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Photo Gallery : Allan Amato with the “Temple of Art” group show @laluzdejesus Gallery Los Angeles

December 18th, 2014


Filmmakers David Alexander Willis (aka me) and Gavin Hignight with film director E. Elias Merhige

Working with photographer Allan Amato, fifty artists from a number of different mediums put together a collaborative self-portrait for a correlative documentary and coffee table book. You can find out more information on Temple of Art at the successfully-funded Kickstarter page here. These are photos I took at the two-night art opening at La Luz De Jesus Gallery this past December 5th and 6th to celebrate the works and publication of the book. (ps Hi-Fructose used color versions for a write-up that you can find here.) The art is up through December 28th. See the rest of the imagery in the full photo gallery here.


Writer and comic legend Grant Morrison doing spoken word – very cool to see in such intimate settings


Photographer Allan Amato in front of his piece for the Temple of Art exhibition and opening at La Luz De Jesus Gallery Los Angeles


Artist JAW Cooper emulating her alligator piece (to the right) at the Temple of Art exhibition and opening at La Luz De Jesus Gallery Los Angeles


Artists Stephanie Inagaki and Satine Phoenix with photographer Karen Hsiao for the Temple of Art exhibition and opening at La Luz De Jesus Gallery Los Angeles

#Art #Opening #LosAngeles – MORTEN ANDERSEN & @VESOD with ‘Remix Every Second’ @ C.A.V.E. Gallery Venice Saturday, August 9th

July 31st, 2014

C.A.V.E. Gallery

Artists’ Reception: Saturday AUGUST 9, 2014 6-9pm

Morten Andersen & Vesod will be in attendance

To request the collector’s preview or for more information please email:

On view through September 7, 2014

CAVE C A V E gallery Los Angeles artist art opening exhibition show Denmark Italy Vesod Morten Andersen Anderssen reception Venice California painter

From the release:

“(Venice, CA) C.A.V.E. Gallery is pleased to present “Remix Every Second” – a two person exhibition featuring Danish artist Morten Andersen and Italian artist Vesod Brero – two exciting artists who have been pushing creative boundaries, developing a unique, futuristic style that is rapidly gaining worldwide attention. Each artist harmonizes classical painting techniques with the freestyle of graffiti art. The twisting, geometric works in this show reflect the rhythmic tension and constant state of flux of today’s universe.

Morten Andersen artist Remix Every Second Abbot Kinney


Morten Andersen has developed a fresh, stylized painting technique, governed by a bold intuition and impulse. Nothing stands still. As a viewer, one is seduced and drawn into the futuristic, dynamic universe of Andersen’s work. The pieces emanate a confident, well-shaken cocktail of both classic and innovative modes of expression. Crisp shapes mesh, overlap and twist around each other; forms vacillate between sharply defined elements that rhythmically become transparent and dissolve – resulting in canvas masterpieces that appear in motion and breathing.

Vesod Brero Vesod CAVE Gallery Venice reception artist


Vesod’s paintings, on the other hand, represent frozen moments in time – entangled and linked with the present and future. The perception of time is a fundamental concept in the artist’s work. Time – a nonspatial continuum – is captured in three dimensional space. The artist encapsulates figures in complex, layered, crystallized fractures in an attempt to capture an eternal present.

Vesod’s artistic attitude has been fostered by his father Dovilio Brero, a surrealistic painter whose influence has had a significant impact on Vesod since his youth. Alongside direct exposure to Renaissance art and Futurism in Italy, Vesod also took interest as a teenager in the graffiti world in the beginning of the 90s. Mathematics, the subject Vesod earned his degree in, has also had an important influence on the artist’s work. This can be recognized in Vesod’s focus on harmonizing anatomic proportion and futuristic dynamics.

#Art #Opening #LosAngeles – José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros with ‘Profanity Pop’ @LaLuzDeJesus Gallery Hollywood this Friday August 1st

July 30th, 2014

La Luz De Jesus Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros Profanity Pop Doubting Thomas Disney Los Angeles art artist painter

Friday, August 1st; 8-11 PM (through August 31st)

La Luz De Jesus

From the release:

José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros is back with Profanity Pop, a celebration of creative freedom in our time.

Mythology, Religion and the representation of power have manifested in all of the great works from antiquity. With Profanity Pop, Rodolfo pays tribute to specific historical works that have inspired many generations. Universal themes are once again narrated by beloved animated characters, but in the guise of the divine and with all the fragility of martyrs. Away from the paradise of happy endings, the pastel sprinkled drama takes on a vulnerability that juxtaposes subversively with situations never similarly interpreted. Pre-sales have been brisk and this show is already almost sold out.”

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Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros Disney characters Disenchanted

#Art #Opening #LosAngeles – Neck Face aka @realNeckface keeps it clean for the kids w “Drinking On The Job” Friday, August 22nd @ New Image Gallery Santa Monica Blvd

July 28th, 2014

Neckface artist Drinkin on the job New Image art Santa Monica Los Angeles California West HOllywood gallery opening show exhibition

From the release:
“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.”

Neck Face Neckface Not One Fuck Will Be Given