Coming this Saturday, September 8th, to the Varnish Art Gallery in San Francisco is the debut exhibition For Smoke & Mirrors by Ransom & Mitchell. This SF based art duo includes Jason Mitchell, photographer-director, and Stacy Ransom, set designer and photo-illustrator. Since 2004 the couple has Purebred Studios, a still and motion production studio in SF, that along with client work also serves as the studio they use for personal projects. Not only do Ransom & Mitchell create breathtaking images based on artist they respect, they also share how these photos were created in a behind the scenes website they call Fake Believe. Fans are able to see that what they believed to be photoshop illustration in the image was in fact part of the set, or even a full costume that was constructed just for the shoot. While living in San Francisco for a short time, I was asked to stop by the studio and hang out while the the duo and their crew worked on a new artist shoot with Scott Musgrove. Below is an exclusive image of one of the final photos from the Scott Musgrove sitting. Read more for a breakdown of the days events, and more images of this upcoming exhibition.
This past Saturday on March 27th, the 4th Annual Gag Me With Toon group show opened at the WWA Gallery. This installment features more Saturday morning cartoon madness from many of your favorite artists. This years show is curated by Steven Daily and Tomi Monstre. There is some amazing work this year, take a look at the preview images and then head over to the gallery’s website for more.
On October 6th, Gallery 1988 in Melrose opened a duo show with Alex Pardee and Skinner under the moniker of the “The Butcher Kings”. The two artists took aim at pop culture and created over 80 works of art that were not only offensive in some cases, but were quite brilliant and make this show a must see. I have always been a fan of pushing art to the edge; art should move people, make them think, make them laugh, and make them offended if need be. The works in this show feature characters from many cartoons, movies, comic books, and various pop culture icons. Some of the titles in the show feature the kind of wordplay that seems easy to come up with such as Karate Kid N’ Play, and M.C. Hammerhead, and I know quite a lot of people do this with friends and in daily situations. The idea here is that these two artists took it past joking in the halls and at work, and made a cohesive full show. It looks as though Skinner might have a bit more work on view, however Alex Pardee came up with some pieces that really defined the show such as C3PeeHole and ElephantMan-At-Arms. Head on over after the preview and take a look at the rest of the show.
On September 2nd, Gallery 1988 in Melrose opened a new themed group show, this one with work inspired by the Garbage Pail Kids. I remember when the collectors cards first came out in 1985, and kids went insane for them. The biggest draw for me was the art, and it’s the one thing that made the concept of this show exciting. There is a huge amount of work available in a variety of mediums, as well as limited edition prints. It was great to see what each of these artists would bring to show; would they make a painting styled like the classic cards, or opt to make something new and unique in design. There is a good mixture of both, and I am happy to see works styled like the cards and some that are not. It helps to break up what could have become too much. There is some amazing work in this show, seen below are some paintings by Allison Reimold, Dave MacDowell, N.C. Winters, and some killer prints available from Rhys Cooper. Take a look at the preview images and then over to the website for the full show.
On May 6th, The Cotton Candy Machine, Tara McPherson’s new gallery, opened a group show entitled Paper View: A Zerofriends Show. The show features new work, prints, apparel, books, and more by Alex Pardee and Zerofriends. Kristen Wyman headed out to the show was nice enough to write a review for the Creep. All images from the Cotton Candy Machine and Sara Antoinette Martin.
The “Paper View” show featuring the creative collective Zerofriends at Cotton Candy Machine boutique and gallery on Friday night was a stunning representation of the new wave of Do-It-Yourself artists who strive to make fine art more accessible to their fans. Founded by well-known artist Tara McPherson in Williamsburg just last month, the Cotton Candy Machine hosts a different show every month and focuses on originals and prints for $500 or less.
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Opening March 11th at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is a group show curated by artist Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins. The show entitled “INLE”, will feature over 100 artists drawing inspiration from Richard Adams’ award winning book, WaterShip Down, and more specifically the Black Rabbit of Inlé. The list of participating artists is nothing short of breathtaking and will include work by: Aaron Jasinksi, Alex Garcia, Alex Pardee, Amy Sol, Anthony Ausgang, Annie Owens, Attaboy, Audrey Kawasaki, Bob Dob, Brandi Milne, Brain Despain, Buff Monster, Camilla d’Errico, Carrie Anne Baade, Charles Wish, Chet Zar Chris Ryniak, Christian Rex Van Minnen, DabsMyla, Dan May, Dan Quintana, Daniel Danger, David Choong Lee, Eric White, Jason Limon, Fred Harper, Gris Grimley, Jon Beinart, Steven Daily, Jeff McMIllan, Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez, Joshua Clay, Joshua Keyes, Kevin Peterson, Kris Lewis, Logan Hicks, Luke Chueh, Mark Bodnar, Martin Wittfooth, Matthew Bone, Meggs, Michael Page, Mike Mitchell, Molly Crabapple, Naoto Hattori, N8 Van Dyke, Nome Edonna, Roland Tamayo, Ron English, Sas Christian, Skinner, Skot Olsen, Tara McPherson, Jason D’Aquino, Jason Maloney, JAW Cooper, Jeff Soto, Jeremy Fish, Joe Ledbetter, Joe Vaux, Travis Louie, Yosuke Ueno, and many more, if you aren’t already blown away.
