A little over a week ago, Ron English previewed a new vinyl collectible on his site called “Fat Tony”, and as you can see is a play on Tony the Tiger, but it looks as though he has been indulging too much in his own product. The toy is 9″ tall and both arms are articulated. It’s available on a few sites around the net, the first I found was Nowhere Limited, but I imagine you could search for your favorite shop to see if they have one.
Opening this Saturday, January 21st at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica is the latest installment of the Conjoined group show curated by Chet Zar. This show focuses on sculpture and 3-dimensional art by Colin Christian, Scott Musgrove, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Christopher Conte, Dave Pressler, John Cebollero, Charles Kraft, David Richardson, Paul Chatem, Jacob Roanhaus, Zombienose, Joe Sorren, Scott Radke, Shiflett Bros, Ron English, Chet Zar, Neil Winn, and many more.
It’s not often one gets to see so many 3-dimensinal works in one show, especially when all of the art is so amazing. If you are in the area make sure you stop by. While art always looks better in person, sculptures are one of those medium that really need to be seen in person to fully enjoy the space in which they occupy.
Currently on view at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, CA is the 5th Year Anniversary Group Show featuring many of the artists that the gallery frequently showcases. Work by Korin Faught, Sas Christian, Shag, Stella Im Hultberg, Jason Shawn Alexander, Natalia Fabia, Colin Christian, Sylvia Ji, Tom Bagshaw, Gary Baseman, Amy Sol, Kent Williams, Greg Simkins, Mia, Hush, Billy Norrby, Joey Remmers, Gary Taxali, Van Arno, Brandi Milne, Scott G Brooks, David Stoupakis, Ron English, Todd Schorr, Chris Anthony, Ray Ceasar, and many more. The show is only on view for 13 days before being taken down as a new show by COOP will be opening on the 15th of July.
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.
This past September 12th, Ron English with the help of the Opera Gallery opened a pop-up gallery of new works entitled “Status Factory”. There are over 50 pieces of work including oil paintings, mixed media, prints, and sculptural work. The show will stay up until October 29th, where it will then make its way to the Orange Coast College Foundation Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion Museum in Costa Mesa, CA, for all of use fans here on the west coast. The entire space used for the exhibition in the Soho District was transformed to become a new world, created and filled with the creations from one of the most exciting contemporary artists today. This is one show I would love to see in person, when Ron English puts on a show, he goes all out. Scott Beale over at Laughing Squid has some great photos, and even a small video to give you an idea of the immensity of this exhibition. See that here: Status Factory @ Laughing Squid. Otherwise head over to the galleries website for the full view of works.
This past Saturday, July 10th, two amazing shows opened at the Last Rites Gallery in New York. First a solo show of new works by Jason D’Aquino, and then a drawing group show called “Lead Poisoning”. Just a few of the artists that participated in the group show are: Esao Andrews, Carrie Anne Baade, Glenn Barr, Dave MacDowell, Scott G Brooks, Daniel Martin Diaz, Ron English, Chris Mars, Chet Zar, David Stoupakis, Eric White, Tara McPherson, and many more.
Jason D’Aquino’s show was a perfect blend of his smaller matchbook pieces, and some larger works done on various types of antiqued paper. There is also two prints available: “Plague” which is 8″ x 18″ limited to 50, and “Antique Flash Poster” at 18″ x 24″ for $40. Jason has such an amazing style. The way he draws, his characters, and the found paper that he uses really helps to create a unique and nostalgic feel. I especially like the piece “Don Post (Masks)” (shown), it reminds me of being a kid and wanting to collect every mask Don Post ever created.
First seen in 2004, the Grand Central Art Center is reviving the hit exhibition “100 Artists See Satan”, now available in paperback. This years show features 100 of the most talented contemporary artists giving their interpretation of the devil, and as opposed to the first version of the show, this one will be a fundraiser with “All proceeds will benefit future GCAC programs and exhibitions”. The exhibition will run from June 26th to August 15th, so if you are around the Santa Ana area make sure to stop by. Just a few of the artists that will be participating in this show are: Peter Adamyan, Ron English, Robert Williams, Tara McPherson, Jeff McMillan, Ana Bagayan, Scott G Brooks, Luke Chueh, Dalek, Coop, Korin Faught, Mercedes Helnwein, Camille Rose Garcia, Alex Grey, Chris Mars, Scott Musgrove, Mark Ryden, Mike Shine, Christopher Ulrich, Eric White, Laurie Lipton and many more.
A majority of the work is pretty amazing. I’m not the biggest fan of Gary Baseman’s work but I really like the drawing he submitted. Eric White’s painting “Nope”, freaks me right out. There is also a good amount of prints we have seen before, but its nice that these artists submitted work to a good cause. Check out the preview images here, and then head on over and see the full show.
100 Artists See Satan Fundraiser @ Grand Central Art Center
Dirty Pilot has just released a new print by Ron English. “Eye of the Electric Illuminati” is a 9″ x 13″ print on 300 gms Fine Art Paper, signed and numbered in an edition of 100 for $100 each. Dirty Pilot only has 30 available to sell, so make sure you head over there before they are gone.
Get it here: Ron English @ Dirty Pilot
The folks over at Dirty Pilot have just released one of the most amazing Ron English prints I have seen in a while. “The Electric Ghosts (Daniel Johnston & Jack Medicine)” is a print for the collaborative music project “Electric Ghosts” featuring Daniel Johnston and Jack Medicine (Don Goede). The two come up with some really great music, worthy of a print that is this cool looking. The print by Ron English is 20″ x 20″ on archival fine art paper, hand signed By Daniel Johnston, Ron English and Jack Medicine. The print is limited to a very small run of only 10. Daniel Johnston has number one, Jack Medicine has number two & Ron English has number three. So that leaves three for the rest of us since a few others were sold at various galleries. Really wish this came out earlier so I could have budgeted holiday funds better.
