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EVENT

Frank Kozik


Dates:
Sat Oct 10, 2009 00:00 - Wed Oct 07, 2009

Frank Kozik "Hubris

October 10, 2009 - November 7, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 10th, 7-10 pm

BILLY SHIRE FINE ARTS

5790 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
phone: 323-297-0600
www.billyshirefinearts.com
info@billyshirefinearts.com

On-line press release with images:
www.leejosephpublicity.com/show/kozik09

Credited with single handedly reviving the “lost” art of the concert poster, Frank Kozik’s creative career grew largely out of his enthusiasm for Austin’s growing underground rock scene in the mid-eighties. Starting with black and white flyers for friend’s bands posted on telephone polls, his reputation grew as an artist whose work was graphically compelling as well as culturally gripping. With hundreds of full-color, limited edition, silk screened posters under his belt for such renowned artists as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beastie Boys, he has also been the subject of many magazine articles such as Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Spin, and Details. During Kozik's poster art era, he also headed up the legendary Man's Ruin Records label which released about 200 elaborately packaged titles on vinyl and CD.

After his run as a poster artist, Kozik entered the word of sculpting and designing (as well as collecting) vinyl toys which is his current passion. "I am really trying to make toys that are their ‘own thing’ and have little or no connection to the stuff I did for the music/lowbrow scene. I wanted a whole new vibe and scene, and I believe it has happened, and it is refreshing. I am basically not a believer in an afterlife, so I really don’t care what posterity says. I am enjoying making the toys NOW, that’s all that matters” states Kozik who is very interactive in the world of vinyl figures and can often be found participating in discussions on the Kid Robot site. "In my previous career I went to see bands almost every night as part of it. Being in this toy scene, it’s an internet-based collective with occasional events, so I want to be personally involved. I’m a collector and fan as well. I like trading and selling and buying and obsessing. It interests me. Most toy people I have met are really cool and it is firmly international. That’s cool." states Kozik, who has also designed and released high-end limited "vinyl busts" of Chairman Mao, Joseph Stalin, Ho Chi Minh and Ludwig Van Beethoven (with a Clockwork Orange twist) in small editions of 50 per colorway which are avidly scooped up by his collectors and fans.

Kozik's art tends to indulge a bit of dark humor. He does not "over think" the process and creates whatever takes his fancy
http://www.fkozik.com/


EVENT

Beyond Eden Art Fair


Dates:
Sat Oct 10, 2009 00:00 - Wed Oct 07, 2009

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT:
Beyond Eden Art Fair


BEYOND EDEN ART FAIR
A multi-gallery event celebrating
the new contemporary art scene
in Los Angeles
October 9 - 11, 2009

Opening Night Gala:
Saturday, October 10, 8PM-Midnight
Cash bar provided by 1933 Group and DJ Mr. NumberOnederful
(Bitter:Sweet) + over a dozen live painters and much more

LA Municipal Art Gallery,
Barnsdall Park

4800 Hollywood Blvd.
(near the Vermont intersection)
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Web site for details and a schedule:
http://www.beyondedenartfair.com

The Beyond Eden Art Fair is a multi-gallery event celebrating the new contemporary art scene in Los Angeles. The public is invited to attend this special event and admission is free.

After the success of last year's East of Eden exhibition which drew over 3,000 people, the organizers have decided to branch out the scope of the fair and expand the focus geographically to include galleries from all across Los Angeles. The goal of Beyond Eden is to celebrate the new contemporary movement that has been building momentum and a patron base in Los Angeles for the past several decades and is finally starting to receive mainstream recognition from major institutions and publications the world over. Organizers are partnering with some of Los Angeles' leading cultural and community organizations to help broaden the scope of the event. A percentage of the event's sales also will be donated to MOCA on behalf of the MOCA Contemporaries. The event organizers forecast this year's event to be even larger and more well received and are expecting upwards of 5,000 people to pass through over the weekend.