Skinner also created a timelapse video showing the creation if his INLE painting, and also giving fans a look into his working process. Check it out Here. The Gallery 1988 blog has an interview with Craola that gives an in depth look at the inspiration and inner workings of this show, check it out Here. Take a look at some of the preview images, and then keep your eyes peeled for the full show.
Alex Pardee has added a couple of new prints to the Zerofriends website. Both of the prints are from painting that were in his latest “Letters from Digested Children” Show at Upperplayground’s Fifty24SF Gallery. You can buy the prints separately or as a bundle Here and save some money.
Here is the rundown of the shows that will be taking place this weekend.
Eclectix Gallery will open “All Gurlz” show featuring more than thirty female artists
Halogen Gallery previously Suite 100, has a show featuring new work by Kendra Binney, Rudy Fig and Jeremiah Ketner
Thinkspace Gallery will open “…Away From The Things Of Man” by Kathleen Lolley, “A Brief History” by Allison Sommers and in the project room “Inner Myth Pt. 1″ by João Ruas
Roq la rue will open “Lush Life”, a group show featuring work by Joe Sorren, Chris Berens, Chris Conn Askew, Mia Araujo,, Melissa Forman, Travis Louie, Madeline Von Foerster, Martin Wittfooth, Kukula, Ryan Heshka, John Brophy, Tin, Brian Despain, Glenn Barr, Dan Quintana, Femke Hiemstra, Laurie Hogin, Lisa Petrucci
& Andrew Arconti.
Hyaena Gallery has a one night event, Albrecht Durer and his ” “The Monstrous Sow
of Landser (1496)” engraving for sale. There will also be work by Chris “The Creep” Densmore, Clint Carney, Dan Harding, Alex Pardee, Erick De La Vega, .W. Frydendall, Delphia, Chuck Hodi and many more. The show is only night and is online, so check it out now.
Congregation Gallery is opening “Voodoo, Hoodoo, and Santeria: The Art of Conjure Black Carpet Arrivals” with new work from D. W. Frydendall, Christopher Ulrich, Munk One, Evil Paul, Eli Livingston, 13:11, Cate Rangel, Shawn Du Val Humiston, Glenda Rolie, Lloyd Mattews, Gene Guynn, Patrick Segui, David Cook, Sarah Hestal, Tiffany Garcia, Elizabeth Caffey, George De La Santos, Cam Rackam, Erick De La Vega, Skullmaster, Kevin Klemm, Steve Rodgers, Nicholas Caesar, Tatomir, Jim Parchen, RT Vegas, Dean Karr, Alina Stempa, Dave Rose, Romesh Mccullough, Tom Zimmerman, Renato Ruiz, Skip Crank, Jeremy Cross Voodoo Tarot Readings Cuban Cigar Roller Personal Voodoo Doll Maker
The Parlour Gallery at Halloween Town will open the Edgar Allan Poe group art show, with some work from Dan Harding, Eric Pigors, Gris Grimly, Zombienose and more.
Last Rites Gallery will open “Southern” a duo show with new work from Brian Viveros and Matthew Bone.
Lebasse Projects will open “Hello and Goodbye” by Yoskay Yamamoto and “Wild Fields” by Melissa Haslam
Shooting Gallery SF will open “Into The Woodz” a new solo show from Isabel Samaras. Then at the Gallery Three “Fantastic in the Sack” New Works By Dustin Olson
Copro Gallery will have “Strange Grooming Habits” by Travis Louie and “Sentimental” by Kathie Olivas
Here is the list of exhibitions that will be opening this weekend
La Luz de Jesus will open a show with new works from Lyle Motley, Miss Mindy, Lauren Gardiner and Jessica Cooper
Cave Gallery opens “Brush Fire”, a group show featuring work by Amy Botello, Chet Zar, Anthony Clarkson, Cate Rangel, Tatiana Suarez, Terri Woodward and more. The featured artist is Gene Guynn.
Rotofugi will open “Common Nonsense”, New works by Ken Keirns & Scott Tolleson
Gallery 1988 SF will be hosting “Beyond the Page”, a group show inspired by children’s books. Anne-Julie Aubrey, Casey Weldon, Catherine Brooks, Chrystal Chan, Gene Guynn, Isaac Pierro, Jason Limon, Jeff McMillan, Jonathan Bergeron, Leanne Biank, Megan Kimber, Melissa Haslam, Nicoletta Ceccoli and many more.
