Sunday, July 6, 2014

SuperAwesome! and Andrew Hem's latest mural at the Oakland Museum

If you haven't yet had a chance to visit SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot at the Oakland Museum, you should get over there and check it out before the show closes on July 27th. Before you venture into the main exhibition, make sure to head up to street level and visit the Oak Street Plaza to see Andrew Hem's latest mural, a tour de force entitled "I think that possibly maybe I've fallen for you," which he completed in just five days.

Afterward, you can spend hours exploring the rest of the exhibition downstairs, which includes a fascinating look at the 20-year history of Giant Robot, as well as new work by 14 artists, including Erratic Phenomena favorites like Rob Sato, David Choe, Sean Chao and Ako Castuera. We road-tripped up there for the opening, so I can assure you it's worth a visit!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dabs Myla's New Book!

Today I'm thrilled to announce that the gorgeous new book I co-authored with Dabs Myla will be released on July 15th! If you order it directly from Zero Plus Publishing between now and July 22nd, you will receive a signed copy, and domestic shipping will be free! Order early, as I predict this one will sell out fast.

Dabs Myla: Midnight Fantasy is an eye-poppingly vibrant monograph that takes you inside the world of Dabs Myla, a collaborative duo that spends every waking moment conjuring joy with a brush and a spray can, inspired by their life as a married couple, their perpetual travel around the world, and the beautiful pandemonium of everyday experience. With an introduction by street art historian Roger Gastman and an essay by Amanda Erlanson, and featuring 122 color plates, including many vivid photographs spanning the book’s entire 22-inch spread, this sumptuous volume showcases an impeccably curated selection of Dabs Myla’s paintings, art objects, gallery installations and murals. Each turn of the page brings a fresh evocation of the unique blend of passion, playfulness and virtuosity that distinguishes the work of Dabs Myla as unparalleled in its field.

Edwin Ushiro's "Gathering Whispers"

I'm excited to announce that on Saturday, July 12th, my friend Edwin Ushiro will be launching his next solo show at Giant Robot.

Check out his fascinating process photo below, and make sure to stop by the gallery and experience his haunting and ethereal reflections on a childhood spent balancing on the edge between light and darkness. I'll see you there!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Andrew Hem's "Dream But Don't Sleep" Recap

"Dream But Don't Sleep," Andrew Hem's solo which opened on Saturday night at Merry Karnowsky, was a triumph. Since I know some of you couldn't make it, I thought I would share some of my favorite pieces with you. Also check out Arrested Motion, which provided the photo of Andrew's studio installation below, to see more photos of the work hanging in the gallery.


"Intent to Kill"

"New Name"

"The Printmaker"

"Why Start With the Bridge"


"The Street Is My Studio"

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Andrew Hem's "Dream But Don't Sleep"

I am overjoyed to announce that Andrew Hem's next solo show, entitled "Dream But Don't Sleep," will open on March 8th at Merry Karnowsy Gallery.

His largest solo to date, this exhibition marks the culmination of three years of remarkable growth for Andrew, both as a painter and as a human being. His latest collection of dreamlike images is inspired by nostalgia for painting graffiti and b-boying with the D2R crew as a youth, memories of his travels through South America and Southeast Asia, and the beautiful chaos of artists' studios both real and imagined. In this body of work more than ever before, the boldness of his use of color combines with his subtle touch with light and texture to invoke a hauntingly emotional atmosphere. At the moment, Andrew is putting the finishing touches on an installation which will echo the environment in several of the paintings. Make sure to RSVP to if you plan to attend, as you won't be allowed to enter unless you're on their list. I'll see you there!

Apologies & Updates

Here I am, back again — I bet you thought I was gone for good! I'm just ducking in to make a quick announcement about a very exciting upcoming event (check the next post). I've been distracted from writing here over the past year or so by my new pastime, muay thai kickboxing at The Yard.

Anyone who knows me could confirm that training there has worked wonders for me, both physically and mentally. If that sounds interesting, and you live in Los Angeles anywhere near Lincoln Heights, you should come to The Yard and check it out. First sessions are always free. Bring a friend!

In upcoming exciting news, I have just completed writing the introductory essay for Dabs Myla's new book, Midnight Fantasy, which will be coming out in a few months from Zero+ Publishing! It's going to be incredible — 180 pages of rambunctious, ribald joy. 

I am currently embroiled in crafting an essay for my dear friend Edwin Ushiro's upcoming book from Zero+, which will be a gorgeous, haunting volume entitled Gathering Whispers. Keep an eye on the Zero+ website for details.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Wild at Heart II: Recap

This weekend marked the opening of Wild at Heart II, the third edition of the endangered species benefit shows co-curated by myself and Thinkspace's Andrew Hosner. 20% of the proceeds of the show will go to Born Free USA to help threatened wildlife. Though the exhibition has closed, you can still check out all the work online. Here are a few more very special pieces from the show that I wanted to share with you. 

Edwin Ushiro "Invitation From A Distant Whisper"

Curiot "Ambystoma Mexicanum"

Diana Beltran Herrera "Hummingbird"

Jolene Lai "Nectar"

Mary Iverson "Sunk"

Mu Pan "An Opossum and Small Opossums"

Ben Strawn "Fermata"

Regan Rosburg "Juste Milieu"

Aron Wiesenfeld "The Settlers"