An interview with Camilla d’Errico

Camilla at ComiCon this past July
Camilla at ComiCon this past July

An interview with Camilla d’Errico

Camilla d’Errico is a product of her split heritage, Italian and Canadian rolled into one: Italian fiestiness, Canadian politeness, and an early addiction to Saturday morning cartoons and comics. Her first love was and still is comics. Growing up she was more often doodling sexy damsels and dragons on her textbooks than reading them. In 1998, Camilla first attended her first San Diego Comic Con where upon the moment she walked through the doors she realised that a 9-5 day job would kill her and this was what she wanted to do.

After a few years in the comic industry Camilla expanded her style into a variety of other ventures: snowboard decals, magazine covers, toys, clothes and the pop art gallery scene. Thanks to her relentless energy, dedication, and sleep deprivation, she has followed her dream of working creatively for a living. She is part of what may be the first art movement in Western History where women are not second-class citizens, but have an edge in the mind of the public, especially when it comes to capturing the essence of the modern woman.

"Gentle Fawns"
"Gentle Fawns"

Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for the ‘Vain Remains’ show with Caia Koopman.
This series is very unique for me because i’ve stepped outside my comfort zone and explored a different visual theme. Vain Remains, is really about nature, cycles of life and death, and normally i play out my themes with living animals, or head gear, but this time i chose to take the literal approach of skeletons. Often times, people will look away from them because its too grim, but its part of life and its important that we don’t loose sight of that. Sometimes you have to look at the scary things to see how beautiful they really are.

"Resurected Bone Collective"
"Resurected Bone Collective"

What do you consider your biggest overall influence?
For these pieces i found a lot of inspiration from my youth. I grew up in a small country town, and often i’d come across a deer skeleton, or cow remains in the pastures and fields i traversed, so i really tried to remember those moments. I picked out the colors from my memories, and put them back into these paintings along with patterns, for me those represent the vanity and beauty of the remains. Decorations to ease our eyes and hearts.

"Nature's Course"
"Nature's Course"

Please describe your perfect day out in Vancouver.
When its sunny here, nothing beats this town. If it were sunny, light breeze, not too hot, I’d go down to the ocean for a walk, then over to Granville Island Market to pick up fresh produce and flowers and enjoy it with my friends at Third Beach, where the sunset is breathtaking, then walk down Robson street in the evening and catch all the street socializing i could…probably couldn’t ask for more.

Camilla at work in her studio in Vancouver
Camilla at work in her studio in Vancouver

If you had an unlimited budget and time was not an issue, what grand artistic vision would you love to bring to life?
A fashion show that featured my helmetgirls. I would give anything for that, to have a runway show. I would create dresses and headgear that i’d place on models, paint them black and white and watch my living paintings going down the walkway.

"A Product Of Nowhere"
"A Product Of Nowhere"

Any highlights you’d care to share from your recent onslaught of comic festival appearances? You’ve been around the globe in the past few months promoting your Tanpopo series and everything else you’ve got cookin’.
Comic Con was amazing as always, and the biggest highlight for me there was my panel with Dave Mack and Terry Moore, on Life Drawing Amanda Palmer. It was amazing! My first SDCC panel ever. What a great audience and concept, too cool ^_^. Though i have to say that my Singapore trip was pretty awesome too. I featured my entire booth on Tanpopo, sold out of books, and had an overwhelming response to my art. I was quite moved.

"The Deer God's Coma"
"The Deer God's Coma"

Please tell us a little bit about all the upcoming projects you have planned for the coming year and what lies ahead for Tanpopo?
The next thing coming out is my issue #1 of Sky Pirates of Neo Terra with Image comics. Its coming out at the end of the month, and will be part of a 5 issue series. This comic is based off a Nintendo DS and Wii game that i worked on the art for. It’s very cool. And the game comes out in the spring of 2010, so watch out for that! Also, Tanpopo continues with issue #3 this winter! I’m very excited to work on this, its my passion project that people are really responding to so i’m very thrilled to be able to give another chapter in the series. I also have many other things on the go, but you’ll have to check out my website, or else this answer is going to become epic in length!

