In The Land Of Retinal Delights opens…

In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor opened last night to a star studded crowd. A who’s who of the current art scene for sure. The private opening reception went down last night and the exhibition opens to the public today, June 22 and will run through October 5, 2008.

The exhibition features the artistry of Mark Ryden, Jeff Soto, Tim Biskup, Tiffany Bozic, Raymond Pettibone, Craig Stecyk, Marion Peck, Von Dutch, Robert Williams, Peter Joel Witkin, Camille Rose Garcia, Eric White, and well over a hundred more plus a simply amazing installation in the lower level from Kevin Ancel that has to be seen in person. The opening night reception also served as the premiere of Todd Schoor’s latest masterpiece that he created as a commission for Nike head Mark Parker. It’s MASSIVE and features a frame created by a Hollywood prop house that really is a work of art by itself.

Looking forward to seeing the show again, as there were so many folks out to talk to and catch up with, it made it hard to really take in all the art as I would have liked. We also had to rush out a bit earlier than we wanted, as we had tix to the opening of the David Choe move “Dirty Hands” (which, was AMAZING – see it!!!). Luckily I had a chance to congratulate curator Meg Linton on the show before we had to leave and she mentioned there would be other events going down throughout the exhibiton’s run at the museum, so be sure to keep an eye out for those.

The setting of the museum itself is just amazing. They are located less than a block from the ocean and Laguna is already a major art destination in and of itself being home to the Pagent Of The Masters and a thriving arts community, so be sure to make a weekend out of it and hit this exhibit before it’s too late, and take in some of the other beautiful sites that Laguna has to offer. It’s about 50 miles outside of LA, but so worth the drive.

The exhibition catalog (now available for pre-order) is being laid out by the one and only Mark Murphy of Murphy Design. Mark also designed all the invites and other materials associated with the event.

For hours and more info, visit the museum at:
http://www.lagunaartmuseum.org/Current-Exhibit.html

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