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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

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.

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

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 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

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
Click here to buy online

Only books purchased at La Luz de Jesus are eligible for signing.
Order your signed copies today by emailing:
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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

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

1/21: The Art of Rozz Williams – From Christian Death to Death

The Art of Rozz Williams – From Christian Death to Death
Exhibit: The Art of Rozz Williams

Saturday, January 21, 7-10 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, California 90027

The Art of Rozz Williams – From Christian Death to Death. This newly updated limited (edition of 1000) hardcover book edited by Nico B includes fine binding with eight extra pages, including an updated discography, additional art images, and forward by Rikk Agnew. The book features the work of the multi-talented artist Rozz Williams, including his musical career, outsider art, and poetry, with lyrics, discographies, performance history and photos of his Christian Death, Shadow Project, Premature Ejaculation, plus Rozz Williams’ solo work featuring Gitane Demone among others, and PIG (a film directed by Nico B). The book has 256 pages and includes over 200 images.

The exhibit will feature Christian Death photography by Edward Colver, rare photos of Rozz Williams by Stephen Messer (for sale), Williams, art and photography slide projections, a video screenings featuring PIG, a film by Nico B. and Rozz Williams, and rare memorabilia on display.

Rozz Williams was a truly unique human being. Rozz was an artistic genius who wasn’t afraid to take chances in life through music and art. He was one of the pioneering artists in the musical sub-genre known as Death Rock, and he used that as a springboard to strike out in a multitude of directions, electronic music, spoken word, visual arts, and hard rock. His impact on the musical scene was far reaching and his influence can be seen and heard in the work of many other artists. Despite all of his creative abilities, I can’t help but remember a man who had a wonderful sense of humor that will go unmatched in my lifetime. –Peter Heur, Triple X records.”

The Art of Rozz Williams: From Christian Death to Death
Edited by Nico B,. foreword by Rikk Agnew
Published by Cult Epics
ISBN # 978-0-692-78742-7
11.25 x 8.75 x 1 in. | Pages 256
Shipping weight: 2.5 Lbs
Music | Alternative | Gothic | Art | Occult
Price: $49.95

Also available at the signing:
Hardcover Book signed Deluxe Box Set (Title Embedded)
Includes the Hardcover Book: The Art of Rozz Williams – From Christian Death to Death, hand signed by Nico B + PDF file (stick) + 4 Track CD + Art Exhibits DVD + Pig BD/DVD combo + 3 T-shirts (The Art of Rozz Williams, Edward Colver Christian Death, Pig) + Limited Edition Giclee print 8″x10″, as commissioned by the Estate of Rozz Williams, individually numbered 1 to 34, with certificate.

Orig Car Culture Comic Art: CARtoons @ La Luz de Jesus 1/2017

CARtoons – The Art of America’s Car Culture
showing with Steve Rude – Nexus

January 6 – January 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 6th 8PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, California 90027CARToons

CARtoons – The Art of America’s Car Culture
CARtoons magazine, the most popular and longest-running publication dedicated to automotive cartooning, proclaimed itself “the only humor magazine in the world for the lovers and owners of cars.” Produced in Los Angeles between 1959 and 1991, the magazine featured rollicking stories about hot-rods, drag-racing, muscle cars, makes and models from Chevys and Mustangs to Corvettes, and even imaginary and fantastic vehicles. CARtoons is a spirited documentation of American car culture over three decades.

This show is a reconstituted extension of the groundbreaking LACMA exhibition that just ended a six-month run in the Art of the Americas building, just upstairs from the Guilermo Del Toro: At Home with Monsters exhibition. This La Luz de Jesus Gallery presentation features even more original art by original CARtoons contributors alongside tribute paintings from some of the new contemporary scene’s most collectible names. These masters of automotive cartooning brought to life an array of recurring characters, inside jokes, and crazy cars. From original pencil and ink drawings to color proofs and original issues, the very best production art from the apex of the magazine’s three decades is offered for sale for the very first time.

Kirby Award Winner Steve Rude Exhibits at La Luz de Jesus

Steve Rude – Nexus
showing with CARtoons – The Art of America’s Car Culture

LaLuz_Steve Rude MothJanuary 6 – January 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 6th 8PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, California 90027

Steve Rude’s career began in 1981 with his and co-creator Mike Baron’s groundbreaking Nexus comic series. This space saga catapulted Rude into the field of comics, where he became a hot commodity with all the major publishers. During his first few years in the industry, Rude’s efforts led to numerous awards, such as the 1984 Russ Manning Newcomer Award, the Kirby Award for best artist in 1986, and numerous Eisner’s for artistic achievement. For three and half decades, Rude has drawn hundreds of comic’s greatest iconic heroes (several of them on the walls in this exhibit), and galvanized the art world as a comic magazine artist and illustrator.

