‘Culver City INVASION’ previewed in today’s LA Times…

Our ‘pop-up’ show during the Culver City Art Walk, ‘Culver City INVASION’, was previewed in today’s LA Times (scan of article above). The article can be viewed online here as well.

Advance press previews have also run via Juxtapoz (here) and SlamXHype (here). Word is out. Please roll on through Culver City this Saturday, it’s going to be going off from end to end with all sorts of added extras about the Walk and at all the participating galleries.

Brian Viveros’ “Fight Klub” featured in this Saturday’s ‘INVASION’ show
“With featured artist Ekundayo showing with Thinkspace Gallery during this 4th annual Culver City Artwalk, you know it’s gonna be a good time.” – JUXTAPOZ
“With featured artist Ekundayo, plus works from a wide selection of the gallery’s artists, this is sure to be a great event.” – SLAMXHYPE

View a ‘sneak peek’ of some of the other works from the show here.

An interview with Brian M. Viveros…

“Godless Mess” – 30×38″
An interview with Brian M. Viveros

“The erotic artwork of Brian M. Viveros is a satisfying cross between the Varga Girls and the surrealist renderings of Hans Bellmer. At once playful, hypersexual and erotic, there is also something darkly engaging in Viveros’s images. While he’ll play up the demon aspects of the Femme Fatale, or the depravity lurking just beneath the surface of the innocent girl, he does so with a sense of awe – as if honoring what’s ‘dangerous’ in the erotic female form, not fearing it or degrading it.” – Marilyn Jaye Lewis, editor The Mammoth Book of Erotic Photography
“Godless Mess” close up

Portrait of the artist

Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for “Southern” at Last Rites Gallery out in NYC.
Keeping the vibe STRONG and DIRTY homie, just the way we like it. Worked on a new special ‘Dirtyland’ piece for the show and she will be representing my Southern Arm-me of smokin’ troops who will be marching there way into Last Rites Gallery in NYC on May the 9th.

“Viva Rose” receiving the finishing touches…

“Faithless” getting ready for battle…

Are you reading anything right now?
I just started reading “The Story of the Eye” by Georges Bataille.

“Protect Yourself” close up…
Favorite artist (living or dead) and what makes them special to you?
My favorite Artists are H.R. Giger, Picasso, Schiele, Beardsley, Warhol, and Frazetta. An inspiration to me every time I see there work. They are the magic six. My favorite directors are Maya Daren, Fernando Arrabal, Werner Herzog, Alejandro Jorodowsky. These filmmakers inspire me to work harder.

“Hang Over” – 16×20″
Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? If so, do you have a current favorite that inspires?
Yes, and play films. When I work I usually have both going on at the same time. The list of music is all over the place, I dig it all from strange sounds to noise and just beats. But lately, I guess my go to right now is Godspeed You Black Emperor.

“Southern” – collaboration with Matthew Bone – 24×30″

You collaborated with Matthew Bone, whom you are sharing the exhibit with at Last Rites, on a special piece I hear. How did that come about?
We were smoking outside and shootin’ the shit and we just thought it would be a cool and fun idea to collaborate on something special for the people of NYC and the exhibition. I’ve always been a fan of Matt’s work, so for me this was quite an honor. The piece is self titled “Southern” and it was a lot of fun. There will be a Limited Edition Signed and numbered Giclee print of this collaboration available at the exhibition just to give everybody the heads up.

“Evil Eye” – 14×26″
We are very much looking forward to hosting your debut Los Angeles solo show next fall. What have you got coming up in the meantime in terms of shows after “Southern”?
After the “Southern” exhibition I’m taking a break with my little devil and then back into the studio where I’ll start preparing the new arm-me for my show at Copro Gallery in January.
“Southern” DVD (regular edition)

“Southern” overview:
Blanketed by a fog of troubling eroticism and violence, “Southern” is an experience of primordial sights, sounds, and sentiment. Brian Viveros and Eriijk Ressler release the fragmented visions that haunt deep within our collective psyche. “Southern” has taken the “Dislandic aesthetic” from poetic desolation to a symphonic saturation of the senses. Multiple viewings lead to new insights not only of story but also of the self. Through “Southern”, Eriijk and Brian return cinema to the unclean.

The show’s title is “Southern”, named after your recent short film of the same name. Do you hope this connection inspires your fans to check out your other creative side – film?

I hope so, I mean it’s definitely a part of me and it’s something I’m very passionate about and will continue to do ’till the day I die. Sometimes painting just isn’t enough, there are always ideas and dreams ya’ know that need to get out of this f*cked up head of mine and this is just another way of expressing my Art through making surreal films.
The show will also feature a special screening of “Southern”.The film is just magically dark. Many props Brian. How would you go about describing / setting this film up for someone who is about to view it / curious about it?
Two hits of acid and call me in the morning – kidding – hahaha or maybe not. Umm, “Southern” is really an experience of primordial sights, sounds, and sentiment with visions that haunt deep within our collective psyche. Trip out!

