Monday, February 21, 2011

INLE in the HOUSE... kinda

This March, I'll be contributing a painting to "INLE", a group show curated by Greg "Craola" Simkins. The idea behind the show is "over 100 artists interpret the understated hero of Richard Adam's Watership Down".
Here's my sketch for the painting I'm creating for the show:
11" x 14"
Acrylic + Ink

"INLE AND ME" features the stories protagonist "Hazel". In Watership Down, Hazel gets shot in the leg, which becomes a wound that never truly heals and plays an essential role in the rest of the story. So, in my painting, Hazel has his leg a wrapped up in a sling with a hint of blood seeping through the bandages. Meanwhile, "Inle", the mythical black rabbit of Watership Down, is represented as an actual black rabbit in the painting. Since Hazel's wound is such an essential narrative element, I chose to have Inle inspect, or rather, flirt with Hazel's wound.
Hosted by Gallery 1988, the show will open March 11th, 2011. (7pm-10pm)
Gallery 1988 - 7020 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Contemptorary Art Show Pics

On Saturday, February 12th, 2011, Corey Helford Gallery hosted the opening reception of my latest solo show, "Contemptorary Art". Inspired by my love/hate relationship with Contemporary Art, the show featured 16 new paintings, a 1000% sculpture of Possessed, and an "interactive" portion of the show where the audience is invited to manipulate a template of the bear I created for the show.


Here's the prototype of my 1000% Possessed. Produced by Munky King and sculpted by Jedidia, the finished 1000% Possessed will be made of Steel Reinforced Fiberglass and limited to 15 pieces.

Here's the walls Corey Helford set up for the Audience Participation portion of the show, featuring the "Bear Template" I created.

Seperated into 4 different series of paintings, this first series is the Label Series. The Label series is a series inspired by the typographic stylings of Barbara Kruger. There are three paintings in the series: "Lowbrow", "Pop Surreal", and "Contemptorary".
The complete name of each of these paintings is:
Label Series : Contemptorary (and Still the Loser)
Label Series : Lowbrow (and Still the Loser)
Label Series : Pop Surreal (and Still the Loser)
The reason why the paintings say "(and Still the Loser)" is because the way most people see it, it doesn't matter what you call the work in this genre, the Contemporary Art world will never take it seriously.

The Colorfield series is inspired by the Color Theory exemplified by the works of Mark Rothko and other Colorfield artists. There are two paintings in this series. Those paintings are "Colorfield Series
: Red" and "Colorfield Series : Blue"
The idea behind these paintings is the exploration and study of color on the human psyche. The Colorfield series features a small bear sitting in a field of color and textures. The "Red" version obviously being a field of red, and the "Blue" painting, a field of blue.
What I hope to extract from these paintings is two totally differ interpretations of what the audience interprets from the colors, though the images are essentially identical. From the blue, feelings of depression of forlorn. And from the red, the sensation of brooding, or quite anger.
I guess the best idioms I could think of that exemplify what I'm trying to do are "Seeing Red" and "Feeling Blue".

The Communication series features five paints. Based around the image of my bears head, it is as though I've run the bear head through a series of image filters, exploring the history of visual communication through my familiar character. The five genres of which I've explored are:

Original: The original version of the bear head is based on how I classically rendered my characters.

Halftone: With the development of mass communication, the halftone screen became an essential development in print communication. Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein is famous for employing such a filter in his work.

Renaissance: This is how I imagine an artist from that period would have rendered the head of my bear... Sort of.

Cubism/Modernism: This is how my bear would have been interpreted through cubist/modernist eyes

Pixel: With the advent of computer technology, Photoshop etc. The pixel is the latest incarnation in communication technology. Contemporary artist Chuck Close is one of the more famous artist who've employed the pixel into his very portraits.

The idea behind the Template series is basically explores the idea of "it's not the glass that tells the story, but rather what's in the glass itself". I'm creating 6 paintings based on a template image of the shape of my bear
character. Each painting, despite being confined to the shape of my bear will explore widely different styles and emotions.


During the show, my cousins Richard, his sister Cathy, Cathy's husband Travis, and their twins stopped by.

Guests were invited to customize the bear template on tables in the back of the gallery:

Their finished templates were put on display on walls in the middle of the gallery.

Joe Ledbetter checking out the Audience Participation Templates

Munky King's Lap Ngo joined the party

Artist and colleague David Flores stopped by the show.

Brandi Milne and Hubby also made an appeance.

Munky King main-man and 1000% Possessed producer Patrick Lam in the house.

As the night went on, I found myself in love with this particular template bear by "Mateo".

But to be honest, I truly love all of them.

After both sides of the Template Bear wall were filled, we started filling up the walls under the loft.

The cherry on top of was the appearance of this lovely yet mysterious tambourine wielding luchadoress. I have no idea who she is, but when you come to my show rocking a luchador mask and a tambourine... 'nuff said.

I would like to thank all my friends, family, and colleagues who showed up. Your support is truly appreciated. Thanks for making this a great night for me.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Another Studio Shot

Here's another studio shot I took to help preview some of the paintings from my Contemptorary Art show (hosted by Corey Helford Gallery). I took these for the Arrested Motion blog.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Contemptorary Art Preview/Studio Pics

Here's some preview pics I had taken for Daily Dujour of my upcoming Contemptorary Art show (hosted by Corey Helford Gallery.)

Contemptorary Art will be opening Saturday February 12th, 2011 (7pm - 10pm) at Corey Helford Gallery.
For more information concerning the show, please contact the gallery:
Address: 8522 Washington Blvd. Culver City CA 90232
Phone: 310-287-2340