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Review: Obey Your Master Art Tribute to Metallica

This past weekend a group show dedicated to the music of Metallica opened at the Exhibit A Gallery. While I was not able to attend the show, friend of the Creep Machine Brennan was able to make it to the show, take some photos, and write a short review for us. Take it away.

So a few weeks ago I received an email about an invite only show coming up at Exhibit A Gallery here in Los Angeles. It was for a show entitled Obey Your Master and was going to be a group show with artists paying tribute to one of the greatest metal bands of all time, Metallica. The list of participating artists was a who’s who of the current art scene. You had everyone from Travis Louie to Shawn Barber and Sylvia Ji to Shepard Fairey all with pieces re-interpreting some Metallica songs into art. I was obviously very stoked to be able to attend this show, and it did not disappoint at all.
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The 13th Hour 4th Annual Group Show @ Last Rites

Just a few days before Halloween, on October 28th, Last Rites Gallery in New York opened the 4th annual group show The 13th Hour. The gallery is known for consistently showing the best in dark and surreal art, and the 13th Hour is a show that focuses on dark surrealist works from a broad variety of artists. This year the list of participating artists included: Shawn Barber, Matthew Bone, Paul Booth, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Jason D’aquino, Tom Gabriel Fischer, HR Giger, Fred Harper, Naoto Hattori, Michael Hussar, Joka, Sarah Joncas, Aunia Kahn, Michael Mararian, Chris Mars, Annie Owens, Chris Peters, Anthony Pontius, Dan Quintana, David Stoupakis, and many more.
Aside from the outstanding dark art shows the gallery opens month after month, I love the shows that feature dark works of art from artists that rarely contribute to these types of shows, and art from those you might not have expected, such as Self Deceased XXXII by Tom Gabriel Fisher — otherwise known as Tom Warrior of Celtic Frost fame and most recently Triptykon. Eli Livingston also created a sculpture, one that seems to be able to light up from the inside. leslie Ditto also created some prints from her painting Witching Hour, that might still be available from her Facebook page. If your in the area make sure to stop by and see these works in person, you have until November 27th. Otherwise the show is now online to view.

13th Hour @ Last Rites Gallery

Preview: La Luz de Jesus 25

La Luz de Jesus is turning 25 soon, and to celebrate the galleries is having a massive group show, featuring three generations of artists that have shown with the gallery. Not only have more than 200 artists submitted a work of art, but also a small anecdote about their experience with the gallery. There is no doubt that La Luz de Jesus has been a major force in this art scene, and has helped to push many artists into the spotlight. Along with the exhibition a book will be released, going over the past 25 years of the gallery and the surrounding art movements that helped it along. I know I say this quite a lot, but this is one of those shows that you should not miss. I firmly believe that all art should be seen in person, but how often do you get to see so many amazing artists in one show? Robert Williams, Joe Coleman, Mark Ryden, Glenn Barr, Elizabeth McGrath, Gary Panter, Mark Mothersbaugh, Marion Peck, Owen Smith, Frank Kozik, Gail Potocki, Dave Cooper, Daniel Martin Diaz, Laurie Lipton, Shag, Scott Musgrove, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Joe Sorren, Chris Mars, Eric White, The Pizz, Jessica Joslin, Gary Baseman, Bob Dob, Clayton Brothers, Shepard Fairey, Jennybird Alcantra, Carrie Anne Baade, Ana Bagayan, Shawn Barber, Scott G Brooks, Matt Groening, Charlie Immer, Michael Hussar, and the list keeps going.
The show will be in two parts, with the first part opening on October 7th, and the second part opening November 4th. The entire show with all of the works from both parts is now online to view, so head on over after to preview and take a look. There is some outstanding work in this show. Below are just a few of my favorites.

La Luz de Jesus 25

Review: Shawn Barber “Youth of Today” @ Fecal Face Dot Gallery

Now that I live in San Francisco, the idea is to go to as many shows as possible and continue writing reviews, and filming new videos for the shows that are most inspiring. I don’t often get to see the shows on the reception night, but I do manage to see them before they are taken down. Shawn Barber’s latest solo show, “Youth of Today” at Fecal Face Dot Gallery is a good example, as I saw this show during the last week it was up. Shawn is no longer located in San Francisco, and this is his latest solo show in SF since he moved to Los Angeles. This new exhibition featured 4 large scale painting that ran in a series, and 7 smaller paintings on the opposite wall. The work in this show continues Shawn’s “Doll Series”, which are all inspired by his concern of a world becoming more enthralled with pop culture. Click the more link for a video, and the full review.

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Preview: Chet Zar – “Faces of Death” @ Last Rites Gallery

Opening this Friday, July 22nd, at the Last Rites Gallery in New York is the latest solo show from Chet Zar. Entitled “Faces of Death”, this is Chet’s second solo exhibition at the gallery following last years “Endarkenment”. This new show will feature 16, 11″ x 14″ portraits, each one with a custom made frame. This show will also mark the remodeling of Last Rites, and along with Chet’s solo show, Craig La Rotonda will open his latest solo show, and there will be live painting with Genevive Zacconi, Shawn Barber, Kim Saigh, Chet Zar, Angie Mason, Fred Harper, Billy Norrby, Matt Rota, Paul Booth, & Martin Wittfooth. Sounds like it is going to be on amazing night, as if seeing the stunning new portrait work from Chet wasn’t enough. Take a look at the preview images, and if your in the area make sure to stop by the gallery from 7-11pm, or keep your eye on the website.

