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Robert Williams:   SLANG Aesthetics! and 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz
Guest Curators: Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace)
& Gary Pressman (Copro Gallery)
Public First View: Sunday, February 22nd 2-5PM
On view: Sunday, February 22nd – April 19th, 2015
Gallery Hours 12-5 PM, Thursday – Sunday
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Located at Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING:
Sunday, Feb. 22nd 3PM: Movie Screening of Robert Williams’ Mr. Bitchin’ at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

Saturday, Feb. 28th 2PM: Artist Talk with Robert Williams

Saturday, March 14th 2PM: Curator / Juxtapoz Talk (with Andrew Hosner, Gary Pressman, Greg Escalante, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams, Gwynn Vitello, Evan Pricco, and Jeff Soto)

Saturday, March 28th 2PM: Book Signing for Robert Williams’ new book SLANG Aesthetics! with Baby Tattoo

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Robert Williams – Decline of Sophistication

 

Shag- Summer of 76

Shag- Summer of 76

Margaret Keane - Flower Heads

Margaret Keane – Flower Heads

Kwon Kyung Yup - Love

Kwon Kyung Yup – Love

Jon Swihart  - Robert Williams

Jon Swihart – Robert Williams

Christine Wu - Possession

Christine Wu – Possession

Adam Miller - The Intruder

Adam Miller – The Intruder

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Jesika von Rabbit Releases New Video “Psychic Spice”

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Photo credit: Marina Chavez


Lead singer, keyboardist, and songwriter of Gram Rabbit, Jesika von Rabbit has released her new video, “Psychic Spice”, which is also a track from her upcoming solo album titled “Journey Mitchell”. The album reflects a shift in energy for von Rabbit now that Gram Rabbit are on a sabbatical of undetermined length. For her new project which was entirely written and recorded on her own, von Rabbit is extending the electronic element of Gram Rabbit with “Adult Theme-Park Pop”.

The video, directed by Jessica Janos, starts with von Rabbit auditioning to be a new Spice Girl and unravels into a cornucopia of outrageous imagery featuring a warehouse of weirdos which von Rabbit refers to as her “prairie gangsters.”

Jesika von Rabbit will be performing on Valentine’s Day, opening for Dengue Fever at her favorite cosmic honky-tonk, Pappy and Harriet’s, which features a menu item called “Nachos von Rabbit”,  created by, and named after her.

Watch the video before von Rabbit and friends are committed to the nearest mental ward…

“Psychic Spice” video link via Video Static
“Psychic Spice” video link via APAR France

Join the Jesika von Rabbit Facebook Page
Jesika’s Twitter Feed
Jesika’s Instagram too!

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2/22 – 4/19: 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz @ LAMAG


20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz
Guest Curators: Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace) & Gary Pressman (Copro Gallery)
February 22nd – April 19th, 2015
Invitation Only Reception: Saturday, February 21st from 6-11PM

*RSVP TO: rsvp@lamag.org

Public First View: Sunday, February 22nd 2-5PM

On view: Sunday, February 22nd – April 19th, 2015
Gallery Hours 12-5PM, Thursday – Sunday

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING:
Saturday, March 14th 2PM: Curator / Juxtapoz Talk (with Andrew Hosner, Gary Pressman, Greg Escalante, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams, Gwynn Vitello, Evan Pricco, and Jeff Soto)

FOR MORE INFORMATION – interview opportunities – images
contact Lee Joseph at Reverberations Media

 

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(Los Angeles) – The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Juxtapoz magazine are pleased to present 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, a group exhibition to commemorate two decades of the magazine’s influential contribution to contemporary art and culture. On view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery and Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery, the exhibition features close to one hundred artists who have graced the publication’s pages and website, and showcases the diversity and breadth of the New Contemporary movement Juxtapoz has championed and helped to uphold.

