January 30, 2015

Master Works Artist Panel Discussion | Saturday January 31st 3pm| Long Beach Museum of Art

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Master Works Artist Panel Discussion
Saturday January 31st 3pm

Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach Ca 90803
(562) 439-2119

January 27, 2015


Liz rice McCray


The salon at automatic sweat is pleased to announce American Remains, an exhibition of sculptures and installations by SeMeN SPeRmS and Nick Stewart.

The exhibition presents a collection of artifacts from a proposed mythology that straddles the indistinct line between American history and rural legend. Inspired by the decrepit highway-side nowhere towns of the southwest, the works offer warped satellite dishes and abandoned single-wide trailers as the weathered remnants of westward expansion. These ubiquitous emblems of a proud historical narrative about a prosperous America are presented alongside idiosyncratic icons of contemporary desert folklore, characterized by supernatural suspicion, eerie phenomena and UFO sightings.

Nick Stewart’s objects seek to excavate desert myth in the form of mutilated cattle hides shaped into six-pack-rings, which have been branded with a design that evokes both astral patterns and the corporate logo of an automobile manufacturer. Familiar objects such as a dented street lamp are distorted into paranormal forms, while satellite dishes specked with metal lesions , assume a watchful, almost anthropomorphic presence.

SeMeN SPeRmS sculptures reconstruct and reframe the desolate desert scape from a distance, dwarfing its earthly immensity and depriving it of anthropological context until the barren topography starts to seem  post-apocalyptic, if not entirely lunar. The homespun style of his miniatures elude to a tradition of model hobbyists, while the bleak content matter disturbs the quaint escapism of toy model sets. The artists’ American desert is not an open expanse of freedom shaped by the antiquated tale of manifest destiny, but instead a barren celestial surface, a post-apocalyptic wasteland and government test-site.

American Remains considers the place of this contemporary American folklore within the historical narrative of the nation, forcing questions about the filters that parse national fact from fiction, Roswellian syndrome from national heritage. In this exhibit, the patriotic voices of the founding fathers are forced into direct dialogue with desert dwelling lunatics preaching about crop circles from the pages of the national enquirer. It is both a history text book and a camp fire story; a CNN headline and a wives tale muttered by the town drunk from his bar stool pedestal.

written by Claire Bargout

An opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, January 31 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

January 26, 2015

Inside the mind of our friend and talented artist Ben Brough.


Ben Brough is a self-taught American artist born 1 mile from the beach in 1978. He and his family moved to Hawaii’s Kona coast in ’84 ito help his grandparents open a clothing store for locals. By the 4th grade he decided he was going to be an artist and was already addicted to surfing and skateboarding. Ben left school at 15 after an itch of wanderlust and traveled for the next 12 yrs and developed a love for different cultures and customs. He now lives and works in southern California with his wife and raising two daughters, painting and art directing brands in the Action Sports world.His influences vary from Dadaists to German expressionists, Cartoonists to kids art and cannot go one day without listening to music. Ben has shown his art world wide in Hawaii, New York, Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan , France, Spain and California.

Ben’s work of brightly colorful abstract paintings resemble a mix of Hannah-Barbara cartoons on acid, ancestral cave paintings and automatic art making. The creative force behind his work stems from a life lived abroad, fast paced and ever changing climates. Much like the ever flowing and moving ocean waves that Ben loves to surf on, his art resembles the common ups and downs of everyday life through a stream of consciousness and touches on subjects simple yet powerful from life, death to celebration with food and drink, coming together as a tribe, personal growth, use of symbols from cultures to deepen the narration and comedic nonsense from the subconscious. With a primitive approach to art being mostly self taught, there is a constant out flow of drawing, painting and ever changing creative roles he plays to survive day to day.

