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Copro Gallery and Monte Beauchamp proudly present the seventh annual BLAB! SHOW, previewing artwork from the upcoming volumes of BLABWORLD No. 2 and 3.
ARTISTS: JOE SORREN, SAS CHRISTIAN, SHAG, MARC BURKHARDT, RYAN HESHKA, MARTIN WITTFOOTH, GARY BASEMAN, JEAN-PIERRE ROY, ANA BAGAYAN, MARK GARRO, BROOK SLANE, OWEN SMITH, ROBERT CONNETT, JANA BRIKE, ALEX KUNO, MARK TODD, LAURIE HOGIN and more!
This year’s BLAB SHOW also feature’s in gallery 2 Ryan Heshka’s Strange Powers an exhibit of 16 paintings (of 32) from his forthcoming BLAB! trading card set.
Copro Gallery – Bergamot Station Arts Complex
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404
Opening Reception, Saturday, September 10 – 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Exhibit runs; September 10 – October 2, 2011
On Saturday, September 3rd, Last Rites Gallery presents Returning Art To The Unclean, new works by Brian M. Viveros.
Known for his strong and sensuous depictions of women, Brian M. Viveros is a master of contemporary iconography paying homage to the femme fatale. While he almost exclusively paints portraits, within the expressions of his women is conveyed such deep emotion and overwhelming sexuality that his work is undeniably erotic. Often without even a hint of nudity, the viewer is seduced with a mere pout and gaze from his subject’s faces. Although carrying on a long tradition of the alluring female in art, his work differs from Pin-Up style images of the past. Aside from the absence of figurative representation, the commanding subjects in his art contrast “Cheesecake” ideology of the soft and innocent. Instead, with her empowered stare, the Viveros smoking bad-girls flaunt battle scars, tattoos, and army paraphernalia. A force to be reckoned with, she is the epitome of a subculture heralding a new era with shifting ideals. This underlying concept of grit combined with sensuality is brought forth in his execution and paint handling, as flesh rendered with an almost touchable suppleness is juxtaposed by paint splatters and brushstrokes. With explosive compositions and an unmistakable style, Viveros creates 20th century representations of both beauty and culture.
Brian’s paintings have appeared in museums and galleries throughout the world, and featured by media including Juxtapoz, Tattoo Society, Hi Fructose, Skin Two, and TLC’s LA Ink. In 2005 Viveros made his directing debut with his short “Dislandia”, and he has since created the full length feature “Southern” and other films, which have premiered internationally and have been featured on networks including The Sundance Channel.
In what will be Brian’s second showing at the gallery, the opening will feature an all new collection of original paintings, as well as special rare prints from the artist’s own collection; poster giveaway and signing; live “Smoking Army” performance; screening of Brian’s films along with his new short, and much more.
Opening reception: Friday, October 14, 7-9pm
Gallery walk: Wednesday, November 2, 3pm
Led by writer Nancy Hightower
Cute and Creepy features grotesque inspired artworks from the Pop Surreal or New Contemporary art scenes currently making its way to more prominent places in today’s society. With the recent and publicly-celebrated exhibitions of Tim Burton at MOMA and Edward Gorey at the Wadsworth Athenaeum, now is the time to revel in the genre of the macabre.
Nancy Hightower, author of the catalog essay writes: “(The grotesque) is an operation, a process that occurs when one is caught in between a moment of humor and horror, or horror and beauty—held in perfect suspension so that neither overrides the other. We are left in a moment of paralysis, unsure of what to think, unable to look away.”The head turning artists featured in this exhibit include: Kris Kuksi, Kathie Olivas, Jessica Joslin, Kelly Boehmer, Timothy Cummings, Thomas Woodruff, Scott G. Brooks, Elizabeth McGrath, Marion Peck, Greg Craola Simkins, Chris Mars, Richard A. Kirk, Laurie Hogin, Judith Schaechter, Laurie Lipton, Lori Field, Chet Zar, Christian Rex van Minnen, Ray Caesar, Martin Wittfooth, Jessica Joslin, Mark Hosford, Kate Clark, Travis Louie, Heidi Taillefer & Jon Beinart.
