Sunday, April 19, 2009

Weekend Guide - 4/25/09

Mid City Arts
Presents The First Solo Show
From Chaka, Los Angeles’ Most Infamous Graffiti Artist

The opening reception will take place April 25th, 7:00-9:00pm

Mid-City Arts is pleased to present the first solo show ever from the infamous LA graffiti artist, Chaka. Resurrection opens April 25th and will feature highly anticipated new work from the mysterious Chaka.

Daniel Ramos, AKA Chaka, was 18 when he was arrested and charged in 1991 with 48 counts of vandalism, trespassing and causing $500,000 in property damage. Chaka’s signature tag had appeared in a staggering 10,000 locations from Orange County to San Francisco. At the height of his notoriety Chaka was demonized by mainstream media and culture as being little more than a prolific vandal. At the same time he was celebrated by street artists who admired the ability of a teenager from the projects to literally make his mark on the vast, glitzy LA cityscape in such a ubiquitous manner. He is credited with breaking away from the New York “wildstyle” popular at the time and introducing clearer, more blockish lettering into tagging. Chaka was one of the first to create a reputation as a recognizable individual tagger, and spawned many imitators. However Chaka was not just a lone operative. He was part of the LOD crew and as such, his work in reclaiming hard to reach places of the cityscape (freeway overpasses, walls, trains etc) on behalf of his crew is recognized by fellow taggers as a selfless achievement for LA’s graffiti scene as a whole.

After spending a year tracking down the once unavoidable Chaka, Mid-City Arts presents his first solo show. For Chaka’s fans as well as street art collectors, this will be a rare opportunity to revisit the nostalgia of the early 90’s, and own a piece of LA’s cultural history. Chaka himself will be in attendance and there will be a limited number of signed posters in addition to his works available for sale.

The opening reception will take place April 25th, 7:00-9:00pm at Mid-City Arts, 5113 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019. For more info visit:

Swiv Tackle Circus and SET & DRIFT present…
Opening celebration on Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 6:00-10:00 pm
Swiv Tackle Circus and SET & DRIFT present…
A group exhibition about our evolution as natives to Southern California and as humans native to planet Earth

Featuring furniture, art, film, bikes, headdresses & other native curiosities by: Miki Iwasaki, Josh Higgins, Jeffrey Durkin, Thatcher, Tocayo, Stacy Kelley, Sean Kelley, Shaney Jo Darden & Jeff Black
Live performance by The Minor Keys with additional sounds provided by DJ Blackass.

Opening celebration on Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 6:00-10:00 pm with exhibition shown through mid May 2009.

Honest Tea, Stone Brew, & local fruits will be served.
Swiv Tackle Circus // 530 South Coast Highway // Oceanside, California

Miki Iwasaki in Jeffrey Durkin’s documentary, SCALE

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
Edward Walton Wilcox
April 25 – May 23
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 25 8-11pm

Merry Karnowsky Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by artist Edward Walton Wilcox.
Wilcox’s sepia-toned gothic paintings and Medieval-style altarpieces merge classical technique with modern perception.

Lawrence Asher Gallery

April 25 – May 23, 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 25th, 6 – 10 pm

Bryan Ricci – Nature Hates Calculators

Jennifer Beedon Snow - Dwelling

Jennifer Beedon Snow

Bryan Ricci
Bryan Ricci returns to Lawrence Asher Gallery with a new collection of highly detailed animal, insect and bird paintings. Using a meticulous application of oil paint droplets, Bryan constructs hyper-real creatures that rise from the panel surface. A natural background created from his color photography provides the natural habitat.

LAG introduces Jennifer Beedon Snow to Southern California through oil paintings of Mid-western bliss filtered through childhood memory. The generous brush strokes capture all the bright light of an optimistic afternoon. The calm, rich and colorful execution is reminiscent of the Bay Area Figurative Movement that Jennifer reinterprets inspired by her formative years in Southwestern Ohio and her adult family life in Seattle, Washington.

