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9/1: The Fifth Annual Coaster Show at La Luz de Jesus

The Fifth Annual Coaster Show
& Harold Fox –  So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

September 1 – October 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 1st, 8-11 PM
Closing Party: Sunday, Oct. 1st noon-six PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Full preview at this link

It’s the Wooden Anniversary of the La Luz de Jesus Coaster Show. What started as a last minute substitution has grown into one of the most anticipated events of the LA Art Scene, now in its fifth year!

We’ve all done it. We’ve sat at the bar, drinking a beer and doodled on a coaster.

But most of us aren’t the extremely skilled painters, illustrators, animators, tattooists, sculptors or collage artists that are featured in this exhibition that takes a love of craft brewing and elevates it to high art.

We produced a custom canvas for some of our favorite gallery folks to do what they do best, and transform a 4″ tondo coaster into museum worthy exhibition pieces.

In the past four exhibitions, we’ve had pieces by Ron English and Mark Ryden, given first exhibitions to hundreds of emerging artists and turned a few dozen newcomers into bonafide stars. This year, we’ll again dot our walls with over 1000 tiny masterpieces priced $250 or less!

8/19: Pete Moruzzi, Greetings from Los Angeles Signing and Chasen’s Chili Party!


Peter Moruzzi Greetings from Los Angeles
Book release, signing, and reading
and Chasen’s Chili Party!

Saturday, August 19th, 7-9 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Soap Plant / Wacko
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

On Saturday, August 19th at 7 pm, Pete Moruzzi will be giving a book launch and rollicking slide talk on his new book, “Greetings from Los Angeles” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery (Soap Plant / Wacko).   The book is a comprehensive, humorous history of Greater Los Angeles as told through vintage postcards, photographs, brochures, matchbooks and other dazzling ephemera.

Featured are rare glimpses of the city’s early years as a dusty pueblo; Chinatown’s evolution; the miraculous orange empire; backyard oil wells; Venice of America; roaring 1920s and corrupt 1930s; colorful evangelists; glamorous Wilshire Boulevard; fabulous nightclubs; movie studios and lavish stars’ estates; and theme parks such as Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Marineland of the Pacific. Witness the birth of midcentury modernism, futuristic Googie coffee shops, and space-age LAX. Recall a postwar suburban paradise of drive-ins, bowling palaces, beach parties, Dodgers baseball, hotrod culture, and mushrooming tract developments.

SPECIAL BONUS: CHASEN’S FAMOUS CHILI

Following the slide talk, samples of Chasen’s famous chili prepared by chef Lauren LeBaron – based upon Chasen’s top-secret recipe – will be served.  Starting in 1936 from a tiny chili parlor called Chasen’s Southern Pit Barbeque in Beverly Hills, former vaudevillian Dave Chasen quickly expanded to a full-fledged – and much beloved – classic restaurant that became home to the Academy Awards after-party.

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Gibbs Smith (August 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423647254
ISBN-13: 978-1423647256
Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
Price: $30.00
Click here to reserve your copy

About the Author

Peter Moruzzi graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, he founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom), an architectural preservation group. He is the author of Palm Springs Holiday, Palm Springs Paradise, and Havana Before Castro.

Only books purchased at La Luz de Jesus are eligible for signing.
Order your signed copies today by emailing: sales@soapplant.com.
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7/14: Milwaukee ’64-’84 – Brick through the Window Book Event!


Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave & Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984

book release, signing, and reading
Friday, July 14, 7-10 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Soap Plant – Wacko

4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

 

For the men and women who created the world of music in Milwaukee, the most American of cities, this book is not just an important historical document; it’s critical. Their story is told, and told well. In interviews with the players, and fantastic photos, the adventures and misadventures are chronicled with more gusto than the beer that made Milwaukee famous.
–Wayne Kramer, singer/guitarist/activist, founding brother, the MC5

In late-1970s Milwaukee, a compact circle of locals drew from their city’s cultural heritage, as well as the examples of New York, London, and Los Angeles, to embrace the new in the form of a dynamic punk rock scene. Drawing on influences from 1960s garage rock and early ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, Milwaukee punks created a formidable body of work. A new book published by Brickboys/Splunge Communications, Inc., tells the story in the words of the pioneers and participants.

Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave & Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984 chronicles a small number of people who made history in a setting that produced internationally recognized bands such as the Violent Femmes, Die Kreuzen, Plasticland and Oil Tasters. Original interviews with such visionaries as the late Mark Shurilla and Richard LaValliere tell stories of imagination, creativity, resourcefulness, and sacrifice.

