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5/21: Allan Amato’s SLIP: Naked in Your Own Words Book Signing


Allan Amato’s SLIP: Naked in Your Own Words
book signing and brief lecture
Sunday, May 21, 3–6 PM

SLIP is a book of portraits examining what it means to be naked as a profession, told in the words of the subjects themselves. It features a wide array of performers, models, actors, artists, designers, doms and dancers photographed by Allan Amato, with art and typography by creative raconteur David Mack.

Is there anything more celebrated, or more reviled, than the naked human form? Is there anything as timeless or as ubiquitous? From high art to commercial advertisement to pornography, the world around us is saturated with the evidence that the human mind is obsessed with the human body.

Three years ago, I began an informal nude series, featuring models, artists, and performers I’d worked with and befriended in LA. My goal was to create a non-presentational kind of image that can’t simply be objectified and dismissed. I wanted to explore something slippery, feral, harder to define. And as a person wholly committed to cowering behind the camera, I desperately wanted to know more about their motivation, their story.

“For those who brave the risk of being vulnerable on camera, the negative aspect of this experience is omnipresent: the shaming, judgment, stigma that is all too often deemed acceptable to level at those who express themselves via the medium of their bodies.

“But there must be a positive element as well; otherwise why do it at all? And while confronting the darker side is necessary and important, I’d rather the beauty not get wholly overshadowed. The result is a book dedicated to unraveling the complicated relationship we have to nudity, self-expression, and commerce. – Allan Amato

I get naked for a living because I fucking love it. I feel the most comfortable and confident with nothing between the world and my bare skin. – Dani Daniels

I admire people who can grow to love their body exactly for what it is, in its natural state. We all age. Your body is going to change whether you want it to or not. I’ve grown to admire my body and appreciate myself, as well as growing to adore all the shapes and sizes of other people. – Riley Reid

Fetish/nude modeling and dancing in strip clubs were the only things that kept me fed and with a roof over my head during some pretty dark and confusing times. – Skin Diamond

Allan Amato is a photographer living in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, Allan discovered his love for photography after Hurricane Katrina forced him re-examine the course of his life. Since then, he has worked with a variety of clientele from Ministry to Nick Nolte to Terry Gilliam. Allan is currently working on directing a feature-length documentary called Temple of Art. His lifelong dream is to become an honorary member of Monty Python.

SLIP
by Allan Amato
Published by Baby Tattoo Books
ISBN # 978-1614040156
9 x 11 x 2 in. | HC, Pages 160
Shipping weight: 2.3 lb.
Photography | Nude | Erotic | Art | Sociology
Price: $40.00
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5/20: Shannon Crawford – Relentless Beauty Book Signing


Shannon Crawford: Relentless Beauty
Book signing and pop-up show
Saturday, May 20, 7-10 PM

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

An alchemist of color and styles, Shannon Crawford paints oil works that are subtle depictions of dark concepts, disguised by beautiful, surreal imagery. The beauty of his paintings is matched only by the often-intense nature of their content. Conjuring imagery in an exquisite, though provoking fashion, ultimately offering an unfiltered window into many aspects of life, Crawford’s work has gained much recognition in recent years, most recently finding its way into the collections of Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Carmen Electra, Lindsay Lohan, and Ross Robinson.

About the Author:
Raised in Southern California, Shannon Crawford began painting at the age of five. He attended Art Center College of Design from 1993 to 1995, when he dropped out after getting a record deal from Virgin Records with his band Cellophane. Crawford’s painting of his daughter Poppy being attacked by a crow served as the cover for Norma Jean‘s underground hit Redeemer, which opened his art to a whole new fan base. He lives in Los Angeles.