What are you doing right after this interview?
Smoking two cigarettes and having a beer. Here’s to all the readers brutha’ – cheers!
The ‘Southern’ DVD will be available at Last Rites Gallery along with an exclusive Limited Edition Giclee print of “DirtyLand IV” and his collaboration with Matthew Bone, “Southern”.
Be sure to check out our studio visit with Viveros here.
Look for a very limited edition, hand-touched giclee of “Mess With The Bull” to be issued soon through us (more details announced soon).
Keep tabs on Viveros here and check out Bone’s work here.

‘Southern’

Brian M. Viveros + Matthew Bone
Last Rites Gallery
511 W. 33rd St, New York City

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Brian Viveros (showing in the ‘Super School’ exhibit at Copro Gallery)
Thurs, March 5th 7-10PM
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art
1257 N. La Brea Ave in West Hollywood / 323.969.0600
“Hymn To Beauty” from Hush + “Seiva Bruta” from Flip in the rear gallery and new works from Veng of Robots Will Kill in the office area
(On view through March 26th)
http://www.carmichaelgallery.com/

Thurs, March 5th 8-11PM
Show Cave
1930 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles
Special event celebrating the release of Jessie Rose Vala’s new book, “The Tortuous Veil” with masks, prints & t-shirts available + live musical performance from Rain Machine
(One-night only special event)
http://www.showcave.org/

Fri, March 6th 7-11PM
C.A.V.E. Gallery
507 Rose Ave in Venice
“Apocalypse Soon?” featuring new works from Jennifer Springman and a small group show featuring Zoso, Shervin Iranshahr, Johnny Siu, Euthanasia and Gosha Levochkin + live painting from Michael Pukac
(On view through March 28th)
http://www.cavegallery.net/

Fri, March 6th 7-11PM
Hibbleton Gallery
112 W. Wilshire Ave in Fullerton / 714.441.2857
“Spare Change” featuring works from Chris Yormick, Russ Pope, Andy Jenkins, Mike Meyers and Chris Pastras
(On view through March 29th)
http://www.hibbleton.com/

Fri, March 6th 8-11PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.666.7667
The 12th Annual ‘Everything But The Kitschen Sync’ group show featuring work from over 100 artists
(On view through March 29th)
http://www.laluzdejesus.com/

Fri, March 6th 7-11PM

POVevolving
939 Chung King Road in Chinatown section of downtown Los Angeles
Closing party for the big “Movers & Shakers” group show that waas curated by Gino Joukar and features works from the likes of Amy Sol, Ana Bagayan, Anthony Ausgang, Brandi Milne, Brian Viveros, Chet Zar, Chris Ryniak, Dave Cooper, Ekundayo, Eric White, Glenn Barr, James Naccarato, Jeff Soto, KMNDZ, Joshua Clay, Kelly Vivanco, KuKula, Lola, Martin Wittfooth, Nathan Spoor, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Paul Barnes, Retna, Robert Pokorny, Ron English, Scott Radke, Tessar Lo, Yoskay Yamamoto, Yosuke Ueno and many
(Final night to view this amazing show)
http://www.povevolving.com/

Fri, March 6th 8-11PM
Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Blvd in the Echo Park region of Los Angeles

“Post Future” a retrospective exhibit from John Van Hamersveld
(On view through April 4th)
http://www.subliminalprojects.com/
http://www.post-future.com/

Sat, March 7th 7-10:30PM
Black Maria Gallery
3137 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles / 818.613.9090
New works from Jenna Colby on the project wall
(On view through April 5th)
http://www.blackmariagallery.com/

Sat, March 7th 8-11PM
Canvas Los Angeles
441 N. Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles / info@canvasla.com
“Fist Full Of Metal: The Art of the Jean Jacket” sponsored by Levi’s and featuring customized jean jackets from the likes of Hannah Aitcheson, Kim Saigh, Corey Miller, Shawn Barber, Chris Garver, Civ, and many, many more
(On view through April 18th)
http://www.canvasla.com/

Sat, March 7th 8-11:30PM
Copro Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space T-5 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.398.2643
“Natural Beauties” featuring new works from Lola + “Superschool” group show curated by Lola featuring new works from Brian Viveros, Scott Musgrove, Travis Louie, Chet Zar, Heiko Mueller, Dan May, Gary Baseman, Sas Christian, Martin Wittfooth, Chris Ryniak, Nathan Spoor, Kris Lewis, Michael Page, Carrie Ann Baade, Ana Bagayan, Kevin Peterson, Naoto Hattori, Amy Sol, Francesco LoCastro, Reinier Gamboa, Mia, Dan Quintana, Tin and more.
(Both exhibits on view through March 28th)
http://www.coprogallery.com/

