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Shepard Fairey took a break from the turntables to hang with Weezer's Brian Bell, while beauty echoed beauty elsewhere in the gallery...
SHEPARD FAIREY's Echo Park hotspot, SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS played host to the opening of a show of new works by comrades-in-arms ANDREAS GUERRERO and ALBERT REYES on Saturday nite, proving to be the undisputed bright spot of an otherwise gloomy weekend in the Southland. Showcasing his typical demented teenage Hessian detention room drawing style, Reyes produced an unfailingly funny array of new offerings and prints featuring subjects as diverse as Obama, Ghandi, Woody Allen, and Iron Maiden muse Eddie. Guerrero, conversely, consturcted much of his skull-centric imagery from layers of collaged currency which appeared to be angular homages to Damien Hirst's Calavera spin paintings. Above all, the show proved that Subliminal's dedication to presenting good emerging art at great prices will make it one of the last galleries standing when this bleak economic crisis finally runs its long, dark, demonic course. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Our friends at SOUR HARVEST have provided this weekend's lineup of must-see shows in the Southland:
Sat, Feb. 6th 8-11PM
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)
Sat, Feb. 6th 8-11PM
1331 W. Sunset Blvd in the EchoPark region of Los Angeles
New works from Albert Reyes & Andres Guerrero at Shepard Fairey’s personal gallery
(On view through March 6th)
Sat, Feb. 6th 6-10PM
2525 Michigan Ave, Space T5 in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica
Closing reception for 'Desensitized' featuring new works from Brian Viveros and Dan Quintana with a live performance from The Billy Bones
Sat, Feb. 6th 7-11PM (with a special Zombie walk at 6:20PM)
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
'Zombies In Love' group show featuring works from Yoko d'Holbachie, Junko Mizuno, Jonathan Wayshak, Scott C., Mindy Lee, Kevin Dart, Ippei Gyoubu, Edith Abeyata, Anna Chambers, and many more + tons of Zombie goodness going off throughout the evening including a Zombie walk near the gallery before the event kicks off, signings, contests, and more - check their site for full details and lineup
(On view through Feb. 22nd)
Sat, Feb. 6th 8PM-12:30AM ($8 at the door)
729 S. Spring St in downtown Los Angeles
Monthly group show with featured artists Eric Vasquez, Michael Pukac, Andrea Shear, Jessica Ward and Mikolaj Wyszynski with performances from live acts and resident DJs and more
ST buddy SHEPARD FAIREY has teamed up with his STUDIO NUMBER ONE (creaters of the "Hope For Haiti" CD cover) designers CLEON PETERSON and CASEY RYDER to create a new poster for HAITI relief based on a photo by TAO RUSPOLI. The $50 signed and numbered edition goes on sale at an unannounced time on Friday, February 5th at Obeygiant.com, with all proceeds from the sales going to ARTISTS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE:
"Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), established in early 2009, is a fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis and friends that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world. Over the past year, APJ has directed its efforts to raising enough funds to fully sponsor three schools in Haiti in support of the initiatives of Father Rick Frechette and his team. These schools aren’t just a place to learn but provide for a hot meal, clean water and a chance at the future to children who desperately need it. Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, APJ has focused its efforts on raising much needed dollars for emergency aid in the ravaged country that is only a few hours from our shores."
We recently paid sincere homage to our dearly departed amigo SHAWN MORTENSEN in the pages of ST, and Hollywood institution UNDFTD has just unveiled a fitting tribute in the Hollywood skyline with this image of Shawn on one of his many trips to Africa. Rest in peace homie. You are gone, but not forgotten...
