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Glitz And Pixie Stix- Art Benefit For The Center For The Arts Eagle Rock

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Pop over to Leanna Lin’s Wonderland at 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd. on July 27th from 6-10pm.  On the main gallery wall Leanna Lin’s Wonderland + Rooney Hardwick present Glitz & Pixie Stix “sugar plum dumpling rainbow faces with freckles on top”. 18 artists will be exhibiting whimsical paintings, mixed media art and plush, along with Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (CFAER) student “Clay Jammers” ceramics art! A portion of the art sales will be donated to the CFAER “Imagine Studio”, which is an after school enrichment program bringing arts back into the LAUSD. They currently serve 11 elementary and middle schools in the Northeast Los Angeles.

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Timothy Callaghan

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Really great paintings that play with the concept of objecthood, representation and creating spatial layers and depth within a flattened field.

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Digital Death Metal

Jimmy Joe Roche recently sent me an email with the subject line: A BAT SHIT VIDEO 4 U. Naturally, I opened it up and watched. The best I can describe JJR’s menacing just over a minute long video as, is some kind of hallucinatory digital death metal head-bang mind-bang freak out. It’s like he overloaded on pixel-pushing and is in the throes of some kind of ethernet-ether-ecstasy. Crazy. Check out some of his other vids too- wolves, Peruvian embroidery, gradients, more seizure-inducing psychedelia. Also, in this video is he wearing a fake beard?

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Aaron Noble & Greg Lamarche @ Guerrero Gallery

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Tomorrow night Guerrero Gallery opens their 7th show with a solo presentation of long time BD favorite Aaron Noble, and a project space offering from  tinkerer of texts, Greg Lamarche. More images and proper info below.

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GEORGES HUGNET: THE LOVE LIFE OF THE SPUMIFERS

Ubu Gallery is pleased to present GEORGES HUGNET: THE LOVE LIFE OF THE SPUMIFERS, an exhibition of hand-painted photographic postcards by the eminent Surrealist artist, poet, bookbinding designer and critic. These bizarre, lusciously painted images illustrate Hugnet’s work, The Love Life of the Spumifers, where each accompanying text poetically and humorously catalogues the mating habits of a fantastical creature or Spumifer.

The Love Life of the Spumifers, or La Vie Amoureuse des Spumifères, combines Surrealist poetry’s fascination with l’amour and Dada’s tendency towards deliberate grammatical spontaneity and absurdity. Made-up words, like bowoodlingfriskadoodling and alabamaraminating, are concocted to describe the seductive strategies of his imaginary creatures. Each text is dedicated to a different creature, describing how it woos, teases, gropes and molests its intended love conquest. Each Spumifer is illustrated by a gouache “beast,” which is added to an early Twentieth Century vintage “French” photo postcard. The mellifluously painted monsters slyly slither around the bare flesh of the pictured “mademoiselle,” nibbling and tickling, arousing her sexual desire. Hugnet’s illustrations seduce the viewer, parodying the human pursuit of love and lovemaking through these adorable grotesques.

Hugnet realized the series The Love Life of the Spumifers during 1947–48 and wrote the accompanying texts in the early 1960s. The whereabouts of four of the 40 original Spumifers intended to complete the series are at present unknown. Hugnet composed only 33 texts and one of those texts accompanied a missing work. He created a number of additional Spumifers, maybe as many as 20, which were not part of the final 40 which he had intended to publish as a book. The show is on view until January 28th, 2012.

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Pantone Café, Where You Can Devour A Delicious Palette For Your Palate

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Are you always in search of the perfect color palette? Well, Pantone Café has not only given you just that, but their brilliant hues are available now on a platter. Finally, food that is worth snapping a picture of! Now, the food you eat can match your mood or even your outfit. Each serving tray, cup, napkin, slushy, and food item has been matched with its Pantone color equivalent. Even the espresso machines hold incredible, eye-catching colors that are impossible to ignore. The menu at the Pantone Café is a masterpiece in itself, with the food and beverage choices being grouped in palettes that are to die for.

This minimalistic café provides an incredibly modern, aesthetically pleasing atmosphere down to the last napkin. Each colorful edible has its appropriate Pantone color name, with delicious hues such as pistachio green, canal blue, strawberry pink, and dazzling blue. Each meal contains such amazing color that it is almost too beautiful to eat. The café is a perfect little Pantone universe where color and design meets culinary beauty. This is a place where you can truly taste color and create delicious palettes for your own palate. This pop-up restaurant is located at the Grimaldi Forum and will be open only until September 9th. (via The Creators Project)

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Cesar Del Valle’s Drawings Interact with the world

Cesar Del Valle’s drawings are not just exquisitely rendered but also interact with the very surface they are drawn upon. Rather than simply drawing the objects and places that the figures interact with Cesar creates unique situations where a figure might be holding up a crumpling part of the paper, jumping over an actual hole in the paper, or walking a tightrope that is constructed out of a pencil stuck through the paper. By creating these interactions Cesar not only wows the viewer with his ability to think outside the box begs the question did the drawing or the paper come first? More of Cesar’s interactions with the surface after the jump. (via illusion)

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El Gato Chimney’s Pagan Fairy Tale World

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Milan-born artist El Gato Chimney combines illustration, painting, and street art in a blend of whimsy and surrealism. In his bio, he lists his studies as: “alchemy, ancient and modern art, magic, mirabilia, occultism, popular folklore, primitive art and spiritualism.” Though it might seem like too broad a net, all these influences can indeed be seen in his work.
 
His illustration is dualistic: brightly colored, they look like pages from some charming, nonsense tale meant for children. Simultaneously, there’s something darker simmering underneath, like the fairy tales of old where women danced in burning shoes and decapitation was nothing more unusual than a particularly large yawn. Occult symbols are sprinkled throughout, and figures are occasionally found in ritualistic poses, like small animals mid-pagan festival. 
 
El Gato Chimney’s bio ruminates on this undertow: “When in front of these works it is impossible not to wonder what hides in the woods, where that road will lead up to, why these beings trust in such a blind way this primitive religion, partly attributable to preexisting cults, partly made up.”
 
For those in Madrid, Spain, El Gato Chimney’s show, “Metapsychic Paths,” can be seen at Combustion Espontanea Art Gallery until November 1st. (via Hi-Fructose)

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