Please join us for the opening reception of these exceptional solo shows on Saturday, April 25th, 2009, 6 – 10 pm.

Lawrence Asher Gallery is located at 5820 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, across the street from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and adjacent to the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Free parking is available on Wilshire Blvd. and behind 5858 Wilshire Boulevard. Enter on Stanley Ave. For more information, please call 323.935.9100

The Artists

Bryan Ricci - I have always been interested in the way people in today’s fast-paced, high-tech culture perceive (or fail to perceive) their environment, with specific regard to nature and animals. In other words, my paintings attempt to pose the question: To what extent have we become physically, morally, and emotionally removed from our natural environments? Is our day-to-day experience with nature perceived or real? Also, how much of this separation is the effect of our obsession with technology?

To examine these ideas in my newer work, (the series involving painted dots on photographs), I chose to synthesize a traditional medium of artistic expression (oil paint) with a technique that mimics the more modern pixelized images we see everyday on the internet and other media. I started by photographing a landscape with a digital camera. Then, I hand-pixelated an animal that I felt fit the scene, either realistically or ironically. I wanted each piece to tell its own individual story.

In all of my work, I am interested in bringing to light the ever-increasing disparities between the limited scope of our understanding of and experience with nature, (partly due to the replacement of the digital experience for what is real), and the enormity and timelessness of the natural world that goes unnoticed. My paintings serve as a reminder of human ignorance and neglect, an invitation to look deeper, and a challenge to question and examine our own perceptions.
~ B.A.R. 2009

Bryan lives and works in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Beedon Snow My paintings try to conjure up memories of places and play from childhood. I am less interested in capturing an exact or realistic depiction of any place or specific interaction. The paintings are uninhabited, allowing the viewer to construct a personal narrative. Houses and their settings - places where most play happens, - side yards and wide streets, along with lawn chairs, fences, and garden tools are some of the iconic elements, often from a bygone era, I use to build my compositions. I also paint toys from the seventies- trying to create landscapes that happen in play- imaginary landscapes. I use oil paint applied with a palette knife in heavy impasto. The color, light, and composition are the formal painting qualities with which I am intrigued. But, the thickness of the material pulled with the knife blurs the tightly realistic elements. Often the technique contradicts the plasticity of the subject matter. ~ J.B.S., 2009

Jennifer lives and works in Seattle, WA.

Pier 59 Studios West
"FreshFair" Photography exhibition on April 25-26th, 2009

Fresh Fair - A Juried Fair

ADVANCED BY THE LUCIE FOUNDATION, Fresh is a One-of-a-kind artfair for artists to exhibit and introduce their work DIRECTLY to collectors and the public.

Fresh will take place in conjunction with the Month of Photography Los Angeles [ MOPLA ] in April 2009.

Friday, April 24th: 6 - 9 p.m.
VIP Preview/Benefit Party (all proceeds go to Focus on AIDS)
Get Invited Click Here

Saturday, April 25th: 12 - 7 p.m.

Free to Attend

Sunday, April 26th: 12 - 6 p.m.

Free to Attend
Pier 59 Studios West

2415 Michigan Ave. , Santa Monica, CA 90404

Fresh Look - A Juried Portfolio Review

Friday, April 24th: 10 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

Saturday, April 25th: 10 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

High Profile Productions

2415 Smiley Drive , Culver City, CA 90232

Cella Gallery

April 25th - May 23rd, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 25th, 7-11 pm



Griebel’s artistic practice focuses on the negotiation of identity through narrative imagery, drawn from both fictional and biographical sources. In his most recent body of work, everyday objects and settings are imbued with otherworldly significance. The trope of superstition--envisioned as beliefs unfounded on knowledge or reason--is developed by projecting metaphysical implication onto familiar elements of everyday life. A fleeting glance catches a housecat raised on its hind legs; a black crow flies overhead grasping a single child's mitten. These paintings have developed out of symbols gathered from daily experience and then recombined to suggest imagined possibilities. Like the signs and omens from traditional folklore, they stand as mysterious and open-ended narratives to be contemplated and deciphered by the viewer. The stark interiors function as both memory spaces and stages on which scenes are played out. The golden quality of the lighting refers to the transitional and uninhabited daytime hours when houses are vacant of their occupants, bereft of noise and activity. Jude Griebel is a Montreal-based artist, who obtained a BFA from the Emily Carr University. Griebel's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally, most recently in Toronto and Tokyo. Griebel is the recipient of many awards and has worked as an artist in residence in Canada, Japan, Belgium and the US.



