Subliminal Projects will be hosting a guaranteed AWESOME art event with Sam Flores — one of my all-time favorite painters — on Saturday, May 2nd. This is a MUST-GO event and I’m sure it’s going to be packed so get there early.
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword
Sorry I’ve been totally swamped in work for the last couple of weeks and just don’t have the time, nor the energy, to be on the computer BUT here’s a great event this weekend that I was just notified of. Thanks again Lucy!
Los Angeles – March 2009 – Mid-City Arts is pleased to present the first solo show ever from the infamous LA graffiti artist, Chaka. Resurrection opens April 25th and will feature highly anticipated new work from the mysterious Chaka.
Daniel Ramos, AKA Chaka, was 18 when he was arrested and charged in 1991 with 48 counts of vandalism, trespassing and causing $500,000 in property damage. Chaka’s signature tag had appeared in a staggering 10,000 locations from Orange County to San Francisco. At the height of his notoriety Chaka was demonized by mainstream media and culture as being little more than a prolific vandal. At the same time he was celebrated by street artists who admired the ability of a teenager from the projects to literally make his mark on the vast, glitzy LA cityscape in such a ubiquitous manner. He is credited with breaking away from the New York “wildstyle” popular at the time and introducing clearer, more blockish lettering into tagging. Chaka was one of the first to create a reputation as a recognizable individual tagger, and spawned many imitators. However Chaka was not just a lone operative. He was part of the LOD crew and as such, his work in reclaiming hard to reach places of the cityscape (freeway overpasses, walls, trains etc) on behalf of his crew is recognized by fellow taggers as a selfless achievement for LA’s graffiti scene as a whole.
After spending a year tracking down the once unavoidable Chaka, Mid-City Arts presents his first solo show. For Chaka’s fans as well as street art collectors, this will be a rare opportunity to revisit the nostalgia of the early 90’s, and own a piece of LA’s cultural history. Chaka himself will be in attendance and there will be a limited number of signed posters in addition to his works available for sale. The opening reception will take place April 25th, 7:00-9:00pm at Mid-City Arts, 5113 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019. For more info visit: www.chakaone.com
After traveling to Cambodia last year I fell in love with the people of that country. Everyday I think about the amazing children I met and how I could help them. Most of these children lack the necessities of food, clothing, shoes, and transportation. Many can’t even afford the pencils and notebooks they need to attend school. So instead of attending class they sell trinkets at the temples in order to survive.
“30 CUSTOMS BY 30 ARTISTS: An Auction to benefit the Children of Cambodia” is the first step in trying to help the children that have impacted my life. I have reached out to 30 of my friends and asked them to create a custom toy specifically for this auction. Every cent from the sale of these customs will go directly to help the children I have met in Cambodia. With the help of people that I have met in Cambodia, I will be delivering clothing, shoes, books, paper, pens, and bicycles to children of Siem Reap villages. It has been a passion and a dream of mine to use art as a way of helping children and communities all over the World, and I am excited about this first step.
This weekend I will be auctioning off one-of-a-kind custom works from: 123KLAN, Alex Pardee, Andrew Bell, Beast Brothers, Brian Morris, DEPH, DEVILROBOTS, FILTH, Gary Baseman, ILoveDust, Jime Litwalk, Joe Capobianco, Joe Ledbetter, Jon Burgerman, MAD, Maze23 Brooklyn, Mori Chack, Mr. Shane Jessup, Nathan Jurevicius, Pon, SEEN, Shawnimals, Sket One, SourBones, TADO, Tara McPherson, TILT, Tim Biskup, Triclops Studios, Urban Medium, and Christian Jacobs of YoGabbaGabba!
Here is a special sneak peek at just some of the Mini Munnys that will be available for purchase on eBay later this week from “Baronessloves”
I am very excited about this opportunity to help people that have impacted me so much. I hope that you find a custom you love and bid!
If you are interested in helping in any way I am not only looking for monetary donations- If you can provide clothing, notebooks, papers, or pens that would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you are interested in directly donating to a non-profit for Cambodian Children, please check out The Cambodian Children’s Fund.
