Tuesday, October 10, 2017

CORE 13: Defining Ourselves

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Able ARTS Work presents:
CORE 13: Defining Ourselves
a visual and performing arts exhibition + film festival

CORE 13 gives context to what unifies us through shared dreams, desires, freedoms, fears, threats, - all a part of the human experience. Artists featured in the exhibition challenge assumptions, rewrite stories and propose alternate histories.

Curated by Los Angeles based artist and writer, Doug Harvey

CORE 13 is an inclusive exhibition for ALL artists. Wheelchair accessible. Presented with sign language interpretation, braille and audio description.

Exhibition Dates: October 21 - October 31, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 21, 2017 6:00 - 9:00pm

The Liberty Gallery
435 Alamitos Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

Contact jtriefenbach@ableartswork.org for more information

CORE 13 is supported in part by a grant from The Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach, The Bess Hodges Foundation and The Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Parking Information:
There is ample FREE parking in the lot next to the gallery. Alternately, street parking is available.

Accessibility Information:
CORE is an inclusive exhibition for ALL artists. Wheelchair accessible. Presented w/sign language interpretation, braille & audio description.

Riders w/disabilities, plan your Metro trip https://www.metro.net/riding/riders-disabilities/

Watch Out! Here Come...

Friday, September 29, 2017

Throwblast Tuesback Fur!

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Here's one from back in the day -- 2000something? Erik Knutzen and myself under the aegis of the CCCP-SCC* presenting a program of  found social studies cinema as part of a "back to high school" (ironical since I never went in the first place!) performative interactive installation at Cleveland High in Reseda as part of Christine Louise Mills (then Berry)'s Smart Gals' Are You Interested? initiative.

*Coalition for Cinematic Conservation and Preservation - Southern California Chapter

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Oṃ maṇi padme VROOM Splat!

Just successfully completed Traffic School (Glendale speed trap) -- here was one of their safety tips!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Down in the Park After Dark

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MA with young adult Irish Wolfhound Georgie Girl, Donna Arcaro with Nigelesque Greyhound Picasso.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

RIP Greg Escalante

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I was very saddened to hear that Greg Escalante, founder of Juxtapoz, Copro-whatevs Gallery, and the Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Chinatown killed himself. I had just seen him during Cathy Ward's opening at The Good Luck Gallery and he seemed OK. Not bubbly, but OK.

Greg meant a lot to me, he was a big supporter of my writing and curatorial efforts -- he hooked me up with two of my major curating projects -- Aspects of Mel's Hole at the GCAC, and Heart & Torch, the Rick Griffin retrospective at the Laguna Art Museum, which we collaborated on.

The pictures above & below (shot by Cathy Ward) shows me & Greg at the GEG last year(?), in a spontaneous reminiscence about Mel's Hole (I'm also wearing one of the Rick Griffin tee shirts produced for our show). Later we talked about doing some more shows together. Guess that won't happen on this plane...

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

New favorite cinematic moment...

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"Yeah, Tommy. Captain Wubba's gonna save Planet Xenon!"

(Experienced on HBO in the Motel 6 in Ventura, where we went to escape the L.A. heat wave!)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cathy Ward's Phantasmata

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Cathy Ward's Second Solo Show at The Good Luck Gallery

Reception: Saturday Sept 2, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: Sept 2 - Oct 15
The Good Luck Gallery
945 Chung King Rd
LA, CA 90036

The Good Luck Gallery is excited to present UK artist Cathy Ward’s second American solo show, “Phantasmata”, built around the enormous (84 X 284 ins) title piece -- a black and white “drawing in acrylic on canvas” that expands the charged atmospheric intimacy of her celebrated scratchboard drawings to a new epic scale.

Surging and pulsing with dark energies constrained and released, Ward’s dense Herworld drawings capture the restless energy of abstract expressionism through meticulously rendered organic forms. Their undeniable mystery, emotional depth, and sensuality are delivered in a dazzling visual package that recalls psychedelic graphics, hermetic alchemical illustrations, and outsider horror vacui.