Relentless Beauty: The Art of Shannon Crawford
Rare Bird Books
ISBN # 978-1940207148
10.2 x 8.6 x .7 in. | Hard Cover 128 pages
Shipping weight: 1.8 lbs.
Art | Painting | Pop | Illustration
Price: $40
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May 5: Renee French and Scott Teplin at La Luz de Jesus


Renée French – Bunnies / Teachers From Memory
Scott Teplin –  Teachers From Memory / Classrooms Forgotten

May 5 – 28, 2017
Opening reception, Friday, May 5, 8-11 PM

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

Renée French‘s last exhibition of graphite on vellum was a completely sold out event that left some of the biggest collectors kicking themselves for not getting in touch with us sooner. Renée’s new show is painted and the bar has been raised. Her signature sense of humor is intact and this time she brought along friend Scott Teplin, whose caricature-by-memory portraits of teachers past and classrooms both foreshadowed and forgotten are her mirthful equivalent.

French is an American artist, best known as a comics writer and illustrator, who also enthralls audiences as an exhibiting fine artist. The narratives that unfurl from Renee’s mind and onto her paper, span the wide chasm that exists between child-friendly fairy tales and the dark gritty regions of adult introspection. Working primarily with extremely fine pointed graphite pencils on miniature pieces of paper, often measuring no more than two or three inches square, French conjures up fuzzy and foreboding images which convey humorous, and at times, disturbing tales. Focusing squarely on creating poignant and emotional portrayals of her characters, French saturates them with feeling, giving realism and depth to even the most fantastical of creatures, whether they be beautiful or less so. And with this last thought in mind, if there is one thing that Renee enjoys reminding us, it is that we shouldn’t always judge a book by its cover.

The Return of First Generation Pop Surrealist, Philip Slagter

Philip Slagter
with Renée French & Scott Teplin
May 5 – 28, 2017
Opening reception, Friday, May 5, 8-11 PM

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

“Taking a Selfie with Suami Ku Lele” 57″ by 26″ Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents the return of First Generation pop surrealist, Philip Slagter. A contemporary of Robert Williams, Todd Schorr, and Mark Ryden, Phil was sidelined by tragedy at his tipping point. After a nearly decades-long absence from the Los Angeles contemporary art scene, he’s back and better than ever.

Slagter has lived and painted in New York City, Connecticut, Indiana, Florida, New Mexico, Los Angeles and Montana in the USA, Thailand, the Bahamas, China, Indonesia as well as visits to Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, Hawaii, and Alaska. He has soaked up inspiration from his observations and experiences, ranging from the beginning of the graffiti scene in NYC to West Coast street art, from American wildlife to African tribal art. He is as much a virtuoso at abstraction as he is at realism, with ever-changing subject matter, though always creating in his own style.

Quoted in an article in the Missoulian, the local paper of Missoula where his works are being shown at a local gallery, La Luz de Jesus Gallery Director Matt Kennedy states “Slagter is a skilled technical painter who can maintain a precise level of detail while working on a large scale, which can sometimes thwart other artists”. His works are a “historical mash-up that reflects different eras of kitsch. Slagter’s re-emergence coincides with interest from major New York galleries in lowbrow, a genre of which he is part of the original generation. It’s good to be able to reintroduce somebody like that, who doesn’t love a comeback?”
Above: “Speaking in Tongues”  36 by 36″ Acrylic  on Stretched Canvas

“Texting Words of Wisdom” 18″ by 16″ Acrylic on Stretched Canvas.

4/7: Karen Hsiao Vow of Silence – Miso La Fleur at La Luz de Jesus


Miso / Karen Hsiao

also showing: Penelope Houston
April 7-30
Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 8-11 PM
Artist Talk with Penelope Houston: Friday, April 14th, 7-9PM

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

Karen Hsiao is a self taught Fine Art photographer who uses intense subject matters in an unconventional way. Miso is her professional painting identity, developed at Art Center College of Design where she graduated with a BFA in Illustration.