"The Fated Binding"
"The Fated Binding"

‘Vain Remains’
Camilla d’Errico and Caia Koopman

THIS FRIDAY @ Thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd (near Sunset Junction) in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles

Digital preview of works from ‘Vain Remains’ here.

Look for Camilla’s ‘Back Talk’ set of questions over at Juxtapoz in the coming days.

Camilla and Caia will be present at the opening, so please be sure to swing through.

Camilla d’Errico interviewed by Toysrevil…

Camilla at work

Camilla d’Errico was recently interviewed at great length by the fine folks over at the Toysrevil blog. Check it out here – just a great and super informative read. Camilla has so many things cooking right now, it’s a true inspiration. A book from Sparrow, a postcard set from Dark Horse, a special install in Vancouver around the upcoming Olympics, her graphic novel, plush figures, a video game with Nintendo, talks of taking her helmet girls to the big screen and so much more. Whew!

Look for our interview with Camilla to be posted here soon as well. Also be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a ‘Back Talk’ feature over at Juxtapoz.com as we head into the opening of ‘Vain Remains’ next Fri, Sept. 11th.

Check out a ‘sneak peek’ of Camilla’s progress for the show here.

‘Vain Remains’
Camilla d’Errico & Caia Koopman

Opening Reception: Fri, Sept. 11th 7-11PM
*Both artists will be in town for the opening reception

Thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd (at Sunset Blvd) in Los Angeles

Recommended openings for this weekend…

Allison Sommers "Annunciation" - showing this month at Exhibit A Gallery as part of their 'Bipolar' group show
Allison Sommers "Annunciation" - showing this month at Exhibit A Gallery as part of their 'Bipolar' group show

Thurs, August 27th 6-10PM
BFF Storefront Gallery
4316 Melrose Ave (near Heliotrope) in Los Angeles
“Joyride Art Show” in conjunction with the Bicycle Film Festival – group show presented in collaboration with New Image Art and Anonymous Gallery featuring works from Kenny Scharf, Martha Cooper, Kelsey Brookes, Cheryl Dunn, Maya Hayuk, Scott Campbell, Erik Foss, Mike Giant, Mear One, Chris Stain, Geoff McFetridge, AIKO, Ellis Gallagher, Leo Fitzpatrick, Rich Jacobs, I LOVE DUST, James Jean, Aakash Nihalani, and many, many more.
www.bicyclefilmfestival.com

Fri, August 28th 6-10PM
The Gas Company Lofts
810 Flower Street in Los Angeles
“Kaboom!” featuring new works from Michael Pukac and Mear One plus both will be painting live
(On view through Sept. 4th)

Fri, August 28th 7-11PM
Ronin Gallery
1924 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles
“In the Flat Field” featuring new works from Parskid and Julian Duron
(On view through Sept. 25th)
http://www.theroningallery.com/  

Sat, August 29th 9PM-1AM (Admission is $8 – $6 entrance with a costume)
CANNIBAL FLOWER 9 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW
New Location: 2079 E. 15th St Los Angeles, CA 90021 – Just off of Alameda, near the 10 Freeway / Cross street is Santa Clara
With featured Artist Kelly Berg and live Performance from the Ephemme Suspension Performance (ESP), plus live music and fashion show alongside live painting from Mear One and Michael Pukac along with Live Body Painting from Bryan Crump and a huge group show featuring works from 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 along with 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
(One-night only event)
http://www.cannibalflower.com

Sat, August 28th 7-11PM
Exhibit A Gallery
1086 South Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles / 323.954.7295
“Bipolar” group show featuring works from Allison Sommers, Bigfoot, James Naccarato, Melissa Haslam, Mike Maxwell, Nate Frizzell, Sas Christian, Tiffany Liu, Tim Biskup, Jenn Porreca and many more
www.exhibitagallery.com

