Merry Karnowsky Holiday Group Show this Thursday

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Holiday Celebration & Canned Food Drive
Thursday, December 17, 7-10pm

Exhibition with works by: Victor Castillo, Shepard Fairey, Camille Rose Garcia, Mercedes Helnwein, Todd Schorr, Kathy Staico Schorr, Miss Van, Edward Walton Wilcox, Kent Williams, and many more.

RSVP is required for this event. There will be a guest list at the door. RSVP to Please note RSVP does not guarantee admittance.

Even with RSVP, at least one can of food is required for admission. Each person attending opening night will receive a free show poster (while supplies last). All guests will also receive 10% off prints on sale if they bring an extra can of food. Pretty sweet deal and you help out a family in need at the same time, you can’t go wrong.

The items most needed by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruits and peanut butter.

You can also make a quick and easy donation to our virtual food drive. Every dollar raised allows the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to distribute 5 lbs of food.

In conjunction with Gen Art’s Holiday Collectors Circle reception showcasing works by Mercedes Helnwein, showing at Merry Karnowsky Gallery through December 19, 2009. Join in a discussion of the artist’s techniques and influences, and enjoy complimentary beverages by Bear Flag and tasty treats by Divine Chocolate.

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 S. La Brea Ave (in the ART 170 Building) in Los Angeles

Dailydujour post pics from Andy Kehoe’s opening

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Dailydujour just posted a great set of pics from the opening night of our current December exhibitions.

Check ’em out here.

‘The World Unseen and Those In Between’ from Andy Kehoe – available works:  

‘Learning To Fall’ from Jesse Hotchkiss – available works:  

‘Earthquake Weather’ from Dabs Myla – available works:

Exhibition run dates: Dec. 11th, 2009 – Jan. 2nd, 2010

Thinkspace Gallery
4210 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles (Silver Lake area near Sunset Junction)

An interview with collector Jon Halperin

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An interview with collector Jon Halperin

I first met Jon Halperin a number of years ago just after we opened our gallery and we’ve become good friends since then. Much like myself, he has strong ties to the music world, and we both often make comparisons between the art world and the music world. It’s really amazing how many correlations there are between the two. If you’ve ever met him, it’s undeniable how big a fan he is of the new contemporary art movement, he’s covered head to toe in tattoos featuring the artwork of Futura, Greg Simkins, Banksy, Scott Campbell, Shag, Derek Hess, Huck Gee, Shepard Fairey, Luke Chueh, James Jarvis, Frank Kozik, Murakami, and Joe Ledbetter (lord knows he’s added some more since I interviewed him a month back or so).

Oh, by the way, his dog is named Brooklyn and rules all (you’ll see him in a few pics below).

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His home is much like our own, covered floor to ceiling in art, toys and memorablia – a true treasure trove of pop culture goodness. Please read on…

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How long have you had an interest in art?
I started collecting in the early 1990’s. I used to go to Dark’s Art Parlour in Santa Ana, Soap Plant on Melrose (now La Luz), and a gallery in San Diego. I collected weird stuff…like serial killer art. I was doing my master’s in psychology at the time, so i was super interested in that type of stuff. It quickly moved to low brow in the mid 1990’s. Then to pop in the 2000’s. My collection is around 200 or so pieces at this point…

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Does anyone else in your family collect or create art?
Eh, parents bought art, but it never changed. I like to evolve, change it up, or i get bored. I don’t have a creative bone in my body. It took an hour just to write that sentence….no it didn’t, but it would have been awesome if it did. My grandfather painted cartoonish paintings in the 1960’s, 1970’s.

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Besides art, is there anything else that the collector bug in you searches out regularly?
I ride vespas/lambrettas. So I am regularly on and on the search for bikes. I like interesting blogs like coolhunting, stuff like that…I buy items that I like, but don’t necessarilly need. I am anything but a minimalist. I shop at costco.

Otherwise, because I book a music venue, I check out my music blogs/bulletin boards so I know what the hell I’m talking about.