Carrie Ann Baade is an internationally exhibiting artist whose surreal oil paintings are rich with allegorical meta-narratives inspired by literature and art history. She has been awarded the Florida Division of Cultural affairs Individual Artist Fellowship, the Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for an Established Artist, and has been nominated for the prestigious United States Artist Fellowship. Exhibiting widely with the Pop Surrealists, she has had paintings featured in Metamorphosis, a survey of the top, contemporary visionary surrealists and her works were included in the exhibit Suggestivism curated by Nathan Spoor at the Grand Central Art Center in California.
Baade received her Masters in Painting from the University of Delaware where she expanded her knowledge of materials and techniques under the guidance of professors of art conservation. She received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that included one year of study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Her work has been reviewed and the subject of features in the NY ARTS Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Austin Chronicle, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Albuquerque Journal, and Philadelphia Today. Recent solo exhibitions include: the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, and the Ningbo Art Museum in China. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Florida State University.
La Luz de Jesus will be hosting an exhibition by artist Rob Reger titled “The Encyclopedia of Hallucinations” This is an interactive show: attendees will be asked to write a short description of what they see in Reger’s paintings.The best of these writings will be documented on the La Luz de Jesus website
The concept for Rob Reger’s “The Encyclopedia of Hallucinations” has its roots in Reger’s childhood camping trips when his father taught him to draw forms from a squiggle with a stick in dirt. The future artist and his father drew mainly faces, animals, and monsters and then created narratives from these figures.
As a result, Reger learned to experience pareidolia, to ‘find things in other things,’ a concept that is still with him to this day. The Encyclopedia of Hallucinations gives the viewer a glimpse into this visual and psychological practice that has become second nature in Reger’s own visions. Imagination is Rob’s inspiration, and though his suggestive abstract forms, Reger gives his viewers the freedom them to find their own visions.
In his own words: “Looking back, I see this early experience as shaping my fascination with suggesting recognizable forms in abstract work and the tendency to personify forms and ‘find’ figures within general chaos. I inspire others, through specific forms that suggest forms, to use their imagination to find their own forms.”
Reger’s art aesthetic and his design house, Cosmic Debris, grew from a tangle of roots joining the DIY punk scene of the ’80s with guerilla art, surrealism, and the psychedelic explosion of the ’60s. As the founder, Creative Director, and President of Cosmic Debris, Reger introduced the world to Emily the Strange -an icon of empowerment for young alternative girls and outsiders of all ages. Like the little black-haired muse herself, Reger fuels his imagination with music, the natural environment, science and the artistic explorations of his friends and other inspiring figures.
Reger received a BFA from University of California, Santa Cruz and a MFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. His oil paintings, printmaking, watercolors, and collage have exhibited in galleries around the world, including: Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Berlin, Milan, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Santa Cruz.
The Encyclopedia of Hallucinations
alwo showing: Lauren Gardiner Misfits of the Forest
September 2 – October 3
Opening Reception: Friday, September 2nd, 8-11 pm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90027
images in order above:
Cel-Vinyl Acrylic on panel 2011
“It Takes All Types” (detail)
Cel-Vinyl Acrylic on wood 2011
“One Informs The Other”
Cel-Vinyl Acrylic on panel 2011
We at the beinArt collective have been saddened to learn of the passing of Robert Venosa. Robert is a deeply valued member of this collective and will be dearly missed and remembered by the art community and all those he inspired in his life.
The Fantastic Realism art of Robert Venosa has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in major collections, including those of noted museums, rock stars and European aristocracy. In addition to painting, sculpting and film design he recently added computer art to his creative menu. His work has been the subject of many books and publications.
Robert has influenced so many in this community and his talent and spirit will continue to inspire through the work and the legend he has left with us.
We are lucky to have known him.
“Creating images that stand beyond reality and become a supernatural impulse before they disappear into the void of the Absolute. It would be hard to find a day job to compare with this intoxicating adventure.” – Robert Venosa
Rob Sato “THE OPEN END “
Rob Sato “The Open End” will be his second solo show at Copro Gallery featuring a full body of work with large and small paintings, drawings as well as prints. It will showcase nearly a years worth of Sato’s otherworldly lies and intricate plotting with sumptuous detail. The Open End is the place where no path or plan leads but where you end up anyway. It’s the door to the next moment, the next room, the next dimension, the inevitable future and center of the whirlpool.