Steve considers himself an art student. The desire to better his craft with each new project shows an expressive and caring approach. He holds deep appreciation for the illustrators who have come before. By studying the works of such masters as Andrew Loomis, John Gannam, Harry Anderson, Jack Kirby, and Russ Manning, Rude continues to perfect his talent. The result is an artist with the discipline and training of the grand illustrators from the 1930s to 1950s. Rude applies this knowledge to his true passion of modern comic books, consistently producing the gold standard of sequential art alongside his Rockwell-esque American beauty paintings.

12/4: Chris Morris’ Million Dollar Bash Dylan Music & Book Event!

dylan-bookChris Morris:
Million Dollar Bash
A Personal Journey with the Music of Bob Dylan
Book Signing, Reading + Music Event

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3-6PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, California 90027

The Million Dollar Bash celebrates veteran journalist and critic CHRIS MORRIS’ A Personal Journey with the Music of Bob Dylan with a reading, signing, and gala array of special musical guests – several of whom have played with Bob Dylan; Brother DAVE ALVIN, who may have a tale to tell about working on stage with Dylan; TONY GILKYSON of Lone Justice and X, Miss RONEE BLAKELY, the Oscar-nominated star of “Nashville,” also a member of the Rolling Thunder Revue and a featured performer in Dylan’s film Renaldo and Clara”; Mr. DON HEFFINGTON, percussionist extraordinaire, who drummed for Bob on the epic Brownsville Girl; Miss LISA FINNIE, authoritative hostess with the mostest of KCSN’s “The Dylan Hour,” and a wonderful musician herself; and the fabulous Miss RUBY FRIEDMAN, one of Chris’ favorite singers, whose debut album Gem is out now. Book author and event mastermind Chris Morris be reading from “Together Through Life” and Bob’s own Tarantula and Chronicles Volume One.

Morris’ book looks at his intense half-century-long relationship with the music of Bob Dylan, viewing the role the singer-songwriter’s work has played in his own life. A candid album-by-album exploration of Dylan’s catalog through 2016’s “Fallen Angels” examines the powerful personal impact of the musician’s art.

In 2013, Morris – the former music editor of The Hollywood Reporter and a longtime senior writer at Billboard – hit a psychological roadblock as he worked on his book Los Lobos: Dream in Blue (ultimately published in 2015 by the University of Texas Press). Hoping to get his writing flowing again, he turned to the music of Bob Dylan, whose album catalog had recently been collected in a boxed-set edition, and published his thoughts as posts on the blog site Tumblr. It quickly became apparent to the writer and to his readers that the posts were something more than a critical reconsideration of Dylan’s music.

Morris writes. The pieces were not about Dylan and they were not about me; they were about Dylan and me. I found myself reconsidering my past through these records. Where was I when this came out? How old was I? Where was I living? Who was I with? Was I in love? Was I happy? Miserable? Crazy? Was I high? Where was I working? What was my state of mind? How did the music affect me? In some cases the pieces were coolly measured (though never impersonal); in others I found myself plunging into places within me that I hadn’t visited for years. I was retrieving a portion of my life, which I had spent almost all of in the company of Bob Dylan’s music.

Here, Dylan’s music is explored album by album, from his 1962 debut as a folksinger to his 2015-16 explorations of the Classic American songbook; the creative highs and lows of his entire 37-title discography are examined.

But Morris’ take on Dylan’s music doesn’t merely weigh the quality of the work – it reveals how a gifted artist’s creations have the power to engage, incite, alter, and even rescue a listener over the course of a lifetime. Together Through Life occupies a unique space in the vast bibliography of Bob Dylan books.

Only books purchased at La Luz de Jesus are eligible for signing.

Together Through Life: A Personal Journey with the Music of Bob Dylan
by Chris Morris
Published by Rothco Press
Softcover $12.95
ISBN: 978-1941519950
5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 in. | Pages: 170
Biographies & Memoirs | Music & Criticism | Humor

Chris Morris is a music journalist and disc jockey. He was music editor of the Hollywood Reporter and senior writer for Billboard. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, Musician, Mojo, LA Weekly, the Chicago Reader, Variety, and other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.

