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9/10: Marion Peck Lamb Land Book Signing at La Luz de Jesus

Marion Peck Lambland

Marion Peck
Lamb Land Book Release and Signing Party
Saturday, September 10, 2016
4-7 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027


This is a World Premiere, and only local event! Marion will be joined by her husband Mark Ryden for the book signing.

The first complete monograph of the goddess of Pop Surrealism.

For over 20 years, Marion Peck has stood out on the contemporary art scene as a unique artist with a classical education and a fondness for the unusual. Maion Peck Lamb Land is a complete, career-spanning tome is outright enchanting; featuring three-eyed cats and uncuddly teddybears in a pagan celebration of kitsch.

Marion Peck is a unique artist on the contemporary scene. Simultaneously inspired by Peter Bruegel and Pee Wee Herman, modern kitsch, and ancient magic, she is the author of a distinctive and considerable body of work over the last twenty years. Marion Peck Lamb Land contains paintings from throughout her career, new essays and an in-depth interview. This beautiful volume initiates the reader into Marion Peck’s completely unique graphic, poetic, and fantastic world like never before.

>Last Gasp published her previous monograph, with a print run of 4000 copies, which sold out in a few weeks.

>For the first time, Marion Peck wrote several essays, a must-have for her numerous fans!

>A 250-page monograph, from her early beginnings to her most recent works.

Born in 1963 in Colombia, Marion Peck has organized numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and in Europe (Paris and Rome). She currently lives in Eagle Rock, California, with her husband, Mark Ryden.

Attendees are allowed one extra signature per purchased book, and encouraged to buy in advance by calling the bookstore: (323)663-0122

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Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Cernunnos (September 20, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 2374950018
ISBN-13: 978-2374950013
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 11.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds

Tiki Oasis 16: Party on Monster Island Art Show 8/19-21

Tiki Oasis 16 Art Show

Tiki Oasis 16 Art Show

Tiki Oasis 16: “Party on Monster Island” Art Show
August 19-21
Crowne Plaza, Hotel Circle,
San Diego

Free, open to the public, all ages!
Location: Grand Hanalei Ballroom Foyer, Crowne Plaza
Artist Reception: Saturday Aug 20th 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Meet the Tiki Oasis Artists and the 2016 Winner of the Miss Tiki Oasis Pageant!
View previous art show video here:

Though weekend tickets to Tiki Oasis are sold out, the Tiki Oasis 16: Party on Monster Island Art Show, dedicated to this year’s Tiki Oasis theme “Party on Monster Island” is open to the public! The show includes some of your favorite artists from previous Tiki Oasis art shows, and a few newcomers!

Art Show Hours
Friday 10am – 9pm
Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

Featuring: Andre Ritter, BigToe Art, Brian Boskind, Chris Crites, Christine Benjamin, CraigR, David Krys, Dawn Frasier Sophista-tiki, Derek Yaniger, Devon Devereaux, Doug Dorr, Doug Horne, Eddy Crosby, Eric October, Erin Joy, Harry Decker, Ken “little-lost tiki” Ruzic, Kymm! Bang, Lori Herbst, Megan Besmirched, Michael Fleming (aka Tweedlebop), Michael Grider, Mike Mass, Mookie Sato , Norm Daniels, REESENIK, Robert Jimenez, Ryan Hungerford, Sandra Fremgen “Panda and Me”, Scott Saw, Susannah Mosher Atomikitty, Tiki King, Tiki tOny, TikiPops, Vestige Photography, Wendy Cevola, Woody Miller

Preview just a few of the images here! More forthcoming…

3/30: Two Dollar Radio & McSweeney’s AWP PARTY at La Luz de Jesus


Two Dollar Radio & McSweeney’s
Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Wacko / Soap Plant
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees flock for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2015 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America.

Join us at La Luz de Jesus Gallery on Wednesday, March 30th to celebrate the opening night with independent literary power houses Two Dollar Radio & McSweeney’s.

