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Martin Wittfooth


Dates:
Sat Feb 13, 2010 00:00 - Tue Feb 09, 2010

Location:
United States of America

Martin Wittfooth "Tempest"
Chris Ryniak "The Burgeoning"

February 13 - March 6, 2010
Reception for the artists:
Saturday, February 13, 2010, 8 pm - 11:00 pm

CoproGallery
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. T5
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-829-2156
www.copronason.com

Online press releaese with images:
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Martin Wittfooth's "Tempest" explores the theme of storm in both its physical form as well as its allegorical implications. Wittfooth's latest body of work is a visceral response to the anxiety of our era: uneasy forecasts, both of an increasingly menacing climate as well as unpredictable social upheaval. The hysterical and aggressive, often hypocritical nature of religion. violence and intolerance, and corruption are also themes explored in this series. The show will consist of of a large-scale installation, sculptures, oil paintings executed on linen, canvas, and panel, and a series of graphite studies. Framed Artist Proofs of select Limited Edition prints will also be included.

Martin Wittfooth lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. The rusted, crumbled, and otherwise urbanely Mad Max'ian landscape of his neighborhood is a constant inspiration for his paintings. www.martinwittfooth.com

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Chris Ryniak "The Burgeoning"
Painter and sculptor Chris Ryniak's first west coast solo show and new body of work, "The Burgeoning," is a collection of paintings and hand-painted resin cast sculptures. Ryniak has been acknowledged internationally as a "creature creator," but a deeper look at these beings shows the tumultuous world in which they are forced to struggle to survive. While the creatures that inhabit Ryniak's world are unfamiliar, they serve as an embodiment of the natural world that human beings have grown to all but ignore.

"The Burgeoning" further explores the theme of the neverending cycle of life in the natural world, the flawless system of checks and balances that flourishes without human meddling. Through color and an ordered chaos of mark-making, this world is brought to life in this new series of paintings and sculptures.

Chris Ryniak has shown nationally and internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions since 2002. In 2009 Chris rapidly gained the attention of collectors through a series of sold out editions of Vinyl toys and Limited edition sculptures. Ryniak's work has been featured in numerous books and publications including Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz Magazine, the UK hardcover magazine MyNameIs as well as books by Fantagraphics and Gestalten. www.chrisryniak.com

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Dave McKean “New Works Inspired by Early Cinema”In Gallery II:


Dates:
Sat Feb 13, 2010 00:00 - Tue Feb 09, 2010

Dave McKean
“New Works Inspired by Early Cinema”
In Gallery II: "Nitrate and Kinogeists: Rare Silent Film Posters"

February 13, 2010 - March 6, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 13th, 7-10 pm

BILLY SHIRE FINE ARTS
5790 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
phone: 323-297-0600
fax: 323-297-0601
www.billyshirefinearts.com
info@billyshirefinearts.com

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Century Guild brings legendary multi-media artist Dave McKean to America for an extremely special and extremely limited engagement, presented at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City. "New Works Inspired by Early Cinema" displays McKean's latest paintings from his haunting current body of work "Nitrate" inspired by the silent era of cinema. "Nitrate and Kinogeists" will display both Century Guild's inventory of historically significant and undeniably beautiful silent film posters, most of which have been lost and unseen by the public before now.

Dave McKean lives and works in Kent, England. His style has become inescapable to anyone cognizant of pop culture: he has illustrated and designed covers for the most respected comics of the late 20th century (The Sandman, Arkham Asylum) designed, illustrated, and photographed over 150 CD covers (The Rolling Stones, Tori Amos, Alice Cooper) and created imagery and designs for ad campaigns (Nike, Kodak, BMW) and magazines (The New Yorker, Mojo, Playboy). He has illustrated children’s books written by acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman (Coraline, The Graveyard Book), has worked on film and book projects with John Cale, Jonathan Carroll and Stephen King. He was a conceptual artist on the “Harry Potter” films, and developed and directed the film MirrorMask for the Jim Henson Company.

Century Guild, established in 1999 by art historians Thomas Negovan and Stuart Tomc, specializes in brokering Art Nouveau and Symbolist art and objects 1880-1920 to museum collections. The Chicago Tribune listed them as “one of the must-see exhibits in Artropolis 2009.”

Please join us on Saturday, February 13, 2010 for this must-see event! The artist will be present at the opening, from 7-10 pm.

