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2/22-4/19: Robert Williams SLANG Aesthetics! at LAMAG

Decline of Sophistication

Decline of Sophistication

Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics!
February 22nd – April 19th, 2015

Guest Curators: Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace)
& Gary Pressman (Copro Gallery)
Invitation Only Reception:
Saturday, February 21st from 6-11PM


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

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

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

(Los Angeles) – The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Juxtapoz magazine in association with Thinkspace Gallery and Copro Gallery are pleased to present new works by Robert Williams. SLANG Aesthetics! is on view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery from February 22nd to April 19th, 2015. The exhibition is Robert Williams’ first major body of work to make its 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.

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. A kid of the 50’s, Williams grew up immersed in California’s hot rod Kustom Kulture, Rock n’ Roll and EC Comics, and was steeped in the populist currents of his era. He recognized the raw visual power of popular culture: its graphics, its counter movements and its undergrounds, a network of palpitations he would continue to tap well into the era of punk rock. He worked commercially and became studio Art Director to Kustom Kulture icon Ed “big daddy” Roth in 1965, and was a founding contributor to the underground ZAP Comix in the late 60’s, all the while creating his own caustic, unapologetic work.

The work that Williams’ created was different, and didn’t fit within the established critical and intellectual paradigms espoused by the East Coast dominated art scene. Creating epic cartoon inspired history paintings charged with sex and ultra-violence, Williams drew from the social power of the American vernacular and its visual slang. He refused the immaterial aspirations of the art object, as it moved further away from representation, and felt no affinity with the contentless legacy of Abstract Expressionism. Instead, Williams sought idiosyncrasy, content, narrative, skillful figuration and popular culture, and created work that captured its visceral and libidinal energies through accessible references. Williams continued to disregard the arbitrary exclusions of the low from “high” culture, and in 1979 coined the term “low brow” as a way to articulate his opposition to an establishment from which he was excluded. For better or worse, “low brow” became the namesake of a young fledgling art movement, which Williams would prove to be instrumental in fostering. 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.

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 or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at – visit LAMAG on the web at

Robert Williams ‘SLANG Aesthetics!’
Artist Statement

I have looked at the sizable accomplishments of the graffiti artists during the past thirty years and wondered how they were able to buck the powerful authorities that at one time channeled the direction and successes of the international art community. Artists like Keith Harring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Kenny Scharf have somehow skirted the requisite art movements of the sixties and seventies. What were the lax conditions that allowed these talented young artists to slip by without having to be abstract expressionists, conceptualists, or minimalists? The answer is that they didn’t sneak by. They rode the coattails of two other authentically approved art trends that had been long sanctioned: pop art and conceptual art’s little cousin, performance art.

But how sophisticated is graffiti? It is daring and exhibits loose spontaneous graphic public expression—the language of the people. At least some of the people, the street level, disenfranchised people. Is communication through street level art speak really sophisticated? And is inner city credibility (street cred) all that worthy for art buyers, art critics, museum curators, and foundation administrators? The solution is simple. The proper functionaries simply bestowed the coronet of sophistication on graffiti. Remember, graffiti to the general public is vandalism.

And, what about the other low level idioms of the graphic world? What about comic book cartoons, pulp magazine covers, hot rod art, biker art, tattoos, girly magazine photography, science fiction illustration, psychedelic poster art, surfer and skateboard art, and a myriad of other second class disciplines that don’t quite make the cut?

Maybe we might want to take a look at the entire concept of “sophistication”. Of course, sophistication is a credible behavioral classification. It denotes forethought, concern for ourselves and others, and continuing aspiration to better oneself. I would hope to achieve this personal status myself. But the word has easily been used to exemplify admittance to the privileged parade ground inside the ivory castle of the aloof, and from those pearly battlements the elite can command the cultural high ground. Two things have come to personify sophistication. One is the joint, or simultaneous agreement to defer authority to the consensus of success. Two is money. Both of these factors certainly sway public opinion.

