Opening: “We Was Them Kids …” Group Show with Parra Opens this Friday Nov. 11 @ HVW8 Art + Design Gallery Los Angeles

Hvw8 design gallery we was them kids geoff mcfetrdige parra kevin lyons brent rollins matt irving yogi proctor winston tseng alvaro ilizarbe charles munka los angeles november 11th

“We Was Them Kids …”

Kevin Lyons, Parra, Geoff McFetridge, Matt Irving, Winston Tseng
Yogi Proctor, Charles Munka, Brent Rollins, Alvaro Ilizarbe

A collection of works from friends of the HVW8 Art + Design Gallery.
Curated by Tyler Gibney

Opening Friday, Nov. 11th, 7pm to 10pm
Exhibition runs through Dec. 20th, 2011

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HVW8 Art + Design Gallery
661 N. Spaulding Ave. L.A. Ca 90036

Hours: Tues to Sun, 1 – 6pm
323 655 4898

Over the past four years, the HVW8 Art + Design Gallery has hosted a variety of exhibitions and performances at its West Hollywood location, ranging from internationally acclaimed street artist Anthony Lister (July 2011) to musical performances with Snoop Dogg and Dam-Funk (Feb. 2011).

With “We Was Them Kids …”, HVW8 curator Tyler Gibney pulls together some of the finest contemporary artist/designers to have exhibited at the HVW8 Gallery in recent years.

Works range from Amsterdam resident Parra’s post-pop imagery of highly saturated colors, vibrant hand-drawn letters and worlds inhabited by hybrid, surreal characters to Geoff McFetridge’s communicative pieces in sculpture, drawing and design that echo with humor and insight. Yogi Proctor proliferates decoys. These works span a variety of mediums, appearances, and approaches, de-stablizing notions of “originality” and “artist” with wit and agility.

From Brooklyn, Kevin Lyons brings his sharp tongue together with sharpie, stepping away from his A-List clientele as Creative Director of the internationally known ad agency Anomoly, to have some fun with his madhouse of characters and type. Complex Magazine Art Director, Brent Rollins (best known for his Boyz In The Hood and Mo Better Blues logos as well as being one of the creators of Ego Trip) continues his visual relationship between design and music, while Miami’s Alvaro Ilizarbe’s work explores space, energy, and tension through hypnotizing large scale black and white patterns.

Winston Tseng and Matt Irving depart from their skateboard and design backgrounds with original work, and French born/Hong Kong resident Charles Munka (well known in Los Angeles for his work with Flying Lotus) brings his post graffiti stylings to round out this exhibition.

HVW8 Art + Design Gallery is proud to present this international set of artists and designers, whom, like Parra after his 2012 SF MOMA exhibition, might not be as accessible in an intimate gallery setting in the near future.

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