Brendan Danielsson‘s “Diarrhainbow”
“Diarrhainbow” deals with man vs. beast, beauty vs. ugly, sensuality vs. violence, etc etc. This show continues the series that could be considered character studies or fake portraits. Ugly people with, hopefully, some beauty mixed in. Some aspects could be considered grotesque, but I just like to think of them as details… a little something extra to give them interest. I also like titties.
Matt Rota “Philosophy of Flies”
“Philoshopy of Flies” explores themes of catastrophe. Scenes of War, Famine, Floods and Earthquakes are populated with a civilization of the affected and ambiValent, Victims and Victors. It’s an absurd nightmare; one of both comedy and tragedy, where none involved can escape.
Saturday, August 13, 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Exhibit runs; August 13 – September 3 , Copro Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. T5, Santa Monica, Ca 90404 310-829-2156
“The Blab Show”
a group show curated by Monte Beauchamp
Opens Friday August 12th 6-9pm!
Roq La Rue is pleased to present a group show curated by the illustrious Monte Beauchamp of Blab! Magazine fame. Monte is bringing us a dynamic and fun exhibition featuring a varied assortment of artists and illustrators, whose work all around the theme of Krampus. Who is Krampus? In Alpine tradition, Krampus is a creepy devil figure who accompanies St Nicolas during the holidays…if you are good, St. Nick gives you presents, but if you’re bad then you might wind up in Krampus’ sack and beaten with a switch! Krampus has become an object of counterculture curiosity and this show reflects both the scariness as well as the wonderful camp factor of Krampus. But wait- why are we having a show based on a Christmas demon in August? All we can say is Roq La Rue didn’t get where we are today by following the rules! So pop on some devil horns and join us for a festive opening on August 12th at the gallery!
Please contact us to be placed on an email preview.
Roq la Rue Gallery
2312 2nd Ave
Seattle WA 98121
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 4th | 5PM-late.
On display through August 27.
111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Lee Harvey Roswell is a self-taught artist from Freefall, New York, whose work is noted for its blend of angst and humor. Themes of death and entropy, tribulation and futility run amok in his distinctly surreal, often-slapstick/ often-nightmarish world. The result is at once mocking and melancholic. For the past decade plus his attention has turned almost exclusively to oil painting, though it’s always a surprise what direction he’ll steer things next. Lee now lives in San Francisco, his work is shown, collected and published internationally, and you can find him on the web at leeharveyroswell.com
NoMe Edonna is a self-taught artist from California, working primarily in the fields of painting and drawing. Techniques and styles rooted in Dada/Surrealism, Art Nouveau, Symbolism and ‘Graffiti’ Art, are visually prevalent, yet re-contextualized addressing contemporary issues. In recent years, his work has become increasingly focused on social, political and environmental concerns as well as inquiries of science, technology and study of ancient civilizations. Through regular use of recycled/found objects, as well as traditional materials, NoMe has created a unique and eclectic body of work that speaks to the viewer, however subtly or overtly, about our current place in history and the inherent challenge and mystery of human existence.marily in the fields of painting and drawing. Techniques and styles rooted in Dada/Surrealism, Art Nouveau, Symbolism and ‘Graffiti’ Art, are visually prevalent, yet re-contextualized addressing contemporary issues. In recent years, his work has become increasingly focused on social, political and environmental concerns as well as inquiries of science, technology and study of ancient civilizations. Through regular use of recycled/found objects, as well as traditional materials, NoMe has created a unique and eclectic body of work that speaks to the viewer, however subtly or overtly, about our current place in history and the inherent challenge and mystery of human existence.NoMe’s work has been shown worldwide, from street to museum and has been featured in numerous print and web publications. He’s held artist residencies at the San Francisco dump as well as at S.F.’s School Of The Arts high school. He lives and works in San Francisco.