The current international capital of artistic sophistication is New York City. Ever since the end of the second world war, every small city in the United States that has an art community has looked to New York for cultural parenting.

However, an interesting anomaly has developed over the years. “Sophistication”, like any other folkway, travels slowly with misinterpretations happening along the way. By the time high culture reached the west coast it had traded it’s Brooks Brothers suit for cut-offs, a Hawaiian shirt, and flip-flops. Art on the west coast, as much as it tries to maintain blue blood affectations, shows mutations. It just doesn’t have the aloof adroit coldness the eastern seaboard art society seems to portray. What’s even more amazing is the fine arts arbiters in the west can’t really comprehend the atrophy of snob status ebbing away right under their noses. This high class act of chic authority among art dealers is understandable as there is a constant inward flow of uneducated nouveau riche buyers seeking upper-class fulfillment through the arts. This is one reason some high art seems sophistically stupid.

Nonetheless, there is no place for blame. The human character will never change. In reality, art is not tangibly substantial enough to have real villains, just crackpots. Years ago, a New York art dealer told me, “Be careful with the fine arts world, it is real fragile”. How true. The art universe makes “smoke & mirrors” look like an impenetrable fortress. But, even with these delicate cultural shortcomings I’ve joyously participated in a life of creative adventure.

Art is quite possibly the largest and most profound cerebral playing field in all human endeavor. Art is exactly what you make of it.

Pablo Picasso said it best, “Sophistication is the greatest enemy of the imagination”. Sophistication as we and our parents knew it, is gone. Anything like that now is pure ego with quiche on it’s breath. With the internet, everything is changing so fast that slang and colloquialisms are as valid as the kings English. In fact, slang represents freedom from the pretension of sophistication. This leaves the artists in a position to function as they please.

Looking back, art history does have some curious ripples that have come from populist twentieth century trends. For example, take the German expressionists from around the period of just after the first world war. In 1919, Germany was in a state of extreme social and economical flux. The war had destroyed faith in the future, and earlier ideals were forsaken for a much more rightwing totalitarian Germany. A number of young artists surviving the horrors of war felt compelled to express an attitude that nothing could be worse than organized society. The brutal abstraction these artist portrayed paralleled the harsh injustices that power had fermented. By the 1930’s, the Nazi party had gained control of Germany on the platform of bringing organization back. The German expressionists were considered the very embodiment of the leftist sickness that modern anarchists endorsed. However, history has vindicated these rebels long after Adolf Hitler had them run out Germany.

They painted in a style of colloquial vulgarity that lead to the liberation of the entire art world some fifty years later. There are many examples of their work that are still considered too controversial today.

Another poignant incident in popular graphic history that has gone basically forgotten is the Dr. Wertham comic book hearings in the United States Senate during the McCarthy era of the 1950’s. In 1952, Dr. Fridric Wertham came out with a best selling book titled, Seduction of the Innocent. It was about the evils of comic books.

It wasn’t long before there was a senate investigation exploring the effects comics had on creating juvenile delinquency. It must be pointed out that at this point in time the entire orthodox art world was hypnotically wallowing in abstract expressionism and the virtuosity of drawing and draftsmanship was considered illustration. The art cognoscenti thought of comic books as low class commercial art.

Nonetheless, some of the finest writers and draftsmen were put on the senate chopping block. It took twenty years for comic books to regain their former dignity. As a form of vengeance to this governmental suppression, underground comix sprang to life in the 1960’s. The tolerant use of modern creative expression has placed sophistication in the same category as an Emily Post dissertation on proper dining etiquette. “On which side of your melon spoon do you place your caviar fork”?

During the last fifteen years comics, (now known as graphic novels), have completely dominated international culture through movies, television, and the internet. And still the art authorities and critics insulate themselves from comic book influence by securing their untouchable status behind a thin membrane of sophistication. The only justification that would seem to be credible for these pretenses by art actuators is that sophistication is a form of performance art—something along the lines of visiting a homeless encampment and affecting airs of an eighteenth century French Bourbon king.

