Our lovely friends over at Lumbroso Productions have been working with artist, Robert Minervini, to produce a video about the process and inspiration behind the upcoming exhibition titled Sunken Dreams. Check out a few snapshots Hiro took from the shoot, and keep an eye out for the video in the coming week.
Archives: 2011 April
Last week the BKF crew was escorted to Art in the Streets at MOCA by the trusty DFW Cab (aka ‘the tagger taxi’). According to pretty much everybody the exhibition was out of this world and deemed the best street exhibition EVER. Check out a few road trip pictures from SqueakyCleanDave’s flickr stream.
Perfect parking spot in front of MOCA.
“Art in the Streets is the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art. Curated by MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch and Associate Curators Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose, the exhibition will trace the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today, concentrating on key cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Sao Paulo, where a unique visual language or attitude has evolved.”- MOCA
Last week we visited the studio of Adam Cimerman, an artist who focuses is on creating art based on his memories of youth, travel, love, music and all the good old memories that make you smile with nostalgia. His Beatles Record collage series is influenced by Pop Art icons such as Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, while his works on paper and sculptures pay homage to Schwitters, Joseph Cornell, Claes Oldenburg, and Alexander Calder.
“I became interested in the possibilities of transferring these “images” into collage and relief constructions. I soon began experimenting with enlarged xerox reproductions of my images, drawings and pages of journal entries. The first successful and satisfying piece that incorporated these is entitled “ubi sunt” (where are they). Ubi Sunt consists of mandala-like, raised, concentric surfaces collaged with maps, aerial views of pyramids, and an exhaustive list of every person that I knew up to that point in time. It was completed only after I discovered a xerox consultant who agreed to let me introduce newsprint paper into copiers (normally jamming them). Ubi Sunt (1977-1980), was completed around the time I graduated with distinction from the Academy of Art College, in San Francisco, now known as The Academy of Art University.”- Adam Cimerman
In the following years, Cimerman has made art in large studio spaces across San Francisco in which he works with mediums such as collage, collograph prints, oversize relief constructions and shadow boxes. His most recent works are available through our online shop.
“By the age of eleven, I was collecting discarded small objects and glueing them to board before forever painting them monochromatically white,or off white. As the metals rusted through – I added more paint (I had not yet discovered metal primer). Regrettably, nothing of these early efforts of mine today survives. As i was actively discouraged from pursuing art as a career choice , in the years to come it became something of a shadow life for me and I spent a typically dismal teenaged years yearning to leave Buffalo for New York City, or Boston- which I did in my own fashion… dressing like a hobo and hitchhiking whenever the chance arose.” -Adam Cimerman
Thanks to Adam for the invitation to explore your art space and to Whitney Lasker for the photographs you see here.
One of our favorite up and coming artists, Meryl Pataky, has some work in LeBasse Projects new space in LA’s China Town. “The first exhibition in Chinatown will be at the curatorial direction of LeBasse Projects co-owner Christine Le. The Inaugural exhibition will feature over a dozen female artists – focusing the spotlight on a group of bright talents that have a different take on feminine art.” -‘Momentum’ Press Release
We had the pleasure to interview LeBasse Projects co-owner Beau Basse who has always been an inspiration to the Gallery Hijinks family and is a prominent figure in the Los Angeles arts community.
Gallery Hijinks: How long have you been an art curator?
Beau Basse: I actually curated my first show as part of a one-night event back in 2005. It was a while before I got serious about it as a career though…
GH: How did LeBasse Projects come to be? What made you decide to open an art gallery?
BB: I was working for one of the largest media companies in the world, earning an easy living and was showered with great job perks. Somehow I decided to give that all up. I was curating shows and working with a couple of artists that I really enjoyed being around. I decided to open a small space in Culver City and launch a program with the intention of supporting that groups’ long term careers.
That group of artists included Yoskay Yamamoto, Nate Frizzell, Andrew Hem and Edwin Ushiro. They are all still with me and it has been great watching their careers mature along with the gallery’s.
GH: If you could describe your eye for art in 10 words or less what would they be?
BB: I show what I like. What I like is constantly maturing though. Sorry, 12 words.
GH: I imagine you must have a pretty amazing art collection yourself, what are some names in your personal collection?
BB: Actually collect less now that I pour everything into the growth of the gallery, but I do have work from all of our repped artists. Recently been on a buying spree though – my wife and I have picked up a big beautiful Tomokazu Matsuyama, a nice small Andrew Schoultz and a secret Herakut. We have a Seonna Hong on the way too.
These days we are trying to really go for quality collecting over quantity – something I try to impart to emerging collectors. I see too many people become overeager when they first discover art, only to be discouraged a year later when they spent thousands on art that they don’t want anymore.
GH: You recently discovered the neon by Meryl Pataky what initially drew you to her work?
BB: I have always been drawn to neon work, but so much of it is boring once you get past the bright lights. Meryl puts a tremendous amount of thought into her works and it really shows. Her installations go beyond the obvious and I really appreciate that. The fact that she bends all her own glass is really impressive too…
GH: This April 2011 you are opening a new location in LA’s China Town. What’s the name of this gallery and it’s mission or goals?
