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I’m very happy to announce that my short film, Lola and Lexi Ditch Biology, and Never Return to the Eleanor Roosevelt School for Wayward Girls, has been selected for exhibition in Surreal Salon Six at the Baton Rouge Center for Contemporary Art!

Surreal Salon six will feature 75 works of surrealism madness to challenge the mind and test the senses from artists all across the country. The exhibition opens January 2 and runs through January 31, including a costumed soiree on Saturday, January 25th for an evening of live music and what will surely be a bizarre program of surreal party games. Fun galore! And stick around the following day for a presentation on pop surrealism and lowbrow art from exhibition juror Greg Escalante — co-founder of Juxtapoz, owner of Copro Gallery, and art collector extraordinaire.

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New to the collection!

The Music Box Song Club

So… how cool is the painting above? The artist is Femke Hiemstra, a pretty amazing painter of wondrous delight whose latest exhibit opened last week at Roq la Rue in Seattle. Regular visitors to my site will remember how excited I was to discover her work last year when I made my first acquisition of one of her fantastic paintings. And this year… it’s acquisition number two!

The Music Box Song Club is one of 11 new paintings and drawings on exhibit through May 3rd, and it will no doubt find a prominent place in my house once it makes the journey from the Pacific Northwest to Southern California in another few weeks. I absolutely love the way Femke is able to pack so much fine detail and fun into such relatively small paintings. Pretty much every piece in this show is amazing, with many painted on vintage objects such as tin boxes or frames. The Music Box Song Club is painted on a vintage book and floated in a very nice frame.

You can see photos from the opening reception on the Hi Fructose web site, and if you’re quick (before it slips off the home page) you’ll also see The Music Box Song Club nicely positioned on the main page.

Can’t wait to see the new painting for myself in person!

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“Mother” by Ana Bagayan

Just above is a brand new painting I’ve added to my collection, Mother by the super talented Ana Bagayan, which is currently on display for all to see at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City. Over the weekend I made the trek up to LA for the show’s opening reception, which also features the incredible work of Yoko Tanaka and Judith Schaechter. This is a very strong show, with the proverbial “something for everyone” (which isn’t exactly true… there’s only so much “something” that three people can produce, so satisfying “everyone” might be an art-blog exaggeration).

In any case, I liked what I saw, and decided to plunk down a little bit of cash on another painting by Ana Bagayan.

This painting, in it’s cool black oval frame, was the centerpiece of one gallery wall, flanked on either side by six small diamond shaped “baby animal portraits” — the offspring of “Mother” — which was a really cool way to tie together her central theme of mother nature.

Pretty much all of Ana’s paintings were sold, or mostly sold, or close to sold, or almost promised… anyway, all but a couple of paintings sported Red Dots of Purchase, so get on the phone and call the gallery if you want to nab that last painting (if it’s still available, that is).

Next… figuring out where I’ll hang this beautiful piece once I get it home in another month or so!

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I’m finally getting around to posting pictures of Mona and the metal men by Mark Bryan, which I brought home to San Diego last month in the back of a rented SUV. (I really need to buy a larger car….) The painting is the centerpiece of my living room, and at 42 inches high it occupies a hefty space above the TV armoire. The picture above was actually taken at night, with the painting illuminated by recessed lighting in the ceiling (much thanks to the previous owners of my house for conveniently locating gallery lighting in the living room).

Here’s a nice shot of the painting in the daylight, with an IRIS print of The Debutante by Mark Ryden to the right.

Nooooo… the painting is not flat, though it certainly looks that way in the photo. The painting (on wood) continues onto the sides — no framing required!

I like it!

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New to the Collection!

I’m falling woefully behind in keeping the “News” section of my site up-to-date, but you certainly want to hear about Marion Peck’s fine new show at Billy Shire Fine Arts, don’t you? The exhibit opened on the 14th, and I had a nice sneak peek the night before at the VIP preview.

At the top of the page is “Little Baby,” a lovely little portrait I was fortunate to purchase in advance of the sold out show. Yay! I finally have a Marion Peck painting in my collection. Yep, it was red dots all around the room, with all 20 of the new paintings claimed by enthusiastic collectors before the doors ever opened.

Above is a picture of the portrait series, each of which is encased within a resin filled convex frame to give it that oh-so vintage antique feel of formality. “Little Baby” is the first piece in the middle row.