The cartoon, a form of simple visual presentation, is the most versatile and malleable form of communication in the recorded vocabulary of art. Anything that can be imagined or thought up can be best abstracted or translated by cartoon. Yet the lowly cartoon, with it’s giant vernacular, is treated like a doodle. With art, the bottom will always come to the top. The strongest creative urges seem to be basic and euphemistic, or, simply, ‘slang aesthetics’.


Temple of Art Preview – Art of the Selfie


Temple of Art is an upcoming documentary directed by Allan Amato. The film follows over 50 artists’ creative process and philosophies, asking each of them the question, “Why do you make art?

59 Artists were selected to collaborate by executing their own styles on top of Amato’s photographs of them, and the list of participants is impressive: Adnohia, Allan Amato, Barron Storey, Bill Sienkiewicz, Brian Thies, Christiane Shillito, Christine Wu, Dadushin, Dan Quintana, Danni Shinya Luo, Dave McKean, David Mack, Dongyun Lee, Dorian Iten, Greg Ruth, Gail Potocki, Grant Morrison, Hueman, Jasmine Worth, Jason Shawn Alexander, JAW Cooper, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Jenna Gibson, Jensine Eckwall, Jim Mahfood, John Malloy, Jon Burgerman, Junko Mizuno, Justin Volz, Kyle Stecker, Karen Hsiao, Kellesimone Waits, Ken Garduno, Kent Williams, Kozyndan, Kurt Huggins, Marc Scheff, Mark Buckingham, Matt Kennedy, Matthew Bone, Matthew Levin, Megan Hutchinson, Molly Crabapple, Neil Gaiman, Nicole Maloof, Rebecca Guay, Roman Dirge, Rovina Cai, Satine Phoenix, Scott Fischer, Shaun Berke, Soey Milk, Stephanie Inagaki, Teresa Fischer, Vincent Castiglia, You Jung Byun, Zelda Devon.

The pieces are on display at La Luz de Jesus opening on Friday, December 5, closing on January 4 – A live performance by Grant Morrison kicks-off the opening at 8PM, which will be recorded for the Temple of Art documentary. The show remains open through 12/28. Preview the show on the gallery website at this link.

Photos taken at the artist preview on Thursday, 12/4



Markus Cuff: Torso Book Release and Signing

Markus Cuff: Torso
Book Release & Signing Party

Thursday, November 20th, 7-10pm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Torso is an amazing collection of work spanning 16 years, that documents the burgeoning tattoo phenomenon across the United States and Pacific Islands; these photographs are slick and darkly addictive…reflecting artistic expression that links to both personal and social identity, the telling of stories on the skin, of being and belonging.

Included are stunning examples of work by respected tattoo artists such as Mike Rubendall, Jill Bonny, Khalil Rintye, John The Dutchman, Horiyoshi III, Carlos Torres, Matt Breckerich, Clark North, Aaron Coleman, Horitaka, Steve Looney, Ron Earhart, Nate Bunuelos, Edwin Shaffer, George Campisi and Denny Besnard.

Markus Cuff
Hardcover 120 pages
2014 KMW Studio
8.8″ x 12″
Shipping Weight: 2 Lbs.
$75–Click here to buy now!

Markus Cuff – artist, photographer, musician, thinker, social documentarian, nature lover and Jungian.He is perhaps the most highly respected and visible photographer in the tattoo world; regularly contributing to Tattoo Magazine, Tattoo Flash, and producer of many magazine specials. He was the single largest contributor to the Rolling Stone book Tattoo Nation maybe because of his access to Rock’s royalty. Markus was the original drummer for Emmylou Harris and the cult band The Textones.

Only books purchased here will qualify for signing.
Reserve your signed copy today!
Contact the book store for purchase information.
(323)663-0122 or


Studio visit: Shaun Berke “Sacrosanct”

Shaun Berke’s “Sacrosant” opens at La Luz de Jesus Gallery tonight, November 7 along with Patrick V. McGrath Muñiz’s “Sacro Consumo”.  These photos were taken in his studio while the show was in process.

