Archive for February, 2010


February 12, 2010  |  Film, LA, Music, News  |  Comments Off

Our friends in THE DOORS camp have finally put together a proper cinematic tribute to LA's most important rock band. The film, narrated by JOHNNY DEPP, is a time capsule, composed entirely of footage shot between the group’s formation in 1965 and frontman Jim Morrison’s death in 1971. Director TOM DiCILLO's revealing documentary is a treasure trove of live performances, TV appearances, home movies, studio footage, and a never-before-seen independent film made called "HWY" by and starring Morrison. The movie will make its US theatrical debut at this summer's LA FILM FEST, June 18–28.

**Watch RAY MANZEREK's history of The Doors mini-film series HERE

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February 12, 2010  |  art, News, Weekend Art Crawl  |  Comments Off


Our friends at SOUR HARVEST have compiled this weekend’s lineup of must-see shows opening in the Southland:

Fri, Feb. 12th 7-11PM
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375
"Modus Alone" featuring new works from Damon Soule + "Fresh" group show featuring new works from Linnea Strid, Jacub Gagnon, Josie Morway, Dabs Myla, Wesley Burt, Craig 'Skibs' Barker, and John Park
(On view through March 5th)

Fri, Feb. 12th 7-10PM
THIS Los Angeles
5906 North Figueroa  in Los Angeles
"These Friends" group show featuring works from Richard Colman, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Andy Mueller, Geoff McFetridge, Leo Fitzpatrick, Noah Kalina, Corey Arnold, Mercedes Helnwein, Andy Jenkins, Travis Millard, Michael Sieben, Kevin Taylor, Adam Wallacavage, Florencio Zavala, Ben Woodward, Sage Vaughn, Jim Houser, Shepard Fairey, The Cobrasnake, Christopher Bettig, and many more

Fri, Feb. 12th 8PM-Midnight
Vlad The Retailer
4313 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles
'Bitter Sweet: A Valentine's Show' - group show featuring the Girls Drawin' Girls collective made up of women artists that specialize in pin-up art

Sat, Feb. 13th 8-11:30PM
Copro Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space T5 in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica
'Tempest' featuring new works and an installation from Martin Wittfooth and 'The Burgeoning' from Chris Ryniak
(On view through March 6th)

Sat, Feb. 13th 7-10M
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.287.2340
'You Are Not Falling, You Are Floating' featuring new works from David Hochbaum

Sat, Feb. 13th 6-9PM
Gallery Eight Two Five
825 North La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles
"Wheels Of Imagination" featuring new works from Tommy Hollenstein
(On view through March 12th)

Sat, Feb. 13th 3-5PM
Gallery Nucleus
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
Book-signing event with Barron Storey and Kent Williams

Sat, Feb. 13th 6:30-10PM
2062 Sawtelle Blvd in Los Angeles / 310.445.9276
'Year Of The Tiger' group show featuring works from Apak!, Robert Bellm, Christopher Bettig, Luke Chueh, Jen Corace, Matt Furie, Susie Ghahremani, David Horvath, Michael Hsiung, Martin Hsu, Mari Inukai, Jeremiah Ketner, Dan-ah Kim, Le Merde, Eric Nyquist, Matrin Ontiveros, Albert Reyes, Scrappers, Bwana Spoons, Aiyana Udesen, Edwin Ushiro, Jeni Yang, and many more

Sat, Feb. 13th 5-7PM
Richard Heller Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space B-5A at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica
"GoodbyeGoldenState" featuring new works from Alison Blickle
(On view through March 13th)

Sat, Feb. 13th 8PM-4AM (18 and over - see site for ticket prices)
Lucent L'amour
700 West 32nd St. in Los Angeles
Annual event being held at The Shrine Expo Hall this year and the adjacent outdoor lot (rain or shine) - check site for full details - art installations, live painting, performances galore, an on-site art gallery, interactive environments, giant sculptures, live music... check out the site, looks pretty intense and features over 100 artists total

Sat, Feb. 13th 7-9PM
PasadenaMuseum Of California Art
490 East Union Street in Pasadena
'The Ulysses Guide To The Los Angeles River' group show featuring works from Chaz Bojorquez, Rob Sato, and many more - inspired by the book of the same name + a solo show from The Sumi Ink Club in their project room + a Millard Sheets retrospective featuring over 80 works in the main gallery - well worth a trip to Pasadena
(On view thorugh May 30th)

