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It'll be a rainy nite in LA this Saturday, but two shows are more than worthy of bundling up for on January 24:
NEW IMAGE ART "15 Years" celebrates the lifespan of this West Hollywood underground art institution that has helped birth the careers of a vast array of talent in its time, including Neck Face, Barry McGee, Rich Jacobs, Thomas Campbell, Ashley Macomber, Kelsey Brookes, Misaki Kawaii, The Date Farmers, and the Clayton Brothers, whose work, among others, will help celebrate the space. A special musical performance by No Age is not to be missed.
*7910 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood
CHAZ BOJORQUEZ "Graff Since '69" traces the oeuvre of LA's most important and vital graffiti writer and painter whose iconic skulls, "Señor Suerte" tag, and gorgeous lettering style have literally defined the genre for a legion of followers like Retina, and Mr. Cartoon. Doubling as Chaz' 60th Birthday celebration, the opening is sure to be an epic occasion.
*530 South Hewitt Street, Suite 141, Downtown LA
Artist, musician, vintage clothes horse, and curator AARON ROSE—best known for his traveling genre show "Beautiful Losers"—is no stranger to tears. With a band called The Sads, it comes as no surprise that his current show of painted objects—his first solo exhibition since 1992—should be called "Born to Cry." Installed at Echo Park's promising HOPE GALLERY, the show sees Rose's Mexican art influences channeled on the surfaces of a diverse array of stuff, from guitars, chairs, and suitcases to table lamps and tables themselves. Color is key in Rose's work, and the palette here radiates warmth, belying the sorrowful messaging (ie: "Too many teardrops for one heart") of his slogan-driven work. Affordable as the day is long, it's the perfect show to crack open the wallet at to bring a dose of much-needed color into the house in these trying times. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Last nite, graffiti gremlin NECK FACE took advantage of some down time between billboard postings on the front wall of Hollywood fashion hotspot BARRACUDA to leave a note for freshly-inaugurated President OBAMA. Representing "la gente" to the fullest, Nasty Neck lets the Big O know his economic reform package should indeed be the first order of business this week: "we don't need change, we need dollars, homie!" In other news, Barracuda is expanding to include an art gallery component this summer. Stay tuned to Supertouch for details coming soon. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch's own RON ENGLISH has been a very busy man in LA and Seattle this week following his stop in DC to celebrate BARACK OBAMA's inauguration on Tuesday. Located at the corner of Pico & Fairfax in Hollywood, this newly "liberated" billboard features Ron's iconic "Abraham Obama" hybrid portrait created for the Big O's presidential campaign last year. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Beginning in the 1970s, legendary NYC street photographer MARTHA COOPER captured some of the most indelible images of the vibrant upstart Hip Hop culture of pre-reconstruction Manhattan. Her massive body of color photographs documents the most crucial movers and innovators of the era, from the then-burgeoning realms of bombing, breaking, rapping, alongside everyday peeps straight-up bugging out on the block. Snapshots of what already seems like a long-bygone era when downtown was still a dirty word, rats had the right-of-way, and curb culture wasn't yet a marketing tool are reminders of the true meaning of early Hip Hop and the power and innovation of youth culture the likes of which we might not see for some time. Currently on display at SHEPARD FAIREY's Echo Park gallery, SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is "Street Shots," a must-see selection of some of Cooper's greatest hits with visuals so vivid the sounds and smells of the era almost leap from the prints. And that’s a good thing. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Over the years much has been said in the media about the burgeoning problem of gang violence in America, with particular emphasis on the legacy of LA's notorious Crips & Bloods factions. Now, Skate industry legend and Bones Brigade mastermind-turned filmmaker STACY PERALTA, hopes to have created the definitive documentary on the phenomenon with his new film "Crips and Bloods: Made in America." Known as the director of the excellent "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and porno-rifically named "Riding Giants," Peralta leveraged his underground status to penetrate some of the most dangerous neighborhoods and situations in Los Angeles in his quest to obtain footage of the rival sets' most violent leaders and "soldiers." Narrated by actor FOREST WHITAKER, the film traces the origins of LA’s gang culture to