In addition to this magnum opus, Ward’s exhibit includes a bronze sculpture incorporating pagan ritual symbolism; exquisite ink drawings on translucent amoeba-shaped mother-of-pearl (Diluvian Sculptures); and two distinct gesso-on-ink portrait series -- Sprites and Spirits -- depicting supernatural entities in a style ranges from action painting to precise draftsmanship, resembling vintage hi-contrast micrographs of cellular structures.

Visions of The Luna Sea comprises a series of hand-painted and photocollaged visionary landscapes -- originally glimpsed during the artist’s “Madge Gill Medium & Visionary Artist“ residency at Orleans House in 2013, but only just completed. Corn Maidens depict “Wicker Man”-like pagan fetishes in incised ink on gold, while the Gaia’s Crown series are some of the most accomplished examples of Ward’s virtuosic scratchboard drawing technique.

With inspiration ranging from coral reef restoration initiatives to the myth of Demeter (the ancient Greek goddess of harvest) and her connection to the pagan corn dolly, Ward’s work opens a portal to a parallel reality -- one in which our exhausted world is revived and restored to a state of awe-inspiring complexity, wholeness, and fecundity by an upsurge of dark feminine energy from the mythological underworld. Step on through!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Kirby at 100

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In honor of his 100th birthday, here are some links to some Jack Kirby stuff I wrote or was involved in over the years... there a couple of other things somewhere, but my archives are slightly disordered.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Videos of The Hi Hopes Live at The Good Luck Gallery!

Video from the closing celebration for "Summery Appeal" at The Good Luck Gallery in L.A.'s Chinatown, Aug 26 2017. Apologies for the outsider cinematography. More info: http://hope4arts.org/ http://www.thegoodluckgallery.com/exhibitions/past/summery-appeal/

Cath's Pix from the Hi Hopes at TGLG

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Summery Abstraction

One of the most surprising aspects of the curatorial process of Summery Appeal was discovering so many dev/diff artists with mad abstract skills -- indistinguishable from the work coming out of Yale or UCLA grad programs. Which isn't a slight to studio art grad students, just a gentle reminder that visual art is not a subset of sophisticated verbal discourse. Check out these (mostly still available) abstractions and judge for yourself...

PS: Although the show's now over The Good Luck Gallery is set up here for online sales: https://the-good-luck-gallery.myshopify.com/…/summery-appea…

Artists: Aljosha Owen, Aljosha Owen, Raymond McAdams, Wendell Frank, Vanessa McConnell,
Alejandro Diaz, Raymond McAdams, Leslie Paul, Crystal Serna, Tiffiny Boyd, Jonathan Jackson, Leslie Paul, Wendell Frank, Christie Cook, Chris Johnson, Vanessa McConnell, Marvin Castillo

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Alejandro Diaz - Untitled (A_Diaz4)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Still Standing!

"Dark Fudd Rising"

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New Flash Fudd icon painting for the eclipse - "Dark Fudd Rising" 61 X 42 ins, acrylic + shoe polish on paper (2017)

"Whom should I turn to, if not the One whose darkness is darker than night, the only one who keeps vigil with no candle, and is not afraid -- the Deep One, whose being I trust ..." --Rainer Maria Rilke

Bud Handelsman, PUNCH, 1964

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When I was a kid I used to get anthologies of PUNCH cartoons (as well as from The New Yorker and others) out of the library and make photocopies of my favorites -- this was one of them, and it stuck in my head, long after I lost the xerox -- just tracked it down on the interwebs. Timeless.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Shana Nys Dambrot on Summery Appeal

Summery Appeal: A Group Show Curated by Doug Harvey

August 16, 2017

There are a handful of unforgettable breakout stars among the 50+ artists included in this, the most epic of summer salons. But the true strength of the showing is the sheer breadth of eclectic styles represented, definitively pushing back against the idea of any kind of monolithic Outsider Art aesthetic. A dialogue is increasingly ongoing as to whether it’s better to consider Outsider Art as a stylistic denomination, or as a demographic focusing on the background of the practitioners? In any case, with this kind of diversity and clarity of vision representing the genre, the real question might be, outside of what?...


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summery Appeal People

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Pix from various sources - Cathy Ward, Paige Wery, Marlene Picard, Babak Motamen & ?...