In 1994 in San Francisco, Robert Williams, Craig Stecyk, Greg Escalante, Eric Swenson and Fausto Vitello founded Juxtapoz with the intent of fostering the art and culture of the underground. Providing an alternative voice and narrative as a counterpart to the dominant New York-centric discourse of contemporary art, it featured artists who straddled “high” and “low” culture. Aligning itself with the aesthetics of contemporary street culture, figurative art, California car culture, gig posters, tattoos, graphics, psychedelia and comics, the publication became a conduit and forum for an entirely new generation of artists who were latching on to the visual vernacular of powerfully populist themes. At a time when representational forms of art were widely disparaged by the reigning critical discourse of the art world, a discourse which championed hyper-conceptual and minimalist dogmas, Juxtapoz provided a mouth piece for the New Contemporary movement. Fluid rather than prescriptive, this movement has many monikers but is united by an ethos. The expressive possibilities afforded by figurative or representational work came to the fore, and a democratic sensibility was unleashed.

What once began as an alternative magazine is now the most widely disseminated art publication in the world. Predicated on the rejection of the artificial boundaries that consecrated “high”, Juxtapoz effectively broke down walls to allow young artists a chance at their own history. It is also an ideal that attests to the power of making accessible art about shared cultural experiences, identities and aesthetics.

The artists featured in this exhibition have been chosen based for their impact on the movement, and on how they themselves have been motivated by such an abundance of inspiration. With access to this imagery and community, new and multifaceted generations of artists continue to emerge from the ranks. Avenues made possible by Juxtapoz, through its wide variety of featured media and expressions, have shaped this aesthetic and preserves its trajectory as far as the imagination will allow.

Full lineup of participating artists in 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz:

Aaron Horkey
Aaron Nagel
Adam Caldwell
Adam Miller
Alex Yanes
Amy Sol
Andrew Hem
Andrew Schoultz
Andy Kehoe
Anthony Ausgang
Aron Wiesenfeld
Audrey Kawasaki
Bezt
Billy Norrby
Brendan Monroe
Brett Amory
Brian M. Viveros
bumblebeelovesyou
C215
Candice Tripp
Chet Zar
Chris Mars
Christine Wu
CR Stecyk
Cryptik
Curiot
Dabs Myla
Dan Quintana
Dave MacDowell
David Cooley
David Molesky
EINE
Elizabeth McGrath
Eric Fortune
Erik Jones
Ernest Zacharevic
Esao Andrews
Femke Hiemstra
Fuco Ueda
Glenn Barr
Heidi Tailifer
Henrik Aa. Uldalen
Jacub Gagnon
James Marshall
Jeff Ramirez
Jeff Soto
Jeremy Fish
Jim Houser
Joanne Nam
Joao Ruas
Joe Sorren
Joe Vaux
John Brophy
Jon Swihart
Joram Roukes
Josh Keyes
Kazu Tsuji
Kevin Peterson
Kikyz 1313
Know Hope
Kozyndan
Kris Kuksi
KuKula
Kwon Kyung-yup
Linnea Strid
Low Bros
Luke Chueh
Luke Hillestad
Marco Mazzoni
Margaret Keane
Mark Dean Veca
Mark Garro
Mark Ryden
Matt Dangler
Michael Hussar
Mike Davis
Miss Van
Naoto Hattori
Natalia Fabia
Niagara
Nick Sheehy
Nicola Verlato
Nikko Hurtado
Nosego
Odd Nerdrum
Peter Ferguson
Rob Sato
Robert S. Connett
Ryan Heshka
Sainer
Sandra Chevrier
Scott Radke
Sergio Garcia
Seth Armstrong
Shag (Josh Agle)
Shepard Fairey
Tara McPherson
Tran Nguyen
Tristan Eaton
Troy Coulterman
Word To Mother
Yoko d’Holbachie
Yosuke Ueno

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The LAMAG is located within the beautiful Barnsdall Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. To contact the gallery please call 323.644.6269. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from Noon to 5PM. For special tours and school groups, please contact Marta Feinstein at met_marta@sbcglobal.net or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at Gabriel.cifarelli@gmail.com – visit LAMAG on the web at www.lamag.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION – interview opportunities – images
contact Lee Joseph at Reverberations Media

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Margaret Keane added to Juxtapoz 20th at LAMAG

Living legend and major influence on the lowbrow and pop surrealist art movements, Margaret Keane, has just been added to the lineup of 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz! group show – What with Keane’s involvement in the already epic Juxtapoz group show and Robert Williams‘ headlining solo show SLANG Aesthetics! – the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery will be housing one of the most important shows the movements have seen yet!