the shocking, war-zone reality of daily life in inner-city Los Angeles as members of the Crips and Bloods perpetuate their bloody four-decades long feud. Contemporary and former gang members offer their street-level testimony that provides the film with a stark portrait of modern-day gang life: the turf wars and territorialism, the inter-gang hierarchy and family structure, the rules of behavior, the culture of guns, death and dishonor. Peralta also shines light on the overarching social causes of gang culture and a political system seemingly disinterested in bringing about its demise through effective outreach in favor of mass incarceration. Set to debut with a one week run later this month at NYC's IFC Theater (January 23–29), before moving to LA's Laemmle's Sunset 5 (February 6–12), the film will continue on with arthouse showings in Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle before seeing mass release. Don’t miss it…
JESSICA JOPLIN's steampunk menagerie of would-be animals and mythological creatures failed to impress no one at her "Clockwork Circus" opening at Culver City's BILLY SHIRE FINE ARTS this weekend. Renowned for her technical prowess in rendering all manner of imaginary animalia using antique brass parts along with bones, bullet casings, and other unlikely materials that she carefully manipulates, Joplin echoes the otaku attention to detail of her Japanese counterparts who comprise the majority of the scratchbuilt sculpture community. Flawless in their design and uncannily lifelike despite their inherent impossibility, the retro-futurism of Joslin’s creatures’ is a welcome departure from the glassy technology and Apple store minimalism of 21st Century life. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
One of the Southland's finest shows of the New Year is actually one that opened very quietly on the cusp of last year's holiday season and probably got lost in the shuffle along the way. Simply put, YOSHITOMO NARA's eponymous show of new paintings, drawings, and large scale sculpture at Culver City's venerable BLUM & POE GALLERY is an incredible collection that locals should run, not walk, to see. Nestled among the artist's trademark renderings of Keane-eyed boys and girls in a variety of media sits a full-scale prairie-style wild west wagon filled to the brim with drawings, canned food, and vintage tchotchkes as a centerpiece, succinctly exemplifying Nara's fascination the West and all that it represents. Make no mistake; the show is a knockout on all fronts with Nara operating at the top of his game in all media, especially in a series of black & white drawings that exhibit some of his finest linework to date. A closing date of February 7th comes as a godsend indeed for his legion of fans who have yet to make the pilgrimage. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Having opened its doors very quietly amidst the holiday meltdown that was December 2008, Supertouch buddy JEFF SOTO's incredible "Turning in Circles" installation at the ultra-progressive RIVERSIDE ART MUSEUM should be considered a must-see show by SoCal locals with gas to burn (now that its only 2 bucks a gallon). Featuring an impressive body of new paintings with the focal point being a massive multi-dimensional face mask unlike anything Soto has created before, the show's imagery focuses on the perilous state of the world as embodied by the wasted landscape of Southern California that permeates the majority of the Riverside-based artist's visions. Simply put, it's the finest work Soto has produced to date and easily one of the best Southland art shows in recent memory. Best of all, the work is all available for sale through BLK/MRKT GALLERY in Culver City at very affordable prices. Remember, 2009 is about buying young art, step to the plate, people. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As the year we're all ready to forget comes to a tantalizingly close finale, LA offered one last incredibly bright spot on the artistic horizon with the debut of underground art legend RAYMOND PETTIBON's show of new color works "Cutting Room Floor Show: Part II" at West Hollywood's REGEN PROJECTS. A counterpoint to his epic show of early 1970s & 80s black & white ink drawings at the gallery in September, Pettibon's installment of new work was awash in shockingly bright color, and armed with the poetic malaise and pointed cultural insight that is the hallmark of the artist's oeuvre. With wildly diverse subject matter ranging from the Bush administration, dogs & polar bears, Easter Island Moai heads, fighter jets, and baseball players & surfers, to the Notre Dame cathedral perched atop a military aircraft carrier, this SoCal hardcore punk art legend proves that innovative aesthetic evolution is a good thing, and that this year's overarching theme of "change" is indeed a motto to live by. HAVE A LOOK: Read More