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EVENT

The Octonauts and the Shady Sea book and print release at La Luz on Oct 13


Dates:
Sat Oct 13, 2007 00:00 - Mon Oct 08, 2007

Join us for a shady party at Wacko where design team MEOMI will be
reading from their second picture book "THE OCTONAUTS & THE SEA OF SHADE”

Saturday, October 13th, 2007
6-9pm
Wacko / Soap Plant
La Luz de Jesus
4633 Hollywood Bl.
Los Angeles California 90027

THE OCTONAUTS are a crew of cute critters who love to explore the big blue ocean. From their undersea “Octopod” base, the eight talented animals (including Barnacles Bear, Peso Penguin, and Kwazii Kitten) are always ready for fun and excitement. In their
second adventure, all the shadows in the world have gone missing! The Octonauts must travel to the mysterious Sea of Shade to learn why. Can the Octonauts convince the great Shade King to return everyone's shadows?

Books, posters and limited edition prints available.

For more info visit www.octonauts.com

Wacko, Soap Plant and La Luz de Jesus are located in Los Feliz at 4633 Hollywood Blvd, 90027. Hours are are Monday - Wednesday: 11am - 7pm, Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 9pm and Sunday 12-6pm. http//www.soapplant.com, http://www.laluzdejesus.com


EVENT

Dawn Wirth: Destroy All Music - The Masque and Beyond, 1977 a 1978. Photographs from the Early LA Punk Scene


Dates:
Sat Oct 06, 2007 00:00 - Sat Aug 25, 2007

drkrm. Gallery
2121 San Fernando Road • Suite 3
Los Angeles, CA 90065
323.223.6867

DAWN WIRTH
DESTROY ALL MUSIC:
The Masque and Beyond, 1977 - 1978. Photographs from the Early LA Punk Scene
October 6 - 27, 2007
Reception for the Artist: Saturday October 7, 7-10 pm

CONTACT: Lee Joseph Publicity
p 818.848.2698 - f 818.848.2699
email: leejemail@gmail.com - web: http://drkrm.com/punk.html

In 1976 Dawn Wirth bought a Canon fTB with the money she earned from working at Hanna-Barbera animation studio. She enrolled in a high-school photography class and began taking photos of bands. Although the photography teacher told her that the work was “crap”, she continued to follow her passion. “I was going to these punk shows; the music was exciting, new and different. I thought that taking pictures of the bands might be a lot of fun”. Dawn captured on film the beginnings of a very underground LA punk scene with no idea of the kind of impact and longevity the music, dress and ideas would have on pop culture. While preserving history was the furthest thing from her mind, she was aware that she was one of only five photographers snapping away at the time including Gabby Berlin, Jenny Lens, Theresa Kereakes and Herb Wrede.

Wirth shot, up close and in action, legendary bands such as The Germs, The Screamers, The Bags, The Mumps, The Zeros and The Weirdos in and around The Masque and The Whiskey a Go-Go in Hollywood, California. In addition, Dawn snapped out-of-town bands such as Devo and Talking Heads and took color photos of The Clash before they came to America. “I saved up all my money and flew to the UK the day I graduated from High School and lived there for six months.” Dawn also took color photos of the last Sex Pistols show at Winterland and another of her favorite groups, Queen, at The Santa Monica Civic.

Though she shot a few things in color, black and white was her preference. Dawn states “I was influenced at the time by Alfred Stieglitz, George Hurrell”.

Dawn’s photos have been seen in the pages of fanzines such as Flipside, Sniffin’ Glue and Gen X. Her photos will also be appearing in the upcoming books Punk 365 released by Rolling Stone and The Masque Book by Brendan Mullen. Destroy All Music will be the first time Dawn will be showing a major body of work in public.