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Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics!
and 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz

Guest Curators: Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace)
& Gary Pressman (Copro Gallery)

VIP Private Preview Reception: Sat., February 21st, 2015 6-11PM
(RSVP will be required / details to follow)
Public First View: Sun., February 22nd, 2015 2-5PM
Exhibition Runs: February 21st – April 19th, 2015

Taking Place At:
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Located at Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.lamag.org

Artist List for 20 Years Under The Influence Of Juxtapoz:

• Aaron Horkey
• Aaron Nagel
• Adam Caldwell
• Adam Miller
• Alex Yanes
• Amy Sol
• Andrew Hem
• Andrew Schoultz
• Andy Kehoe
• Anthony Ausgang
• Aron Wiesenfeld
• Audrey Kawasaki
• Billy Norrby
• Brendan Monroe
• Brett Amory (FEATURED INSTALLATION)
• Brian M. Viveros
• bumblebeelovesyou
• C215
• Candice Tripp
• Chet Zar
• Chris Mars
• Christine Wu
• CR Stecyk
• Cryptik
• Curiot
• D*Face
• Dabs Myla
• Dalek (aka James Marshall)
• Dan Quintana
• Dave MacDowell
• David Cooley
• David Molesky
• EINE
• Ekundayo
• Elizabeth McGrath
• Eric Fortune
• Erik Jones
• Ernest Zacharevic
• Esao Andrews
• Femke Hiemstra
• Fuco Ueda
• Glenn Barr
• Heidi Tailifer
• Henrik Aa. Uldalen
• Jacub Gagnon
• Jeff Ramirez
• Jeff Soto
• Jeremy Fish
• Jim Houser
• Joanne Nam
• Joao Ruas
• Joe Sorren
• Joe Vaux
• John Brophy
• Jolene Lai
• Joram Roukes
• Josh Keyes
• Kazu Tsuji
• Kevin Peterson
• Kikyz 1313
• KNOW HOPE
• Kozyndan
• Kris Kuksi
• KuKula
• Kwon Kyungyup
• Linnea Strid
• Low Bros
• Luke Chueh
• Luke Hillistead
• Marco Mazzoni
• Margaret Keane
• Mark Dean Veca
• Mark Garro
• Mark Ryden
• Matt Dangler
• Meggs
• Michael Hussar
• Mike Davis
• Miss Van
• Naoto Hattori
• Natalia Fabia
• Niagra
• Nick Sheehy
• Nicola Verlato
• Nikko Hurtado
• Nosego
• Odd Nerdrum
• Peter Ferguson
• Rob Sato
• Robert S. Connett
• Ryan Heshka
• Sandra Chevrier
• Scott Radke
• Sergio Garcia
• Seth Armstrong
• SHAG (Josh Agle)
• Shepard Fairey
• Tara McPherson
• Tran Nguyen
• Tristan Eaton
• Troy Coulterman
• Word To Mother
• Yoko d’Holbachie
• Yosuke Ueno
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1/24: Whirligigs: The Art of Peter Gelker @ Begovich Gallery


Whirligigs: The Art of Peter Gelker
Guest Curator | Lynn Gamwell
January 24 – February 26, 2015
Opening reception | Saturday, Jan.  24, 2015, 5-8 pm
Visual Arts – Begovich Gallery

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Cal State Fullerton
800 North State College Boulevard,
Fullerton, CA 92831
Phone: 657-278-7750
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Begovich Gallery Hours
Free admission
Monday – Thursday 12 – 4pm
Saturday 12 – 2pm
Closed Friday, Sunday, Major Holidays and periods of University closure.

Parking on weekends is free starting at 5 p.m. Friday. At other times, daily permits are $8 and can be purchased upon entering the parking structure/lots.


This exhibition presents about twenty-five whirligigs on psychological themes, carved in wood and painted by Peter Gelker.


www.petergelker.com

Curatorial thesis and exhibition themes:

A breeze blows, a wheel turns, a soldier springs to life and spears a giant spider. Such fanciful woodcarvings are in the American Folk Art tradition of whirligigs, which is continued today by Peter Gelker in his twirling figures in the throws of myths, dreams, and nightmares. Gelker was introduced to whirligigs by his father, a machinist who learned to carve growing up in the Depression-era Midwest near the Ozarks. Gelker left rural life and manual labor for an academic life in California, where he enrolled in medical school and studied psychiatry. But his rural roots kept sprouting and flowering in his passion for crafting metaphors for the human mind—and its neurological substrate—which he encountered on his day-job. Thus Gelker senior passed a Folk Art tradition on to his son, who makes serious toys for a mad-cap world.

