“While exploring the concept of consumption, Allison thumbs her nose at societal conventions of beauty, sexuality and morality. Working at a deliciously miniature scale, she has invented a cheerfully morbid fantasy-land that gives her leeway for infinite flourishes of invention.”– Erratic Phenomena
The good folks over at Hi-Fructose just posted a great interview with Kelly Vivancohere. Conducted by CommandaX of Erratic Phenomena, it’s a great read.
We’ll also be posting our short interview with Kelly here next week, so keep an eye out for that.
The preview for her debut Los Angeles solo show is now live. Click here.
We’ll begin pre-selling works next Monday, so be sure to shoot your wish list over to firstname.lastname@example.org and, come Monday, we’ll start following up with everyone. Please do plan to come on out next Fri, June 12th for the opening, as Kelly will be up from the San Diego area for the evening’s festivities.
Kelly Vivanco ‘The Conservatory’
Opening Reception: Fri, June 12th 7-11PM
Thinkspace 4210 Santa Monica Blvd (Silver Lake area of Los Angeles)
“I don’t offer too much commentary on my work. The things people come up with are totally different than what I would come up with, and faceted to match their personalities and hopes and experiences – like unlocking a billion alternate universes with one image, a fractalized experience. That’s kind of how I see it, like dropping ink in a glass of water and all the tendrils blossom out… and if you say, “This is what it means,” the tendrils all suck in to the static drop and it stays motionless. Religion does that. So do books that give interpretations of dreams. I guess everything does, even our interpretation of who we are. Maybe that is the feeling we have when we are little, that wonder feeling. The world is enormous and magical. Then we grow up and see mundane explanations for the magical experiences, and everything gets boxed up and shelved.”– Kelly Vivanco (from her Erratic Phenomena interview/feature)
Vivanco’s works are currently hanging as part of the “Strange Happenings” group show out in Chicago, IL at Rotofugi that opens this Friday and up in Seaside, CA at the Alternative Cafe as part of the Creep Machine curated group show “This Is The End” that is currently on view.
Look for her to make her return to Los Angeles this coming June @ Thinkspace for her debut Los Angeles solo show. Super stoked for this one, we can’t wait to host her first L.A. solo!
Below is a lil’ excerpt of the intro to the in-depth interview just posted by our good friend CommandaX over at her blog Erratic Phenomenawith NY based artist Imminent Disaster (now showing in our project room as part of ‘From the Streets of Brooklyn’):
Disaster’s graceful, flowing work combines the concept of impermanence, disintegration and the cruelty of time with political themes about power, poverty and the position of women in society. “For some reason I’ve always been drawn to a macabre and cynical view of the world,” she admits. Yet her work, despite its gravity, isn’t depressing. Rather, it has a haunting, ethereal quality that’s quite rare in street art.
Many of Disaster’s pieces are inspired by the sort of history recounted in books like Luc Sante’s Low Life, a fascinating exploration of New York’s underbelly between 1840 and 1920, but she also blends in Latin influences gathered during her extensive travels in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru. “I am really fascinated by the whole South American continent and want to continue to get to know it better,” she explained in an interview with NY Art Beat. “There’s a certain authenticity in their lifestyle that I think our culture has lost in its quest for commodities.”
Read the full Erratic Phenomena interview with Disasterhere. We highly recommend checking it out if you’ve a bit of time to kill as it provides some great insight into Disaster’s highly-detailed and thought provoking work.
Be sure to make it out to check out her installation in our project room before it comes down on February 6th. Check out pics here, just in case you can’t make it. Also, get stoked, as we sure the hell are… Disaster will be back in March 2010 in a 2-person show alongside ARMSROCK. More on that soon, as we are still in the midst of one of the coolest installs to ever grace our gallery, so be sure to swing through if you get the chance. View works from the show here.
Andrew Hem was recently interview by CommandaX over at the Erratic Phenomena blog, and it’s just an amazing in-depth read. She posted a ton of great works from Hem throughout the interview as well, so be sure to check it out here.
The works featured in this post are sneak peeks from his upcoming show alongside Stella Im Hultberg up at Seattle’s Roq La Rue that opens next month…
Hem also has a great feature in Vol. 10 of Hi Fructose that just hit news stands. Check out a slightly older interview with Hem here.
Look for Hem to make his return to Los Angeles with us next year. After a great solo with him in 2007, we can’t wait to welcome him back. Look for further details to be posted soon on our site.
Hem also just finished up the above gem on the streets of LA before heading over to Asia for an amazing vacation to visit family and friends.