Two Dollar Radio was started in 2005 by Eric Obenauf and Eliza Wood-Obenauf, a young husband-and-wife team with no experience in publishing other than an intense love of books. Over the past 10 years, they’ve become one of the most trusted and acclaimed independent publishers in North America, and the only one to also produce films. Their books have been honored by the National Book Foundation, finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, picked as “Editors’ Choice” selections by The New York Times Book Review, and made year-end best-of lists at O, The Oprah Magazine, National Public Radio, Slate, Salon, The Believer, and others. The Brooklyn Rail credits Two Dollar Radio with publishing “some of the finest works of contemporary fiction,” while The Los Angeles Times has said they provide the industry with “an air of possibility, the belief that the future was very much in play.” Publishing Perspectives dubbed Two Dollar Radio “a budding literary movement;” The Seattle Stranger envisioned them leading a “dream industry” out of the wreckage of corporate publishing.

McSweeney’s is a publishing company based in San Francisco. As well as operating a daily humor website, they also publish Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Believer, and an ever-growing selection of books under various imprints. The recipient of dozens of awards for its contributions to literature and publishing, McSweeney’s was named one of the country’s most innovative media companies for “proving the value of print publishing.” McSweeney’s has helped launch the careers of dozens of emerging writers, such as Philipp Meyer, Wells Tower, and Rebecca Curtis; it has also published the works of well-established authors such as Michael Chabon, Stephen King, David Foster Wallace, George Saunders, Michael Ian Black, Nick Hornby, and Joyce Carol Oates. The house has also published the work of musicians, critics and artists including David Byrne and Beck. They’ve also transitioned to a nonprofit in order to fund projects with the next great wave of writers and artist and we’ll be accepting $2 donations at the door to help with that.

Readings will be performed casually throughout the evening and we’ll have a collection of new publications on hand by each publisher with authors available to sign them.

Only books purchased here will qualify for signing.
Contact the book store for purchase information.
(323)663-0122 or

Tags: AWP, literary, McSweeney’s, Party, Two Dollar Radio

3/6: David Arnoff Shot In The Dark Book Release and Signing Party


Shot In The Dark:
The Collected Photography of David Arnoff

Book release and signing party
Sunday, March 6th, 2016, 4-7pm
with DJ Lee spinning 70s-early 80s punk rock and roots 45s!

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

His photos are like the Damned’s music…no bullshit. -Rat Scabies

One of the best rock photographers of his generation, David Arnoff has been described by Lydia Lunch as a “A renegade misfit from the Rust Belt shooting outcasts who congregate from one ghetto to the next in search of other miscreants to make mischief with.”

This strictly limited edition of 1500 hardcover (Faux-leather bound and embossed hardcover) collects for the first time over 150 of Arnoff’s raw black-and-white photographs and vividly captures the dirt, sweat, altered states and “ungodly sounds” of some of rock’s most potent players, including PATTI SMITH, THE CLASH, LOU REED, X, GUN CLUB, RAMONES, MINK DEVILLE, BLONDIE, MISFITS & many more.

Since the dawn of punk in ’76, David’s work has appeared in just about every righteous music mag in the world, as well as on album covers as iconic as the CRAMPS’ “Songs the Lord Taught Us.” Now at long last SHOT IN THE DARK collects the cream of the crop, both classic & previously unpublished, It is 186 heavyweight pages of in-your-face concert shots & intimate portraits all in one big volume. Volume – as in LOUD.

This deluxe package is supplemented by personal insights and eye-witness accounts from many of the prime suspects including Motorhead, Nick Cave, X, Jayne/Wayne County, Walter Lure, & the Dead Boys, plus a new conversation between Arnoff and Lydia Lunch.

SHOT IN THE DARK: THE COLLECTED PHOTOGRAPHY OF DAVID ARNOFF is a powerful visual documentation of this ‘Devil’s music’ and those who create it.