Whirligigs have a place in the history of psychiatry, in which Gelker holds an M.D., and psychoanalysis, in which he is certified. Sigmund Freud recognized that people use jokes to inflict pain (he collected “Jewish jokes”), but Freud also stressed the healing power of humor (The Joke and its Relation to the Unconscious, 1905). While being careful not to trivialize suffering, the creator of a comic antic encourages us to not take our troubles too seriously, makes us laugh, and helps us to see through to a brighter day. The role of toys and games in child development began being studied in the 1930s-40s by the Austrian analyst Melanie Klein, and after World War II, her student, the British pediatrician Donald Winnicott, expanded her work to include toys for adults (sports cars, designer clothes), in so-called object relations psychotherapy. Following this lead, today mental health professionals ask: Why do we collect certain objects? How do games of make-believe help us navigate our way through the labyrinth of life? Why do so many people find comfort in Folk Art? Why do Peter Gelker’s whirligigs make us smile?

Catalogue: about 100 pages, hardcover with dust jacket, including a CD (of the whirligigs in motion) in a sleeve inside the back cover. Edited by Lynn Gamwell. Essays by Simon Bronner and Lynn Gamwell.

Simon Bronner Ph.D. specializes in so-called “psychological ethnology”—the study of the human emotions, perceptions, and motivations that underlie the creations of Folk Art. A graduate of the Folklore Institute of Indiana University and currently Distinguished Professor of American Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, he is author of The Carver’s Art: Crafting Meaning from Wood (University Press of Kentucky, 1996), a study of four elder woodcarvers in rural Indiana. In this landmark study, Bronner focused on the psychological meaning of woodcarving within the cultural context of the Midwest and the individual lives of these men. In 2011 Bronner was named editor of the leading reference work on American Folklore, the Encyclopedia of American Studies.

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Peter Gelker

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1/17: Cartwheel Art Tour Presented by LA Art Show


Cartwheel Art Tours Announces
Cartwheel Art Tour of the Downtown Los Angeles Art District
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 11:00am to 3pm

Presented by LA Art Show and Arts District Alliance,
a project of Arts District Community Council LA

Contact: Cindy Schwarzstein, 213-537-0687, cindy@cartwheelart.com

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On Saturday, January 17, Cartwheel Art founder Cindy Schwarzstein leads a Cartwheel Art Tour of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. This immersive experience is designed especially for LA Art Show guests as a prelude to, and extension of, the Sunday LA Art Show panel, Dialogs LA The Arts District: The Development of an Art Scene and the Art of Development.

This walking tour of the most unique, art-centric, and rapidly changing part of Los Angeles is presented by LA Art Show and the Arts District Alliance, a project of Arts District Community Council LA (ADCCLA) and compliments the Arts District Alliance’s LA Art Show continuum. Cartwheel Art produced this tour of Los Angeles mural art and the vibrant Downtown Los Angeles Arts District to celebrate the LA Art Show’s 20th anniversary.

Saturday’s tour showcases the murals of internationally well-known artists, emerging artists and Los Angeles graffiti crews, along with significant points of interest, and includes interactions with artists, developers, historians and creative entrepreneurs.

This LA Art Show Cartwheel Art walking tour will include an eclectic team of knowledgeable and passionate insiders from the district who are deeply connected to the art, food, history and developments occurring in the neighborhood. Some of the guest speakers will be participating in the Dialogs LA Panel Discussions on Sunday. The tour will also view murals by artists who are featured in the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) exhibition and discuss their work, in anticipation of Saturday afternoon’s MCLA panel discussion, Public Art Land Grab: The Gold Rush Economy of LA’s Mural Renaissance as well seeing murals by artists featured in the El Segundo Museum of Art’s “Scratch” triptych at the LA Art Show. Graffiti historian/photographer/curator/author Steve Grody (Graffiti L.A.: Street Styles and Art) will join the tour to provide historical background and details.

