Archive for March, 2009

Press On!

We were given the oppurtunity to run some great contests to start the year off and work with some great publications. Along the way, we’re given some press — though small, but it’s a great start being that none of us started this company knowing much about the industry and/or its people AND the promotions didn’t cost anything out of our pockets.

If you skimmed through April’s issue of Blender, you’d miss our ‘spot’ everytime. It took me a few runs through the magazine to find it because it was really small. But we’re there!

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If you remember, this was the first image showing our participation in Blender’s ‘Burning Question’ Contest.

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We also got some press from both Right On! and Black Beat’s April and May issues respectively.

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–dinoxsketchpad

Keepin’ Up With Tradition

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Tradition is hosting a great little art exhibit with artists EyeOne and Patrick Martinez this weekend. Definitely a nice show to check out if you are around the area. I’ve already written my schpeel of how great the shop is and how it caters to really great art along with the lot of exclusive shoes and clothes they carry. And as always, the people who run the place are very helpful and cordial so you’ll always feel welcomed whether it’s your first time or your hundredth.

Where?
Tradition
2895 Agoura Rd
Westlake Village
Ventura, CA 91361

When?
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 21st @ 7-10PM
Show runs thru April 19, 2009

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Be Like Mike

Saturday evening, I headed out to Mike Bilz’ show and met up with some friends there. I left the show pretty inspired by his “Word of the Day” artworks which littered the wall. The idea he had was basically to do a drawing or a small painting everyday to keep the creative juices flowing all year long. What’s even more cool is the fact that he makes his drawings coincide with each word in a calendar-pages, hence ‘Word of the Day’. Clever.I was so inspired that I’m actually picking up the routine in my own daily life now. Thanks Mike. The night rounded out to be a fairly awesome one as it’s been a little while since we all had the chance to hang out with each other.

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Some other great art pieces showing at Alpha Cult:

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N.C. Winters

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Prince Of Cake

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Bill McEvoy

There are a lot more great pieces at the shop that I’m too lazy to post. I recommend anyone around the area to drop by and see the works for yourself. I returned earlier today to purchase a couple of Mike’s works. Can’t wait to bring it home!

–dinoxsketchpad

A Future We’d Forgotten

Alpha Cult is hosting another great show tonight here in Long Beach. This time, we have Otis graduate Mike Bilz.

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Sorry for the late notice. A lot of my plans got changed within a matter of two phone calls but I will be in attendance at this show later tonight. See you there!

Where?
Alpha Cult
408 E. 1st St. #102
Long Beach, CA 90802

When?
Opening Reception : Saturday, March 14, 2009 @ 7-11PM
Show runs through April 8th

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Women Of The World

French artist J.R. is continuing with his installations themed ’28 Millimeter:Woman’ which is a statement of the unseen and unempowerment of women in desolate lands. The objective of the entire project is to draw the world’s attention to the often overlooked lives of women in these harsh habitats. The project starts off with him lugging his camera around and taking pictures of the local village’s women and reproducing the films into a massive scale. His first installments done in Kibera, Kenya were so immense in size, you could locate it on Google Earth. Here are some pictures of the Kenyan project:

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As you can see here, the whole project is an undescribable beauty through the eyes of Google Earth:

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J.R.’s already hit up his second location, which is my family’s homeland — Cambodia. Right in the heart of the country’s capital, Phnom Penh.

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The next stop is New Delhi, India and then he’ll roll out to Paris, France in time for the Tour De France event which I’m sure will get him a lot of press and media attention.

–dinoxsketchpad

Creative Recreation

I paid a visit to a friend of mine, Ysabel, at her little workshop in Cal State Long Beach’s Art Department. She’s been busy working on some really awesome ceramic arts and she mentioned having a show some time in July. I’ll have more details on that later. For now, here are some of her wonderful pieces:

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And now for some of the other shots around campus:

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–dinoxsketchpad

Double Dippin’ On The Explosions In A Mental Sky

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David O’ Brien and Tofer Chin are having a joint exhibition this weekend. Looks to be a great event to attend and if many of you remember, we were able to meet & greet Tofer in his solo showing out in Venice Beach a while back. It’d be nice to see what new works he has up his sleeves for this one. Here’s the press release I was sent:

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

C E R A S O L I gallery is pleased to present a pair of exhibitions by two artists producing graphically bold works that blur the distinctions between the natural and synthetic worlds: David O’Brien: ‘Explosions in a Mental Sky’ in Gallery One and Tofer Chin: ‘Double Dip’ in Gallery Two at the C E R A S O L I gallery (8530-B Washington Blvd in Culver City). Opens March 14, 2009, and remains on view through April 15, 2009. Opening reception is Saturday, March 14, from 6 – 9pm.

David O’Brien, a Los Angeles based artist who trained as an architect with the legendary Frank Gehry, creates large-scale, highly intellectual ink and color pencil paintings. O’Brien’s background in architecture is evident within his work, where abstract compositions seem to crystallize into patterns that are ordered with mathematical rigidity while seeming to flow with the serendipity of a constellation or school of fish. With an interest in cultivating intuition and freedom more than knowledge, O’Brien strives to integrate his own highly personalized, hand crafted language with more universal forms and landscapes. From a distance, O’Brien’s patterns are expansive, giving the beautiful illusion of a moonscape clustered with geometric stalagmites, astro dust floating through space. Approaching his work, however, we experience an incremental shift in our perspective, as one pushed for light years through a wormhole to get a closer look at the world and our place in it. ‘Love is in a little crystal,’ O’Brien states, ‘some glowing pixels…’ It’s in the edges of the explosion where O’Brien best reveals us to ourselves.

Evoking the aesthetics of Op art, Tofer Chin’s ‘Double Dip’ is a continuation of his latest body of work. Focused on sensory perception, he continues to explore ‘a world of electronic psycho sexual energy.’ For this show, Chin perseverates on LSD; its psychological and spiritual impact, as well as its entertainment and allure. The result – three, large format paintings; bear the trademark of inspired hallucination. As modified rainbow apparitions pop out of 2-dimensional surfaces and sharp colors seem to glide from glassy canvas onto the gallery wall, a line is blurred between the real and the illusory. Chin ultimately completes his trip with cause and effect: a limited-edition print on blotter paper, resembling perforated acid tabs and a photograph of an unadulterated rainbow. Mirroring the experience from which it came, ‘Double Dip’ is an enigmatic exhibition, intimate and communal; fleeting and impossible to duplicate. Tofer Chin, a Los Angeles native, continues to exhibit, in both gallery and museum, in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Barcelona, and Australia. Past works appear in The Los Angeles Times, Flaunt, Nylon, Trace, Big, Vice, Rojo, and Idn. In 2006, Rojo published his first book of photography, entitled ‘Finger Bang’, and in 2008, published his highly anticipated follow-up, entitled ‘Vacation Standards’.

Big thanks to Lucy for the nice update.

Where?
CERASOLI Gallery
8530-B Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

When?
Opening Reception : Saturday, March 14th @ 6 – 9pm
Exhibit will be shown thru April 15th.

–dinoxsketchpad