Get it here: Electric Ghosts Print @ Dirty Pilot
Pressure Printing has just released a new print, and much like all of their releases this one is exciting. The “Zembo Boy” is an intaglio on Rives Heavyweight printmaking paper with Charbonnel inks. The print size is 4.875″ x 3.375″ with a 10.125″ x 7.25″ hand cast and antiqued frame mounted under curved glass. The print is # Hand stained in ink and gouache, signed and numbered in an edition of 100 and comes with a “custom-designed, perforated, signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity”.
This one should not last long, so make sure you get over there.
This July 11th at the Copro Gallery will be “Monster”, a group show curated by Travis Louie and features the work of over 50 artists. I’m a big fan of the work of Mr Louie, and was raised on monster artwork, so this show is right up my alley. Some of the artists that will be at this show are Ron English, Femke Hiemstra, Jessica Joslin, Audrey Kawasaki, Tessar Lo, Martin Wittfooth, Chet Zar, Amanda Visell, Ana Bagayan, Annie Owens, Attaboy, Brandt Peters, Brian Despain, Brom, Chris Ryniak, Dan Quintana, Ekundayo, Dave Chung, Dave DeVries, Davey Wong, Deseo, Dice Tsutsumi, Francesco LoCastro, Fred Harper, Heidi Taillefer, Isabel Samaras, James Zar, Jason D’Aquino, Amy Botello, Kris Kuksi, Kris Lewis, Lola, Mari Inukai, Mark Texiera, Miles Teves, Molly Crabapple, Nouar, Xiaoqing Ding and many more. If you head on over to Erratic Phenomena you can see an interview done with Travis about the show and his stance on the art scene and where it is going. I like how Travis brought up that some of the art we see is short on conception and lacks creativity. My favorite bit is:
A gallery owner (I won’t say who) tried to tell me how great someone’s brushwork was, and he really had no clue about what constitutes “good brushwork.” Folks, there is a significant difference between having a strong style that exaggerates anatomy, and exaggeration because of a lack of anatomical knowledge. I’m not saying I’d like to see all things painted realistically or naturalistically, but I would prefer that the artists know how to draw something, at least. I’ve seen so many artists whose drawing was so bad I can’t believe they got shows.
Not only am I crazy about Art History, but I am also quite big on anatomy and classical ways of painting/drawing. I hope to see more of these disciplines as well. Anway, make sure you head on over to Erratic Phenomena to read the interview and check out the gallery for the full preview of works.
Here is the list of shows opening up this weekend, looks like it’s going to be one of the busy ones.
Double Punch will open “The Right Place”, a group show featuring new works by Kelly Tunstall, Scott Barry, Ryan Bubnis & Alexei Vella.
Rotofugi will host “Flower Parade”, a duo show featuring new works by Jeremiah Ketner and Julie West
Thinkspace Gallery will be opening “Run Rabbit, Run” the latest solo show of Brandi Milne. Also in the project room will be “trouble, clearly” by Cherri Wood and “BLOOD & STEEL” by Alex Garcia. I love Brandi’s new work.
Roq La Rue will be debuting two new shows, “Hiding Out” by Nathan Ota and “The Casual Calamity” by Anthony Pontius.
Gallery Nucleus opens up Grafuck 4 art exhibit and book release.
Black Maria Gallery will be opening “Spring Bazaar”, featuring new works by Juri Ueda, Jamie Fales, Julie Nishioka, Jenna Colby & Tsai-fi. One the project wall will be new works by Saratoga Sake.
Distinction Art will open “Tractus Secretum”, the latest solo exhibition of Aaron Jasinski.
Lebasse Projects will open “Future Perfect” from Tessar Lo & “Lost In Light” from Eric Fortune. The new works from Eric are amazing.
Corey Helford Gallery is opening “Haute Epoch”, the latest solo show of Sylvia Ji. Two limited edition prints will be available at the show.
Shooting Gallery will open “Draw”, a group show curated by Erik Foss and Curse Mackey and featuring work by Adam Wallacavage, Alex Grey, Ben Tolman, Bob Tyrrell, Clive Barker, Colin Christian, D*Face, Dalek, David Hochbaum, David Choong Lee, David Stoupakis, Derek Hess, Eric White, Fred Harper, Gary Baseman, Gibby Haynes, Glenn Barr, Guy Aitchison, HR Giger, Jad Fair, Jason D’Aquino, Jeff McMillan, Joey Remmers, John John Jesse, Jonathan LeVine, Jonathan Weiner, Katy Horan, Kelly Tunstall, Kevin Llewellyn, Kim Saigh, KRK Ryden/Mark Mothersbaugh, Mark Dean Veca, Michael Hussar, Mike Giant, Mike Maxwell, Paper Monster, Paul Chatem, Richard Colman, Richard Serra, Ron English, Sam Flores, Scott Campbell, Shepard Fairey and daughter Vivienne, Tara McPherson, Tim Biskup, Travis Louie, Van Arno, Vincent Castiglia and many many more.
White Walls right next door will have “Waiting For Ararat”, with new works from Caleb Neelon and Mike Shine. Then right upstairs at the Gallery Three, will be “Winner Warz” Solo Exhibit and Installation by Adam Flores