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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

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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
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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.

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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
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    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.

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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

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.

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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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