Beyond Eden will showcase the works of over 15 galleries and will be held inside the beautiful confines of the historic Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery during the weekend of October 9th, 10th and 11th, with an opening night celebration planned for Saturday, October 10th. Participating galleries include Billy Shire Fine Arts, Black Maria Gallery, Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art, Copro Gallery, Crewest, DRKRM, Gallery 1988, Gallery Nucleus, La Luz De Jesus, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), LeBasse Projects, Subliminal Projects, Synchronicity Space and Thinkspace.

Some of the Beyond Eden Featured Artists include Chris Mars, WK Interact, Dave Cooper, Liz McGrath, Amy Sol, Ekundayo, Ericailcane, Dabs Myla, Know Hope, Ron English, Brooks Salzwedel, Shepard Fairey, Paul Chatem, Scott Campbell, Jeff Soto, Junko Mizuno, Ronald Kurniawan, Nathan Ota, Caia Koopman, Scott Radke, Alexandros Vasmoulakis, Sumi Ink Club, Morgan Slade, and many more.

Beyond Eden will also feature an 'Artist Village' in the courtyard outside of the LAMAG in the beautiful confines of the Barnsdall Art Park. The 'Artist Village' will feature an array of live painters curated by the featured galleries alongside installations from DeLab and Machine Projects plus live screen printing from P.U.M.A. Project and performance art courtesy of Cannibal Flower.

Some of the artists that will be live painting include Mear One, Yoskay Yamamoto, Nathan DeYoung, Nate Frizzell, Prince Parise, John Parks, Dabs Myla, Michael Pukac, Paul Torres, Anthony Clarkson, Sharktoof, Bumblebee, Unification Theory, Jesse Hotchkiss, and more to be confirmed over the coming week.

Founded in 1951, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is a historic 10,000 square foot facility located on the sprawling grounds of Olive Hill in the Barnsdall Art Park. The park overlooks the city of Los Angeles and is also home to the famous Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House and Arts Complex. Under the Department of Cultural Affairs, the LAMAG is the premier city-run gallery that focuses on contemporary art, particularly the work of living Southern California artists.

Beyond Eden: Urban Indie Art in Paradise
by Shana Nys Dambrot

Building on the overwhelming response to last year's East of Eden locals-centric art fair, the organizers broaden the scope of this year's much-anticipated sequel. They made great strides in codifying the invaluable contribution of LA's East Side to the overall flavor of the city's visual culture-and now with this year's Beyond Eden, they prepare to take stock of that flavor across the entire spectrum of LA's independent gallery scene. Analogous to that term as it's used in the music world, independent or indie is as much if not more a state of mind and taste-a lifestyle, an identity-as it is a business level.

This year the geography is conceptual and aesthetic, not literal. Participating galleries represent the most popular voices in the "new mainstream," from Bergamot Station to Mid-Wilshire to West LA - Copro, Carmichael, Subliminal Projects, Black Maria, Thinkspace. At Beyond Eden the whole genealogy of galleries where this kind of work is most associated, nurtured and celebrated, all present their take on the no-name genre, and with 15 galleries side by side, the project is the perfect place for DIY scholars to work out their own definition of what the indie art world looks like now. LA is where everything starts; every trend is exported from the west coast. What was Helter Skelter here 15 years ago is the most mainstream thing imaginable these days. It's all over the newspapers and big glossy monthlies, in the biggest galleries, on high-end clothing lines and vodka bottles, and museums around the world.

LA is a stage for emergence into the international art scene. More artists live and work here from around the nation and globe than any other global art center-at least it certainly feels that way. Maybe it's the schools. Maybe it's the film money, or the sunshine. Maybe it's the illusion of eternal youth. The answer is not likely to be either simple or finite, but the question is certainly worth asking. Curious art-world minds want to know-what is it about LA that makes it so unique? Well, Beyond Eden is a great place to start.

