Monthly Archives: June 2011

Full Bleed ~ Ace Hotel [Room No. 1022]

In Room No. 1022 of the Ace Hotel, Alex Corporan and Ivory Serra cover the walls with images from their upcoming book ~ Full Bleed ~ capturing thirty-years of skateboarding photos.

The Andre Razo, Alex Corporan and Ivory Serra book is available @

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Ward of the State: Book ~ Rivera & Rivera

Come out and join artists Patrick Hoelck, Estevan Oriol, Robert Standish, Patrick Martinez and Michael Gregg Michaud for Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse book signing this Saturday, June 25 @ 3:00pm to 6:00pm at Rivera & Rivera Gallery located at 454 N. Robertson Boulevard.

Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse is a group exhibition of works centered on shared muse, Tony Ward. Curated by Robert Standish, the exhibition highlights a diverse collection of images by artists whose lives and careers have at various points been impacted by Ward, as subject, myth and muse. Called “male icon of the century” by Paris Vogue, Ward has been the subject of numerous photographers and designers; he also appeared in Madonna’s book Sex, as well as in some of her hyper-sexualized music videos. Ranging from the 1980s to the present, Ward of the State features paintings, photographs, and works in other media based on Tony Ward’s role as a visual icon. As a collective work of art, Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse reveals Ward as the embodiment of ideals of masculinity, beauty, brutality, fashion, and sexual ambiguity.

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A fifty-page, full-color, hardcover catalogue, enclosed in a custom Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse strait-jacket, with essays by Michael Gregg Michaud and Peter Frank accompanies the exhibition. The Ward of the State catalogue includes artwork by Greg Gorman, Steven Klein, Patrick Hoelck, Patrick Martinez, Herb Ritts, Estevan Oriol, RETNA, Paul Rusconi, Bruce Weber, Robert Standish, Michael Gregg Michaud, Jules Muck, Rick Castro, Christoph Schmidberger, Ray Turner, Maya Mercer and Tony Ward.

~ Mikaela Bender

Rivera & Rivera opens its doors on Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11:00am through 6:00pm as well as by appointment. For more deets on Ward of the State: Tony Ward ~ Artists’ Muse ~ oogle Shayna @ 310.713.1635 x

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Ryan McGinness ~ Sponsorship Redux

The Subliminal Projects is exhibiting the artworks of Ryan McGinness ~ Sponsorship Redux ~ on Saturday, June 11 with an opening reception from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. The Sponsorship Redux will be on view until Saturday, July 09.

The Sponsorship Redux project is a representation of Year 2003’s Sponsorship project. In 2003, Ryan McGinness produced an exhibition at BLK/MRKT Gallery in Los Angeles [California] that consisted of nothing more than corporate sponsors’ logos sized on the gallery walls according to their level of sponsorship for the exhibition. Mr. McGinness explains that “My hope was that a content-deprived exhibition comprised of only sponsorship logos would create enough pause for us to consider both the fine art of corporate sponsorship and the corporate sponsorship of fine art.”

Vid’lmed ~ Palo Alto Tech Company

The exact same concept drives this incarnation, with the addition of a new twist. McGinness will deconstruct the corporate sponsors’ logos and use these parts as the compositional ingredients in a series of three paintings and two print editions.

Vid’lmed ~ Palo Alto Tech Company

The Subliminal Projects is located at 1331 West Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles [California ~ 90026] @ 213.213.0078. You can oogle more deets @

The Subliminal Projects gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays @ 11:00am to 6:00pm and Saturdays @ 12:00pm to 5:00pm. And if you’re interested in purchasing artwork ~ contact Gallerist Katie Cone @

Gallerist Amanda Fairey hosts and curates part of Subliminal Projects exhibitions which features artists Ryan McGinness, Hunter Gatherer, David Ellis, Doze Green, Aesthetic Apparatus, Space Invader, Jim Houser and Andrew Jeffery Wright. In 2003, the Subliminal Projects gallery was officially opened in the Los Angeles offices of Studio Number One. The scope of the gallery remained true to its roots while embracing new forms of graphic art, illustration, photography and time-based media.

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Reserve Result (RR) ~ Pummelvision

Pummelvision accummulated our flickr ‘roids and compiled nifty montage of [RR] images laced with a thumping track.  And wow la ~ slideshow.

You can oogle it @

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HUF ~ Summer 2011 Lookbook

I rarely give shout-outs to skater culture à la lookbook, but Huf Summer 2011 Lookbook featuring Adrian Vega, Billy McFeely, Aaron Herrington, Ari Marcopoulos and Keith Hufnagel is worth noting for its effort. Enjoy the vid ~

The video was shot by Brandon Kuzma and Richard Quintero. The Summer 2011 wear are available at HUF Los Angeles and your local HUF retailers.

