June 17th, 2013 — by Michael Hsiung in Announcements, Shows, Street Art
LOS ANGELES, CA: New Image Art is pleased to present, “Tonight, We Fight!” a group show curated by Luke Pelletier, featuring Ben Jensen, Dillon Froelich, Eric McHenry, John Malta, Luke Pelletier, Michael Hsiung, Mildred, Miles Jackson, Nathan Brown, Pacolli, Sean Morria, Teddy Kelly and Yarrow Slaps, opening Saturday, June 22, 7pm-10pm. A group art exhibition that explores the conflicts, compromises, shared opportunities, collaborations, and joint efforts, or lack there of, involved in working, alongside others, towards a common goal. There will be a limited edition zine at the opening that includes work from all of the artists.
TONIGHT WE FIGHT
SATURDAY, JUNE 22ND
7 – 10 PM
NEW IMAGE ART
7920 SANTA MONICA BLVD
LOS ANGELES, CA
Tags: art show, Ben Jensen, Dillon Froelich, Eric McHenry, Michael Hsiung, Mildred, Miles Jackson, Nathan Brown, new image art, Openings, Pacolli, sean morris, Teddy kelly, tonight we fight, yarrow slaps
June 13th, 2013 — by Jack in Shows
CHG Circa will present the celebrated, lettered, stencied street art of EINE with ‘Innocence’, opening on Saturday (6.15). Known for his crisp, precise, colorful, and smart text murals, the UK artist will present a new collection of work exploring vandalism as a reaction to the societal status quo, as an ironic comment on his artwork and practice and as a reflection of the tension between free expression and control. An elaborate urban subway installation will serve as a dramatic and fitting backdrop for the exhibition.
EINE || ‘Innocence’
Opening: Saturday, June 15th 2013
8530 A Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Tags: CHG Circa, EINE, Innocence
June 11th, 2013 — by Chris Stanton in Interviews
I’m proud to have my short story “The Girl Who Was Struck By Lightning” published in the newest issue of Carrier Pigeon, featuring beautiful cut paper illustrations by Maude White. Check out this great recent post by Illustration Concentration on Maude’s work, and see more of my own art here.
Tags: Carrier Pigeon, Chris Stanton, illustration, Maude White
June 11th, 2013 — by Chris Stanton in Interviews, Shows
Michael Alan Alien is one of the hardest-working creative souls I know. For a change of pace on Daily DuJour, I asked this NYC-based artist, musician and poet to interview himself. His questions, answers, and some samples of his work follow. You can see more at his website.
Talking to myself. Because giving yourself therapy is cheaper.
1. Michael Alan alien, where are you going in life? What are your plans, dreams, and high hopes as a tripped out, bizarre young man-alien?
This question is really vague. It’s like asking me when I first started drawing or what I think about while I make work. I have to answer since this project calls for me to answers my own questions. I don’t know what life is, I don’t believe in words, definitions, or roles, minds change like the weather, Therefore, for most of the day I’m in a dreamlike state trying to access and understand this place that I am in.
2. How do you feel about art in the 2013 century?
We have gained the abundance, the gold rush, a plague, the sea of shit, fake hookers, and a zillion terrible galleries. It’s like Quentin Tarrantino coming out with Reservoir Dogs and being completely underground and then getting so big that his movies are now mass consumable crap. Like when the toilet bowl was first invented it was great. Now it’s a bowl of shit.
3. Drive, dedication, sacrifice?
When the German expressionists, surrealists, dada were being bombed by Hitler and making work about life and death, there was nothing else. The last of great art that I’ve seen. It’s personally unfortunate that I grew up in a space that allows me to understand loss, pain and access real pain, but good for the art, and that is the drive.
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Tags: interview, Michael Alan, Michael Alan Alien, paintings
June 2nd, 2013 — by Jack in Interviews
[Daniel Rolnik (‘world’s happiest art critic’) recently had the opportunity to interview Las Vegas artist Juan Muniz about the origins of his signature sad bunny character, his background and more. The video is part of an ongoing series focusing on new contemporary/low brow/pop surrealist artists. Enjoy the interview and Daniel’s write up below].