Tour participants will also get to experience the neighborhood where four Chinese photographers from China Projects will be artists-in-residence as part of the LA Art Show continuum. These photographers will participate in an exchange program with Arts District photographers from Tuesday, January 20 through Sunday, January 25 in collaboration with the Arts District Alliance, Cartwheel Art and the LA Art Show.

Along with murals, participants will have a rare visit to high-end residential loft, carefully restored and renovated by Yuval Bar-Zemer, Principal of Linear City Development and one of the panelists on Sunday’s Dialogs LA “The Arts District: The Development of an Art Scene and the Art of Development.” The group will also visit brick-and-mortar early adopters and new service businesses, ranging from organic food shops and cafes like the Daily Dose to galleries and makers’ boutiques like Downtown Design League whose founder, Yasmina Cruz, is also a panelist on Sunday’s discussion. Participants will have an opportunity to see and discuss the pros and cons of development. Filmmaker Stephen Seemayer (Tales of the American and Young Turks), a performance artist who lived in the Arts District for over twenty-five years, will provide background and history.

The tour will also visit Angel City Brewery where guests who are over 21 can sample local brews and learn about beer making and the history of the brewery’s venerable building.

The tour meets at 11:00am on Saturday January 17 at the LA Art Show ticketing entrance. The tour begins with a bus ride to the Arts District where participants will take a 10-12 block walk before returning to the LA Art Show via bus at 3pm. Tickets are $47.50 and include transportation, a detailed map of the murals and features of Downtown Los Angeles Arts District along with a food sampling at the beginning of the tour from our sponsor Daily Dose Café and admission into the LA Art Show as part of the itinerary. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

Cartwheel Art and Cartwheel Art Tours
Cartwheel Art publishes an online art magazine and provides a full range of promotional and editorial media services in addition to producing and offering tours, currently specializing in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, where they are based. Private and public group tours are offered currently in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. Cartwheel Art Tours are designed to engage the community with an opportunity for individuals, groups, and organizations—whether local or visiting—to discover, explore, and experience the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District through the eyes and voices of special guest speakers from the neighborhood including artists, advocates, creative entrepreneur, and historians. Most tours include a map, created by Cartwheel Art, identifying the murals, artist studios, galleries, event spaces, restaurants, bars, cafes and other creative businesses in the vibrant Arts District. For more information, please visit CartwheelArt.com

For more information about the Cartwheel Art Tour and the itinerary, visit CartwheelArt.com/calendar or for questions, email Contact@CarwtheelArt.com

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Dialogs LA Panel “The Arts District: The Development of an Art Scene and the Art of Development” presented by Cartwheel Art and Arts District Alliance, a project of Arts District Community Council LA, will focus on how the Arts District’s past and present and the issues facing many cities as they develop older districts into attractive creative hubs for businesses and residents. For more information please visit the LA Art Show website.

Arts District Alliance
Arts District Alliance, a project of Arts District Community Council LA (ADCCLA), based in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, focuses on art exchange as an opportunity to create dialogue, collaboration and discovery between artists and community members in different cities around the globe. For more information about Arts District Alliance and the Continuum Exchange Program collaboration with Arts District Alliance, Cartwheel Art and the LA Art Show from Tuesday January 20, 2015 – Sunday January 25, 2015, please visit their website.

CARTWHEEL ART TOUR OF THE DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES ART DISTRICT
Presented by Arts District Alliance, a project of Arts District Community Council LA

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 11:00am to 3:00pm. Meet at LA Art Show ticket entrance.
Tickets $47.50

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1/9: LoveyDove and Gluey Brothers at Viva Cantina

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LoveyDove
The Gluey Bros
Pete Handelman

8PM – 12PM
No Cover – All Ages
Viva Cantina
900 W Riverside Dr
Burbank CA 91506
Free parking in the Pickwick Bowl lot.
www.vivacantina.com
818-845-2425


Friday, January 9 marks LoveyDove‘s first show of 2015 at Viva Cantina, located across from Pickwick Bowl in Burbank, with the fabulously outrageous Gluey Brothers.

