Artists you admire: “Henry Darger, Margaret Kilgallen (RIP), Barry McGee, Booker (Read More Books), Blu, Barbara Kruger, Robert Longo, C215, Chris Stain, Dondi White (RIP), Os Gemeos, Vrno, Gaia, Josh Keyes, the old Pottymouth Crew (Dwell, Oneunit, Mr. Prvrt), my grandpa, my professors, all of the people still going big these days.”
1. Opening Tonight “Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories” (LA)
2. Anthony Lister’s Wall Still Shining
3. LUDO Gets Up Downtown LA
4. “Art in the Streets” Closes
5. Dabs and Myla at ThinkSpace Tomorrow (LA)
6. “Street Art Stories” Presentation and Panel Discussion at LA MOCA Saturday
Opening Tonight “Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories” (LA)
If you are in LA tonight, please check out some New York stories at C.A.V.E. Gallery. The show is hung, the brand new pieces out back by Creepy, Gilf!, NohJColey, Adam Void, Hellbent, and Tiptoe are still wet, and Patrick just rollered a thick layer of black on the floors to cover up the mess we made. People from 7 or 8 countries have put in such personal and meaningful pieces, the quality is high, and so are a lot people in LA we’ve discovered. And there are a few surprises that you won’t believe – like Futura’s piece called “Brooklyn Street Art”, made of, guess what? And Nick Walker’s piece and accompanying mannequin will raise some eyebrows no doubt. It has been so great to work with these artists and these partners (ThinkSpace, C.A.V.E., Juxtapoz, LA FreeWalls, HuffPost Arts, LA MOCA) for the last half year to pull this together, and we are deeply indebted to everyone’s talents, vision, and positive attitudes. Before the doors are open, it feels like a total success. Love you guys and gals more everyday.
Monday was the last day for the largest exhibition of graffiti and street art under one roof at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), “Art in the Streets”. Over the last four months the expansive show gave a little over 200,000 people an opportunity to see and learn about and understand a great deal more about the history of this multifaceted scene which continues to grow and morph and evolve around the world. Congratulations to curators Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman, and Aaron Rose for their tenacity and everyone who played a part in putting this show together, a real collaborative effort.
Dabs and Myla at ThinkSpace Tomorrow (LA)
Hundreds of household items have been painted, many of them interconnected with larger pieces, are all over the ThinkSpace Gallery right now as final prep is happening for tomorrow night’s Dabs and Myla show by the Melborne/LA couple who have been keenly tag teaming to finish everything on time. Tomorrow we’ll have some pics for you. In the meantime here’s an interview on Sour Harvest and on Juxtapoz.
Dabs and Myla on the gallery wall at Thinkspace (photo courtesy the gallery)
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“Street Art Stories” Presentation and Panel Discussion at LA MOCA Saturday
Taking a look at one direction that Street Art is going today and talking about what it augers for the future as more artists are investing time and labor into narratives behind their pieces on the street. Really looking forward to this one!
Don’t make love by the garden gate – Love is blind but the neighbors ain’t!
Looks like Street Artist Dan Witz has installed a large full length street version of “Hoodys Kissing” in this bricked alcove, but who will see it? The artist has mastered the art of camouflage, plainly laying out his work where it can be seen with the bare eye.
Standing nearby and watching passersby for a few minutes gives ample evidence that we can be blind to the things right in front of us – and in a city that is full of loud noises, music, polluting cars, sidewalk vendors, and sexy summer fashions parading at you from all directions, can you blame us? Plus, I think that traffic attendant is putting a ticket on my windshield! “Wait! Sir! I’m just running in this drug store to get my Grandma some Doan’s pill for her knees! Please don’t give me a ticket, I was only in there for 2 minutes! Crap!”
What is your most defining characteristic?
“Probably my choice of medium… I don’t know a lot of other artists, street or otherwise, who work only in colored pencils. I love when people look at my work and have no idea how I did it, or assume it’s an oil painting. I just love my pencils!”
“Who taught you to hate yourself?” – Malcolm X
“When you clean up a city you kill it.” – Charles Bukowski
“Civilizations don’t last very long, they destroy themselves.” -Stephen Hawkings