I am currently in three different shows thanks to some amazing artists! Anyone who has ever referenced me in any work has honored me and the honor is even greater when it comes from friends who are enormously talented in my eyes.
“Rescue Me” is a show curated by the enormously talented and wickedly beautiful Cody Raiza, promoting pet adoption in the area. A portion of the proceeds from art sales will go directly towards saving the life of a shelter pet(s). To see the full catalog of all available artwork, please go to Art With an Agenda.
Rothicka (aka Kelly Castillo) had previously used a pose I did for Dr. Sketchy’s Anaheim Chapter for a Lisa Frank inspired piece, but this time, a pose from the Paper Dolls takeover of Dr. Sketchy’s Anaheim happened to work out for another piece.
“You Don’t Choose the Pug Life” by Rothicka
I may be more of a cat person, but this is undeniably awesome.
A little more info on the wonderful Kelly Castillo, she is the owner of Rothick Art Haus in Downtown Anaheim and also created the female art collective Splendor Device, which I am fortunate enough to be a part of. Just throwing that out there. Extra plug. Self & group promotion. Don’t mind me.
On Friday, Sept 6th, they had their opening night during the Fullerton Art Walk, but Saturday was the Grand Opening. Not only were people there to enjoy the art and support a good cause, there was also a pet adoption occurring where some shelter animals were placed with new, loving families. In that sense, the art show had already done its part without even considering the sales, but of course, the more they can help, the better…so people with money to spare, go buy some good art!
Dave Barton of OC Weekly wrote an article about the “Rescue Me” show, which appeared in their print version. Photo stolen from Cody’s Instagram (@officialcodydanger) :
Speaking of OC Weekly, Kelly is up for OC Weekly’s Best of for Visual Artist, so if you enjoy her work, please take the time to vote for her here. Just CTRL+F and search “visual”. It should lead you right to her category.
There will be a closing reception on Saturday, September 21, 213 from 7pm-10pm. Seeing as I was unable to attend the opening, I will be checking out the artwork then and hope that those who can, will join me.
The Egan (inside the Magoski Arts Complex)
223 W. Santa Fe Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
Kozyndan are a power art duo and a couple of people I am fortunate enough to call my friends. Dan and I have shot underwater a couple of times and it is an absolute amazing experience to do something I really enjoy in an environment out of the ordinary.
Once again, they bestowed the honor of turning a shot of me captured by Dan into another one of their amazing art pieces. The photo itself was already something I really loved and was happy to have helped create, but the painting and Kozy’s painstaking detail blows me away every time.
“Succumb 1” by Kozyndan
Unfortunately, I was working the night of their opening, so all I could manage was a quick run through of the show due to the distance of the venue from my work location. It’s always worth it to support friends and viewing all their work in person is really something else.
Liz Ohanesian of LA Weekly attended the show and wrote this article on the couple that’s definitely worth a read to find out a little bit about how they work together.
End of Summer Never Ends actually does have to end and that will be on September 25, 2013, so take some time to go check out all of their amazing new work. Highly recommend you do because it is great to see artists who work well, very well, in multiple mediums. You will not be disappointed.
P.S. Their “People Underwater” 32-page, full cover zine featuring the photography of Dan, highlighting (you guessed it) people underwater is also available at the show. Or you can get it here on their online shop.
2062 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Wed-Fri : 12:00-6:00pm
Last, but certainly not least, Jason Levesque (aka Stuntkid) did a series for 3NES Show at Bottleneck Gallery http://www.bottleneckgallery.com in Brooklyn, New York. The video game based show was curated by Chogrin (who happens to be a regular artist at Q Pop shows) and focuses on three legendary Nintendo franchises: Mario, Link, and Metroid.
Jason based his work on three key women in those video game franchises and didn’t agree with the fact that they were only represented by white females. Take that white women! You don’t get to have all the fun.
“I am Samus” by Jason Levesque
Never have I looked more bad ass. Look at me Ma! I’m about to go kick some butt!
“I am Samus” has already been purchased, but “I am Zelda” featuring Skin Diamond and “I am Peach” featuring Jenny Crandall are still available. Jenny makes an appearance in Kozyndan’s show as well in another underwater painting. Sharing is caring.
Jason is someone I would consider a close friend of mine, so it always makes my icy heart melt just for a hot second to know that he deems me worthy to be an art reference for him.
Show ends Sept 22nd, so if you happen to be in the area, there is no harm in popping in to check it out. Or, if you’re too far away, like me, you can check out the entire collection of work on their website.
Brooklyn, New York 11249
Thurs – Sun: 12 – 7pm