Friday, January 30, 2009
This multi-media exhibition features highlights from over 200 exhibitions, 35 artists-in-residence, our art catalogs published by Grand Central Press and more! Notable artists such as Mark Ryden, Jeffrey Vallance, Camilla Rose Garcia, Jeff Gillette, Robert Williams, and Extremo the Clown are just some of their past artists showing in celebration of this landmark milestone in Grand Central Art Center's history.
February 7th 7-10 pm - soft opening. Admission is Free.
March 7th 7-10PM - Main kick off event party. Admission is Free.
Extremo the Clown
Elizabeth Turk and Kirara Kawachi
David Michael Lee
Myron Conan Dyal
Camille Rose Garcia
Exhibition runs through April 11th
For full details, click here.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies today arrested at least eight alleged members of the notorious Metro Transit Assassins tagging crew, some of whom are believed to be responsible for a several-blocks-long “MTA” tag in the concrete Los Angeles River bed that authorities say will cost millions of dollars to remove.
The arrests occurred during a series of early-morning raids centered in the Hollywood area. Among those detained for a parole violations is a famous tagger whose work “SMEAR” has has won acclaim in the art community.
Those arrested were booked on suspicion of vandalism, drug possession, narcotics for sales, weapons possession and other parole violations, officials said
“These individuals are responsible for tags not only in Los Angeles but Las Vegas and San Francisco,” said Sheriff’s Cmdr. Dan Finkelstein, who is chief of the Metropolitan Transit Authority police. “The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that removing the “MTA” tag from the riverbed alone will cost $3.7 million."
Cleaning graffiti from the river is far more expensive than cleaning other areas. Officials use high-pressure water spray to remove the toxic paint.
But hazardous-materials crews must then dam and capture all the paint and water runoff to prevent it from getting into the river. The crew did an additional $20,000 worth of damage to transit vehicles and facilities. Finkelstein said the Los Angeles River “MTA” tag, in a vast industrial district east of downtown between two rail yards, took about 400 gallons of paint — 300 gallons white and 100 gallons black. “It took them four nights to do it,” he said.
The three block letters cover a three-story-high wall and run the length of several blocks between the 4th Street and 1st Street bridges. The tagging crew, which is also known as “Melting Toys Away” and “Must Take All,” began about the time the transportation agency began using the MTA letters. Investigators say they have statements, including some on video, that implicate some of the crew members in the enormous tag.
To grasp how HUGE this tag is, watch this video.
Our thoughts go out to these guys. Let's hope they don't throw the book at them too hard.
Check out Jaime's coverage over at SuperTouch here.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 28, 2009, 8-11pm
University Art Gallery @ University of California San Diego
Mark Dean Veca - Paintings, Wall Drawings and Collaborations
(On view through March 15th)
Fri, Jan. 30th 9PM-1AM ($8 at the door / 18+)
719 S. Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles / 213.683.8827
“Booty!” – curated by Heidi ‘Bluegirl’ Calvert and featuring all manor of pirate themed art, sexy performances, live music, art on display from KRK Ryden, Art Weeks, Wil Cohen, Shahid Brown, Paul Torres, Bill Bronson, Oriana Small, Debra Haden, Dave Naz, Brad Miller, Alan Deforest, and many more plus Mad Jack The Pirate and Kaptain Kula as your hosts
530 South Hewitt Street #141 in Los Angeles / 213.689.0101
“Graff Since ‘69” – new works from Chaz Bojorquez
(On view through Feb. 15th)
Saturday, Jan. 31st 9PM-1AM ($8 admission / $5 as walking art)
NEW LOCATION: 821 traction ave #106 (across from Crazy Gideons) in Los Angeles
Sat, Jan. 31st 6-9PM
110 Winston St. in Los Angeles / 213.627.8272
"On the One" Closing Night Party featuring Live Painting by “Unification Theory”. Core members include visual artist Overton Loyd (from legendary Funk band Parliament-Funkadelic), renown graffiti artist Man One, visual artist/writer Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca and special guest painter Favianna Rodriguez along with live music by Lonnie Marshall and DJ Phyz Ed spinning Hip Hop jams. Artwork created during past Unification Theory performances as well as pieces created that night will be available for purchase.