Yang’s paintings are intensely emotional, vibrant and often whimsical. Her work shows a technical mastery that can only be achieved through an ardent dedication to the act of painting. For Yang, this act is highly intuitive. Her compositions are borne from a method of automatic painting in which she allows her feelings to take hold of her in the course of execution. In avoiding conscious renderings of a preconceived idea, Yang responds to the emotions of the given moment, reading within her soul for guided inspiration as she gives form to her thoughts with the use of tangible materials.
Rimi studied Sumi-ink painting in Kyoto, Japan and attended Ohio's Bowling Green State University, the California State University in Los Angeles, the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. She is the recipient of the Marietta Kirschner Wigg Award and a contributor to the Asian alternative publication Kyoto Journal. She has shown in solo and group exhibits around the globe.

Opening Reception for a two-artist show
Jude Griebel Brand New Superstition and Rimi Yang Hidden Message
Saturday, April 25th, 7 – 11 pm
Cella Gallery, 5229 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA. 91601
Cost: Free, open to the public, please RSVP:

Weekend Guide - 4/24/09

Friday, April 24 2009, 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Pretty's Funktion Art Show Displaying an array of LA's emerging artists.

Works by Berto H, Squid, Plegr, Seso, Kopye, Dsrupt & Strkr Come out for drinks and and entertainment

The Hive Gallery

April 24, 2009 Feminine Oddities LLC
Presents: “Sweet Spot!” Who: Feminine Oddities LLC host a traveling art show the last Friday of every month! April it’s a one night stand of art, music, and more titled "Sweet Spot!". Feminine Oddities LLC was formed by emerging artist and performer Debra Haden to showcase her many talents and the talents of others. The mission and inspiration of this company is derived from the term Wabi-Sabi. It’s an understated beauty that is striking but not obvious, it is imperfect, incomplete and should be treasured because it will not last forever.

Feminine Oddities "Where beauty is found in the oddest ways." A portion of company profits are donated by Feminine Oddities to Zoe Children’s Homes Feminine Oddities is in no way affiliated with Zoe, helping children is simply our cause of choice.
Please donate to Zoe and fight for those that cannot fight for themselves. Feminine Oddities Artists: Debra Haden, Donna Letterese, Emily Steigerwald, David Foto, Nikki Windham, Teresa Moore, and more……. Performances: (More TBA check website for details!)

Music: RVC ~ female fronted band that just returned from Europe!! Burlesque Performances: Feminine Oddities ~ Debra Heaven –vs– DVL in a burlesque face-off battling for your souls! Some like it hot…. and more!

What: It’s another Feminine Oddities cocktail: “Sweet Spot!” A very sweet occasion. The Oddities wish the Hive a Sexy Happy Birthday in Marilyn Monroe fashion! Which do you prefer? Angel-food cake or Devil’s Chocolate cake... as Debra Heaven and DVL present a performance art battle over your souls! And Em-ilyn Monroe has a special birthday surprise. You don’t want to miss what happens when the Oddities raid the Hive every last Friday of the month! Who knew the Oddities had a thing for honey?
When: April 24, 2009 doors open at 8:30pm- Midnight. Performances start at 9:00pm. $8 at the door, $5 if dressed as Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Angels or Devils!! Catering by Bar One Catering

Where: The Hive Gallery 729 S. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90014 In the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Hive has become one of the hottest galleries in town. With a large front gallery space full of featured artists works, a performance room, and the second half of the space for resident artists, it’s no wonder there is such a buzz about the Hive Gallery!!