Friday, October 31, 2008

Coming this February / Disney X Stitch project...

~Coming this February~

The Silent Treatment
Anthony Clarkson

The debut solo show from our very own graphics guru Anthony Clarkson. Look for add'l sneak peeks to be posted soon. Below is a look at "The Organ Grinder", a recently completed commission for a collector in the UK.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for Clarkson to take part in Disney's Stitch x MINDstyle Tour. MINDstyle is proud to be producing the Disney STITCH artist crossover tour. The tour will open in Hong Kong on November 28, 2008 and tour the globe for close to a year ending at The 626 Experiment in Los Angeles. More on this special project soon...

Collecting Contemporary: Urban Art Wednesday

November 5th 6:30pm / RSVP: 800.223.2854 ext:3390 or email:

Bonhams & Butterfields @ 7601 Sunset Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90046

Presented by Carmichael Gallery - RSVP now so not to miss out!!!

Robert Pokorny - select new works on view this November in our Project Room...


Select new works from Robert Pokorny

ROBERT POKORNY aka RIP has been doodling in art since he was a day dreaming boy and was influenced at a young age by such visuals as Wacky Packages, Looney Tunes, and Mad Magazine. Pokorny's art has been described stylistically as work that turns on every dime, quirky, engaging, a high quality of imagery with a visual ambush that catches the viewer off guard.

Robert's clients have included Capitol Records, DreamWorks, Geffen Records, Astralwerks, EMI and Pepsi. In 2006 Pokorny's posters were in an exhibition; The Graphic Noise Show, which toured Galleries and Universities across America and were displayed at “Plug” - The Independent Music Awards.

In 2007 two of Robert's pieces were chosen by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles to be published in the Limited Edition Illustration West 45 Book. These pieces were on exhibition at The Billy Shire Fine Arts Gallery.

Robert’s current focus is completing his masters degree. His paintings draw on an abstraction of the figure, with references from personal experiences, contemporary culture and merging historical art. His paintings have been publicly displayed at La Luz De Jesus, M Modern Gallery, Alpha Cult, Art Whino, The Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, MODA, and Applegate Gallery.

When Pokorny isn’t thoroughly buried in all things visual he can be found spending time with his wife Charlene, daughter Serena and his wiener dog.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Recommended openings to catch this weekend...

Thurs, Oct. 30th 7-11PM (signing with Visell from 7-8PM)
Munky King
7308 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.938.0091
Suckadelic Show with over 40 artists customizing the Sucklord including Kozik, Huck Gee, Sket One and many more + Amanda Visell toy release for her Vampire Elephant figure + the new Earth Monkey from Nathan Jurevicius will also be available

Thurs, Oct. 30th 7-10PM
Tropico de Nopal Gallery
1665 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles (Echo Park) / 213.481.8112
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS ALTAR & INSTALLATIONS from Ofelia Esparza, Juana Flores, Ana Serrano & Marianne Sadowski - Pan de Muerto y Xocolate Mexicano will be served

Sat, Nov. 1st 8PM-12:30AM ($8 at the door)
Hive Gallery
729 S. Spring St in downtown Los Angeles
Monthly group show with featured artists Wilson Hsu, Kenji Tanaka, Matt Espantman, Nathan Cartwright and Jaime Burton plus live music, DJ sets, and more – for full details and group show lineup, check their website

Sat, Nov. 1st 6-8PM
Koplin Del Rio
6031 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.836.9055
New drawings from Robert Schultz (his work is pictured above - just stunning)
(On view through Dec. 23rd)

Sat, Nov. 1st 7-10PM
New Image Art Gallery
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood / 323.654.2192
New works and an installation from Kelsey Brookes (see video sneak peek in a below post)
(On view through Dec. 3rd)

Sat, Nov. 1st 6-11PM
Nucleus Gallery
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
“Tokyo. Ten 42 Views Of Tokyo” from W+K Tokyo Lab – this is quite the event with DJs, video elements and much more – check their site for full details – always worth a trip out
(On view through Nov. 17th)

Sat, Nov. 1st 7-11PM
Phone Booth Gallery
7562 Sunset Blvd in Hollywood
“To Destroy Something Beautiful” featuring new works from Nathan Deyoung

Sat, Nov. 1st and Sun, Nov. 2nd 11AM-6PM both days
Brewery Artwalk
2100 N. Main Street (5 Freeway at Main Street) in Los Angeles
The world’s largest art colony is located in downtown LA in the old Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery and twice a year they open their doors to the public for a walking self-guided tour of all the various studios, galleries and undiscovered lil’ nooks about the ol’ space that are just waiting to be discovered. Makes for a great day out and a must see at least once – check out their website for full details and directions


Thurs, Nov. 6th 7-10PM
Gallery 1988 Los Angeles
7020 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.937.7088
“It Wanders West” featuring new works from Greg “Craola” Simkins

Fri, Nov. 7th 7-11PM
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375
“The Drawing Room” curated by Audrey Kawasaki + “The Place I Call Home” featuring new works from Timothy Karpinski in our project room
(Both exhibits on view through Nov. 29th)

Sat, Nov. 8th 8-11:30PM
Copro Nason Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space T-5 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.398.2643
New works from KuKula, Tin and Sas Christian

+ tons of other great events / look for the overview next week of the full lowdown

Kelsey Brookes' debut LA solo show this Sat...

