Thom Lessner @ THIS Gallery

72andSunny's favorite son Thom Lessner is showing at THIS Gallery in Highland Park. The opening is this weekend! In case you don't remember, we worked with Thom on our Darkness spot with Samsung. Go and support this awesome and hilarious artist!  

 

We are really cramming amazing “ART EXPERIENCES” down your gullets this month. No rest for us, or you! Thom Lessner is here, and he is putting the final touches on the amazing show he has in store this Friday.. hope you can make it out, or at least make out!!!!!!

 

THIS los angeles is pleased to present Turbo Lover, an exhibition of new works by Thom Lessner. The unique works on display include paintings, painted paper sculptures, and hand sewn felt signs. Lessner’s work draws a good deal of influence from 1980s popular culture and rock bands. Whether it’s references to caricatured rock gods, teenage collections, the artist studio, or hand made fan signs, the works serve as stand-ins holding the place for a desired myth while also paying homage to personal heroes.

 

Thom Lessner is a native Ohioan currently living in Philadelphia. Thom’s parodied renditions of 80s pop culture figures have become his signature style. Thom is an ardent skateboarder and rock n’ roll star in the costume-clad band Sweetheart. Thom has done work for and with POKETO, Shepherd Fairey, and a multitude of magazines including Thrasher, Vice, Swindle, and Spin. Thom’s works have traveled to Los Angeles, New York, and internationally.

California Summer

Backyard Oasis — a colorful survey of swimming pools in Southern California photography from 1945 to 1982, which was recently on exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum and also comes as a comprehensive, table-top monograph, published by Prestel — captures the power of the shapely pools and beauties that surround them, in all of its glory. Below are selections from the show, including work from David Hockney, Herb Ritts, Kenda North, Loretta Ayeroff and Michael Childers.

Ori Gersht

Ori Gersht is a fine art photographer born in Tel Aviv who lives in England. His work engages the grand themes of life, death, violence, and beauty. His photographs and films of the past two decades transcribe images of sites of historical significance. Through the artist’s focused attention and treatment, his images evoke the emotional resonance of what has transpired—most often, violence, and, more significantly, the ghosts of war’s most egregious detritus, its refugees. His striking images of exploding organic matter are shown in galleries on a grand scale in full vibrant color.  

Linus Bill

Linus Bill isn't really a photographer anymore, which must be disconcerting for the curators currently featuring his work at the New York Photo Festival, the Hyeres Festival of Fashion and Photography in France and the FOAM Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam. Asked to present his work at FOAM, the Bienne, Switzerland-based Bill didn't ship the museum a batch of framed glossy color images. He showed up with carpentry tools. "We built a model in the space on a scale of one foot for 10 feet–it was a miniature model of an exhibition," he says. And even though he filled his tiny gallery with postage stamp-sized photos, "It wasn't even about the images." The approach wasn't what he had originally intended for the exhibition, but rather, a solution that appeared to him at the spur of the moment. "I didn't like the room they gave me for my exhibition, but I liked other rooms in the museum. So I built a miniature model of those other rooms. It was such a stupid idea because it was so much work....But when I send people the installation shots, everyone thinks it was a big exhibition. So it worked!"

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Bill says he stumbled across this deliberately unfinished approach in part because he was terrible at printing his own photographs. "My friend had a small printing machine that would only do rough mono-color prints," he recalls. The mimeograph-style printer "Wasn't meant for photographs, but I really liked how it looked. The images were so simple once they had been brought down to one color. It was more superficial, maybe, but it took them away from the real world and more into my own world." Suddenly snowflakes looked like red or blue polka dots and "It was more about the image itself and not so much about the subject [of the photograph]."

-words from Interview Magazine

Juxtapoz Turns 18! at CoproGallery

Copro Gallery presents a group art exhibition celebrating JUXTAPOZ magazine's 18 year anniversaryThis art gallery show will feature artists from Juxtapoz's past , present and future. Since its inception in the early 90's Juxtapoz has been a major factor in setting art trends and helping to make them a world wide phenomenon with its vast publishing empire and International circulation. Artists curated by Gwynn Vitello and Greg Escalante: Robert Williams, Shepard Fairey, Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, Marion Peck, Camille Garcia, Kathy Staico Schorr, Cathie Bleck, Suzanne Williams,The Date Farmers, Jeremy Fish,Tara McPherson, Shag, Tiffany Bozic, Scott Musgrove, Neckface, Elizabeth Mcgrath,Anthony Ausgang, Souther Salazar, Luke Chueh, Ed Templeton, Dennis McNett, Isabel Samaras, Charles Wish, Jeremy Lipking, Steve Olson, Don Pendleton, Mike Shine, Retna, Kevin Ancell, Andrew Schoultz, Brian Bowen Smith, Skinner, Rico Deniro, Craig Stecyk, Herbert Baglione, Sandow Birk, Mike Giant, Morgan Slade, Ron Lipking, Sage Vaughn, Deanna Templeton, Bill Dee Williams, Estevan & Eriberto Oriol, Michael Carney & many more.

Copro Gallery - Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404 Ph: 310/829-2156

"JUXTAPOZ TURNS 18" group art exhibition

Opening Reception, Saturday, March 24, 8:00 – 11:30 p.m. 

Dates:   Exhibit runs; March 24 – April 14 , 2012

Jonas Wood at David Kordansky

 

Jonas Wood at David Kordansky Gallery

March 31, 2012 — May 12, 2012

Opening Reception: March 31, 2012

1977 Born in Boston, Massachusetts  1999 BA Psychology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges 2002 MFA, Painting and Drawing, University of Washington

David Kordansky Gallery is proud to announce its first exhibition of new work by Jonas Wood. The show will open on March 31, 2012, and run through May 12. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

Making use of sources that are often intimately connected to his own life, Wood nonetheless exemplifies a wide-ranging and expansive view of representational painting and drawing. His practice consists of both analytical and intuitive approaches to composition: domestic and studio interiors, portraits, and imaginary still lifes are rendered according to a keenly felt sense of color and line, and numerous perspectival viewpoints are often combined to form a scene.

Post 9-11: OHWOW Gallery

Post 9-11, a group exhibition featuring the work of nine New York based artists is opening tomorrow at the OHWOW Gallery in West Hollywood.

Dan Colen, Terence Koh, Hanna Liden, Nate Lowman, Adam McEwen, Ryan McGinley, Agathe Snow, Dash Snow, and Aaron YoungOpening Reception Thursday, June 30, 2011 6 - 9pm
OHWOW 937 N. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90069

The Works Collective: Giant Steps - Photography Showcase

A showcase and celebration of emerging photographers within the city of Los Angeles.  Presented and curated by The Works Collective. Opening June 4th 2011

D.I.Y. Gallery 5649 Hollywood BLVD 90028 Los Angeles, CA

Featuring one of my favorite up and coming LA photographers Adam Amengual. Check out his work here:  http://www.adamamengual.com/  and here:  http://www.wanderingwayfarer.blogspot.com/