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Multi Media Artist Dave McKean Book Signing


Dates:
Fri Feb 12, 2010 00:00 - Tue Feb 09, 2010

Dave McKean Book Signing

Friday, February 12, 2010
6 pm - 9 pm
LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243
www.laluzdejesus.com

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Dave McKean will be appearing at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, on Friday, Feb. 12, the day before his opening at Billy Shire Fine Arts, to sign his books and comics, from 6pm - 9pm. Join us for an intimate evening with the artist. The gallery will have numerous McKean titles available and the artist will sign all purchases.

Dave McKean lives and works in Kent, England. His style has become inescapable to anyone cognizant of pop culture: he has illustrated and designed covers for the most respected comics of the late 20th century (The Sandman, Arkham Asylum) designed, illustrated, and photographed over 150 CD covers (The Rolling Stones, Tori Amos, Alice Cooper) and created imagery and designs for ad campaigns (Nike, Kodak, BMW) and magazines (The New Yorker, Mojo, Playboy). He has illustrated children’s books written by acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman (Coraline, The Graveyard Book), has worked on film and book projects with John Cale, Jonathan Carroll and Stephen King. He was a conceptual artist on the “Harry Potter” films, and developed and directed the film MirrorMask for the Jim Henson Company.


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Dan Quintana, Brian Viveros


Dates:
Sat Feb 06, 2010 00:00 - Wed Feb 03, 2010

Dan Quintana, Brian Viveros "Desensitized" and Bad Otis Link "You'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead" Closing Party with live music from The BillyBones. New art prints available.

Saturday, February 6, 2010, 6 - 10 pm
FREE!

Copro Gallery
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. T5
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-829-2156
www.copronason.com
copronason@msn.com

Dan Quintana, Brian Viveros's "Desensitized' & Bad Otis Link's "You'll be Sorry When I'm Dead" exhibitions end next Saturday, February 6 with a closing party from 6:00 - 10:00 PM, featuring live music from the The BillyBones and more of the same excitement from the "Desensitized" opening reception. Come have one last look at this great art exhibition and all the films that were shown on opening night. All the giclee prints and the "Desensitized" poster will also be available. For those that can't make it, the gallery now has the prints available online while they last and some great photos from the opening: www.copronason.com

The BillyBones is a punk rock band from Los Angeles, California and features Steven Williams "Billy Bones" Fortuna, formerly of The Skulls, guitarist Alex Mack, bassist Drew Milford, and drummer Alex Gomez, formerly of U.S. Bombs, The Mau Maus, The Livingstons.) The BillyBones will be premiering new material from the upcoming “The Complexity of Stupidity" album produced by Steve Fishman (Deadbeats, Bent, The Stranglers) along with Skulls favorites.

Bad Otis Link has collaborated with Billy Bones on several projects. He directed the “Night of the Living Skulls” and The Skulls “On Target” video, and Billy acted in his award-winning film “The Sugar on Top." Link also plays sax on the new The BillyBones record. www.myspace.com/thebillybones


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Miran Kim, Danni Shinya Luo, Kim Scott, Transmission Atelier at La Luz de Jesus Gallery


Dates:
Fri Feb 05, 2010 00:00 - Wed Feb 03, 2010

Miran Kim
Danni Shinya Luo
Kim Scott
Transmission Atelier

Feb. 5 - 28, 2010
Artist reception: Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 ~ 8 pm - 11 pm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243
www.laluzdejesus.com

Miran Kim “Uncomplicated Treats”
Miran Kim creates haunting imagery, which is luminous, beautiful and insightful. Her most recent body of work, titled “Uncomplicated Treats,” gives expression to the ties between the living and the dead. She opens a door to the world beyond, delves deep into the uncharted waters of her imagination, and finds joy in the mysterious transmigration of souls. The work grants us access to the tender yet sometimes terrifying landscape of this other, hidden world.