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Kelsey Brookes will be opening up his first solo show in the States this Saturday night at New Image Art. "Over 20 new paintings, new sculptures, and a surprise installation, which in most reasonable countries would get me arrested" states Brookes.

So can't wait for this show. We're huge fans of Kelsey's work and having worked with him a couple times in the past on some group shows, can't say how proud we are of how far he's come.

Kelsey Brookes
This Sat, November 1st 7-10PM
New Image Art
7908 Santa Monica Blvd (near Fairfax)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

An interview with Timothy Karpinski

An interview with Timothy Karpinski

1) Please talk a lil' bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for "The Place I Call Home".
The title has many meanings which I've been exploring in this new body of work, The Place I Call Home. One of which being the place I live: Portland, Oregon. A lot of the work has to do with my ties to this city I live in and how it's become my home. The work also explores the idea of "home" as where one feels most comfotable, or at one with yourself. The place you think of in your head where everything is safe and sound, the arms of a lover or the branches of a tree, both comfort me. I've also incorperated the symbol of the home, or house into the work, many of the frames are custom built house shaped frames costructed of salvaged wood from old demolished Portland houses (so can't wait to see those - ed. note). So I'll be bringing some of Portland's history down with me.

2) What’s your earliest memory involving art or creating art?
Aside from the general "art time" or "craft time" in grade school, or my mom giving me supplies to paint, my first conscious experience of creating on my own terms would probably be building stick forts in the woods on the edge of the property i grew up on, at the time i did not see it as art.

3) When are you most productive / when do you normally work on art?
Definitely most productive late at night, I tend to work really late and sleep late. It's 2:24 a.m right now, and I'm typing as paint is drying, drinking a little red wine and listening to music really loud. I'll sleep 'till noon and head to the gallery to do computer/design work during the day, and if I'm lucky some yard work before the sun goes down.

4) Please tell us a bit about Together Gallery, that you own and curate up in Portland. What have you found to be one of the biggest challenges thus far? Biggest reward thus far?
Together was a dream of mine for a while. Since I've been in Portland I've had a studio space outside my home to work on design projects and art, last year my lease ended on my studio downtown and I got the opportunity to rent a storefront right by my house with a back room to use as a studio, the rent was a little more than my old studio, but i could have a gallery in the front so it just made sense. I guess the biggest challange for sure has been time managment, running a gallery is alot of work, i thought it was going to be easy, but nothing good is easy. I have been trying to take the curating really seriously as well as the online presence. Just day to day stuff like sending emails to artists and shipping art and such is really time consuming, so its taken away from studio time a bit. The reward comes when someone walks into the gallery and says they feel inspired. I've also learned alot about the business side of the "art world" which has helped me as a working artist aside from a gallery owner.

5) Tell us something about yourself that someone would never guess in their wildest dreams.
Last year I started having recuring dreams about sailing and I kept drawing a sailboat obsessively. I took it as a sign and took some lessons... Well, I went to sailing school this summer and bought a sailboat, I named it Sweet Marie, it's appeared in a few paitnings recently. I want to get good enough to sail the ocean, hopefully sail around the world someday.

6) Are you reading anything right now?
A childern's book titled ZZZZzzz.

7) Do you listen to music while creating? If so, do you have a current favorite that inspires?
F*ck yes, non-stop, music is critical to my process. It can set a mood for a piece with a certain song, or I may get a second wind by putting a certain song on. A lot of my work is directly related to certain songs I obsess over. It's funny, I just just got one of my favorite musician's new album, Horse Feathers' "A House With No Home", a few weeks ago which strangley had alot of songs with stories that touched upon similar ideas of the term "home" as I am in the work I'm producing for the show.

8) If you had to explain your work to a stranger, how would you do so?
A hug, a hello, or a kiss goodbye.

9) Favorite artist (living or dead) and what makes them special to you?
My freinds. I'm surronded by so many amazing artist and free thinkers here in Portland. I live with 2 of them: Seth Neefus and Mark Warren Jacques. We are constantly pushing each other, it's a great environment. But seeing a Henry Darger painting in person still makes me weak in the knees.

10) You incorporate a number of different mediums and styles into your work. Do you have a favorite? What brought about the stitching together of paper as a canvas to work upon?
The sewing was a happy mistake of sorts. I bought a sewing machine to make cloths and alter garments from goodwill and stuff. I really like the element of "craft" in work. I've never been just a big canvas kinda artist, I've alway liked to mix mediums and build stuff. I was working with layering wood for a while but it was big and heavy and fell apart, then I started to cut out and layer paper instead, one late night I had a big paper collage in the works and ran out of glue and my sewing machine was sitting there so I just started sewing the piece together. Process is a big part of my work. I have sketchbooks full of pencil drawings, but I only like to show stuff where I really explored the idea thru the medium.

11) What have you got coming up in terms of shows and projects after this show?
Winter projects! It gets cold and rainy in Portland so everyone hibernates, and I plan on doing that! But i have a project, I was asked by one of my favorite bands, Lovers, to story board and animate a music video based on my drawings. We are gonna do a crazy animation of my layered worlds moving and telling a story. Besides that I'm trying to build a greenhouse and find a wife.

12) What are you doing right after this interview? Getting back to work on a piece for the show called "Sleeping Heart". You'll see it soon.

Timothy's website:

Timothy's gallery:

Timothy Karpinski's The Place I Call Home
Opening Reception: Fri, Nov. 7th 7-11PM in our project room

A look inside the The Drawing Room...

