Friday, December 28, 2012

Andrew Hem Brings Home the Bacon

When Andrew Hem showed me his most recent painting, I realized that he'd stepped up his game to a whole new level. In this startlingly vivid scenario, Andrew placed himself within a stunning amalgamation of the gloriously stratified workspace of the legendary painter Francis Bacon and his own inspiration-strewn studio overlooking the rooftops of Koreatown.

"Bring Home the Bacon"

On Thursday, January 3rd, the painting will be on view at San Francisco's Spoke Art Gallery in the 2nd Annual Supersonic Electronic Invitational art show, which will also include Erratic Phenomena favorites like João Ruas, Tessar Lo and Nimit Malavia.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Room to Read in Cambodia, Redux

In the spirit of the holiday, I thought today would be a good time to make another plug for my favorite charity, Room to Read. You might recall that last December, I donated the cost of a year of secondary school education for a promising Cambodian girl. In many rural districts in Cambodia, less than 5% of girls have the opportunity to complete secondary school, and only 25% of women know how to read and write. It's vital to these communities that young girls achieve literacy, for with education comes greater prosperity for their families, and the opportunity to pass down their knowledge to their own children when they become mothers.

Last year, I also convinced my company to fund the construction of a children's library in Cambodia through Room to Read. The library has just been completed in a small village on the Mekong Delta called Chheu Teal Srot Kraom, and you can see pictures of children exploring their newly widened horizons at our website.

This year, I have donated another year for a Cambodian girl's education. Maybe she will become a doctor who returns to heal her community, or an engineer who brings clean drinking water into her village for the first time, or a teacher who gives the gift of literacy to hundreds of children. She could turn out to be a novelist, poet or painter, lifting the hearts of a weary people struggling through a 30-year recovery from one of the worst genocides the world has ever known. Perhaps she will grow into a leader, and find a new way forward for her people which benefits the neediest, rather than the most powerful.

If you are interested in creating a brighter world by funding literacy and education in underdeveloped nations, you can target your donation through Room to Read toward the country and educational focus you find most appealing.

Wishing everyone a very happy year to come!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Kelly Vivanco's "Inner Workings"

I thought you'd want to know that the wonderful Kelly Vivanco has completed her latest series of enigmatic paintings, in which young travelers seek adventure in the glimmering twilight of a phantasmagoric forest.

Her "Inner Workings" will be unveiled at Thinkspace this Saturday, December 1st. See you there!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Andrew Hem's D2R Box Sets

Now that Andrew Hem's Dreams Towards Reality clamshell edition with graphite drawings has officially debuted at Nucleus Gallery, I can give you more details on the deluxe box set edition that is being offered through Zero+ Publishing. Created in an edition of just nine, each handcrafted bamboo box features an different character painted on the lid, and contains five additional works of art, plus a signed and numbered book encased in a clamshell.

When you crack open the box, you will find an original 5x7 matted painting enclosed in a cloth portfolio, an assemblage of 12 matchboxes, a landscape painting, a small character portrait, and a jar sculpture inside a smaller bamboo box embellished with Andrew's handpainted text designs.

Only the first edition (pictured) has been completed right now, but the entire edition will be ready for shipment by early January. The collection of six original artworks is currently priced at $2500, but Zero+ scales its prices higher as the edition sells out, so if you're interested, don't procrastinate... the edition is already more than half sold, sight unseen. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dreams Towards Reality: Coming True Tomorrow!

It's finally here! The launch event for my new book with Andrew Hem, Dreams Towards Reality, is tomorrow night at Nucleus Gallery.

At the last moment, Andrew decided to hand-paint each of the box set covers, rather than having them laser-cut. That means that each box set will include six original pieces of art, including a sculpture, four paintings and a matchbox collage. You can see a couple of sneak peeks of the box set art below.

Please come out tomorrow night to get your book signed and check out the first box set edition, as well as the 30 limited edition drawings!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Andrew Hem Book Signing and Exhibition

Please join me this Saturday, October 20th for the Andrew Hem: Dreams Towards Reality book release event at Nucleus Gallery in Alhambra. After a year and a half of working on this project with Andrew, our big day is fast approaching! Besides having your book signed and embellished by Andrew, you will also be able to view the original artwork he created for the special editions and a mural designed especially for the exhibition. 

The Dreams Towards Reality clamshell edition, which is limited to 30 signed and numbered copies, is bound in luxuriously textured Japanese cloth, and the spine is embellished with the book's title written in Khmer script. Each clamshell holds a cloth portfolio that protects a mysterious and evocative drawing, many of which will inspire the paintings in Andrew's next exhibition. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tessar Lo's "live on, no evil"

This Saturday, September 29th, marks the opening of my dear friend Tessar Lo's next solo show with Amsterdam's venerable Jaski Gallery. The small works on paper he created during his recent three-month sojourn in his native Indonesia describe his spiritual encounters and dreamy inward journey while immersed in the lush world of his childhood.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Rob Sato's Levitating Leviathans

Don't miss Rob Sato's latest work, which will be on exhibit alongside the neon geometries of John Pham through September 26th at GR2. Coming up on its heels, Rob will also be featured in the third Giant Robot Biennale at the Japanese American National Museum, which opens on September 22nd. See you there!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Andrew Hem's Art Attack

A couple of weeks ago, SoulPancake proprietor and hipster tastemaker Rainn Wilson sent a camera crew to Andrew Hem's studio to shoot a timelapse video of him painting a small piece for the Dreams Towards Reality special edition box set.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Andrew Hem's New Book Is Here!

Zero+ Publishing is accepting pre-orders at a 30% discount until the end of this week for my new book with Andrew Hem, Dreams Towards Reality. It will ship next week, and is well on its way to selling out already!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dabs Myla & Friends' "Marvelous Expeditions"

If you know Dabs Myla, it's easy to see why they have so many interesting friends — they're the sweetest people on earth, but they also have impeccable skills with a brush or spraycan and a wicked sense of humor. You'll see it in spades in their upcoming curated group exhibition at Thinkspace, "Marvelous Expeditions," which opens on Saturday, September 1st. Centered around a travel theme, it will incorporate work by all the friends they have made while journeying around the art world. Stay tuned for more updates as the show approaches!

And if you happen to be heading along Sunset Boulevard near the Chateau Marmont, keep an eye out for their new piece celebrating the ethos of Timothy Leary and the Merry Pranksters.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Andrew Hem in Phnom Penh

It is my pleasure to announce that Andrew Hem has been selected by the State Department's Art In Embassies division to be part of an exhibition at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The curators have chosen three paintings which touch on aspects of Andrew's native Cambodia, including the ubiquitous presence of the spirit world, the devastating losses of the Khmer Rouge genocide, and the strength and perseverance of Cambodia's women. For the next three years, these paintings will be on view at official state functions in U.S. Ambassador William Todd's residence. I hope they will inspire contemplation and empathy towards the people of Cambodia.

"Best Find a Way"

"This Woman's Work"

"New Chapter"

Thursday, June 21, 2012

*Dreams Towards Reality*

I'm thrilled to announce that the advance copies of my new book about Andrew Hem, Dreams Towards Reality, will be in my hands in just a few weeks. It will be shipping in early August from Zero+ Publishing, and you can pre-order yours (and get a 30% early-bird discount) from them today!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Andrew Hem's Midnight Battle

If you're in New York this weekend, don't miss the opportunity to see this haunting painting by Andrew Hem this Saturday in the "Sur-Realism" exhibition at Arcadia Fine Arts: Soho. Andrew's largest painting to date, it will be displayed alongside works by Aron Wiesenfeld, Martin Wittfooth, Rick Berry and many others.

Andrew Hem "Protect Your Neck"

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Wild at Heart" Closing Reception this Saturday!

If you didn't get a chance to come to Thinkspace last week for the "Wild at Heart" endangered species benefit exhibition, please join us this Saturday between 6 and 8 for our closing reception. There is so much to see, you might want to come again, even if you did make it to the opening!

Kelly Allen "Belladonna"

Dabs Myla "Three Days"

Laura Bifano "Golden Snub-Nosed Monkeys"

Kelly Vivanco "Royal Panda Bear"

Christina Mrozik "Waldrapp Ibis"

David Jien "Clouded Leopard"

Darla Jackson "The Party's Over"

Jason Thielke "African Wild Dog" 

Brad Woodfin "Zik-zik"

Mary Iverson "OR-7, Capitol Reef"

Rob Sato "Untitled"

Rebekah Bogard "Modern Love"

Regan Rosburg "The Harbinger"

Josie Morway "Florida Sandhill Crane"