Know Hope opens debut LA solo show @ Carmichael…

Israeli artist Know Hope (pictured above) opened his debut LA solo show, ‘the times won’t save you (this rain smells of memory)’, at Carmichael Gallery last night to a very enthusiastic crowd.
The focal point of the show was his 400 sq ft installation featuring over 30,000 hand-cut rain drops, a handmade city constructed of old cardboard boxes and several life size renditions of his signature characters. As a whole, it was breathtaking. With the lighting low, the mood that was set was just perfect.

Know Hope installation close up views (above and below)…

It was awesome to see his ‘The Anytimes’ paper worked into the installation. The gallery should have some copies of this special paper still on hand, so be sure to roll through and grab a copy.

In addition to his incredible install, Know Hope also presented a series of smaller works all on cardboard, that complimented four of his larger framed works that all highlighted his dizzying diorama skills. All in all, a great debut solo show for Know Hope and one that is sure to have folks talking for a while. Don’t sleep on this guy, so much great and affordable work in this show.

Close up of one of Know Hope‘s intense diorama pieces…

While talking to Know Hope I learned he’d be going on to NYC now after this, for a special installation project at a non-profit venue that just popped up. So watch for more on that soon…

The crowd grew thick as the night drew on…

Also opening last night, and causing much discussion, was the ‘Moodswings’ group show in the back, where the large new work from Asbestos (shown above) stole the show.

Also featured was some amazing new works from Imminent Disaster (above and below). The new work is showing continued growth and maturity and we’re eager to see what she creates for her return to Los Angeles next year when she hits Thinkspace again alongside ARMSROCK.

Though not to be outdone, the up and coming Bumblebee rocked things and had but one piece left when we left at 1030PM (see images of his work below). Go Bumblebee!!!

The ever elusive Bumblebee…

One of his signature hive pieces installed in an old vacant phonebooth. AMAZING.

Detail shot of the above phonebooth piece. This lil’ roller, is created from a nail, a paperclip and some sculpey modeling clay. Insane detail and looks so good.

Bumblebee flies high over LA…

Both shows on view through July 2nd

Carmichael Gallery
1257 N. La Brea Avenue in West Hollywood

Know Hope tomorrow night @ Carmichael Gallery…

Israeli street artist Know Hope‘s debut LA solo show opens tomorrow night at Carmichael Gallery out on LaBrea. ‘The Times Won’t Save You (This Rain Smells Of Memory)’ will feature a 400 square foot installation comprised of 30,000 handcut paper rain drops, a hand made cardboard city, birds, hundreds of small ‘signs’ and all of it populated by life-size cardboard cutouts of his iconic figure.
The work in the show runs the specturm, with the majority being very affordable and a great gateway into Know Hope’s world. He’s one to get on board with now, as only great things lay ahead. We’re huge fans and own a few pieces already from prior shows.
Below are some sneak peeks of the show coming together, as well as a shot of his ambitious homemade newspaper project, ‘The Anytimes’. Be sure to pick one up while at the opening tomorrow night, or keep an eye out about town, as he’s been putting them into weekly newspaper boxes about town this past week as well.

Know Hope at work…

An army of interns worked on creating these for days…

Can not wait to see this complete tomorrow…

Know Hope‘s ‘The Anytimes’ underground newspaper… a great keepsake from the show, don’t forget to grab yours at the opening tomorrow.

Opening Reception: Thur, June 4th 7-10PM

Carmichael Gallery @ 1257 N. La Brea in West Hollywood

‘Get Rich Quick’ opens at Carmichael Gallery…

The Carmichael Gallery just opened ‘Get Rich Quick’ – an all-star group show of after market works from the collections of the gallery’s patrons including: Adam Neate, Antony Micallef, Banksy, Barry McGee, Bast, D*Face, Dalek, David Choe, David Choong Lee, Faile, Herbert Baglione, Ian Francis, KAWS, Nick Walker, Paul Insect, Shepard Fairey, Sixeart, Skullphone, Space Invader, Swoon, Will Barras and many more. The buzz on this one was large, and the gallery was packed throughout the evening. Made the trek out to the gallery with Allison Sommers and Joao Ruas in tow…

Wall of KAWS goodness…

An iconic Faile from their 1st show up at Fifty24SF… had for $150 originally… god bless the art market… now $15K (not much more than a few years later)…

By far the monster piece of the show from the one and only BANKSY

Someone else cashing in on one of the gems from their early show up in SF at Fifty24SF

A beautiful piece from Nick Walker

Knock knock… WOW… would kill for this door from the mighty SWOON

Monster 4×8′ piece from David Choe

Collection of Antony Micallef prints…

Goodness from D*Face

The magic that is Ian Francis

BAST keeps it dirty…

Tons of Shepard Fairey works were on view…
Another great piece from Nick Walker

Another view of the collection of Faile boxes that were on view…

Fellow Brazilians meet for the 1st time – Joao Ruas with Thais Beltrame

Whose ‘When All The Stars Are Gone’ solo also opened in conjunction with ‘Get Rich Quick’. Profiled here in an earlier post, the works of Beltrame need to be viewed in person, as does her delicatley intricate constellation installation.

Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art
1257 N. La Brea Ave in West Hollywood / 323.969.0600

Thais Beltrame’s "When All The Stars Are Gone" tonight @ Carmichael…

‘When All The Stars Are Gone’ is a poetic glimpse of the world as perceived by Thais Beltrame in her 1st US solo show. Looking to the skies as inspiration, the artist reflects upon solitude, beauty, and the transient nature of being.

Shot of Thais working away on her constellation install… one lil’ paint pen dot at a time…
“Supposedly all the stars we see today have been dead millions of years,” she muses. “Perhaps this is why human beings feel so alone: we live beneath a sky which no longer exists.” – Thais

In this newest body of work, Thais’ trademark wistful children are changing, growing stronger, wiser, and more aware of their surroundings. From this growth emerge new fears and dilemmas, however, as observed in the artist’s shift from negative space to a brooding application of earthy watercolors. Such depth enhances the delicate innocence that gives Thais’ work its extraordinary power.

Close up of Thais’ endless hours of creating her own lil’ solor system within the gallery…
Thais Beltrame was born and lives in Sao Paulo. The largely self-taught artist grew up amongst a generation of Brazilian counter-culture in the 80s and 90s. Highly regarded for her subtle, distinctive style, she is the sole female member of the powerhouse Brazilian art collective, the Famiglia Baglione. Thais has exhibited her work in the United States, United Kingdom, and Brazil.
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 7th 7-10PM
Also opening in the rear gallery:
“GET RICH QUICK!!” – a selection of aftermarket work from varioius collectors around the world – just an epic display of work… that, and over 20 new works from Thais… don’t miss it. Heading out there right now myself… can’t wait!
1257 N. La Brea Avenue in W. Hollywood
For more on Thais, check here.

Hush and Flip crush Los Angeles…

Was over in West Hollywood this past Saturday afternoon as we continued our travels about town showing David MacDowell and Svenman the sites and swung through the new show at Carmichael Gallery that I missed the opening for. UK artist Hush and Brazilian artist Flip transformed the space in a major way. Some major clean up will be following these impressive exhibitions…
Main Hush installation in the front gallery at Carmichael Gallery

One of the main walls of works from Hush at Carmichael

One of two installations from Brazilian artist Flip in the rear gallery at Carmichael
Flip‘s other install in the rear gallery of Carmichael Gallery

While they were in town, Seth from Carmichael Gallery arranged some legal walls for the pair to get up on down in Venice, just a block from the ocean. View of the full mural install from Flip and Hush along Pacific in Venice is above…

Full view of Hush mural on Pacific in Venice…

Close up of Hush‘s mural on Pacific in Venice…

Close up of Flip‘s dual panel mural on Pacific in Venice…

Close up of Flip electrical box (corner of Pacific & Brooks in Venice)

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
(On view through March 26th)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Fri, March 6th 7-11PM

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)

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)

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)

Sat, March 7th 8-11PM
Canvas Los Angeles
441 N. Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles /
“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)

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)

Sat, March 7th 7PM-3AM ($15 before 10PM / $20 after)
(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)

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)

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
(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)

Christ Stain opening night @ Carmichael Gallery…

Just back from the opening night of Chris Stain‘s debut LA solo show over at Carmichael Gallery… great turnout considering it took place during the worst storm of the new year. Stain just killed it. Having been there Tue night to catch a lil’ sneak peek, he came through and really delivered the goods after pulling a couple all nighters.

All the lil’ details were included… very, very impressive install.

Stain worked with Black Book Stencils out of FL on two pieces in the show and they really garnered a great bit of attention and praise throughout the night. The shadow effect really made these show stoppers. Beautiful work.

One of our favorites from Stain in the show…

Bringing that NYC rooftop vibe to life with the help of live saxophone music… nice touch.

Christ Stain in front of one of his massive wall murals – the place just looked amazing!

One of the gems in the “Lifeline” from Jim Darling

Jim Darling in front of “Mabel” giving cheers with the official art beer – Grolsch!

Mini-installation from Jim Darling commenting on the current state of the economy… his entire series was a statement on how those once secure in their retirement, are all of a sudden finding themselves in a position of breaking open their piggy banks and counting pennies. Darling’s new pieces are just amazing, he’s really coming into his own.

Gigantic wall collage from Brazilian artist Sesper
Sesper in front of his massive wall collage + one of our favorites from him below… one of the nicest guys going and super active in both the music and art undergrounds in Brazil.

Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art

1257 N. La Brea Ave in West Hollywood
“Up on the Roof Countin’ Pigeons” featuring new works and an installation from Chris Stain along with “Lifeline” in the back of the gallery featuring an installation from Sesper along with new works from Jim Darling, Alex Hornest and Ilia of Btoy
(On view through Feb. 26th)