Audrey Kawasaki recently posted a couple of sneak peeks on her live journal (see above). There will be a dozen works in the show featuring five on wood and seven on paper, plus an installation in our front entry area (more on that soon). We will be announcing details on a special print (or two) that will be available only at the opening night's reception as well here in the coming days (stay tuned).

Over the coming week, we'll be posting some looks at some of the other works from the show as they come in. Below is the first set.

Amy Sol "Estuarine" from the show

Brian Viveros "Mata-Adore" from the show

Travis Louie "Spore" from the show

The Drawing Room
Curated by Audrey Kawasaki
Opening Reception: Fri, Nov. 7th 7-11PM

ghostpatrol and miso release their 2nd book together...

Australian based artists ghostpatrol and miso recently released a new book that is just beautiful...


Book Format is an overview of the past few years of ghostpatrol and miso featuring previously seen and unseen sketches and street works. 100 pages, full color, perfect bound, embossed cover, gold leaf detailing, with a forward written by Tai Snaith and layout and book construction by Timba Smits of Wooden Toy and Fad Experiment Fame.

Price (includes postage) in Australian dollars: International - $55 AU

The book is only available through Metro Gallery here:

And ghostpatrol here:

Some great works from both available here:

Friday, October 24, 2008

Tiffany Bozic this weekend at Fecal Face Gallery in SF...

So wish we could make it up to SF this weekend for the opening of Symmetrical Balance - new works from Tiffany Bozic - opening: Sat, Oct 25, 2008 (6-9pm) at Fecal Face Dot Gallery.

Bozic is widely recognized for her tightly rendered, emotionally charged nature-scapes. Blending traditional painting technique with unlikely combinations of, and interactions between animals and their environment, Bozic's paintings lead the viewer into a surreal, metaphorical and often harsh world. Using a complex process of masking and staining maple surfaces, Bozic conveys a luminous and pristine representation of her vision of life's struggles and triumphs.

Bozic's work is informed by both interactions with living organisms she has encountered during extensive world travels and her continued research of the specimens collections at the California Academy of Sciences.

We own two of her works and they are just stunning in person, highly suggest checking her work out if you are able.

But alas we've some amazing shows this weekend here in LA including greats shows from Andy Kehoe and his brother Ben, Lola, a great benefit at New Image and the Halloween edition of Cannibal Flower at a brand new venue... so no one living in LA should be complaining too much this weekend. Hope to see some of you out at the shows...

More on Bozic's show at:

Allison Sommers interviewed by WhiteHot + sneak peek at Basel piece...

The above work is Allison Sommer's contribution for our group show we'll be putting on during Art Basel this December in Miami at the Gen Art Vanguard Fair. Sommers' "The Expulsion" measures in at only 8x10" on illustration board. Simply stunning the details she captures with a medium as delicate as gouche.

"Sommers’ recent work could fall under the category of fantastic art, such that it conveys dream-like, uncanny, and often grotesque depictions. Fantastic art borrows momentum from Mannerism, an older art genre characterized by spatial incongruity, exaggerated and elongated subjects, and an often disturbing lack of any clear perspective (think of European art at the height of the Renaissance). Indeed, Sommers admits that the “exaggerated pathos” in Mannerism is the primary inspiration behind her current work; in a larger sense, Sommers’ artwork seeks to culminate at the point where seriousness gives way to ambiguity. Her artwork is fascinating, enigmatic, and visually befuddling, illustrating a vivid binary of gravity and frivolity."
- WhiteHot Magazine

Check out the full interview with WhiteHot here:

Keep tabs on Allison's progress for her upcoming show with us via her blog:

Watch for more updates and sneak peeks from Allison's upcoming solo show with us Spring 2009 to follow soon...

Art Basel adventure guide...

(focusing on the pop surrealism/low brow/urban contemporary worlds):

We’re excited to be headed down to Miami this December to take part in the Gen Art Vanguard Fair. With all that will be going on during Art Basel week, we put together a lil’ “must see” list for ourselves and I thought I would share with those of you who might be headed down. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of galleries showing in Miami during this all-important week/weekend and below is a brief breakdown, by Fair, of the galleries that will be showing at each that come from the New Contemporary side of things (Low Brow, Pop Surrealism, Urban Contemporary, Graffiti, Street Art, etc) that regularly get attention from our lil’ bubble within the art world at large.

By no means is this a full list, you can check each Fair’s site for that. This isn’t even close, there is SO much going on during the week of Art Basel in Miami, no one person could really hit it all up. We’re just providing a focused list to help you try and traverse all these amazing Fairs in the time given, with an eye towards the pop surrealism, low brow and urban contemporary worlds.

If you make it down to Miami, please swing by our booth at Vanguard.

Art Basel
(located at the Miami Beach Convention Center via entrances on Convention Center Drive (Hall D) and Washington Avenue (Hall A))

Galleries taking part within the pop surrealism/low brow/urban contemporary worlds:
Deitch Projects
Roberts & Tilton

Opening Reception for invited guests: Wednesday, December 3, 2008, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Public Show Days:
Thursday, December 4 to Saturday, December 6, 2008:Daily from noon to 8 p.m.Sunday, December 7: noon to 6 p.m.

