Poets Of The Paste @ AdHoc…

If you are in NYC next weekend… DO NOT MISS “Poets Of The Paste” at AdHocArt out in Brooklyn.

The amazing Armsrock (who also has a sweet show currently on display at FIFTY24SF with D*Face that everyone should check out!) will be featured alongside fellow legends ELBOW-TOE, Gaia, and Imminent Disaster in a four-person show fittingly named Poets of the Paste. Opening Friday, June 13th at Ad Hoc Art, Poets of the Paste will unite these four figurative artists known for their striking images that comment on nature, contemporary society and the everyday lives we live. These artists transform public spaces to moments of private reflection with an emphasis on careful craftsmanship.

Armsrock, ELBOW-TOE, Gaia, and Imminent Disaster have left their marks on the urban landscapes, generously giving their talent to the public, time, and the elements. Now they bring their skills together at Ad Hoc through drawings, stencils, paintings, and block prints incorporated onto various media. For more on the show check out http://www.adhocart.org/.

To check out more on Armsrock: http://www.armsrock.blogspot.com/ (some amazing shots of his recent trip up to SF… just killed it up there)

For more on Elbow-Toe: http://www.flickr.com/photos/guy_on_the_streets/

For more on Gaia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pisacane/

And for Imminent Disaster: http://www.flickr.com/photos/disasterstrikes/

Get familiar with these names. They all have VERY bright futures ahead of them and Elbow-Toe and Armsrock will be taking over our gallery this December and we just can’t wait. Past that, both Gaia and Imminent Disaster will be invading in early 2008 as part of a special show that AdHocArt will be curating at our space… more on that huge show very soon.

Bomb It to have LA premiere this weekend…

The Los Angeles premiere of the highly anticipated BOMB IT graffitti documentary is this weekend.

The filmmakers are posting short clips from the film on YouTube. The first one is a terrific little interview with Space Invader. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPbIs40rxmQ&eurl=http://bombit-themovie.com/blog/

Bomb It plays at the Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theater in West Hollywood June 6-12th. At each Friday and Saturday night 7:50pm & 10:10pm screening, one Limited Edition numbered run (of 80 total) silk screened Bomb It Poster signed by Shepard Fairey and Director Jon Reiss will be raffled off.

The documentary features the following artists:
Cornbread, Taki 183, T-Kid 170, Revs, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, KRS One, Chino, Revok, Mear One, Tracy 168, Stay High 149, Cope 2, Lady Pink, Zephyr, Skuf, 2esae, Blek Le Rat, Diam, Pez, Zosen, Sixe, Pike & Nug, Falko, Faith47, Scage, Mikey, Zezao, Chaz Bojorquez, Ise, Very One, Belx2, Tribe, and Ron English

To buy tickets click below and then click on the “Bomb It” banner:
http://www.laemmle.com/

The Bomb It DVD is out now – purchase at: http://www.neoflix.com/store/Hyb10/

For more on the movie, check out: http://www.bombit-themovie.com/

LA auction weekend…

Los Angeles was host to a couple of very nice contemporary art auctions this past weekend. 1st up was the big SCION auction for their recent traveling exhibit “Installation 4” that hit a host of cities including a stop at last year’s Art Basel in Miami, FL. Somewhat of a mellow turnout, and some great deals to be had. The above Soto only went for about $3,500 – a steal. One of the surprises of the show saw the nail bat from Sage Vaughn going for $4,000. Having one of these in our own collection, I have to admit I was super stoked to see that action. Word is one of Sage’s paintings went for a huge sum at a recent UK auction and that’s got the collectors out in a big way searching out his work. During the Auction Freddi C and I were commenting on how many folks had been contacting each of us in the past few weeks for Sage’s work – out of the blue really, so the big auction impact explains all that. He’s an amazing talent, so glad to see things taking off for him.

We got in on the action as well and picked up an awesome sculpture from Canadian artist Andrew Pommier (see below). This is our third piece from Andrew and by far our favorite from him. Stands a lil’ over 3′ tall in person.

