Ryden to release special edition of "The Tree Show" book

‘The Tree Show’ Special Edition Exhibition Book

The Special Edition of the ‘Tree Show’ Exhibition Book features works from Mark Ryden‘s major solo exhibition at the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. The hard-bound book includes over 130 color images of paintings, drawings, studies and sculptural works as well as a wealth of Mark’s inspirational reference materials.

Each signed and numbered Special Edition book comes in a handmade clamshell box covered in a fine Japanese silk (shown above).

The edition also comes with a collection of “Vintage Souvenirs” including a postcard set, commemorative pin, pennant, bookmark and pencil (shown above).

Book Size: 12″ x 9″Hardcover
Pages: 128
Edition Size: 500

Suggested List (before it goes to EBay): $395

The book will only be available through Ryden’s online store here.

This item will be available on Thursday, April 16th, 2009 at 8:00 am PDT. Set your alarm clocks now!

Hi Fructose Vol. 11 coming up in early April…

The eleventh volume of Hi-Fructose is set to arrive in early April! It features exclusive coverage of Mark Ryden‘s ‘The Snow Yak Show’ from Japan, the art of Chet Zar, Tiffany Bozic, Brandi Milne, Brandt Peters, Damon Soule, the dangerous dioramas of Thomas Doyle, Charlie Immer, Nicola Verlato and more. Plus, the gang go out wheatpasting with Shepard Fairey, delve into Nara‘s latest showing in Los Angeles at Blum & Poe, discover Zhang Huan‘s Giants and the bronze sculptures of Gabriels, and much more!
Be on the lookout for a very cool contest with Brandi Milne that will be tied in with Vol. 11 of Hi Fructose and her upcoming solo show with us this April… more on this soon!
Above is a sneak peek at the feature for Damon Soule. His work continues to excel, getting more and more complex in composition… can’t wait for his show with us in 2010.
Check out a few more preview images from Volume 11 here.

Road trip down to Santa Ana…

Headed down to Santa Ana today to check out the ’10th Anniversary Exhibition’ at the CSUF Grand Central Art Center. The big opening reception to celebrate the exhibition is next Sat, March 7th with events planned throughout the day. The show has been up for a couple weeks and we wanted to head down today and check it out, since there are so many shows again this coming weekend, we knew we wouldn’t be able to get down to the opening reception this Saturday. Full details below…

Robert Williams

Laurie Hassold

Extremo The Clown

Suzanne Williams

Charles Krafft

Mark Ryden “Little Blue Boy”

Mark Ryden “Spectaculum Carnis (King Of Industry)”

Mark Ryden “Lincoln’s Hands” etching


Camilla Rose Garcia

This multi-media exhibition features highlights from over 200 exhibitions + 35 artists-in-residence and more.
Notable artists such as Mark Ryden, Camilla Rose Garcia, Jeff Gillette, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams, Extremo the Clown, Charles Krafft, Sandow Birk, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Shag are just some of their past artists showing in celebration of this landmark milestone in Grand Central Art Center’s history.
Grand Kick Off Schedule of Events:
12-3pm KICK OFF EVENT
  • Special Guest speakers Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and Cal State Fullerton President Milton Gordon
  • Printmaking Demos by Watermark Printmaking Press
  • Facility and Gallery Tours
  • Music by CSUF String Quartet and jazz band Trio Sangha
  • Flamenco Dance Performance lead by Claudia de la Cruz

4-7pm SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

  • Facility and Gallery Tours with founding Director Andrea Harris-McGee
  • Music by DJ Slippy
7-10pm FIRST SATURDAY ARTWALK AND OPENING RECEPTION
  • Continuing 10th Anniversary Celebration with cake and refreshments
  • Music by Big Skin: Michael Knowlton Duo
  • Music by favorite local band Peanut
CSUF Grand Central Arts Center
125 N. Broadway in Santa Ana 92701 / 714.567.7233
On view through April 11th (free to the public)
For full details, click here.

The CSUF Grand Central Art Center celebrate their 10th anniversary…

On Saturday, February 7, 2009, The CSUF Grand Central Art Center, a staple of Orange County’s contemporary art scene, celebrates its 10th year anniversary of incredible programming, exhibitions and events with a huge retrospective exhibition including some very heavy hitters.

