The sixth annual Crazy 4 Cult group show opened this past week; the big change is that this time around it is in New York. There is a new lineup of artists with a good mix of new and returning favorites. Looking around the net there are stories of the long lines, people camping out to see the show, and an overall amazing night of art and cult movie entertainment. Just a handful of the artists that graced the show this year are Aaron Jasinksi, Allison Sommers, Casey Weldon, Cate Rangel, Chris B Murray, Dabs Myla, Fred Harper, Jason Edmiston, Lora Zombie, Sam Wolfe Connelly, and Travis Louie.
On June 7th, Spoke Art in San Francisco opened the highly anticipated solo show New World Hoarder by Casey Weldon. Fans of Casey’s work have seen him release some outstanding painting in a variety of group show across the country; I was even lucky to have Casey submit a painting to the Marvelous Humans Group show that took place at the Articulated Gallery in San Francisco. This is Casey’s debut solo show in the Bay Area, and features more than 20 new paintings. Not only does Casey have a unique style, but the color palettes he uses to bring these worlds into view are always electric and surreal. Along with the new works by Casey Weldon, Peter Adamyan also has a mini show at the gallery entitled Back Room Cinema. Head on over to the Spoke Art homepage to see the full shows.
Jason Levesque (aka Stuntkid) was asked to co-curate a group show along with Heather Hakimzadeh at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Each artist was asked to customize blank soup cans, and these new cans would be shown alongside an exhibit of works by Any Warhol. The show, entitled I Like Soup, featured work by Glenn Arthur, Luke Chueh, Dominique Fung, Charlie Immer, JoKa, Sarah Joncas, KozynDan, Elizabeth Levesque, Jason Levesque, Jason Limon, Jim Mahfood, Dan May, Soey Milk, Buddy Nestor, Charmaine Olivia, Conrad Roset, Casey Weldon, Chet Zar, and many more.
Each customized can is now online to view, and for every can that is sold the proceeds will go to help benefit MOCA’s educational programs and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. Head on over to the site and check out all of the works, some of these cans are outstanding. JoKa and his toothpick painting style is always impressive, and Chet Zar Kozyndan, and Jason Levesque went all out and even added some sculptural elements to the cans.
Adam Yauch, more famously known as MCA of the legendary band Beastie Boys has passed away at the age of 47 (link). For the past few years Yauch has battled cancer. Since the 80′s Beastie Boys have influenced an endless amount of musicians, created some of the most memorable music videos around, and inspired artists in every medium, not just music. Just last month the Beastie Boys were inducted into the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So turn on your favorite tunes, and check out the art below that was inspired by the music and members of Beastie Boys.
Just over a week ago on April 7th, the latest show I had the pleasure of curating opened at the Articulated Gallery in San Francisco. I had a few ideas of what would be my next show, but i thought that Marvelous Humans would be the most fun, and would be a great way to signal a break in my curating days. I’m not going to say I will never curate again, but I do have other projects now that will take more priority over curating. I am very happy with the art in this show, and the reception was a blast. A good amount of artists were present such as Glenn Arthur, Apricot Mantle, Robert Bowen, Peter Adamyan, Kelly Castillo, and Edward Cao. The artwork from the show is now available in the Articulated Gallery online shop, and you can also see some alternate images of the works over at the Creep Machine Facebook page. If you would like to see higher resolution images of the works, please feel free to contact me.
Opening this Saturday, April 7th, is a new exhibition I have had the pleasure to curate. Entitled Marvelous Humans, this group show features art inspired by the many human marvels that once lived, or are alive today. I have always been inspired by those who were born with a certain condition, and made the most of it, as well as those that choose to alter their bodies regardless of the negative reactions they would receive. So instead of focusing on these people as “oddities”, I thought it was time for some art to be created that was done with a level of respect. A few of the artists looked to the amazing “Human Marvels” website for inspiration, take a look when you have time.
The reception takes place at the Articulated Gallery in San Francisco from 8-10 PM, and a few of the artists will be in attendance. The Facebook Event page has the full info; please help spread the news. Participating artists include: Apricot Mantle, Casey Weldon, Dan Harding, Dave MacDowell, Edward Cao, Glenn Arthur, Elizabeth Levesque, Jackie Gallagher, Jason Snyder, Jay Doronio, Jessica Ward, Kelly Castillo, Larkin, M Fersner, Patrick Deignan, Peter Adamyan, Richard Frost Robert Bowen, Sandi Calistro, & Scarecrowoven. Take a look at the preview images, and we hope to see you there.
