Monthly Archives: April 2011

Free [Artist] Revok ~ Legal Defense Fund

The Seventh Letter graffiti artist Revok was arrested and sentenced to 180 days in jail. To help pay for legal fees SEVER designed this limited edition THE SEVENTH LETTER x FREE REVOK tee shirt, all proceeds will be donated to Revok’s legal fund. Available exclusively @ store.theseventhletter.com.

ASKEW ~ Known Gallery ~ and 1xRUN have teamed up to raise money for REVOK’s Legal Defense Fund

Today we’re releasing a print by ASKEW, and 100% of the proceeds will go to REVOK’s legal defense fund. In light of the recent arrest of REVOK, we’re releasing this print to help the cause. REVOK has been a big supporter of past 1xRUN releases and we’re down to do what we can to help.

“A few weeks ago I completed this painting for my good friend Revok. At the time it was purely a symbol of appreciation for the support and friendship he has shown me over the time I’ve known him. At the time I put this image up on the Internet I said that it’s one thing to meet an artist that you admire so much and they give you the time of day but for them to become such a loyal friend, so staunchly in your corner -that’s something I’m grateful for beyond words.

It saddens me that today I know my friend has been dragged into the system – a system that fears what he represents to others and as a result he is subject to being made an example of to deter others. In the midst of Los Angeles’ current climate, with a war waged on art in public space that is excessive to say the least I also feel that Revok has become a symbol for the city and law enforcements anger. The danger of this is the way it can skew the course of true justice and the basic right to a fair and objective treatment within the system.

Those that know the entire story know what I am talking about. The lengths that law enforcement, particularly the LA County Sheriffs Department have gone to harass Revok over the past 3 years. The amount of energy and resources that have gone into pursuing and convicting him could only be justified if what I am saying is correct. Revok has transcended beyond being just another person doing graffiti to become a leader and a major influence on writers the world over. There is significant power in that – he has become a symbol and the powers that be seek to destroy that.

My fears for my friend is that although he has been sentenced that it’s not over. Now that he is trapped within the system they could potentially seek to charge him with more – a fact alluded to in yesterday’s news reports. This is a tactic often employed by law enforcement – to make defending yourself a financially exhaustive scenario, not to mention with significant restrictions of communication being that he is already incarcerated. It is not cheap to defend yourself in the US legal system and with no means to earn money while locked up this a very real concern.

This is why today I’m appealing to Revok’s fans, friends and supporters to do what they can to help him out. The good people at 1XRun have offered to run an edition of this wall I painted as a quality Giclee print to help raise money for any costs related to supporting Revok in this crazy situation.

I thank you all in advance for your time and support. Let us as a community set a positive precedent and stand up for a person that has given so much influence to this art form.” – ASKEW
All prints are Signed & Numbered by the Artist and come with a Certificate of Authenticity from 1xRUN.

Askew One is a multi-disciplinary artist mostly renown for his graffiti art paintings. Widely regarded as one of the New Zealand graffiti scene’s driving forces he has managed to remain at the forefront of the movement whilst working tirelessly behind the scenes in a diverse array of projects.

A restless personality, a touch of ADD mixed with a childhood amidst the 80’s sugary-diets, TV parenting and general explosion of mass pop-culture shaped Askew during his formative years. His work draws greatly from New Zealand’s geographical isolation and it’s subsequent desire to feel inclusion through pop-cultural appropriation. He is particularly intrigued in how trends mutate and break beyond being a caricature of their source. He is currently focussed on helping re-define the New Zealand graffiti aesthetic along with his main contemporaries, members of TMD, RTR and GBAK crews. Steeped in the foundation and tradition of ‘NYC Subway’ influenced graffiti, Askew wishes to see writing thrive in New Zealand, evolve past mere imitation or what he terms ‘Karaoke Painting’.

Although working primarily in aerosol paint, Askew is versed in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, music and moving image. He also collated and co-authored a book about New Zealand graffiti, ‘In-Form’ which was a Montana Book Awards finalist in 2008

Find out more @ askew1.com. Get yours @ 1xrun.com/runs/freeREVOK

A good friend and world-renowned artist Revok, was arrested last week and sentenced to 180 days in jail for “vandalism”. This print is of a photo I shot of him a while back and was done in hopes to raise some money for his case. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Revok’s legal fund. 

Limited edition of 10 (signed and numbered)
13 x 19 inches 
Digital C-print on Archival smooth etching rag paper
available @ store.charliee.com. ~ Charlie Edmiston

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Saber One ~ The American Graffiti Artist

Artist Saber One will be exhibiting new artwork ~ The American Graffiti Artist ~ with a private opening reception on Thursday, May 5 at Opera Gallery. Willie Toledo directs a behind-the-scene profile of what to expect of The American Graffiti Artist which opens publicly on Friday, May 6.

Currently, Saber is exhibiting work as part of Arts In The Street at The Museum of Contemporary Art [MoCA] in Los Angeles.

The Opera GalleryM is located at 115 Spring Street in New York City [New York ~ 10012] 212.966.6675. And more deets @ Saberone.com.