"Dawn was one the very few photographers brave enough to endure the intense pummeling at the front of the Masque stage, night after night. The reward for all her hard knocks and bruises are these "as close as you can get" photos of The Weirdos, Screamers, Germs and many others. As if that weren't enough, she makes the best fucking brownies in the universe!" Alice Bag, 2007

"Sometimes pictures speak louder than words and in 1977 during the early days of L.A. punk rock, Dawn Wirth was on the front lines, camera in hand, capturing the moment with terrific photographs". John Denny, lead singer for The Weirdos, 2007

"Dawn Wirth captured the essence of the L.A./Hollywood punk maelstrom from within the eye of the hurricane. She is authentic and her work is among the greatest of the genre." Dan Kessel, record producer, 2007

"Dawn Wirth's verite images are essential to any understanding of first wave Los Angeles punk rock 1977-79. Without angel shutterbugs like Dawn toiling away (thanklessly at the time) there would be scant archaeological evidence this species ever existed. Now -- more than ever -- is the time for love and reparation." Brendan Mullen, founder of the Masque, 2007

"Dawn IS Punk - she is my go to girl when it comes to the LA Punk scene. She was there." Scott Michaels of www.findadeath.com, 2007

"Dawn Wirth was there to take photos of the bands that you can only dream about." Chris Walters, author of many books on Punk Rock, 2007

"If it wasn't for my Mummy, I wouldn't have discovered how COOL the art of photography is. She has and still does share her love of photography with me. I want to be a photographer just like her." Sara Wirth, 2007

Drkrm. Gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to the display and survey of popular cultural images, fine art photography, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm. Drkrm Gallery is located at 2121 San Fernando Road Suite 3 Los Angeles, CA 90065, 323.223.6867. All gallery events are free and open to the public.


EVENT

Philip Fagan - The Business of Pleasure : New York City Brothels September 8 a 29, 2007


Dates:
Sat Sep 08, 2007 00:00 - Thu Aug 23, 2007

drkrm. Gallery
2121 San Fernando Road • Suite 3
Los Angeles, CA 90065
323.223.6867

Contact: Lee Joseph Publicity
PO Box 1975
Burbank, CA 91507
818-848-2698 (p), 818-848-2699 (f)
leejemail@gmail.com

Philip Fagan -
The Business of Pleasure : New York City Brothels
September 8 - 29, 2007
Reception for the artist Saturday, September 8th 7-10pm
complimentary valet parking

Of his many life journeys, from India to Afghanistan, it was Philip Fagan’s stint as a mangager working for a chain of New York City brothels in the 1980’s that provided him with the unique opportunity to visually document an hidden taboo of American life.

Fagan spent eleven years on Manhattan’s East side in “the business of pleasure.” His extraordinarily rare access enabled him to befriend and photograph many of the women who earned their living in the sex trade. “I did not photograph the girls as an essay, or as an exploitive study of girls in a lowly profession,” Fagan explains. “I photographed the girls because I spent all my time, almost 24-7, with them.” Reviewing the images after these many years, Fagan says, “I hope with all my heart that the women survived and have found something fulfilling so they never think about going back.”

This unique exhibition of stark, gritty and suprisingly touching black and white images reveals the everyday world of working girls. Rarely does Fagan's camera intrude; it is merely a voyeur or even a welcome partner. These candid and straight forward portraits are reminescent of Diane Arbus’ pictures of people on the fringes of society combined with Ernest J. Bellocq’s Storyville Photographs taken in the Red Light District of New Orleans in the 1900’s.

Drkrm. Gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to the display and survey of popular cultural images, fine art photography, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm.

All gallery events are free and open to the public.


EVENT

Miles Thompson CA at La Luz de Jesus September 7


Dates:
Fri Sep 07, 2007 00:00 - Thu Aug 23, 2007

MILES THOMPSON
CA.

September 7 - September 30
Reception for the artist: Friday, September 7, 8 pm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-666-7667
www.laluzdejesus.com

Miles Thompson is a native Californian who grew up in the sun and Pacific waters of the cowboy coast. Living in coastal Orange County, Tijuana adjacent San Diego and his current home in Los Angles, he has cultivated his inspiration and put together his first one man show at La Luz de Jesus with the seemingly simple theme, California. This collection is generated in various media to explore and enjoy the creativity of his nondenominational majority/minority aortas.