Shot In The Dark: The Collected Photography of David Arnoff
Limited to 1500 copies
Retail price: $39.99
Faux-leather bound & embossed hardcover
Pages: 186 pages printed on heavy paper stock
Publisher: Sympathetic Press (October 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0-578-16747-3
Product Dimensions: 9 x 12 inches
Shipping Weight: TBA

2/5: Jessicka Addams “Please Stop Loving Me” at La Luz de Jesus

Jessicka Addams & Lindsey Way with Special Guests
Ave Rose, Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, Lena Rushing, Peca, and Valarie Bermudez

February 5-28, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, February 5th, 8-11PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Florida-born, Los Angeles-based artist Jessicka Addams‘ fascination with Goth culture, all things John Waters, death and cats collide in a disconsonant shower of sparks in her newest body of work, Please Stop Loving Me. Inspired by The Cure’s “End,” Please Stop Loving Me starts as a mystery providing boxes of clues to the artist’s intent, bit-by-bit, moment by painful moment; glimpses into the psyche of a person unraveling. Each one is carefully archived: grief here, betrayal there, an undiagnosed illness and several sudden deaths of the people closest to her. Experiences that changed her life indefinitely have been made corporeal, never to be forgotten. Throughout her exploration of identity, vulnerability and loss, Jessicka maintains an element of humor that subtly lifts the heaviness of her melancholy sculptures and paintings.

Jessicka is also the founding member and singer of seminal indie rock bands scarling. and Jack Off Jill, who reformed for select live dates in 2015. Additionally, she is the resident curator and researcher at Dark Dark Science, investigating the fluid relationship between art and music. Through Dark Dark Science, Jessicka strives to gain an understanding of the processes of others, the methods of individual visual artists, as well as the nature of their relationships with music and film, while continuing to create and exhibit her own work.

Jessicka’s work has been displayed throughout the United States, and featured in numerous publications including the French Art magazine Hey!

Copies of her recent zine After Grrrl: Small Stories from Big Lives, a collection of stories from her friends and influences, will available at the opening. Click here for more information about After Grrrl




1/2: Boombox Creators Closing Party at La Luz de Jesus

Boombox Creators Closing Party
Saturday, January 2nd, 7-10PM
Exhibition ends January 3rd, 2016

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Come see and hear the boombox sound system one more time, pick up a cassette or two, buy a real or chocolate boombox, and meet Patti Astor, star of the seminal, Hip-Hop classic Wild Style and co-founder of NYC’s legendary FUN Gallery where neighborhood kids, downtown artists, b-boys, rock, film and rap stars mixed with museum directors, art historians and uptown collectors at wild openings featuring artists like Futura, Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Boombox Creators is a tribute to the iconic, functional, and utilitarian cultural artifacts known as boomboxes, and the collection curator Matt Kennedy has assembled makes a good argument for the boombox as high art. This exhibition features original, design blueprints for boomboxes that never went into production, paintings and sculpture inspired by them, photographs from the era, and of course, the boxes themselves. The closing party will feature O.G. Jeckle, old-school poppers, and other special guests dancing to the boombox sound system, which includes classic JVC, Lasonic, Sharp, Panasonic, Sanwa, and many other classic, electronic masterpieces.

We’re also exhibiting the very first exhibition of GWAR co-founder Hunter Jackson’s art (the current cover story on Juxtapoz Magazine) alongside a selection of 60 pieces by 20 artists, all priced $400 or less. This post-holiday jam is perfect for starting your New Year right!