Sat, Feb. 13th 7-11PM
Sherman Gallery (Thinkspace Gallery pop-up show)
4039 Lincoln Blvd in Marina del Rey (near intersection of Washington Blvd and Lincoln Blvd near Venice)
"Give Me Space To Think" - curated by Thinkspace and Cannibal Flower - special showcase featuring artists that will be exhibiting at Thinkspace and Cannibal Flower in 2010 - featuring works from Allison Sommers, Anthony Clarkson, Dabs Myla, Jacub Gagnon, John Park, 2H, Linnea Strid, Nathan DeYoung, Seth Armstrong, Tran Nguyen, Yosuke Ueno, Brian Robertson, Crystal Sylver, Delphia, Erik Siador, Godfrey Mawema, Jessica Blowers, Louie Metz, Macsorro, Michael Pukac, Mickey Edtinger and N.S. David + live painting from Dabs Myla, Anthony Clarkson, and Lefty Joe + live DJ action from Mr. NumberOnederful & X-Point
(On view through Feb. 27th)

Sat, Feb. 13th 7-10PM
Billy Shire Fine Arts
5790 Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.297.0600
New works from Dave McKean - last show at Billy's Culver City location - come out and celebrate the end of an era
(On view through March 6th)

Sun, Feb. 14th 7-11PM
The Strange
4316 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles
'The Love Show' featuring works from Sean Cheetham, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Farron Loathing, Shervin Iranshahr, Savanna Snow, JohnPaul Altamirano, Jeff McMillan, Chantal Menard, Corey Kopp and many more - special support from Amoeba Music, LA Weekly abd Tana's Fun Cakes - don't miss this one

Honor Fraser
'Fast-Formal Object: Big White' featuring a large-scale new sculpture by Gustavo Godoy
(on view through February 20th)

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
‘She Wolves’ featuring new works from Miss Van + ‘Strange Fruit’ featuring new works from Victor Castillo
(On view through March 6th)

Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Blvd in the Echo Park region of Los Angeles
New works from Albert Reyes & Andres Guerrero
(On view through March 6th)

Carmichael Gallery
1257 N. La Brea Ave in West Hollywood
‘Meaning Is Overrated’ featuring new work by Mark Jenkins + ‘On & Off (Often On)’ featuring new work by Aakash Nihalani – don’t miss this one!!!
(On view through Feb. 18th)

Roberts & Tilton
5801 Washington Blvd. in Culver City
“Projections: A Festival of Rare and Hard To See Films” organized by Aaron Rose and featuring short and feature length films by 31 filmmakers including the likes of Chris Johansson, Aaron Rose, Tobin Yelland, Jo Jackson, Thomas Campbell, Bruce laBruce, Roman Coppola, and many more
(On view through Feb. 20th)

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February 11, 2010  |  Film, News  |  Comments Off

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February 11, 2010  |  art, Art Crimes, Billboard Liberation, Graffiti, News, Ron English, Street Art  |  Comments Off


"Liberated" billboard in Jersey City by RON ENGLISH...

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February 11, 2010  |  art, Damien Hirst, News, Product Toss  |  Comments Off


Looking for the perfect backdrop for that DAMIEN HIRST spot painting hanging in your living room? Might we suggest coating your walls in the British bad boy's signature butterfly print wallpaper? It's only $1,000 per roll, USD. Available from OTHER CRITERIA...

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February 11, 2010  |  Animation, art, News  |  Comments Off


Fascinating article in the March 2010 issue of VANITY FAIR revealing the true story of the army of young women who inked and painted all the animation of DISNEY's Golden Age:

By Patricia Zohn | Vanity Fair
Behind the breakthrough magic of Walt Disney’s first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and his other 30s and 40s classics—Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi—toiled as many as 100 young women, the inkers and painters, working from dawn to dusk on thousands of cels that brought his dreams to life. The author recaptures their white-gloved esprit de corps, and a golden age of Disney that would be disrupted by strike, World War II, and, eventually, the Xerox machine.