Narrative, figurative, poetic, even mythological at times, the indie LA art style is edgy and illustration-based, drawing on street-art forms like tagging and posting, with a taste for the vintage, for the seducing of the innocent, the facing down of monsters, the mastery of nature. It's part surrealism, it's omnivorous when it comes to source material, it's cinematic, sci-fi inflected, rebel-embracing. It's romantic sometimes, often beautiful to a point of vertigo. It's all that and occasionally none of it. And now this loose affiliation of independent, alternative, post-Brow, avant-Brow, pop surrealist, urban romantics-whatever you want to call them is okay as long as it's clearly outside the boundaries of the high-end, forbidding, over-priced, white-box fortress stereotype.

-Shana Nys Dambrot
Los Angeles, 2009

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Saturday, October 10th

Noon-5PM: OPEN FAIR HOURS / ART VIEWING

7-8PM: OPENING NIGHT KICK-OFF EVENT, benefiting the MOCA Contemporaries.
Special membership drive (sign up and receive a special 'gift bag')

7:30PM: SYMPOSIUM - A special address from Mark Steven Greenfield, the Director of the LA Municipal Art Gallery

8PM: SPECIAL PRESENTATION - Presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Billy Shire in recognition of all he's done for the new contemporary
art movement.

8PM-Midnight: OPENING NIGHT GALA
Cash bar by 1933 Group and Bigfoot Lodge. Tunes from DJ Mr. NumberOnederful (Bitter:Sweet)

Admission is Free / Open to the Public

Sunday, October 11th

Noon-5PM: OPEN FAIR HOURS / ART VIEWING

2PM: SPECIAL EVENT - Film Screening at The Barnsdall Theater 'Scribble.08' - 48 minute art documentary film featuring Clayton Brothers, Martha Rich, Jeff Soto, Joe Sorren, Camille Rose Garcia, and Kevin Christy from Murphy Fine Art Films

Admission is Free / Open to the Public

Additional FREE EVENT PARKING:
If the Barndsall lot is full, there is plenty of additional parking for Beyond Eden, walking distance from the event at 4715 Sunset Blvd. Park on Rooftop, take the elevator Down to Level 2, cross the street to Barnsdall Park, use the stairs or elevator to the Park.

Partners:
1933 Group, A Little Birdy Told Me, Arrested Motion, Art Ltd., Artillery, ArtScene, Baby Tattoo, Bigfoot Lodge, Citizen LA, Coolhaus, Daily Dujour, Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), East Hollywood Neighborhood Council (EHNC), Eric Garcetti's office, GGPNC,Hi-Fructose, Indie Printing, Juxtapoz, Keep-A-Breast, LA Weekly, LAMAG Associates, Lee Joseph Publicity for the Visual Arts, Living Color Graphics, MOCA Contemporaries, Modern Painters, Murphy Design, NOTCOT, Sherman Gallery, Sour Harvest, THE Magazine, Visual Art Source


EVENT

Scott Musgrove book signing at La Luz de Jesus


Dates:
Sun Jul 26, 2009 00:00 - Wed Jul 22, 2009

Scott Musgrove:
The Late Fauna of Early North America Book Release and Signing Party

Sunday, July 26, 2009
4 - 6 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 663-0122

Scott Musgrove unearths previously undiscovered animals through a dedicated and scientifically un-approved practice of zoological impressionism. A lonestar in the field, he ventures where the graymaned, khaki- clad, anthropologists with ivory walking sticks have not -- tunneling beneath freeways and ditch-combing along the rough borders of American mini-malls, in search of undiscovered and, up to this point, at least, extinct animals.

The Late Fauna of Early North America features lush, highly detailed landscapes and up-close encounters with all manner of strange and beautiful creatures. Full color reproductions of his paintings abound, including unique antique frames, custom gold engraved nameplates, carved wooden sculptures, watercolors, ink drawings, and pencil renderings from the field.