BB: It is an extension of LeBasse Projects, so no fancy new name. It will just be known as LBP :: Chinatown. The plan is to have a slightly different aesthetic in the new gallery from our Culver City space. We will be showing some new artists to our program including Matt Haber, Michael Ciervo and hopefully more Meryl Pataky!
GH: Being a new gallery owner has been an exhilarating experience although tough to maintain. Do you have any advice to those who are starting up in the art industry?
BB: Don’t do it. Go work for the government, collect a pension, take your salary and just buy art instead.
The Warholian just posted their review of American Mythic exhibition by Peter Gronquist! Along with some very nice words about the exhibition, Mike Cuffe exposes some interesting facts about Peter work in an exclusive interview.
I’m interested in what would seem to be America’s collective view of itself, sort of an imaginary collection of macho icons that are by themselves supposedly patriotic, but when combined create something completely ridiculous. I like the idea that all of these “American” ideals: guns, gold, excess, taxidermy, hunting, titties, red meat, whatever, can come together to achieve a parody narrative of our history and culture. It’s funny because I’m sort of mocking these things, yet I completely love all of these things. I find that most of my work boils down to me mocking myself. I’m fully aware that the shit I love is retarded. – Peter Gronquist
Read the entire review and interview at The Warholian.
The Hello Kitty Hand Grenades are deathly cute! Since they’re so popular, Peter Gronquist has decided to release another series of grenades. We’ll release the new series later this month with an extension of the original Hello Kitty Hand Grenades as well as series of 25K gold plated hand grenades. Get’m while they’re hot!
Also check out the three designer weapons we just releases on our online store! These Tommy Guns and AK47 are gold and chrome plated with designer fabric accents. Check them out here.
Sunken Dreams new works by Robert Minervini
Gallery Hijinks proudly presents Sunken Dreams, a solo exhibition by Robert Minervini. The paintings in this new body of work are inspired by the history of the geodesic dome and are a continuation of the artist’s urban landscapes exploring utopian and dystopian environments. Please join us for the opening reception on May 7th, 2011 from 6-10pm.
The word Utopia originates from the literal Greek meaning “non place,” suggesting that perfection can only exist in the realm of imagination. Minervini’s work presents invented spaces that are based on reality, but revel in artificiality. In these desolate dreamlike non-places, the artist subverts nature and constructs or destroys architectural sites alluding to the making of a utopian and/or dystopian environment.
“Sunken Dreams” suggests the potential futility of aspiring for a better future in the face of humanity’s self-destructiveness. The inspiration for this series comes from the life and work of R. Buckminster Fuller who had, among other things, popularized the geodesic dome. Fuller had a vision for a utopian future, one which he saw as attainable through the innovation and implementation of science and engineering. Fuller’s iconic dome structure was the pinnacle of his design and by implementing them into this body of work, the artist hopes to make a connection between Fuller’s ideologies through symbolically utilizing his structures.
Minervini draws reference from an archive of photographs both personal and researched in order to construct the environments within each composition. With this framework he then utilizes innovative painting techniques to create layer upon layer of depth and texture. Vibrant colors remove the image from its reality and call attention to the origin of the digital image. “While I am interested in the process of working from digitally processed imagery, I place a strong emphasis on spontaneity, materiality, and revealing the painting process.” The end result is an image where abandoned landscapes stretch to the horizon and vast ruins of urban decay slowly crumble under the beauty of a pastel sunset.
Robert Minervini received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009, and his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2005. His work has been exhibited nationally including Marine Contemporary, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, The Brooklyn Historical Society, the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, and the Pennsylvania State Museum. He has been awarded the Murphy/Cadogan Fellowship by the San Francisco Foundation in 2008, and the Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Fellowship by the National Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. He has been a resident artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Root Division Studio Program. His work has been published in New American Painting No.91, and Mural Art: Large Scale Art from Walls Around the World.
Sunken Dreams opens May 7th, 2011 and will be on display until May 28th, 2011 and is open to the public.
Pat Perry is an illustrator and painter working in a range of mediums. His recent work reflects the North Midwest’s seemingly abandoned aesthetic while highlighting glimpses of natural beauty. “This makes for an interesting allegory between the ephemera of all things and the bright parts worth seeking out, regardless of the long term.”- Perry
Also check out this new Summit Series video highlighting the artist’s illustrative process.
Good art for a good cause. We like it. “You can’t discover new lands until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. On April 8th, 1,000 millennial movers and shakers will put their lives on hold and set sail to a private island and discuss how they can collectively redefine what success looks like in business and in life.Pulling together the brightest people in business and culture, Summit at Sea not only features world-class speakers like Richard Branson and Blake Mycoskie of Toms Shoes, but also hurls attendees into insane activities meant to help them forge lifelong friendships. From shark-tagging to coral reef building, magic is bound to unfold in the middle of international waters.”