NECKFACE | DRINKING ON THE JOB at NEW IMAGE ART, LA

August 28 2014 . 10:00am

This past weekend in LA at New Image Art, Neckface opened a brand new show entitled “Drinking on the Job.” That said, the show had a few references to drinking, and the process of making the show came down to this: “Each piece is imagined and drafted in an impaired state, in the field, sometimes with little to no recollection of his sullied genius until the scrawled upon napkin is found the morning after.” And here are the results…

Photos by Sam Graham

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Recap Photos of Cruel Summer at Jonathan Levine Gallery curated by Roger Gastman

August 22 2014 . 08:48pm

Summer is the season where new art gets discovered as many group shows pop up when most of the art industry goes on vacation before things pick up again in September. Jonathan LeVine Gallery worked with renowned curator Roger Gastman to bring together a bold grouping of graffiti & urban artists both old and new. Entitled Cruel Summer, this great exhibition showcased a new level of work from each artist. There was some familiar imagery, but the work comes off fresh to attendees who were clamoring for something new for their senses. Gastman has been working in the scene for decades and it showed as it seemed like every writer & artist in town was in attendance.

The large scale show was held at both gallery locations, which were needed for the battalion of fine artists involved including Ben Venom, Blade, Caleb Neelon, Cleon Peterson, Cope2, Dabs Myla, Eric Haze, Finok, Freedom, Horfe, HuskMitNavn, Mark Bode, Maya Hayuk, Mike Ballard (Cept), Mike Giant, Niagara, Pose, Revok, Rime, Risk, Sam Friedman, Shepard Fairey, Tim Conlon and Victor Reyes.

Photo credit: Joe Russo

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NASTY NECKFACE | DRINKING ON THE JOB at New Image Art this Friday, August 22nd, 2014

August 22 2014 . 08:39am

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Neckface x New Image Art – “Keg Carver” from New Image Art on Vimeo.

If you haven’t seen or heard anything from Neckface in the last year or so it’s because he’s been busy. Buried in the trenches and immersed in the field, the artist has been working devilishly hard on his upcoming solo show, Drinking On The Job, opening Friday August 22rd at New Image Gallery in Los Angeles. Featuring work that is born out of darkness tender only to barflies, the project is inspired by and fully consumed with the world of alcoholic hedonism through the eyes and mouth of Neckface himself.

Part artistic practice and part anthropological query, you could say that Neckface ‘went native’ in order to create this series. Working days and nights, the artist adhered to a strict creative process shrouded in the lighthearted but gloomy atmosphere akin to bars and pubs. Each piece is imagined and drafted in an impaired state, in the field, sometimes with little to no recollection of his sullied genius until the scrawled upon napkin is found the morning after. From there, the piece is refined into an exquisite form that falls somewhere between the work of Robert Crumb and a PlayBoy cartoon with the sensibility of an adult (alcoholic) version of Bart Simpson.

Vulgar in both theme and tone, this work does in fact ask ontological questions regarding bar culture. The premise of such an inquisition may seem mundane at first glance, but the comically grim one-liners of each drawing are entirely at home in the presentation. What is of paramount importance here, is that we remind ourselves how a debase arena of public life has produced a wealth of material for Neckface to draw upon; he is like a beacon in the crude barroom world. With little regard for ideals rooted in anything remotely P.C. this work asks you to suspend any serious sentiments and see the artistic validity and humor that lies somewhere near the bottom of a bottle.

NECKFACE – DRINKIN’ ON THE JOB – 9/22–10/13
Opening Reception Friday, August 22nd, 2014
7pm – 10pm
7920 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046

www.newimageartgallery.com

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Rolling Stone features Photographer Dennis Morris| Behind the Filth and the Fury: Rarely Seen Sex Pistols Photos

August 22 2014 . 03:37am

 

To read the full article visit www.rollingstone.com

DENNIS MORRIS / THE BOLLOCKS
On view: August 9 – August 23, 2014

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

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Photos of The Bollocks reception shot by Greg Bojorquez

August 19 2014 . 10:19pm

 

Here are a few photos of Dennis Morris’s photo exhibit “The Bollocks”  shot by Greg Bojorquez on the day of the opening reception. The exhibit will be on view: August 9 – August 23, 2014

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

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