Contact the director at (323)666-7667 or

Jesika von Rabbit: Coachella’s Best – NYE DJ – Jan Shows

Photo credit: Guillermo Prieto

Photo credit: Guillermo Prieto

Jesika von Rabbit has won Best Local Musician in Coachella Valley (CV) Independent’s Best of Coachella Valley 2015-2016: Readers’ Picks. An award ceremony will take place tonight at BART Lounge in Cathedral City.

von Rabbit will be ringing in the New Year with a New Year’s Eve DJ gig at TRYST in Palm Springs, which will include a guest set from her bassist, and DJ Lee Joseph. The two intend to fill the dance floor with a full night of up-tempo tracks. There is no cover charge! TRYST is centrally located, next to the HardRock at 188 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

On January 30th, von Rabbit opens for the legendary Wanda Jackson at Pappy & Harriet’s – we just learned that the SHOW IS SOLD OUT!

Jesika von Rabbit January 2015 Shows:
1/9: Boondocks Tavern in Banning
with Drug, Jason Nutter, Boss Pilgrim and Ricochet.
Boondocks Tavern: 4296 W Ramsey St, Banning, California 92220
1/29: Soda Bar San Diego
with The New Kinetics & Nervous Wreckords
Soda Bar: 3615 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
1/30: Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown
opening for Wanda Jackson
Pappy & Harriets, Pioneertown, CA. 92268 –  SOLD OUT

von Rabbit is currently working on a video for the song “Looking for a Weirdo” which will be the third video from her album “Journey Mitchell” (CD and digital on Royal Order, vinyl on Dionysus Records) directed by Jessica Janos who also directed the videos for the tracks “Psychic Spice” and “Glamorous Misery”.

An excellent fan-uploaded live video of Jesika von Rabbit and crew performing “Psychic Spice” on stage at Iron City, Birmingham, opening for Eagles of Death Metal in September has popped up on YouTube at this link. JvR, Gram Rabbit and crew give their their love, sympathy, and support to all involved with the tragic Paris attacks of November 13.

Check out Jesika von Rabbit’s most recent EPK here

12/4: Preview the Holiday Pop Up Show at La Luz de Jesus!

popupHoliday Pop Up Show
showing with Boombox Creators

December 4, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Artist reception: Friday, December 4th; 8-11PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667

La Luz de Jesus Gallery is located inside the Soap Plant / WACKO complex, widely regarded as the greatest gift store in Los Angeles, if not the world. As such, this is basically ground zero for holiday shoppers. This December, we’re hosting a month long Holiday Pop Up Show of new work that can be bought directly from the walls for immediate shipping and gifting and at prices low enough to diminish the guilt of self-gifting. More than a mere extension of our Art in the Hallway collection, we approached 20 of our favorite artists and asked them to create multiple pieces priced $400 or less specifically for this event. The artists in this show are among the first people to sellout in our group shows, and many have larger exhibitions booked elsewhere in the upcoming months–making this a prime opportunity to get their work under our special one-time price ceiling.

Holiday Pop Up Show Artists
Adrian Cherry, Brice Eichelberger, Frank Forte, Jel Ena, Jinx, Kimberly Zsebe, Lauren Chang, Lauren Gardiner, Maya Peterpaul, Michelle Lee, Ming Ong, Nathan Anderson, Nicole Bruckman, Nicole Waszak, Sadie Han, Sean Chao, Sean Stepanoff, Susanne Apgar, Tanny Chang, Walt Hall.






















9/13: Alessia Iannetti – In the Footsteps of My Shadow

Alessia Iannetti “In the Footsteps of My Shadow”
Showing with Zoe Lacchei, Aaron Bo Heimlich, and Renee French 
October 2 – November 1, 2015
Artist reception: Friday, October 2nd; 8-11PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027


I have recently read about a painter of the early Sixteenth Century strolling around the countryside in Northern Italy on board of an astonishing carriage. It was fully decorated with all sorts of figures and landscapes he was able to paint.

When, after a few days, Alessia kindly asked me to write something about her work, my mind immediately went to that very image. I tried to imagine her beautifully decorated carriage, full of dangerous, bright beauties, of birds, butterflies, luxuriant vegetation, shadows and lights – equally dangerous, imbued with blood and pulsing wounds.

