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L.A. RECORD Dancing About Architecture

LARecordWalt Dancing About Architecture  
L.A. RECORD and the Art of Visualizing the Aural

June 12 – July 19
Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 12 , 
7 p.m. – Midnight 
The Pickle Factory Gallery
647 Lamar
Los Angeles, CA 90031
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Dancing About Architecture Facebook Event Page
FREE, All Ages

Since it began as a one-page broadsheet in 2005 (one side was a poster of the Rolling Blackouts bewigged to look like The New York Dolls album cover; the other side was the magazine), L.A. RECORD has always been an art-forward publication, one that championed great music not only with reviews and interviews, but also with paintings, drawings, and photography that honored the music of now in terms of the rock and hip hop art of old.

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, The Pickle Factory gallery celebrates that artistic vision with a group show inspired by L.A. RECORD, now Los Angeles’ biggest music publication. Many of the artists in this exhibit, and the art pieces themselves, first appeared in L.A. RECORD’s pages or on its website alongside features about your favorite musicians. Now, at long last, these canvases, sketches, and portraits from the past decade (including pieces that never made the magazine) are coming together in a gallery setting, alongside other art by the most talented artists and photographers in the L.A. RECORD pantheon, plus art inspired by the many musical/cultural scenes that L.A. RECORD has helped to nurture.

Artist List
Some of the names first featured in L.A. RECORD, underneath pictures of Gil-Scott Heron or portraits of the Flaming Lips, have grown into L.A.’s most-beloved artists. This group show features an exciting mix of well-known veterans alongside several fresh talents:

Drew Denny
Luke McGarry
Dave Van Patten
Daiana Feuer
Aaron Giesel
Walt! Gorecki
Elsa Henderson
Zara Kand
Gloria Plaza
Alex Brown
Dale Dreiling
Mike Stephan
Olivia Jaffe
Matt Adams
Colin Ambulance

This exhibit is a treat for both music fans and patrons of the arts (though, we assume, most of the folks who come to see us have plenty of love for both!). If you love collecting records, going to concerts, or sweating in basement parties, you’ll find plenty of depictions of the people whose music has meant so much to you. But unlike standard rock photography exhibits, which often focus solely on portraiture, Dancing About Architecture will have art from all arenas (no pun intended), including many solid compositions that will sing to you with a harmony all their own.

There will be musical entertainment from musical artists such as the Koreatown Oddity and Bloody Death Skull, L.A. Record DJs, as well as a one-time screening of Dorian Wood’s infamous self-directed video, “La Cara Infinita,” originally presented in 2013 by L.A. RECORD and almost certainly even more disturbing when projected on a large wall in a dark warehouse. Make sure to get to the show by 8 p.m. to see a live interview with one of our readers’ all-time favorites, Guy Blakeslee of The Entrance Band. The festivities are all hosted by L.A. RECORD New Music Editor D. M. Collins.

No money for a big canvas? No problem! Many of our artists will be bringing affordable take-home prints of their best works. They may not be as big and shiny as some of the full-framed originals, but you can still reminisce about the time you visited the Pickle Factory for the VERY FIRST L.A. RECORD ART SHOW OF ALL TIME! There will also be stacks of the most recent issue of L.A. RECORD, plus finger food at an affordable price from the best vegan-friendly caterer the arts district has to offer.

About the gallery:
The Pickle Factory is more than just an art gallery: it’s also a literary salon, an improv theater, and a place where records are constantly spinning. It is maintained with love and presented with great care, for special events only. It literally used to be a pickle factory … but most people found it too JARRING. Check out their Facebook page regularly for what’s happening now and what’s still in the works.