Sat, March 7th 7PM-3AM ($15 before 10PM / $20 after)
Create:Fixate
(The Premiere Events Center, 613 Imperial St. in Los Angeles)
“Wisdom Within Us” group show & performance with art, photography, sculpture, installation, live painting, live DJs playing house, techno, breaks, dub, world rhythms and more + live music & much more – see site for full details
(One-night only special event)
http://www.createfixate.com/

Sat, March 7th 5-8PM
C4 – Cucaracha Club of Culver City
2646 LaCienega Ave in Los Angeles
“The Artist As A Victim Of The Economic Meltdown” group show with all works under $499 or less from the likes of Kalynn Campbell, Alice Dean (aka Patrice), Paul Gronner, Rachel Peterson, Israel, Diego Marcial Rios and William Tunberg – curated by David Adler
(On view through March 31st)

Sat, March 7th 8PM-12:30AM ($8 admission / $5 if dressed in black & yellow)
Hive Gallery
729 S. Spring St in downtown Los Angeles
Monthly group show and performance with 10 total live acts/DJs and a group show with:
Featured Artist 1: Grant FuhstFeatured Artist 2: Christopher UlrichTall Wall Artist: Snow MackSmall Wall Artist: Prince of CakeInstallation Artist: Jason Hadley
(On view through March 28th)
http://www.thehivegallery.com/

Sat, March 7th 7-10PM
Melt Gallery @ Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.851.7223
“Physical Nostalgia” group show that will serve as an examination of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s graphic novel WATCHMEN and how the themes and images contained therein have permeated pop art culture featuring works from Eldon Asp, Steven Daily, Howard Hallis, Mack Hill, Jim Mahfood aka FOOD ONE, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, Jeret Ochi, Osgood Perkins, Raymond Persi, Renfield, Fill Marc Sagadraca, Christopher Stangl, Elan Trinidad with items from the private collections of John Cogan and David Mandel
http://www.meltcomics.com/
(On view through March 22nd)

Sat, March 7th 7-11PM
Nucleus Gallery
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
“Home Slice” featuring new works from Scott Campbell
(On view through March 23rd)http://www.gallerynucleus.com/

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Brian Viveros
(showing in ‘Movers & Shakers’ at POVevolving this Sat – details below)
Fri, Feb.13th 7-11PM
Nucleus Gallery
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
Select famous works from Drew Struzan’s career
(On view through March 2nd)
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/

Fri, Feb. 13th 8-10PM
Secret Headquarters
3817 W. Sunset in Los Angeles / 323.666.2228
“Beasts 2” book-signing with Derek Albeck, Ron Rege, Jr., Jordan Crane, Tony Millionaire, Tom Neely, Esther Pearl Watson, Mark Todd, Joe Vaux, Johnny Ryan, Billy Reynolds, Jordan Crane, Christopher Lee & more
http://www.thesecretheadquarters.com/

Fri, Feb. 13th 8-11PM
Solid Gallery One
334 N. Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.939.3003
“13 Coffins” featuring new works by Vyal, Axis, 13:11, Paul Torres, Miss Wendy, Mers & many more
(On view through March 29th)
http://www.solidgalleryone.com/

Fri, Feb. 13th 7-10PM
Switcheroo Workshop
543-B South Raymond in Pasadena
“Ass-essorize Your Sh*t” featuring new soft sculpture from Anna Chambers – find that special poo for the one you love, as nothing says love like poo
http://www.myswitcheroo.com/

Fri, Feb. 13th 7-11PM

(+ special performance @ 9PM from Amy’s band, The Hokum Scorchers)
Thinkspace Gallery
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375
“Dreamgirls and Ukes” featuring new works from Amy Crehore + “The Silent Treatment” featuring new works from Anthony Clarkson in the project room
(On view through March 6th)
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/

Sat, Feb. 14th 6-11PM
Bunny Gunner Gallery
266 W. Second Street in Pomona / 909.868.2808
“All U Can Eat!” group show with works from Bent Harada, David Flores, Germs, Jophen Stein, KMNDZ, Marco Zamora, Michael Alvarez, Rusty Jordan, Thomas Stubbs, and many more
(On view through March 11th)
http://www.bunnygunner.com/

Sat, Feb. 14th 7PM
Cella Gallery
5229 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood / 213.291.7908
New works from Wiley Wallace
http://www.cellagallery.com/

