Shag: The Disneyland Years at the Shag Store
Friday, September 17, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
According to the press release, "High-end, one-of-a-kind toys are the newest offshoot of the ‘low-brow’ art movement - riffs on underground, street and pop culture – born in 1970s Los Angeles. So it makes sense that Hollywood boasts the world’s first Toy Art Gallery, which will host the Red Carpet Kaiju Show on September 4th, featuring works from the likes of Akoart, Alimana, and Emilio Garcia, respected artists who will travel from Japan, Spain and Mexico to attend.
"Toy Art Gallery is proud to present its newest group show, Red Carpet Kaiju. TAG will debut Gonzalez’ controversial “Hierophany” toy, and has invited some of the best monster and kaiju-inspired artists from around the world to showcase their unique visions and talents within this strange and wonderful sub-genre of art toys."
Sounds like a new must-see on LA's increasingly amazing art tour.
Toy Art Gallery
From Dave Kinsey: "In this new body of work I primarily explore emotional and environmental boundaries, as I perceive them, in the context of the growing discord between humanity and nature. The state of the world today concerns me and I want try to affect, if not change, at least a feeling of realization or understanding when people view my work.
I have also spent time on cyclical issues, namely in the Continuum series, which clearly represents the reality of our earth-bound physical nature; beauty and death are ultimately dancing partners..."
New Works by Dave Kinsey at Joshua Liner Gallery
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
PLUS, a new book! ""Gross’s highly involved, figurative oil paintings defy categorization: his unusual hybrids, for all their dreamlike mystery, powerfully convey universal themes such as Love and Despair, Globalization and Consumerism, Communication and the lack of it. This slim, oversized edition catalogs the best of his groundbreaking work over the last four years, including several pieces from his Autumn 2010 exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York." Introduction by LA Weekly's Doug Harvey."
"Discrepancies" by Alex Gross at Jonathan LeVine Gallery
PopDrawer fave Yumiko Kayukawa's new show in LA. "The Japanese phonetic pronunciation of 4 (shi) is also that of death, and 9 (ku) is also pain. After death, the dead are believed to wander the earth for 49 days as spirits. Part of the cremation ceremony involves the passing of the ashes via chopsticks from one mourner to the other. They are ultimately collected into an urn, which is taken home and kept for that same 49 days, until they are buried in a grave reserved for the wandering spirit –who is then free to be born again into new life.
The paintings in Yumiko Kayukawa’s "49 Days" all carry a feeling of existing between life and death, and in these pieces, images of food and chopsticks can pertain to either. One of Yumiko’s great passions is eating, which she views as the symbolic opposite of death. She has a marvelous knack for infusing her paintings with that appreciation for fine food and dining, and the figures in her work seem to enjoy flavors that convey unbelievable delight –leaving the viewer with a slight bite of wistful envy."
"49 Days" by Yumiko Kayukawa at La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Another great show at LeBasse Projects. Starting June 12th (that's tomorrow!), Yoskay Yamamoto opens his new solo show "Familiar Strangers" comes to our lucky town.
"The show represents a breakthrough in work from Yamamoto - featuring a diverse range of paintings, hand carved wood as well as cast metal and resin sculptures. The show will reflect a continuation of intimate statements of self-expression that began in his last series of exhibitions.
Yamamoto’s previous exhibition focused on the artists’ external struggles and experiences while Familiar Strangers is inspired by a detachment from one’s inner self and the rediscovery of ones true nature. Using some of his iconic characters, Yamamoto adds new depth including a thematic use of flowers in the work. Flowers have been chosen because according to Yamamoto. ‘…they carry the essence of growth, but also have such a fragile state.’ The cycle of growth, blossoming and decay echo the circular nature of his previous exhibitions."
The opening reception is June 12th from 7-10 PM, but you can get a sneak peak now here.
"Familiar Strangers" by Yoskay Yamamoto
Le Basse Projects
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I had a dream a few months ago. I was trapped in doorless, windowless room with Edvard Munch's The Scream. Not the painting. The screamer from the painting. It was not a pleasant dream.
In the pantheon of characters from famous art works, there are plenty you wouldn't want to spend time with. The hairy-knuckled incubus from Fuseli's The Nightmare, Bacon's Pope Innocent X, pretty much anything that shows up in a Bosch painting.
Then there are the characters you might want to hang with. The ladies of Ingres and Degas come to mind...
Add to that list the adorable creations of Gary Baseman. But in this case, this is not a dream, but a dream come true. This coming Saturday, June 12, 2010, LACMA Muse and Artwalk 2010: The Los Angeles Music and Arts Festival will be featuring a very special performance created by Gary. For "Giggle and Pop," 24 of his ChouChous and Tar Pit Girls will roam the museum and grounds of LACMA and the La Brea Tar Pits and create playful havoc. (Choreographed by Sarah Elgart, and featuring a song by Carina Round).