The gallery is also ridiculously close to the Brewery Lofts, and is on the same street as the San Antonio Winery, Lamar, and the cross street is Main.
• The address is: 647 Lamar, Los Angeles, CA, 90031
• From downtown, simply go north on Main, do a little zigzag near Union Station, cross the railroad tracks, and turn left on Lamar.
• From the 5 freeway, get off at the Main exit, go south on Main, pass the Brewery Lofts on your left, and then take a left on Lamar.
• Does it feel like you’re in a weird industrial area, between a UPS lot and a cement factory? Good! You’re in the right place!

Note to editors / not for publication:
For more information, images, and interview requests, please contact DM Collins: | 323-244-8588



July 4 – 27 : Damian Fulton “Rad!”

Damian Fulton’s “Rad!”
part of a two-person show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Damian Fulton and Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker
July 4 – July 27, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, July 4 8-11 PM
Featuring Live Performance
by The Insect Surfers at 9 PM
Sponsored by Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

Online Gallery Preview to begin June 27

HisRadnessLa Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667

Damian Fulton “Rad!”
Before the X games, GoPro videos, and energy drinks, a kid with an over productive Rad gland virtually invented extreme sports. 35 years ago Radical Rick first raged through the pages of BMX Plus! Magazine and launched the career of Artist Damian Fulton. Since then Radical Rick has appeared in over 150 comic episodes, on T-shirts and posters, more than a few tattooed body parts, and continues to influence artists today.

To commemorate Radical Rick’s 35th anniversary, “Rad!” brings to La Luz de Jesus gallery the largest collection of original Radical Rick artwork ever assembled, featuring original paintings, magazine covers, and beautiful water colored story pages from the artist’s personal collection. Rad! also includes new, never seen before Radical Rick inspired artwork painted just for this exhibit.

Influenced by Zap Comix, motorcycles and hot rods, horror movies, classic cartoons, and a dose of Mad Magazine, Damian Fulton still paints today and his “Urban Surf” art is exhibited around the world.

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For more information, hi-res images, interview opportunities, contact lee (at)




June 6-29: William Zdan “Humors”

William Zdan “Humors” at La Luz de Jesus, part of a four-person show:

Chris B. Murray, Joel Nakamura, William Zdan, Jasmine Worth
June 6 – 29, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, June 6th; 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667

William Zdan “Humors”
My most recent series “Humors” examines the longstanding connections between medicine, secular art and social defiance. In my mind, artists have always been at the front line of cultural development with the currency being the message. Artists have been utilized as the barkers of agendas to either stagnant social development and impose control…or launch revolutions in in thought. My series focuses on paying homage to the latter. Heavily influenced by traditional religious paintings, “Humors” re-imagines a history of cultural development involving a secular worship of humanism, medicine and science. I believe we’re circling back to a time when science, art and human development are at odds with cultural hangovers and governing bodies. I’ve chosen to portray the Humors as a nod to the fearless artists, alchemists and physicians who (despite now absurd approaches), sought to provide an earthy explanation for the human condition. The Humors (the preponderance of body fluids, respective organs, earth elements and corresponding human temperaments) are found in each of my paintings, along with bloodletting tools, leeches and other (now debunked and marginalized) medical conventions like phrenology. The Humors being:

Blood (liver and heart) = Sanguine Temperament = Air
Yellow Bile (gall bladder) = Choleric Temperament = Fire
Black Bile (spleen) = Melancholic Temperament = Earth
Phlegm (lungs and brain) = Phlegmatic Temperament = Water

In the spirit of Albrecht Durer, I’ve woven the themes of ancient medicine into the content of this series. However, my images are meant to be unfettered by a governing paradigm. Whereas Durer was obliged to incorporate Catholic tribute along with the introduction of Humors in his series, my current paintings offer only the honoring of the human advancement (though still hinting at the naiveté that was the product of cultural stifling). My images are anatomically incorrect, flawed and marred by a hidden oppressor.