Nothing came easily for Milwaukee punks. The police were oppressive, city government was reactionary, the established media scoffed and mainstream rock fans were hostile. An industrial city sinking into the Rust Belt, Milwaukee had a deserved reputation for thrift and hard work, as well as a lingering socialist heritage. Milwaukee’s punks were able to build a scene on a shoestring; their work ethic lent itself to punk rock’s do-it-yourself ethos, and the scene was imbued with a sense of common purpose echoing the city’s history as a bastion of progress.

Compiled from hundreds of hours of interviews, Brick Through the Window brings vividly to life a short-lived period of creativity and excitement in a heartland American town that was home to a musical subculture more prolific and diverse than that of many larger cities.

At 7:00 p.m., on Bastille Day, Friday, July 14, author/editor, Eric Beaumont, and a legendary musician (to be confirmed soon) will celebrate the release of Brick Through the Window with a brief discussion and book signing, with recordings of music mentioned in the book, at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd.

Your book purchase is your ticket.

As Brick Through the Window makes abundantly clear, the city has a rich indie-rock past that has never been properly recognized or much beyond Lake Michigan. In testimony from hundreds of the scenesters who contributed to Brick Through the Window, the stories of James Chance, the Haskels, Die Kreuzen, the Frogs, Plasticland, Couch Flambeau and dozens more are told in loving, zany and potent recollections that will immediately resonate with anyone who’s ever spent real time in a shitty bar with a stage and a P.A.
-Ira Robbins, co-founder/editor, Trouser Press

Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave & Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984
by Steven NodineEric BeaumontClancy Carroll, and David Luhrssen
Published by Boswell Book Company
ISBN # 978-1491046975
6 x 9 x 1.8 in.
Shipping Weight: 2 lb.
Music | Rock n Roll | Punk | History | Biography
Price: $22
Click here to buy your copy online

    ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Steve Nodine is a web developer and author of The Cease Is Increase: An Oral History of the Milwaukee Punk & Alternative Music Scene, interviews from which provide the foundation for this book.  Steve has written for the ShepherdExpress, OnMilwaukee.com, Loose magazine and Fall from Grace, in addition to several blog sites.  Steve was the lead singer for the Milwaukee-based bands Dark Façade and Between Walls and has recorded with the renowned Milwaukee noise band Boy Dirt Car.  His most recent musical project is as singer and songwriter for the Milwaukee band Newly Damaged.

Eric Beaumont is a musician, DJ, paralegal, and writer living in Milwaukee.  His literary criticism has appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, African American Review, Milwaukee JournalSentinel and ShepherdExpress.  As Eric Blowtorch he has written, performed, and arranged five albums, seven singles, and numerous songs on compilations and soundtracks.  As a solo singer/guitarist and bandleader, he has played across America and in London, Toronto, and Kingston, where he performed with the Alpha Boys Band.  Beaumont has lectured on Jamaican music and history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. His published interviews include those with George McGovern, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, KRS-ONE, Wayne Kramer, Linton Kwesi Johnson, De La Soul, Manic Street Preachers, Jeffrey Lee Pierce and filmmaker Karyn Kusama.

Clancy Carroll is a musician, record label owner and music writer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  His past bands including Ozone, the Ones, the Dominoes, the Clancy Carroll Band, 3 On Fire, c2, and AlNiCo have released numerous 45s, EPs, CDs, and compilation tracks.  As King and CEO of Splunge Communications, Inc., he has released records by the likes of the Prosecutors, Triple Forbidden Taboo, Wanda Chrome and the Leather Pharaohs and Fuckface, as well as the double-CD compilation History in 3 Chords: Milwaukee Alternative Bands 1973-1982.  Carroll has written record reviews, reviewed live shows and conducted interviews for Autonomy, Milwaukee’s first punk fanzine; Express; and Milk magazine, in which “Clancy’s Kookie Corner” was a reader’s favorite.

David Luhrssen lectured at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.  He is the author of Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen and Hammer of the Gods: Thule Society and the Birth of Nazism.  He is the coauthor of War on the Silver Screen; Elvis Presley, Reluctant Rebel; Changing Times: The Life of Barack Obama; A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890 and Searching for Rock and Roll.  He has contributed to Women and War and The International Discography of the New Wave, and has been published in Historically Speaking, History Today, Journal of American History, Wisconsin Academy Review and other journals.  Luhrssen is Arts & Entertainment Editor and Film Critic of Milwaukee’s weekly ShepherdExpress.  He has written for Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, the Milwaukee Journal, Op, New York Rocker, Trouser Press and other publications.  He is a commentator on film for WUWM-FM, Milwaukee’s NPR affiliate, and is a co-founder of the Milwaukee International Film Festival.