Miran’s work has been included in several group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Her talent for visual storytelling is revealed in numerous comic book projects, most recently “Tales From the Crypt #8” and an exclusive insert in the companion book to feature film “Trick ‘R Treat.” She has an established reputation as a cover artist for The X Files comics, and other projects such as Hellraiser, Animal Man, The Crow, The Predator, Candy Man and her graphic novel “The Fallen.” Miran’s work appeared in the Absolut Vodka campaign and was titled “Absolut Kim.” Additional images and details can be found at boyinthewater.com

Danni Shinya Luo - “Spiritual Deficiencies”
Danni Shinya Luo’s main subjects are meditations on the beauty of female figures, and the psychological tension that exists between them. She acquires her inspiration from a variety of topics varying from human fears, obsessions, and desires to elements of nature, cosmology, neurolinguistics and high fashion. Her main medium is watercolor with ink, and few other eclectic mediums. Overall, Danni Shinya's work can be described as fluid and organic, full of feminine romance with hidden conflicts and symbolic elements. “Spiritual Deficiencies” is a strong collection of stand-alone works each exploring weakness of a psychological nature. Figurative characters become living, breathing sigils — enriching the surface narrative while revealing a series both beautiful and iconic.

Originally from Shanghai, China, Danni Shinya Luo moved to California in 1995. She fell in love with art in grade school and after a few years of private study (and an apprenticeship with an old Chinese watercolor master Ding Ha) was accepted into Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She majored in illustration and graduated with honor in 2006. Shinya has assisted artists Gary Baseman, Karl Handael, and has exhibited in galleries throughout North America. Her works have appeared in magazines like Bust and Initiativa, in books like “Eye Candy," and she has done designs for Nickelodeon’s Neopets. Shinya loves to support other talented female artists, and has been a member of Girls Drawin’ Girls since 2006.

Kim Scott “Peep Holes and Magic Windows”
Kim Scott’s oil vignettes are inhabited by unlikely feminine protagonists who may be spying on you, or are they just caught like a deer in the headlights of some dreamy potentates gaze? They live in a land much as ours, located somewhere between vanity, impermanence and the sublime. Scott depicts figures and objects sourced from monster and Sci-fi movies, comics and books she read as a child, mythology, high gothic, surreal, Tibetan and Mexican painters, travel to exotic places, dreams and meditation, hallucinations brought on by illness, nightmares, chemical ingestion and the ragged and beautiful artifacts seen in museums. Scott finds images and ideas in scientific studies of the past and mixes in joy, humor and beauty with the horrible and mysterious, because that is her experience of life. Her paintings are self portraits.

Scott has created art nonstop from the time she was a child, watching TV sci-fi and playing dress up fantasies in thrift store evening gowns. In her 20s, she figured out how to get out of the country and answer the call to adventure. She has traveled to 22 countries and set up a studio in India for almost two years. Scott has studied with several Photo Realist artists in the 70's, Including Gary Pruner and Mel Ramos. Her work is included in many collections, including the Crocker Art Museum, The Burkhart Collection, the Judy Barnett collection and the Lisa Maclaine collection in New Zealand, The Center for Celular and Molecular Study in Hydrobad India, The Bud Cort Collection, other collections in the USA, England, Germany and India. Scott currently teaches art at the Short Center North, an arts centered day program for adults with developmental disabilities located in Sacramento California.

Transmission Ateliter - If The Shadows Could March
(Anatomical illustrations and religious allegory, 16th - 19th Century)
In the spirit of the art printers of 19th century Europe, leveraging the most advanced - modern digital imaging methods, Transmission Atelier is a publisher and a fine art printmaker producing superior quality art and photo editions. Based in Chicago, the studio works with artists, galleries, museums, dealers and collectors. Transmission Atelier was founded by James Kay a native Chicagoan, James began as a commercially trained photo-engraver and Photo-lithographer at the age of 15. With over 25 years in the Graphics Industry, James has transitioned his expertise from the production of commercially printed graphic art to fine art photography, publishing, and digital pigment based print making.

"If Shadows Could March" will feature high end facsimile edition prints of antique anatomical illustration from the 18th and 19th century. Each edition is made from the original source material from the Transmission Atelier Library or from loaned works from private collectors. The engraving and printing techniches used by the artists on these original works is of astonishing craftmanship and is all but a completely lost art form. Transmission Atelier has retained all of the original detail, color and even the flaws in the antique paper. The overall quality of an Digital edition print, from color accuracy to fine to microscopic detail, is dependent upon the digital capture methodology. In this area Transmission Atelier is equipped with the most advanced digital capture and imaging technology as well as 3 decades of color communication, scanning and print premedia experience. In the spirit of European Print Making studios of the 18th and 19th century, Transmission Atelier will cycle through as many as 10 rounds of proofing to ensure that each edition is identical to and indistinguishable from the original source material.