One-Day Ticket $35 Two-Day Ticket $55 Permanent Pass $75

Aqua Hotel
(located in South Beach, near Art Basel Miami Beach)

Galleries taking part within the pop surrealism/low brow/urban contemporary worlds:
Cerasoli : leBasse
Cinders Gallery
New Image Art
Billy Shire Fine Arts
White Walls

Preview: Wednesday evening, Dec. 3, 7-10pm preview invitation or VIP pass required

Dec. 4: 11am - 8pm / Dec. 5: 11am - 8pm / Dec. 6: 11am - 8pm / Dec. 7: 11am - 4pm

$15 Admission

Aqua Wynwood
(located in a warehouse in the Wynwood Arts District, near important venues like the Rubell Collection and many others)

Galleries taking part within the pop surrealism/low brow/urban contemporary worlds:
Jonathan Levine
Shooting Gallery
Sloan Fine Art
David B. Smith Gallery (formerly Limited Addiction)
Taylor deCordoba

Preview: Tuesday evening, Dec. 2, 5-8pmpreview invitation or VIP pass requiredDec. 3: 11am - 3pmDec. 4: 11am - 7pmDec. 5: 11am - 7pmDec. 6: 11am - 7pmDec. 7: 11am - 4pm

$15 Admission

Note: An Aqua shuttle runs in a continual loop between the Aqua Hotel, Aqua Wynwood, and Art Basel Miami Beach each day during regular event hours

Gen Art Vanguard New Contemporary Art Fair
(located at Charcoal Studios in the Wynwood Arts District, near important venues like the Rubell Collection / 2135 NW 1st Avenue / directly across the street from Pulse Contemporary Art Fair at SoHo Studios + near Scope Miami & Aqua Wynwood)

Galleries taking part within the pop surrealism/low brow/urban contemporary worlds:
Carmichael Gallery
M Modern Gallery
Mark Murphy / Murphy Design
Opera Gallery
Satellite Gallery
Yves Laroche Gallery
+ installations curated by Francesco LoCastro featuring the likes of Dalek (James Marshall), AJ Fosik, Gary Baseman and much more.

Dec. 4: VIP and Press Preview: 10 a.m. - 4 pm
Public Reception: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Dec. 5: General Admission: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Gen Art Official Party: 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Dec. 6: General Admission: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Dec. 7: General Admission: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Complimentary Daily Admission

VIP: (includes access to VIP Preview on Dec. 4th, VIP Lounge, and gift-bag at Official Party) Non-Members of GenArt: $40 admission

GENERAL ADMISSION: (includes access to Official Party and complimentary beverages)
Non-Members of GenArt: $20 admission

(located in the Wynwood Arts District @ SOHO Studios, 2136 NW 1st Avenue / directly across from Gen Art Vanguard)

Galleries taking part within the pop surrealism/low brow/urban contemporary worlds:
Copro/Nason Gallery
Richard Heller Gallery
Spinello Gallery

Wednesday, December 3 10am - 3pm
Thursday, December 4 10am - 6pm
Friday, December 5 10am - 6pm
Saturday, December 6 10am - 6pm
Sunday, December 7 10am - 5pm

General Admission $15.00
Students/Seniors $10.00
Group Discount $10.00

All tickets include admission to both PULSE and to GEISAI


Scope Miami
(located in the Wynwood Arts District in a new location @ 2951 NE 1st Avenue, between NE 29th & 30th Street)

Galleries taking part within the pop surrealism/low brow/urban contemporary worlds:
Joshua Liner Gallery

First View for all VIPs and Press Wednesday December 3 10am-6pm

Thursday December 4 10am-7pm
Friday December 5 10am-7pm
Saturday December 6 10am-7pm
Sunday December 7 10am-6pm

First View $100 Free for VIP cardholdersGeneral $15 Free for VIP card holders


The ‘Kaiju Monster Invasion’ Show
(located at the Art Center of South Florida @ 800 Lincoln Rd in Miami Beach adjacent to Art Basel / 305.989.3359 / Free Admission)

Opening Reception: Wed, December 3rd 8-10PM
Artists Signing: Fri, December 5th 8-10PM
Kaiju Themed Computer Music Concert: Sat, December 6th 8-10PM

Curated by Harold Golen (artist lineup not yet announced, but promising many of the finest from the scene as well as many artists from Japan to spice things up…)

Scion presents – ‘INSTALLATION 5: Self-Portraits’
(located at The Raleigh Hotel Penthouse @ 1775 Collins Ave in Miami Beach near Art Basel / Tel: 305.534.6300)

Opening Reception: Fri, December 5th

This year each artist was asked to create his or her literal, or non-literal interpretation of the theme ‘Self-Portraits’. Video art will be included for the first time in the tour’s five-year history, alongside painting and photography.

Artists on the tour will include:
AJ Fosik (3-D painting), Alex Hornest (painting), Andrew Schoultz (painting), Andy Howell (painting), Angela Boatwright (photography), Asylm (painting), Blek le Rat (painting), Christina M. Felice (photography), Codak (painting), David Choe (video art), Edwin Ushiro (painting), El Yem (video art), Eriberto Oriol (photography), Eye One (photography), Francesco LoCastro (painting), French (painting), Geoff Oki (video art), Ian Lynam (video art), J. Shea (painting), Jamel Shabazz (photography), Jeff Soto (painting), Kelsey Brookes (painting), Kofie One (painting), Lisa Alisa (painting), Logan Hicks (photography), Mark Mothersbaugh (rug), Nicholas Harper (painting), Patrick Martinez (painting), Peter Beste (photography), RETNA (painting), Rick Rodney (photography), Rob Abeyta Jr. (painting), Ron English (painting), Saber (photography), Sage Vaughn (painting), Skypage (painting), Stormie Mills (painting), Tessar Lo (painting),Too Tall Jahmal (photography), Usugrow (painting), Will Barras (painting), Yoskay Yamamoto (painting), and more.