Juan Muniz paints all day, everyday. It’s his living and he’s doing great. In his own words “I can show in galleries, make designer toys, do commercial work, and more.” In fact two of the people he mentioned to me off-camera as being his inspirations that exemplify this are Johnny Cupcakes and Luke Chueh. Johnny Cupcakes has taken a simple ‘cupcakes and crossbones’ design and turned it into a best-seller with his faux-bakeries that sell T-shirts and various merchandise. While, Luke Chueh blew up in the eve of social messaging when thousands of kids used his bear character as their avatars – promoting the artist in a brilliant-yet-unintentional-way, and has since transitioned fully into the fine art world. In fact, over the years Juan has become friends with both artists and even did a two-person exhibit with Luke Chueh in Vegas where they collaborated on a couple paintings. There’s a cameo of Luke Chueh’s painting of Juan Muniz’s bunny character Felipe within the first minute of the video interview. It’s funny because you’d think that Juan would be a party guy, living in Vegas and all. But he’s actually a family man whose idea of fun is taking his wife and kids to Six Flags in LA. In fact, he missed his first opening reception in Los Angeles because he was doing exactly that!
2013 is an exciting year for Juan. Since January, he’s already had a show in New York, completed a mural for Zappo’s offices, finished all of the paintings for the house contestants will stay in on the SpikeTV reality show: The Ultimate Fighter, a rebrand for the biggest candy company in the world, original works for a solo show at Flower Pepper Gallery that opens on June 15th, and the main graphics for the AFAN Aids Walk in Vegas hosted by Penn & Teller that ended up appearing on all of the mega-screens on the strip. Plus, there’s still more I can’t even mention yet. Damn!
Tags: Daniel Rolnik, Juan Muniz, video
May 21st, 2013 — by Jack in Shows
In conjunction with his milestone career survey exhibition, ‘The Door is Always Open’, Gary Baseman will present his ‘Mythical Creatures’ talk @ the Skirball Center on Wednesday (5.22 @ 8 PM). Baseman will share his experiences from his recent trip to his late parents’ hometowns in present day Ukraine which were subjugated by Nazi Germany during WWII. During his trip, Baseman tried to reconcile the history of the rich vibrant Jewish communities that once were with the current cities largely devoid of traces of Holocaust victims. His ‘Mythical Creatures’ are an artistic interpretation and response to stories of tragedy and courage in and around the the towns forever linked to his family’s biography. During the talk, Baseman will also provide a sneak peek of a documentary of his trip as well as an animated MOCAtv video of his Buckingham Warrior, an allegorical character based on his father’s efforts as a heroic freedom-fighter.
Tickets for the talk are available online and will be available at the door as well. The Door is Always Open exhibit and the museum gift store will be open to visitors from (6-8PM) prior to the talk.
Tags: gary baseman, Mythical Creatures, The Door is Always Open, The Skirball Center
May 20th, 2013 — by Chris Stanton in Shows
Brendan Monroe does awesome work — there’s no two ways about it. “Melting Into the Floor,” a new exhibition of his paintings and sculptures in wood, is proof of it. The show opened Saturday at Richard Heller Gallery in Bergamot Station, and features Monroe’s exploration of figures just before they dissolve and change into fully abstract states. Beautiful use of color and a boundless imagination are just two of this artist’s strengths.
Check out high-quality images of the show here. It runs through June 15.
Richard Heller Gallery: 2525 Michigan Ave. #B-5a/Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Tags: Bergamot Station, brendan monroe, paintings, Richard Heller Gallery, sculpture
May 20th, 2013 — by Chris Stanton in Shows
C.A.V.E. Gallery is celebrating their five year anniversary with “High Five” – currently on display through June 2.
The show features an impressive lineup of artists from the United States and abroad, including Alec Huxley, Amanda Marie, Anthony Ausgang, Bayo, Craig “SKIBS” Barker, Craww, DevNGosha, Eatcho, Grady Gordon, Hans Haveron, Haunted Euth, Hellbent, J Shea, James Bentley, Jason Hernandez, John Park, JoKa, Joshua Charles Hart, Kid Acne, Kyle Hughes Odgers, L Croskey, Macsorro, Max Neutra, Mear One, Megz Majewski, Muneera Gerald, Nathan Cartwright, Nom Kinnear King, Pure Evil, Randy Norborikawa, Restitution Press, Shark Toof, Sit, Skount, Tatiana Suarez, Tom French, Tom Haubrick, Vinz Feel Free, Walt Hall, Young Chun and Zach Johnsen.
