Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Our newest addition to the collection...

Word To Mother
"Piece Of Mind"
Mixed Media on Salvaged Wood
24" x 19 1/2" (62 x 49cm)

The piece comes from WTM's third UK solo show with Stolenspace, 'Lost For Words', that took place this past March. Perfect mix of both his styles and works on many levels, love it.

For tons of great coverage on this show, check out Arrested Motion here and here.

Watch for WTM to return to the U.S. later this year at Upper Playground's Fifty24SF Gallery.

Kehinde Wiley this week: talk @ Getty + new solo @ Roberts & Tilton...

We've been looking forward to this one for a while. We first posted on this a month back, but wanted to post a reminder, along with a lil' more info on the show that opens this Saturday / 'The World Stage' series as a whole. Not to mention some info on Wiley's signing this Thur at The Getty Museum and a nice video shot around 'The World Stage: Africa' for a lil' further insight to this incredible talent.

Roberts & Tilton is pleased to announce 'The World Stage: Brazil', the latest offering of Kehinde Wiley’s ambitious 'World Stage' series. Through Wiley’s extensive investigative exchange, the artist’s contemporary yet historical oeuvre accentuates international cultures and their denizens, evoking discourse on an ever-expanding examination of globalization.

During Wiley’s residency in Rio de Janeiro, Afro-Brazilian men became the impetus for the majestic paintings, inspired by the iconic nationalistic sculptures that line the city streets and anchor its parks. Statesmen, noblemen, and the elite of Brazil are erased from their perches; the young black and brown men from present-day favelas are aggrandized. In tandem with the homoerotic undertone, Wiley further challenges the realm of the conventional male gaze. The viewer is forced to confront notions of the inherent colonial influence, exoticism and festishization.

Though weaving in the history of Western portraiture, the Brazilian essence radiates from Wiley’s new body of work. Oversized, tropical flowers bursting in bloom, appropriated from brightly hued indigenous textiles, encompass the spirit and culture of Brazil. Set against a storied backdrop of Brazilian iconography, the male subjects pose in their own clothing, reflecting a reverence for American conspicuous consumption. Past segments of 'The World Stage' include Africa (image from that series above) and China. This is Wiley’s third solo exhibition with Roberts & Tilton. Previously, Wiley has had solo museum exhibitions at The Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, New York), the Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, Ohio) the Portland Art Museum (Portland, Oregon) and most recently The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, New York). He has also been included in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, (Los Angeles, California), the Rubell Family Collection, (Miami, Florida), the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.), and the Whitney Museum (New York, New York).

Kehinde Wiley on His Art and Its Influences
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2009Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300

Please note: due to high demand, people without reservations or those arriving later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the program may be seated in a second auditorium to view the program on video simulcast.

The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles - approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.

Below is a great video on 'The World Stage: Africa' collection and how it came together, please take a moment to check it out.

The World Stage: Brazil - opens Sat, April 4th (6–8pm)
April 4th – May 30th
Tuesdays–Saturdays (11am–6pm)
Roberts & Tilton Gallery (5801 Washington Blvd)

Monday, March 30, 2009

An interview with Cherri Wood...

An interview with Cherri Wood

Cherri Wood is a young illustrator that is based out of Minnesota. Her watercolor and ink studies explore various areas of the human psyche such as alienation, childhood idiosyncrasies, and general psychosis. Each drawing contains quotes and dialog culled from a plethora of classic plays and short stories helping to narrate each work in its own special way. She is deeply influenced by independent films, graphic novels, comic art, and photography.

In the new series of works for 'trouble, clearly' a variety of methods and mediums were used in the creative process such as staining patterns created with tea, floral material, caramel soda, and various juice mixes along with acrylic paint and india ink.

Wood has shown with Andenken Gallery, Gallery 1988, Project Gallery, O Contemporary/Opus Underground, and also took part in this past year’s GenArt Vanguard Fair that took place during Art Basel in Miami, FL.

Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind you new series of works for “trouble, clearly”?
The general vibe behind 'trouble, clearly' is fairy dark and haunting. There are mixture of ghost-like figures in ambiguous locations….there are lots of layering with maps, text.