OTHER FAIRS WORTH VISITING (but no specific recommendations for which galleries to check out at these):

Bridge Art Fair Miami Beach
(located at both the Catalina and Maxine Hotels, Bridge Miami leads the South Beach satellite art market, located a mere two blocks from Art Basel)

December 4 11 am-6 pm VIP First Look Preview 6 pm Opening-Night Party 10 pm
December 5 11 am-9 pm General Admission Fair Hours 2 pm General Public Tour 3-5 pm VIP Tour and Reception 10 pm Poolside Party
December 6 11 am-9 pm General Admission Fair Hours 1 pm General Public Tour 2-3 pm VIP Tour 10 pm Party with Miami cultural organization December 7 11 am-7 pm General Admission Show Hours 2-3 pm VIP Tour 6 pm Closing Night Toast

Bridge Art Fair Wynwood
(located in the Wynwood Arts District at NE 1st Avenue and NW 34th Street, adjacent to Art Miami, Photo Miami & AIPAD + centrally located between Scope, Pulse and Aqua)

December 3 11 am-9 pm General Admission Fair Hours 2 pm General Public Tour 3-5 pm VIP Tour and Reception December 4 11 am-9 pm General Admission Fair Hours 2 pm General Public Tour 3-5 pm VIP Tour and Reception December 5 11 am-9 General Admission Fair Hours 1 pm General Public Tour 2-3 pm VIP Tour December 6 11 am-7 pm General Admission Show Hours 1 pm General Public Tour 2-3 pm VIP Tour 10 pm After Party December 7 11 am-7 pm General Admission Show Hours 2-3 pm VIP Tour6 pm Closing-Night Reception

(located in the Wynwood Arts District @ SOHO Studios, 2136 NW 1st Avenue / directly across from Gen Art Vanguard)

Wednesday, December 3 10am - 3pm
Thursday, December 4 10am - 6pm
Friday, December 5 10am - 6pm
Saturday, December 6 10am - 6pm
Sunday, December 7 10am - 5pm

General Admission $15.00
Students/Seniors $10.00
Group Discount $10.00

All tickets include admission to both PULSE and to GEISAI


(located at The Ice Palace - 1400 North Miami Avenue on the corner of North Miami Avenue and NW 14th Street)

Wednesday, December 3 11am - 5pm
Thursday, December 4 11am - 7pm
Friday, December 5 11am - 7pm
Saturday, December 6 11am - 7pm
Sunday, December 7 11am - 4pm

ADMISSION: Free to public

Hope to see some of you down there. Be sure to swing by our booth at Vanguard if you do make it and say hello.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Keep-A-Breast auction now live...

The Keep A Breast foundation is a non-profit breast cancer awareness group that regularly brings together a large group of artists and celebrities to paint plaster casts of the woman's torso and then auction them off to support their cause.

The time has come again, and you can now go to the below link to get to bidding:

Over 50 painted busts are up for bid, including busts from top burlesque performers painted by rock stars Iggy Pop, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO alongside busts painted by such great artists as Amy Sol, Jesse Reno, Kelly Tunstall, Andy Howell, Pamela Jaeger, Ahren Hertel, Erik Siador, Jason Sherry, Joshua Krause, Mike Maxwell, NC Winters, Kevin Peterson, Lola, and Johnny Rodriguez aka KMNDZ (pictured above).

About Keep A Breast:
“our mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support. through art events, educational programs and fundraising efforts, we seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well-being.”

Recommended openings to catch this weekend...

Recommended openings to catch this weekend...

Fri, Oct. 24th 8PM
The Breakfast Club
662 Heliotrope Drive in Los Angeles
“Under The Cover Of Trees” featuring works from Zoso, Shannon Ingraham, Christine Monohan, Allie Peck and Jane G. Pryor – presented by L’Keg Gallery
(On view through Nov. 21st)

Fri, Oct. 24th 6-9PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.666.7667
“Gasoline” – book signing with Dame Darcy
(One-night only event)

Sat, Oct. 25th 7-10:30PM
Black Maria Gallery
3137 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles / 818.613.9090
“The Wonder” featuring works from Andy Kehoe (see image above), Ben Kehoe and Hiro Kurata + Michael Hsiung on the project wall
(On view through Nov. 15th)

Sat, Oct. 25th 9PM-1AM ($8 cover / $5 in costume)
Cannibal Flower
New location – 3775 S. Broadway Ave in Los Angeles
Monthly group show and performance with featured artist Preston Thomas along with a huge group show of over 50 artists alongside a musical performance from Unpopable, an all girl breakdancing set, DJ action and much more
(One-night only event)

Sat, Oct. 25th 7-10PM
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.287.2340
“Wonderland” featuring new works from Lola
(On view through Nov. 8th)

Sat, Oct. 25th 7-10PM
M Modern Gallery
2500 N. Palm Canyon in Palm Springs at Racquet Club Rd. / 760.416.3611
“Hunters and Gatherers” featuring new works from Joe Ledbetter

Sat, Oct. 25th 6-10PM
New Image Art Gallery
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood / 323.654.2192
“Dear & Yonder” art show to benefit the making of a lady surf film with works from Claire Rojas, Jo Jackson, Kyle Field, Rich Jacobs, Ed Templeton, Deanna Templeton, Evan Heccox, Thomas Campbell, and many more
(One-night charity event)

Sun, Oct. 26th 12-5PM (see previous post below for more info / image of this amazing place)
The Mosaic Tile House
1116 Palms Blvd in Venice (just off Lincoln Blvd) / 310.399.1469
Fall Studio Art Show & Sale from artists Cheri Pann & Gonzalo Duran – trust us, this place is AMAZING to check out in person

As always, if you would like to recieve this update weekly via e-mail, please sign up on the right hand side of the site. Get out there this weekend, some amazing shows to take in.

