The über talented Dave MacDowell has once again donned his curatorial hat and gathered together 70 awesome artists from around the globe for a show which spotlights being under the influence. Wasted! – The Great American Pastime opened at WWA Gallery in Culver City, LA on the June 9th and runs until the June 29th. Thematically, the participating artists have all taken aim at the influence of drugs and alcohol on our culture, whether choosing to celebrate or demonize it.
For my own piece, which is a graphite drawing, titled “STR8″, I looked at things from a straight perspective and took inspiration from the straight-edge scene which was spawned from the lyrics of a Minor Threat song written in the early eighties. Ian MacKaye penned the words for the song “Straight Edge” which went on to influence a punk subculture who refrain from using alcohol, tobacco and other recreational drugs.
There is an incredible array of outstanding art in this show and it’s definitely worth making a visit to check out before the 29th!
Currently on at Gallery1988, is an exhibition of wacky hilarity. The show is ‘Memes’, and sees 100 artists tributing the internet meme. If you’ve never heard of a meme or would like to find out more, visit Know Your Meme.
My own piece is inspired by ‘Hipster Ariel‘, but has been updated and now features the one and only Bela Lugosi. It’s a very tongue in cheek painting, which pokes a little fun at the recent onslaught of vampire flavoured pop culture offerings.
The show is taking place at G1988′s Melrose location and runs until the 26th May.
With a pretty busy year ahead, I’ve been keeping my head down these past few months, preparing work for the exhibitions I’m taking part in over the next wee while. There’re quite a few of them.
I’m delighted to have a solo show lined up at Subtext Gallery in San Diego (July 20th – August 17th), and several exciting group exhibitions in the run up, as well as a few afterwards too. I’ll be announcing details about each of these as they draw nearer, so check back here if you’d like to keep up to date.
The first of the group shows is on the horizon and it promises to be a biggie! “MEMES” opens on May 4th at Gallery1988, in their Melrose location, where 100 artists will tribute the Internet’s favourite creations. This show also marks the 8 year anniversary of G1988, so if you live in the area, head along and celebrate it in style!
I’m very excited to currently have a painting on show at Gallery1988 in their Bill Murray tribute exhibition titled “Please Post Bills”. The show opened on November 3rd and runs until the November 26th. My piece has been inspired by Bill’s performance in the 1993 classic, Groundhog Day and I was over he moon to find out that it sold on the opening night!
Next week Gallery1988 is hosting an exhibition of work inspired by the comedic legend that is Bill Murray and I am over the moon to be one of the artists participating. More details coming soon, but mark this one in your diary as it promises to be off the hook!
I am delighted to currently have a painting in the “I Want My Music Video Art Show” at Gallery Meltdown, Hollywood, USA. The show has been curated by the MTV VMA winning director Chris Marrs Piliero and the art genius Dave MacDowell. It features work from 100 awesome artists all paying homage to the music video art form.
My own piece has been inspired by the videos of Rob Zombie and is a mash-up of “Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)”, “Dragula” and “Return of the Phantom Stranger”, which I’ve titled “The Kroovy Droogs”. I was thrilled to find out it was purchased at the opening reception! The exhibition opened on the 7th of October and runs until the 20th, so if you live in the LA area you still have a few days to head down and check it out!
Nothing to Nobody, the awesome digital magazine which covers the best in alternative art and culture has a cover feature and interview with myself in the current issue. Other treats include interviews with Camilla d’Errico, Richard Warwick, Nathaniel Eckstrom and a whole load more.
Check it out here,
Nothing to Nobody – Issue 6
and grab yourself a copy!
I am well chuffed to currently have a painting in the “Garbage Pail Kids x Gallery1988″ exhibition at G1988 in Melrose, LA. Over 100 amazing artists have been asked to reinterpret their favourite Garbage Pail Kid from any of the original series. For those of you who don’t remember the GPK phenomenon, they were the brain child of Art Spiegelman in the mid ninteen eighties, who came up with the idea to parody the range of Cabbage Patch Kids dolls which were extremely popular at the time. Garbage Pail Kids were sold as a pack of 5 trading cards, each new card being more sick, gross and twisted than the one before. Collecting the cards became a huge craze and they ended up being banned from many schools throughout the world.
I chose to do my own version of Undead Jed and was delighted to find out he sold on the opening weekend!