This multi-media exhibition features highlights from over 200 exhibitions, 35 artists-in-residence, our art catalogs published by Grand Central Press and more! Notable artists such as Mark Ryden, Jeffrey Vallance, Camilla Rose Garcia, Jeff Gillette, Robert Williams, and Extremo the Clown are just some of their past artists showing in celebration of this landmark milestone in Grand Central Art Center’s history.

February 7th 7-10 pm – soft opening. Admission is Free.

March 7th 7-10PM – Main kick off event party. Admission is Free.

Featured Artists:
Extremo the Clown
James Hill
Michael Knowlton
Manuel Pardo
Elizabeth Turk and Kirara Kawachi
Suzanne Williams
Franco Angeloni
Mark Mothersbaugh
Rosemary Covey
Laurie Hassold
Thomas Kinkade
Jeff Gillette
Amy Caterina
James Lorigan
James Doolin
Mark Ryden
Edward Colver
Jeffrey Vallance
Eric Jones
Jim Jenkins
Sandow Birk
Charles Krafft
Robert Williams
David Michael Lee
Myron Conan Dyal
Camille Rose Garcia
and more

Exhibition runs through April 11th

For full details, click here.

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Thurs, Jan. 29th 6-8:30PM
University Art Gallery @ University of California San Diego

Mandeville Center / 9500 Gilman Drive in La Jolla / 858.534.2107
Mark Dean Veca – Paintings, Wall Drawings and Collaborations
(On view through March 15th)

Fri, Jan. 30th 9PM-1AM ($8 at the door / 18+)
Infusion Gallery
719 S. Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles / 213.683.8827
“Booty!” – curated by Heidi ‘Bluegirl’ Calvert and featuring all manor of pirate themed art, sexy performances, live music, art on display from KRK Ryden, Art Weeks, Wil Cohen, Shahid Brown, Paul Torres, Bill Bronson, Oriana Small, Debra Haden, Dave Naz, Brad Miller, Alan Deforest, and many more plus Mad Jack The Pirate and Kaptain Kula as your hosts
www.myspace.com/bluegirlproductions

Sat, Jan. 31st 7-10PM
01 Gallery
530 South Hewitt Street #141 in Los Angeles / 213.689.0101
“Graff Since ‘69” – new works from Chaz Bojorquez
(On view through Feb. 15th)
http://01gallery.com/
Saturday, Jan. 31st 9PM-1AM ($8 admission / $5 as walking art)
Cannibal Flower
NEW LOCATION: 821 traction ave #106 (across from Crazy Gideons) in Los Angeles
Featured Artist: Michael Pukac with beats by: Mr. NumberOnederful and a live Performance by the Pussy Galore Burlesque Dancers and a huge group show featuring works from Craig “Skibs” Barker, MacSorro, NC Winters, David Campbell Wilson, Stephen J. Brooks, Yuki Miyazaki, Azikiwe, Rebecca Peloquin, Rebecca Hahn, Douglas Alvarez, Michele Waterman, Clinton Neuhaus, Tina Darling, Jim Darling, John Hicks, Jimmy Blyer, Walt Hall, Patric Hammerlien, Shahid, Jeremy Szuder, and many more – presented by Sour Harvest and Venice Grind
http://www.cannibalflower.com/

Sat, Jan. 31st 6-9PM
Crewest
110 Winston St. in Los Angeles / 213.627.8272
“On the One” Closing Night Party featuring Live Painting by “Unification Theory”. Core members include visual artist Overton Loyd (from legendary Funk band Parliament-Funkadelic), renown graffiti artist Man One, visual artist/writer Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca and special guest painter Favianna Rodriguez along with live music by Lonnie Marshall and DJ Phyz Ed spinning Hip Hop jams. Artwork created during past Unification Theory performances as well as pieces created that night will be available for purchase.
http://www.crewest.com/

Saturday, Jan. 31st, 3–5 pm
MOCA Store @ MOCA Grand Avenue
250 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles
The Tree Book: Signing with Mark Ryden
*please note this will stop at 5PM sharp, and Ryden will only be signing the new book and only those purchased directly from the MOCA book store on day of event – no exceptions.
http://www.moca.org/store/index.php?