Sat, August 29th 7-11PM
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street in Alhambra / 626.458.7477
“Sweet Streets” is a group show celebrating the enigmatic cool of Japanese Harajuku street fasion co-curated by CARO, the show’s impressive lineup features 40+ artists including Yumiko Kayukawa, CARO, Junko Mizuno, Angie Mason, Yoko d’Holbachie, Elizabeth Ito, Mizna Wada, Tiffany Liu, Hideo Okamoto, Griselda Sastrawinata, Kevin Dart, Fawn Fruits, Tessar Lo, Stef Choi, tokidoki, Anna Chambers, Kozyndan, Mari Inukai, Karen Chau, Jeremyville, You Byun, Attaboy, Lauren Gregg, SKAFFS, Kirsten Ulve, Thomas Han, Tim Biskup & Tigerlily, & Danni Luo and the opening feature music from the streets of Tokyo and appearances by Harajuku girls
(On view through Sept. 14th)
www.gallerynucleus.com

Sat, August 29th 8-10PM
Goodform Salon
725 N. Fairfax Ave
“Age Of Reason” featuring new works from Nathan Spoor
www.goodformsalon.com

Sat, August 29th 8-10PM
Japanese American National Museum
369 East 1st Street in Los Angeles / 213.625.0414
“Glorious Excess (Dies)” featuring new works from Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park
(On view through Oct. 4th)
www.janm.org

Sat, August 29th – doors @ 7PM
Riverside Municipal Auditorium
3485 Mission Inn Ave. in Riverside
‘Sea No Evil Art Show 2009′ benefit auction featuring works from Anthony Lister, Arnold Cornelio, Ashley Macomber, Bwana Spoons, Cathie Bleck, Cali Dewitt, Chivo, Chris Rubino, Chris Ryniak, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Dave Cooper, Dave Kinsey, Deph, Dire, Dustin Ortiz, Dylan Martorell, Fabian Iezzi, Jonathan Garcia, Justin Heathcoat, George Thompson, Glen E. Friedman, Gregory Euclide, Gretchen Ryan, Heather Carlton “Hezaa”, Hydro 74, Iqvinder Singh, Jeff Phillips, Jeff Soto, Jeffrey Pidgeon, Jennifer Becker, Jon Chase, Kevin Christy, Kevin Peterson, Logan Hicks, Lola, Louis Henderson, Madsteez, Marc Hemeon, Mars-1, Maxx 242, Maya Hayuk, Melinda Read, Michael Muller, Michael Sieben, Mike Stilkey, Munk One, Nathan Fischer, Neko, Oliver Sutter, Peggy Oki, Priscilla Iezzi, Renee Lawter, Renta, Ryan Jacob Smith, Scott Morse, Shaunna Peterson, Shepard Fairey, Six Gun Drums, Steven Daily, Tim Biskup, and Travis Millard
http://www.seashepherdartshow.com/
www.SeaShepherd.org

Sat, August 29th 8-11PM
Solid Gallery One
334 N. Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles
“Collaborations” a group show celebrating their 2 Year Anniversary featuring collaborative works from Axis, H.R. Giger, Slymenstra Hymen, 13:11, Miss Wendy, Eyesr, and many more
(On view through Oct. 18th)
www.solidgalleryone.com

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

Joao Ruas Fables cover

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.

Ruas---Enkindu-and-Gilgamesh

“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.

Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Auction hits LA on Nov. 14th…

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Juxtapoz has been busy preparing for thier upcoming 15th Anniversary Art Auction. “The Big Payback” is a benefit presented by Upper Playground in collaboration with Power House Project of Detroit. The art auction will help raise funds to purchase and renovate foreclosed and abandoned homes in the Detroit area.

More on Powerhouse Project:
http://www.powerhouseproject.com
http://www.powerhouseproject.com/blog

The auction features original artwork from well over 100 national and internationally renowned contemporary artists including: Swoon, CR Stecyk III, Shepard Fairey, Robert Williams, Todd Schorr, Estevan Oriol, Mister Cartoon, Doze Green, Todd “Reas” James, Thomas Campbell, Tim Biskup, KR, Big Daddy Roth, WK Interact, Clayton Brothers, Andrew Schoultz, James Jean, Ron English, David Choe, Mike Giant, Paul Insect, Jeremy Fish, Alex Pardee, Saber, David Ellis, Boogie, D*Face, Cody Hudson, Herbert Baglione, Craola, and more along with add’l curatorial assistance from Shooting Gallery, Copro Gallery, New Image Art, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Fifty24SF Gallery, White Walls Gallery and ourselves.

