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May 5: Renee French and Scott Teplin at La Luz de Jesus


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

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

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

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

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

The Return of First Generation Pop Surrealist, Philip Slagter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Miso / Karen Hsiao

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

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

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


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

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


Miso – La Fleur
Oil on panel, 8×10″

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

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

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


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

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

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

Will you be a patron of the next great generation?

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

Preview the entire show at this link

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

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

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

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

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

3/25: For Goodness Sake Group Show at La La Land Gallery


For Goodness Sake Group Show

March 25, 2017 – April 21, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, March 25, 7-10 PM
La La Land Gallery

 

For Goodness Sake Group Show features Mark Mothersbaugh, Shepard Fairy, Peter Blake, Oliver Hibert, Luke Chueh, Gary Taxali, Matthew Bone, Kii Arens, Anthony Ausgang, and many more! Part of the proceeds will go to Syrian Refugees Relief.

La La Land Gallery
6450 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90038
www.lalalandgallery.com


For Goodness Sake Group Show

As this new “cuckoo pants” year begins, I would like to invite you to take a well needed mental vacation with this new joy-filled For Goodness Sake group art show. The idea is clear and simple. Each artist is being asked to create a brand new piece that elicits nothing but Pure Joy.

With all that’s been going on around the world lately, this will be a refreshing change of pace and a positive new look for the future. We’re excited to tell you we have partnered with Oxfam America (oxfamamerica.org) for this show to donate to Syrian Refugees Relief.  – Kii Arens, La La Land Gallery

Featuring: Mark Mothersbaugh, Shepard Fairey, Peter Blake, Dalek, Gary Baseman, Oliver Hibert, Luke Chueh, Gary Taxali, Matthew Bone, Kii Arens, Anthony Ausgang, Rosie Lea Brind, The Art of Chase, Janee Meadows, Steve Ellis, Warmoraw, Rudy Fritsch, Mark Rogers, Anthony Ausgang, Donnie Molls, Danielle Garza, Sung Hyun, Hey Pogo, Ekaterina Oloy, Travis Lampe, Erin Goedtel, Shoko Yanagisawa, Teri Harriet, Mike Sandoval, Smiley Stevens, Amelie Laurice, and Susan Anderson. More information and preview images coming soon, stay tuned!

Image:  Gary Taxali  “Real And Friends” of 5  ink on wood panels, 45” x 28”

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
www.laluzdejesus.com

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
www.laluzdejesus.com

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.

Photos: Designer Con 2016


Here’s some photos snapped via iPhone 7+ on Sunday, November 20, day two of Designer Con 2016. It was a fantastic event, and we’re looking forward to Designer Con 2017!

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
www.laluzdejesus.com

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

Order your signed copies today by emailing: sales@soapplant.com.

11/6: Stuffed Animals A Modern Guide to Taxidermy Event

laluz_stuffed-animals


Stuffed Animals
A Modern Guide to Taxidermy
Book Release, Signing, Talk + Demo

Sunday, November 6, 2016, 1-6PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
in the Soap Plant / Wacko building
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

A quirky, timely, and disturbingly beautiful how-to taxidermy guide, emphasizing ethical sourcing and personal expression.

Whether inspiration came from an exhibition at an edgy art gallery, a visit to the Natural History Museum, or the sight of your crazy uncle’s jackalope, more and more people are opening up to the fun and wonder of taxidermy. A mix of art, science, and a touch of alchemy, taxidermy lets you engage with the natural world in ways most other people don’t. In Stuffed Animals, Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato demystify the practice, shatter the gross stereotypes, and make taxidermy accessible to anyone, anywhere.

Committed to ethical and sustainable sourcing, Anantharaman and Innamorato are part of the vanguard of young taxidermists who bring a sense of fun and experimentation to this old-school hobby. In their sold-out classes in Brooklyn, they teach hundreds of taxidermy novices how to create mantle-worthy pieces out of small birds and mammals. Both a helpful how-to manual and a strangely captivating gift book, ‘Stuffed Animals’ is the definitive guide to a growing movement.

Please join authors Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato in celebrating the release of their book at La Luz De Jesus Gallery on Sunday, November 6th.

Books will be available for purchase in-store for signing. A talk & taxidermic demonstration will also be hosted.

Divya Anantharaman is a Taxidermist-in-Residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, NY, where she teaches sold-out classes on the art of DIY taxidermy. After graduating with a BFA from Pratt Institute and working as a designer, her work naturally transitioned from wearable leather sculpture to wearable taxidermy. She lives in New York City.

Katie Innamorato, is a professionally trained taxidermy artist who teaches all over the United States. She teamed up with The Field Museum of Chicago for an educational video on Brain Scoop, has been featured on the Discovery Channel TV series Oddities, and is profiled in the book Taxidermy Art. She has won ribbons at state and world level taxidermy competitions at the professional level as well. She lives in the New York City area.

Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy
by Divya Anantharaman & Katie Innamorato
Published by Countryman Press
Hardcover $26.95
ISBN: 978-1581573329
7.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 in | Pages: 256
Arts & Photography | History & Criticism | Zoology

Order your signed copies today by emailing: sales@soapplant.com.

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