Buff Monster studio visit…

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Recently visited the studio of Buff Monster as he prepares for his solo show at Corey Helford Gallery opening next month.

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Look for more pics and info via my full post on Buff’s upcoming show over at http://arrestedmotion.com

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‘Heavy Metal Ice Cream Smile’

Opening Reception: Sat, Sept. 5th 7-10PM

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310.287.2340

Joao Ruas launches new site / print release(s) coming soon…

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Joao Ruas has been busy at work on upcoming covers for the Fables franchise as well as preparing to release his first prints.

Joao also just launched his new website – http://www.feral-kid.com/ – be sure to check it out.

In addition to the prints Joao will be releasing himself via his site next month, look for a limited edition giclee print to be released from Thinkspace soon as well.

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“Enkindu & Gilgamesh”
12×12″ giclee print
Hand signed and numbered by the artist
Limited edition of 30 prints (+ 5 artist proofs)
*more details and pricing to be announced soon…

Up next look for a couple of new works from Joao in LeBasse Project‘s special NYC show coming together for this November to be followed with a couple of new works for our booth at Aqua Art Miami this December. After that he’ll be hard at work on his debut Los Angels solo with us for April 2010. More to follow soon including some very big news from Mr. Ruas.

Barry McGee takes over Pasadena…

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Barry McGee was spotted in Pasadena today…

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Above and below are sneak peeks of an installation from the elusive Barry McGee currently coming together in Old Town Pasadena at the corner of Holly and N. Fairoaks.

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This September, the Armory Center for the Arts launches its 20th Anniversary year with the exhibition ‘Installations Inside/Out’, curated by Jay Belloli and Sinéad Finnerty-Pyne. Paying tribute to its 20 years of exhibition history, the Armory commissioned 20 contemporary artists to make new site-specific works and installations both inside the Armory and at sites throughout Pasadena.

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Artists included in this special event alongside Barry McGee are Kim Abeles, Edgar Arceneaux, Deborah Aschheim, Daniel Buren, Carl Cheng, Seth Kaufman, Michael C. McMillen, Carlos Mollura, Matthew Moore, Jane Mulfinger, Bruce Nauman, Rudy Perez, Sarah Perry, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, Barbara T. Smith, John Trevino, Pae White, and Mario Ybarra Jr.

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Word has it there will be an inflatable-based installation, but these pics don’t hint at that just yet, but it’s still early on. Currently his work covers almost all the walls of the store, made up of a large number of his complex geometric paintings on thin pieces of wood on which he has done additional painting. Looking good so far, eager to see this come together. We’ll post more details as we get ’em.

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Armory Center for the Arts 20th Anniversary Historical Survey
September 20 – December 31
Opening reception: Saturday, September 19th
In conjunction with ‘Installations Inside/Out’, a photographic history of the Armory Programs from 1989 – 2009 will also be on display

*Pics courtesy of special SH agent KMNDZ

Eishi Takaoka to return to LA next month…

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Eishi Takaoka will make a return to LA next month for a solo show at GR2 over on Sawtelle in Los Angeles.

His hand-carved sculptures are just stunning. We can’t wait to hopefully add another of his works to our ever-growing collection and can’t stress enough to get out to this show and see his works in person for yourself. They speak so loudly.

Eishi Takaoka is a young sculptor based out of Kagoshima, Japan who has participated in group shows in Tokyo and New York, as well as one-person exhibitions at Giant Robot New York and GR2 in Los Angeles in the past. This is his 2nd solo at GR2 here in Los Angeles. He also took part in the Giant Robot curated group show at the Scion Installation LA space a couple years back.

The exhibition will be comprised primarily of intricately carved wood heads painted with raw mineral pigments with many placed atop empty glass medicine bottles. Although these sculptures all portray the same serene expression, their outwardly calm façade belies a world of bottled-up emotions. With nowhere else to go, these intense feelings manifest themselves in outlandish formations that sprout out the top of each figures head.

Takaoka’s unique work is rooted in a personal fantasy world that is fueled by the emotional ups and downs of daily life in lower-middle class Japan. Heavily influenced by the expressive songs of the Japanese punk rock group Eastern Youth, Takaoka releases his frustration with life in Kagoshima and feelings of isolation into each of his sculptures.

Further details coming soon.

GR2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd. in West Los Angeles
www.gr2.net

Cannibal Flower 9 Year Anniversary this Sat!!!

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You know you wanna be there! Join us for this truly historic evening.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH
CANNIBAL FLOWER 9 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW

With featured Artist Kelly Berg
http://kellyberggallery.com  

Live Performance Ephemme Suspension Performance (ESP)
http://www.myspace.com/ephemme

Live Music Team Scrub
http://www.myspace.com/teamscrub  

Fashion Show Ceramic Corsets by Nicole Moan
http://www.nicolemoan.com

Live Painting from:
Mear One, Michael Pukac, John Park and Prince Parise

Live Body Painting from Bryan Crump
http://www.bryancrump.com

Huge Group Show Featuring:
Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Miltenberg, Chris Peters, Chet Zar, Mear One, Alex Garcia, Ekundayo, Paul Chatem, Dabs and Myla, Nate Seubert, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Tiki Jay One, Liz Brizzi, Joe Bravo, Brian Robertson, Michael Pukac, L. Croskey, Erick Rodriguez, Delphia, Anton Godard, Donna Louise Seron, Katherine Siy, Nicole Bruckman, Macsorro, Salah, John P. Wales, Shay Davis, Paul Torres, Patrick Hammerlein, Kyle Harper, Shahid Brown, Michele Waterman, Emiliana Henriquez, Matt Rae, Terri Berman, Douglas Alvarez, Carlos Ulloa, Richard Arthur, Kelly Thompson, Stephen Canthal, Taslimur, Rebecca Peloquin, Dion Macellari, Brendan Tierney, Rory Gilmore, John Hicks, Snow Mack, Emily Scott, David Foto, Mickey M. Edtinger, Sergio D. Robleto, N.S. David, Yuki Miyazaki, Atiba Azikiwe Andrews, Jose Carabes, Cambria, Glenn Arthur, Cate Rangel, Ubaldo Miranda Villa, Greg Yoshitaki, Elizabeth Caffey, Marla Carter, Donna Letterese, Sarah Ramirez, Michelle Cohen and more…

Resident DJ’s Mr. NumberOnederful and X-Point along with guest DJ’s DJ Jas Shepherd of KPFK’s Forward Motion along with Patrick Icon of C.A.V.E Gallery ad DJ Bus Rider

Saturday, August 29, 2009 9:00pm to 1:00am
New Location: 2079 E. 15th St Los Angeles, CA 90021
Just off of Alameda, near the 10 Freeway
Cross street is Santa Clara
Admission is $8 $6 entrance with a costume
http://www.cannibalflower.com