First off, I apologize for the delay in postings the past few weeks. I am still here, and still determined to keep this site going for as long as I can. Work has been a little too hectic lately, but i’m working on getting back to posting more. So, with a bit of a delay, here is this years Halloween feature. Art from Jason Edmiston, Travis Louie, Dan Harding, Ego, Scarecrowoven, Ken Garduno, Jackie Gallagher, Tom Haubrick, Matthew Bone, Chris Mars, Jacob Bannon, Darwin Enriquez, Matt Buck, Patrick Fatica, Tom Bagshaw, Chet Zar, Apricot Mantle, Brian Smith, James Groman, and Fernando Carpaneda. Click on The Bride for the full feature.
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.
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.
Opening this Saturday, March 3rd, is the 4th annual Dark Pop group exhibition at Last Rites Gallery. This year the show is curated by Gary Pressman and has a very impressive list of artists; Alexandra Pacula, Ana Bagayan, Annie Owens, Becca, Brian Despain, Cathie Bleck, Charles Wish, Chrystal Chan, Dark Vomit, Dave MacDowell, Eric Alos, Eric Richardson, Francesco De Molfetta, Isabel Samaras, Jennybird Alcantara, Joe Vaux, John Brophy, Mark Elliott, Mark Garro, Mascorro, Matt Dangler, Matthew Grabelsky, Niagara, TIN, Travis Lampe, Travis Louie, and Yoko d’Holbachie. This year has some amazing pieces in it, such as Black End by Joe Vaux, Enlightenment by Chrystal Chan (one of three she has in the show), and Witching Hour by John Brophy. If your in the area make sure to stop by for the reception from 7-11 PM. Otherwise take a look at the preview images and then head over to the site for more.
Pressure Printing has just released the first print for the new year. Sarah & Emmett by Travis Louie was first seen at his solo show @ Copro Nason entitled Strange Grooming Habits. Pressure Printing went all out for this print, and not only embossed and stained the paper, but also took into account how Travis’ work looks like under domed glass. So they used a $1000 domed brass plate to help add a bit of the feel from the original into this print (see the whole process). This 9.5″ x 13″ intaglio print is on handmade Twinrocker paper, antiqued with walnut ink and watercolors, embossed, and signed and numbered in an edition of 50. Each print also comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Get it here: Pressure Printing
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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Tara McPherson’s Cotton Candy Machine in New York will now be making limited edition giclee prints for the artists there. To help celebrate this announcement, this Friday December 2nd the gallery will open the Holiday Giclée Show Extraordinaire, with some small and large format prints from Paul Pope, Esao Andrews, Travis Louie, Jeremy Hush, and Tara McPherson. All of the artists will be in attendance, and the first 20 purchases will receive a mini print (in store only). One of the prints by Travis Louie, Claire and her Forest Schnook, is based on one of the paintings from his most recent show. So this is a great opportunity to get a print from this new series of works.
Take a look: Cotton Candy Machine
Opening Saturday, November 12th at the Merry Karnoswky Gallery in Los Angeles is the latest solo show from Travis Louie entitled “Curious Pets”. These new works focus on not only the characters in the paintings, but their unusual pets as well. As always each painting comes with a story, and you can see a few of these over at Travis’ blog such as the hilarious story of Oscar and the Truth Toad(Ted) (shown first). We have seen Travis paint animal-influenced portraits before, but the idea of people and their pets is a new direction. Just by looking at the few preview images he posted on his blog, this show is going to be something you don’t want to miss.
Check out Travis’ blog here: Travis Louie Blog
Travis Louie will be opening an exhibit of new paintings at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles this coming November 12. Travis got the idea for this show of people with their extravagant pets a few years ago when he spied a book on tarantulas in a pet store. For those of you who know Travis’s work well, you’ll likely understand why the image of the book’s author in the back, proudly displaying his blue ribboned tarantula whilst donning a dapper blue tuxedo, inspired an entire exhibit of work. This exuberant-looking author was quite a character!
Don’t fret, Travis is still depicting Victorian-era portraits; there will
be no leisure suits in this show. Perhaps you will see a fly with people eyes or a giant truthsayer toad…but I’m not allowed to confirm any of that.
Curious Pets will be on view from November 12 – December 10, 2011 with an opening reception on Saturday, November 12, 8-11pm. Travis is extremely excited about this exhibition. If you live in Los Angeles, don’t miss it!
Stranger Factory, the newest gallery from the Circus Posterus Collective, opened a group show last weekend, October 7th, entitled Bewitching. This is the first installment of an invitational annual group art show that takes inspiration from the vintage esthetic of Halloween. Growing up I was always mesmerized with the various decorations that would spring up during Halloween. In recent years the decorations are cheap, lazy looking, and lack any kind of uniqueness, so it’s great to see a show that harkens back to the hand-made, and often “outsider” feel the vintage designs had. The show features work by Andrew Bell, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Doktor A, Travis Lampe, Leecifer, Travis Louie, Jon MacNair, Irene Mendonis, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Rhode Montijo, Chris Ryniak, Scott Tolleson, and many more. The show runs until November 12th, and if you aren’t able to make the show in person all of the work is now online to view. Love those paintings by Emily Trovillion (shown last).
About 2 years at the San Diego Comic Con, a sculpture by Bigshot Toyworks was presented, “Uncle Six Eyes” by Travis Louie. The sculpture was a full figure, identical to what was created in the original painting. Now Shinbone Creative (formerly Bigshot) has just released the “Uncle Six Eyes” resin sculpture, although now it is a bust. Measuring at 10″ x 7.5″ x 7″, this resin sculpture is limited to 150 pieces at $120 each. I like the idea that they changed it into a bust, and the color really makes this looks as though it has a nice aged patina to it.