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With artists like Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, Shepard Fairey and The Clayton Brothers all having major retrospective museum shows in the past year or two, the future is definitely wide open for this lil’ bubble of the art world. Where do you see this genre of art (new contemporary, urban contemporary, pop surrealism, outsider, lowbrow, etc) going over the next 5-10 years?
It’s interesting…artists have blown up, but who is taking the torch from Ryden? No one is quite there…maybe it’s the economy dictating…maybe we are in a slight lull, maybe it goes in waves? I really don’t know….

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First piece purchased and when/why?
First piece was given to me by my parents. It was a painting of a bird by my grandfather who had passed away just prior. I love it…..It stands alone in my bathroom. As far as purchase, I really cannot remember…maybe a drawing by Roman Dirge?

Do you have any sculpture in your collection?
I have several pieces by Adam Wallacavage (pictured throughout feature). A chandelier and a wall sconce. I love them more than chocolate…and I f*cking love chocolate.

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Favorite piece you currently own?
Hell. How do you REALLY ask that question? How about ten? Fair? In no particular order:
1. Luke Chueh “I Am Not Your Plaything”
2. D*Face “Lenticular” edition of 80
3. Adam Wallacavage “Covered in Punks Blood” Chandelier
4. Banksy “Morons” sepia print
5. Invader “Onespace” original
6. Miss Bugs “Wonderful Angel of Death” Handfinished AP
7. Shepard Fairey “Sound Clash” original
8. Peter Gronquist “Louise Vuitton Chainsaw”
9. Jeffrey Brown – commission that he did for me as a surprise from my girlfriend
10. Miss Bugs “Don’t F*ck with a Duck Hirst” original

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What was your biggest score of 2009 collecting wise? Best score to date?
Best score to date? Any of my six Banksy prints….I realize that I may not be a lot to some, but I cherish them….
For 2009? Not really a “score”, but for my birthday, my girlfriend bought me the “This Are Two Tone” print by David Storey ( I absolutely freaking love it. He did all of the original art for the Specials and Two Tone Records in the late 1970’s/1980’s.

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Who is at the top of your want list?
Cept. I have a handfinished prints. I want an original.

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If you could add any piece of artwork to your collection, from any time period, which work would that be?
Banksy from 2002-ish. I realize I would appear mensa if I said Picasso or Chagal or something like that. But I am pop as shit. I make Britney Spears look metal.

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My wife and I would love to donate our collection to some sort of establishment, be it a museum or otherwise, so that the vision remains intact. We’re really creating a snapshot in time. With this in mind, do you see yourself ever stopping buying art and supporting artists? Even if your walls fill up? You are so young, that it’s bound to happen soon, but this is an addiction as we all know. So just curious of other’s long term plans.
I am a consumer. I am an addict of art. These pieces are my methodone. I will never stop buying. I put myself into debt now to buy a piece….I would have to be homeless, living off the land before I would stop.

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Please name an artist that might be off many collector’s radar, but that you enjoy and would like to offer some props to.
Cept, David Storey, Meggs, Joe Black, Miss Bugs, and Parker Jacobs

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Any final words or shout outs?
Thanks to both of you and Thinkspace Gallery for existing… you have introduced an incredible amount of artists to Los Angeles.

* First photograph of Jon in the animal suit by Kevin Knight (

‘A Cry For Help’ – this January at Thinkspace

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‘A Cry For Help’
A benefit show for the endangered species of the world presented by Born Free USA & the Animal Protection Institute

Opening Reception: Fri, Jan. 8th 7-11PM

January 8th – February 5th, 2010

20% of all proceeds will be donated to Born Free USA

This special exhibit will feature an installation from Bumblebee as well as a group show featuring the works of over 100 artists (full list is below).

Thinkspace is proud to present “A Cry For Help”, a benefit exhibition with the goal of raising awareness about the plight of animals in our modern world. Featuring more than 100 artists who represent every branch of the new contemporary scene, this show has been curated with an eye to representing the unique and innovative attributes of a select group of seasoned veterans and fresh-eyed newcomers from five continents. In keeping with the benefit’s mission, each artist will explore different facets of our complicated relationship with the creatures with whom we share this planet.

