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8/1: Harold Fox – So Long and Thanks for All the Fish at La Luz de Jesus


Harold Fox  So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
showing with The Fifth Annual Coaster Show

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

The pictures I have made try to represent, to some extent, everyone’s experiences in perhaps a surreal or a fantasy form. An ambiance or deja vu familiarity maybe from a dream, or a nightmare and even a reality that exists somewhere. It is the negative experience that is most enduring, at least for me…like sitting down to enjoy your favorite pie only to discover a dead fly on it.

I hope the viewer enjoys each piece as much as I did creating it. This will be my last art exhibition in Southern California. — Harold Fox

Harold Fox has enjoyed unprecedented success in his retirement. Each of his previous exhibitions has completely sold out, and so we are sad to announce that this will be his last exhibition in Los Angeles. If you’ve been waiting to add one of his vivid reminiscences of a bygone era to your own art collection, now is the time to do it. If Charles Bukowski used paintbrushes instead of a typewriter, the outcome might look something like this. But there’s also a bit of Steinbeck and Hemingway and a whole lot of Nightmare Alley. Like a skid row Robert Williams, or a sideshow Frank Cassara, Fox’s work is both cartooned, but realistic, with the types of surrealist flourishes that would make Dali proud. Fox’s is a dark, shadowy world of second rate carnivals, low rent flophouses and dustbowl trailer parks filled with ornery hustlers, scheming grifters, and Machiavellian femmes fatales, as witnessed by a support cast of affable hobos and menacing clowns.

View the full preview of the show, along with the Coaster Show, at this link

8/26: Krofft Super Art Show at La La Land Gallery


The Krofft Super Art Show

 

Saturday, August 26 at 7 PM – 11 PM

La-La Land Gallery
6450 Santa Monica Blvd,
Los Angeles, California 90038
Show run – TBA
www.lalalandgallery.com

Sponsored by Greenbar Distillery & TheLitJungle
Facebook event invite at this link

 

Sid & Marty Krofft were the creative imprinting for a whole generation. The colors and the concepts were one of a kind. The amazing stuff they did you couldn’t get away with today. It was like Willy Wonka every Saturday morning. Sid’s career stemming back to The Barnum and Bailey Circus till now is such an amazing untold story that artist and La La Land Gallery curator Kii Arens felt it was time to pay tribute, with this fabulous Krofft Super Art Show !

Chris Reccardi – “H.R.Puf ‘n’ Puf” 20×12 digital giclee on fine art paper signed, numbered edt of 250

Artist roster
Allen Price
Amanda Visell
Anthony Ausgang
Dawn Aquarius
Arbito
Art of Chase
Chris Recarrdi
Chris Shary
David Medel
Donny Miller
Fuzzy Visio Records
Grace Tame
Jesse Riggle
Kii Arens
Krista Perry
Matthew bone
Michelle Valigura
Oliver Hibert
Snaggs
Steve Ellis

Tom Hazelmyer
Lil Tuffy
Zachary Moldof

Above: Jason Riggle “Sigmund” 8″ by 8″ Acrylic

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
Click here to buy your copy online

    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.

Only books purchased from La Luz de Jesus are eligible for signing.
For more info, email: sales@soapplant.com.
Call (323)663-0122 to order by phone.

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
Click here to reserve your copy

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

6/15: Anthony Ausgang Reading feat Mitchell Brown – Stories, L.A.


Anthony Ausgang – The Browser
Reading and Signing featuring music by Mitchell Brown

Stories Bookstore
Thursday, June 15, 8 -10 pm
1716 Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-3733
www.storiesla.com

Anthony Ausgang reads from his novella The Browser

Anthony Ausgang The BrowserFamed Low Brow artist Anthony Ausgang once again steps away from his easel to put a literary twist on Pop Surrealism with his new novella, The Browser. Much of The Browser’s plot and prose is influenced by spam emails that Ausgang himself received; emails not only offering low priced meds or free money but more disturbingly, assassins for hire and blackmail.

As in Ausgang’s first two books, the main character is Puss Titter, this time playing an art curator at the Cat Museum in the city of Hill Town Eye. The action gets heavily “meta” when Puss Titter is offered both a painting by the artist Anthony Ausgang and an opportunity to thwart her own death at the hands of an online assassin. Dismayed to find that more than money is expected from her to solve the situations, Puss Titter finally takes the killing into her own hands, making the plot take a surprising turn in The Browser.

Los Angeles native Mitchell Brown (aka Nanny Cantaloupe or Professor Cantaloupe) is a musician, DJ, owner of Melon Expander Records, and assistant to developmentally disabled children. He improvises and composes using analog electronics, magnetic tape manipulation, electro-acoustics, and percussion. Current and past involvements include collaborations with various LAFMS ensembles, Ariel Pink, the Sun Araw Trio, John Wiese, Jack Name, DJ Lance Rock, Matthewdavid and M. Geddes Gengras.

Ausgang will be reading passages from his book in Stories’ back patio as well as signing copies purchased on the spot. Mitchell Brown will alternate musical performances with Ausgang’s readings, and the two will finale with a duo.

The Browser  by Anthony Ausgang
Published by Exit Studios
ISBN # 978-1-540-49358-3
8 x 5.25 x .5 in. | Pages 117
Shipping Weight: 5.5 oz.
Fiction | Alternative | Art | Animals
Price: $17.95

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

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.

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