Karen Hsiao – Martyrdom
C-print on metallic gloss paper, 8.5×11″ in frame,

KAREN HSIAO – Vow of Silence (In Convents)
A figurative painter in her early years, Karen Hsiao has since explored the figure and its space through various mediums, creating pieces that are both tactile and intuitive. Photography was a natural extension of that process which Hsiao has sought to perfect. Her work has captured the attention of many primarily because of her unique approach to subject, sometimes with a team of ingenious makeup artists, hairstylists, and couture fashion designers to help materialize Hsiao’s concept. Hsiao has been featured in published works and shown in galleries both nationwide and abroad.


Miso – La Fleur
Oil on panel, 8×10″

Karen Hsiao’s painting alter-ego, Miso, has been exhibiting since 2007. Prior shows at La Luz de Jesus and Corey Helford Gallery have completely sold out, and she has developed a following in Germany, Japan, Australia, and Taiwan in addition to her American fanbase in Los Angeles.

A full preview of both shows can be found at this link

4/7 Penelope Houston Muzzlers w/ Artist Talk 4/14 at La Luz de Jesus


Penelope Houston Muzzlers

also showing: Miso / Karen Hsiao
April 7-30
Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 8-11 PM
Artist Talk with Penelope Houston: Friday, April 14th, 7-9PM

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

La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents the first Los Angeles exhibition of paintings by  Avengers frontwoman, Penelope Houston with a full room of diptych paintings culled from the muzzlers she found in the mugbooks at the S.F. Public Library. April also brings a full room of new work from the creative mind of Karen Hsiao, working under her namesake to produce hand-altered fetish photographs as well as her Miso creations.

In the late 70s, Penelope Houston moved from her home in the Pacific Northwest to attend the San Francisco Art Institute. Within six months her visual arts education was sidetracked by the formation of her critically acclaimed proto-punk band the Avengers. With such incisive political anthems as “The American in Me” and “We Are the One,” the band achieved international renown, opening for the Sex Pistols in the punk icons’ final show at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom in 1978. Since then, Houston has performed more than a thousand shows with the Avengers and her solo bands throughout the USA and Europe, at venues ranging from CBGB’s, the Whisky a Go Go and Winterland to LA’s MOCA, SFMoMA and the De Young Museum. She has released thirteen albums with independent and major labels in a career documented in publications ranging from Slash to Newsweek. Throughout this time, visual art remained essential and in recent years she returned to painting, receiving a BA in studio art from San Francisco State University.

“The Accused” is a series of oil portraits Houston undertook last year, based on original black and white photographs from police records archived at the San Francisco Public Library, where the artist has long held a day job. She discovered the images in mug books titled “Prostitution” and “Muzzlers” – slang for sex crimes. Each portrait is a diptych – front and side views – with the accused’s name and alleged violation burned into the side panels. Although the series harks to a time when sex workers were “low women” and gay men could be charged with “crimes against nature,” Houston’s light and sensuous impasto treatment performs a kind of literary time travel, drawing these individuals forward to a contemporary sensitivity, revealing and in a sense returning to them what the original arrest documentation took away – their essential humanness. Mixing subtle shadings of emotion ­– melancholy, remorse, shame, even defiance – with direct looks almost painful to meet, Houston creates a kind of reckoning between subject and viewer: who’s judging whom?

One hundred years before the selfie,” says Houston, “photography was an elaborate proposition and the demeanor of the suspects at that significant but unwelcome moment of the policeman’s shutter click is uniquely unmasking. I was struck by the difference in expressions in the frontal shots – pleading or defiant – and the more withdrawn introspection in the profile shots. I took pleasure in painting them, and in the process of discovering and getting to know these individuals. But more than that, I felt a sense of obligation.

Be sure to attend Penelope’s artist talk on April 14, 7-9 PM at La Luz de Jesus. Here are a few of the pieces, for full preview, follow this link

3/3: Laluzapalooza 2017 – 31st Annual Group Show La Luz de Jesus


Laluzapalooza 2017
31st Annual Group Art Show!
March 3 – April 2, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 3rd, 8-11 PM

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

La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents their annual juried group exhibition, LALUZAPALOOZA 2017. This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. Again they sorted through tens of thousands of submissions from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators and working gallery artists. How many will they show this year? There are just over 130 pieces from just over 64 artists, making this the most exclusive selection of tastefully, jam-packed, salon-style exhibited works in Post-Pop. There are some familiar names from our ever-growing roster of feature artists, but an overwhelming percentage of the work this year are from a brand new batch of previously undiscovered, emerging talent.

