Kill Pixie at Merry Karnowsky next weekend…

Australian artist Kill Pixie will open his ‘I’ll Hit You Up Tomorrow’ solo at Merry Karnowsky next weekend on Saturday, May 30th. Originally known for his street art, Kill Pixie now resides in Los Angeles and his gallery work has recently taken a big turn in content. Gone are his sneaker cloaked figures. His new body of work offers up dayglo infused explorations of the dichotomy between compulsion and freedom in a world gone wrong. Hosted by Tim Roth, the opening will feature a new collection of paintings as a well a collaborative installation with the band Autolux.
“Ceremonies” (2009)
Acrylic, ink, gouche and resin on paper on wood panel, 16.5 x 13.5″

“Group Meeting” (2009)
Acrylic, ink, gouche and resin on paper on wood panel, 11 x 9”

“The Decision Maker” (2009)
Acrylic, ink, gouche and resin on paper on wood panel, 11 x 9″

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Edward Walton Wilcox opening at Merry Karnowsky…

Swung by Merry Karnowsky Gallery on Saturday night for her debut solo show with rising Los Angeles artist Edward Walton Wilcox. Wilcox took full advantage of Merry’s new window facing the always busy LaBrea Ave by installing a spinning skull sculpture (see above). Amazing. A true traffic stopper of a front window install. Don’t miss this show!


Wilcox’s work is simply haunting and the sepia-toned gothic edge to his new body of work is more pronounced than ever before. The two Medieval altarpieces were by far the stands out of the exhibition for us. His work is the perfect mix of modern perception with classical technique.

“Noah’s Ark Altarpiece” – over six feet tall!

Close up of the “Noah’s Ark Altarpiece”

“Voyagers Before A Storm”

“Der Burnin Ship”

“The Navigator”

“Lazarus Altarpiece”

Close up of the “Lazarus Altarpiec”

Wall of sketches, studies and hand-touched prints

“Der Burnin Mill (Nokturn)”
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
New works from Edward Walton Wilcox
(On view through May 23rd)

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Edward Walton Wilcox (opening this Sat @ Merry Karnowsky)
Sat, April 25th 8-11PM
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
New works from Edward Walton Wilcox
(On view through May 23rd)

Sat, April 25th, 7-9PM
Mid-City Arts
5113 West Pico Blvd in Los Angeles
“Resurrection” features new works from Los Angeles’ one and only graffiti legend “Chaka” – own a piece of LA’s cultural history – a not miss show!

Sat, April 25th 6-10PM
Swiv-Tackle Circus
530 South Coast Highway in Oceanside
“Native” group show featuring art, film, furniture, bikes, headdresses & other native curiosities from Miki Iwasaki, Josh Higgins, Jeffrey Durkin, Thatcher, Tocayo, Stacy Kelley, Sean Kelley, Shaney Jo Darden & Jeff Black
(On view through mid-May)

Sat, April 25th 7-11PM
Tylerspencer Studio
3362 Glendale Blvd in Los Angeles
“Cornish Acid” – the return of Tofer Chin’s signature Eggman – a collaboration with jewelry designer Han Cholo – limited to 250 pendants – each signed and numbered by the artist

Sat, April 25th 8-11PM
Wax Poetic
3208 West Magnolia Blvd in Burbank / 818.843.9469
New works from Ronald J. Llanos

Tue, April 28th 7-10PM
Gallery 1988 Los Angeles
7020 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.937.7088
“The Lost MacGuffin” new works from Mark Brown
(On view through May 21st)

Todd Schorr opening night at Merry Karnowsky…

The opening reception for Todd Schorr‘s ‘The World We Live In’ opened this past Saturday at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery and highlighted four major new works, along with color studies and process drawings for each. There was also a number of new prints available on both canvas and paper, along with all of his past prints, which were framed and on view for all to enjoy.

Many of LA’s art world elite came out to pay their support to Schorr including wife and fellow artist Kathy Staico-Schorr as well as Robert Williams, Tara McPherson, Van Arno, Mark Dean Veca, Brandi Milne, Gary Baseman, Tommy Hollenstein, Bob Dob, Gregg Gibbs, Jason Maloney, Ana Bagayan, Luke Chueh, Thomas Han, and many more. Yep… you read that right, there was indeed a Thomas sighting at this show.
THE massive showstopper – “An Ape Allegory” – $135K and sold!!!
The night was hosted by David Arquette (along with his sister Patricia Arquette) and well known pop surrealism collectors Leonardo DiCaprio and his parents were in attendance as well. There were a number of other ‘stars’ in attendance, but I’d say more ‘B’ level TV types… the ones you recognize, but couldn’t name if you had a gun to your head type.

It was a paparazzi fest to say the least, with many of LA’s brightest out to support. Sadly, I didn’t get in touch prior to the opening to get a ‘press pass’, so I was only able to snap off a couple shots. Honestly didn’t think it would be an issue, considering we’ve been covering Merry’s shows for five years now here on Sour Harvest, but alas, when stars and their fragile egos get involved, all has to be cleared and such in advance. Go figure.
Be sure to check out Arrested Motion for more great coverage and add’l pictures here.
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
“The World We Live In” featuring new works from Todd Schorr
(On view through April 18th)

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Fri, March 27th 5-10PM
Ronin Gallery
1924 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles
New works from 2H

Sat, March 28th 9PM-1AM ($8 admission / $5 as walking art)
Cannibal Flower
NEW location: 2323 East Olympic Blvd in downtown Los Angeles
With featured artist Rebecca Hahn and beats curated by Mr. NumberOnederful & X-Point and live painting / art / music / dancing / performance art + a huge group show – check site for full details – don’t miss it!
(One-night only special event)

Sat, March 28th 7PM-2AM ($10 admission)
Constant Elevation Group Show / Live Art / Live Beats / Drinks
929 E. 2nd Street in downtown Los Angeles
Some of today’s illest graff artists, beat makers, photographers, illustrators, DJ’s, live painters and more – loft party style event in lil’ Tokyo (18 and over only)

Sat, March 28th
Corey Helford Gallery (Special Event Space)
Special Event Location: 6086 Comey Street (off Venice / near LaBrea) / 310.287.2340
“Venice” featuring new photographic works from Chris Anthony
(On view through April 18th)

Sat, March 28th 5-7PM
Richard Heller Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space B-5A at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.453.9191
“The Outer World” from Tobias Waite + “November’s Ghosts” from Peter Halasz
(On view through April 25th)

Sat, March 28th 8-11PM
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
“The World We Live In” featuring new works from Todd Schorr
(On view through April 18th)

Sat, March 28th 7-10PM
New Image Art
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.654.2192
“American Realities” featuring new works from Clare Rojas, Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Lydia Fong (aka Robert Pimple, aka Barry McGee)

Sat, March 28th 7-11PM
Nucleus Gallery
210 E. Main St., Alhambra / 626.458.7482
The Illustration West 47 Exhibition presented by the Society Of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA)
(On view through April 3rd)

Sat, March 28th 7-10PM
Tropico de Nopal
1665 Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles / 213.481.8112
“Dibujos: Emergency Landing” drawing group show featuring works from a vast array of artists including Shizu Saldamando, Thomas Lee Bakofsky, Edity Abeyta, Charles Glaubitz, Vincent Valdez, and many more
(On view through April 25th)

Todd Schorr this Saturday at Merry Karnowsky…

Todd Schorr

‘The World We Live In’
Opening Reception: Sat, March 28th 8-11PM
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
Schorr’s astonishing, highly polished realism, (inspired by Bosch, Brueghel and Dali), sets him apart from his best-known peers such as Camille Rose Garcia, Gary Baseman, and Mark Ryden. This is his first solo show in many years, and we couldn’t be more amped to see the new works in person this Saturday.
Check out a great interview that Arrested Motion did with Schorr here.
The good folks over at Arrested Motion and Modus Films also just posted a great lil’ teaser video. Check it out below.

If that wasn’t enough, mark your calendars now… we first posted this months ago, but here’s a reminder to make plans now to head north to San Jose for Schorr’s big 25-year retrospective exhibit that will open on June 27th at the San Jose Museum Of Art. His new book, American Surreal, will be released in conjunction with his retrospective in San Jose. More on both as we get closer…
Whatever you do, do not miss this show!!!

Todd Schorr returns to Los Angeles on March 28th…

TODD SCHORR The World We Live In

March 28 – April 18, 2009 @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 28, 2009, 8-11pm

Merry Karnowsky Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of new works by renowned American artist Todd Schorr. One of the most prominent pop surrealist painters working today, Schorr uses the exacting techniques of the old masters to paint colorful cartoon characters, corporate mascots and other pop culture icons in a unique style he calls “cartoon realism.”
In 2008 Schorr’s work was shown at the Laguna Art Museum as part of “In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz School,” and a solo retrospective exhibition will be held at the San Jose Museum of Art in 2009.
His new book, American Surreal, will be released in 2009.