Definition Gallery will open “The Quantum Exhibit” featuring work by Leslie Ditto, Sylvia Ortiz, Gilbert Oh, Michael Forbes, Amy Botello, Se7en, Patrick Fatica, Luis Lorenzana, Jasmine Worth, Kelly McKernan, Kelly X & Sid Watters
Melt Gallery will open “Gag me with a Toon”. A show curated by Steven Daily and will feature work by Alex Pardee, Bob Dob, DANNI SHINYA LUO, Dan Quinata, Jim Mahfood, Jonathan Wayshak, Kevin Llewellyn, Lola, El Maz, Tara McPherson, Th Chung, Travis Louie and more.
Corey Helford Gallery. “La Noche de la Fusion” is a new solo show from Gary Baseman
Crewest will open “Canceptual [v.3]” featuring work by Dave MacDowell, Smear, Downer, Man One, Revel, Shark Toof, and many, many more
Subliminal Projects will open “Ego, Addiction & Other Bedtime Stories” featuring new works from Sam Flores
Rivert Gallery will open “It’s What’s Inside That Counts” a solo show featuring the work of Andrew Bell
While searching my bookmarks, like the stalker that I am, I noticed that Alex Pardee added two new prints to the Zero Friends website. The first print is “The Delusionist”, it’s 22″ x 17″ giclee on velvet rag paper. Signed and numbered in an edition of 200 for $40. The second print is “The Day I Killed My Father”. It’s 17″ x 22″ giclee on velvet rag paper also Signed and numbered in an edition of 200 for $40.
Head on over and check them out. ZeroFriends.com
Here is the rundown of shows that will be taking place this weekend.
The Alternative Cafe is opening up the group show “Confections”. The show features work by Pilar Alvarez, Sherry DeLorme, Rudy Fig, Miss Kika, Kukula, Fang Ling Lee, Ryan Myers, Arabella Proffer & Danni Shinya Luo
Cerasoli Gallery is opening up three mini shows with work from John Grande, Franziska Klotz & Nick Potter.
Joshua Liner Gallery will open “Love Monster” with new art from Aiko.
Kinsey/Desforges will be hosting “Chasing Castles” featuring new works from Chloe Early and Connor Harrington
Finally the Hyaena Gallery will be co-hosting the Gruesome Art Ghoullery at the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors this April 17-19th. Besides all sorts of killer horror related goodies, the gallery will be featuring works from Clive Barker, Vince Locke, Gris Grimly, Dan Harding, Cam Rackam, Chuck Hodi, Rick “Dienzo” Blanco, Erick De La Vega, Alex Pardee and more. Gris Grimly willalso be releasing a limited edition print called “Zombie Affection” (shown). The print will be signed and numbered in an edition of 30. If they don’t all sell out at the event, they will show up on the artists site.
Here is the rundown of the shows that will be opening up this weekend.
Grass Hut Corp will be opening “The Squirrels Made Me Do It”, a group show featuring work by Anna Chambers, Joe Ledbetter, Michelle Valigura & Amanda Visell.
T&P Fine Arts is opening the group show “The Kids Are Alright”. This show is curated by Beau Basse and will feature work by Nimit Malavia, Yuta Onoda, Danni Shinya Luo, Jeremy Lynch, Eric Davison and many more.
Ad Hoc Art will be hosting new works from Ekundayo and Joshua Clay in the main room, and TheDirtyFabulous in the project room.
Rivet Art will be showing new works from Annie Owens ans Laurie Lipton.
Gallery 1988 SF will open a dual show of Dan McCarthy and Daniel Danger. There will be some prints released at the reception.
Copro Gallery will have three killer shows opening up. First Hi-Fructose brings us “Overdose” with work from Alex Pardee, Andrew Hem, Bob Dob, Anthony Ausgang, Brandi Milne, Brandt Peters, Brendan Danielsson, Chris Owens, Chris Peters, Chet Zar, Chris Berens, Craola, Dan May, Dan Quintana, Ekundayo, Erik Fortune, Femke Hiemstra, Glenn Barr, Gris Grimly, Jason D’Aquino, Joe Vaux, Josh Keyes, Kathie Olivas, KMNDZ, Kris Kuksi, Kukula, Lola, Luke Chueh, Mars-1, Martin Wittfooth, McBess, Mia, Michael Page, Naoto Hattori, Nathan Spoor, Robert Hardgrave, Scott Musgrove, Shag, Skot Olsen, Thomas Han, Tin, Tom Haubrick, Travis Louie, Viktor Safonkin, Vince Cacciotti, Yoskay Yamamoto, Yosuke Ueno, Yoko D’holbachie and more.
Then there will also be “Nightlight” by Kieth Weesner in gallery 2 and “The Herrings Hairdo” by Femke Hiemstra in gallery 3.
How is that for a group show?