Last weekend’s Papershapers opening at Scion’s Culver City Gallery was the biggest yet. A total of 1,155 people came through to witness an array of exciting paper art in many forms. Tables were set up, furnished with scissors and glue sticks as attendees were given the winning entry from the Giant Robot contest (www.giantrobotshin.com) – a Shin Tanaka template customized by Matt Hawkins – to assemble. Shin Tanaka himself was on-hand, making a rare US appearance, as were many of the other artists. Ryohei Tanaka wowed the crowds with his live scissor-ing skills – creating paper art on the spot.
For more pictures of the event, click HERE to the show’s Flickr page.
photos courtesy of Colin Young-Wolff
C E R A S O L I gallery presents the fine art work of three painters invoking various photographic genres in their work: John Grande in Gallery One, Franziska Klotz in Gallery Two, and Nick Potter in Gallery Three at the Cerasoli Gallery (8530-B Washington Blvd in Culver City). Opens April 18, 2009, and remains on view through May 13, 2009. Opening reception is Saturday, April 18, from 6pm – 8pm.
In Gallery One, contemporary painter John Grande’s oil on canvas portraits often resemble archival budoir photographs cleverly interwoven with archetypal gender narratives. Grande’s approach to painting is influenced by high fashion photographers such as Annie Liebowitz, with whom the artist worked as a printmaker for years. His doll-like subjects are rendered in high relief with dramatic light and dark contrasts, reflecting both innocence and idealistic beauty as well as eluding to underlying chaos and mystery. Inspired by life and the consequences of its destruction, Grande’s paintings touch on enigmas of sexual culture and stereotypes while investigating the connection between art and fashion. Grande’s work has been exhibited worldwide with solo shows in Canada and the United States.
German-born artist Franziska Klotz collects, tags, and archives snapshots, which she then reconfigures as paintings that are often contradictory and dreamily abstract. Klotz’s deconstruction and composition process is not unlike the creation of a recipe whose end result no longer bears any resemblance to its original list of ingredients. Klotz’s layering technique allows viewers to make connections organically, rather than immediately: the representational quality of the paintings are embedded deep within the works. Delicious pastel hues are engulfed in shadow, cloaked in encroaching darkness and discord, conflating references to Monet and De Kooning. In many of Klotz’s large-scale paintings, brush and spackle paint applications coincide with graphic elements and aerosol techniques, further emphasizing Klotz’s consideration of the boundaries between depiction and abstraction, image and afterimage, expression and impression.
Influenced by the banality of everyday spaces in his native England, Nick Potter’s current works use architectural spaces and images of desire to explore the implicit interrelations between class, materialism, isolation and anxiety. Visually seductive, photo-real depictions of familiar Modernist settings and subjects constitute Potter’s compelling and, at times, unnerving imagery. Utilizing a gorgeous, sliding scale of grays in his black and white works, Potter employ elements of simplification and abstraction to build tension and to sow the underlying sense of anxiety and foreboding of our post-Cold War society within his dewy utopias. Potter’s recent exhibitions include a 2008 show at the La Salle University Art Museum in Philadelphia. He is an Associate Professor at Cal State University, Fresno.
C E R A S O L I Gallery
8530-B Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 18 @ 6-9PM
Show runs through May 13, 2009
The crazy thing is some rich lazy kid might just go ahead and buy this:
They’re going to be released at selected premium Nike accounts on Saturday, May 2nd but if the recession hadn’t put a dent in your pocket and you don’t want to camp out (…and be a homeless bum) for a few days, then here’s your chance to stunt well before the public can even touch these shoes.
But for that price, I’d rather invest in AIG bonds or buy stocks in General Motors. Wouldn’t you?
There’s a lot of great GREAT artists involved in this show but I have to give a shout-out to Lissa Rankin. As I’ve seen more and more amazing paintings, I’ve become a huge fan of texture more than anything. It’s something I’ve learned to appreciate as I’ve delved into working with paints myself. I love her works and I hope to be able to see them in person because there’s an intricacy in each of her pieces that I don’t think any camera could gather in. I’ve always been vocal about encouraging people to go to actual art exhibits rather than rely on reading and seeing paintings through a computer monitor because the experience is awe-inspiring in person. Don’t forget to RSVP for this event though!
266 FOREST AVE.
LAGUNA BEACH , CA 92651
Opening Reception: April 18, 2009 @ 6-9PM
RSVP @ (949) 376-1122