Will you be a patron of the next great generation?

Laluzapalooza 2017 ARTIST LIST:
Matt Adrian, Vicki Berndt, Michelle Bickford, Andrea Bogdan, Carol Connett, Matthew Couper, Bibi Davidson, PD Davis, Gabi De La Merced, Dinosaurus Complex (Allison Smith) Dos Diablos (Jorge Acosta), Bruce Eichelberger, Frank Forte, Zachary Benson Friedberg, Don Fritz, Wendy Lee Gadzuk, Ashley Gallagher, Diana Georgie, Mark Gleason, Amy Guidry, Conrad Haberland, Derek Harrison, Annette Hassell, Jack Howe, Karen Hydendahl, Andreanna Iakovidis, Jinx, Kate Kelton, Craig LaRotonda, Mavis Leahy, Dave Lebow, Tracy Lewis, Justine Lin, MJ Lindo, Carl Lozada, Dion Macellari, D.W. Marino, Aya Masuda, Zachary Mendoza, Graham Moore, Michael Murphy, Johannah O’Donnell, Daisuke Okamoto, Peca, Perez Bros, Maya Peterpaul, Valerie Pobjoy, Olga Ponomarenko, Lena Rushing Sea Monster (Christine Fulton), Rusty Sherrill, Dale Sizer, Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, David Russell Talbott, Johnny Taylor, Anni Terrazzo, Savva Teteriatnikov, Daria Theodora, Yuki Toy, Treiops Treyfid, Pol Turgeon, Vakseen, VegA, Nicole Waszak, Marc Willey, Lyndell Dean Wolff

Preview the entire show at this link

Pre-Sales are opened NOW, so get in touch with gallery director Matt Kennedy to reserve your purchase before it’s SOLD! The opening night gala will feature libations and other surprises.

LALUZAPALOOZA HISTORY
Previously our annual group show was called “Everything but the Kitschen Sync,” but it began life in October 1986 as the “Día de los Muertos” show which was entirely focused on the folk art, sculptures, and imagery of Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” celebration. By 1995, gallery owner and curator Billy Shire felt the show had run its course and presented other themed group exhibitions such as the 1996 “21st Century Tiki Show.” In 1998 Shire decided to present a non-themed show dedicated to illustrative and narrative artwork. As many local artists work in commercial graphic art fields such as illustration, cartooning, animation, etc., the show was named “Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists.” In 2004, Shire changed the show title to the more encompassing and less-cumbersome “Everything But the Kitschen Synch.” Several spelling and name variations later, here we are…

“Everyone looks at this show for new and interesting artists” states Shire – “and indeed, not only does La Luz de Jesus pick artists from the group show for smaller group and solo shows down the line–numerous curators and owners of other galleries also keep their eyes on the yearly show for potential artists to add to their rosters.”

“This is the one show annually that most patrons look forward to seeing, as it’s a chance to discover new artists in the venue that has launched so many careers,” notes gallery director Matt Kennedy. “Every year we manage to discover a new conglomeration of fresh talent, and among them a class of breakout successes. That’s really a credit to the accessible talent pool. The quality and availability of instruction (both in schools and through independent study) coupled with the culture that this city attracts, fosters a welcoming environment for people with the ability to create –often in reaction to their individual situations.”

Join La Luz de Jesus Gallery as we continue to support the latest and most original efforts from the world’s alternative art scene.

