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Yes, Art Basel is up right now in Miami, but I had to put up a quick post about some great stuff up at Lazarides in London this month. Faile is finishing up a great show at Rathbone gallery now thru Dec 3, and a few new shows are opening. I was able to get twist some arms, and get a few great images to share with you guys.
Pete Hawkins’ opens this Friday in Newcastle. Cool stuff, check him out:
…And at Outsider Gallery in London, a show by Invader opens up as well. In an email from the gallery, I was told the Invader exhibition “focuses mainly on the Aliases but will also feature Invader Waffles (yes, Invader waffles), two bespoke print editions, a disco ball and all manner of finery.”
Well. I’m always down for “all matter of finery.”
I wasn’t allowed to put up the disco ball or waffles, but I’ve seen them, and they are my favorite things in the show.
Lastly, Jonny Yeo‘s show is also coming up, but I don’t have images for that one yet. But if the new show is anything as provocative as his previous stuff, I’m not even sure if I would be able to post it on my blog. (if you don’t know Jonny’s stuff, Google him, you’ll see what I mean…)
Two amazing art shows open this weekend in LA. One by a seasoned veteran, the other by two fresh faces taking things to the next level.
La Luz de Jesus is one of the most important galleries in Los Angeles. I remember the first time I visited the wild-looking building in the late ’90s; the vibrant colors and bizarre decor–an outsider’s mix of tattoo, pinup, and traditional Mexican art–told me right away that this was a unique place.
Clearly, the thing that made this gallery special wasn’t the decor. La Luz de Jesus has featured and introduced some of the most exciting artists of its “whatever-you-want-to-call-it” scene: Frank Kozik, Tara McPherson, Gary Baseman, Owen and Aaron Smith, Shawn Barber, Matt Groening, The Clayton Brothers, Shag, Manuel Ocampo, Charlie Immer, Scott Musgrove, Marion Peck, Tim Biskup, Joe Sorren, and Mark Ryden, to name a few.
Last night was the opening of the 25th Anniversary show at La Luz, celebrating Billy Shire and his amazing gallery. After the jump, you’ll see some of my terrible photos of the event. To really enjoy the images, just head down to La Luz de Jesus.
My family’s first computer was an Apple (a IIe, I think). I remember learning to type on it, playing a game that calculated your words-per-minute. My mom was studying to be a court reporter, and she could type very quickly; I would peck at letters with my two index fingers as fast as I could to see if I could get a score half as good as hers.
At the time, my Dad worked in aerospace engineering, and was impressed with the durability of the computer at work, so he decided to get one for the house. The whole family shared time on it, working and playing. I remember using it to write reports, and play games like LOGO, Loderunner, and Gold Rush. As I got older, my interestes changed, and my time on the “Macintosh” was eclipsed by a Nintendo, and later a Sony Discman.
In college, I was reintroduced to Apple in a new way. Having spent years honing my skills drawing and painting, I hadn’t yet had the chance to bring those illustrations into the computer. At Art Center, there was a computer lab–a huge underground complex of rooms filled with computers. And the computer of choice for the designers and artists at Art Center was Apple. I loved the design, inside and out, and it seemed built for making art. And once it was my computer for art, it became my computer for music.
It’s hard to think of all the ways that Steve Jobs’ vision has built a foundation for the products on which I work and create: Apple products have been used in making every piece of music Linkin Park has ever written, every album cover or poster we have ever designed, and all our music videos, ads, LPTV, and websites.
From the creation of our songs, art, and videos to the devices our fans enjoy them on, Steve Jobs’ vision has made an indelible imprint on everything we do. Multiplying that out into all the other bands and artists in the world who also use Apple products to write and record their songs or edit videos, movies, TV shows, art and photos, it’s hard to imagine anyone who has played a bigger role in shaping the world of modern art and music.
Thank you Steve Jobs,
I likes it.