The peasants staring at Bertolino’s colorful carriage – from the book La Chimera, by  Sebastiano Vassalli -, must feel something similar to those who admire  the works of art of a young artist as Alessia is. Her artworks engender a sort of dizziness – of restless spell. They wrap you up in a fragile, though powerful, cobweb. In the meantime, they urge you to tirelessly explore the rational – and yet magic! – accuracy in every detail.

This kind of rapture can keep you in a sort of hypnosis for an indefinite period of time. And yet, even a furtive glance to her works of art – and, if possible, to the artist herself -, would make you wonder which enchanted kingdom she comes from.

Whatever you may think, Alessia Iannetti lives in our same world. She was born in Italy, in a small town in Tuscany, Carrara, in 1985. Since her childhood, she has always loved drawing. Her father, Vittorio, supported her in this spontaneous passion. He himself used to draw for her, instilling in his daughter interest and fascination for what is mysterious and unknown. A teaching that would never leave her. In Carrara, Alessia studied at the Academy of Fine Arts with Professor Omar Galliani. Discipline and rigor, combined with the fascination of what we may refer to as the Romantic and dark epopee ,from its highest peaks to the more modern and common forms of it. Her work is a precious composition, rich of hidden quotes and suggestions. In such a fertile soil, inspired by cinema, arts, music, Alessia keeps modeling and transforming her creations and creatures. The more she draws and paints, improving her technical abilities, the more she strongly delineates one of the core of her art; that absolute ease with which reality, obsessively pursued in every detail, intertwines with an endless, other dimension. The latter is so strongly vivid that, in the end, turns out to be as true as the former.

All the above is clearly visible in the new series entitled “In the Footsteps of my Shadow”. Here the artist wants to originally reexamine the classical vampire myths.

Taking inspiration from the Gothic fiction par excellence, Alessia has reinterpreted such a universal myth for the benefit of her beloved subjects. Always suspended between good and evil, they are now rewarded with this new seal of immortality.

They are girls in their innocent lace dresses, with rosebuds in their hair, colorful butterflies, and leaves. Or even Lolitas trapped in their dark, Dorothy-Valens-like sheath dresses, musing on their mysteriously bloody hands. Or little girls whose smiles hide extremely delicate, yet pointed, canines.

All this reminds us, again and again, that nothing is merely like it seems. It reminds us that the most luminous face may conceal the most cruel and unexpected chasm.

Who among you would not let these new Carmillas and Vespertilias in? Who would not host these tiny and terribly delicious guests?

Evil comes by chance and so we meet our shadow. When we experience the dark side each of us carries within ourselves, nothing is like it appeared before. Our luminous reality reveals a dreadful, perverse world. It is a world as dark and gloomy as a thorny wood where no sunbeam could pass. For good is never absolute, nor is evil. They coexist, indissolubly bound together. Through my new series of artworks – ten, unreleased, small format works made with graphite, watercolors, acrylic on paper -, I have elaborated feelings of death, panic, fear and distrust. I wanted to represent evil, painted on innocent faces. The portrayed subjects emerge from a natural landscape, plunged into darkness. The only light comes from tiny, distant stars. Dualism dominates every creature. Darkness and light hold each soul simultaneously. Cruelty lies behind candid and childish smiles. Female characters are apparently innocent girls and children almost vanishing in their candid halo. And yet they possess a dual, evil nature. Posing like princesses on their thrones of branches, they are creatures sent to drain, hiding their sharp teeth behind gentle smiles. They play hide-and-seek behind trunks whose cavities are deformed into dreadful faces. Some remain silent, hidden among the leaves like wild beasts lurking. Others hide their crimes in the dark, in the middle of the night. When the body and its shadow merge into one entity.

I dedicate this exhibition to the memory of my Father. And to Our Shadow – Alessia Iannetti


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