From The Streets Of Brooklyn...

Get ready... coming this January.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Geezers are coming!!!

Scion presents:
Big Geezers

Featuring new works and a massive site-specific mural install from:
The London Police, Galo, Pez, Morky, Miss Riel, Flying Fortress, Wayne Horse, Abner Preis and Minivila

Opening Sat, Nov. 8th in Culver City

Many of the artists are already starting to arrive in town this weekend, so look for some progress shots of the show in the coming weeks. Soooo can't wait for this one!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Robbie Conal’s ‘No Spitting, No Kidding’ opens this past Sat...

Robbie Conal's 25 year retrospective "No Spitting, No Kidding" opened this past Saturday at Track 16 in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica to a huge crowd of adoring fans.

While the name may not jump to mind with all reading this blog, his works are sure to be familiar to many an Angelino, having been on the cover of the LA Weekly numerous times, and popping up around the city around election time every four years. After creating his over-sized images via thick layers of oil, he then gets stacks of lithos made; and proceeds to instructs an army of guerrillas armed with buckets of wheat paste to put his work all over the city, serving up his indictments of a corrupt and broken government with tongue-in-check humor and overtly repulsive visuals, that somehow still manage to bring a smile to your face.

Conal has two books to his credit, has a monthly newspaper column and was getting up on the streets of L.A. long before it was the trendy thing to do.

"No Spitting, No Kidding" is an exhibition that highlights his large-scale political paintings and posters, as well as his new series of oil and photomontage work that chronicle the political media phenomena from recent decades. A very deserving exhibition and a testament to the power of Conal's work and message.

Check out a recent interview MetroMix did with Conal here:

Some other images from opening night (including the above crowd shot I grabbed - thanks Jack) can be found over at Daily DuJour here:

With the election just around the corner, this is the perfect exhibit to take in this weekend if you missed the opening.

Ekundayo & KMNDZ this past weekend with Robt. Williams...

KMNDZ did the logo and painted up the show room of GAS a couple years ago (aka Galpin Auto Sports in the San Fernando Valley where the show 'Pimp My Ride' is filmed)... this association led the Galpin family to invite Johnny to come on out and paint a mural during an event they had this past weekend. Johnny brought along Ekundayo and together the pair unleashed the above sick tribute to Rat Fink (measuring 8' x 4').

The event was a wild night that saw the boys hanging out and getting advice from Robert Williams (pictured above with the duo), Camp Freddy rockin' the stage with Ozzy on vocals as they painted, and a bunch of very expensive cars on display including the debut of a couple new cars from car customizer to the stars George Barris.

Red Forest is up through Halloween... don't miss your chance to view this amazing exhibit in person!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Karpinski is coming...

Timothy Karpinski
The Place I Call Home
Opening Nov. 7th in our project room

An interview with Timothy will be posted here in the coming days.

The Mosaic Tile House in Venice...

Fall 2008 Studio Art Show & Sale
Sunday - October 26, 2008 From 12 - 5 PM
1116 Palms Blvd in Venice (between Lincoln Blvd & Penmar Ave)
(310) 399-1469

Artists Cheri Pann & Gonzalo Duran invite you to the Fall 2008 Pre-Christmas Glass work, Pottery & Painting Exhibit & Sale. We stumbled upon this wonder of a home many, many years back and always share it with visitors anytime we get over to Venice. Just amazing the amount of love and work that has gone into their home. Every square inch inside and outside their home is covered in mosaic tile. Cheri creates the tiles, and Gonzalo breaks 'em up and mosaics their yard, their porch, their lawn, their floor inside, their walls and ceiling inside, their fence surrounding their home, their awning, the outside walls of their home... everywhere. Really has to be seen to really appreciate the time that went into it. And still they find new places to expand onto each time we swing through... inspiring in so many ways.

Definitely worth a visit if in the area next Sunday.

Big benefit with big names next Sat at New Image Art...

Dear & Yonder Benefit
Sat, October 25th 6-10PM
New Image Art
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles
(323) 654-2192

On Sat, October 25th New Image Art is hosting a benefit for the upcoming surf film Dear & Yonder. Tiffany Campbell and Andria Lessler have been working on the film for over a year to authentically document women who inspire both in and out of the water. This benefit has been organized to raise funds for the remaining production costs of the film, which will help keep it on track for a Summer 2009 release. The filmmakers' community has been integral to realizing the film, and is furthering its gracious support by donating artwork for the benefit.