Opening this Saturday, February 25th at the Cella Gallery in Los Angeles, is a group show curated by Nicole Bruckman and Stephanie Chefas entitled Femme Fatale. Over 35 artists, each one inspired by the female figure, have come together to present artworks in a variety of mediums. Aaron Nagel, Apricot Mantle, Aunia Kahn, Casey Weldon, Cate Rangel, Chris Peters, Chrystal Chan, Dave MacDowell, Delphia, Edith Lebeau, Gail Potocki, Jason Rudolph Pena, JAW Cooper, Jeff Ramirez, Jessica Ward, JoKa, Ken Garduno, Korin Faught, Linnea Strid, Nom Kinnear King, Paul Chatem, Stella Im Hultberg, and on and on. This is bound to be an amazing show with such an impressive list of talented artists. Take a look at the preview below, and if your in the area be there for the reception from 7-11 PM.
Back in October 2011, a small group of artists had the idea to create a collective online. The internet is a great place to get your work out there, but I have often heard from artists that a place to swap ideas, share stories, converse, and even help each other out is lacking. So this group of artists started the Prisma Collective, and now there is already over 25 active members: Mary Jane Ansell, Tom Bagshaw, Lindsay Carr, Hsiao-Ron Cheng, Leontine Greenberg, Nicole Gustafsson, Caitlin Hackett, Daria Hlazatova, Ruben Ireland (shown), Sarah Joncas, Nom Kinnear King, Alex Louisa, Rod Luff, Kit Lane, Jen Mann, Kelly McKernan, Lady Orlando, Lily Piri, Audrey Pongracz, Michael Shapcott, Kaspian Shore, Allison Sommers, Kelly Vivanco, Casey Weldon, and Bec Winnel. The site is very well laid out, easy to navigate and is ready to go with the content. Each artists has their own profile and gallery, a shop section filled with prints and originals, and a list of interviews with the artists that will be published soon.
Check it out: Prisma Collective
Spoke Art has just released a new limited edition print by Casey Weldon. Entitled Jimi VS/ the MPC, this painting was first seen at the I Want My MTV Music Video show (previewed) that took place last year. This is such a killer painting, not only because it’s a great spoof on an iconic image of Jimi Hendrix, but long before I created this site I was completely immersed in electronic music and the gear associated with it. The MPC was the staple sequencer for many musicians, and the complaints I would often hear is how lifeless drum machine/sequencers are. So to have Jimi, a guitar player that was so intense of full of life, to be burning up this machine is a great addition for gear geeks like myself.
Anyway, the print is a generous 18″ x 24″, signed and numbered in an edition of 35. It also has hand deckled edges and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Get it here: Casey Weldon @ Spoke Art
Opening this Friday at the WWA Gallery in Culver City is a show dedicated to portraits entitled About Face. This group show features work by Van Arno, Ana Bagayan, Sarah Bereza, Michael Foulkrod , Jeremy Cross, Richard J Frost, Tom Haubrick, JoKA, Jason John, Charlie Immer, Ken Keirns, Dave MacDowell, Laurie Lipton, Richard Salcido, Allison Reimold, Chris Peters, Cate Rangel, Casey Weldon, and many more. The reception is from 8-11 PM, and the show will be on view until February 11th.
Check it out here: WWA Gallery
Back when I was writing a weekly article for SFWeekly about prints, one of the shops that I featured quite often was Thumbtack Press. They had a good selection and great prices. The site dropped off for a while but is now back, with new ownership, a new design, and more artists. The new site looks amazing, and most importantly is easy to move around. You can easily look at the recent print releases, or check out the full gallery from a specific artist. There is also a good amount of variety, from artists like Bob Dob and Ken Keirns, to Peter Diamond, Casey Weldon, Heiko Mueller, Candykiller and more. With each print you have the option of choosing stretched canvas, framed print, or just the print alone, and each print has a choice of different sizes. Another great feature is the “virtual room”, so you can choose a size and see how it will relate a room and the article inside. Gives you a good idea of the size of the print and if you might want one a little bigger.
Take some time and check out what they have to offer: Thumbtack Press
Opening this Friday, September 9th is a new group show from Cave Gallery entitled “Dig For Fire”. The show features art from an impressive list of artists all drawing inspiration from The Pixies. Work from Allison Sommers, Annie Owens, Ben Kehoe, Casey Weldon, Chris Berens, Chris Mars, Craww, Eatcho, Jennybird Alcantra, Kathleen Lolley, Luke Chueh, Macsorro, Ojimbo (featured), Robert Hardgrave, Shaunna Peterson, Tom Haubrick, and more. If your in the area make sure to stop by, the show is up until October 8th. This is a good chance to see some amazing work in person, such as the submissions by Allison Sommers, Chris Berens, and Ojimbo all seen below.