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Preview José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros “Wonder Pop”


Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros “Wonder Pop”
showing with J.A.W. Cooper “Viscera”
August 7 – 30, 2015
Artist reception: Friday, August 7th; 8-11PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Mexico’s José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros has been painting America’s most beloved animated characters in situations more in line with the human condition, and on the darker side, for a number of years. Without fail, images of his pieces go viral and his shows sell out. Rodolfo Loaiza’s previous La Luz de Jesus exhibitions include “Profanity Pop,” “DisHollywood,” and “Disasterland,” plus numerous group show appearances. His new body of mostly oil on canvas works, “Wonder Pop”, will be displayed at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in August along with J.A.W. Cooper’s “Viscera”.

Below are a few images from the show.

Put “José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros” in Google and see for yourself what comes up!!

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

 

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Jessica Dalva “Hapax Legomena” Studio Visit


Many of Jessica Dalva’s multidimensional, mixed media works are self-referential in concept, some based on nightmares, internal and external struggles, and even an overheard conversation on a walk where she heard the frightening line “yeah, and everything around her was on fire.”  However, in the darkness of these situations, the artist manages to find light, stating, “As much as things can fall apart there’s always something you can find – a positive experience”

Hapax Legomena” is Dalva’s second solo show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

The term “Hapax Legomena” is used to describe words that only appear once in a text or language, often rendering them untranslatable. Each piece in this series revolves around an individual word, a facet, a unique expression of a part of the complex variety of personal battles we fight. These experiences can be difficult to convey due to the lack of a context to anchor them as well as the inherent gap between understanding and expression. The pieces are singular expressions of an idea, hapax legomena, in that they are representing distinctive concepts, as well as attempting to communicate the untranslatable through the imperfect language of art. The show focuses on one’s relationship with oneself, internal wars, and the entanglements of love. The sculptures are a navigation through fears, moments of clarity and joy, and nightmares – Jessica Dalva

Dalva’s works start with loose ideas and take shape as they progress – As her pieces come together the concept becomes more clear – the artist places importance on the specific wording of her titles, though these titles are not set in stone until the piece has reached completion.
Dalva, who often works in the stop-motion animation industry, had originally planned to study fashion design in school, but switched to a major in illustration, with additional study in sculpting and design. Her wide variety of interests, as well as encouragement in school to experiment with as many mediums as possible, has had a major influence on her creative process.
Among the materials neatly organized in her home studio, Dalva works with acrylic paint, aluminum armature wire, aluminum foil, mohair or alpaca hair, glass beads (for eyes), fake & real flower parts, feathers, wood, gold leaf, resin, silver, metal, brass, fabric including silk, flocking and Super Sculpey (polymer clay) to create her incredibly detailed pieces.

“Hapax Legmena” opens on Friday, May 1 at La Luz de Jesus Gallery with Annie Murphy-Robinson’s “Roles and Poses” and remains up through May 31.

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3/21: Temple of Art Book Release & Signing La Luz de Jesus


Temple of Art Book Release & Signing Party
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7-10pm

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

Temple-of-Art_bookTemple of Art documents a two-year art and photography project; a unique collaboration between over 50 great artists and photographer/director Allan Amato that includes original work incorporating multiple modalities and disciplines.

The exhibition opened at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in December, and quickly became the talk of the internet. Many of the original pieces were snatched up by celebrity collectors, but the book reproduces all of them in a handsome, hardcover volume published by Baby Tattoo Books.

Many of the participants will be present to sign the books and discuss the feature film documentary that has evolved out of this unique project.