2/23: Young Frankenstein a Mel Brooks Book signing / Q&A at La Luz de Jesus


Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book – The Story of the Making of the Film

Book signing and Q&A with film producer Michael Gruskoff. Moderated by Daniel Pour.
Thursday, Feb 23, 6-9 PM

La Luz de Jesus
Soap Plant/Wacko
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Mel Brooks‘ own words telling all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this great comedy classic. The book is alive and teeming with hundreds of photos, original interviews, and hilarious commentary.

Young Frankenstein was made with deep respect for the craft and history of cinema, and for the power of a good schwanzstucker joke. This picture-driven book, written by one of the greatest comedy geniuses of all time, takes readers inside the classic film’s marvelous creation story via never-before-seen black and white and color photography from the set and contemporary interviews with the cast and crew, most notably, legendary writer-director Mel Brooks.

With access to more than 225 behind-the-scenes photos including production stills, and with captions written by Brooks himself. This book will include interviews with gifted director of photography, Gerald Hirschfeld, Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman, producer Michael Gruskoff, and the larger than life Gene Wilder.

All books sold that night will be pre-signed by MEL BROOKS.

Young Frankenstein
A Mel Brooks Book: The Story of the Making of the Film
Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal (October 18, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316315478
ISBN-13: 978-0316315470
Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.9 x 11.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
Price: $29.95
Contact the Book Store for advance purchase info: (323) 663-0122 or sales@soapplant.com or click here to Buy Now

2/19: Anthony Ausgang The Browser reading and signing at La Luz de Jesus


Anthony Ausgang
The Browser
Book reading and signing
Sunday, February 19, 4-6 PM

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

Anthony Ausgang The Browser

Join our friend, Famed Low Brow artist Anthony Ausgang at La Luz de Jesus for a signing and reading of The Browser.

Ausgang 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 also, more disturbingly, assassins for hire and blackmail opportunities. 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.

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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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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2/17: Lupercalian Celebration – A Feral House Event at La Luz de Jesus


Lupercalian Celebration – A Feral House Event!
Friday, February 17th, 2017
6 PM until it ends…

La Luz de Jesus
Soap Plant/Wacko
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Feral House invites you to celebrate the most fertile of Roman holidays, Lupercalia at Soap Plant Wacko: Purveyor of Post-Pop Culture & La Luz De Jesus Gallery the evening of Friday, February 17th. This Feral House event features music, readings, signings, refreshments and coloring books!!

This is the day of the general strike against the Trump administration. Come join your friends at LLJD / Soap Plant/Wacko for a nice respite following the strike

Ugly Things Magazine editor, and vocalist of The Loons, Mike Stax Dixson will be reading from and signing his much acclaimed, book Swim Through the Darkness. Fifteen years in the making, this book delves deep into the complex life of Craig Smith, a gifted musician, and songwriter whose songs were recorded by some of the biggest names in entertainment – Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, the Monkees. His future success seemed assured until an unexpected turn of events plunged him into a terrifying darkness. Clean-cut Smith became Maitreya Kali, the self-proclaimed psychedelic Messiah. He laid out his poignant, disturbing schizophrenic vision on a sprawling self-released double-album before disappearing completely. This is one of the strangest and most tragic untold stories of the 1960s and ’70s.

There will be an enchanting talk on Fenir the Wolf and Ragnarok by the White Witch of Los Angeles and FH author Maja D’Aoust and an appearance by author of the Encyclopaedia of Hell, Martin Olson.

Feral House publisher Adam Parfrey will give his two cents about current events as he signs your books, and other special guests are sure to attend and sign as well.

The legendary Don Bolles will spin his dazzling array of rarities, while you color pages from the Feral House Coloring Book series (Lemmy, Bowie, Ali and the soon-to-be-released Prince coloring book) with crayons and colored pencils courtesy of the publisher!


More Feral House event fun to be announced! Here’s a partial list of books that will be available at the event:

Swim Through the Darkness
Encyclopedia of Hell
David Bowie: Color the Starman
Lemmy Kilmister: Color the Ace of Spades
The Secret Source

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