Sat, Jan. 31st 12:30 – 2:30
Munky King
7308 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.938.0091
Eyegore figure (chrome edition) signing with The Pizz
http://www.munkyking.com/

Sat, Jan. 31st 9PM-4AM ($10 at the door / 21+)
Rabbit + Gun
2323 East Olympic Blvd in Los Angeles
“Reflect” presents “I Love LA” with 10 LA-based artists on view, live painting from Mear One, a photobooth by Lawrence Cassel, live music and more.
www.myspace.com/reflectla

Sat, Jan. 31st 6-9PM
Sam Lee Gallery
990 North Hill Street, #190 in Chinatown area of Los Angeles / 323.227.0275
“Flesh + Bone” new sculptural works from Rebekah Bogard (*image above of Bogard’s sculptural work)
(On view through March 14th)
http://www.samleegallery.com/

Sun, Feb. 1st (check for time, may just be during normal hours...)
SURU
7662 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.655.0770
“This Is Los Angeles” – a photographic retrospective from Estevan Oriol
(On view through Feb. 28th)
http://www.suru-la.com/

Mon, Feb. 2nd 8PM-Midnight (*may be invite-only / not sure at this time…)
Pacific Electric Lofts
610 S. Main Street in Los Angeles
‘World On Fire’ exhibition curated by Will I. Am, Kris Lewis, and Justin Giarla from the Shooting Gallery featuring portraits of grammy nominees painted by: Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Gary Baseman, Shawn Barber, Kris Lewis, Lori Earley, Sas Christian, David Stoupakis, Joshua Petker, Paul Chatem, Greg Gossel, Henry Lewis, Shawn Barber, Van Arno, Matthew Bone, Helen Garber, Mike Maxwell, and many more.
(On view through Feb. 8th open daily 11am-6pm)

Tue, Feb. 3rd 7-10PM
Gallery 1988
7020 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.937.7088
“Cackle Factory” featuring new works from Brandt Peters
(On view through Feb. 27th)
http://www.nineteeneightyeight.com/

Ryden book signing at MOCA on Sat, Jan. 31st…

SATURDAY, JAN 31, 3–5pm @ The MOCA Store
MOCA Grand Avenue
250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Renowned artist Mark Ryden will sign copies of his newest release The Tree Show (2009), a hardcover collection of recent works. Through paintings and sculpture inspired by the Roman poet Ovid’s tales of transformation in Metamorphoses, Ryden explores the mythological and transformative properties of trees, offering familiar preoccupations in new settings.

MOCA members will receive a 10% discount on the publication.

Please note:
Ryden will only sign copies of The Tree Show purchased from the MOCA Store (proof of purchase required) on a first come, first served basis. Due to high demand, early arrival is recommended; the signing will end promptly at 5pm. The galleries at MOCA Grand Avenue will be closed to the public January 26 through February 14, 2009, for the installation of Dan Graham: Beyond

Art LA opening night action….

Last night was the opening night gala for Art LA @ The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and the art lovers of Los Angeles were out in force. Heard from a few the turnout was far stronger than the opening night for the Los Angeles Art Show at the Convention Center that kicked off on Wednesday. We’ll be swinging through there tomorrow, as we were busy on the night of the opening gala, so look for shots and a short report from that in the next day or two…

Mark Ryden @ Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) – a cool $125K!!!

Mark Ryden @ Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Mark Ryden @ Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Follow instructions with care…

Kehinde Wiley @ Roberts & Tilton (Culver City, CA)

John Parot @ Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL)

Tim Hawkinson @ Ace Gallery (sort of a lil’ mini-solo on view from Hawkinson)…

Tim Hawkinson @ Ace Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Tim Hawkinson @ Ace Gallery (great array of works from Hawkinson on view)…

Didn’t catch the name of this artist, but loved this lil’ sculptural installation….

Peter Saul @ Patrick Painter (Los Angeles, CA)

Above, the official “WTF?!?!?!” piece of the fair… basically a cuff from a blouse nailed to the wall.

One of the fair’s highlights was getting to view a nice chunk of original works from the one and only Kenny Schraf at the booth for Honor Fraser (Culver City, CA)

Kenny Schraf @ Honor Fraser (Culver City, CA)

Kenny Schraf @ Honor Fraser (Culver City, CA)

Gonzalo Lebrija @ I-20 Gallery (New York, NY)

Crowd shot from opening night…

The unofficial motto of all art fairs…
Art LA
Fri & Sat 11-7PM + Sun 12-6PM
$15 one-day pass / $25 three-day pass