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Guy Peellaert's Duchamp/Dylan/Driscoll Pop Pastiche

So here's a brilliant and improbable cultural collision - Julie Driscoll & Trinity performing their searing rendition of Dylan (& Danko)'s "Wheel's On Fire" on a Belgian/German TV show dedicated primarily to the BeeGee's 1968 album IDEA, with spot-on Pop Art sets by Guy Peellaert (who later did Bowie's Diamond Dogs cover) which in this case consists of a pretty solid homage to Marcel Duchamp. Guy Peellaert also did amazing comix in the mid-60s...

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hell Up in Harlem!

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John Kilduff Punk Ass Bitch (Hell Up in Harlem), 2007? 2006? oil on canvas, 70 X 70 ins, created for my (DH) UCLA grad painting seminar on the cinema of Larry Cohen!

Friday, August 4, 2017

KISS Salukis in jail!

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I guess Peter Criss is still under that bridge. [Lance, Lily, & Rose in Lompoc]

Sunday, July 9, 2017

7 Days: My Art Life

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New book from the inimitable Holly Crawford at AC Institute. Includes a riveting selection of my emails from a particularly multiple personality week-long period from last year! Essential. Available from https://www.rizzolibookstore.com/7-days-my-art-life and RAM It's not on Amazon, yet. http://acinstitute.org/7-days-my-art-life/

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

"Horizontally Stretched" Panter's New Thing

Panter with his new book, photo by Jody Culkin.

Gary Panter wears many hats—visionary punk cartoonist, Emmy-award winning designer for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, psychedelic lightshow revivalist, cutting-edge graphic designer, experimental musician, candlestick maker. Having dazzled the comic art world with his elaborate and sumptuous freeform adaptations of Dante (2004’s Jimbo in Purgatory and 2006’s Jimbo’s Inferno), Panter has just released a final, tangential volume—Songy of Paradise, based on John Milton’s 1671 Paradise Regained.

DOUG HARVEY: Can you give a bit of a rundown on your upbringing and relationship to Christianity?

GARY PANTER: I was born in 1950 in Durant, Oklahoma. My father was [a member of the] Church of Christ which considers itself the only true church with a literal reading of the King James version of the Bible. We were lower class people who went to church three times a week and had Sunday school, Wednesday night bible class and singing. The church forbade imagery in worship, musical instruments in worship and orbit dancing and frolicking in general. I was a Christian missionary to Belfast in the summer of 1969—bringing Christ to the Irish religious war. Many things about it bothered me and it took a while to get over, if I did.

Do you consider yourself a Christian now?

I am not part of the cult of Jesus. And I am not a fan of organized religion. I am superstitious to an extent. I was raised to try to obey and conform with the end in mind of getting to a better place with the right ritual and magic words, which generally makes no sense. And also the idea that this place is a horrible torturous test seems ungrateful to the gift of some kind of existence—and not digging this one, why would you trust the god to give you an untricky one next? I just have to dig this one as much as possible and not seek THE ANSWER. Interesting questions are enough.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Desert Lighthouse Launch Event!

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I think that may have been the best art opening I have ever attended! Thanks and congrats Daniel Hawkins!  http://desertlighthouse.org/

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Don Suggs' photo of myself and Portfolio silhouetted in the lighthouse doorway towards the end of the evening.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

DESERT LIGHTHOUSE Launches this Saturday!

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Launch Event
Saturday, July 1, 2017, 6 - 9pm
Hinkley, CA 34.957, -117.212

RSVP to info@desertlighthouse.org

Desert Lighthouse is a land art project by Daniel Hawkins: building a full-size functioning lighthouse in the Mojave Desert near Hinkley, CA. The nearly 50ft tall Lighthouse features a high powered “guiding light” to aid wayward desert travelers through the complex Mojave landscape.

“Hawkins initially conceived of the Desert Lighthouse during an agoraphobic experience while driving through California’s High Desert at night — the lack of any visual reference point while careening through a featureless void recalled the sublime Romantic condition of being lost at sea, and provoked a craving for the orienting singularity of a homing beacon. On his return to Los Angeles, he immediately set about acquiring a small parcel of land in the high desert, and began researching the engineering and legal logistics to construct a full-size, functioning lighthouse.” - Doug Harvey, writer/artist

The Desert Lighthouse now provides a visual landmark for those passing through the sprawling desert. For the viewer the Lighthouse will offer a steadying beacon in the vast expanse of this beautiful and challenging environment. The Desert Lighthouse is a permanent on-going installation open to the public.