Click here for more information and high-quality images!
C.A.V.E. Gallery: 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd/Venice, CA 90291
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May 14th, 2013 — by Jack in Prints
A few weeks ago, Dailydujour had the opportunity to observe LA painter Christine Wu working with master printer Ryan McIntosh on her upcoming limited-edition ‘Bliss’ screen print. A composite of her original art, the print image features a contemplative siren in three layered poses set against a textured gold background. In the shots after the jump, you’ll see Christine and Ryan working through the selection of the ‘just right’ shade of gold ink, cutting Rubylith to isolate the background, and then printing the background. Rather than using a background screen with a specific texture, Ryan used a masking screen and carefully varied the pressure across the screen to get a nuanced effect. Through the process Christine guided Ryan as to what was ‘too heavy’ or ‘too light’ until they found a happy medium. The result is a compelling print edition in which the background texture on one is different from the next; each print is unique, a rarity for screened editions.
Christine’s ‘Bliss’ (18” x 18”, 5 color screen print, edition of 40) is part of the Pop Print screen print collection curated and produced by Intellectual Property Prints, a collaboration between Daniel Rolnik and Ryan McIntosh. The collection features prints from select artists including Gary Baseman, Jason Shawn Alexander, Bob Dob, Daniel Edwards, Gregory Siff, Eric Joyner, Ryan McIntosh, and Michael Sieben. As an unexpected touch, most of the prints are based on original art created specifically for the collection. The Pop Print collection will be released at the Venice Art Walk on Sunday, May 19th ( 12-5 PM). Fifty percent of the proceeds from the prints sold at the art walk will be donated to further the work of the Venice Family Clinic. From what I’ve seen so far, the Pop Print series is outstanding. If you can, head out to Venice this Sunday to enjoy the art, the weather and the first chance to add the new screen prints to your collection.
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Tags: Christine Wu, Daniel Rolnik, Ryan McIntosh, Venice Art Walk
May 3rd, 2013 — by Michael Hsiung in Installation, Shows, sculpture
CULVER CITY, CA: Katherine Cone Gallery’s group exhibition SELFISH, curated by renowned painter Sean Cheetham, opens Saturday, May 4th from 6-9 pm. The exhibition includes self-portrait paintings by artists Sean Cheetham, Julio Reyes, Candice Bohannon Reyes, Sergio Sanchez, Wayne Johnson, Kevin Llewellyn, Hollis Dunlap, Sonya Palencia, Jeff Nentrup, Jonathan Hart, EL MAC, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Ryan Cheetham, Kate Savage, Eric Pedersen, Marc Trujillo, Johnpaul Altamirano, Stephen Schirle, and Richard Morris.
The self-portrait has been a popular form of expression ever since man first saw his own reflection. Tragic and triumphant, self-portraits can reveal a telling story. From rags to riches, through sickness and health, from youth to old age, we can witness the changing face of an artist. Intrinsically linked to identity, the self-portrait ultimately stands to reveal something deeper about the creator- an exploration of self and an examination of one’s own conscious thoughts and feelings. At times, an artist feels they must repeatedly create a self-portrait in an effort to further research their inner-self and perhaps search for answers within the painted image. Famous painters from Rembrandt to van Gogh have relied on self-portraiture as a method to intensely study the self through art. SELFISH showcases the exploration of self-perception through the medium of painting by twenty-one master painters.
The SELFISH exhibition
Saturday, May 4th, from 6-9 p.m
Katherine Cone Gallery
2673 South La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90034.
Tags: candice bohannon reyes, johnpaul altamirano, marc trujilo, painting, sergio sanchez
May 2nd, 2013 — by Jack in Release Event
Following up on 2010’s ‘Drawn from the Well’ which featured a collection of his original drawings, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins has collaborated with Presto Art once again on ‘The Outside’ – the first volume of his original paintings. Named after the world Simkins’ surreal characters embody beyond the confines of normality, the new hardcover book presents a selection of his paintings including pieces exhibited in galleries as well as previously unseen commission works.