Preview: “Youth of Today” by Shawn Barber @ Fecal Face Dot Gallery

Opening tonight, July 8th, at the Fecal Face Dot Gallery in San Francisco is a new solo exhibition by Shawn Barber. Having moved to Los Angeles two years ago, this new show is a great opportunity to see Shawn continue with his “Doll Series” right here in San Francisco. This show will feature 11 new paintings, and for the reception from 7-11pm, the artist will be in attendance. Check out the preview pics below, and get to the show if you are in the area.

Cotton Candy Machine & Tiny Trifecta

Tara McPherson’s new art boutique the “Cotton Candy Machine” is now online. What you will find there is prints, shirts, posters, books, stickers, skins for you phone or laptop, and even pillows. Another great feature of this new boutique is art shows, the first of which is entitled “Tiny Trifecta” and opens this coming April 9th. The show will feature smaller art all priced at $100, so first come first served. There will be no presale so you need to be at this show in person. Art from Esao Andrews, Audrey Kawasaki, Arabella Proffer (shown), Scott C, Sas Christian, Shawn Barber (shown), Natalia Fabia, Lola, Travis Louie, Joshua Petker (shown), and many more will be showing miniature works at the show. Hea don over to the site to look at the new art boutique, and the full details for this upcoming show.

Cotton Candy Machine

Shawn Barber “Tattooed Portraits: Chronicle” @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Opening up this Saturday, April 24th at the Joshua Liner Gallery is the latest solo show from Shawn Barber. Entitled “Tattooed Portraits: Chronicle”, this will be Shawn’s first solo exhibition in New York. The show features 30 new paintings, 8 of which are Watercolor paintings of figure studies and tattoo machines. I was hoping to see some of his watercolor works at his last solo show at the Shooting Gallery (reviewed), so I am happy to see that he has a good amount for this show. Looking at all of the works at once, with the help of the Liner Galleries new website features, you can see that this is a very strong and cohesive show. Not only do we get watercolor pieces, but also paintings of tattoo equipment, studio spaces, arm portraits, and even a series of hand self portraits.
There is some really outstanding works this time, such as the Portrait of Marisa Kakoulas (shown first), the twin painting of James and Tim Kern, and two paintings of Bob Tyrell. A monochromatic, multiple head study, and a color portrait of Bob screaming. There is also the head study of Jo Harrison, that I mentioned during the Shooting Gallery review; I was wondering when this painting would pop up.

Take a look at the preview works, and if your lucky enough to be in the area, make sure you stop by. The show is up until May 22nd.
Shawn Barber @ Joshua Liner Gallery

Photos: “The Red Light Exhibit” @ The Dirty Show

This past February 12th, the “The Red Light Exhibit” curated by Genevive Zacconi and present by The Dirty Show along with Last Rites Gallery opened. The show had works by Paul Booth, Scott G Brooks, Shawn Barber, Vincent Castiglio, Colin Christian, Brian Viveros, Dan Quintana, Camilla d’Errico, David Stoupakis, Michael Hussar and many more. Genevive was nice enough to send over some photos of the reception night, some shots of the works and the festivities that also took place. Some of the photos are NSFW, just wanted to state that so no one got mad at me.

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“The Red Light Exhibit” @ The Dirty Show

Coming this Friday, February 12th from Genevive Zacconi and Last Rites Gallery is “The Red Light District” at the Dirty Show Detroit. Curated by Genevive, the show will feature erotic inspired works by Paul Booth, Scott G Brooks, Shawn Barber, Vincent Castiglio, Colin Christian, Brian Viveros, Dan Quintana, Camilla d’Errico, David Stoupakis, Michael Hussar and more. There is some really amazing work in this, and if you are lucky enough to be in the area, make sure to make it for the reception night. Take a look at the preview images, and then head on over to the full preview.

“The Red Light Exhibit” @ The Dirty Show Preview

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Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine Auction

Juxtapoz i Magazine is currently having an auction, in which all of the proceeds will go to benefit the Power House Project of Detroit. There are over 100 artists involved in this action, and you can find originals from such artists as: Robert Williams, Josh Keyes, Ed Roth, Chris Mars, Brandi Milne, Shawn Barber, Chet Zar, Joshua Petker, David MacDowell, Paul Chatem, Sarah Joncas, Kelly Vivanco and many more. It looks like the auctions close November 20th. Upper Playground in Los Angeles will have an exhibitions with the work on November 14th.

Head on over and see all the work: Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine Auction


Review: Shawn Barber “Tattooed Portraits” @ Shooting Gallery

Right after seeing the Moki exhibition I swung by the Shooting Gallery to check out Shawn Barber’s “Tattooed Portraits” series. His last solo show was the “Tattooed Portraits: “Los Angeles” at the Billy Shire Fine Arts over a year ago. In that show he had a few watercolor paintings of artists hands, I was looking forward to seeing some of those here, but regardless I was happy to see these new works.

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