Over the past two years you’ve been experimenting a good bit with the mediums that you create with, care to elaborate a bit onsome of the new techniques you have been incorporating into this new body of work?
There are a few newer techniques I’m using in this current body of work which I haven’t tried on my earlier work. I incorporated elements of collage and drawing, text, and map transfers to most of the pieces I have for 'trouble,clearly'. The addition of using the map and text transfers let me experiment with the visual texture and noise I was creating on the page, so that was fun. These new techniques, I think, helped me create a much darker air to my pieces. In some ways I think the drawings slightly evolved from what they were in the past.

What’s your earliest memory involving art or creating art?
I’m not very sure…my memories are slight blurs nowadays….I remember when I was around five or six I had this obsession with ghosts and birds. There was something about them that intrigued me.

When are you most productive/when do you normally work on art?
I am mostly productive during the early hours of the morning. I’m currently attending school so it had now shifted to the late hours of night…which I dislike greatly, but I have to work with it.

Tell us something about yourself that someone would never guess in their wildest dreams.
I have this strange trait about my laugh and my sneeze. When I sneeze it sounds like a mouse just exploded. When I laugh it looks like someone pressed the mute button on me (however, it works in awkward situations pretty well).

Are you reading anything right now?
I’m rereading “Night” by Wiesel and Kobe Abe's amazing book “The Box Man.”

Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favourite that inspires.
Yes-yes! I need music when I’m drawing, it’s absolutely essential. My current favourites are Chopin, Strauss, Zoe Keating, Muhr, Nest, Amon Tobin, Blockhead…..many more.

If you had to explain your work to a stranger, how would you do so?
I’d say…my work explores various themes such as idiosyncrasies, isolation, humiliation, and memory. Haunting figures almost coming out of ghost-films appear in ambiguous space in each of my illustrations.

Favourite artists (living or dead) and what makes them special to you?
I absolutely love the work of Sophie Jodoin. Her work is so thought provoking and chilling, She is one of those rare jewels that literally take my breath every time and I am left never disappointed and always astonished. For more, check out: http://www.sohpiejodoin.com/

What have you got coming up in terms of shows and projects after “trouble, clearly”?
I will be in a group show around August 2009 at the Carmichael Gallery alongside Candice Tripp and two others. I’m also planning on launching some limited edition prints of my past work. I will hopefully be working on dry point and mono prints and exploring this whole aspect more, as it feels like very new territory for me.

Don't miss Cherri's debut Los Angeles solo show at Thinkspace coming up on April 10th.

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fysimone/
Live Journal: http://cherriwood.livejournal.com/
Sneak Peek at trouble, clearly:

Cherri Wood
trouble, clearly

Opening Reception: Fri, April 10th 7-11PM in the project room

4210 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles

Juxtapoz post full interview with Brandi Milne...

Following their '20 Questions' mini-feature with Brandi Milne last week, Juxtapoz have gone and posted a more in-depth interview with Milne...

Check it out here and get ready for her solo show next Fri, April 10th @ Thinkspace... and be sure to attend to take part in her 'Easter Egg Hunt'... details here.

We'll also be posting a short interview we did with Brandi recently here in the coming days, so watch for that as well.

In the meantime, keep an eye on our 'Sneak Peek' feature over at Flickr. More shots will be posted as we head into the opening night including shots of the installation process. Keep an eye on things here.
*Portrait image courtesy of Hurley

Todd Schorr opening night at Merry Karnowsky...

The opening reception for Todd Schorr's 'The World We Live In' opened this past Saturday at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery and highlighted four major new works, along with color studies and process drawings for each. There was also a number of new prints available on both canvas and paper, along with all of his past prints, which were framed and on view for all to enjoy.

Many of LA’s art world elite came out to pay their support to Schorr including wife and fellow artist Kathy Staico-Schorr as well as Robert Williams, Tara McPherson, Van Arno, Mark Dean Veca, Brandi Milne, Gary Baseman, Tommy Hollenstein, Bob Dob, Gregg Gibbs, Jason Maloney, Ana Bagayan, Luke Chueh, Thomas Han, and many more. Yep... you read that right, there was indeed a Thomas sighting at this show.

THE massive showstopper - "An Ape Allegory" - $135K and sold!!!

The night was hosted by David Arquette (along with his sister Patricia Arquette) and well known pop surrealism collectors Leonardo DiCaprio and his parents were in attendance as well. There were a number of other ‘stars’ in attendance, but I’d say more ‘B’ level TV types… the ones you recognize, but couldn’t name if you had a gun to your head type.