Though we live in the city, animals exist all around us – they sleep in our beds, creep past our windows at night and visit us in our dreams. Symbolizing all that is free, unspoiled and elemental in the world, they also comfort us with guileless affection, amuse us with their playful abandon, and represent us metaphorically in a million works of art and literature. In every niche of the new contemporary scene, artists have employed animals to envisage concepts ranging from the wonder of childhood to the death of nature, while exploiting an ever-widening array of aesthetics, from surreal naturalism to street fables, apocalyptic visions to modern mythology, uncanny allegories to sylvan dreamscapes.

In celebration of the magnificent creatures with whom we share the planet, Thinkspace will donate 20% of the sale price of each piece of art to Born Free USA and the Animal Protection Institute, which operate jointly as a non-profit organization that advocates worldwide for the ethical treatment and protection of animals, and also maintains a large sanctuary for rescued primates. Throughout the month, the gallery will host pet adoptions, slide shows, lectures and more. The world can indeed be changed through random individual acts of kindness, so please don’t miss this opportunity to kick off the New Year with a good deed, as well as a great piece of art.

Allison Sommers
Amy Sol
Andrea Offermann
Andrew Hem
Angry Woebots
Anthony Clarkson
Anthony Ausgang
Ashira Siegel
Ben Strawn
Bradley Delay
Buff Monster
Catherine Brooks
Charlie Immer
Chet Zar
Chris Murray
Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
Dabs Myla
Dan May
Dan Quintana
Dan-ah Kim
David MacDowell
Dennis Hayes IV
Derek Ihnat
Dolan Geiman
Edwin Ushiro
Elisabeth Timpone
Eric Nyquist
Erik Siador
Faith 47
Genevive Zacconi
Guy McKinley
Heiko Mueller
Imminent Disaster
J. Shea (#9)
Jacub Gagnon
Janet Grey
Jason Limon
Jason Thielke
Jen Lobo
Jennybird Alcantara
Jesse Hotchkiss
Jim Darling
Joao Ruas
Joseph McSween (aka 2H)
John Park
Joshua Mays
Josie Morway
Katelyn Alain
Kathleen Lolley
Kelly McKernan
Kelly Vivanco
Kevin Earl Taylor
Kevin Titzer
Kris Lewis
Leontine Greenberg
Lesley Reppeteaux
Liz Brizzi
Liz McGrath
Luke Kopycinski
Mari Inukai
Martin Wittfooth
Mear One
Michael Pukac
Mike Brown
Molly Crabapple
Nathan DeYoung
Nimit Malavia
Paul Barnes
Peter Taylor
Raquel Aparicio
Rebecca Hahn
Renee French
Rob Sato
Rory Kurtz
Sarah Joncas
Scott Belcastro
Scott G. Brooks
Scott Radke
Tadaomi Shibuya
Tessar Lo
Timothy Karpinski
Tina Darling
Tran Nguyen
Travis Louie
Van Arno
Wesley Burt
Yoskay Yamamoto
Yosuke Ueno

Born Free USA

Born Free USA is a national animal advocacy nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, contributions to which are tax-deductible.

Born Free’s mission is to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife — including highly endangered species — in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally.

Every year, millions of animals suffer in fur farms and circus cages. In our campaigns against such cruelties, we use powerful tools including legislation, public education, litigation, and grassroots networking. We also work actively with media to spread the word about challenges facing animals.

The Born Free Foundation was initiated in England in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, the stars of the legendary film Born Free, along with their son Will. Having been deeply influenced by their time spent in Kenya, Bill and Virginia were inspired to act after the tragic and untimely death of Pole Pole, an elephant featured in the film An Elephant Called Slowly, who was sent to the London Zoo from the Government of Kenya after the making of the film.

In the subsequent two decades, Born Free has become an international force in wildlife conservation and animal protection, campaigning to save elephants, big cats, wolves, dolphins, bears, primates, and numerous other species. Born Free upholds a dynamic presence in international animal rescues, saving animals from miserable conditions, rehabilitating them, and either providing for their lifetime care in a sanctuary or, whenever possible, rehoming them to the wild.