Next up was the big Santa Monica Art Auction held over at the Bergamot Station art center. Not a huge turnout for this one either as evidenced by the photos below, but folks were buying, that’s for sure. Sadly neither of the amazing Banksy works in the auction met their minimums, which had some commenting… but both works were amazing and had it been a bigger auction and marketed to that scene a bit more, I’m sure both would have had heads turnin’. Regardless, some amazing works from everyone from Warhol to Pettibon to Rushca and more were on view.

One lucky phone-in / on-line bidder got a simply amazing two panel work on canvas from Barry Mc Gee that must have measured over 10′ long by 6′ high combined for only $7,500 – insane!!! The below Barry McGee piece (a diptych) didn’t get its minimum bid of only $9K… a steal for such a huge Barry street piece from back in the day.
All in all a fun day out and we came home with a killer new piece, and all we intended to do was check ’em both out. If you’ve never been, be sure to check out the next auction over at Bergamot… nice chill atmosphere and it’s outside. You can’t beat that.

Amy Sol print details / show sneak peak…

Kokiri Carousel

Giclee print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag fine art archival paper
Hand-signed & numbered by the artist
Limited Edition of 75 prints (+ 5 artist proofs)
18×22 1/2″ (image area: 16×20 1/2″)
$250 each

Above are the details for the print from Amy Sol that we’ll be releasing on the opening night of “Karmic Magic”. Additonal details will be announced soon concerning the sale of the print. As mentioned previously, we will not be doing any kind of pre-sale on the print prior to the opening night reception. We may open a bit early, prior to opening, for sales of the print. Nothng is confirmed yet, and we’ll announce all the week of the show. If you are not on our mailing list, please be sure to sign up so you receive the updates leading into the opening.
Please do not inquire before then, as nothing has been decided upon just yet, and all the details confirmed thus far are posted here. If the prints make it past the opening, we’ll release them that weekend on our site or reach out to those that have inquired from out of state on the print. It really all depends on how many are left after the opening, so we can’t confirm anything on that front until the morning after the opening. Please know there will be a limit of only one print per patron at the opening reception on Fri, June 13th.
We’ve well over 150 collectors on her preview list for the original works in the show, possibly many more as it’s been a bit since we last updated the spread sheet. We’re expecting 13 original works, so please know it’s going to be extremely difficult to get past the early part of our waiting list that has been growing for well over a year now. I wish we could help everyone out, but sadly that just isn’t possible in a situation like this.
To help hold you all over, Amy’s recently posted some great progress shots on her blog of a couple works from “Karmic Magic”. Check out more here: http://www.amysol.com/blog/
If you didn’t get the chance to check out Amy’s presentation in Australia at the big Semi-Permanent Festival, snippets have been posted here for all to enjoy: http://www.bloglog.ro/semipermanent-f_1/amy-sol-@-semi-permanent-2008-sydney-vmix-compilation-vi_IhVMnpJZm80
Also as part of the Semi-Permanent 2008 Design Conference in Perth, Australia, artists Amy Sol and Ben Frost engaged in a cut and paste battle using low-tech masking tape, student helpers and a crazy assortment of found objects. Check that out here: http://www.bloglog.ro/semipermanent-f_1/amy-sol-ben-frost-at-central-tafe-vi__O4qty_xRIM
We’ll be posting some more sneak peaks ourselves of full works as we get closer to the show. Stay tuned…

Brazilian artist Thais Beltrame rocks Carmichael!

Brazilian artist Thais Beltrame is in town and she’s rocking the house over at Carmichael. She’s done a huge mural in the back gallery and has a wall of over a dozen of her whimsical and heart felt mixed media drawings on paper. The one above is one of my favorites from the show and below is one of our purchases from the show. Seth’s wife is out of town due to family matters, so I stopped by to help a brother out on my home this eve and had the honor to help hang her works and got to chat a bit with her. She deserves all the attention she’s getting right now, really sweet person. Don’t kick yourself a year from now, get down to Carmichael tomorrow… it’s right up the road from SURU… so hit both those and then head on over to Culver to see Bozic’s mind bender at Kinsey/DesForges (WOW). What a night for art!!!

Great YouTube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYJgb8uot1g

Check out some more of Thais’ work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thais_beltrame/