Saturday, Jan. 31st, 3–5 pm
Sat, Jan. 31st 12:30 – 2:30
7308 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.938.0091
Eyegore figure (chrome edition) signing with The Pizz
Sat, Jan. 31st 9PM-4AM ($10 at the door / 21+)
Rabbit + Gun
2323 East Olympic Blvd in Los Angeles
“Reflect” presents “I Love LA” with 10 LA-based artists on view, live painting from Mear One, a photobooth by Lawrence Cassel, live music and more.
Sat, Jan. 31st 6-9PM
Sam Lee Gallery
990 North Hill Street, #190 in Chinatown area of Los Angeles / 323.227.0275
“Flesh + Bone” new sculptural works from Rebekah Bogard (*image above of Bogard's sculptural work)
(On view through March 14th)
Sun, Feb. 1st (check for time, may just be during normal hours...)
7662 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.655.0770
“This Is Los Angeles” – a photographic retrospective from Estevan Oriol
(On view through Feb. 28th)
Mon, Feb. 2nd 8PM-Midnight (*may be invite-only / not sure at this time...)
Pacific Electric Lofts
610 S. Main Street in Los Angeles
'World On Fire' exhibition curated by Will I. Am, Kris Lewis, and Justin Giarla from the Shooting Gallery featuring portraits of grammy nominees painted by: Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Gary Baseman, Shawn Barber, Kris Lewis, Lori Earley, Sas Christian, David Stoupakis, Joshua Petker, Paul Chatem, Greg Gossel, Henry Lewis, Shawn Barber, Van Arno, Matthew Bone, Helen Garber, Mike Maxwell, and many more.
(On view through Feb. 8th open daily 11am-6pm)
Tue, Feb. 3rd 7-10PM
7020 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.937.7088
“Cackle Factory” featuring new works from Brandt Peters
(On view through Feb. 27th)
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Dan-ah Kim recently helped create a music video for Asobi Seksu. Dan-ah co-directed the clip with filmmaker Aaron Stewart-Ahn and created the animation that appears throughout the video. The video is for their first single off their new album called Hush. It was made under a very tight budget and even tighter deadlines, so Dan-ah warns us all it may be a lil' rough, but she had a blast working on it and we thought it would be cool to share it with you all.
Be sure to check out the work in Dan-ah's current show that's on view out in NYC at Giant Robot here.
Look for Dan-ah to make her return to Los Angeles with us next summer - already looking forward to that!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Mark Dean Veca
Paintings, Wall Drawings and Collaborations
Opening Reception: Thurs, Jan. 29th 6-8:30PM
Exhibition On View: Jan. 30th - March 15th
University Art Gallery
University of California San Diego
Mandeville Center / 9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
Tue-Sun 11AM-5PM (free admission)
Also, mark your calendars now:
Special artist talk with Vecca on Thurs, Feb. 26th @ 7:30PM in the Ledden Auditorium (inside the Humanities & Social Science Bldg - room 2250)
Mark Dean Veca is renowned for creating paintings, drawings and installations that portray surreal cartoons, psychedelic landscapes, and pop culture iconography while also being inspired by long-established decorative motifs. He is widely recognized for his all-encompassing installations that surround the viewer and inspire a sense of awe. Revealing fantastical and, at times, humorous imagery with frenzy and pattern-like precision, his works often resemble a modernized interpretation of toile painting. In the 1998 catalogue for Veca’s El Gloominator exhibition, Steve Mitchell asserts that “Veca works in the meticulous tradition of the fresco painter to produce an image that paradoxically evokes the immediacy of the graffiti artist.”