Only books purchased from La Luz de Jesus are eligible for signing.
For more info, email: sales@soapplant.com.
Call (323)663-0122 to order by phone.

7/8: Scot Sothern – Big City Book Release at La Luz de Jesus


Scot Sothern Big City
Book release and signing party

Saturday, July 8th, 6-9pm

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Soap Plant – Wacko

4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Deliciously strange and compelling, delightfully lurid and fun, Scot Sothern’s debut novel reads like a feral mashup of Cormac McCarthy and William Gibson amped on cornjuice and spiderbite. -Mark Haskell Smith

In the latest work of art-prose from the incomparable Stalking Horse Press, Scot Sothern shows that he’s not just a linguistic power-hitter, but a dynamic storyteller, too. There’s enough imagination on every page of BigCity for an entire novel. – D. Harlan Wilson, author of Battles without Honor or Humanity and Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance

The job of the novelist is to conjure a whole world, and Scot Sothern has done that in spades here. Lush, large-hearted, antic, and fiercely feminist, BigCity is unlike anything else I’ve ever read. – Ron Currie, author of Every Thing Matters, The One-Eyed Man

An explosion of language and characters, a fast-and-loose yet potent and authentic way with our American history, rude and gross and gorgeous and hilarious and heart-rending — “Big City” is everything you want in a novel, bold and challenging and surprising. I love it! – Julie Powell, author of Julie& Julia

Scot Sothern’s profane western satire Big City, is a novel with an unforgettable cast, including the wild Bitch Bantam, pulp writer Slab Pettibone, and his sidekick FuzzyWuzzy the bear in a tale as moving as it is scandalous. Big City  is the birth of feminism, robber barons, media stardom, and motion pictures, where teeming masses have come for a new life and a throw of the dice; with gritty realism and absurdist comedy, Big City is a fantastical adventure and love story examining the dynamics of change and the politics of natural selection.

Scot Sothern: Big City
Paperback
Publisher: Stalking Horse Press (March 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0997062975
ISBN-13: 978-0997062977
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
Price: $20.00

Tiki Oasis 17 Marketplace, Open to the Public! 8/12-13 San Diego



Tiki Oasis 2017 – International Intrigue

Thursday, August 10 – Sunday, August 13, 2017
Bali Hai
Crowne Plaza

TIKI OASIS WEEKEND TICKETS SOLD WITHIN MINUTES OF RELEASE!
However – the Marketplace, Art Show, and Car Show are all Open to the Public!

TIKI OASIS 17 MARKETPLACE
Tiki Oasis is the crossroads of the Tiki world. Craftsmen, artists, tinkerers, and traders haul their wares to Tiki Oasis creating an Exotica emporium unmatched throughout the world. Many vendors create limited edition items specifically for the Tiki Oasis weekend shoppers. The marketplace also features DJs and live music! Marketplace vendor listing below.

Saturday, August 12: 
Indoor Marketplace: 10am – 5pm
Outdoor Marketplace: 10am- 4pm

Sunday, August 13:
Indoor Marketplace 10am – 5pm
Outdoor Marketplace 10am – 5pm

TIKI OASIS 8TH ANNUAL ART SHOW
Join us for our 8th annual art show at Tiki Oasis featuring all original artwork. Curated by Tiki Oasis co-producer Baby Doe Stroheim, this art show will be open to the public all weekend long!
ARTIST LIST AND PREVIEWS COMING SOON!
Friday, August 11, 10am – 9pm
Saturday, August 12, 10am – 8pm
Sunday, August 13 10am-5pm
Grand Hanalei Ballroom Foyer, Crowne Plaza
Artist Reception: TBA – stay tuned!

TIKI OASIS 9TH ANNUAL CAR SHOW
Enjoy the curated car show, shop the Tiki Marketplace,
listen to DJs and live music!
ENTERTAINMENT AND AUTO LIST COMING SOON!
Saturday, August 12th – Sunday, August 13
Hours: 9am – 5pm

TIKI OASIS 17 MARKETPLACE VENDOR LIST

 

 

 

 

 

A Classic Paradise by SHOPVDM
Wide range of apparel for women and men inspired by travel and fashion.