Scott's unorthodox research methods combined with his unmatched facility with paint and color result in a fascinating survey of what might have been in North America, if not for the invasion of pernicious settlers. Scott restores these beasts to life in his studio, stretching and stapling carpet scraps across ribs and skulls. With the help of a glue gun and a needle and thread, Scott sews and sculpts until the Harry Brook Trout or the Dwarf Basket Horse is finally staring back at him. Then and only then, does Scott attempt to paint them back into their pristine, natural environment. Scott brings these wild idols, relics and bio-wonders back to life and legitimacy in this handsome volume. Scott's unique, beautifully- crafted art adds a unique vision to the lowbrow art movement. 7 1/2" x 10", hardcover, full color. $34.95

Also available in a limited, slipcased edition of 200 for $60.00.

We are currently accepting pre-orders, and can ship worldwide. Paid orders received by Friday, July 24th can request a brief, personalized message along with Scott's signature. Call or email for details.

Soap Pant / Wacko / La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323)663-0122
Sales@SoapPlant.com


EVENT

Gidget Gein


Dates:
Fri Jul 24, 2009 00:00 - Wed Jul 22, 2009

GIDGET GEIN: POST MORTEM

JULY 24 - AUGUST 2, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, July 24, 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323-662-9227
info@laluzdejesus.com

online press release with images:
http://leejosephpublicity.com/gein

Gidget Gein "Hate"

Musician, writer, bagboy and artist Gidget Gein is perhaps best known as the original bassist for shock-rock outfit Marilyn Manson, but his surreal-pop exploitation art proved to be the most consistent creative outlet in his life - one tragically abridged by an unintentional drug overdose on October 8, 2008. "Post Mortem" references Gein's career as a mortuary assistant, while addressing the mortality of the artist himself in keeping with his signature dark, sardonic sense of humor.

When Gein passed away late last year, the impact of his loss was felt by friends and fans all over the world. His work played heavily in the satirical traditions of fellow artists Michael Ray Charles and Andy Warhol, and functions as an interesting continuation of artists like Kara Walker and Robert Colescott. This is the most extensive gallery exhibition of his art to date and touches on important breakthroughs in his art career spanning 1993 to 2008. Included are selections from his post-Manson street art (under the name Bradley Anne), Blaxpolitation, and Anti-Muse series, as well as UnPop, portraiture, and Sex paintings.

Gidget's perspective on pop culture was never disappointing. Inundated with uncompromising wit, keen insight, and scathing gallows humor, his paintings are a relevant commentary on our idol-worshipping society. Earlier this year, Gein was memorialized during the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame’s 2009 Induction Ceremony, and his influence continues to be felt in art and music circles across the globe.

Acting as guest curator for this exhibit is Bill Shafer from Hyaena Gallery (Burbank, CA), Gidget’s artistic home for the past three years. “Gidget Gein, has always been at the forefront of important movements in both art and music. Edgy, fearless, and unrestrained, he pushed boundaries and wore his demons on his sleeve,” says Shafer. “Gidget knew Kenneth Anger personally and referenced him in his work. He was fascinated by celebrity scandal because he had experienced it. Gein was the Brian Jones of our generation - his image, art, and songwriting shaped a new musical movement exerting influence long after he and his former band mates had parted ways.”

Since all pieces on display will be available for purchase, this will be the one and only chance to see a retrospective this complete.

Please contact gallery director Matt Kennedy for presale information, and contact Lee Joseph for press inquiries.


EVENT

June Group Show-LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY


Dates:
Fri Jun 05, 2009 00:00 - Mon Jun 01, 2009

June Group Show featuring;
Mark Bryan
Daniel Elson
Krystopher Sapp
Magda Trzaski

June 5 - 28, 2009
Artist reception: Friday, June 5, 2009 ~ 8:00 -11:00 pm
LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243
www.laluzdejesus.com

Online press release with images:
http://leejosephpublicity.com/show/june2009