The concept of Shaun’s show is an “exploration between being a simple hominid and the principals that we impose on ourselves.” The body of work is very much like an exploration as Berke figures out how best to convey these ideas.

On the shelf books open to painterly pieces by Rembrandt and others gives Shaun compositional study. Literature helps to inspire and self-written motivational reminders keep him on track.

Shaun paints in his Pasadena apartment turned studio, by the north facing window in the dining room due to the consistency of the natural light. In one of the bedrooms, Shaun has setup a workshop with a drafting table which he uses for drawing, and numerous tools which he uses for framing. Some of his frames are found and pieces are created in sizes especially for the frames.

Shaun lives with his cat Otka who likes to hang out when he paints and is also quite good at opening kitchen cabinets!




San Diego Artists at Designer Con 2014


San Diego artists at Designer Con in Pasadena, November 8 & 9

designer_conDesigner Con

November 8-9, 2014
Show Hours
Saturday 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Pasadena Convention Center – Exhibit Hall
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

Paid parking is available at the Pasadena Convention Center and several surrounding parking lots including Paseo Colorado directly across from the convention center (parking map).

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with the Hilton Pasadena, as the official Designer Con 2014 hotel!
168 South Los Robles Avenue (two blocks from the convention center)
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 577-1000

Designer Con is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer goods with urban, underground and pop art! DCon is over 70,000 sq. ft. and features over 300 vendors, art & custom shows, live demonstrations, and much more! The show coordinators, Ayleen Gaspar & Ben Goretsky, strive to provide a fun, safe, comfortable environment for fans, artists, and vendors to meet. Join us in November at the Pasadena Convention Center for a weekend of fun, toys, and art!

Several artists from San Diego are participating – here are some quotes and images from a few of the artists. Media: please contact me for more images, interview opportunities, event background, and media credentials if you would like to come out for the event!

To see the full list of participating artists and vendors, click here
To see previous event press click here
To see Designer Con 2013 highlights – photos, etc. click here


San Diego Designer Con Participation List:

Color Ink Book
Stephen Budko
Tara Magboo – Magboo
Jordan Gorence – Armpit Lazers
Matt Spangler – Robots by Matt Q. Spangler
Chika Sasaki – GUNNZO
Paul Copeland – Paulkaiju
Tania Kelvin – Interspecies Planet

Steve Budko 
This coming DCon will be my third, and it’s been really interesting watching it grow as much as it has in just the past three years. I first participated in 2012, and in fact that was my first art con ever. I picked a good one. I had a table for the first time at WonderCon in Anaheim this past April. Although it was a great experience, it just didn’t have the intimate DIY vibe and sense of like-minded camaraderie that you get at DCon. Living in San Diego, I try to make it up to LA at least once a month, so the trip to Pasadena for DCon each fall is just par for the course. However, if DCon were anywhere farther away, I’d still definitely make it a point to participate.

Tara Magboo – Magboo
I have been exhibiting my Adorable Mayhem line for the past five years. The biggest venue that I sell at is Comic Con International which I have been selling at for five years now. I have received recognition as a featured independent artist at Comic Con through prominent news websites which include and Mental_Floss. I have sold my work through other comic conventions such as the Alternative Press Expo and Wondercon. In addition, I have, in addition, exhibited at craft venues such as San Diego Mini Maker Fair and the Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Craft Sale. Although I make jewelry, felt sculptures, and small paintings I felt my work was appropriate for the comic convention circuit because all the work that I make has a comic book/cartoon aesthetic. All my work is based on cute and funny yet oddly dark animal characters that I designed. I then fabricate all the resulting work by hand in San Diego whether it be metalwork or wool felting. I feel that Designer Con is a particularly good fit because it is a show that focuses on product inspired by comics or cartoons and that is exactly what I do!