A Pin Ups Closet
Pin-up, Rockabilly and Vintage inspired clothing, purses and housewares

Ains & Elke
handmade, vintage and creative goods

All The Shiny Things
Vintage costume, jewelry and accessories

Amber Ray Accoutrements
Handmade Sparkly Hair Flowers

Bachelor Pad Magazine
The New Digest of Atomic Age Culture

Badland Beads
Handcrafted jewelry using reclaimed vintage and vintage inspired materials

Bali Mantra
handmade jewelry and clothing

B. G. Reynold’s Syrups
Made in Small Batches

Big Toe Art
Tiki and Kuston Kulture inspired original art, prints, mugs and much more

Bosko
Custom Tikis and mugs

Bowana
Original artwork, mugs and pendants.

Boy Drinks World
Small batch bitters and cocktail extracts made by hand in San Diego 

Buzz Rhino
Tiki Lamps

Clee Sobieski
Original Art, Paintings and Prints

Clever Vintage Clothing
vintage clothing

Christine Benjamin
Paintings, Tiki Art, Dolls and More!

Coral Reef Islands Hawaiian Furniture

Cronos Style

Culture Cove Gallery
Retro surf, Tiki, Hawaiian and mid century modern themed art
Official Tiki Oasis vendor for Tiki Oasis T-shirts and Posters!

Devon Devereaux
Artist out of Portland

Dionysus Records & Featured Entertainment
An assortment of rockabilly, exotica, surf, instrumentals and garage on vinyl and CD. Throughout the weekend you can also find numerous Tiki Oasis performers selling their releases directly to their fans in the Dionysus booth.

Donnaland Vintage Variety
Wheelin’ and dealin’ vintage clothing, costume jewelry and vintage treasures from Missouri!

Eric October
Original Tiki Art

Fancy Fruits

Frog Island Tikis
Crazy cool carvings from the Pacific NW

Gecko’z South Sea Arts
Tiki Mugs and Polynesian art

Grider
Handmade Metal Pendants, Belt Buckles, Mugs and Much More!

Hawaiian Lei Bath and Body
Bath and Body Works

Heidiline
Aprons, Bags, Accessories

Iconic Atomic
Vintage Clothing

Johnnie Velour Ceramics
Unique handmade ceramic designs that will enhance your tiki lounge and art collection.

Laurel Canyon 1969
Vintage clothing

Little Lost Tiki
Paintings and drawings by Ken Ruzic.

Loco Lindo

Mahalo Tiki
Handmade and unique Tiki mugs and collectables

Match Accessories
Vintage inspired wooden and plastic costume jewelry

Mele Tiki Guys
Handcrafted ornaments, décor, stocking stuffers and original art

mFrankm

Mr. Smiley

Ms. Formaldehyde
Horns, Hair flowers, Jewelry, Hair fascinators and Hats

MTKAHUNA Vintage
Polynesia Vintage Hawaiiana, Tiki, surf and beach.

Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice Cart
Italian Ice

Norm Daniels
Tikis, hula girls and old Kombis in oil paint

The Oblong Box Shop
Original Novelty Prints by Denialle Von Fitch. Novelty print apparel for Mid Century Modern connoisseurs.

Organic Jewelry by Allie
Handcrafted jewels made of natural media

Orgeat Works Ltd.
Orgeat Syrup

Pin Up Clothing
The best in vintage designed clothing and accessories

Pop Culture Explosion!
Cool vintage audio, video, and vinyl of lounge, exotica, bachelor pad, surf, hot rod, garage, rockabilly, hot guitar and more!

Popular Naughty
Trashtastic t-shirts

Poster Pop
Stickers, T-shirts, posters, prints and original paintings by our artists Shag, Aaron Marshall, Von Franco, and more!

Raw Formed Jewelry
Handmade nautical, island inspired jewelry and accessories

Retro Ruthie
Custom made in the USA – Tiki attire for men and woman.

Redhead Sadie Vintage
vintage clothing, accessories, jewelry and more

Shawn Dickinson

Shell in the Pacific
Vintage Tiki Polynesian Pop items collected since 1998 from thrift stores, flea markets and Tiki artists

Shima Ceramics

Smokin’ Tikis
Hand-carved coconut palm Tikis, masks, torches and more!

Sweet Siren Designs
Handmade vintage inspired jewelry and clothing

Switched on Designs
Vintage jewelry and clothing

Swoonful
Unique specialty flavors

The Art of Doug Horne
Original art and limited edition prints and tiki mugs.

