Robert Williams Book Signing – Saturday, March 28th!

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As a part of the special programming for Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics! and ’20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz’; Robert Williams will be signing his new book published by Baby Tattoo Saturday March 28, 2015 at LAMAG. There will only be 150 copies of Williams’ book available for this special signing event. Unfortunately if you miss out, you’ll have to wait until the full shipment comes into the States. So arrive early! Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5pm, signing begins at 2pm.

Located At:
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
(In the Barnsdall Art Park)

Both exhibitions are sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. To contact the gallery please call 323.644.6269. For special tours and school groups, please contact Marta Feinstein at met_marta@sbcglobal.net or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at Gabriel.cifarelli@gmail.com – visit LAMAG on the web at www.lamag.org

KCET COVERAGE OF ROBERT WILLIAMS “SLANG AESTHETICS!”

KCET Interview

There is an obvious art movement happening, we are just pressed for finding the right title. Whether it’s called post-contemporary, pop surrealism or low brow art; former underground artist Robert Williams is a father to this movement. Founder of Juxtapoz magazine, Robert Williams was interviewed for KCET Artbound. In the interview, Williams’ discusses his artistic development and influences, along with his thoughts on where this movement is headed in regards to the formal art world.

“My stuff, if you look at it, and you look at it psychologically, it’s contrary to our social mores,” he says. “Its outlaw art, maybe tamed down a little bit.”

You can read the full article on KCET’s website. Robert Williams “Slang Aesthetics!” and “20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz” are on view at Barnsdall Park till April 19th, 2015.

Located at:
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA
In the Barnsdall Art Park

Both exhibitions are sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. 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 met_marta@sbcglobal.net or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at Gabriel.cifarelli@gmail.com – visit LAMAG on the web at www.lamag.org

 

Interview with Seth Armstrong for The Air Is Thick

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photo courtesy of Robin Redd from Art Nerd studio visit.

Interview with Seth Armstrong for “The Air is Thick” on view a at Thinkspace Gallery  March 28 – April 18, 2015. Seth Armstrong will be present at the opening night March 28, 6-9pm.

Warm-up Questions:
SH: coffee or tea?
SA: Coffee
SH: background noise: music or tv show?
SA: Music
SH: snacks: savory or sweet?
SA: both
SH: dogs or cats?
SA: Dogs

SH: When do you get the most painting done? Morning, Noon, Night, Middle of the Night/Morning?
SA: I’d say late afternoon/evening/night-time.

SH: What inspired the direction of your work for the upcoming show?
SA: I started out with a common narrative in mind for the show, but I quickly got interested in other stuff, and now rather than a common thread that ties all the paintings together, the paintings seem to be more sequential. One relates to the next, but each may not belong with all the others. The city of LA had a big influence on the paintings, as in the architecture and the light. Also growing up in a town saturated by the movie industry, a lot of the paintings have a filmic quality to them.

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SH: Have you ever accidentally drank or was about to drink the dirty ‘paint’ water?
SA: I have accidentally put turpentine to my lips, but I’ve never swallowed it.

SH: What other artists work are you a fan of right now?
SA: I’ve always been a huge fan of my friend Chris Russell’s paintings. They are epic and colorful and amazing. I’ve got more of his paintings at my house than any other artist’s. (chrisrussellart.com)

SH: What brand of paint so you use? What’s your favorite color and brush right now?
SA: I like Gamblin oil paint right now. Favorite color is between yellow ochre or cobalt teal. Favorite brush is currently Princeton Art and Brush Co’s. They’ve got a nice flow and firmness, but they are shitty enough where I don’t have to worry too much about destroying them. Which I do.

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SH: How long does it take to complete a single piece? Do you work on multiple pieces at one time?
SA: Depends on the painting. There are paintings in this show that took more than a month, and there are paintings that took less than an hour.
I generally work on one painting at a time, but lately I’ve taken paintings to the point where they are very nearly done, then spend weeks on the finishing touches as I work on others.

SH: What motivated you to choose the life/career of an artist?
SA: My parents have always been very supportive. They both moved to LA to become actors, so they understand the whole “do what you love” mentality. I’ve always been drawing and painting, so as I was finishing high school, there wasn’t any kind of deciding moment, it just seemed like the natural next step.

SH: What do you know now, that you wish you would have known when first embarking on your artistic career?
SA: I still don’t know shit, so don’t worry about it.

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SH: What creative person; artist, musician, director, family member etc… has had the most influence or inspired your own artistic voice?
SA: One of the most significant people to influence me at a younger age was probably my high school art teacher, Mealiffe. She was the best. Incredibly supportive. A lot of kids from her class went on to careers in the arts.

SH: If your could invite 5 people dead or alive to a dinner party, who would be on your guest list and what’s on the menu?
SA: Ben Franklin, Elvis Presley, Leonardo Da Vinci, Brigitte Bardot, and Teddy Roosevelt. Spaghetti with meat sauce.