This dynamic group of talent includes:
Clare Rojas, Thomas Campbell, Alex Kopps, Barry McGee, Spencer Tunik, Lori d., Andy Davis, Jo Jackson, Laura Flippen, Evan Hecox, Stefan Simikich, Johanna St. Clair, Amy Jo Diaz, Jeff Canham, Kyle Field, Erin Kunkel, Jay Nelson, Josh Lazcano, Serena Mitnik-Miller, Nathaniel Russel, Moses Berkson, Tiffany Campbell, Deanna Templeton, Chris Duncan, Liz Pepin, Rachel Kaye, Mason St. Peter, Nikki McClure, Rich Jacobs, Ed Templeton and more.

The exhibition space has been offered by Marsea Goldberg who is an avid surfer with 15 years of commitment to showing up and coming female artists, making New Image Art a perfect fit.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Recommended openings to catch this weekend...

Fri, Oct. 17th 7-11PM
The Grind
12222 Venice Blvd in Los Angeles
“Behind The Mask” group show with Clinton Neuhaus, Christopher Ulrich, Ted Von Heiland, Bob Lizarraga, Jennifer Springman, Christopher Hall and more plus live painting from Michael Pukac

Sat, Oct. 18th 6:30-10PM
2062 Sawtelle Blvd in Los Angeles / 310.445.9276
“Vote For Survival” featuring new work from Nikki McClure
(On view through Nov. 12th)

Sat, Oct. 18th 7-9PM (private reception) / 9PM-1AM (public reception) - $10 Admission
Hangar 1018
1018 S. Santa Fe in Los Angeles
Music Share – featuring artworks created by musicians or inspired by music and presented by Cannibal Flower, Aesthetic V and Milagro Communications with works from Ron English (pictured above), Slash, Mark Mothersbough, Lemmy Kilmister, Wayne Kramer, Shepard Fairey, Inger Lorre, Daniel Johnston, Richard Duardo, Anthony Ausgang, N.C. Winters, Michael Pukac, Michael Alvarez, Clinton Neahaus, Douglas Alvarez, Christopher Ulrich, and many more - 20% of all art sales will be donated to MusicCares, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to persons in the music business in critical financial need – - for more info on the exhibit, check out
(Also open to the public on Sun, Oct. 19th 1-4PM)

Sat, Oct. 18th 7-11PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.666.7667
“Family Guy C.R.A.P. (Collection of Rare Art Pieces)” – featuring over 20 participating artists interpreting the art of Family Guy – Mark Covell, Sam Fout, Chad Geran, JAKe, Joseph Lee, Lola, Bethany Marchman, Dan May, Mark McHaley, Pete McKee, Dominic Palchino, John Pelico, Dave Perillo, Julius Preite, Grant Searcey, Nathan Spoor, Joe Vaux, and more - presented by 20th Century Fox and Acme Archives

Sat Oct. 18th 6-10PM
Norm Maxwell Gallery
1836 Sawtelle Blvd in Los Angeles
“High Low Brow” featuring new works from Paul Torres

Sat, Oct. 18th 7-10PM
Track 16 Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue, C1 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.264.4678
“No Spitting - No Kidding” featuring new works from Robbie Conal
(On view through Nov. 12th)

Sat, Oct. 18th 7-10PM
2895 Agoura Road in Westlake Village / 805.497.4717
“Horror Business” group show curated by Eyeone featuring works by Alex Pardee, French, Andrew "The Kid" Farnsley, Axis, Dennis McNett, Derek Albeck, Eye One, Give Up, Jacob Bannon, Jawn Agione, Marco Zamora, Tomii Lim, William Boone, Woo and more

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

MOCA Contemporaries event upcoming...

I'm involved on the board for the MOCA Contemporaries which is a very cool organization that helps to fund events/exhibits at MOCA and I wanted to invite some of you to the next membership drive event coming up...

The MOCA Contemporaries is one of the Southland's premier cultural support organizations, the MOCA Contemporaries provide financial support for the museum through a variety of fundraising programs, and cultivate future leadership for MOCA by nurturing the next generation of art collectors and community leaders. Members enjoy a full calendar of exciting social and educational events, including studio and gallery visits, MOCA exhibition tours, lectures, day trips, and fundraisers. These activities promote awareness of the museum as well as a broader understanding of contemporary art and culture.

* Click on above invite to view larger image

Wed, October 29th
Blue Velvet
750 S. Garland Ave in Los Angeles

RSVP by October 25th to:

We're happy to have Michael Pukac on hand painting live on the patio for this special event.

Check out Pukac's work here:

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Joao Ruas sneak peek from "The Drawing Room" this November...

Joao Ruas
Haunted #16
Watercolor and gouache on board

This beauty and two others will be featured in The Drawing Room opening November 7th.

Look for a couple of additional new works from Ruas at our booth at Vanguard during Art Basel this December in Miami.

Past that, plans are already underway for his first solo with us in 2010... more details soon. A waiting list is already developing, so drop a line soon if you are interested in his work.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Press praise for 'Red Forest' starts to stream in...

"Judging from the crowd that showed up for the opening, KMNDZ & Ekundayo careers are going in an opposite direction when compared to the stock market right now. Entering the gallery was like entering into their own little post-nuclear apocalyptic world." - Arrested Motion

"The work from both artists is extremely good – each artist has a strong vision and the excellence in execution to draw viewers in completely and totally. Perhaps more importantly, both artists manage to mix the visual sugar with a sense of contextual depth that elevates the work beyond mere eye candy. Some onlookers proclaimed the show, “the best of the year”. That’s arguable but it’s safe to say this is one of the highlight shows of the year and should definitely put people on notice about both Ekundayo and KMNDZ. If you’re not watching both of these young artists, you need to start – now." - Daily DuJour

Arrested Motion coverage here:

Daily DuJour coverage here:

Also find some additional shots from Arrested Motion's very own Marcus Lo below:
*photo above courtesy of Daily DuJour

October 11th art adventure...