Thor Stor
The artwork of Tom Thordarson

Tiki Bongos
South Seas Treasures, Apparel and Vintage Kicks

Tiki Diablo
Hand carved tikis, ceramics, and more

Tiki King
Neat handmade Tiki and Ukulele stuff since 1994

Tiki Lounge Clay and Ceramic Designs

Tiki Oasis Merchandise
Special swag made just for Tiki Oasis

Tiki Rob
Maui Made Tiki Mugs and Ceramic Pendants

Tiki Tommy
Vintage Aloha wear including a huge selection of vintage Aloha shirts!

Tiki tOny
Whimsical exotic isle paintings, limited edition Tiki Mugs, hanging driftwood tiki birds, carved Tiki signs, and handmade mugs as well as $5 ceramic Tiki necklaces!

Tikiland
Nautical and Tiki décor items

Tiki Paws
Accessories for your fur babies

Très Noir Optics
Hand Made Eyewear for Men and Women

intage Gal Boutique
Reproduction Hawaiian Tiki dresses brilliantly colored with tropical & floral patterns.

Vintage Surf Natural Bamboo Frames
Vintage Surf and Hawaiian Art Prints and Frames

Volcano Designs

Woody Miller Art
paintings, ceramics, wood carvings and more

Zac’s Attic
Vintage Clothing

 

 

6/9: Harley Flanagan Cro-Mags Hard-Core Life of My Own Book Event


Harley Flanagan, Hard-Core Life of My Own
book release, signing, and reading
Friday, June 9, 7-10 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

La Luz Harley FlanaganJoin Cro-Mags frontman Harley Flanagan for this book signing event featuring readings, stories & more!

“Don’t even pretend to talk about New York… if you don’t read this. Harley Flanagan’s incredible story is not just the history of New York hardcore, of which he is a founding father, but a history of New York itself. It’s all here, an amazing series of unlikely coincidences, catastrophes, accomplishments, and associations. Chances are if it happened in New York and it was important and interesting, Harley Flanagan was somewhere in the room. If you care anything about music history, punk rock, hardcore or just a ripping good story, this book is the punch in the face you want and need.”
– Anthony Bourdain

“Harley Flanagan is not like you or me. Most of us grew up in relative safety and security. Harley came up like a feral animal, fending for himself in the ’70s Lower East Side jungle of crime, drugs, abuse and poverty. By age 10 he was a downtown star at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB, drumming in his aunt’s punk band The Stimulators, and socializing with Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Cleveland’s Dead Boys. Everyone thought it was so cute, but it wasn’t.” – Steven Blush, author American Hardcore

Harley Flanagan provides a fascinating memoir: a child prodigy and family friend of Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg, at a young age he became close to many stars of the early punk rock scene like Joe Strummer of The Clash and was taught to play bass by members of the famed black punk band Bad Brains. He started playing drums for the New York punk band the Stimulators when he was 11 years old; playing at places like Max’s Kansas City with some of the most notable names in the punk scene. He then went on to start the notorious hardcore band Cro-Mags.

Hard-Core: Life of My Own
by Harley Flanagan
Published by Feral House
ISBN # 978-1627310338
5.9 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches | Soft Cover. Pages: 448
Shipping Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Biographies | Memoirs | Music | Punk | Martial Arts
Price: $23.95
Click here to reserve your copy

Harley Frances Flanagan (born 1967) is the founder and bassist of the hardcore punk band, the Cro-Mags. When he was nine, Flanagan published a book of poetry with a foreword written by family friend, Allen Ginsberg. When he was eleven he was playing drums with the New York punk band the Stimulators. He is a father, husband and Renzo Gracie JiuJitsu instructor living in NYC.

Only books purchased at La Luz de Jesus are eligible for signing.
Order your signed copies today by emailing: sales@soapplant.com.
Call (323)663-0122 to order by phone.

6/2: Gea*’s drawings of distress, dominance, and depravity at La Luz de Jesus


Gea*
showing with
Nathan Anderson, 
Christopher Bales, Howard Hallis
June 2 – July 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2nd, 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Gea* is a Chilean-born, multidisciplinary artist based in New York. Her unique work encompasses drawing, painting, illustration, digital arts and media, photography, film, and animation. An autodidact, she has exhibited solo and in group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Santiago, Zurich, and Toronto and collaborated creatively with Momus, JG Thirlwell and Jeffrey Bützer.

Her delightfully kinky drawings of girls in various degrees of distress, dominance, and depravity draw on influences from Trevor Brown and Stu Mead to Suehiro Maruo and Francis Bacon, but with an informed femininity that makes her work unique and even obsession-worthy.