This solo exhibition will for the first time present a comprehensive overview of his practice, including two new wall paintings, one inside the gallery and one outside, documentation and studies for previously realized projects, paintings on a variety of surfaces and works that he has made with companies such as: Ford Motors, Nike, Burton Snowboards; editions he has produced in collaboration with museums; and works made with other artists such as the New York artist and designer KAWS.
For further details check out http://uag.ucsd.edu/
The good folks over at Vimby.com posted their interview with ELBOW-TOE & ARMSROCK today. They swung through during the set up and on the opening night of our big 'Mostly Memory' exhibit last month. The short feature came out just great - thanks Vimby!
View more about 'Mostly Memory' here
View works from the show here
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Aaron was the owner and director of Alleged Gallery in New York City and created Alleged Press, which has released books featuring the art of Ari Marcopoulos and Chris Johanson. He is also co-editor of ANP Quarterly, published by RVCA.
The show, 'Born To Cry', is on view currently at Hope Gallery over in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles through Feb. 11th - 1547 Echo Park Avenue / 323.782.9221.
Friday, January 23, 2009
The dimensions of the featured canvases are those of an average man; the life size work emphasises the real life problem faced by the 35,000 men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK every year. For more info on this show and auction, please visit http://www.artists11.com/
In other Mr. Jago news, look for him to be featured in the upcoming March issue of Juxtapoz magazine. Super excited that he's getting this well deserved feature.
Looking ahead, we'll be hosting Mr. Jago this August in our project room during the big ModArt curated show and plans are already underway for a solo in our main gallery in 2010. Can't wait!
Sat, Jan. 24th 7-10PM
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.654.2192
“15th Anniversary Show” with works from Faile, Bast, Jeff Soto, Judith Supine, Deanna Templeton, Barry McGee, Claire Rojas, Chris Johanson, Tauba Auerbach, Chris Lindig, Megan Whitmarsh, Antonio Diaz, Rich Jacobs, Skullphone, Caroline Hwang, Neck Face, Jamie Williams, The Date Farmers, Kelsey Brookes, Jo Jackson, Anthony Lister, Cleon Peterson, Aiko, Os Gemeos, Taylor McKimens, The Clayton Brothers, Cody Hudson, David Ellis, Eddie Martinez, and many, many more – please note this will take place in the vacant space next door to their main gallery
Congratulations to Marsea on this huge accomplishment!!!
New Image will be showing videos and slide presentations and inviting some of their favorite past musical guests for live performances, dancing, and an all around good time.
Rich Jacobs and his friends are building a replica of the original New Image Art when it was upstairs and in only a 10 by 10 foot room. Rich will be driving down from SF and will be installing one of his curated 'Move' exhibits (see flier above) in this specially constructed space. Included in this special edition of the 'Move' series are works from Jodran Isip, Phil Frost, Thomas Campbell, Mofo, Tim Kerr, Melinda Beck and many more.
Judith Supine is making an 18 foot high 16 foot wide kinetic sculpture. Ed and Deanna Templeton are each doing photographic installations, Jose Parla is sending a piece in and Shepard's piece is off the hook (see above) plus a beautiful Eddie Martinez will be included in the show as well (see below). This one is not to be missed... it's like a who's who of the Beauitful Losers.
Looking for something else to do as well, be sure to check out our post below of this weekend's 'Recommended Openings'.
Renowned artist Mark Ryden will sign copies of his newest release The Tree Show (2009), a hardcover collection of recent works. Through paintings and sculpture inspired by the Roman poet Ovid’s tales of transformation in Metamorphoses, Ryden explores the mythological and transformative properties of trees, offering familiar preoccupations in new settings.
MOCA members will receive a 10% discount on the publication.
Ryden will only sign copies of The Tree Show purchased from the MOCA Store (proof of purchase required) on a first come, first served basis. Due to high demand, early arrival is recommended; the signing will end promptly at 5pm. The galleries at MOCA Grand Avenue will be closed to the public January 26 through February 14, 2009, for the installation of Dan Graham: Beyond
Mark Ryden @ Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) - a cool $125K!!!
Mark Ryden @ Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
Mark Ryden @ Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
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