I first met Robbie Conal back in 2001 when B/D was just a part time hobby run out of my bedroom. He was one of the first LA artists that I met, and we immediately hit it off. Fast forward a decade, now Robbie is a great friend of mine, and a loyal Cult Of Decay supporter. He is the type of artist that gives his time, energy, and sharp wit to anyone and everyone without thinking about what they can do for him. Over the years we’ve featured Robbie on our cover (you can get a copy here), included him in shows we’ve curated, released videos about his work, and had him write an amazing article about his painting mentor and hero Leon Golub (You can get a copy of that issue here). Needless to say we back him 200%.
Robbie is having a much deserved show opening this week in LA at Country Club. If you’re a fan of what we do at Beautiful/Decay then you must go to this show to support the original King of Postering, and the ultimate Mad Man of Paint. If you’ve only seen his work on the street then this show will be a true eye opener, as all of Robbie’s posters are actually prints of paintings with hundreds of layers of rich paint. So join me, the rest of the B/D team, and help celebrate one of LA’s great artistic treasures.
Robbie Conal:The Missing Link
November 20th-December 22nd 2010
Opening Reception: November 20th 6-9pm
@ The Buck House
805 South Genesse Avenue
LA, CA 90036
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Skateistan is a beautifully shot mini documentary about skateboarding in Afghanistan. Shot against a backdrop of war and destruction it documents young skaters and the Skateistan charity that is the worlds first co-educational skateboarding school. This gives a whole new meaning to Skate And Destroy!
In their inaugural unveiling, Dethkills will display 21 pieces that have been meticulously crafted over the past year. Each piece demonstrates their intricate and unconventional uses of “wet-in-wet” washes and dry brush technique, in conjunction with latex and acrylic paints.
This collection will display a group of works entitled “The 27 Club,” featuring iconic images of musicians and artists, such as Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, who were taken well before their time. Painted in the stark contrast of black and white, these legends are given new life.
The exhibition also includes a series of smaller works that illuminate the intricacies of everyday items, like a phone booth that you pass on your daily route or a box of your grandfather’s medals in the attic; relics of a not so distant, yet highly divergent, past.
The first 100 people at the exhibit will receive a handmade one-of-a-kind Dethkills photozine, with silk-screened cover and silk-screened insert, that showcases the process and progression of each piece in the show from beginning to end.
I’ve been saving these photos for a while but i just realized that I’ll probably never be able to categorize them. So file these under “random photos amir took of weird shit.”Pictured above is the official Playas punch! Amazing that I only live 5 minutes from the fine venue that serves this up. First one to guess the location gets a sip from my pimp cup.