From Los Angeles, take either I-10 east or I-210 east, to I-15 north towards Las Vegas/Barstow. Just before Barstow, take Highway 58 west. Proceed approximately 9 miles to Hinkley Rd. Turn Right on Hinkley Rd and drive north 2 miles. After crossing the train tracks, turn left on Santa Fe Ave. Proceed 2 miles to the marked parking area. Transportation will be provided from the parking area to the base of the lighthouse.


Preparing for the Desert
Although the event is during sunset, the weather is expected to be hot and there is little shade. It is recommended that you bring a hat, sunscreen, and water. Due to the conditions of the roads a short hike may be required. The nearest town with food, water, and gas is Barstow. For those interested in staying overnight, there are motels in Barstow and camping on the grounds is allowed at your own risk.

Press Inquiries / Contact:

Desert Lighthouse has been made possible through the generous support of West of Rome, Center for Land Use Interpretation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation among many generous individual donors.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

XOREX Unearthed!

"XOREX the Puppetmaster", part of the "Lost & Found & Lost" series from 1992 -- a secret project I did in grad school where I took objects from the street (in this case a panel from a copy machine), painted clip art images on them, then returned them to the street. There were about 60 of these, and only 2 were not returned to the streets - this is one of them, recently rediscovered in an early collector's attic, and now available to the canny investor as part of POST's online fundraising auction ending today!


UPDATE: SOLD! Congratulations to canny collector Julia Schwartz!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Looks Like We Made It!

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Spotted by Holly Crawford at City Lights Books in San Francisco!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"I first became aware of Daniel Hawkins’ artwork..."

From my essay for Daniel Hawkins' DESERT LIGHTHOUSE PROSPECTUS catalog, available now at a limited-time reduced price in advance of the launch event tentatively scheduled for June 10th:

"I first became aware of Daniel Hawkins’ artwork when he was still an undergrad at UCLA in a senior painting class taught by my wife, M.A. Peers. Daniel was already producing remarkably sophisticated work, including two of the funniest and richest engagements with the problematics of painting-as-event and painting-as-artifact I’ve ever seen. In the one, he videotaped himself from above, attempting to clean a paint spill with a broom but only managing to fill a monochrome rectangle with the wayward medium.

The resulting AbEx gestural documentary (a cinematographic inversion of the famous glass sequence from Namuth’s 1951 Pollock Painting) was then projected onto a vertical stretched canvas of the same dimensions as the original surface. In the other, he embedded a blank stretched canvas in a monolithic slab of cast concrete, then (eventually) proceeded to attempt to excavate it. Antics ensued. In spite of their high conceptualist quotient and canny humor, both pieces – as with all of Hawkins’ work — possessed a stark, effortless formal beauty. Here was one to keep an eye on.

He didn’t disappoint, embarking on a series of ambitious, narrative-laden, interwoven interdisciplinary projects, including an attempt to realize Radical Mountain – an alpine adventure film about the conquest of a summit with an elevation of zero; a making-of documentary about the aborted first attempt; and a fictionalized documentary about the auteur’s campaign to secure the acting services of Val Kilmer.

At Las Cienegas Projects Hawkins showed a funhouse-optics sculptural installation that extended a section of railroad tracks into infinity: a hiccup in the Great Western Matrix, a ghostly manifestation of the iconic depiction of one-point linear perspective; Manifest Destiny as a house of mirrors.

Other enterprises included infiltrating a reality television show about bizarre food addictions as the concerned friend of an actor cohort who in turn pretended to be living entirely off a variety of vinegars; a series of solo improvised sound art performances played entirely on the amplified lid of a peperoncini jar; some sort of road trip/endurance test involving the confining of a death metal band in a van tricked out as a portable studio/pirate radio transmitter for two weeks; and the long-term building of an actual size replica of the Hoover Dam in manageable sections to be distributed across the American landscape. And this was all before entering grad school!"

... read the rest of "A STORM IN ANY PORT: DANIEL HAWKINS FAILS HIS WAY TO THE TOP!" in the Desert Lighthouse Prospectus, available now.