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Swiv Tackle Circus

What better than good friends, art, an open bar and a cool new location in Ghetto By The Sea Oceanside? Scotty, Jason, Tina, Sean and I went to Swiv Tackle Circus‘ 2nd exhibition to see new works by Lisa Solberg. Lisa’s collection is called “I Spy Yin Yang”. I didn’t get to take pictures of Lisa’s art but you can find some on her website. Hope she won’t mind me copy/pasting some of it…

Lisa Solberg about her and her work:

I believe in expressionism with a mural/street art facade. Raw, energetic, truthful and as little as possible. Refined and edited and purged until you have nothing left besides truth. Simplicity is a vehicle to expose authenticity. The pure and conscience reality in which we all strive in this mayhem world. My comfort level lives in a chaotic world, the beauty of the unknown and the absolution in a numerical equation. I am a slave to natural numbers and have shapes and colors swimming through my head…

The exhibition/party was musically driven with some sick house music spinned by DJ BlackAss.

So what is Swiv Tackle Circus? Well, let’s see how they describe themselves…

Dreams really do come true in the world of Swiv Tackle Circus! Debuting the strong yet delicate tightrope balance of a clean, well-lit gallery in one circustacular ring pulled to an uber chic, tantalizingly premium boutique in the other. Walk into a space so large, you feel you are under the big top with Ringmaster Blackass as your guide! Once a child, always a child. The future is a sophisticated palace and we are here to satisfy. Part gallery, part boutique, über Gallertique.

I love the “part gallery, part boutique, über Gallertique” concept. Swiv Tackle Circus is a place where you can enjoy good art and shop for some of your my favorite brands such as Obey.

The Gallertique is also all about philanthropy! They actively support the Keep A Breath Foundation, a nonprofit breast cancer awareness organization unlike any other. Their mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by informing young people about methods of prevention, early detection and support. Through art events, educational programs and fundraising efforts they seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well-being. Learn more about the foundation here.


Mere Inches, by Jim Houser

Tina and I went drove up to the city of demons angels this Saturday to go see Jim Houser’s exhibition at Merry K Gallery.

Artist Statement: (source: Jonathan LeVine Gallery)

Jim Houser’s paintings are the system by which he actively catalogs the images and noises which command his attention. His installations act to create a map of the contents of his head over the course of a particular period in time. His interests include: listening to the cadence of speech. science and science fiction. sickness and disease. plants and animals. sport. time travel. ghosts. the art of children. secrets. radio. codes and code breaking. words that sound beautiful and mean something terrible, words that sound horrible but mean something wonderful. codes and code breaking.

Here are some of the camera shots I took.

Jim Houser doesn’t have a website but you can see more of his work at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery.

Also read his interview by Shepard Fairey in Swindle Magazine.


Obey Street Action In NY

Check out Shepard Fairey’s blog for some pictures of its artwork spotted in NYC.


Art Random

The Zero Energy Media Wall


GreenPix – Zero Energy Media Wall – is a groundbreaking project applying sustainable and digital media technology to the curtain wall of Xicui entertainment complex in Beijing, near the site of the 2008 Olympics.

Featuring the largest color LED display worldwide and the first photovoltaic system integrated into a glass curtain wall in China, the building performs as a self-sufficient organic system, harvesting solar energy by day and using it to illuminate the screen after dark, mirroring a day’s climatic cycle.

The project was designed and implemented by Simone Giostra & Partners.


The Cans Festival

Banksy invited artists to join him in London for The Cans Festival stencil party, this time not in a building but in a tunnel. With permission, the tunnel was closed down to make way for an onslaught of color and sculptural installations.


Jim Houser’s Solo Exhibition

Jim Houser is having a solo exhibition called Mere Inches.

The show runs from runs until May 24th at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, in Los Angeles.

If you’re in LA, you have no excuse for not going!

Jim Houser