Photo by Jupiter
It is truly with a heavy heart that we must break the news that one of Supertouch's dear friends, photographer SHAWN MORTENSEN, passed away last nite. A kinetic force of optimism and seemingly limitless positive energy, Shawn's hearty career as a photojournalist and artist took him around the world several times over, unselfishly spreading his endless supply of good vibes as he went. Particularly renowned for his portraits of musicians, artists, and entertainers, Shawn photographed a stunning array of pop culture demigods in his 20+ year career including...Read More
Beijing-born and Queens, NY-based Chinese artist YI CHEN is a rising force in the world of modern figurative painting. His newest show "Beaut-Esque" that opened its doors at Culver City hotspot HONOR FRASER GALLERY this Saturday nite was full of gorgeous, color-dense examples of his playful and expert signature style full of playful references the modern masters (Picasso and Hockney spring immediately to mind), and loads of painting chops to spare. The artist uses culturally mediated images from advertisements and fashion magazines as inspiration for his work and sees his paintings and collages as metaphors for hybrid, mutated concepts of beauty borne from a global popular culture. This concept of hybridization and mutation formulate a tense balance in his work, combining enticing beauty and repelling grotesqueries that result in magnetic paintings. Chen begins his creative process by assembling collages of human (and sometimes mammalian) facial features cut out from popular fashion magazines. These collages of perfect/imperfect specimens are the foundation of his work. Like an artistic scientist, he disregards race, gender and age and selects individual characteristics and reconstructs them to form a new human species. These collages then become the figurative models for his lushly rendered oil paintings. All art-crawling denizens of the Southland should consider this essential viewing. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
LA might not be ground zero for the next visual renaissance (at least not from how things are looking as of late), but it is home to some solid decorative art. Enter SYLIVA JI who's been painting for some time now in a fun style that might be best described as Nagel Vs. Gustav Klimt on Dia De los Muertos. Her solid new solo exhibition "Haute Eopch" at Culver City's COREY HELFORD GALLERY featuring Ji's usual array of painted doomsday femme fatales opened to a packed house on Saturday nite where the looks made it worth the drive and the ratio of lovely ladies to men was advantageously high. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Unfortunately for the frighteningly stagnant LA art scene most of the great shows of the last few years have been by non-LA artists. Luckily for LA, we get a regular stream of good shows by non-LA artists to keep us happy. The most recent of said exhibitions is by LA-born, but NYC-based painter KEHINDE WILEY whose new collection of figurative masterworks "The World Stage: Brazil" opened this weekend to a packed house at Culver City art hotspot ROBERTS & TILTON GALLERY. Choosing his subjects for this series from the notorious favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Wiley asked each to assume the pose of a local sculptural work on display in the city as a means of interpreting the country's storied colonial history through the images of some of its most vibrant modern inhabitants. The results, as always with KW, were staggering and this new collection of grandiose portraits is exactly the shot in the arm the Southland needs to help kickoff the 2009 gallery season with a fresh breath of colorful optimism. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
LANCE ARMSTRONG IS A SHOW-STOPPER IN HOLLYWOOD
By Diane Pucin, LA Times, March 8, 2009
“Ben Stiller did the introductions and newly hot artist Shepard Fairey did a mural, but Lance Armstrong was the star Saturday night at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood.
As part of his cycling comeback, Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, has made clear that he is riding not only to win more races but also to raise more money for his cancer charity, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Armstrong is flying Sunday to Europe in advance of the third race in his comeback journey, the Milan-San Remo Classic. But on Saturday, Armstrong rode 2.2 miles with about 700 recreational cyclists and then spoke to an enthusiastic audience of art and cycling lovers.
Fairey has gained recent attention for his creation of the Barack Obama "Hope" image, and there was a Fairey-created mural celebrating Armstrong's cycling comeback and cancer-fighting commitment painted on the side of the theater.
Stiller introduced Armstrong by making a joke about how when the two of them walk down the street, people stop to marvel at Armstrong's ability to inspire awe because of his cycling accomplishments after recovering from cancer, and then they stare at Stiller and say, "Thunder, man," because of Stiller's starring appearance in the less-than-esoteric movie comedy "Tropic Thunder."
More than 20 artists have created works that will be displayed beginning July 16 at the Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery in Paris and will be sold with the proceeds going to Armstrong's foundation. Besides Fairey, other notable artists participating in this fundraiser include Tom Sachs, Eric White, Marc Newson, Os Gemeos and Taryn Simon.” Click HERE to continue reading…