"Snow White has to be out by Christmas—if not it’ll be too bad for Disney’s,” 20-year-old platinum blonde Reidun “Rae” Medby wrote her boyfriend from her Hollywood apartment late one night in the fall of 1937. She was barely able to keep her eyes open after a month of working weekends and double shifts in the Ink and Paint department, the all-female “finishing school” of hand-drawn animation, during the final push on the groundbreaking film. “The minute I get a pen in my hand my brain goes numb—just like it does at the studio. Don’t be upset if I start inking ducks and mice.”

The Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck color short films that had lured Rae to the jumbled Hyperion Avenue studio had grown ever more expensive—even a “mathemagician” like Walt’s brother Roy couldn’t shrink the six months of preparation, the thousands of cels (the celluloid sheets on which drawings were traced and colored before being photographed), or the two-week shoots they required. More tellingly, the films no longer reflected Walt’s ambitions for the rapidly evolving medium. Now everything was hanging on the production of the world’s first animated feature, about a pretty, ragtag princess and her seven bachelor heroes. Yet Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as Walt conceived it (and reconceived it, right up until its release), was based on the daring notion that a fairy-tale cartoon could hold an audience’s attention for more than an hour. It was proving to be a singularly labor-and-money-intensive crusade.

The end of the assembly line usually inherits all the problems. Preparing the animators’ vision for camera required the inking and painting of thousands of fragile, combustible cels with perfect refinement. During Snow White, it was not at all unusual to see the “girls”—as Walt paternalistically referred to them—thin and exhausted, collapsed on the lawn, in the ladies’ lounge, or even under their desks. “I’ll be so thankful when Snow White is finished and I can live like a human once again,” Rae wrote after she recorded 85 hours in a week. “We would work like little slaves and everybody would go to sleep wherever they were,” said inker Jeanne Lee Keil, one of two left-handers in the department who had to learn everything backward. “I saw the moon rise, sun rise, moon rise, sun rise.” Painter Grace Godino, who would go on to become Rita Hayworth’s studio double, also remembered the long days merging into nights: “When I’d take my clothes off, I’d be in the closet, and I couldn’t figure it out: am I going to sleep or am I getting up?” Click HERE to continue reading...

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February 11, 2010  |  art, Art & Commerce, Auto Shop, News  |  Comments Off


Jeff gives his moneymaking Hulk series the "thumbs up", and tests a prototype of his Hulk art car in the warm climes of Florida...

Following in the footsteps of artistic forebears like Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol, among others, Pop Art mogul JEFF KOONS has been chosen by German automaker BMW to create their next signature ART CAR. The innovative series was begun in 1975 when French racecar driver and auctioneer Hervé Poulain commissioned American artist and friend Alexander Calder to paint a BMW 3.0 CSL which Poulain himself would race in the 1975 Le Mans endurance race. Unlike some modern car companies who have copied the program for thier Gen Z Hip Hop econoboxes and allow anyone to paint on their vehicles, BMW has carefully curated this very limited series over the years with less than 20 cars total by artists such as Jenny Holzer, Matazo Kayama, Olafur Eliasson, Andy Warhol, Ernust Fuchs, Ken Done, and David Hockney, having been created to date. Koons' car is slated to be unveiled this Fall, and we can only hope it has giant Hulk hands welded to the side of it to clear passers-by out of the way as Jeff speeds through Manhattan on the way to Sotheby's next big Contemporary sale...

Early aerodynamic tests indicate that Koons' aesthetic additions indeed boost the car's top speed while reducing drag...

View ALL of BMW's art cars HERE...

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February 11, 2010  |  Music, News, WTF???  |  Comments Off

If Borat went to Napoleon Dynamite's high school and did Vanilla Ice covers in the talent show backed by Spank Rock's production crew, you're starting to approach understanding the M.O. of the amazingly weird South African "Zef" rap trio DIE ANTWOORD ("The Answer"). Comprised of Capetown rappers Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek (along with a revolving cast of skid row homies like their Gollum-esque sidekick), the trio's inimitable brand of dirty, cracker-ass, Afrikaner Hip-Hop literally must be seen to be believed:

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February 11, 2010  |  art, Fashion, Feature, News, RIP  |  Comments Off

alexandermc One of the fashion world's foremost visionary designers ALEXANDER McQUEEN was found dead today in his London apartment, an apparent suicide just days after the death of his mother, and the suicide of one of his close friends Isabella Blow, who discovered the young designer and helped forge his early career:

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