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Jerry Hsu ~ Emerica Stay Gold B-Side

Emerica ~ This Is Skateboarding ~ released the b-side vids of skaters Brandon Westgate, Kevin [Spanky] Long, Jamie Tancowny, Andrew Reynolds and Bryan Herman, and now they’ve dropped Jerry Hsu’s Emerica Stay Gold B-Side. Enjoy the 15~mins and 03-secs vid ~

You can oogle Emerica @

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Ryan McGinness ~ Drawing Salon Party

From today through Friday, June 03 ~ artist Ryan McGinness will be drawing sketches of live models in the vitrine of The Standard Hollywood‘s lobby. And on Saturday, June 04 McGinness will reveal these works during a poolside Drawing Salon Party.

We would like to invite you to join Ryan McGinness on Saturday, June 4, 2011 for this interactive event. Guests are welcome to participate in the creative process by making their own drawings of the live models on hand for the evening.

Hope to see you there, with your creative juices flowing. ~ Stephanie Delserro

The Ryan McGinness: Drawing Salon Party ~ The Standard Hollywood is located at 8300 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood [California ~ 90069] @ 323.650.9090. You can RSVP @

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Ray Turner: Population ~ LBMA

A solo exhibition of nearly 300 portraits by American artist Ray Turner: Population is an expanding series that invites viewers to contemplate identity – individually as well as collectively. Curated by Art Critic Peter Frank and LBMA Executive Director Ron Nelson, the exhibit also includes a selection of photographic interpretations, works on paper, and three-dimensional pieces by Turner. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 16 at 6:00pm ~to~ 9:00pm and the exhibition will continue through Sunday, September 11, 2011.

The portraits in Population, executed primarily with oil paint on glass, feature subjects painted over the last four years, including 60 new works depicting Long Beach community members. The growing cross-section of portraits also includes 150 works that Turner previously painted for the Pasadena Museum of California Art [PMCA] in 2009.

A Population is the set of beings inhabiting a location – organisms belonging to the same species and living in the same geographical area. The term refers to an objective, scientific accounting of human beings. Turner’s Population, however, does not favor representational precision over interpretation. His works search for the inner essence and character of his subjects over physical accuracy. Fluid, much like notions of identity, Turner’s textural paintings vacillate between realism and abstraction. Population entices the viewer to decipher each sitter individually – the facial features, expressions, and emotions as captured in Turner’s sculptural brushwork – as well as search for relationships across the entire group of works.

The psychologically powerful LBMA Population installation presents two interconnected series of works by Turner that function together as a conceptual whole. In the first, Turner has painted the essence of his subjects on uniform glass squares by carefully studying photographic data of his models. In the complementary Good Man/Bad Man series of works, Turner is working expressively from his imagination.

Facial topography informs our opinions of who is ‘good’ and who is bad. Co-curator Peter Frank explains, “Our prejudices, Turner deduces, derive from our facial preoccupation, our need to compare one face with another in order to determine everything from superficial beauty to the nature of the soul.”

With underpinnings in occidental art history, most notably Expressionism and Fauvism, Population’s antecedents include the tempestuous works of Georges Rouault and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as the violent disfigurement of Francis Bacon.

A 168-page, full-color, hardcover monograph, with essays by Rick Gilbert, James Scarborough and Roberta Carasso [PhD] accompanies the exhibition along with an all-new, 128-page, comprehensive catalog with essays by Peter Frank and Ron Nelson.

Generously sponsored by Thrive Foundation for Youth ~

After Long Beach, Population travels to the Akron Art Museum [OH], Whatcom Museum [Bellingham ~ WA], Tacoma Museum of Glass [WA], Alexandria Museum of Art [VA[, Wichita Art Museum [KS], Huntington Museum of Art [WV], and Missoula Art Museum [MT]. ~ Mikaela Bender [Rivera & Rivera Gallery]

Rivera & Rivera is located at 454 N. Robertson ~ West Hollywood [California] ~ 310.713.1635.

Long Beach Museum of Art Presents
Ray Turner: Population ~ Curated by Peter Frank and Ron Nelson
Thursday, June 16 ~through~ Sunday, September 11, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 16 @ 6:00pm ~to~ 9:00pm

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Artist Xvala ~ Celebrity Chimp & Twitter

In San Francisco, artist Xvala creates Celebrity Chimp and Twitter art pieces at the Twitter headquaters while artist Fragile shoots the process with Xvala’s iPad2.


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