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Ward of the State ~ Rivera & Rivera [Gallery]

Rivera & Rivera is having a new exhibition ~ Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse ~ with an opening reception on Saturday, May 21 @ 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Under the Robert Standish curation ~ the group exhibition of works centered on shared muse of Tony Ward ~ highlights a diverse collection of über images by artists whose lives and careers have at various points been impacted by Ward ~ as their subject, muse and evolving into a myth. Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse will remain on view til Monday, June 20.


Rivera & Rivera [Gallery]

Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse will showcase artwork by Greg Gorman, Steven Klein, Patrick Hoelck, Patrick Martinez, Herb Ritts, Estevan Oriol, Paul Rusconi, Bruce Weber, Robert Standish, Michael Gregg Michaud, Jules Muck, Rick Castro, Christoph Schmidberger, Ray Turner, Maya Mercer and Tony Ward.

Bestowed the male icon of the century by French Vogue ~ Ward has been the subject of numerous artists, photographers and designers ~ including Bruce Weber, Jim French, Steven Meisel, Herb Ritts, Bruce LaBruce, Ellen Von Unwerth, Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein et cetera. And Ward has also appeared in Madonna’s book ~ Sex ~ and controversial music vid ~ Justify My Love.

In the timeline of 1980s to present ~ Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse will feature paintings, photographs and other media reflecting Ward’s role as an iconic figure. Through their respective mediums, each artist shall communicate a different facet of a man not easily defined. And as a collection, Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse reveals Ward as the embodiment of ideals of masculinity, beauty, brutality, fashion, and sexual ambiguity.

As striking and strongly featured as his face and physique are, Ward serves as a blank canvas for the artists to reinterpret and immortalize his essence and persona for their own artistic devices.

Rivera & Rivera opens its doors on Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11am through 6pm as well as by appointment. For more deets on Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse ~ oogle Shayna @ 310.713.1635 x Shayna@riveraandrivera.com

Show Dates ~ Saturday, May 21 through Monday, June 20
Opening Reception ~ Saturday May 21 @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm
RSVP ~ rsvp@riveraandrivera.com

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Alessandro Gottardo & Waits ~ Known Gallery

[Artists] Alessandro Gottardo and Kellesimone Waits are showcasing new artworks ~ Shout! and Action Comics ~ with an opening reception at Known Gallery on Saturday, April 23 @ 8:00pm to 11:00pm.

Known Gallery is rooted 441 North Fairfax Avenue ~ Los Angeles [California ~ 90036].

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André Saraiva ~ Annabelle: Arts In The Street

While in Los Angeles for the historical Arts In The Street exhibition curated by Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose at The Museum of Contemporary Art [MoCA], artist André Saraiva [Monsieur André] bombed a Melrose Avenue and Martel rooftop with his Annabelle tag. And I dig the O Superman ~ For Massenet track by Laurie Anderson.

Art In The Streets at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA will remain on view until Monday, August 8. The Museum of Contemporary Art [MoCA] is located at 152 North Central Avenue in Los Angeles [California ~ 90013 @ 213.626.6222].

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THIS [Los Angeles] ~ Impossible Project

The clan of THIS visits the successor of Polaroid ~ Impossible Project – bringing us the origin and infancy dealing of what has become the new and evolving instant film. Watch the vid with David Bias explaining it all ~

THIS is a group of five creatives who pool their resources under one roof to provide an outlet for themselves and other creative people. The intention of THIS is to provide a gallery space which brings friends and family together in Highland Park of Los Angeles. The space not only showcases traditional gallery shows, but it is a venue for artists to speak about their work, to interact with their audience and facilitate a creative atmosphere in the community.

THIS los angeles is rooted at 5906 North Figueroa Street in Los Angeles [California ~ 90042].

For deets contact ~ this@thislosangeles.com @ 323.747.5301 [www.thislosangeles.com].

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Hesher. Trailer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Devin Brochu. Natalie Portman. Rainn Wilson. Piper Laurie.

A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.

Judith Supine’s Ladyboy ~ New Image Art

A must-see solo exhibition of Judith Supine ~ Ladyboy ~ collagist of the psychedelic and surreal ~ will be held at New Image Art Gallery with an opening reception on Wednesday, April 13 @ 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

It’ll remain on view til Friday, May 13 at New Image Art Gallery ~ 7908 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood [California ~ 90046] @ 323.654.2192 ~ NewImageArtGallery.com


Sonja Teri & New Image Art

The exhibition features the artist’s newest and most ambitious work to date, showcasing more than twenty canvases and large-scale woodcut sculptures up to fourteen feet high. Supine has transformed the entire gallery into a personal installation space, covering every inch of floor, wall and ceiling with silk-screened wallpaper, his signature fluorescent colors and dreamlike narratives.

Ladyboy references the genderqueer. Supine describes the title’s significance as the marriage of opposites in one person — comparable to the technique of collage, combining seemingly disparate images to reveal something that wasn’t previously apparent. An intimate encounter by the artist with a ladyboy in Bangkok served as the stimulus for this exhibition ~ Sonja Teri

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