Wednesday, January 28, 2009
"The artist's pieces look colorful and interesting from a distance, and closer inspection shows scenes of street violence. It's quite disturbing. "He left the gallery without buying anything, but you could tell he was very interested. Maybe Christina will have to OK his strange choice in art before he buys."
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I sense a trend happening!
Amber and Jamie
Liz Young Video of her performance here
Artist-- Chris Johanson in good form!
3 Phil Frost Paintings all in a row.
Eastside Girls Veronica and Marcella poured the wine all night!
NO AGE !!!!
NIA early supporters and collectors DV and Artie Nelson.
Caroline Hwang and Saelee Oh shine on.
Shane and Our Favorite MILF Tara!!!
Designer/artist Rory and innovative fashion designer Kristen have been at our openings longer than almost anyone!!! I think they started visiting when they were in Jr High!
Sir Neck doing his thing.
All night long both galleries this mobbed!
Ed took this one of Marsea And Deanna and that is green gum.
Chris Johanson's Explosion sold to an Australian Collector.
Chris Johanson one of the best of the best came down from
Portland with Jo Jackson and Raisin for the Party!!!
We will be around the gallery on Monday Jan 26th in the afternoon.
Please call the gallery 323 654 2192 if you want to see the show
Monday or Tuesday.
Wednesday - Saturday we are open 1-6 or later....
Much Thanks to all of you for coming out and supporting the gallery and our artists.
No Age first show ever was at New Image Art. Did they rock the house or what??
Also DJ Alf Alpha killed it. Right...
We might have a closing party so stay tuned.
Special thanks to Amber Abramson,Rich Jacobs and Move and Kate, Judith Supine, Chris,Neck Face,Derrick the new intern, Veronica, the Texan's,Jeff Soto,Marissa,Shepard Fairey,
Jordan,Marcella,Dustin of Anthem Magazine,RVCA,Matt Rivelli,Marcella the Tarot reader,Chris and Jo, All the artists!!!!Kashy, Dr. Romanelli, Juxtapoz,Fecal Face,Super Touch, Min, Laurie and Darryl,Pam the neighbor,Tara McKinley,Valerie Palmer,Nahid, Liz Rice,Thomas Campbell,
Pat Tenore,Spanky and Braden,Augsute,Ed and Deanna Templeton,Phil Frost,Megan Whitmarsh,Camilla and Henrik,Cleon Petreson, The Date Farmers,Barry and Clare,Kelsey Brookes, media temple,Upper Playgorund, all of our art fans and fabulous supportive collectors, and art lovers and friends everywhere!!!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Rich Jacobs is a person who changed my life many years ago. He turned me on to MOVE a group of artists he first curated about ten or so years ago. Soon after his first MOVE show he started
Friday, January 16, 2009
"I have always had a brutal sadistic perspective and for some reason my sense of humor usually ends up taking things to an uncomfortable place. I am always drawn to narratives that evoke a sinister or devious side of culture, the tragic movies where everyone dies or where the hero winds up ordinary. I think there is a truth everyone can relate to in feelings of struggle, desperation, pain and failure. The grey area between the dualistic nature of authority in our world is where these paintings live."
Cleon Peterson is an LA based artist whose chaotic and violent paintings show clashing figures symbolizing a struggle between power and submission in the fluctuating architecture of contemporary society.
Peterson's work is best described as stop motion animation meets a finely rendered renaissance cartoon. The subject matter is intense, a slow motion brawl where no one wins or loses: it just goes on and on like a bad marriage. The work brings to mind the art of Chicago – based artist Henry Darger, Where Darger's work is marked by the mystery of a fantasy gone terribly wring, Peterson's bold intentions immediately draw the viewer in. There is no mystery or ironic twist. All the pain and suffering is up front, undisguised.
The work portrays a view of our modern world, with all of its wrongs and injustices. The movie in Peterson's mind plays out in ultra-violent scenes he captures in his paintings.
Each square wood panel adjacent to the other panels forms a larger perfect grid of different violent scenarios. The sophistication of this work is drawn from Peterson's innate knowledge of design and composition. He started as a skateboard designer after leaving his native Seattle for San Diego where he worked for Toy Machine and BLK/MRKT (Shepard Fairey and Kinsey's design company). The works seems to reflect German expressionism while capturing the overlapping imagery of The Italian Renaissance painter Paolo Uccello and the complicated figuration of the mid evil artist Bruegel's sick caricatures.
