From Popular Naughty, punk/burlesque streetwear we have 5 updated shirt designs including this bad boy.
Then it will be off to TIKI OASIS!
At this joint! The most cutting edge gallery I have ever visited. It is a slaughterhouse of edge. Someone yelped that it was “not a safe space.” Hell, “not a safe space” should be their slogan! This side dimension of a gallery is the best thing that could ever happen to to the sedated and subdued masses. The ultra-progressive art on the condensed walls, rattles the cages that our failed attempt at society tries to create, as the experimental imagery they play with stimulates you into expanding your perceptions. Wake up. It isn’t always pretty, but it will still, somehow, be unbearably beautiful.
We will have lovely streetwear such as THIS!
There is going to be a LOT of really great ultra-alt merch and massively creative gifts here. You need to put this on your radar. If you don’t buy something from me, at least get something with the psychotically awesome punk rock, safety pin logo they use for Lethal Amounts. Too perfect. It makes me want to punch someone.
Then it’s off to the COREY HELFORD GALLERY · 571 S Anderson Street (awesomely about 6 blocks from the Danger Factory Lair in Boyle Heights), Los Angeles for an ULTRA POP evening with
In the gallery’s own words…
“Opening Saturday, December 2nd, 7-11pm
Show Runs: December 2nd – December 30th, 2017
You’re invited to join us in celebrating the opening of “TOYBOX” an exhibition of all new works by Ron English. Also opening the same night in Galleries 2 and 3 – “Beauties in Nature”, a solo exhibition by Miho Hirano, and a multi-artist exhibition featuring new works by Attaboy, Lauren Marx and Relm.
On view in our main gallery is artist Ron English’s fantastic new solo exhibition of 36 new paintings, “TOYBOX: America in the Visuals.” The exhibition deconstructs the search for new meaning in a culture that is based as much on the imagination of its participants as on the physical realities these human concepts are played against. The toy based childhood imagination aesthetic of the work allows for a playful new look at a society in the throes of reinventing itself.
Featuring 36 new oil paintings, as well as sculptures and installations, the exhibition examines the creation of the self, and thus the greater society, as an act of imagination, a skill developed in childhood largely through the activity of play and the use of toys.
For this exhibition, English has also co-produced a musical soundtrack to be performed by new character DJ Popaganda. The exhibition will also include a new outdoor mural and a pop-up store selling Ron’s limited-edition toys.
Attaboy’s new crop of paintings for the show will feature a hand-painted garden of trippy mushrooms and other decomposing delights.
Attaboy shares: “I can’t stop painting these mushrooms, mainly to take a break from the constant barrage of news. I think it’s my own way of taking back control of my mind, remind myself that, while we must fight the recent tide of awful, it’s important to keep an eye out for the unexpected things, those little absurd buoys of wonder, we mustn’t lose them, they’re more important than ever.”
Here is a great interview with THAT over-achiever… https://www.insidetherift.net/art/2016/12/16/interview-with-artist-and-co-owner-of-hi-fructose-magazine-attaboy
Lauren Marx creates beautiful vignettes that speak to the cycle of life. Combining pen and ink with various mixed media, her paintings offer a raw depiction of birth and death.
On her choice to depict animals, Lauren has shared, “my work definitely plays upon the newly romanticized view of nature as this pure, beautiful, and distant world. Nature in art has steadily increased since the acceptance of global warming, deforestation, and the greater understanding of the human influences on delicate ecosystems. I feel that this is one of the reasons humans do not, nor will ever, appear in my work.”
“Fauna”, a beautiful new painting by Relm, for her new series, entitled “Peculiar Tales”. Relm shares: “I incorporate creatures, plants, and all kinds of life through the use of patterns and textures into the hair of my girls. My goals are to show the powerful relationship between humans and nature, whether it be good or bad. All the while simultaneously creating a new story with each piece.”
Miho’s dreamy images are inhabited by ephemeral spirits at one with their natural environment. She adorns their hair with accessories made of flora and fauna like swarming bees, hummingbirds, and goldfish, each carrying their own weight as elements of beauty and symbols of the artist’s identity. In essence, each of her paintings represents a world where humans and nature can coexist.
COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S Anderson St (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Pre-Apocalyptic music impresarios Die Antwoord have unleashed another short musical (music video just doesn’t do it justice). Again we see the uber-hot Yolandi Visser push the envelope. In fact she pushes it way off the table, into the next room, out the door and into the street. This is going to offend many sensitive pansies. Don’t be one of them. Enjoy the shock. It is the work of beautiful monsters.
800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802
Friday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
What is C2E2?
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – also known as C2E2 – is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Bringing the best of popular culture to Downtown Chicago, C2E2’s show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors, panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen!