While still aiming to capture a sense of visual spirituality, the paintings in this series employ some of trademark compositional elements used in religious paintings. Depictions of hovering, saintly human organs and tools of early medicine are transposed over an otherwise supernatural devotion. The panels upon which I’ve applied layers of oil stain have been distressed with loose and primal gesture indicating age and nature. This is balanced against the tightly rendered paint application. The composition, like the theme, is in conflict. My hopes are that the viewer will become an unapologetic scientist of whatever they interpret from my work. – William Zdan

William Zdan is an American artist living and working in Los Angeles. Zdan’s work seeks to capture beauty while provoking contemplation. His paintings motivate introspection, fan philosophical bonfires, and comfort aesthetic sickness. Raised in the manufacturing community of Detroit, Zdan often depicts modern industry and its effect on contemporary culture. Stylistically, he clashes those themes against classical techniques and introduces historical and religious iconography.

More images forthcoming.


June 6-29: Jasmine Worth “Sacred Feminine”

Jasmine Worth – “Sacred Feminine ” at La Luz de Jesus, part of a four-person show:

Chris B. Murray, Joel Nakamura, William Zdan, Jasmine Worth
June 6 – 29, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, June 6th; 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667

Mother One Eyed God

Mother One Eyed God

Jasmine Worth – “Sacred Feminine”
Jasmine Worth crafts scenes from fairytales gone awry, swirling seamlessly between the sweet and surreal, inevitably dipping into the valley of the morbid. In her latest series, “Scared Feminine”, Worth, under the unifying theme of sacred femininity brings together aspects of Goddesses, saints, mythology and numerous other influences to fully explore the ever changing role of the feminine in spirituality. This series is intended to invite the viewer to explore their own relationship with the many aspects of the divine.

The destiny of art in our time is to transmit from the realm of reason to the realm of feeling. –Tolstoy

Worth studied formally at Studio 2nd Street in southern CA, and earned her BFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design. While she possesses the credentials, the product of her toils clearly pours from the cobwebbed corners of her mind, not the classroom. Her paintings—a cabaret of vibrant hues—are a blend of soft textures and colorful characters, juxtaposed against gloomy themes. Created in her home of San Diego, Jasmine combines dark influences and subtle-yet-serious undertones with raw artistic talent and a rarely seen creativity. Her work exudes a strong bearing of individuality, manifested through characters that speak almost vocally and give a new element of depth to an otherwise two dimensional medium. Each scene tells a story, and every story is as diverse in emotion as it is in appearance.

Mother of the One Eyed God, Oil on mounted canvas, 11.5 x 6 in. $800.00
Lady of Sorrow,Oil on mounted canvas, 5 x 7 in. oval, (9 x 7 in. framed) $500.00
Patron Saint of Last Nights Tears,Oil on mounted canvas in vintage frame, 5.5 x 5 in. $500.00
Eye 1, Oil on mounted canvas, 1.5 x 2 in. (4 x 6 in. framed)


June 6-29: Chris B. Murray “Seasons Change”

Chris B. Murray “Seasons Change” at La Luz de Jesus, part of a four-person show:

Chris B. Murray, Joel Nakamura, William Zdan, Jasmine Worth
June 6 – 29, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, June 6th; 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667

Utilizing mediums such as watercolor, graphite, ink, pastel, charcoal, gouache, gold leaf and ink stamp, Chris B. Murray has enjoyed a successful exhibition history in the Midwest. This is his first show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

The underlying meaning in Seasons Change is that nothing does or should ever remain the same. People, places and ideas are constantly metamorphosing whether it’s in a positive direction or negative. I’ve experienced a great deal of growth in the last couple years and have experienced these changes with friends, family. To be alive and to truly experience life how it’s meant to be experienced I feel one must always challenge themselves and evaluate their choices and how it affects people and their surroundings. This body of work represents a form of growth and / or change within each piece. I hope it inspires the people to challenge themselves and continue to move push on. – Chris B. Murray


Select images from “Seasons Change”