The largest painting in the show is a massive portrait titled “Young Lord Oliver,” measuring in at 80” x 50.” The painting depicts a pasty faced young lad of some means pulling a freakish stuffed toy on a gold chain. The painting is shown below with a small group of people in the foreground to lend the painting some scale. Big? Yes?
One of my favorite paintings in the show is a much smaller piece titled “Bunny Love,” which — as you might expect — depicts bunnies doing what bunnies do. How simple! How cute! How bunny-rific!

The best thing at the show wasn’t on the walls at all. Nope, it was hidden behind a mysterious red curtain. Inside was a popcorn machine with a dutiful attendant handing out bags of fresh, buttery snacks. At the center of the room was an elevated cabinet, colorfully painted with children’s faces on the sides and a grinning face on the front. Above, the words “Look into my eyes!” invited you to lean forward and take a peek inside…

… and through the eye holes you saw the inside of an old time theater, with lighted chandeliers and people filling the seats! On screen was a cute animated film created by Mark Ryden and Marion Peck with a funny sing-song soundtrack (…and the dish ran away with the spoon!). This song was pretty much embedded into everyone’s head by the end of the night.

The exhibit will be running through May 19th, so I highly advise the drive to Culver City to take in the show.

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Left to right: Marion Peck, Mark Ryden, Gary Baseman, Long Gone John, Todd Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, Tim Biskup

This past weekend I attended the opening reception for The Treasures of Long Gone John exhibit at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. A mere sliver of John’s art collection is on display in a jam packed gallery space, which also includes a nice sampling of the objets de desir he has come to collect through the years. Quite a few artists were in attendance, as you can see above standing in front of the massive 6’ x 8’ masterpiece by Todd Schorr.

Also on display was the first public viewing of Pictures of the Gone World, the 20 minute short I’m executive producing that will be included on the DVD release of The Treasures of Long Gone John. The film was running on a loop within the gallery as an installation and gives a sweeping, fly-through view of the collections throughout John’s house. Very, very cool, and it was exciting to get my first glimpse at the fresh footage.

I snapped pictures here and there, so who am I not to share?

A portion of the front window containing various dolls, anime characters and several “Sympathy” paintings. The one at the top, in the back, is the Rob Clayton painting that appears on the Sympathy For The Record Industry home page.

A row of S-Y-M-P-A-T-H-Y Keane dolls from the front window.

 The giant Jeep statue that usually lives in John’s living room. On the wall are paintings by Camille Rose Garcia, a Ghost World drawing from Daniel Clowes, and a nice little sketch from Nara, which was quite cool.

“Snow White” by Mark Ryden consumed most of the back wall, with a glass cabinet filled with vintage dolls just below.  There were also bronze castings of the various figures produced by Necessaries Toy Foundation appearing here and there throughout the room. Four Camille Rose Garcia figures stand atop the glass cabinet. On the walls you see paintings from Donald Roller Wilson, Shag, the Clayton Brothers, Lori Early, and the corner of a pretty darn big Robert Williams piece.

This small wall features more amazing art work. At the top is a wonderful piece from Marion Peck, with another Peck painting on the right side of the shot. The bottom left features a stunning Sas Christian piece, and tucked away in the lower right hand corner is an Andy Warhol. If you get a chance to see the Treasures documentary you’ll discover that the Warhol normally hangs in John’s “cat bathroom.” If you’re going to have pets, they should be cultured too!

Every owner of an independent record label should have a trio of psychedelic composers, wouldn’t you agree?

A peek into the glass cabinet of dolls….

One last picture of the Todd Schorr piece, this time with an admirer (Inger Lorre, by the way) in the foreground.

The exhibit will be running through March 18th, so I encourage everyone to attend!

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Mona and the metal men Mark Bryan, 2006 44” x 24”

Happy New Year everyone!

I’ve taken the past couple of weeks off from updating my site, but there’s never any rest for my various creative efforts.  Why, that would simply be dull! During my time away from the web I’ve continued to explore various writing, photo and art endeavors, which I’ll be bringing to my site in due time. The first bit of news to share is the acquisition of a fantastic new painting, as seen above, Mona and the metal man, by Mark Bryan, which will be on display at Carlotta’s Passion in Eagle Rock between February 24 and April 1, 2007. Mark’s work is featured in the latest issue of Juxtapoz, which includes an insightful interview and images of several Mark Bryan paintings — including Mona covering a full page. Though I’d seen bits and pieces of Mark’s work at various group shows, I had no idea of the depth or scope of his efforts until reading the article and visiting his web site. A visit to the site is highly recommended!

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