Sat, Feb. 14th 6:30-10PM
GR2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd in Los Angeles / 310.445.9276
“Bruised, Beaten and Blackened” featuring new work by Le Merde
(On view through March 11th)
http://www.gr2.net/

Sat, Feb. 14th 7-10PM
Billy Shire Fine Arts
5790 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 323.297.0600
New works from Bob Dob + Francisco Rodriguez Maruca
(On view through March 7th)
http://www.billyshirefinearts.com/

Sat, Feb. 14th 7-11PM
POVevolving
939 Chung King Road in Chinatown section of downtown Los Angeles
“Movers & Shakers” group show curated by Gino Joukar and featuring works from the likes of Amy Sol, Ana Bagayan, Anthony Ausgang, Brandi Milne, Brian Viveros (image above), Chet Zar, Chris Ryniak, Dave Cooper, Ekundayo, Eric White, Glenn Barr, James Naccarato, Jeff Soto, KMNDZ, Joshua Clay, Kelly Vivanco, KuKula, Lola, Martin Wittfooth, Nathan Spoor, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Paul Barnes, Retna, Robert Pokorny, Ron English, Scott Radke, Tessar Lo, Yoskay Yamamoto, Yosuke Ueno and many more PLUS the release of a special limited-edition box set featuring thirteen 8 x 10 prints by Ana Bagayan, Andy Kehoe, Bob Dob, Brian Despain, Cathie Bleck, Damon Soule, Glenn Barr, Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez, Mia, Lola, Naotto Hatori, Nicoletta Ceccoli, and Yosuke Ueno. Limited to 50 sets, the prints will come in a slick black and silver foil-stamped box
(On view through March 8th)
http://www.povevolving.com/POVgallery_SubSite/upcoming.html

A studio visit with Brian Viveros…

My wife and I headed out to Riverside this past weekend to catch up with Brian Viveros and his wife Jenie. We got a chance to check out his studio and we snapped some shots of the works that are coming together for his upcoming show with Matthew Bone, Southern, that opens this coming May out in NYC at Paul Booth’s Last Rites Gallery.

The new works are looking so tight, he’s really coming into his own in a major fashion. The emotion captured in each new work is spot on. We are extremely honored to be working with Brian and can’t wait to host his debut Los Angeles solo show next fall, but more on that soon enough. Until then, we’ll be headed back out in a few months to his studio to get a wrap up of this new series of works before they are shipped out to NYC. So watch for that.

We’ll be doing a more proper interview with Brian in the next month or so, but below are some choice quotes that we’re included in a recent feature that ran in Truce magazine out of Europe.

“Things that inspire me are everday happenings, finds and observations of life. Like a crazy f*cking helmet from a swap meet that you found and you say to yourself ‘what a great element for a painting’. It’s like you are constantly collecting visual information to translate and bring to life. Sometimes, words can also make for a good painting – or people you see on the streets smoking their cigarettes at the bus stop. It all feeds the addiction and inspires you to want to do and create more and more. These are all pieces to the puzzle that are building up in my head.”

“Painting these girls feeds my addiction. Like a vampire out for blood or my bad smoking habit that I just can’t seem to quit. The female form takes on many shapes and sizes and I dig on changing and distorting it just a bit, which excites me and it reminds me that nothing is perfect.”

“The Smoking Army began back in 2000. I hadn’t yet really honed in on a particular signature style but I knew that painting sexy girls smoking cigarettes is what I wanted to do. Since then, the Army has grown and taken over my studio. They hold me hostage at night and I like it. They whisper in my head and say ‘create more, bring me to life’. Like a mad f*cking scientist in his laboratory I’m always trying to come up with new ideas and elements to decorate these smoking temptresses.”

“I don’t know why all these girls are smoking. I have tried to get them to quit, but they refuse to wear the patch or chew that special gum which is supposed to help you to quit. Just kidding, the smokin’ thing is a piece of myself. I enjoy smoking and drinking a lot so I just thought it would be a cool element to add to this Army of Smoking Girls.”

“I always found smoking sexy as a kid – like in the silent black and white films, when these women would be smoking on the screen. They were these rebellious bad ass chicks that didn’t give a f*ck.”

The beautiful new work featured above (still in progress) was our favorite from his new series, and it plays nicely off his recent “Mess With The Bull” work that we featured at this past December’s Vanguard Fair as part of our ‘Looking Glass’ exhibit.
While out in Riverside, we were also treated to a special advance screening of Brian’s latest film project, Southern. The look and feel of the film is unnerving, and the finished product came out just great. For more on this project and his other films, check here.
Speaking of “Mess With The Bull”, look for a very limited edition, hand-touched giclee of “Mess With The Bull” to be issued soon through us (more details announced soon).