 

6/2 – 7/2: Intricate sculptures of Christopher Bales at La Luz de Jesus


Christopher Bales
showing with
Nathan Anderson, Howard Hallis, & Gea*
June 2 – July 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2nd, 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

It seems cheap to pigeonhole assemblage artist Christopher Bales’ work as mere steampunk: his aesthetic is older than that. Although he sometimes uses antique and vintage materials associated with the genre, such as metal cogs, the final product often looks more like an altar constructed from the rubble of a pre-Victorian cathedral.

Bales, who has been assembling these intricate sculptures since 1989, said he sources “an enormous amount of objects”—like broken wooden boxes, dolls, clocks, picture frames, figurines—from his weekly visits to flea markets and thrift stores.

When he starts a new piece, he says he doesn’t have a preconceived notion of what the end result will be, but following his intuition when layering cutouts of classic paintings over etchings with skulls and religious imagery creates enough detail for the viewer to stay engaged but not overwhelmed. –Sacramento Bee

Hope, Fear and the Journey to Earth is Christopher Bales third feature exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

6/2: Howard Hallis and the process of lenticulation at La Luz de Jesus


Howard Hallis
showing with
Nathan Anderson, Christopher Bales, Howard Hallis, & Gea*
June 2 – July 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2nd, 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

After graduating from UCLA in 1994, Howard Hallis worked as a personal assistant to professor Timothy Leary, collaborating with him on the book Surfing the Conscious Nets: A Graphic Novel. Hallis went on to create a tarot card deck based on the movie Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Howard’s parody of Jack Chick religious pamphlets, Who Will Be Eaten First?, based on the H. P. Lovecraft Cthulhu Mythos, prompted Chick Publications to issue him a cease and desist letter, and his groundbreaking The Picture of Everything–a fifteen foot tall drawing that references all things Pop Culture, cemented Hallis’ reputation with the Wired crowd.

Howard helped to create websites for the animation studio Klasky Csupo, and produced the live-streaming death of Dr. Timothy Leary–at the cultural icon’s request.  He was a yidcore pioneer as the vocalist of GefilteFuck.  He has written articles for the alternative zine Ben Is Dead and the San Francisco Herald, self-published comics (Alien Man) and collaborated on publications for DC & Marvel. Howard is considered to be one of the foremost authorities on the character Doctor Strange and the process of lenticulation, which provides the medium for this exhibition–including a 22×28″ lenticular of The Picture of Everything.

6/15: Anthony Ausgang Reading feat Mitchell Brown – Stories, L.A.


Anthony Ausgang – The Browser
Reading and Signing featuring music by Mitchell Brown

Stories Bookstore
Thursday, June 15, 8 -10 pm
1716 Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-3733
www.storiesla.com

Anthony Ausgang reads from his novella The Browser

Anthony Ausgang The BrowserFamed Low Brow artist Anthony Ausgang once again steps away from his easel to put a literary twist on Pop Surrealism with his new novella, The Browser. Much of The Browser’s plot and prose is influenced by spam emails that Ausgang himself received; emails not only offering low priced meds or free money but more disturbingly, assassins for hire and blackmail.

As in Ausgang’s first two books, the main character is Puss Titter, this time playing an art curator at the Cat Museum in the city of Hill Town Eye. The action gets heavily “meta” when Puss Titter is offered both a painting by the artist Anthony Ausgang and an opportunity to thwart her own death at the hands of an online assassin. Dismayed to find that more than money is expected from her to solve the situations, Puss Titter finally takes the killing into her own hands, making the plot take a surprising turn in The Browser.

Los Angeles native Mitchell Brown (aka Nanny Cantaloupe or Professor Cantaloupe) is a musician, DJ, owner of Melon Expander Records, and assistant to developmentally disabled children. He improvises and composes using analog electronics, magnetic tape manipulation, electro-acoustics, and percussion. Current and past involvements include collaborations with various LAFMS ensembles, Ariel Pink, the Sun Araw Trio, John Wiese, Jack Name, DJ Lance Rock, Matthewdavid and M. Geddes Gengras.

Ausgang will be reading passages from his book in Stories’ back patio as well as signing copies purchased on the spot. Mitchell Brown will alternate musical performances with Ausgang’s readings, and the two will finale with a duo.

The Browser  by Anthony Ausgang
Published by Exit Studios
ISBN # 978-1-540-49358-3
8 x 5.25 x .5 in. | Pages 117
Shipping Weight: 5.5 oz.
Fiction | Alternative | Art | Animals
Price: $17.95

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