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

EINE @ Carmichael this Thursday…

Celebrated UK based artist EINE is in town for his first ever solo show in Los Angeles. Swung by Carmichael Gallery today to get a lil’ sneak peek. EINE was in the thick of installing numerous installation elements to the front gallery (see above) as the staff at the gallery finished things up on the colorful geometric grid pattern that is taking over the back portion of the gallery…

Find more coverage over at http://arrestedmotion.com/ where I’ll now be contributing some writing moving ahead. Super stoked to be a part of their team as I feel it’s one of the top art sites going and is updated 3-4 times per day.

Victor Castillo’s debut U.S. solo show opens this Sat @ Merry Karnowsky…

“Thirsty Animal”

2009, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 19.5” x 19.5”

Merry Karnowsky Gallery is the proud host of the debut U.S. solo show from Chilean artist, Victor Castillo, which opens this coming Saturday. The show is one to be envious of if you’re a gallery owner, as Victor has been causing waves over in Europe for sometime now and his work is just screaming to be seen in person out here in Southern California. The demand for his work is high at the moment, and this new series is looking just amazing.
Victor, who now resides in Barcelona, Spain, illustrates an impressive balance between the conflicting extremes of juvenile innocence and macabre violence in this latest body of work.
Come see for yourself this Saturday and be sure to ask about the meaning of the hot-dog shapped noses. Much thought and concept goes into each piece.

Sat, July 11th 8-11PM
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 S. La Brea Ave in Los Angeles

“Moonshadow”
2009, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 39.5” x 39.5”

Let’s get ready to rumble!!!

Sat, June 11th Noon – 10PM ($5 till 4PM / $8 after)
THE FUNK RUMBLE BLOCK PARTY
Art, bands, live art, food, vendors, DJ action, rafles, and so much more!

Featuring a group show curated by Cannibal Flower & Thinkspace’s L. Croskey.

Live painting from Mear One, Food One, Kofie, Codak, Stuter, Eye One & more.

In the Chinatown area of downtown Los Angeles (947 N. Broadway as a starting point)

Don’t miss the rumble… a great way to kick off this Saturday’s AMAZING line up of art shows and happenings… look for the full list to be posted here later this week.