For more info on Eric Minh Swenson visit his website at His art films can be seen at
Eric Minh Swenson at Huffington Post

805 Authenticos – Shane Stoneman


805 Authenticos – Shane Stoneman from 805beer on Vimeo.

January 21, 2015


Liz rice McCray


.A.R.4.T Gallery is pleased to invite you to join us this Saturday in Laguna Beach
for the opening reception of :

Zio Ziegler
“The Creative Dialectic”

Saturday, January 24, 2015 : 6-9pm
Presented by Vans

Sounds from DJ Burnout &
beverages provided by Pizza Port Brewing Company

Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow Gallery
1175 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA. // @AR4T


Zio Ziegler (born February 18, 1988) is an American artist, known for his intricately patterned paintings and his large-scale murals that can be seen in major cities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His work reflects the diverse influences of late medieval and quattrocento painting, aboriginal, African and naïve art, and the European graffiti movement. Driven by intuition and depicted with a playful use of space and materials, his subject matter reflects the human condition, with reference to allegorical, mythical and artistic lineage. He paints in the belief that his paintings complete themselves by triggering self-discovery in their viewers.

This will be his second solo show at .A.R.4.T Gallery in Laguna Beach.

Life and Career

Zio Ziegler studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. Since graduating with a BFA from RISD in 2010, Ziegler has developed an international studio and mural practice to support his philosophy that art should be available to all.

Group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Oakland, Singapore, London, Puerto Rico and San Francisco. Solo shows in San Francisco, Milan, Oakland, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles. Outdoor murals in Milan, London, Berlin, Puerto Rico, Brooklyn, Oakland, and Las Vegas; indoor murals at Facebook, Google, Medium, Sherpa Foundry, Lyft, Stance, and elsewhere. His collaborations include: Jay-Z and Budweiser in the new “Make Something” campaign, Urban Outfitters, Pottery Barn, Stance, and Vans.

He currently lives and works on the side of a mountain North of San Francisco.

January 20, 2015

Sketch by past Blisss cover artist | Matt Gordon

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Instagram is @mattgordon_paintings

January 19, 2015

Save the Date – Bob Marley 70th celebration – Revolutionary Dreams show by Dennis Morris – 6 Feb 2015

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Submerged from Jack Chellemi on Vimeo.

Mammoth Mountain Prepare to Unload BONUS FOOTAGE: Chair 3


January 18, 2015


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Opening reception February 13th 7-10pm
Gallery hours: 1pm – 6pm
Tuesday – Saturday
7920 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
323 – 654 – 2192

New Image Art presents “Everything’s Cool and Nothing Sucks,” featuring new works by Luke Pelletier, Kristen Liu-Wong, and John F. Malta.

Luke Pelletier:
The driving forces behind Luke Pelletier’s work are the dualities and contradictions between his ideals and desires. His art is filled with dark humor and scenes of paradise that are simultaneously pristine and decaying. Through print editions and multiplicity, his work utilizes repetition to create a seemingly never-ending output of imagery. The work weaves through personal anecdotes, ambitions, and the world around him. By omitting information and blurring the intersections of separate ideas, He creates fragmented and scattered observations that can be rearranged to create different meanings.

Kristen Liu-Wong:
Born in San Francisco and living in Brooklyn, Kristen Liu-Wong graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute in 2013 where she studied Illustration. She is inspired not only by her own observations of contemporary urban life and interests in classic literature and folk tales, but by the properties of the supplies which she uses. Rather than focusing upon the meaning or theme of a work as she creates it, Kristen focuses upon the aesthetic effect of her art in order to bring her own visions before the eyes of her viewers. Each piece is marked by strong, clean lines and vibrant colors as well as an emphasis on tight composition, resulting in art that transforms the space which it adorns.

John F. Malta:
John F. Malta is a painter and illustrator based in Kansas City, Missouri. Malta’s paintings explore a perpetually evolving narrative inspired by his teenage years traversing through the Northeast Ohio punk scene, wading through murky creeks, and skateboarding till he could no longer see the road in front of him. His most recent work is cluttered with artifacts from a life spent raising reptiles, reading comics, and exploring the great American plains with his pitbull Hanz. John’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, VICE, The Village Voice, and Surfing Magazine.

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