.
The show deals with what the Nuclear reactor explosion did to the people of the Soviet Union as well as the dabbling of the negative in all its forms and what it is doing to our hearts here in Los Angeles. That might be the simplest way I can describe the show.

For instance, you might see what looks like green goo/radio active junk in many of the featured works in the exhibit. In the world of Chernobyl, the radioactivity changed the people physically. In the LA world the green goo represents the negative junk you feed your mind. In turn twisting our hearts, calling good evil and evil good.

2) What’s your earliest memory involving art or creating art?
Kindergarden... I was big on drawing cars/hot rods and hearts for my teacher Mrs. Silvia... she was soooo hot.

3) When are you most productive / when do you normally work on art?
I would say from 12 to 6 in the morning... I have three boys so I try and take advantage the quiet time.
4) You have a day job as a graphic designer. Any feedback or such for artists looking to really make an impact in this super competitive and always evolving field?
Yeah... be more than a designer... come to the table with ideas. It's easy to find a graphic designer that can make something look good. Much harder to find a team player that can look at the problem and think big picture. Plus it's probably the coolest part of the process, the concept phase. Most of all, work hard.

5) The number ‘5’ appears in several of your paintings. Can you shed some light on the significance of this number in your works?
It's now permanently making an appearance on my arm. It represents grace, it says God loves me/you despite how I am... who I am.

6) Tell us something about yourself that someone would never guess in their wildest dreams.
Hmmmm... I spar at a jujitsu academy. Recently broke a finger on my painting hand training with Gabriel Gonzaga. It was my first time breaking a bone and I'm stoked that it happened in such a cool way. However I do feel like the biggest moron for doing it while trying to make art for Red Forest. I apologize ahead of time for all the uneven lines you'll see in the show.

7) Are you reading anything right now?
The Making of a Man of God, it's a book by Alan Redpath. Goes into the life of King David, it's my research for a show I'd like to do one day.

8) Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favorite that inspires?
Anything from the Marley family, Ozomatli, The Clash, Dead Can Dance, Fugazi, Gorillaz, Jurassic 5...

9) If you had to explain your work to a stranger, how would you do so?
It’s rare to find me describing my work. If anything I tend to talk about the idea behind KMNDZ.

10) Favorite artist (living or dead) and what makes them special to you?
I have many but if I had to choose one, I would say Bill Watterson. His art helped me get through my teen years, helped me laugh at my self in stressful situations.
I also have to give a shout out to the Date Farmers, Jose Parla, Ian Francis... also Dalek who is on some serious next level stuff. Mad sick artists, too many to list.

11) What have you got coming up in terms of shows and projects after "Red Forest"?
Vanguard / Art Basel in Miami with Thinkspace and also Mark Murphy, a show @ Andenken Gallery with ARTSPROJEKT, and a super uber top secret project with Level 42E.

12) You work a great bit with GenArt and Keep-A-Breast on numerous special events, not to mention a good number of additional ventures via your involvement with Andy Howell’s Art Projekts organization. Any feedback/advice for artists looking to do more outside the standard makeup of just going after shows with galleries?
Always keep in mind on how small the industry is. Everyone knows each other, in turn talks to each other. With that said, be respectful, always represent your self professionally, Hustle, work hard, don't sleep, have fun, and you’ll most likely have people wanting to work with you.

13)If people walk away with one thing gained/learned from one of your shows, what would you hope that would be?
I would love to inspire artists or people in general to wake up and do something productive. To put themselves out there despite what others may say. More importantly to know that God loves you and that this world is temporary.

14) What are you doing right after this interview?
work son, work!!!!!!

View the Flickr preview below (more new shots to be added soon):

And if you haven't yet, add up KMNDZ on MySpace here: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=48017733

Red Forest
Fri, Oct. 10th 7-11PM
with Ekundayo

So can't wait!!! If you haven't yet, shoot a mail now to contact@sourharvest.com to be added to the preview / waiting list for this show.

Monday, September 22, 2008

BLU movie to premiere in LA TUE night...

World premier of the new movie focusing on Italian street artist BLU

Tue, Sept. 23 – 7:00 pm (arrive by 6PM to assure seating)

@ The Montalbán
1615 Vine St. in Hollywood (just south of Hollywood Blvd. & Vine St.)

Megunica follows acclaimed street artist Blu on his road trip adventures through Mexico, Gautemala, Nicaragua and Argentina. The film mixes spectacular cinematography with innovative animation.

Blu’s MUTO, an animated painting film became a viral hit with over two million YouTube views in one month. The film will be introduced by director Lorenzo Fonda. On the off chance you haven't viewed Muto, check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuGaqLT-gO4

RSVP required. Seats are are limited to theatre capacity and are first-come, first-served.