Jordan Gorence – Armpit Lazers
I feel that it is important to go out to Pasadena because the LA area and Designer Con are very diverse in the type of art designers are making and the type of art people are looking for. For me it is just as important to get my artwork out to different people, as being able to see what other artists are putting out there and creating. The inspiration I find from artists helps me develop my individuality as an artist, plus it is awesome to be able to meet the artists behind the works. I have only been doing conventions for about a year and this coming Designer Con will be my 4th convention so far.

Matt Spangler – Robots by Matt Q. Spangler
Hands down, this is one of my favorite events of the year. I have never done a show where the vendors are treated so well (food when you arrive!) and have such a relaxed atmosphere. Typically show setup is chaotic and never well organized, this is the opposite. Also, the venue and quality of people that attend is exactly the demographic you would hope to have at all events!

I will be showing with my fellow artists in my art collective here in San Diego, which is called Basura Social. The other artists I am showing with are Chikle, Optimus Volts, EZ Rock, and Puffer the Blowfish. We will be featuring some original art pieces, sculpture pieces, toys, and clothing. I feel Designer Con is important because it will give us a chance to meet with likeminded artists and art fans that will not only inspire our art, but push us out of our comfort zones and try new things. My art collective is trying to expand our reach outside of San Diego, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so. I have participated in the Comic Con art show and have been thinking about attending artist alley for 2015. For the past two years I have participated in Comic Con themed art shows during the convention.

Interspecies Planet (by Kurathena Studios)
Tania Kelvin, Founder/Creator/Artist/Author
At Designer Con I will be featuring hand-created figurines, illustration prints, books, probably a coloring book, and other merchandise based on my characters. I’m attaching a couple of them in hand-drawn pencil illustration form. I also am offering commissioned custom figurines. I feel it’s important to travel to Pasadena for Designer Con since I really love that convention and it’s the right place for me and my art. I am especially enthusiastic that it’s a unique, intimate, and energetic convention, which showcases very talented independent artists/designers and has mostly 3D/sculptural art, which is my forte (my collection started as ceramic sculptures). This will be my first time showing my art and being a vendor at Designer Con. It’s a great place to start as a vendor, being that it’s not as huge as San Diego Comic Con. Another artist/vendor told me about Designer Con last year, so I checked it out and spent all weekend there talking to a lot of friendly vendors and doing research. The various types of art, merchandise, talent and imagination of the artists is incredible!

The weekend of October 17-19, I will be having my Interspecies Planet debut in the Artist Alley at San Diego Comic Fest. It’s a small, mellow, intimate convention that I attended for the first time last year and loved it. I felt the panels were awesome, featuring great topics, were close-up, and I learned a lot. As far as conventions/art shows/etc. go…I’m starting at Comic Fest, then Designer Con in November, and will take it from there. I will also be showcasing and selling my variety of work online…which is in development.


Click Mort Best Love Art Treasures Signing!

The World’s Best Loved Art Treasures
Book Release & Signing Party for Click Mort


Wednesday, October 8, 7-9pm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Soap Plant / Wacko
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Elephant, rhino, and crocodile-headed birds. Dog and cat-headed adolescents. Domestic bliss embodied by rabbit-headed parents and a baby carrot, taking her first steps. Such is the whimsical oeuvre of artist Click Mort, whose remixed nostalgia figurines have made their way into the collections of Mark Ryden, Long Gone John, and director James Gunn, who supplied the foreword to The World’s Best Loved Art Treasures by Click Mort. This tiny, hardbound collection features 88 full-color pages of sculptures that may have once adorned your mother’s mantle piece, but have been transformed into true surrealist masterpieces via scalpel and epoxy. Pick up a copy of Click’s first book and goad him into regaling you with tales of his history as a musician (with The Cramps), stories about his favorite art forgers, and maybe even an anecdote or two about what inspired the art in these pages. Click will be signing alone, but some very special guests have promised to turn up and congratulate him. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A throughout the book signing with the author.