Cleon's paintings are monochromatic while channeling at the same time the fashion sensibility of the early 80's, complete with skinny ties and day glow colors.
Cleon received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit, MI and a BFA in Graphic Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Past exhibitions include: "Trailblazers", Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, Australia, "Park Life", Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, Art Basel 2007 and "Mail Order Monsters" at Deitch Projects New York, NY, "Those Damn Yanks", The Leonard Street Gallery, London, UK.
He has been featured in LA Record Magazine as well as Juxtapoz.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
We have known NO AGE before they were NO Age.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Here is more info about the Anniversary Show:
15 Years of New Image Art
Sat. Jan. 24th, 7 - 11pm
7910 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048
The past decade and half of New Image Art has been a wild ride! It has been the greatest honor to be able to work with and know many of our artists and gallery supporters. All the unknowns, underdogs, avant-gurardians, newbies, bad-asses, and geniuses; all of them a part of the very fabric that makes up New Image Art.
The 15 year anniversary party will serve as a retrospective show – a show of shows if you will. Many of our artists over the past 15 years have been asked to contribute in memorializing this event by representing what it is they do best. We are striving to communicate the essence of New Image Art = ultimate creativity, this is everyone’s party!!
We will be showing videos and slide presentations and inviting our favorite past musical guests for live performances, dancing, and an all around good time.
“New Image Art is a freaky-magical place. I walked in the door over nine years ago and immediately knew that whoever ran the show had a microscope aimed at my brain, because the walls were covered with even wilder versions of my dreams. The artists whose work I’ve come to know through New Image are some of the only voices I trust. I see them everywhere I go now, but I saw them at New Image first. You want a reason to love Los Angeles? It’s right here.”
– Dave White, author of Exile in Guyville
Marsea Goldberg, founder and director of LA’s New Image Art, started the gallery in 1994 in her 10x10 design studio. Since then, the gallery has grown to attract a global cult following, grabbing the interest of art lovers and collectors worldwide. Renowned for her discriminating eye and solid curatorial skills, New Image Art Gallery continues to show the works of established and emerging artists coming out of the street, skate, fine art, and surf scenes. Over the years, the gallery has launched or mobilized the careers of Shepard Fairey, Ed Templeton, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson, Rich Jacobs, Rebecca Westcott, Neckface, Cleon Peterson, Megan Whitmarsh, Faile, Tauba Auerbach, Matt Leines, the Date Farmers, and Bäst just to name a few.
The gallery has been featured in virtually dozens upon dozens of magazines and newspapers internationally.
The Uncomfortable Jams
Rich Jacobs and Move
Various and Gold
Dolphin Force + other musical guests to be announced
Dj Alf Alpha
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Here is the million dollar question---
How did our very own amazing Megan Whitmarsh
end up being blogged about by Kanye West??? We know Kanye is into art -- after all he collaborated on Takashi Murakami's animation and performed at his MOCA opening last year but how did he find Megan's art??? Let's hope he shows up at her opening next month and gets some of her Blingy Bling sculptures.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Cleon's been working hard designing variations of our anniversary card for us on this show. Here's the latest version using a photo Marsea snapped last weekend in the desert. It's going to be a killer event so mark your calendars! We are working on tee shirts and a poster also.
Also working on a musical line up.
OOOOPSEEEE!!!! We forgot a few names that we will be adding to the card. Luckily
it has not gone to print yet. Here are the names we left off that will be in the show
Thomas Campbell, Bast, Antonio Diaz, Sean Cassidy
We are very excited to be showing Cleon Peterson's work this month. It is his first solo show.
I met Cleon while he was working for Shepard Fairey when Shepard was living and working in San Diego. Shepard had his first LA show here around ten years ago. Cleon was one of the artists featured in the Art of BLK MRKT along with Misha (Perks) in the other gallery room at that time.
Perks will be showing with Mini as the duo PAM. They are currently living back in their native Australia. This show will be running alongside our 15 Year Anniversary Show which will be in the brand new space next door.
A really cool person from the mid- west just called the gallery and wants books and product at the party so we are listening to him and getting it together to have some tee shirts and posters
commemorating this huge event! The Book is in the works but that and our new web sight seem to be dragging on forever!!! Actually the book is getting there!