November, 2012

DABS MYLA X DOUGLAS AND HOPE

November 06 2012 . 07:37pm

We have recently worked on a collaboration with Douglas and Hope on a set of Melamine plates. This Wednesday the 7th November at 1pm PST we are releasing an edition of 50 signed and numbered plate sets on our online store. The set of two plates are 8 1/2 inches wide each and are both hand signed and numbered. We will be selling the set of two plates for $40 plus shipping!

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DETROIT

November 06 2012 . 07:27am

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KNOW HOPE | THE WEIGHT Opens November 10, 2012

November 05 2012 . 01:44am

KNOW HOPE | THE WEIGHT
Opening reception November 10, 2012 | 8-11pm
On view November 10 – 24, 2012

Known Gallery / Main Room
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

For his first solo show in Los Angeles since 2009, Know Hope continues his research and narrative, this time focusing on the notion of ‘The Weight’.

Portraying ‘The Weight’ in both a visual and symbolical nature, this exhibition observes on the various interpretations of what weighs down on us, collectively speaking.

Know Hope has recently been using the image of the flag in his work, attempting to look into the idea of patriotism-not necessarily from the directly-political aspect, but by focusing on the minor human situations that compose this larger issue.

The artist conducts this research from a standing point of aiming to understand how patriotism works; as an emotional mechanism, hoping to show the indifference between the personal and the political.

Another primary concept portrayed in Know Hope’s work is the idea of ‘The Missings’, the empty spaces which he sees as a common denominator. The artist believes that there is a collective longing that exists in subjective manners (i.e. ‘a missing’, or an empty space) that we seek to fill, more specifically in this case by patriotism.

There is an emphasis on the process of adopting these ‘truisms’-being born into a charged reality and embracing these values without questioning; such as we do the flag and it’s role in our lives.

By creating a new body of work and a site-specific installation, all while keeping these things in mind, Know Hope presents ‘The Weight’, an observation on where we are now, how we got to being there, and how we manage the burdens that we bear.

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PUSH, GEORGE THOMPSON and KAID ASHTON ends Saturday November 3, 2012

November 01 2012 . 08:22pm

 

 

PUSH | IN OTHER WORDS
Opening reception October 20, 2012 | 8-11pm
On view October 20 – November 3, 2012

Known Gallery / Main Room
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

Known Gallery is proud to present In Other Words, new paintings by Los Angeles-based artist PUSH.

For the past year, PUSH has been meticulously creating this body of work on canvas, wood panel and paper, the latter being a new medium for the artist. Triangular grids filled with bold and vibrant colors are chaotically aligned with muted and monochromatic splashes, creating stunning contrasts. The artist’s disciplined handwork gradually builds a geometric patchwork. The process is incredibly painstaking and requires patience, not only on the artist’s part, but also for his fans that have been anticipating this solo exhibition since his last show at Known Gallery in 2010. The result is a body of complex paintings, bustling with energy while simultaneously offering serenity. PUSH explains “The focus is on progression. It’s what keeps me going.”

With roots in the Los Angeles graffiti scene, PUSH is a highly sought after muralist and designer. His outdoor work has evolved into large-scale murals, painting on buildings, creative workspaces and the famous wall he collaborated on with the legendary Lee Quinones for the Art in the Streets exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

GEORGE THOMPSON | PAGEANTRY
Opening reception October 20, 2012 | 8-11pm
On view October 20 – November 3, 2012

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

California-based artist George Thompson’s new series of paintings debuts at Known Gallery on Saturday, October 20, 2012. “Pageantry” is part of Thompson’s ongoing social commentary on what he finds both disgusting and fascinating about current ideas and phenomena held dear by the mainstream. This installment features depictions of “tiny princesses” that are paraded with pomp and ceremony by parents like pets, to be judged by other adults—exemplifying the shallow sense of values that run rampant today in “culture.” Thompson imparts further discussion on the subject matter by employing classic oils on canvas, to depict the darlings of high-tech media.

 

Like other series of paintings he has executed, he says he “falls short in presenting the exacting likenesses in these works,” thus leaving some of the interpreting up to the viewer to celebrate the train-wreck of images.

 

KAID ASHTON | PEOPLE & PLACES
Opening reception October 20, 2012 | 8-11pm
On view October 20 – November 3, 2012

Known Gallery / Photography Room
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

Kaid Ashton began taking photographs in the mid-90s of industrial landscapes, mostly graffiti and train yards. Only when he moved to Taiwan and fully experienced another culture did he begin to focus his camera on people, where and how they lived. Over the past 8 years, his interest in the ways of other people has spanned over 35 different countries, on sometimes less than reputable modes of transport. His images reveal curiosity, sense of adventure and gifted connection with people, traits that mark the best (and most grateful) of travelers. Each subject that he captures, Kaid tries to get an understanding of who they are and what their personality is like. In order to In 2008 Kaid began to strategically place his images on the streets of cities around the world. Bringing his art work to the places where the images were capture was one of the goals behind this. The other was to expose his work to people who would otherwise not get a chance to experience it. Since first pasting a photograph on a train in 2008, Kaid has had his work on the streets of Tokyo, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Toronto, Kaohsiung, Manila, Vancouver, Colombo, Guangzhou, Dhaka and Beijing. Inspired by locals who assisted with the pasting process in the slums of Manila, Kaid decided to give something back and started the Homeschool Project. Going back into the slums Kaid and a group of volunteers taught art classes to the children who lived there and fed them a nutritious meal at the end of the class. To date, the Kaid has taught 29 classes to over 1500 children mostly in Manila as well as Dhaka, Bangladesh and Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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How and Nosm | Storm Predictions! limited edition print release

November 01 2012 . 07:58pm

How and Nosm are delivering a one-two punch this week.  For the first time ever, the duo are releasing a limited edition print titled Storm Predictions – then making more waves in New York by embarking on a mural for the famed Houston and Bowery wall, which has showcased work by celebrated artists including Keith Haring, Os Gemeos, Barry McGee, Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey, JR, Faile, RETNA and AIKO.

The edition of fifty prints are individually embellished with the same skill and effort that is put into their mural and canvas work, making each one unique.  Using airbrush, India ink, collage and hand-cut stencils, each screen print is detailed with some of How and Nosm’s iconic imagery such as birds, hand painted water drops and hearts.

Available through Paper Monster on November 1 at 1:00 pm (EST) Storm Predictions, a 7-color screenprint on Coventry Rag 290 g/sm, is based on an original large-scale painting of the same title that is in the art collection of the late Tony Goldman, a noteworthy supporter of the German twin-brothers’ work. Goldman, along with Goldman Properties Arts Manager Meghan Coleman, enlisted HowNosm to paint some of their most ambitious murals to date, such as Personal Melody in Philadelphia, which was completed this past summer.  The twins are scheduled to begin the Houston and Bowery mural on Friday November 2, despite the obstacles caused by Hurricane Sandy.

How and Nosm are known for their large-scale graffiti based murals that adorn city walls around the world. The red, black and white-based imagery is instantly recognizable and commands attention through the impressive size and intricate detail. Initially the color palette was limited for practicality but instead has become a distinct calling card and formal choice that has allowed these artists to push spray paint to a new level.

Born in Spain, German in heritage, and currently residing in New York, their influence appropriately extends internationally. Whether you visit South America, Europe, Asia, or cities around the U.S. you will be likely to encounter their work. Commissioned and facilitated, they have become sought after artists, an ironic progression, where the outsiders have become insiders and are currently redefining what constitutes graffiti and public art.

For more information, visit www.papermonster.net or contact naheed@simjeetextor.com

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