A companion organization was established in the United States in 2002, Born Free USA, to carry on the work of the organization, involving the American public in our compassionate conservation campaigns. Born Free USA launched with a national office in Washington, DC.

Born Free is committed to spreading its brand of compassionate conservation across America and, indeed, across the globe. Our shared institutional mission is to alleviate animal suffering, protect threatened and endangered species in the wild, and encourage everyone to treat wildlife everywhere with respect and compassion.

Animal Protection Institute
Co-founded in 1968 by Belton Mouras and Ken Guerrero, the Animal Protection Institute (API) was one of just a handful of national humane organizations in existence. The early years were lean for API and the organization made good use of free media such as radio PSAs to get the word out about its mission to protect animals. These PSAs contributed greatly to name recognition, generated an enormous amount of requests for additional information, and aided in fundraising efforts.

By 1971, API was producing what became the annual Forum conference in cities across the country that featured keynote speakers instrumental to the growth of the animal welfare movement as well as promoting and publicizing the works of fellow animal organizations.

API was a forerunner in protesting the clubbing of the harp seals in Canada. Through constant petitions, API helped bring the Canadian government to an awareness of the tremendous international outcry against this barbarity. It was obvious that API was winning when in 1977 two staff members were briefly arrested for getting near enough to the seal hunt to photograph the skinning of live seals, a practice previously disputed.

Other well-known campaigns included our work on a federal anti-trapping bill as well as our work with Velma B. (“Wild Horse Annie”) Johnston. Velma had been championing the rights of wild horses for nearly twenty years when API named her as its Advisor for Mustangs and Burros. API gladly helped finance her fight, and the early Mainstreams (as Animal Issues was then called) are filled with inspiring stories of her ongoing struggle. Velma passed away in 1977 (just when she had accepted nomination to API’s Board of Directors). API continued to fight for the kind of cause she believed in, although its focus moved to other issues.

That front-line visibility diminished somewhat in the 1980s as the API moved more discreetly into the background, choosing to focus on educating people through campaigns and publications. API did not rest on its past victories. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, the price of animal freedom is eternal vigilance. Some battles have to be fought over and over again, even after they’ve been won. And so API returned to the front lines, taking a leading role in the struggle for animal rights.

On January 1, 2000, the Texas Snow Monkey Sanctuary merged into the API family, to be renamed the API Primate Sanctuary in June 2003 and now called the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. Located about 90 miles south of San Antonio, Texas, the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary provides a truly free-range environment with minimal human interference for more than 500 rescued macaques, vervets, and baboons.

Forty years of fighting animal abuse and exploitation have given us tools that work. Whether we use the courts, the legislatures, the ballot box … engage our nationwide team of grassroots activists at the community level … work closely with individual advocates … form coalitions with other national or state animal advocacy groups … or use our position as a major media resource to focus national attention on the abuse of animals anywhere and everywhere … we continue to get the job done.

Take a ‘sneak peek’ at some of the works in the show:

4210 Santa Monica Blvd (near Sunset Junction in Silver Lake area of LA)

Special event this Saturday at Subliminal Projects…

Shep Cash

Shepard Fairey & Antonio D’Ambrosio present:

‘A Furious Heartbeat’ – an evening of art and music featuring live performances and more

This event will launch a month-long exhibition that runs until January 9th. ‘Let Fury Have The Hour’ prints and copies of ‘A Heartbeat and a Guitar’ signed by Fairey and D’Ambrosio will be available for sale.

For more information please visit

This will be a unique multimedia exhibit, featuring:
– Fairey’s original artwork for ‘A Heartbeat and a Guitar’ and the upcoming ‘Let Fury Have the Hour’ film
– A special musical performance by D’Ambrosio, the legendary Wayne Kramer of the MC5, and special guests
– A screening of the ‘Let Fury Have the Hour’ film trailer
– Illustrations by Ben Scanlon, inspired by D’Ambrosio’s books
– Photographs of The Clash by Kate Simon, including many never before seen
– Photographs featured in ‘A Heartbeat and a Guitar’ and ‘Let Fury Have the Hour’

Sat, Dec. 19th 7-11PM

Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Blvd in the Echo Park region of Los Angeles