“I hope you enjoy what you see in this book. please look closely at the photos. If you do, thy will make you laugh. If you look closer, they will make you feel. And if you look closer still, they will break your heart.” – from the foreword by James Gunn

The World’s Best Loved Art Treasures
by Click Mort
6.25″ x 6.25″ Hardcover
88 pages, full color
2014 La Luz de Jesus Press / Last Gasp Books

“Click Mort creates ‘recapitated figures’ using the parts of different, pre-existing ceramic figurines to create quirky new hybrid statues. Often imbued with narrative humor, the seamless figures also hold a sense of nostalgia as most of the figures source parts from past eras. ” – Hi-Fructose Magazine

Reserve your signed copy today!
Contact the book store for purchase information.
(323)663-0122 or


Photos: Second Annual Coaster Show Install


The install and preview of La Luz de Jesus and LA Beer Week’s 2nd Annual Coaster Show, shot between September 2- September 4, 2014. A phenomenal show featuring over 1050 pieces, running from September 5- September 28. The show was put together by gallery director Matt Kennedy with LA Beer Week’s Brandon Bradford, mapped out by Billy Shire, and hung by interns and La Luz de Jesus staff. Also showing, Harold Fox “On the Fringe of the Mundane” Click here for show preview!

Photos by Lee Joseph


Sean Stepanoff’s Folk Art Poke at Silver Lake

As part of La Luz de Jesus’ five-person Laluzapalooza Jury Winners show, Sean Stepanoff’s first featured exhibition at the gallery, “Entitled Hair Cut”, is inspired by the colorful folk art of African barber shop signs and the local “culture” of his Silver Lake neighborhood. Stepanoff , a skilled animator, has a sharp, clean and dark psychedelic style, and is the creator of the large format, beautifully printed compilation art zine “Gristle” featuring contributors such as David Choe, Camille Rose Garcia, Tara McPherson and others, as well as publishing limited digest size publications such as “Freaks and Geeks” and “Eyesore” which contain his instantly identifiable drawings. Stepanoff provided the complete character design for Eminem’s ‘The Slim Shady Show’ & served as designer for a video project of Erykah Badu.

I paid a visit to Stepanoff’s Silver Lake home while he was working on the show in his living-room / art studio surrounded by records and art, snapped some photos and asked about his show.

Stepanoff, also a Wacko / La Luz de Jesus employee who creates in-store graphics for the shop, was guided to the concept for his show by La Luz de Jesus Gallery director Matt Kennedy.

I did a sign at Wacko for these African barbershop signs which are brought in by guy in full African garb, sold to the shop, displayed and resold to the public.

Inspired by Stepanoff’s graphic, Kennedy came up with an idea for a show, featuring “privileged hipsters” on African barbershop signs. Stepanoff took the concept of “hipsterdom” and rolled with it.

The African barbershop signs are created  in what Stepanoff calls a “naive style, which has a charm.” Stepanoff wanted to keep that charm; appropriating the concept by keeping it simple and displaying common trends. “In Africa they’ll do a Two Pac sign or an Obama cut” sates Stepanoff.

Stepanoff’s show is as local as you can get, featuring La Luz de Jesus neighboring Siver Lake icons like the Happy / Sad foot sign (a sign for a podiatrist’s office on Sunset which is a Silver Lake landmark; a rotating cartoon foot, smiling on one side and frowning, holding a crutch on the other. Some “hipsters’ belive that whichever side the sign is on when you pass by, will determine what kind of day you will have), Intelligentsia Coffee, Black Flag tattoos (displayed by people who weren’t even born when the band broke up), sacred geometry, headbands, etc.

“I’m trying to make it look specifically LA, not trying to make it look San Francisco or New York – though I’d love to go city by city, Portland, Seattle! I’d like to do Hall and Oats, looking at each other with their haircuts.

Stepanoff paints on found local wood, sourced from neighborhood streets and alleyways. Using acrylic paint on very porous uneven board presents a challenge to Stepanoff

“sometimes it’s so bumpy that you have to go over several times but it adds a lot of character and after I’ve painted, I age it; I take it outside and slide corners on the concrete, then bring it inside, put it on the hardwood floor face down, stand on it and slide it around. I want them to look just like the ones we sell, which have been outside of the barber shop exposed to the elements.”