CA. is inspired by the artist's home state's history with specific interest in it's violence and racism, the abundant natural resources and the unique inherent beauty therein, the myriad of inhabitants living here regardless of species or nationality, 13 years in the cartoon animation industry, a deep love of surfcomic culture made famous here, and the macabre supernatural Mexican pulp roots. The aim
of these images is to identify the hopes and dreams of those who elect to take up residency here as both personal and universal. California is a shared vision. CA. runs through September 30.

La Luz de Jesus is located in the Soap Plant/Wacko building, in Los Feliz at 4633 Hollywood Blvd, 90027. Gallery hours are Monday - Wednesday: 11am - 7pm, Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 9pm and Sunday 12-6pm.


EVENT


Dates:
Fri Aug 03, 2007 00:00 - Tue Jul 17, 2007

La Luz Five Person Group Show
Jane Gotts, Bonni Reid, Cameron Tiede, Adam Strange, Magda Keriakos

Opening reception: Friday, August 3, 8 pm
Show runs through August 26
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-666-7667
www.laluzdejesus.com

Jane Gotts
Jane Gotts was born and educated in England, attending the Cheltenham College of Art and Design in Gloucestershire. Gotts began her working life in animation in Bristol, and then London. She was eventually shipped out to Los Angeles to work at DreamWorks. Gotts worked in various guises as head of the color model department, head of 2d-cg, and compositing supervisor on such films as Prince of Egypt, The Road to Eldorado, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Sinbad, Legend of the Seven Seas. Gotts’ current series of paintings evoke medieval bestiaries; stories about creatures both real and fanciful that were popular texts in the Middle Ages. These creatures are often presented in courtly pose and trappings, through techniques usually seen in traditional, centuries-old portraits of royalty and the clergy.

Bonni Reid
As the daughter of an eccentric mechanical engineer and a stiff-upper-lipped British nurse, Bonni Reid explores the underpinnings, bumps and anomalies in all manner of historical arcane. Bonni Reid's subject matter reflects a dark underlying mythos that belies the innocence, wonder, and imagination of a glossed over past. When not brewing her own visual concoctions, she freelances as a color designer for animation productions including six seasons of Cartoon Network's Ed, Edd 'n Eddy. Reid currently lives in the West End of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Cameron Tiede
Raised in the great white north of Canada on sugar-infested cereal, 80’s music, Peanuts comics, and classic Nintendo games, Cameron Tiede has always stayed a kid. In the 90’s, he ventured down to Southern California to thaw out and attend Art Center College of Design where he studied and graduated with distinction in illustration. Cameron’s signature style is infused with raw energetic characters and stimulating color. Described as “illuminated innocence,” his work is as playful as it is honest, and is exhibited and collected around the world. He has several limited edition vinyl art toys currently in distribution, with more to come later this year, including his signature character line 13 Tomodachi released at Comic-Com 2007. Working as a freelance designer and illustrator, some of his commercial projects have included clients such as Disney, Mattel, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks and Warner Brothers. He also teaches illustration and design classes at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and FIDM in Los Angeles.

Adam Strange
Adam Strange combines painterly style with forward thinking narrative. Strange's work tends to explore the tension between two seemingly incongruous schools of thought: faith and science. Adam studied General Art at California State University Long Beach. He has lived and worked in San Francisco, New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles. His work has been published in books and magazines both domestically and abroad. Currently he resides in Southern California.

Magda Keriakos
Inspired by her older sister, Magda Keriakos, began drawing at the age of four and has not stopped since. Her resume is a testament to the years of devotion she has invested in her art. Throughout high school, Magda received numerous accolades for her achievements. She was later accepted to Art Center and mastered the fluidity, texture and movement held inside her paintings and was honored with the "Leader of Her Class" award. After graduating, the Walt Disney Company hired her as part of the Creative Design Think Tank for Disney Interactive Studios. Although she loves her position at Disney, painting has and always will be her true passion. Magda's recent paintings have been an expression of culture and movement, translated to the panels as visual form. Magda currently resides in San Dimas, California.

La Luz de Jesus is located in the Soap Plant/Waco building, in East Hollywood at 4633 Hollywood Blvd, 90027. Gallery hours are Monday - Wednesday: 11am - 7pm, Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 9pm and Sunday 12-6pm.