LoveyDove are one of SoCal’s choicest purveyors of pop since 2013. Dan West & Azalia Snail are mainstays in the underground world of indie rock rising to new heights with their LoveyDove union. Their debut album was called  irresistible by the LA Weekly. Their song “Less is Never More” is featured in the Sony feature Space Station 76. Their next album ShowStopper is due in Spring 2015.
LoveyDove Facebook Page

The Gluey Brothers have been entertaining audiences nationwide with their unique and wacky sounds for over 15 years.

Opening the night is comedian Pete Handelman, who has starred in Whitefire Theatre Hollywood Shorts.

Photograph by Rosalind Guder

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Robert Williams SLANG Aesthetics! and Juxtapoz 20th


Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics!
and 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz

Guest Curators: Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace)
& Gary Pressman (Copro Gallery)

VIP Private Preview Reception: Sat., February 21st, 2015 6-11PM
(RSVP required to rsvp@lamag.org)
Public First View: Sun., February 22nd, 2015 2-5PM
Exhibition Runs: February 21st – April 19th, 2015
Taking Place At:
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Located at Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Juxtapoz magazine are pleased to present new works by Robert Williams in SLANG Aesthetics! in conjunction with 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, a group exhibition by guest curators Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery and Gary Pressman of Copro Gallery. Both exhibitions will be on view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery from February 22nd to April 19th, 2015. These two exhibitions commemorate the 20th anniversary of Juxtapoz magazine, founded by Williams in 1994, and it’s vast influence on several generations of artists.
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Robert Williams is widely upheld as the godfather of the low brow and pop surrealist art movements, and with as much frequency denigrated as an irreverent iconoclast among the arbiters of “high” art. As both patriarch and outlaw, Williams’ enduring influence on the New Contemporary movement is undeniable. A true maverick who sought to create vital work that channeled the shifting energies and immediacy of counterculture, from the 60’s onward, Williams’ paintings invoked a return to craftsmanship, figuration and demotic imagery that rejected the elitist tenets of conceptual minimalism. In 1994 Williams founded Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine and created a platform for this young and insurgent energy on the West Coast; a publication that was dedicated to the underground and to its cultural mutineers. Williams, a self described Conceptual Realist, continues to create artworks that elicit a response and offer an opinion. Relying on concrete, and relatable, imagery to invoke ideas and concepts, rather than on the non-comital spasms of abstraction, his work continues to cut, seethe, confront and move. Not for the faint of heart, Williams speaks an unruly truth that captures the dark, the beautiful and the appalling tenor of our modern world. SLANG Aesthetics! is Robert Williams’ first major body of work to debut in Los Angeles in well over a decade, and will feature 25 new oil paintings by the artist alongside a suite of drawings, and a series of large-scale sculptures fabricated with the assistance of Gentle Giant Studios.

In conjunction with Williams’ new exhibition of work, 20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz celebrates the publication’s 20th anniversary. What once began as an alternative magazine, Juxtapoz is now the most widely disseminated art publication in the world. Predicated on the rejection of the artificial boundaries that consecrated “high”, Juxtapoz effectively broke down walls to allow young artists a chance at their own history. It is also an ideal that attests to the power of making accessible art about shared cultural experiences, identities and aesthetics. The magazine has helped to define and bring to light one of the most exciting art movements of our time, an incipient movement in 1994 that has now, finally 20 years later, begun to infiltrate the mainstream art markets and institutions from which it had once been excluded. It is also a movement with a massive fan following that attests to the power, and relevance, of making accessible art about shared cultural experiences, identities and aesthetics. The artists featured in this exhibition have been chosen based for their impact on the movement, and on how they themselves have been motivated by such an abundance of inspiration. With access to this imagery and community, new and multifaceted generations of artists continue to emerge from the ranks. Avenues made possible by Juxtapoz, through its wide variety of featured media and expressions, have shaped this aesthetic and preserves its trajectory as far as the imagination will allow.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The LAMAG is located within the beautiful Barnsdall Park at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. To contact the gallery please call 323.644.6269. Gallery hours are: Thursday through Sunday from Noon to 5PM. For special tours and school groups, please contact Marta Feinstein at met_marta@sbcglobal.net or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at Gabriel.cifarelli@gmail.com – visit LAMAG on the web at www.lamag.org

Artist List for 20 Years Under The Influence Of Juxtapoz:

