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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PUSH, George Thompson and Kaid Ashton at Known Gallery recap

October 22 2012 . 07:29pm

Photos: Jon Lake

On view October 20 – November 3, 2012

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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George Thompson | PAGEANTRY at Known Gallery October 20, 2012

October 13 2012 . 10:34pm

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.

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The first 20 prints of the #LP50 series

September 05 2012 . 12:13am

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Linkin Park and Known Gallery present LP50

August 13 2012 . 08:57pm

The tour started in Bristow, Virginia on August 11, 2012 and besides the music Linkin Park and Known Gallery have something special at each and every venue. LP50. 50 screen print posters at 50 venues by 50 different artists from around the world.

At each stop, you’ll find a limited-edition tour screen print poster designed just for your city.  The one above is the first poster of the tour by VICTOR REYES.  Every show will feature a different screen print poster by a different artist.  All in limited quantities, none will be reproduced after this run.

The first set of screen print posters are designed by: Stash, Anthony Lister, Estevan Oriol, Push, Todd Bratrud, George Thompson, Joshua Petker. Manny Sayes, ETNIK, Randy Ortiz, James Roper, Jamie Oliver, Sever, Axis, Augustine Kofie, Greg Craola Sinkins, Jeff McMillan, Dabs Myla and KMNDZ with 30 more artists to come.

Stay tuned for more images and more info.

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