1)   Hang Game – Watercolor, pencil, ink, pastel, gouache on paper 11″ x 8.5″ / 16.5″ x 14″ (matted & framed)
2)   Hatched – Watercolor, pencil, ink, pastel, gouache on paper 9″ x 12″ / 14.5″ x 18″ (matted & framed)
3)  Holy Honey – Watercolor, pencil, ink, pastel, gouache & gold leaf on paper 11″ x 8.5″ / 16.5″ x 14″ (matted & framed)
4)   Day Drifter – Watercolor, pencil, ink, pastel, gouache on paper 9″ x 12″ / 14.5″ x 18″ (matted & framed)
5)   First Step Sketch – Graphite & ink stamp on paper 7.25″ x 10″ / 13″ x 15.5″ (matted & framed)
6)   For Dinner – Watercolor, pencil, ink, pastel, charcoal, gouache & gold leaf on paper 9″ x 12″ / 14″ x 17″ (matted & framed)


Photos: 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show & Demonstration

View photos from the May 2nd 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show exhibition opening and May 3 live taxidermy demonstration at La Luz de Jesus Gallery with Katie Innamorato, Divya Anantharaman, and Lauren Kane using prepared and raw materials. 

The 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show is not your granddady’s taxidermy: road kill is a central part of the “recycled” philosophy of this unusual and enlightening exhibition, as are discarded livestock, destroyed nuisance animals, casualties of the pet trade and animals that have expired from natural causes. Other sculptures utilize taxidermy techniques in an unorthodox way to fashion fantastic beasts from everyday materials–even the recycled pelts of toy stuffed animals. Elements of technology and decoration combine to create ornaments that approach high art, not only in craft, but in concept.


LA@JT Just Add Water Live in Joshua Tree!

RFJT170pxRadio Free Joshua Tree Listening Lounge presents
LA @ JT: Just Add Water
a night of spoken word and music by Los Angeles and Joshua Tree writers and musicians.

Saturday, May 31
Spoken Word starts at 8 PM Music starts at 9 PM

Radio Free Joshua Tree Listening Lounge
61597 Twenty-Nine Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
760 475-4860

$5 Suggested Donation

Members of a longtime Los Angeles writer’s workshop will be gathering in Joshua Tree to create some hilarious and sometimes personal verse and prose about life, fantasy and everything that oozes up from the desert and Hollywood.

“Including a few notorious J.T. writers like Listening Lounge proprietor Teddy Quinn, the workshop will happen during the day,” says event curator and “promptress” Jane Cantillon. “and we will cook up some compelling stories to share that same evening with our live audience. “Just Add Water” will make a very entertaining hour of spontaneous ‘misspoken’ word.”

Immediately following the reading, the Dick and Jane Family Orchestra featuring La Luz de Jesus proprietor Billy Shire on harmonica will perform, along with special guest singer/songwriter Sarah Stanley.
For more info contact


Some Tiki Oasis 13 Press – Get Ready for Tiki Oasis 14!

Links to press and video from last year’s Tiki Oasis 13!

Tiki Oasis Art Show

-Cartwheel Art

Tiki Oasis festival embraces Hawaiian Hootenanny theme
in San Diego

Get Ready for Hawaiian Americana at Tiki Oasis

-Eichler Network / CA Modern

Tiki Oasis 2013

-Los Angeles Beat Beauty

Tasting Tiki: Exotica Cocktail History
at Tiki Oasis

-Huffington Post

Island connection equals ‘Hulabilly’ heaven

-Union Tribune Preview

The revival of Tiki cool

-Union Tribune Coverage

Bring Your Leis
(and Blue Suede Shoes) to Tiki Oasis!

-San Diego Troubador

Boozy Classes at Tiki Oasis

-San Diego Eater

Paradise Found

-Eichler Network / CA Modern

Vintage Cool San Diego

-NBC Los Angeles

A Tipping Point in the Compensation Debate

-Voice of San Diego

Gear Up! Tiki Oasis ’13

-Rod Authority



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