Interview: Van Saro Concrete Jungle at La Luz de Jesus

Van Saro Concrete Jungle
showing with Danni Shinya Luo Mollier

Opening Reception: Friday, November 4th 8PM
November 4 -27, 2016

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

I continue to find beauty in the decay, but as a father (now) I try to find hope in unlikely places.

We asked Van Saro a few questions about his new exhibition via email:
What have you been up to since your last solo exhibition?

Raising two little boys, and taking shit one day at a time.


Has, or how has this election cycle affected you, personally, and in the creation of this show?

Election? it’s all bullshit. Pretend democracy, the illusion that we have some say in this madness. I stopped giving a fuck I guess


There seems to be less color in the paintings than in your last show, please explain

Ya, monochromatic is way more appealing to me. it suits the mood of the paintings better, plus I’ve always felt that the complexity of balancing colors, makes my process less creative based, and more technical. black and white really freed me up to create. most these paintings are freestyles, nothing planned out, I just sat down and started painting to match my mood.

Your detail is tight, is your effort to create such detail conscious or does a muse take over? How much time do you spend on each piece?

In past series the paintings had to be much more planned. this series I detailed parts of the paintings that I felt needed it, and kept the rest loose and rhythmical. my paintings take time, hard to say how long, every painting is different time wise.


Has being a father changed your approach to your art?

Being a father has changed everything. But it hasn’t made me a typical father, fuck that, if anything I’m even more determined to break loose from the confinement of society, and teach my kids to be the masters of there own lives

Preview the entire show at this link

11/19: Krampus Book Party signing, reading, music at La Luz de Jesus

Krampus Book Party

Krampus Book Party
book signing, reading, and musical performance

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 7-10PM
La Luz de Jesus
in the Soap Plant / Wacko building
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Last appearing at La Luz de Jesus at the 2012 publication party for Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society, a national group of guerilla artists and pranksters in which he played a leading role, author Al Ridenour returns tonight as Krampus researcher par excellence with his new book The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas

In this new incarnation, Ridenour has obsessively translated his way through countless 19th-century compendiums of folk tales and superstitions, medieval witchcraft documents, and rhymed folk plays, networked with contemporary Krampus groups and mask-carvers, corresponded with Austrian anthropologists and museums, and traveled to the Alps to be properly smacked by whips and tossed into snowbanks by rampaging devils. He’s even sweated inside his own handcrafted suit as part of LA’s annual Krampus festival, which he helped found in 2013 and now directs. With the publication of The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas, Ridenour offers a summation of these explorations in one entertainingly written lavishly illustrated volume examining not only the Krampus but related folklore of Alpine witches, ghosts, spectral armies, diabolical hunstmen, and murderous saints.

Tonight he’ll serve up some history, folklore, and fact on the topic, much of it in direct contradiction to what Americans have come to know of the Krampus through our pop-culture (mis)representations. Along with stories, slides, and video clips, expect some costumed appearances, an audience-participation Krampus Kwiz with prizes (and punishments), and perhaps a musical guest or two. Ridenour will not only be discussing and signing copies of his book, but also demonstrating a form of fortune-telling using molten lead associated with the haunted nights (“Rauhnächte”) that form the background to the Krampus mythology.

A native of Pasadena, California, Al Ridenour holds BA’s in German and English literature, has worked as an author, journalist, animator, and artist, and has been a fixture in the West Coast underground art community since the mid-1990s.

His Krampus research has taken him to the Austrian Alps and Munich, and brought him in contact with cultural anthropologists working in Salzburg and Vienna as well as dozens of members of contemporary European Krampus groups. In 2013, Ridenour co-founded Krampus Los Angeles, an organization that’s made the city ground zero for American Krampusmania.

Ridenour has translated and produced the only English-language version of 19th-century Krampus play, written articles, and lectured on the topic at the international Goethe-Institut and elsewhere, and exhibited his Krampus suits at the University of Southern California’s Doheny Museum

The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas:
Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil
by Al Ridenour
Published by Feral House
ISBN: 1627310347
7 x 0.6 x 10 in | Pages: 248
Shipping Weight: 2 Lbs.
Non-Fiction | History | Folklore | New Age | Occult | Holidays | Mythology
Price: $25

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