Preview: Vera Arutyunyan @ Prohibition Gallery (9/14)


Vera Arutyunyan 6I was lucky to see a preview of “My Elysium” — bold new works by Armenian-born, Los Angeles-based painter Vera Arutyunyan — at Prohibition Gallery in Culver City last Saturday. I was taken by her confident strokes and explosions of color, which create immediacy and emotion in every piece. I admire her risk-taking as she charges boldly ahead — an important lesson for every artist to follow.

Arutyunyan has shown in galleries and shows all over the world. You can visit her website here.

My Elysium” officially opens this Saturday, Sept. 14, with an reception from 6-9 pm. The artist will be in attendance. The gallery is located in the heart of the Culver City arts district and I really recommend you check out the show in person.

Prohibition Gallery: 6039A W. Washington Blvd/Culver City, CA 90232

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Seen: “Earthly Beings” by Bec Winnel @ Thinkspace


Bec Winnel 2“Earthly Beings,” beautiful portraits by Australian artist Bec Winnel, opened Sept. 7 at Thinkspace’s Project Room. I loved this ethereal, haunting work. Check out additional high-quality images here.

The gallery’s main space features the excellent final show of Matt Doust, who died tragically, shortly before his show opened. Visit Thinkspace’s website for more information and photos. Both shows run through Sept. 28.

Thinkspace: 6009 Washington Blvd. | Culver City, CA 90232

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Shows: Well & Good at Low Gallery Saturday 9/7


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SAN DIEGO, CA: Low Galllery presents ‘Well & Good,’ new works by Mike Maxwell & Alli Good this Saturday, September 7th with an opening from 7 pm until 11 pm.

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SHOWS: Jon MacNair & Ben Kehoe at Antler Gallery (8/29)


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Portland, OR: Antler Gallery is proud to present a two-person exhibition of the works of Jon MacNair and Ben Kehoe. The show will open on August 29th in the Alberta Arts District as part of the neighborhood’s famous Last Thursday event with a preview opening scheduled for Wednesday August 28th.

The pair shares a long-standing mutual admiration and will meet for the first time when Ben visits Portland for the opening of the show. Jon has shown with Antler several times in our old location and we are excited to host his work once again in our new, larger space. In looking for an artist to pair him with, Ben seemed the natural choice. The darkly comedic subject matter of both artists illustrative works offer two distinct but relatable narratives while the difference in choice of medium and color pallet effectively separate both bodies of work.

Traversing the Emotional Landscape // Shadows In The Field of Science
Jon MacNair & Ben Kehoe
Thursday, August 29th
Antler Gallery
Portland, OR

Jon MacNair – “Traversing the Emotional Landscape”

Since Jon moved to Portland from Michigan 18 months ago he has been prolific, making his monochromatic India ink illustrations an unmistakable part of the local art landscape. In June 2012 he opened his first solo show, “Curious Reveries”, at the original Antler location having shown in numerous group exhibitions since graduating in 2005.”Curious Reveries” explored the uncertainty of new experiences, echoing his recent re-location as well as the daunting task of establishing a new life and relationships. His new series, “Traversing the Emotional Landscape”, continues the theme of internal exploration. The emotional landscape is depicted as a physical manifestation through which the characters must journey, facing tasks and trials akin to classical stories of epic quests.

Ben Kehoe – “Shadows In The Field of Science”

Ben is based out of Pittsburgh, PA; we are thrilled to be able to bring his work to Portland, particularly as it is the first series of paintings he has made in over a year. His career was put on temporary hiatus as he was otherwise engaged helping with the family business. Working primarily in acrylic on wooden boards he creates beautifully rendered backdrops in deeply saturated colors that are home to all manner of odd beings engaging in strange pursuits. His scenes evoke a bizarre Americana that is deeply original and strangely familiar at the same time. In his latest series characters devolved from various mythologies are galloping with abandon through the scientific field.

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SHOWS: DRAWINGS & COLLAGES BY MARCO ZAMORA (8/29)


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LOS ANGELES, CA: Innocnts Gallery presents Drawings & Collages by artist Marco Zamora Thursday, August 29th from 6 – 10 pm.  Zamora’s detailed drawings and collages focus on various urban surroundings, interests, and his reflections of these worlds colliding.  Zamora has shown his works in various galleries around the world, including recently in Cologne, Germany in December.

Drawings & Collages
New works by Marco Zamora
Thursday, August 29th, 6 – 10 pm
INNOCNTS GALLERY
572 N. Hoover St.
Los AngeleS, CA

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Preview: Luke Chueh — ‘Random Acts of Sadness’ at Circa (8.10)


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Luke Chueh will open his  ‘Random Acts of Sadness’ on Saturday (8.10) @ CHG Circa in Culver City.  The new exhibition features  sixteen new and revised paintings and sculptures embodying the artist’s continual darkly humorous and morbid exploration of self through his beloved animal characters – a pig, a monkey and yes his signature bear, and more.  Never one to pull punches, Chueh considers his reputation as the ‘bear guy’ while once again showing that his work is more about the self-deprecating, honest narrative fueled by the ironic juxtaposition of his cute characters rather than the characters themselves.

Luke Chueh  ||  ‘Random Acts of Sadness’
Opening: Saturday, August 10th 2013 (7-10 PM)

CHG Circa
8530-A Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA  90232
310.287.2340

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Vans US Open of Surfing: Photos from the Artist Mural


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The Vans US Open of Surfing just kicked off last weekend in Huntington Beach, and droves of folks cruised down to check out the surfing, bmx, and skate action in events such as, Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational and the Van Doren Invitational. Like Van’s Supply & Demand show at the House of Vans, Russ Pope invited down a team of awesome artists -Rich Jacobs, Nate Russell, Mike Giant, Matt French and Zio Ziegler – do a collaborative mural in the skate bowl, which was modeled after the legendary Marseilles France Skate Park. Also artists Gregg Kaplan, HEF, and Marco Zamora were also in attendance, working on painting large shipping containers inspired by the classic Vans shoeboxes.

