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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Culver City Gallery Highlights: Recap Part I

Art by Zoso1

It has been over a month since our road trip from San Diego to San Francisco and this blog has been a long time coming. I think I've managed to psyche myself out in writing it because I knew it was going to be a bit more work to put together. To break it up a little I decided to split the recap into two parts: Culver City & San Francisco.

We first hit Culver City in Los Angeles and this was our first time checking out this area. We were very happy to see that there were a lot of galleries within blocks of each other (especially happy since it was way too hot to be walking around at high noon with jeans on).

While there are well over 30 galleries within walking distance, we hit about half of them. And of that half, we wanted to highlight our favorites.

First Favorite: Kinsey/Desforges

And Inside...

The exhibit, while we were there was "Chasing Castles" featuring the works of Conor Harrington & Chloe Early. Both artists were born in 1980 and were raised in Cork, Ireland and now both live in London and have lived there since 2004. Hmmmm, do you think they are an item?

We were both more drawn to Harrington's work. "Harrington further explores the possibilities of abstraction through his signature style of tagging and cancellation. 'I write words in aerosol and erase with oil paint', he explains. In doing so, he mimics the perpetual tug-of-war between graffiti writers and civic authorities, exploring dialogue between the liberated and the oppressor while showering viewers with the marks of a battle scene, leaving only the abstract debris and destruction in its wake." excerpt from the Kinsey/Desforges press release.

Our next highlight was Koplin Del Rio
The artist she was featuring was Peter Zokosky and his exhibit was called "Kingdom Animalia: Episodes from Natural History".

"These carefully crafted paintings walk a fine line between science and poetry. Visionary symbolism and factual documentation coexist in this unique body of work. Mysterious rites, unseen rituals, and forgotten dreams come together in these lush and memorable paintings. Populated by all manner of living things, together they represent a virtual zoological survey." excerpt from the Koplin Del Rio press release.

We also met Lucy (the first of our california gallery dogs) while we were at Koplin. She was very friendly and cute as a button, that is, until John used a flash to take a photo! Let's just say she didn't like it very much and she didn't forgive him either - we had to high-tail it out of there.

Highlight #3 was Honor Fraser
They were exhibiting a solo show featuring Yi Chen: Beaut-esque

"The artist uses culturally mediated images from advertisements and fashion magazines as inspiration for his work. He sees his paintings and collages as metaphors for hybrid, mutated concepts of beauty borne from a global popular culture." excerpt from the gallery press release

When we first walked in, we were struck by the bright flourescent colors and strange amalgamations of his images. After closer examination, we realized how perfect the title of the show was... it was beautiful and grotesque at the same time. My eyes were drawn to his pieces and it was hard to move on to the next one.

Our last highlight was Roberts & Tilton
They were featuring Kehinde Wiley and the exhibit was called "The World Stage:Brazil"

We were simply awestruck when we walked into this gallery. The pieces were bigger than life with bright vivid colors and gorgeous detail.

"During Wiley’s residency in Rio de Janeiro, Afro-Brazilian men became the impetus for the majestic paintings, inspired by the iconic nationalistic sculptures that line the city streets and anchor its parks. Statesmen, noblemen, and the elite of Brazil are erased from their perches; the young black and brown men from present-day favelas are aggrandized." excerpt from the gallery press release

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What I am working on

So I am working on a few projects right now and I thought to myself, show the world what you are up to. This is a small sample of the things that are works in progress.

This is a piece which I call " Chics Dig The Datsun"

This is an illustration, 15" x 15", that I am working on for Bherd Studios next show called "Fresh Ink". Bobbi Jo Epperson and Darin Shuler will also being showing work as well. June 12th 6-9p, @ the Underground of the Greenwood Collective.

This is a portion of a painting that I am doing called "Protection #5: Norweigen Wood"

And this is an update of the peguin that I am painting for the promotion of the new Woodland Park Zoo Penguin exhibit.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bherd Studios May Update

This is a penguin that I am painting on for the promotion of the Woodland Park Zoo. Along with 40-50 other artists, my penguin will be marching through some Seattle neighborhoods starting in June...

This is a painting called "In White Jeans". This piece is still a work in progress.

And this is a view of Bherd Studios from the Underground at the Greenwood Collective. This show, "Unusual Suspects", is up until Friday, May 29.

Next Up:

Friday, May 8, 2009

Greenwood Collective - In Progress tonight 6 - late pm

PGee showing at Brand Vibes "Past Your Curfew"

"Night Asia" at Urban Light Studios

Beautiful Orchids for sale going nicely with the Asian Photography show...

"Unusual Suspects" Urban Contemporary Art by John Osgood at Bherd Studios

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"Unusual Suspects" New Urban Art Work by John Osgood

Bherd Studios
Opening Reception: Friday, May 8 from 6-9pm
& Saturday, May 9 from 12-5pm
Showing through May 29th

Here is a sneak preview of the show...

Hope to see you there this Friday or Saturday!!


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Chris Sheridan Solo Show at Gems

We not only love Chris Sheridan's work, but he and Kate Protage (a wonderful artist in her own right and his partner in crime) will be curating a show for us in September. More info on that show will be coming up.

Chris describes his work as: "...stickng to three basic themes: detached symbolism and interconnectedness, his own fascination with crows and their psychological impact on him, and the inner workings of the people he surrounds himself with and the chemistry between them."

You won't want to miss his solo show at Gems, located at 615 Western Ave, coming up this Thursday from 6-9pm as part of the 1st Thursday art walk in Pioneer Square.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Hurray for Free Art Friday!

Yes, JoaB is back with a special FAF for Greenwood! Above is a piece called "Anum Elephant" that JoaB just put out less than a 1/2 hour ago in our neighborhood.

Here's the super secret location:

Someone come take me home!!

(location hint: old macdonald had a farm, e i e i o!)

"Unusual Suspects" May 8th @ Bherd Studios

Hey Team! Here is a sneak peek at some paintings that I am going to be showing on the 8th and 9th of May, 6-9pm, for the Annual Greenwood Artwalk at the Greewnood Collective (Down Stairs aka the Underground in our studio, Bherd Studios). These five guys are called the "Knuckleheads: 1-5". The middle guy is the biggest and when he has his frame on him he will be 15" x 12". These pieces are acrylic, pen and ink, spray paint, & collage on board. Hopefully these guys will find a home. (Maybe yours!)

See you on the 8th and 9th of May!