The List of Contributors:

Allan Amato, Adnohia, Barron Storey, Bill Sienkiewicz, Brian Thies, Christiane Shillito, Christine Wu, Coop, Dadushin, Danni Shinya Luo, Dave McKean, David Stoupakis, David Mack, Denys Cowan, Dongyun Lee, Dorian Iten, Gail Potocki, Grant Morrison, Greg Ruth, Hueman, Jasmine Worth, Jason Shawn Alexander, JAW Cooper, Jenna Gibson, Jensine Eckwall, Jim Mahfood, John Malloy, Jon Burgerman, Junko Mizuno, Justin Volz, Kellesimone Waits, Ken Garduno, Kent Williams, Kozyndan, Kurt Huggins, Kyle Stecker, Marc Scheff, Mark Buckingham, Matt Kennedy, Matthew Bone, Matthew Levin, Megan Hutchinson, Molly Crabapple, Nicole Maloof, Ping Zhu, Rebecca Guay, Roman Dirge, Rovina Cai, Satine Phoenix, Scott Fischer, Shaun Berke, Soey Milk, Stephanie Inagaki, Teresa Fischer, Vincent Castiglia, You Jung Byun, Zak Smith, Zelda Devon.

A complete gallery of images from the book and exhibition can be found here.

Temple of Art
by Allan Amato, et al.
Hardcover
9 x 12.25 x 1″
$50

Only books and records purchased here will qualify for signing.
Reserve your signed copies today!
Contact the book store for purchase information.
(323)663-0122 or sales@soapplant.com or click here to purchase your copy online.

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3/6: Laluzapalooza 2015, 29th Annual Group Show!


LALUZAPALOOZA 2015
29TH ANNUAL GROUP SHOW
March 6 – 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6th, 8-11 PM

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

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La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents their annual juried group exhibition, LALUZAPALOOZA. This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. Last year they sorted through 16,000 submissions from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators and working gallery artists.

Past shows have featured as many as 330 pieces and as few as 100, making this the most exclusive selection of tastefully, jam-packed, salon-style exhibited works in Post-Pop. There will be some familiar names from our ever-growing roster of feature artists, but an overwhelming percentage of the work this year will come from a brand new batch of previously undiscovered, emerging talent. Will you be a patron of the next great generation?

Artist List (more to come!)

Donna Abbate
Peter Adamyan
Nathan Anderson
Briana Bainbridge
Dan Barry
Alexandra Bastien
Davidd Batalon
Vicki Berndt
Michelle Bickford
BigToe
Sue Blanchard
Jason Brammer
Katherine Brannock
Jennifer Celio
Adrian Cherry
Carol Connett
Robert Steven Connett
Edward Robin Coronel
Matthew Couper
brian dombrowsky
Mike Egan
Bruce Eichelberger
Haunted Euth
Joshua Flint
Frank Forte
Michael Foulkrod
Francisco Franco
Don Fritz
Richard J Frost
Wendy Lee Gadzuk
Jeff Gillette
Bruce Gossett
Conrad Haberland
Walt Hall
Howard Hallis
Derek Harrison
Annette Hassell
Scott Holloway
Jack Howe
Stephanie Inagaki
JoKa
Nozomi Kanai
Simon Kangiser
Jeffrey R. Kibbe
Craig LaRotonda
Gabe Larson
Josh Lawyer
Mavis Leahy
Dave Lebow
Chris Leib
MJ Lindo
Alexis Lopez
Danni Shinya Luo
Dion Macellari
Jon MacNair
Drew Mancilla
D.W. Marino
Aya Masuda
McBiff
Caitlin McCormack
Patrick McGrath Muniz
Genie Melisande
Jason Miracle
Moore Graham
Pamela Mower-Conner
Azygous (Diana C. Munoz)
Michael Murphy
Dave Naz
Jaya Nicely
Ron Norman
Daisuke Okamoto
Cristina Paulos
Andrea Palves
Peca
Valerie Pobjoy
Matthew J. Price
Eric “Q” Quezada
Rob Reger
Jeffrey Richter
Aaron Rivera
Lena Rushing
Ken Ruzic
Jeanny Jean Sandoval
Van Saro
Josh Stebbins
Sean Stepanoff
Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman
Annie Terrazzo
Paul Torres
Rocío Torres
Pol Turgeon
Inge Vandormael
Vega
Dave Warshaw
Nicole Waszak
Lauren Wilde
March Willey
Christine Wu
Kate Zambrano

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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

 

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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!

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