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April 19, 2014

ASKEW ONE | DIASPORA Opening reception: April 19, 2014 | 8-11p | KNOWN GALLERY

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ASKEW ONE | DIASPORA
Opening reception: April 19, 2014 | 8-11p
On view: April 19 – May 3, 2014

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

 

About Diaspora:

In Askew’s first Los Angeles solo exhibition, he continues to explore themes from last years Sydney show, ‘The Evolving Face’ – specifically the dynamics of cultural, ancestral and social identity in the greater Pacific region. This concept redefines itself as these communities disperse in places like the West Coast of the US, Australia and New Zealand. There is an omnipresent duality existing within Pacific communities – concepts of transience and migration but with strong specific cultural identities that flourish and maintain strength, often impacting and evolving wherever they gain a foothold. For this show ‘Stelly’ who is based in Sydney, Australia and is of Fijian descent is the face of this concept.

In the artists home base of Auckland, New Zealand, the city’s identity has been dramatically altered by Pacific migration over the past 3 decades. Auckland is arguably the current epicentre of the modern Pacific, this forces it’s people to reevaluate the way they identify themselves – even those of European or Asian descent. Feeling a disconnect from his various European ancestries, Askew One has mostly embraced this new sense of identity, yet still walks a fine line between immersion and the analytical view point of an outsider.

About ASKEW ONE:

ASKEW ONE is recognized worldwide for his unique approach to graffiti art and remains at the forefront of the international art scene through constantly exploring new and exciting styles in a world of imitators. With over 20 years of experience and the need to reach out to the world from his home in remote New Zealand, Askew is self-taught in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, directing and editing music videos and moving images.

http://knowngallery.com/

 

 

April 18, 2014

Aaron “Jaws” Homoki- watch as he puts his ankles through hell and back. In the end he comes out smelling like roses.

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Sanuk’s Space 2 Play: Dave Rastovich

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If there is ever a perfect embodiment of what Sanuk is all about, then Dave Rastovich is the definition. Hailing from Australia, Dave Rastovich has been a team rider for Sanuk for several years. His unique style and environmental efforts display his true passion for life, connection with the earth, and his overall positive outlook on making the world a better place. Follow along as we venture to Byron Bay to veg out on his humble homestead, share a surf (or two) and discover the true joys of gardening naked…

April 17, 2014

Scratch & Shred Turntable Snowboard: Every Third Thursday

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April 16, 2014

IM PHX AMING

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IM PHX AMING from Imperial Motion on Vimeo.

The IM dudes were on full charge from San Jose to LA, then LA to Phoenix for the PHX AM Contest. Check out the action along the way!

POSE WALL NYC

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CLEON PETERSON / END OF DAYS – NEW IMAGE ART / CLOSING SAT. APRIL 19TH

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CLEON PETERSON / END OF DAYS

NEW IMAGE ART / CLOSING SAT. APRIL 19TH

GALLERY HOURS 1PM-6PM

In Cleon Peterson’s End of Days, at New Image Art, Peterson’s world of depravity does not simply crash and burn: it reverses polarity, inherited not by the meek but by the vengeful and merciless. Whatever days have ended, they have been succeeded by a new age of barbarism, with clear winners and losers. The triumphant take no trophies, apart from the occasional severed head, but the defeated have clearly lost more than their viscera – they have lost all semblance of control, dignity, strength and, most of all, hope.

But not all is lost, nor is it over. If that sounds like the good news, well, it’s not. The scenes of brutality are depicted in medias res, after the first blows were struck, in most cases not quite lethally. As the victims live to suffer, their tormenters seem to revel in that persistence. In fact, the tormenters, which Peterson calls the “shadows,” appear to derive their strength from their subversion. Over the years that he has depicted the shadows in his work, Peterson has often cited their genesis in the writings of Jung and Nietzsche, both of whom described the tension between the parts of the self that the psyche expresses and those it represses. In Newtonian fashion, the force of repression is met with an equal force of reprisal. In End of Days, then, the viewer is left to question what precipitating crimes could merit such grisly punishment.

Whereas the backdrop for the shadows is a neutral netherworld, other images in End of Days are set amid urban calamity. In these, the shadows are replaced with uniformed “enforcers” – a more orderly sort of violence for a more carefully constructed world. The two settings are equally nightmarish, though, and in their horror lies a grim revelation of the most essential quality of fear: powerlessness. What we are left with is a sublimation of paranoia, bypassing struggle on the arc from anxiety straight into torment.

NEW IMAGE ART
7920 SANTA MONICA BLVD
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90046
WWW.NEWIMAGEARTGALLERY.COM

April 15, 2014

A big congrats goes out to Axel Cruysberghs on his Dam Am win.

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Excess Baggage: Axel Cruysberghs from etnies on Vimeo.

Filmed all over the world, spanning an entire year, this is the excess footage of Axel Cruysberghs from etnies Presents: AB&A.

2014 Woodward: Day in the Life of Chad Bartie

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April 11, 2014

WEIRD FICTION AT AS ISSUED IN CA

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Tonight from 7-10, As Issued in Costa Mesa is hosting Alex Wasbin and Evan “Stink” Rossell for their collaborative show, Weird Fiction. Each was inspired by their respective grandparents who were artists as well: Alex’s grandmother worked in textiles (including at RVCA) and painting, while Evan’s grandfather was a cartoonist.

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