Thursday, October 26, 2006

Went to Aaron Mason's show at Black Iris, some great pieces but the ones I wanted were sold or NFS. This was his first solo show, not too shabby if you ask me. He sold a good deal of the work which is not the most important thing but is always nice.

"Fall Snake"

Shannon and this baby were born on the exact same date in the same county. And they had lots of fun running around while the grownups played chase.

Aaron and Gavin with mom Dayna and friend...

I'll be in Beverly, MA next week for an exhibit and presentation at Montserrat College of Art. It'll be my first visit to New England so I'm excited to see some orange and brown leaves and real seasons. It's still in the 80's in Southern California... Here's some info:

Electric Wasteland: Urban Art from L.A.
November 3, 2006 - February 3, 2007
Blurring the boundaries between fine art, illustration, and design, Electric Wasteland showcases five L.A.-based artists: Date Farmers (Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez), Dave Kinsey, Jeff Soto, and Aaron White.

I'm also working feverishly on the last few pieces for my solo show at BLK/MRKT gallery in November. Here's some images of completed stuff and works in progress...

Been working more on paper trying some things out...

Happy Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 20, 2006

My intern Aaron Mason has an art show tonight. Check it out if you're in the area!

Ghosts- The Art of Aaron Mason
Opening reception Oct. 20, 7pm
Black Iris Gallery and Tattoo Studio
14755 Foothill Dr., Fontana, CA 92335


Thursday, October 19, 2006

As many in L.A. know, the infamous Jonathan Levine has been in town. He doesn't make it to the west coast all that often, so when he's out he likes to see a little of everything. Galleries, art openings, lectures, he's had a full schedule out here and even had time to spend a day with me in Riverside.

For those who aren't familiar with J. Levine, he's an art dealer, owner of Jonathan Levine Gallery in NY. He used to have a smaller gallery in Philadelphia called Tin Man Alley a couple years ago. He's got at least 80 dance moves (was a semi-pro breakdancer), is a sewing prodigy, and has a great eye when it comes to art. He's a real character, and those who have spent some time with him know him as a good guy, fun and tough mixed together somehow. I think this sounds like I'm kissing some ass here but he's one of the art dealers who took a chance on me early when I was barely out of school and though I didn't sell any work for a while he stuck with me.

So Saturday night was a show he curated with Jonathan Viner, A.J. Fosik, Ray Caesar, and Dan Kennedy. I love all those artists so Jennifer, Shannon and I made the trek out to Bergamot Station to see the work in person. The show didn't disappoint. Well except that I wanted to meet Dan Kennedy. A.J. Fosik was there and he was cool as hell. Great meeting that guy, and his work was dope. Viner was also there but I was sick of seeing him after driving him around LA (kidding!).

A.J. Fosik and Jonathan Viner

The crowd- Jonathan Levine is in there somewhere...

Shannon decided to lay down on the gallery floor. No idea why, all I know is babies are awesome.

Dan Kennedy painting

Jonathan Viner painting, makes me want to start working in oils again..

The next day my dad brought over my old bike, we put it beside the garbage for whoever wanted it. I wonder if I'll ever see it again?

On Tuesday Jonathan Levine and Mark Murphy came out to my studio for a visit. Jonathan wanted to see Twin Palms which is a vacant field where as a kid I used to do graffiti. So I took them around town and Jonathan made a film. Apparently he's a filmaker now. I think he's documenting his whole trip- check his gallery blog next week.

Damn, one month till my show at BLK/MRKT opens. Gotta get movin'.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Took a drive out to Los Angeles yesterday to show Jonathan Viner around the city. I picked him up from his Hollywood hotel around 10 and we got going. The 10 freeway had a bunch of Atlas tags, I can't belive that guy still gets up!

First stop was the studio of Camille Rose Garcia. She has a studio in downtown L.A. We were greeted by Camille and her husband Jeremy, and they gave us the tour and a sneak preview of her upcoming show.

First thing you see is this huge squid.

This is the painting area where Camille works on her pieces and sets up installations. She was working on a show that opens in a few weeks at Merry Karnowsky gallery.

Jonathan taking a photo of Camille and Jeremy.

They have a big table to work on drawings and signing prints.

Here's some of her paint. Guess she like Golden acrylics. I'm more of a Liquitex/Novacolor guy myself.

Some drawings.