We’re honored to have been asked to take part and have asked the following Thinkspace regulars to donate works for this special charitable event:
Allison Sommers, Joshua Mays, L. Croskey, Ekundayo, Nathan DeYoung, Tony Philippou, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Sarah Joncas, Cherri Wood, Tran Nguyen, Brett Amory, Dan-ah Kim, Catherine Brooks, Kelly Vivanco, David MacDowell and Erik Siador

From November 9-19, 2009, the public will be able to bid on the artwork online. Additionally, in celebration of the auction and Juxtapoz’s 15th anniversary, Upper Playground in collaboration with SA Studios will host an exclusive event in Los Angeles on November 14th, 2009 at The Factory Place Arts Complex to view the featured artwork on display and meet with the contributing artists. More info to follow soon on this.

In order to shed further light on every artist who has generously contributed original artwork, Juxtapoz.com will feature each artist alongside his or her donated artwork that will be available for bidding in November. They kicked things off today with SWOON, watch for regular updtes to follow as we head into the event this November. Can’t wait!

Keep tabs on the pieces for the auction coming together and bid online here.

Mr. Jago ‘Back Talk’ feature at Juxtapoz.com…

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UK based artist Mr. Jago just completed the new ‘Back Talk’ feature with Juxtapoz as part of the set up for our show with him coming up on August 14th. Check out the full feature here.

The works are looking super strong and we’re excited to be hosting the largest collection of works yet from Mr. Jago in the Los Angeles area.

Check out additional shots from Jago’s studio here.

ModArt – A Celebration of 20 Issues & All That Lay Ahead
August 14th – September 4th
Opening Reception: Fri, August 14th, 7-11PM

thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles
323.913.3375
www.thinkspacegallery.com

Brian Viveros print release…

Brian Viveros 'Mess With The Bull'
Brian Viveros 'Mess With The Bull'

BRIAN VIVEROS
“Mess With The Bull”
12×16″ giclee print on Museo Portfolio Rag paper
Hand embellished, signed and numbered by the artist
Limited edition of 12 prints – ‘The Dirty Dozen’ (+ 3 artist proofs)
All prints are professionally mounted and framed by Sherman Gallery
LIMIT 1 PER CUSTOMER/ORDER – $400 each plus s&h

Framed image of 'Mess With The Bull'
Framed image of 'Mess With The Bull'

A note from Brian Viveros on the hand embellishment process:
– First what I did is I watered down some acrylic flesh tones and ran it through my custom micron to bring up certain areas bringing this print more to life. I wanted to bring more life to this print as a whole so I worked on each one individually adding to the face and body, just lil’ subtleties ya’ know – not taking away but adding more, something special to each one so its not just your everyday print.

– I then focused on my signature cigarette and eyes adding more detail with white to highlight the lips a little more and the cigarette ash looks even more lit and the eyes I made even deeper and more seductive with a slight touch of black.

– Last I came in with red (“The Blood”) overlaying each rose, her lips and the cape of the bullfighter so that each really pops and adds a little more life and richness to it. Practically bleeding off the paper.

What’s most important is just taking the time to give back & add a little somethin’-somethin’ for those that are purchasing this special print, not to mention the complimentary Spanish bullfighting reddish-black frame to keep her safe. The additions and embellishments are subtle, but it’s just cool and makes it that much more.

Frame closeup
Frame closeup

We’re honored to bring you all this special print. We showcased the original of “Mess With The Bull” at last December’s GenArt Vanguard fair during Art Basel and it was one of the most popular works we brought down to Miami by far.

Please shoot a mail to contact@sourharvest.com now to request your print. There’s been a huge demand for this, and we expect this dirty dozen to sell out quick, so please don’t sleep if you’re serious about wanting one.