The Vans US Open of Surfing runs from July 20th thru July 28th, with event such as the Van Doren Invitational (skate contest) and the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational on Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th. Anyhow, here’s some photos I took from Day 1 of the artists working on the skate bowl!

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Corey Helford’s Monochromatic ‘Shades’ (7.27)


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For ‘Shades’ (7.27), Corey Helford Gallery has challenged a select group of artists to create work that  relies solely on shades of a single color to convey the subject and the emotion.  The exhibition features the work of Aaron Woes Martin, Andrew Brandou, Beau Stanton, Ben Frost, Carlos Ramos, Chloe Early, Cyrcle, David Stoupakis, Deidre Sullivan-Beeman, Ernesto Yerena, Esao Andrews, Germs, Greg Gossel, Joey Remmers, Junghwa Hong, Lola, Martin Wittfooth, Melissa Haslam, Michael Peck (above), Nate Frizzel, Nouar, Revok, Richard J. Oliver, Risk, Josh Agle (Shag), Soey Milk, Tom Bagshaw, and Yumiko Kayukawa.

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Opening: Saturday, July 27th 2013 (7-10 PM)

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310.287.2340

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Final Weeks: “The Cruise” at Blueline Media Productions


The Cruise Poster“The Cruise,” featuring paintings by myself and photographs by Justin Clifford Rhody, is in its final two weeks at Blueline Media Productions in Bloomington, IN. I’m proud to be part of such an awesome show, which was curated by Remote Projects.

You can check out photos from the show here, as well my art here and Justin’s photos here.

Blueline Media Productions: 224 N. College Ave/Bloomington, IN 47404.

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“Dark Beach” @ New Image Art (7/27)


Dark Beach“Dark Beach,” curated by Innocnts, opens Saturday, July 27th at New Image Art in West Hollywood, with a reception from 7-10 pm. Inspired by more dramatic elements within surf culture, the show is an exploration of themes, individuals, and emotions that exude grittier qualities of aesthetic within the scope of contemporary surf art. It features an amazing lineup of artists, including Kevin Ancell, Russell Crotty, Will Adler, Nicole Dodson, Vince Felix, Brennan Grace, Shawn Stussy, Cesar Ancelle Hansen, Bella Serrell,  Jeff Ho, Devin Dailey, Demi Boelsterli, Gothic Dolphins,  Ratty Matty, Thibaut Paruite, Ben Brough, Evan Mendel, Greyson Fletcher, Dion Agius, and Craig Stecyk (pictured below).

Read more about the show here and about Innocnts here.

New Image Art: 7920 Santa Monica Blvd/West Hollywood, CA 90046

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Upcoming Shows: Dennis McNett Wolfbat Meditations @AR4T Gallery 7.6.13


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Presented by : Vans
July 6 – August 11, 2013

Opening Reception:
Saturday July 6, 2013 – 6 to 9pm

LAGUNA BEACH, CA:  Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow is eager to announce the return of the Wolfbat Tribe and the art of Dennis McNett to Laguna Beach. Wolfbat Meditations is McNett’s second show at Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow – a follow up to his 2012 solo exhibitionWolfbat Shamans and The Whale of Gratitude where he created a massive whale from wood and hand-printed paper collage.

Wolfbat Meditations continues on the theme of gratitude, serenity and introspection. Dennis: “Starting the morning by breathing, writing, and clearing the mind opens the day to gratitude, imagination, awareness and clarity. This is easier said than done and some days are easier than others. I focus on waves, the pushing pulling swelling swirling water, the salty air, the course sand slowly warming from the sun, and patterns across the sea. Soon thoughts wander to kinetic energies, spirit beasts, stories, and structures.” Work will include a large selection of Dennis McNett’s woodcut prints, sculptural forms, wall installations, paper collage pieces and masks in mythical and animalistic creations.

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Preview: Word Play @ Design Matters (6.29)


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Preview: Rob Sato & Kris Chau – Raw Kindgom at Copro (6.22)


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Rob Sato and Kris Chau will open their joint show, ‘Raw Kingdom’ @ Copro Gallery in Santa Monica on Saturday (6.22).  Rob’s new body of artwork centers around a tribe of tall, apparently nomadic ‘earthlings’ as they wander, inhabit and exist.  Done in his signature water color style and medium, the new pieces play with notions of time as does much of his work; the scenes evoke a rural past while the characters themselves have a vaguely robotic/futuristic look.  Created in a mix of ink and watercolors, Kris Chau’s pieces seem to explore a mystical  realm in which the spirits of man (alive and passed) and animal are interwoven and connected.  The juxtaposed and layered compositions are nicely complimented by Chau’s poetic ruminations.

In celebration of their new show, both artists have created 3 color leterpress prints with Basement Press.  Both Rob’s ‘Earthlings’ (70, pcs, 10” x 8”, $45) and Kris’s ‘Ridefast’ (70 pcs, 10” x 8”, $45) compliment the original work from the show with related imagery. Both prints are available for pre-order now and will ship after the opening.

Rob Sato & Kris Chau || ‘Raw Kingdom’
Opening: Saturday, June 22nd 2013 (8 – 11:30 PM)

Copro Gallery
Bergamot Station
7525 Michigan Ave T5
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310.829.2156

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