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9:30AM – 7:00PM Sunday: 9:30AM – 5:00PM
2013 marks the 44th year for the show, making it the country’s longest continuously-run comics and popular art convention. Neil Gaiman is showing up too!
The Fest will once again be at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center and will be held October 4-6, 2013. I went to the first one and it was SO COOL! Uber casual and a fun mix of people, mostly old-timers, there to happily fill in any gaps you have in your pop-culture brain-based database.
Los Angeles’ largest pop-culture convention, owned by comic legend Stan Lee and Horror icon, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and a few other crazy and creative people. Right there in downtown LA.!
Another cool con to attend. Very nicely attended mix of comics, sci-fi, cosplay and the other usual delights.
Oh snap, there is a SLEW of Steampunk Cons
Let me just swipe THIS comprehensive list from steampunkis.org and I will chrohnocologicalizationize it later.
February 1-3 2013: TempleCon in Warwick, RI – http://templecon.org/13/
February 15-17 2013: ConDFW XII in Addison, TX – http://www.condfw.org
February 15-17 2013: The Wicked Faire in Somerset, NJ – www.wickedfaire.com
February 22-24 2013: AnachroCon 2013 in Atlanta, GA – http://www.anachrocon.com/
March 8-10 2013: Wild Wild West SteamPunk Convention in Tucson, AZ – http://www.wildwildwestcon.com
March 8-10 2013: All-Con 2013 in Addison, TX – http://all-con.org/
March 29-31 2013: Steampunk at Gettysburg: Rewind Time in Gettysburg, PA – http://www.steampunkatgettysburg.com
April 12-14 2013: Steampunk Industrial Revolution in Nashau, NH – http://www.steamrevolution.com/
April 19-20 2013: Arcadian Clockwork in San Antonio, Tx – http://www.sanvaonline.com
April 26-28 2013: Steampunk Empire Symposium in Cincinnati, OH – http://www.steampunksymposium.com/symposium-2013-2/
May 4 2013: Aeolo Expo (& Anniversary Gala) Marshall, TX – http://cmcd003.wix.com/aeoloexpo
May 3-5 2013: Gaslight III: The Expedition in San Diego, CA – http://www.gaslightgathering.org/
May 10-12 2013: Louisianime: Steampunk Soiree in Lafayette, LA – http://www.louisianime.com
May 11-12 2013: Watch City Festival – City wide Steampunk Festival in Waltham, MA – http://internationalsteampunkcitywaltham.org/
May 17-19 2013: The Steampunk Worlds Fair in Piscataway, NJ – http://steampunkworldsfair.com/
May 24-26 2013: Comicpalooza 2013 in Houston, TX – http://www.comicpalooza.com/
May 24-26 2013: Up In The Aether: The Convention in Detroit/Dearborn, MI – http://upintheaether.com/
May 31-June 2 2013: Akon 24 in Dallas, TX – http://a-kon.com/
June 23 2013: Steam On Queen in Toronto, ON – http://steamonqueen.ca/
June 21-13 2013: Ancient City Con in Jacksonville, FL – http://www.ancientcitycon.com/ (Reportedly adding a Steampunk track this year)
* July 12-14 2013: An Eclectic Affair Con in Urbana, IL – http://www.facebook.com/AnEclecticAffair
July 26-28 2013: Salt City Steamfest in Layton, UT – http://www.saltcitysteamfest.com
July 27-28 2013: Steamstock in Richmond, CA – http://www.steamstock.org/
August 30 – September 2 2013: Dragoncon in Atlanta, GA – http://dragoncon.org/
September 13-14 2013: Skybourne Autumnal Masquerade Ball in Dallas, TX – http://www.skybourne.com/
October 4-6 2013: FenCon X in Dallas, TX – http://fencon.org/
October 25-27 2013: Steamcon V: Around the World in Bellevue, WA – http://www.steamcon.org
October 31-November 3 2013: Teslacon 4: The Congress of Steam in Middleton, WI – http://www.teslacon.com
Since the actual launch date for this blog is the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego… you have missed this.Â Exhibition night was July 1st 2011and a uber blast.Â This show should be a regular event in San Diego for artists to mix, show, sell, and prepare for the massive invasion that is The CON.
YES, we did have two FULL CON access passes for the overwhelmingly sold out San DIego Comic Con and we are GIVING THEM AWAY to two lucky attendees.
Courtesy of SD Comic Con.
Almost THREE DOZEN wild pop-culturally overdosed artists!
Comic and graphic Novel Art by
and Batton Lash
LIVE sub-culturally exciting dance performance by Zoe Tantrum
Live art by:
Flyer was designed by Rex Edhlund