The book will debut in a special Gold Edition (300 s/n pieces, 280 pgs, $120) designed as the ultimate collectors’ edition. Available exclusively through Merry Karnowsky Gallery, the Gold Edition includes a limited edition T-shirt, a mini-screen print, a key chain, stickers, a button, special bookmark, a commemorative tote bag, and features a special gold cover. Merry Karnowsky will release the gold edition with a special release on Saturday (5.4) with the artist from 2-5 at the gallery. In addition to the gold edition, it appears that ‘The Outside’ will eventually be released in two additional editions — ‘Silver’, perhaps exclusive to Craola’s Imscared.com, and the regular trade edition.
Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins || ‘The Outside’ Gold Edition Release
Saturday, May 4th 2013 (2-5 PM)
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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May 1st, 2013 — by Michael Hsiung in Uncategorized
DENVER, CO: Black Book Gallery is pleased to announce “Every Here Has A There”, new works by Colorado-based artist John Fellows, in what will be his second solo exhibition at the gallery. Fellows’ signature “contemporary folk” style weaves together layers of found paper, graphic block prints and handwritten text to create an old time, hands-on feel. The artist collects a variety of found paper, maps and books dating from the 1880’s to the present to create unique linoleum carving collages that while at the very base reflect his personal experiences, are more like a brief glimpse into another person’s story.
For this new body of work, John once again draws inspiration from his recent travels to the Swiss and French Alps, Sayulita and Baja, Mexico as well as the mountains of his home state of Colorado. Grizzled mountain men, salty sailors, stormy seas and rugged mountains layered on used nautical charts and topographic maps draw the viewer in and hopefully trigger memories of their own past travels and experiences.
John Fellows currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado. He travels constantly and spends much of his time in the outdoors, both of which impact his work. John has shown work in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, and around the US. Recently his worked has been used on t-shirts for Element Skateboards, Vail Resorts and Shaun White for Target, wine labels, and featured on the cover of BombFlow magazine.
Friday, May 3rd, 2013, 6pm-11pm
Open to the public, Artist in attendance
Black Book Gallery, 555 Santa Fe Dr., Denve
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April 24th, 2013 — by Jack in Shows
Dailydujour made the short drive out to The Skirball Center on Wednesday morning for a press preview of Gary Baseman’s first survey exhibition, ‘The Door is Always Open’. Gary and museum staff led the group of journalists on a tour of his house installation featuring a living room, dining room, work room, study, hallway, bedroom, den, backyard and studio – each with a particular theme. Once one steps through the front door, a welcoming mix of Baseman’s art, personal mementos, and furniture from his childhood home awaits. After the jump, enjoy a look at our photo walk-through of the exhibition.
The exhibition invites visitors to experience the artist’s prolific output, his multifaceted career and his life focused on pushing boundaries. Each themed room features a clean layout, seamlessly mixing the artwork into the overall ‘home’ concept. Baseman commented that he would like the public to feel free to relax in the large comfy chairs and sofa in the living room while enjoying the exhibit.
Throughout his career Gary has pursued his vision of ‘pervasive art’ involving as many mediums and forms as possible. For this exhibit, he collaborated with Astek on wallpaper for each room in his home away from home. The designs which incorporate elements and characters from his artwork into classic motifs will soon be available for purchase for use in homes everywhere.
While many are familiar with Gary’s illustrations, paintings, and designer toys, the exhibit offers a compelling look at his and his family’s personal story and journey. The Study celebrates the memory of his parents’ struggles against and survival in the face of Nazi oppression during the 2nd World War. His new painting for the exhibition, “Mythical Forest’, is inspired in part by his Father Ben’s struggle as a freedom fighter in the forests of Poland. The unfolding of the artist’s personal story continues in the hallway which is lined with touching photographs of the artist’s journeys around the globe accompanied by his Toby plush figure – his ‘keeper of secrets’. In the backyard, Baseman’s beginning as an artist is showcased in a screening of his live action film featuring his homegrown superhero character which is accompanied by several character sketches.
Through its mix of personal narrative and retrospective art presentation, ‘The Door is Always Open’ offers an inviting, charming and compelling look at one of LA’s most influential artists. The exhibit officially opens on Thursday (4.25) with the special ticketed ‘Gary Baseman’s House Party’ event (7:30 – 11 PM) and continues through August 11th.
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Tags: gary baseman, The Door is Always Open, The Skirball Center