It was a paparazzi fest to say the least, with many of LA's brightest out to support. Sadly, I didn't get in touch prior to the opening to get a 'press pass', so I was only able to snap off a couple shots. Honestly didn't think it would be an issue, considering we've been covering Merry's shows for five years now here on Sour Harvest, but alas, when stars and their fragile egos get involved, all has to be cleared and such in advance. Go figure.

Be sure to check out Arrested Motion for more great coverage and add'l pictures here.

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
“The World We Live In” featuring new works from Todd Schorr
(On view through April 18th)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mr. Brainwash pays homage to Sid Vicious...

Mr. Brainwash recently went large on LaBrea paying tribute to the one and only Sid Vicious. Thing is, he went up over the amazing Ericailcane mural that was only up for a short time... so look for this to get interesting in the weeks ahead.

'American Realities' opens at New Image Art...

'American Realities' opened last night at New Image Art in West Hollywood to a packed house. The works of Lydia Fong (aka Barry McGee), Clare Rojas and Andrew Jeffrey Wright were on display and did not disappoint. These three always deliver and have done numerous shows together over the years and are great friends as well, and it shows.

McGee really showed strength through diversity with this show, and exhibited a ton of great work. The above wall of geometrics was different than usual, in that it highlighted the words 'Lydia' in the collage make up...

One of McGee's signature "wall pimples" in full effect... below numerous close ups of other choice works from McGee that caught our eye...

How does he paint these? Hard to even look at without going all crosseyed... awesome.

Several of his highly detailed ballpoint pen works were included in the show...

The gem of the show, in my opinion, was hidden most of the night as it was in the shadow of a pedestal that held one of McGee's sculptures... but he's a tendency to put awesome pieces in crazy places and that's why going to his shows are always so fun...

Opening night crowd view with McGee's wall of geometrics and wall pimple in the background...

Classic McGee.

Unique install from McGee featuring his new direction of works...

And another install from McGee...

Close up of one of McGee's newer pieces... incorporating his use of geometrics still, but more minimal in certain aspects...

Another close up of one of the 'wall pimple' pieces...

Me wants :)

McGee checking out some new ink Travis Millard got recently...

Wall of work from Clare Rojas...

Close up of Clare's massive centerpiece...

Clare's new works were just beautiful... over 30 new pieces were included in the show...

My favorite of the new pieces from Rojas...

In the project room were the works of Andrew Jeffrey Wright...

Where a trashcan was filled with Furbies... but once one walked around the back, they found an automated Frubie that kind of mimiced the traveling installation piece from McGee that had Amaze bombing a bathroom (that was housed in the back of an old truck trailer)... genious this lil' install was, be sure to check it out when you swing through (as you could well miss it).

The whole project room was just taken over by Wright - one of the walls above. His view on life and things in general, is 100% unique and all Wright.

Andrew Jeffrey Wright delivered a short set of his unique stand up comedy...

While Barry McGee and the crowd looked on...

Above, ithe crowd gathers to hear Peggy Honeywell (Clare Rojas' alter-ego)... her acoustic driven songs are just beautiful and I can't recommend enough picking up some of her albums...

Peggy Honeywell (aka Clare Rojas) in action... check out a short song from her set the night of the opening below...

New Image Art
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.654.2192
"American Realities" featuring new works from Clare Rojas, Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Lydia Fong (aka Robert Pimple, aka Barry McGee)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

2H (aka Joseph McSween) opening night @ Ronin Gallery...

2H (aka Joseph McSween) opened up his debut Los Angeles show last night at The Ronin Gallery out in Echo Park and showed all that he's back in a big way...

The Ronin Gallery crew with 2H, Stephen Wong (Arrested Motion) and LC (Thinkspace)

PBR me ASAP...

Main wall with mural... Over 8' tall. Awesome.

Mural close up...

Check out the time video above that the Ronin folks shot of the mural coming together...

My favorite two above... just so much growth in these pieces.

"Rad" - show card piece - 24x24"

Things were starting to fill up pretty nicely when we left about 10PM...

As it was time to go home and get some sleep like this lil' sharpay puppie that was stealing the night from 2H... how cute is that lil' bugger??!?!

1924 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles