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Quick update:
All of the posts I put up on the new Sour Harvest site will also now populate over at my new blog on www.juxtapoz.com. You can check out my Juxtapoz based blog here and I’ll also be aiming to post a few Juxtapoz specific articles there each week.


In addition to that, I’ve also joined the writing team over at the amazing Arrested Motion. I’ll be contributing a good bit there in terms of articles/posts, but my focus will be a weekly recommended shows listing that will build off my LA centric one I do each week here on Sour Harvest. The Arrested Motion recommended listings post will aim to cover all the hot openings in many of the other major art centers around the world with a focus towards the new contemporary movement.

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Great article in the new issue of Art Ltd…

There’s a great article in the new issue of Art Ltd. called “Blurring The Lines” that was written by Gabe Scott. The article helps to shed light on the burgeoning new contemporary movement and serves as a true testament to the heat and momentum that is building around our lil’ segment of the art world.
Check out the intro to the article below:
The vast landscape of the lowbrow art world can potentially be put into a number of pluralistic categories: Pop Surrealism, the emotive, highly stylized illustrative community, graffiti (in its most pure form) and its urban/street subcultures, punk art, surf and skate indulgences, and those from the comic world. As all of these categories have seen an increase in popularity—and a good deal of critical acclaim—in recent years, the discussion about lowbrow’s validity has progressed to an interesting point. Within the last five years or so, a number of regional museums have begun to recognize the abilities of the leaders of the lowbrow movement by giving their work careful consideration within a traditional museum setting. It has been nearly 50 years since the contemporary lowbrow scene’s inception, through comic and hot rod artists planting their anti-art-establishment roots. Now we are gaining the opportunity to gauge the progress and sophistication of the first few generations of that movement on a more level playing field.
Check out the full article on-line here and be sure to pick up your copy at a news stand near you before it’s too late.
So wish I could get up to Schorr’s opening reception this Thursday up in San Jose, but I’ll have to make do by checking out pics and getting up to the exhibition before it comes down for sure. Not every day one of the leaders of our movement gets a big retrospective… but something tells me this will become more and more common place as the years progress and those we all admire and collect gain more and more recognition. It’s an exciting time to say the very least.

Crazy4Cult this Thursday @ Gallery 1988…

Dave MacDowell has taken it to the next level for this Thursday’s ‘Crazy4Cult 3D’ show at Gallery 1988. He’s combined a cult movie, with a cult artist AND a cult album cover. Shown above, his ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocalate Factory’ inspired piece pays homage to the amazing work of Robert Williams, that also happens to grace one of rock n’ roll’s greatest albums of all time (as well as being the influence for the album’s title), Guns ‘N Roses “Appetite For Destruction”. View the original work here from Robert Williams, which was on view at this past December’s Art Basel in Miami. A true grand slam of pop culture goodness from Mr. MacDowell for sure.

So looking forward to having MacDowell back next year for a couple group shows and a proper follow up in early 2011. MacDowell is getting better and better, and continues to turn heads for good reason. Keep an eye on him and be sure to head out this Thursday, July 17th from 7-11PM to Gallery 1988 out on Melrose (at LaBrea) to catch this year’s Crazy4Cult 3D.
Full lineup here and add’l details here.

Thurs, July 17th 7-11PM
Gallery 1988 Los Angeles
7020 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.937.7088
www.nineteeneightyeight.com

An interview with Stella Im Hultberg…

An interview with Stella Im Hultberg

Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for “Memento Mori”?
I think i was thinking about dualities – being that “memento mori” means “be mindful of death”,
there being death, thus life, how they have a little bit in each other. like ouroboros, the snake eating its own tail.

it seems to be the case with many opposites – female and masculine, light and dark, yin and yang. i’m interested in the identity that gets lost or found in the penumbra where the dualities get obscured and overlapped. bones and flowers are similar that way, they seem to contain both immense frailty and amazing strength, so i keep coming back to them – same with female body.

I know you are a huge music fan. Do you have a current favorite that inspires?
Lately i’ve been more inspired by npr podcasts – mostly radiolab and this american life. it makes me feel a little less isolated from the world, it seems. looking at my playlist and what my husband matthew has been playing, recently there’s more of the kinks, the zombies, blonde redhead, sugarcubes, the pixies, radiohead, and the yeah yeah yeahs.

If you could stand by and watch the creation of any piece of artwork from over the years, which would it be and why?
I’m sure i’ll feel differently at a different time, but lately i have goya lingering in my head. if i had to choose one, it’d have to be one of the black paintings on his walls.

What do you consider your biggest overall influence?
To be really broad – it’s people and their relationships – relationships with each other, to the world, to their lives. an artistic overall influence… has to be egon schiele, because after seeing his works in person my perspective on art has changed forever.

Please describe your perfect day out in Brooklyn.
A perfect day here would not be without bike rides – and coffee, drawing, friends, picnic by the river, hopefully ending the night at a rooftop party.

If you had an unlimited budget and time was not an issue, what grand artistic vision would you look to bring to life?
i don’t think i ever though up that grand a vision that would need so much budget and time, although that would be quite nice. plus in new york city, space is more of an issue. 🙂 but the closest i can think of is… i have been dreaming of building something huge – a really large scale sculptural version of my paintings, maybe – it could even be an enormous painting. an installation of sorts. it’d be fun to convert an entire space into a giant piece of art.

also, i don’t know if this counts, but it would also be really nice to set up an after school art program for inner city kids. i think funding is the biggest reason why programs like that have a hard time sustaining.

Your debut NYC solo show is next summer at Joshua Liner in the Chelsea district. Any big plans for this important show?
Unfortunately i haven’t planned the specifics that far ahead – but i have timidly started some larger canvas paintings, so if these go well, i think it may be shown at the show. hopefully with even larger pieces as well. i hope i can get them out my door. i also would like to put some sculptural works as well, so i must start early.

Check out a sneak peek from the good folks at Arrested Motion here as well.

Andrew Michael Ford also recently interviewed Stella. Check it out on Dailydujour here.

Fri, July 10th 7-11PM
Get there early and receive a FREE Gelaskin from Stella!
thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375
“Memento Mori” from Stella Im Hultberg + “The Seeded Wind and Silent Motion; an Oeuvre of Beetled Beauty” from Catherine Brooks + “Twilight & Fate” from Hannah Stouffer
(On view through August 7th)
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/

MEGGS invades Culver City this Saturday…

‘Crime & Charity’ is a selection of mixed media on wood works by MEGGS, one of Australia’s pioneering street to gallery artists. Pop culture references tinged with nostalgia for childhood heroes and villains, Meggs’ eclectic works explore the notion of duality and the on-going question of morals, rights and authorities. Reflecting on personal experience, Meggs produces energetic depictions of heroes, villains, and subverted collages of pop culture symbology.
Meggs’ work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the National Gallery of Australia’s permanent collection.

In 2007 Australia’s Victorian State Government passed the ‘Graffiti Prevention Act’. This legislation extended the government’s zero tolerance approach to Graffiti and provided police new authority to search any person, vehicle or object they suspect to possess a Graffiti implement, within close proximity of public transport. Ironically, this legislation was passed while Tourism Victoria was using Graffiti and street art to promote Melbourne Tourism on television and web advertisements. Melbourne’s laneway’s are a big drawcard for tourism and it is undeniable that the diverse artwork is part of the city’s broader cultural appeal.
Graffiti and street art will never disappear. Despite the State Government’s negativity, there are well documented social contributions and benefits provided by many artists, cultural tourism being one. Unfortunately these are only recognised when it is conveniently leveraged for commercial gain.
‘Crime & Charity’ depicts the frustration Megg’s feels in the face of this hypocrisy. The characters depicted in his artwork are hybrids of guilt and innocence, both frustrated and persecuted for being part of a culture that is simultaneously celebrated and condemned.

Sat, July 11th 7-11PM
Cerasoli Gallery
8530-B Washington Ave in Culver City / 310.558.091
“Crime & Charity” from MEGGS + “Urban Myth” group show featuring works from Pure Evil, Zeus, Mysterious Al, Inkie, Steff Plaetz, Chu, China Mike, MauMau, Eco, Andy Council, Sickboy & SHOK-1
(On view through August 1st)
http://www.cerasoligallery.com/

Stella Im Hultberg has arrived into LA…

Stella Im Hultberg has arrived into Los Angeles from Brooklyn, NY and is currenlty in the thick of things, laying down the foundation for her mural instalation in our front entry area…

Stella shows us her sketchbook containing a rough idea for her mural for ‘Memento Mori’

Look for our interview with Stella to be posted here come tomorrow evening… the new show is just stunning containg 32 total new works, ranging in size and price… something for everyone with this show and we’re super proud of the depth of work in the show as it really shows off her talent in a major fashion.

Fri, July 10th 7-11PM
thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.913.3375
“Memento Mori” from Stella Im Hultberg + “The Seeded Wind and Silent Motion; an Oeuvre of Beetled Beauty” from Catherine Brooks + “Twilight & Fate” from Hannah Stouffer
(On view through August 7th)
www.thinkspacegallery.com