• Aaron Horkey
• Aaron Nagel
• Adam Caldwell
• Adam Miller
• Alex Yanes
• Amy Sol
• Andrew Hem
• Andrew Schoultz
• Andy Kehoe
• Anthony Ausgang
• Aron Wiesenfeld
• Audrey Kawasaki
• Billy Norrby
• Brendan Monroe
• Brett Amory (FEATURED INSTALLATION)
• Brian M. Viveros
• bumblebeelovesyou
• C215
• Candice Tripp
• Chet Zar
• Chris Mars
• Christine Wu
• CR Stecyk
• Cryptik
• Curiot
• D*Face
• Dabs Myla
• Dalek (aka James Marshall)
• Dan Quintana
• Dave MacDowell
• David Cooley
• David Molesky
• EINE
• Ekundayo
• Elizabeth McGrath
• Eric Fortune
• Erik Jones
• Ernest Zacharevic
• Esao Andrews
• Femke Hiemstra
• Fuco Ueda
• Glenn Barr
• Heidi Tailifer
• Henrik Aa. Uldalen
• Jacub Gagnon
• Jeff Ramirez
• Jeff Soto
• Jeremy Fish
• Jim Houser
• Joanne Nam
• Joao Ruas
• Joe Sorren
• Joe Vaux
• John Brophy
• Jolene Lai
• Joram Roukes
• Josh Keyes
• Kazu Tsuji
• Kevin Peterson
• Kikyz 1313
• KNOW HOPE
• Kozyndan
• Kris Kuksi
• KuKula
• Kwon Kyungyup
• Linnea Strid
• Low Bros
• Luke Chueh
• Luke Hillistead
• Marco Mazzoni
• Margaret Keane
• Mark Dean Veca
• Mark Garro
• Mark Ryden
• Matt Dangler
• Meggs
• Michael Hussar
• Mike Davis
• Miss Van
• Naoto Hattori
• Natalia Fabia
• Niagra
• Nick Sheehy
• Nicola Verlato
• Nikko Hurtado
• Nosego
• Odd Nerdrum
• Peter Ferguson
• Rob Sato
• Robert S. Connett
• Ryan Heshka
• Sandra Chevrier
• Scott Radke
• Sergio Garcia
• Seth Armstrong
• SHAG (Josh Agle)
• Shepard Fairey
• Tara McPherson
• Tran Nguyen
• Tristan Eaton
• Troy Coulterman
• Word To Mother
• Yoko d’Holbachie
• Yosuke Ueno
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1/9: Swamp Dogg plus Bobby Patterson & Vera Lee


Swamp Dogg at the Echo with special guests Bobby Patterson & Vera Lee Fri, January 9, 2015.

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AliveSwampDoggWhiteManLP”I’m just watching the world go by and reacting to it,” Swamp Dogg says of his new Alive Naturalsound release The White Man Made Me Do It, his first new album since the recent career resurgence that’s won the veteran R&B visionary an influx of new, young fans.

The 14-song collection, which will hit stores on January 13, 2014, maintains the edgy mix of sociopolitical commentary, slice-of-life comedy and sly storytelling that are the hallmarks of the artist’s large and beloved body of work. The typically uncompromising set encompasses the provocative racial insights of the title track and “Prejudice Is Alive and Well,” the earthy interpersonal observations of “Renae” and “Let Me Be Wrong,” the soulful uplift of “I’m So Happy” and “Light A Candle Ring A Bell.” Other highlights include the cautionary Sly Stone tribute “Can Anybody Tell Me Where Is Sly,” along with a trio of cover tunes — Sam Cooke’s romantic “You Send Me,” the Clovers’ wry “Your Cash Ain’t Nothing But Trash” and the Robins’ Leiber-and-Stoller-penned “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” — that continue Swamp’s long history of putting his unmistakable stamp on classic R&B numbers.

Swamp sees The White Man Made Me Do It as the natural, if belated, successor to his seminal 1970 album Total Destruction to Your Mind, the cult classic that first introduced Swamp Dogg to a waiting, if sometimes uncomprehending, world.

I think that this one comes closer to the Total Destruction album than anything else I’ve done,” Swamp asserts, explaining, “When I went in and cut Total Destruction, I was like the little old lady that goes into the casino and puts a dollar into the slot and wins $900,000, because I didn’t know what I was doing. It took a long time for me to get to the point, craftsmanship-wise, where I could do it again intentionally.