"“Giggle and Pop!” references Baseman’s paintings from 'I Melt in Your Presence' (2007), 'Hide and Seek in the Forest of ChouChou' (2007), and 'La Noche de la Fusíon' (2009). The original tale takes place during a time when evil demons dominated the Forest of ChouChou where the Wild Girls lived. Chaos and misery, fires and ugliness were so abundant and powerful that the Girls could not easily love. The ChouChous, however, were mysterious heroic creatures who appeared then took away and absorbed the negative energy and hate from the Girls, oozing creamy gooey love from their belly buttons. For the LACMA event, the Wild Girls are Tar Pit Girls, positively altered with the love of ChouChou."
And watching isn't enough for you, join in the fun. Attendees who dance or play along with the characters will receive limited-edition sashes with original art by Gary Baseman!
For your visual pleasure, here is some inspirational art for the event, straight from Gary.
Performances 12pm, 1pm, and 3pm (with vignettes in between and until 4pm). See you there!!
Friday, June 4, 2010
This Saturday, June 5th, is the annual Culver CIty Artwalk, from Noon - 8 PM. It's sure to be an amazing event. And as usual, LeBASSE Projects has an excellent show lined up. The preview is online now, but here are a couple of images from some of our personal favorites, including Edwin Ushiro, Jean-Pierre Roy, and Kevin E. Taylor, who is new to PopDrawer. Other artists in the show include Nate Frizzell, Blaine Fontana, Thomas Doyle, and many more.
Kevin E. Taylor
Don't miss the walk!
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Ack! We don't know how we missed this... but better late than never, as a certain White Rabbit might say.
The unequaled Camille Rose Garcia has released her version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in book form, replete with her eye-popping illustrations. You can buy it here, read an interview with Camille here, and goggle at the wonder of it all, well, HERE!
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Camille Rose Garcia
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Thomas Doyle makes unbelievable, and unbelievably tiny creations, that leave us agog. And he's got a whole new show of them at LeBasse Projects.
"For 'Collateral Damage,' Doyle continues to explore the impact of memory through his Distillation Series. Based on the premise that a personality can be distilled down to certain key formative events, the work in this series centers on the home and family life. Doyle begins with this safe, archetypal space, then distorts reality through a warped and dreamlike lens, in much the same way the mind recalls events through the fog of time. The result is a world where houses are inverted, earth crumbles away, and people sink into the ground - all trapped under glass and frozen in time."
6023 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA
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Friday, May 14, 2010
"Tiger Tiger Burning Bright," the new show at the seminal Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle, brings together an amazing roster of artists.
"A group show based around the theme of tigers, inspired by the dynamic poem " The Tiger" by visionary artist and painter William Blake.
Additionally, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar, and the animal is a very visible example of the environmental problem of habitat loss and rampant poaching, with the reported last wild Indochinese tiger being killed and eaten in December 2009."
Artists include Travis Louis, Yumiko Kayukawa, Audrey Kawasaki, Lisa Petrucci, Angelique Houtkamp, Bob Dob, Anthony Ausgang,
Isabel Samaras, and other greats.
Opening Night Friday, May 14. Preview it here.
Roq la Rue
2312 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Hukilau, the ultimate tiki event, hulas into its ninth year in existence, this June 10-13th in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. There will be a cocktail challenge, a tiki bazaar, seminars galore, and of course the requisite fire-eating mermaid.
But best of all, a Tiki Art Show, featuring the Tiki God himself, Shag, along with dozens of other art luminaries (or should we say tiki torches), including Bosko, Dave Burke, Derek Yaniger, Mitch O'Connell, The Pizz, Skot Olsen, and OF COURSE Lisa Petrucci.
Here's a little peek at what to expect.
Monday, May 10, 2010
We Are Connected by Danna Ray
Limited edition. $35. 15% of sales goes to Doctors Without Borders.
Available today to subscribers of The Working Proof. Available Tuesday to everyone else. Become a subscriber and get early shots at the art. Subscribing is free.
Friday, April 30, 2010
The final edition of Noferin's accalimed wooden Pecanpals.
100% sustainably harvested rubber wood.
Limited edition of 300 per character worldwide.
4.5 - 6.5 inches.
Coming May 5, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Art Show, by Mark Ryden
Opening THIS week at Paul Kasmin Gallery
293 Tenth Ave.
New York, NY 10001
Request from Mr. Ryden to dress in your best "Old Tyme" outfit for the opening. Thursday Evening, April 29, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Be there or be really sad.