Awesome polar bear painting.

We talked about how purple is becoming an exciting color to both of us. I love this owl piece.

She has a new giclee out.

Is this a dog?

The artist Richard Coleman rents a room in Camille's studio but he was up in San Francisco. I had a strong desire to look through his stuff because his work is so rad, but I decided that would be innappropriate and disrespectful.

Me, Camille and Jonathan. Thanks Camille and Jeremy for your hospitality!

Next stop was to Thinkspace to drop off Jonathan's painting for their group show.

The painting is called "Close Quarters", we were inspecting the package to make sure the piece was unharmed. There was no one home at Thinkspace, but I took a shot through their window of the setup.

I wanted to see Thinkspace because I get out to LA so rarely, but ah well, there was a Slick piece across the street that made up for it. Hells yeah. Always a Slick fan.

Got some lunch and while walking saw this poster. Pretty cool. Anyone know the artist?

After lunch headed over to Wacko/la Luz de Jesus to see Gary Taxali's show and scope out some art books. Sorry for the lack of photos, they had me check my bag at the door. I love this place, I could (and have) spent hours looking at stuff but we we're on a schedule so we headed out.

We shot down La Brea to Merry Karnowsky gallery to check out the Shepard Fairey show. I was really impressed, I mean I've always been a fan but usually I feel "street" art in general looses some of it's power when taken into a gallery setting. This show felt different somehow, it was more political and thoughtful and pertinant, it felt like work that was made for a gallery setting and it worked. And I think, somehow, Shepard Fairey's work is evolving in an extraordinary way, there's more pattern, more craft, more attention to detail in these pieces. And I loved seeing the rubilith that he hand cut for the screenprints (I have done these before, it's a lot of work).

A giant wall mural.

Hand cut rubilith. Shep's got skillz...

One of my favorite pieces in the show.

We both met Merry Karnowsky for the first time and she was super nice. I've been to numerous shows and never said hi all those years. What's my problem?

Next we went to New Image Art on Fairfax and Santa Monica. They have a Neckface show going on, and I'm always up to see me some Neckface. I'm always on the fence about his stuff, I have a strange fascination about his work. Jennifer said he's either a genius or a psychopath- I think she may be right. I'm not really into his graffiti, but in general I like his paintings. There were a series of ink drawings on paper that were really nice.

I'm not as into his installations. It looked like he built a haunted house, complete with a black stuffed cat on the roof and fake cobwebs.

There was a big tattoed bat guy floating menacingly overhead, with hanging babies attached to his wings. I find a lot of his stuff disturbing especially after having a baby, but these hanging toddlers looked like they were enjoying it (or maybe they just looked evil and maybe deserved it). I like this piece.

I wasn't really feeling the room installation Neckface put together.

A two headed caped monster is pulling a fetus (still attached via imbilical cord) from a horrified looking pregnant mother.

There's blood all over the walls, the sheets, and her. Just seems like shock art. Doesn't offend me or anything, just seemed childish. Too simple, know what I'm saying? I like art that is challenging somehow and this was just gory to be gory. At the same time it gave me an emotional response, and how many pieces of art can do that? I think the real question is, does Neckface hate babies?

Gallery owner Marsea showed us some Date Farmers paintings she has. I think these guys are my new favorites. I've been following their work for a couple years now. They just got the cover of Juxtapoz and I hope that helps spread some knowledge on them. Marsea told me Armando Lerma, one of the Date Farmers, met me a long time ago when we were both in high school. Small world eh?

Back wall with Ed Templeton, and some others..

Our last stop was BLK/MRKT gallery in Culver City. Owners Kinsey and Jana were happy to see us and gave us a warm welcome. There's a Tiffany Bozic show going on right now, it was really beautiful work, a must see if you're in town.

She had this awesome owl painting- funny that two of the great things I saw today were owl paintings.

Mice in a ball. The detail on this was crazy. I thought it was a dimensional piece but it's a painting with carefully controlled values.

I have the next show going up, I hope mine looks as good as Tiffany's!

Jana and Kinsey also collect art- everywhere you go upstairs there are paintings and drawings and art to be found.

David Choe closeup

Jose Parla tag on paper.

The last photo of the night. Alexone from France was staying with Kinsey and Jana.

Exhausted and mind swimming with imagery I dropped off Jonathan at his hotel and drove home. Whew what a day.