August 13, 2014


Elizabeth McCray

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Clayton Brothers – Open to the Public Aug 16 – Sep 27, 2014

Elizabeth McCray
Closed for Installation

Mark Moore Gallery proudly presents “Open to the Public,” an expansive exhibition of mixed-media drawings, assemblage, photography, video, and installations by the Clayton Brothers. Consisting of brothers Rob and Christian Clayton, the duo examines the mythos, culture, and visual language of an archetypal second-hand store located near their studio. Drawing from their observations of the venue and its visitors, the brothers entwine their independent approaches, styles, and palettes into works that operate as co-authored epics – which are rife with reoccurring motifs, gestures, and figures. The end result is a drama of shared experiences that fuse the concept of self with that of the communal, both in subject matter and practice.

Hailed as a thrifting mecca for several decades, Sun Thrift Store in Sunland (CA) draws its share of both unusual characters and the commonplace man – all partaking in the hunt for trash-turned-treasured objects. For this exhibition, the brothers appropriate not only the trinkets and discarded paintings retrieved from the business, but also the handmade signage, categorical displays, and shopper behavior. Unlike the polished and elaborate paintings that the brothers are known for, anonymous figures are drawn with stark immediacy – personalities that correspond with a series of projected candid photographs of perusing customers and muted wall spaces. Acting as flâneurs or urban observers, the brothers investigate both the construct of “thrifting culture” as well as the members that form this unique microcosm of consumption. Taken as a whole, the exhibition draws upon the subject matter of the everyday as a window into contemporary Americana. Through a nonpartisan lens, “Open to the Public” explicates the people’s narrative as a universal struggle to create, cherish and ultimately abandon.

Rob (b. 1963, OH) and Christian (b. 1967, CO) Clayton both received their M.F.A.s from Art Center College of Design (CA). They have had solo exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (CA), and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (WI) in addition to shows in Houston, New York, Beijing, Los Angeles, and Miami. Their work has also been included in shows at the Museum of the Moving Image (NY), Santa Monica Museum of Art (CA), Laguna Art Museum (CA), Kistler Beach Museum of Art (KS), Corcoran Museum of Art (DC), and the Dallas Museum of Art (TX), among others. They have also participated in more than twenty visiting artist lectures around the world. The artists both live and work in Los Angeles, CA.

Open to the Public

Opening Reception:
Saturday, August 16, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Closing Party:
Saturday, September 13, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 pm

On View August 16 – September 27, 2014

Mark Moore Gallery
5790 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
T. 310.453.3031
F. 310.453.3831


Elizabeth McCray



Faith47 has recently completed the painting of six huge walls, on four of the supporting columns of the N3 viaduct adjacent to the Early Morning Market in Warwick.
An ambitious project in the heart of Durban, South Africa. It is one of the Fringe Projects that forms part of the 25th World Congress on Architecture, UIA2014.

Faith was originally introduced to the area by Doung Jahangeer, a Durban artist architect and co-founder of dalacreative.
Referring to Warwick triangle she says, “I’m specifically interested in exploring this notion of the informal economy.
I was struck by the potent energy of this area. The paintings are portraits of some of the traders in the area,
a tribute to the everyday man on the street.”

“So much of our shared space and our city architecture is alienating to the individual.
Interventions within public spaces allow for a visual gap in which people can breathe and feel again”

A special thank you to Ma Madalamini, Mr Singh, Mambutho and Xolani Nwza.


Elizabeth McCray



Hennessey + Ingalls welcomes Incubus front man, visual artist and author Brandon Boyd in a music and art signing, creative conversation and interactive audience Q&A.


Saturday, August 16, 6pm – 9pm


Hennessey + Ingalls

Space 15 Twenty

1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90028


Jen DiSisto / Art Duet / (323) 825-5221 /

Victor Santos / Hennessey + Ingalls /


About Brandon Boyd:

Brandon Boyd’s life is one characterized by creativity and self-expression. As a very young boy he often carried sketchbooks and notepads, and though he was never formally trained, over the years he has developed that young habit into an inextricable part of his adult life. In 1991 he began singing and writing lyrics with high school friends in what would be come the multi-platinum and internationally recognized rock band, Incubus. Brandon is the author of three books combining his artwork and creative writing: White Fluffy Clouds (2003), From the Murks of the Sultry Abyss (2007), and So The Echo (September, 2013). Timing a new book alongside new music, he also released Sons of The Sea in September, a collaboration between he and acclaimed producer Brendan O’Brien. In the winter of 2014 the group played sold out shows in LA, NY and The Fillmore in San Francisco. Shifting creative gears in his own unique and versatile way, Brandon showcased his visual art In Europe for the first time in March, participating in an exhibition in Zurich followed by book signings and Q&A’s in Paris and London. This fall he will again travel overseas with his visual art for a gallery exhibit in Rome and other cities.

About Hennessey + Ingalls:

Since its founding in 1963, Hennessey + Ingalls has grown to fill a unique niche in American retailing. They are the largest art and architecture bookstore in the western United States, and probably the largest retail operation in the country dealing just with books on the visual arts. A family owned business, founded by Reginald Hennessey as an outlet for rare and out-of-print architecture books, is now on to its third generation and is still family-owned and managed. Hennessey + Ingalls has become a landmark in the visual arts community. They are pleased to count many of the area’s and the country’s leading architectural firms as clients, along with museums, collectors, art galleries, students, interior designers, graphic design firms, and schools. They are the primary book supplier to three large academic art libraries in Southern California, as well as to smaller schools and corporate libraries around the country. They maintain especially strong and in-depth selections of books in art and art history, all phases of architecture, photography, interior design, graphic design, and landscaping. The broadness of the collections and the knowledge of the staff at Hennessey + Ingalls is an important reason why top art directors in film, television, and advertising shop with them. In short, Hennessey + Ingalls has proven itself over the years through the combination of unequaled stock and most attentive customers service to be a successful and valued member of the vibrant art, architecture, and design communities here in Southern California and beyond.