For more info, check out: http://www.nike.com/nikeos/p/sportswear/en_US/view_post?country=US&lang_locale=en_US&blog=en_US&post=en_US/2008/09/03/cinema-tuesdays-megunica-at-the-montalb225n

EKUNDAYO launches new skateboard line + sneak peek at "Red Forest"...

EKUNDAYO is busy at work on his part of the epic "Red Forest" show with KMNDZ that is comig up this October...

EKUNDAYO also just launched a series of boards as part of the Artsprojekt Freedom Of Expression series...

The above is just a sampling, so be sure to check out all the boards from Ekundayo here: www.zazzle.com/ekundayo/products

JUXTAPOZ.com just posted a lil' early buzz on the show, complete with the above image of a recent street collab with Augor of MSK - came out killer! Augor has really been tearing up the streets of LA and very cool to see Dayo going out with him...

Add'l sneak peek images have been posted on our Flickr set below:

Look for more shots to be posted over the next two weeks leading up to the show. I'll be hitting up Dayo's studio later this week - so look for that and more soon.

Ekundayo also just launched a new blog, in addition to relaunching his website. Check out his blog here: http://sorrowbecomesjoy.blogspot.com/

East Of Eden opening night a huge success...

The East Of Eden multi-gallery exhibition that went down this past weekend at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery at the Barnsdall Art Park was a huge success with well over 1,500 people coming out to view the exhibit throughout the weekend...

We exhibited new works from Elbow-Toe, Ekundayo, Cherri Wood, Dennis Hayes IV, Tony Philippou and Turf One and all were super well received and we passed out thousands of stickers and postcards for our upcoming shows. The view of our part of the exhibit is shown above with Turf One's amazing cut-out piece looming overhead...

We were honored to be a part of what will now be an annual event (if all goes as we hope).

Thank you to all that made it out.

Look for a ton of press to follow on this very special event. Previews on the exhibit ran in just about every major local paper and regional art magazine. We hope to have footage of the exhibit that ran on the NBC Nightly News posted on our YouTube page soon - came out great.

For a ton of shots from the Saturday night gala, check below:

From The Streets Of Brooklyn coming this January...

"From The Streets Of Brooklyn"
Curated by Ad Hoc Art (Brooklyn, NY)

January 9th – February 6th, 2009

Opening Reception: Fri, Jan. 9th 7-11PM

Featuring an installation in our front entry install area from:

Plus a massive installation in our project room from:
Imminent Disaster (work shown above)

Plus a special street installation from:
Ellis G.

Plus works on view in our main gallery from:
Abe Lincoln Jr.
AIKO (aka Aiko Nakagawa)
Avoid Pi
Chris Stain
Dan Witz
Dark Clouds
Ellis G.
ELC (aka Endless Love Crew)
GRL (Graffiti Research Lab)
Imminent Disaster
jm rizzi
Josh MacPhee
Juse One
Matt Siren
Maya Hayuk
Michael DeFeo (aka The Flower Guy)
Peru Ana Ana Peru
PMP (aka Peripheral Media Projects)
Royce Bannon
+ more to be confirmed soon!


Friday, September 19, 2008

FUTURA VIP opening packs the house...

FUTURA's big "Strategic Synchronicity" VIP opening was this evening and the place was packed. In the house were celebrities such as Pete from Fall Out Boy and gal pal Ashlee Simpson, Saber, Revok, Estevan Oriol, Dr. Romanelli, Slick, Mr. Brainwash, several local gallery owners, collectors and downtown art scene regulars. Pieces were flying off the walls and at the close of the eve, only a handful remained for this weekend's public viewing.

Above is a shot of the massive wall mural install that FUTURA created to greet patrons as they entered the building... while on the right hand side, one of the coolest bars at an opening I've seen in sometime...

All works featuring his iconic Pointman figure had sold prior to the opening...

Shown above are works from the 'Venom Series'... it was around the time I took this photo that I heard word that Project and Cerasoli Gallery would be merging? That's the word on the streets, not sure if someone has gotten wires crossed with this news or not, but pretty crazy huh?

The man of the hour himself throws a nice lil' drawing in our sketchbook...

The Krunk guys even put together a super nice lil' momento for the evening in the form of a show catalog highlighting some of the key works and some great insite from FUTURA. Word has it he'll be showing over in the UK after this. Those of you in the UK, keep your ear to the ground for that action!

If you didn't make it out tonight, the show is up through the weekend. Check Krunk's site for full details.

Past that, hope you all can come on out to East Of Eden this weekend (http://www.edenexhibition.com/). We finished things up this evening and the joint looks awesome. All the galleries really delivered.