Wacko / La Luz de Jesus owner Billy Shire suggested he run them over with a car.

At this time, Stepanoff has sold all but one of the pieces and his show will be up through August 31 along with José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros’ “Profanity Pop” and works by the other four group show jury winners Allison ‘Hueman’ Torneros, JINX, Katherine Brannock and Frank Forte. Pick up that last piece before someone else does! Click here to check out his show as well as all the others!


Tiki Oasis 14 Art Show and Car Show!

PrintTiki Oasis 5th Annual Art Show
Beyond Squaresville

Man… dig those crazy brushstrokes!
Free Admission – Open to the Public!
All original artwork is for sale!deadhead-logo

Exhibition Dates:
Friday Aug 15th –
Sunday Aug 17th
10:00AM – 5:00PM Daily

Artist Reception: Meet the Tiki Oasis Artist
and the Winner of the Miss Tiki Oasis Contest
and enjoy live music by The Amanda’s
Art show art reception cocktails by
DeadHead Rum

Date: Saturday Aug 16th
Hours: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Grand Hanalei Ballroom Foyer, Crowne Plaza
2270 Hotel Cir N, San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 297-1101

Featured Artists

Big Toe
Christine Benjamin
Dawn Frasier “Sophista-tiki”
David Krys
Derek Yaniger
Doug DoRr
Doug Horne
Eddy Crosby
El Gato Gomez
Eric October
Erin Joy
Harry Decker
Jodi Mass
Ken “little lost tiki” Ruzic
Michael Fleming (Tweedlebop)
Michael Grider
Michael Uhlenkott
Mike Mass
Noir Nouar
Norm Daniels
Robert Jimenez
Ryan Hungerford
Sandra Fremgen
Susana Andrea
Tiki King
Tiki Tony
Woody Miller

TikiOasisCarShow2013Tiki Oasis 6th Annual Car Show!

Co-Sponsored by Goodguys and Muneca Cigars
Free admission – Open to the Public!Dig it, Daddy-O!

Tiki Oasis Car Show!
All you squares Beware!

Kraze, koo-koo kustoms!
Frenched tail lights! Metal flake, Jake!
Like, slammed and chopped, Pops!

car_show_14Traditional Rods!
Beatnik V-Double-U’s, Claude!
Kool Caddies, Daddy!

Euro Sports cars, too!
Anti-Establishment, Kent!
Bitchin’ Camaro!

Don’t miss this scene, Gene!
Or live in Shameful Regret!
T.O. Car Show, Joe!

Blow your top on the coolest and craziest collection of vintage chariots featuring….
1953 Chevy Coupe Kustom – 1955 Chevy Wagon Kustom – 1936 Ford 3 Window Coupe – 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Kustom – 1954 Ford Customline – 1963 Ford Galaxie Convertible – 1939 Ford Deluxe Coupe – 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille – 1960 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe – 1958 Ford Ranchero – 1956 Oldsmosbile 98 – 1961 Ford Econoline Truck – 1941 Chevy – 1927 Roadster – 1962 Chevrolet Impala – 1963 Chevrolet C-10 Longbed Pickup – 1960’s Studebaker – 1964 Spit Window Tiki Themed VW Bus – Deadhead Rum’s 1958 travel trailer and Tiki bar – 1965 Split window 21 window VW Bus – 1966 Ford Econoline Van – 1960 Manx Style Beatnik Special Dune Buggy – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 Convertible AND MORE!

Saturday August 16th – Sunday August 17th
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Location: Parking Lot, Crowne Plaza
Live music featuring The Kilaueas and The Boss Fink
Live Music 10:00AM & 2:00PM
On Sunday the Car Show will also feature Food Trucks

View video of previous Tiki Oasis Car Shows here!


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