August 11, 2014

Deus 3rd Annual Surf Swap || Photos by Morgan Pharoh & Douglas Neill

Elizabeth McCray

It just wouldn’t be a proper summer without a Deus Surf Swap so the first Saturday of August the parking lot took a transformation into a busy hive of activity with smiles and surf stoke while the Wall of Foam pumped beautiful sets. From board shorts to board bags, the lot was filled with laid-back creatives peddling their wears and showing the color of the culture with a common love of the ocean. Collectors from the golden age of Venice California brought great collections of old foam. Scavenger Brand set up an amazing display of skateboards inlay-ed with vintage surf button-down shirts. The legendary Brian Brent brought up his old truck filled with handmade ‘United 50′ surf tees and art and even jammed a set of high energy rockabilly beats with his daughter Esther donning roller skates on the drum set. Classic beach tunes were supplied between sets of The Hollow Legs, who played a couple sets of good tunes. Raen Optics, had their shades spread out showcasing their newest tints. Local legend Ray Flores, of the original Dogtown and Z-Boys clout had a great selection of vintage foam from an era past. Aloha Sunday Supply Co all the way from Sunnyside San Diego was posting up across the way from our favorite ocean activist Surfrider Foundation WLAM where they had lifetime member and legend of legend’s Craig Stecyk stopped by for some local love and support. To say the least, there was a lot happening inside and out and we all had a blast. Till next year!



August 8, 2014

Rodeña : A Short film by Adam Burns on Vissla’s Derrick Disney


Rodeña from Vissla on Vimeo.

August 7, 2014

The Smith groms ripping all over Socal


Great Days 11: California -Summertime Madness from smith optics on Vimeo.

Every year, junior surfers from Florida to Hawaii migrate to the beaches of Southern California for the NSSA Nationals and Surfing America USA Championships. We followed the Smith Juniors as they freesurfed and competed their way to an amazing 10 National Championships combined including a full domination of all women’s divisions by Brisa Hennessy and Caroline Marks. Smith is proud of the accomplishments of it’s team and Summertime Madness will show you why.

August 6, 2014

DENNIS MORRIS / THE BOLLOCKS opens August 9, 2014 at Known Gallery, Los Angeles

Elizabeth McCray


Opening reception: August 9, 2014 | 8-11p
On view: August 9 – April 23, 2014

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036


The Bollocks:

The 70s was a dismal period in England: high unemployment, unions out of control, the economy on a massive decline, England had lost its way.

Punk came. We wanted to change everything, we wanted a piece of the pie, we wanted our own heroes. The Sex Pistols filled this role, four faces of the New British Youth, brash and ready. Ready to take no prisoners, ready to kick down the door of Establishment, ready to fulfill the dream.

From the first time I met them, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, I knew they meant it! 77 was the year, one long, short, chaotic, mad, amazing roller coaster year.

The hysteria, the hatred, the backlash from the media and the Establishment came because the band, these four individuals, had the nerve to challenge the very things British society has built as standard.

They mocked the Royal Family (“God Save the Queen”), they mocked the Establishment order of fun (“Holidays in the Sun”). The youths identified, the youths wanted to destroy, to destroy and rebuild.

The Sex Pistols sparked the largest musical rock revolution in history and started the punk movement.

Their extreme music sense, fashion style and their punk spirit still today influence society and artists from a broad range of fields including music, fashion, film, art …

Dennis Morris:

Dennis Morris is a British-based artist who has used the camera to produce an in-depth body of work on extraordinary individuals.

His work is closely associated with music, having created some of the most iconic and memorable images of Bob Marley and the Sex Pistols as well as the Marianne Faithull Broken English album cover, but he has also captured the essence of the Sikh community of Southall (UK), the collection was subsequently bought by English Heritage. He also created the iconic Public Image Ltd logo and their first two album sleeves, including the Metal Box.

Several books of his work have been published, including Bob Marley: A Rebel Life, Destroy on the Sex Pistols and Growing Up Black, a chronicle of Black Britain in the 60s and 70s.

His work is well recognized and has been exhibited internationally (Today Art Museum, Beijing; Laforet Museum, Tokyo; Arles Photography Festival, France; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland; Superman Is Dead (S.I.D) a collaborative show with Shepard Fairey, LA; Bob Marley: Giant, Known Gallery, LA).

His photographs are included in prestigious public and private collections, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and have appeared in numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, Time, GQ,Vogue, W, Frieze; Lipstick Traces: a Secret History of the Twentieth Century by Greil Marcus, Century by Bruce Bernard, and 100 Days of Active Resistance by Vivienne Westwood.

Crap Eyewear presents: Visions Of The No Wave



Elizabeth McCray

spreadZaria Forman’s large scale pastel drawings and everyone including us were memorized by her crashing waves and luminescent ripples, remote oceans, and icy terrains. Forman travels around the globe to document Earths shifting landscapes and the effects of progressive climate change.

Make sure to grab the Aug issue of Bliss to read more artist Zaria Forman

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