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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
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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.
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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.

This Eve 5/28 Parker Day Icons Book Signing and Pop Up Exhibit


Parker Day: Icons 
Book Release, Signing & Pop-Up Exhibit
Sunday, May 28, 6-9 PM

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

“For each lollipop, teddy bear, or rose-colored hair bow, there is a dead-eyed facial expression or a mouth full of messed-up teeth.” – The New Yorker

“A variety of grotesque and decadent images of club kids, internet stars and self-professed freaks.” – Vogue Italia

“We can’t look away.” – VICE

ICONS is a series of 100 semi-fictionalized portraits of LA’s eccentric personalities.

I believe identity is a malleable construct that we have the power to dismantle. Through my photography, I explore this idea of the invention of identity. I costume my subjects and craft narratives about the character they’re becoming. When they step outside of who they think they are, something more authentic comes through. It’s that presence of true emotion that I’m looking to capture in the trappings of a manufactured circumstance.

“Despite its saturated hues and often humorous subjects, there’s a darkness and a gentle undercurrent of rage that permeates my work. I’m interested in the idea that we have the power to shape our own realities but despite our abundant potential, we often feel beset by our circumstances. This gives rise to tensions and inner conflicts. It’s these feelings of frustration and the search for meaning I want to explore in the face of the absurdity of our existence.—Parker Day

Parker Day is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work explores identity and the masks we wear. Through costuming and exaggerated expressions, Day toys with the truth of who and what she portrays. She deliberately eschews Photoshop in favor of in-camera capture on film. Lurid color bathes her work and heightens the surreality of her subjects while the grain and grit of the photographs make them palpably real. She has received press from publications such as The New Yorker, Juxtapoz, Vice, i-D, and Dazed, among many others.

At 6:00 p.m., on the Sunday before Memorial Day, May 28, author Parker Day, and several of her Icon models will converge upon La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd. for a One Night Only Pop-up Exhibit and Book Signing.

Your book purchase is your ticket.

Icons by Parker Day
Foreword by Ione Gamble
Published by Not A Cult
ISBN # 978-1-945649-06-6
8 x 12 x .5 in.
112 pages (color on semi-gloss 70 lb. paper)
Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces
Art | Photography | LGBTQI | Fashion
Price: $30

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

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

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