We went out this Saturday and hit up most of the big openings about town. We started the night off at the Ben Maltz Gallery on the campus of OTIS. They were in the midst of their Alumni weekend celebrations and the focul point of the whole event was Phantasmoria which featured a massive mural installation from Mark Dean Veca... images below...

The mural was sprawling and really must be seen in person to really appreciate the scope of it... the man of the hour is seen below chatting it up with Ben Maltz curator Meg Linton (also curator of In The Land Of Retinal Delights)...

After taking in all the details of Phantasmoria we headed over to Culver City to take in the 2nd show at the new location of Roberts & Tilton to take in Flowers As They Are In The Field (Hana Wa No Ni Aruyouni) featuring new works from Ai Yamaguchi as well as a killer installation in the middle of the gallery with a beautiful wrap around painting within...

Seen below is one of the two 'benches' featuring in the exhibit... how nice would that be to have sitting about the ol' home? Just not sure how one would really display and fight dust, seems you'd have to put it in a large case... regardless, very nice to behold and they really pop the exhibit off along with the install in the middle of the room...

Seen above is an interior shot of Flowers As They Are In The Field... beautiful show. After grabbing a quick bite we resumed our art adventure and headed down to Kinsey / Des Forges (formerly BLK/MRKT) to take in the debut LA solo show of local artist Lisa Solberg...

Definitely a different show for Kinsey and crew, but super colorful and huge works, worth a visit if over in Culver City for sure. After that we headed over to see the new joint venture between Project: and Cerasoli (ex-Lab 101), the new Cerasoli : LeBasse Gallery. The Blender group show was laid out really nicely and featured a very intensive installation from Japanese artist Ogi (aka Ryuichi Ogino). Blender also featued works from Vincent Hui (whose work didn't photograph well due to glare on glass, but must be seen - great find there for sure), Melissa Haslam (grouping of works featured below, and all had sold by end of night I hear... believe Hung-Hei from the Artchival board/Arrested Motion first found her and started posting about her work), Deth P. Sun and Mari Inukai (work pictured directly below) plus in gallery 2 they had new works from Jennifer Davis and Suzanne Sattler...

Above is the one and only Jack from Vinyl Pulse and Beau's camera shy wife Christine... almost got her :)

Above is Ogi's floor to ceiling install and below is the collection of smaller works from Australia's Melissa Haslam...

After hangin' out a bit at Beau and Freddi's new digs, we headed up the street a bit to take in the new show at BSFA (Billy Shire Fine Arts). They were featuring the 2nd solo show at their gallery from collage artist Miriam Wosk. Paradise and Wildlife featured sprawling collage works and a simply stunning install in the middle of the gallery (see below 2 shots)...

After taking in the show at BSFA we headed out towards downtown Los Angeles to a deserted area where one would never imagine to find an art show. Down a dark part of East Washington we came upon the BOXEight rental spot to take in Native Sons featuring new works from Sage Vaughn that was curated by his European representatives Galerie Bertrand & Gruner. Due to this, all the works were priced in Euros and definitely a huge increase over last year's showings... but word has it that he's been doing great over in the UK and Europe and this tour de force show was testament to that... one stunning over-sized work after another lined the walls of what turned out to be a very cool spot to have an underground art show...

The exhibit featured a great array of both his 'Wildlife' and 'Wildlives' series and also featured almost a dozen of his nail bat sculptures that we were lucky enough to have exhibited a few of back in one of our Picks of the Harvest group shows... just love the bats!

The man of the hour is seen below with my wife Shawn in front of one of his massive showstoppers... big ups to Sage for really delivering one hell of a show...

We headed out from the depths of nowhere LA on the outskirts of downtown into downtown proper to hit up the Zero One Gallery... far removed from gallery row near a strech of new lofts. On the way to the spot, we strolled into what we thought was another opening but we quickly figured out it was someone's loft party.. we could have crashed it, but we had art shows to see damn it! So onward to Zero One it was to take in the one and only Mear One's new solo exhibit. Upon entering you were greated by a sprawling wall of his new works along with segments of his new DVD (also being released this night) being projected upon the upper portions of the gallery's wall....

The downstairs featured Mear One's larger acrylic and oil works on canvas and board (seen below from the upstairs balcony) to smaller acrylic and ink works on paper in the loft/balcony area (seen above)

After taking in Mear's show and finally tracking him down to offer up congrats on a great show we loaded into the ol' VW to head over to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica to hit up our final stop of the night to catch Copro Nason's new show with Laurie Lipton. Day of the Dead was a full on display of skill. Laurie's graphite works were just intense. I highly suggest swingin' through Copro to catch this show next time you are out at Bergamot this month...

On the way to Copro, we almost threw in the ol' towel since it was close to 11PM and we'd been hitting up shows since 5PM, but upon arriving we ran into good friend and mega-collector Ryh-Ming Poon (with my wife Shawn above) and also collector Chris Ward - both of whom have a great eye for the works they chose to add to their collections...

I will leave you with Laurie's masterful "Angel of Death" (shown above)... my photo doesn't begin to do this work justice. Be sure to go out and catch this show in person.

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