I think that this one comes closer to the Total Destruction album than anything else I’ve done,” Swamp asserts, explaining, When I went in and cut Total Destruction, I was like the little old lady that goes into the casino and puts a dollar into the slot and wins $900,000, because I didn’t know what I was doing. It took a long time for me to get to the point, craftsmanship-wise, where I could do it again intentionally.

The veteran singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist — born Jerry Williams Jr. — is the creator of a singular body of music that stretches back six decades, and which hit its stride with his late-’60s self-reinvention as Swamp Dogg. Since then, he’s released more than 30 albums showcasing his brutally honest, often howlingly funny songs, which mix classic Southern soul grooves with pointed, poignant lyrics that are both profound and profane, reflecting vividly and insightfully upon politics, war, race and the abiding mysteries of love and sex, and demonstrating a savage sense of humor as well as an instinctive aversion to hypocrisy. In the ’70s, Swamp’s uncompromising attitude — and his participation in Jane Fonda’s now-legendary anti-war FTA tour — even won him a spot on then-President Richard Nixon’s infamous Enemies List.

Entertainment Weekly called Swamp Dogg “a one of a kind musical genius.” England’s The Guardian dubbed him “the soul genius that time forgot.” AllMusic.com described him as “one of the great cult figures of 20th century American music.” Mojo magazine noted that “He’s made some of the maddest, funny, baddest, odd, angry, funkiest soul records.” And Rolling Stone observed that “he sings like some unfrozen Atlantic soul man of the ’60s — his voice clarion pure, his phrasing a model of smoldering restraint.”

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Jason Lee & the RIP Tides play Tonga Hut PS Fest of Lights Float


Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides to play Tonga Hut float in Palm Springs Festival of Lights 12/6/2014


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San Diego instrumental surf band and Dionysus Records recording artists Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides will deliver a high energy set of holiday inspired surf music while aboard the Tonga Hut’s tiki themed Xmas float – designed by artist Eric October with help from friends of Tonga Hut, at the annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade. After the parade – Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides will play at Tonga Hut Palm Springs, with DJ Lee of Dionysus Records and LuxuiraMusic.com will be spinning before and after the live music.

Tonga Hut SignThe Festival of Lights Parade takes place the first weekend in December and has quickly become one of Palm Springs’ most beloved traditions, attracting over 80,000 people to downtown Palm Springs each year.

Shops and restaurants along the parade route on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs will be open. The parade starts at 5:45pm.

The parade starts off at Ramon Rd at 5:45pm and follows Palm Canyon Drive through downtown Palm Springs to Tamarisk Rd.

Tonga Hut, located at 254 N Palm Canyon Dr. brings to Palm Springs a classic American mid-century Polynesian themed restaurant / bar in a tiki-modern setting, with full appetizer, dinner and cocktail menus.Tonga Hut Palm Springs is the offspring of the Tonga Hut North Hollywood, Opening its’ doors in 1958 during the heyday of tiki culture in Southern California, Tonga Hut is the oldest surviving tiki bar in Los Angeles.

Tonga Hut Palm Springs has been lovingly decorated by artist Tiki Diablo and Chase Marshall (Beauty Bar in L.A. and Cobra Lounge in NYC) with vintage items as well as contemporary contributions from many artists in the tiki community including Leroy Schmaltz from Oceanic Arts, Eric October, Bosko, Kirby, Nelson’s Tiki Hut and “Mad Dog” Mike Gilbert.

Tonga Hut’s menu offers classic Polynesian/Cantonese/American dishes, like you might have found at Don the Beachcomber on old Palm Canyon Drive in the Rat Pack era. The cocktail menu contains more than 40 drinks including classic cocktails, classic tiki drinks as well as numerous original drinks including some that are exclusive to the Palm Springs location.

Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides are a three-piece group who deliver a raw and edgy mix to the culture of instrumental surf music. The group has developed a dedicated fan base from local and national surf, skate and tiki sub-cultures. Guitarist Jason Lee writes and records original music for television networks such as A&E, Discovery, Spike and more, and also gives guitar lessons dedicated to the tones and technique of the 60’s via You Tube videos, and at the annual Tiki Oasis weekender.

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