Burlesque of North America | Press Check @ The Seventh Letter

October 11 2015 . 10:25pm



Burlesque is a multi-disciplinary creative studio focusing on graphic arts and high quality screenprinting. Headquartered in Minneapolis MN, the studio was formed in 2003 from the ashes of seminal and sardonic graffiti magazine Life Sucks Die. What began as a loose collective of graffiti artists, photographers, and illustrators transitioned into a group of graphic artists for hire including Wes Winship, Mike Davis, George Thompson, Todd Bratrud, and Aaron Horkey. While exploring effective DIY techniques for printing concert posters, Winship quickly found that screenprinting would also serve as a way to reproduce his and his friends’ other artwork, creating printed editions of art which could be sold at affordable prices.

After officially naming the studio Burlesque, the focus on screenprinting led the group to design and print concert posters while fine-tuning their skills and printing equipment with each project. As the workflow grew, so did the desire to learn more about all aspects of the screenprinting process. To this day, Burlesque continues to push the envelope by producing 10, 15, and even 20+ color screenprinted posters which capture astonishingly accurate details. In recent years, artists such as Ron English, Tara McPherson, Jim Phillips, Richey Beckett, and Tom Whalen have all sought out Burlesque for the screenprinted production of their artwork.

Press Check is a collection of screenprinted work spanning Burlesque’s entire career – from Wes Winship’s cut-and-paste Arcade Fire pastiche to Mike Davis’ clean but stylized vector illustrations to art prints produced for graffiti / graphic design icons 123Klan, renaissance draftsman Aaron Horkey, musician and fine artist John Baizley, Seventh Letter artists Sever, Ewok, and Vize, as well as work from David Choe, Ron English, Aaron Draplin, and more.

Current Burlesque of North America full timers:

WES WINSHIP: co-principal, graphic artist, print shop R&D
MIKE DAVIS: co-principal, graphic artist, public relations
BEN LAFOND: lead screenprinter, photographer
JODI MILBERT: general manager, artist relations
SARAH SCHATZ: screenprinter


The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery
346 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca. 90036

Opening Reception: October 16, 2015 | 7-10pm

On view: October 16 – November 4, 2015



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September 26 2015 . 08:39pm

Artist duo DABSMYLA presents Before and Further, a 4,000 square foot installation takeover of a stand-alone 1930 built Spanish Revival workplace building, located on the Modernica factory property. DABSMYLA have fully transformed its interior and exterior with their newest paintings, sculptures, installations and exclusive furnishings from limited-edition fiberglass shell chairs and hand painted ceramics to custom-built lighting installations, all designed and created exclusively for their collaboration with Modernica utilizing the factory’s extensive technical capabilities.

The already rich history of this building and Modernica create a fitting compliment for DABSMYLA’s spectacular experience. This long awaited solo show will be the follow up to their tremendous work in designing the logo and set of the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. This exhibition closes their already very busy year, which includes an enormous private showcase in New York City and having painted numerous murals worldwide.
Before and Further is inspired by the individual life experiences of DABSMYLA – experiences that ultimately resulted in bringing the two artists together and explores their mystical union and shared balance of love, creativity, friendship and sexuality. The significance of two becoming one is most essential to DABSMYLA, in their work and more importantly in their role as husband and wife. Their artistic singularity is evident though the distinguished back-and- forth process of painting they equally share. Before and Further recalls their unseenjourney of experience, the shared creative energy they’ve embraced and their cosmic consciousness of togetherness. This installation exemplifies DABSMYLA’s adventures in modern living and artistic partnershipwith a bit of psychedelic experimentation.

Dabs Myla with Modernica
Before and Further
October 18—November 15, 2015
2901 Saco Street
Los Angeles, CA

All photography by Kingston Photography
Source: juxtapoz.com

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Steven Harrington for Colette

September 19 2015 . 08:27pm


Find out more at: stevenharrington.com / colette.fr

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Amandalynn directing and exhibiting at KAABOO Del Mar

September 02 2015 . 11:53pm

KAABOO ArtworK from KAABOO Del Mar on Vimeo.

KAABOO Del Mar is proud to announce the debut of KAABOO ArtworK, which will showcase an array of visual stimulation from world-renowned contemporary artists and galleries, adding a unique facet to the KAABOO ‘mixperience.’ The inaugural Artwork roster features live mural painting, intricate sculpture installations, and unique exhibitions by globally acclaimed artists and galleries, featuring: Aaron Glasson, Amandalynn, Apex, Brendan Monroe, Celeste Byers, David Young V, Dirty Bandits, Distinction Gallery, Erik Otto, HOT TEA, Hueman, Ian Ross, Jade Rivera, Jet Martinez, Kamea Hadar, Kelly Ording, Lucien Shapiro, Luna Rienne Gallery, Marcas Gallery, Minka Sicklinger, 111 Minna, Pangeaseed, Rocha Art, Tatiana Suarez, Victor Roman and many more.

The ArtworK gallery will also host a variety of pop up exhibitions, an art fair, and a KAABOO Art Exhibition curated by San Francisco-based artist and KAABOO’s Art Director, Amandalynn.

“I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to expose the epic works of all these visual artists to a new genre of audience. Music and art are so naturally interwoven, it only makes sense to highlight them both with equal enthusiasm,” says Amandalynn.

Beyond ArtworK, the KAABOO weekend is set to take place Friday, September 18th – Sunday, September 20th, 2015, at the Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds. Featuring headlining performances from No Doubt, The Killers and Zac Brown Band, offering music aficionados an unforgettable three days of performances on seven stages and five other unparalleled experiences aside from Artwork: Humor Me, Palate, Indulgences, Encore, and Posh Nosh. KAABOO Del Mar, presented in partnership with Mercedes Benz, will take place just steps away from the Pacific Ocean and within a few hours of all major Southern California cities.

For up to the minute action, follow @kaabooartwork on Instagram and for other festival happenings, check out @kaaboodelmar on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
For event details and to purchase tickets, visit kaaboodelmar.com. Single-day passes are available.

Sponsored by Montana Cans – www.Montana-cans.com

Media Contact:
Miya Tsukazaki
KAABOO ArtworK Media Director

Video by Dylan Maddux, capturing some of KAABOO’s muralists hard at work

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Dismaland video

August 27 2015 . 07:50pm

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