October, 2012

HORFE | HARD COMIX

October 16 2012 . 08:25pm

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KAID ASHTON | PEOPLE & PLACES at Known Gallery / Photography Room October 20, 2012

October 15 2012 . 11:21pm

 

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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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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Victor Reyes | Out Cast print release at 1xRUN

October 11 2012 . 07:41pm

“‘Out Cast” is a classic image from mythology intended to provoke philosophical interpretation. The image has been in my library for years, this is my fourth and best attempt at re-assembling my feeling about this image. The original piece was painted on wood panel with gouache and acrylic. This limited edition is a hand painted multiple serigraph with painted layers of Holbein Gouache. This piece is based on this illustration that I’ve had forever that I used for a reference piece. This screen print is a real loose, abstract interpretation of the illustration. It’s essentially the arch angel Michael and he’s casting Satan out of heaven. Although it’s really loose, there’s this angel at the top and he’s literally standing on the devil with a spear in his heart. The whole thing is related back to a conversation based on classic literature, Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, the James Joyce novel. To paraphrase it’s about the idea of creativity and being an artist, in Latin they call in non-serviam, or not to serve. You’re not going to live by the bible or church, you’re going to make art and be creative. That’s what the print is about loosely and a bit of the inspiration.”

Victor Reyes

Available at: 1xrun.com

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Shepard Fairey x Hello Kitty x Known Gallery

October 10 2012 . 07:27pm

***Please note, the print is only available IN PERSON at Known Gallery, Los Angeles this Sunday at 1-6pm.

Find out more at: Obey Giant

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