Continuing their tradition of excellence, Corey Helford Gallery presents Vanity Bonfire, a solo exhibition of new works by artist Sean Christopher. For his first solo show in Los Angeles, Christopher will unveil a world of hidden meanings, symbols, and metaphors through a series of oil paintings, sculptures, and mixed mediums.
Representing a year and a half long process, Vanity Bonfire juxtaposes heavenly beauty against stark reality, creating a cohesive, multi-layered experience for the viewer. Things are not what they seem as candy coated veneers reveal dark subtle messages upon closer inspection.
Christopher’s opulent visual vocabulary reaches new heights in Vanity Bonfire as politically motivated soldiers disguised as rococo frosted three layer cakes with lubricated match sticks and peppermint appendages, intermingle with dripping blood cherries, sparkling dollar signs and cultured pearls plucked from a 13th Century tiara. Iconographic cakes, Louis XIV shoes, and Sacred Hearts form the metaphoric foundation for Vanity Bonfire, which is sure to delight the senses and challenge the mind. Open to the public, the reception for Vanity Bonfire will take place next Saturday, April 26th. Snag details at coreyhelfordgallery.com.
Everyone loves hearing a juicy secret, although spilling it can sometimes be even more fun! Escape 76 has dropped a little stash of dopeness online, with a secret (not so much anymore) site releasing limited edition Perception prints.
The original Perception is acrylic, fiberglass, and spray paint on canvas, but you can cop your own bit of Perception right here. About the painting, Escape 76 says, “Perception of all things on Earth, including people, is in the eye of the beholder. What do you see when you look at this man? Evil? Good? Terrorism and violence? Peace and friendship? A nomad? A sage? Maybe you see something else. Perhaps you see the plight of struggle, the comfort of wisdom, or the power of faith. Or maybe sadness. Your perception is yours alone, unique in its own right. Good or bad, judge not lest ye be judged." Now that's what's up.
Looks like comics are really getting their due props, as a NY Times article reports today on the exploding genre, and the creative minds behind those cute drawings we’ve come to love so much. One of our favorite artists, and creator of the live burlesque drawing event Dr Sketchy’s, Molly Crabapple, is quoted saying, “Comics is the last genre of art people are genuinely passionate about.” Strong words, but it’s hard to deny the growing popularity of these graphic gems.
Also mentioned is one of the hippest new cartoon art collectives to hit the world of cyberspace: Act-i-vate, featuring original, serialized graphic novels from over twenty highly talented comic creators. Their brand new site was launched yesterday, so take a gander over to act-i-vate.com and see for yourself what all the hype is about!
Matthew Newton recently completed a great interview with graphic designer Changethethought aka Christopher Cox. Cox has made a name for himself creating striking and enthralling images that are technically spot-on.
Whether designing for print, motion, a gallery, or the web, Cox embodies where the world of digital creativity can take us. Read the whole interview right here…
Dig new kicks? How about customized clothing? Maybe winning an original Mear One painting from ArtNowSF will do it for ya. Thread, a huge fashion and art event, hits San Francisco’s Galleria this Sunday, April 20th, bringing all this and more.
Featuring new and exciting fashion collections from some of our favorite companies, like Adidas and Upper Playground, this event also welcomes books from Ginko Press, cocktails from Absolut, and the ultra cool kids at ArtNowSF covering the walls with original art. Thread works with over 3,000 edgy, emerging, and established artists and designers to showcase what’s hot on the scene today. More info at www.threadshow.com. RSVP to get in on the action here.
Check out this ill mural kids with The Love Movement got up in Venice Beach for the LA Debates featuring Obama, King, and Mandela. It’s always cool to remember leaders of the past who have helped pave the way for a better future by throwing up some sick artwork in their honor. The inspiration just never stops. Man, hopefully when we’re gone, someone will take the time to get our mugs up on the streets! Now that's love.
One of our favorite artists, David Choong Lee (Juxtapoz issue #86,) along with friends Romanowski, Sirron Norris, Phoneticontrol, Nathan Stapley, and Nate1 will be making an appearance at fabric8 in San Francisco on Sunday, April 20th!
A truly talented artist, David Choong Lee passes skills of the trade along to his students at the Academy of Art University. Hailing from Seoul, Korea, he initially came to San Francisco to study at the University, but his skills soon surpassed his teachers, and he ended up schooling budding artists. His amazing ability to render portraits and landscapes in a fine art manner has lent itself to his unique take on street art. See more of Lee’s work at www.davidchoonglee.com.
Herakut, the German street art duo, will in be LA through the weekend and seem to really be making the best of their trip to the States! In the days following the opening of their showstopper, Streichelzoo, at Carmichael Gallery, Herakut have been doing what they do best: hitting the streets. Herakut has been bombing various spots in Los Angeles to create some sweet site-specific murals. Check out more photos over here…
LA's Thinkspace Gallery opened their dual solo shows: Mergers & Acquisitions by Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters, and Untitled (Works on Paper and Wood) by Matthew Feyld this past weekend. Juxtapoz stopped by to check out the new artworks, and were completely delighted by this month’s additions to the gallery.
Olivas and Peters’ new collaborative work is a wonderful combination of Olivas’ signature disturbed, candy-loving children and Peters’ darker, cartoon-esque characters. It’s like watching two old friends meet on canvas!
Feyld’s deceptively simple mixed media work is striking in person, and Thinkspace had some stunning works also on display from Montreal-based artist Turf One. Peep more opening shots right this way…
Why is it that some people get all the talent? Paul Simonon, bass player for the legendary punk band The Clash, presents a much-anticipated exhibition of his paintings at London’s Thomas Williams Fine Art Gallery. His first solo show in six years, Simonon’s collection consists of oil paintings based on his time spent in Spain during May 2003 studying and sketching bullfights and their matadors. "The result is a group of strong images revealing both the ceremony and fragility of the world of the matador."
The show will run through May 9th, but if you can’t make it to London, take a look at some of Simonon’s paintings here.