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New work by Seth Armstrong in “The Air is Thick”

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New work by Seth Armstrong in “The Air is Thick” on view March 28, 2015 to April 18, 2015.
Opening Reception with artists on hand:
Saturday, March 28th 6-9PM

 

Thinkspace is pleased to present The Air is Thick featuring new works by Los Angeles based artist Seth Armstrong. Armstrong’s paintings self-consciously capture a sense of looking, arresting moments with cinematic detail and voyeuristic curiosity. Varying in scale, the paintings offer views that are alternately intimate and vast, moving expertly between the monumental and the minute. Laden with detail and suggestion, each piece offers a moment in the trajectory of a larger narrative, and the viewer is compelled to realign the fractures of these inconclusive moments. Hanging the works on suggestion rather than on the overt, Armstrong builds tension and excitement in every painting with the possibility and expectation of action. Surfeited with this palpable sense of permanent anticipation and arrest, the air is indeed thick enough to cut.

Originally from Los Angeles, Armstrong studied painting in Northern Holland and completed a BFA at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. His deft handling of oil paint clearly demonstrates a facility inspired by traditional painting techniques, and a material aptitude for the dense capture of light and color. The intense realism of his style is often tempered by a looser, more painterly approach, and by a stylized handling of light and dimension. With viscous luminosity and substantive flesh, qualities achieved with a seamlessly clean application, his works feel heavy with tactility and dense with tangible space and body. Armstrong’s use of stark saturated contrasts is offset by a tendency towards stylized hyper-color, creating both depth and edge that exceeds the muted tones of the real. These contrasts achieve a sense of brooding visual tension that manages to evoke both nostalgia and strangeness simultaneously.

In The Air is Thick, Armstrong continues to explore themes that have consistently fascinated his output: the intrigue of illicit looking, and the fine line between intimacy and trespass. Just as cinema manages to satisfy our innate love of voyeuristic access, so too do the paintings offer us views onto private lives that both frustrate and satisfy. The suggestion of constant narrative pervades even the stillest and least active views, as Armstrong reminds us of the secret recesses behind all closed doors and all quiet faces.

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Seth Armstrong – “The Air is Thick”

 

New work by Erik Jones in Color | Full

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New work by Erik Jones in “Color|Full” on view March 28, 2015 to April 18, 2015.
Opening Reception with artists on hand:
Saturday, March 28th 6-9PM

Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room are new works by Erik Jones in Color/Full. Originally from St Petersburg Florida, Jones currently lives and works in New York city. His technically complex mixed-media works combine the figurative with the geometric in seamless collusion and concert. Jones’ ‘hyperrealistic figuration is offset by geometric patterns and momentums that seem to live and breathe as symbiotic organisms. The figure is ensconced by these colorful geometric expanses, as each “wears” the other and becomes virtually indivisible from its counterpart. Clothed by pattern and color, the body is set within and against expressionistic modules of sculpted graphic space. In his new body of work, Jones takes his penchant for spatial play and surreal composition to the next level in a series of Dimensional Paintings. These works invade the third dimension, literally, as surfaces peel from their supports, images slide from the walls, and paint pools on the floor.

Jones begins his works by compiling a figurative reference from several photographic images, then designing harmonious geometric fields by compositing form, color and shape digitally. The composition is then projected and traced onto paper and materially executed with several painstaking layers of watercolor, ink, pencil, oil pastel and acrylic. This expert combination of illustration and painting techniques accounts for the depth and dimensionally of the work. The combination of graphic patterning, color blocking, line and hyperreal figuration meld into an entirely elevated visual plane of oppositional, and yet entirely confluent and continuous, axes. The visual delight of these paintings resides in this inspired reconciliation. The Dimensional Paintings take this impulse to the next level by revealing some of the materiality and process that remains otherwise concealed in the high finish of the work. This intentional disclosure of tension and process – a literal stripping and dismantling of planes – takes the paintings into a sculptural realm, revealing the artifice and construction of their dynamic oppositions.

As the title of the exhibition suggests, the work is full; saturated to the point of rupture, the paintings burst with color and movement, and spill unapologetically into real space and time.

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Opening Night Photos & Video of Robert Williams “Slang Aesthetics” and “20 Years Under The Influence of Juxtapoz”

Photos of Robert Williams “Slang Aesthetics” and Juxtapoz “20 Years Under The Influence” opening night courtesy of Birdman photography.

Both exhibitions are on view February 22nd – April 19th, 2015
Guest Curators: Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace) & Gary Pressman (Copro Gallery)

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Located at:
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA
In the Barnsdall Art Park

Both exhibitions are sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. 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 met_marta@sbcglobal.net or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at Gabriel.cifarelli@gmail.com – visit LAMAG on the web at www.lamag.org

Special talk with Juxtapoz founders + “20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz” show curators

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Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics! and ’20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz’  

Special Talk this Saturday, March 14th at 2PM with:  
Andrew Hosner (exhibition co-curator / Thinkspace Gallery)
Gary Pressman (exhibition co-curator / Copro Gallery)
Greg Escalante (Juxtapoz co-founder / Copro Gallery owner)
Robert Williams (Juxtapoz co-founder / featured artist)

Gwynn Vitello (Juxtapoz’s current President + Publisher)

The talk and both exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Both exhibitions on view through April 19th, 2015.
Located at:
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA
In the Barnsdall Art Park (near the Vermont intersection)

View the works in both shows on our website. Links are on our homepage.

Both exhibitions are sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. 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 met_marta@sbcglobal.net or to arrange special adult tours, please contact Gabe Cifarelli at Gabriel.cifarelli@gmail.com – visit LAMAG on the web at www.lamag.org