mat gleason's (a.k.a.coagula) curator statement:
"we're in the sixth year of an evangelical machine running the political apparatus of our country.
the thomas kinkade phenomenon is indicative of the wider aspirations of this operation. our cultural life is under attack. art is being dumbed-down into pablum and packaged as a marketable, inoffensive alternative to anything that might inspire or challenge the imagination. and the apparent success of this 'product' stands as false testament against the legitimacy of any mode of personal expression that veers toward the experimental or the liberating. the mask of the pleasant aesthetic experience hides the vicious scorn toward nonconformity that the establishment holds for any one of us at any time for any reason.
we're under attack and we must find ways of fighting back without succumbing to the petty bickering that pretends to be dialogue. art has a vast vocabulary beyond the tactics of terminology - which is precisely why it is such a threat to all sides of the establishment and is so consistently the focal target of the imperious.
this show is - in general - a political statement against anyone who seeks to smother personal expression while it also is - specifically - my 'fuck-you' to the mustachioed monster who has become the michelangelo of the masses in these tense times. these frames were designed to adorn and protect the emblems of an empty empire. it has been a great personal pleasure to assist in smuggling them into the hands and imaginations of a dozen great artists."
artwork by jason eoff
winter capped boy
it must've been 100º in the gallery that night...ah, L.A....it's all about 'the look'
'painting of flight'
found objects (and hacked to bits kinkade frame!!) on wood
while making the piece above, i considered showing the frame in all its hideous glory, but upon flipping it to its backside (which happened to be a more realistically beautiful view for me anyway), i noticed a tiny brass emblem that said, 'thomas kinkade, painter of light.' weeeeeell, i was off to the races with that little gem and knew exactly where this piece was headed..
artwork by carol es
(the 'other girl' i hit on that night..)
what can i say...carol's my hero. i love this piece. it's beautifully disturbing, on so many good levels. her approach to this challenge was truly singular..
detail from iva hladis' piece
(definitely one of the more satirical jabs in the show)
from there, we set off to explore other areas within the brewery...it's truly a playground for adults!
not sure whether kimberly or i took this..just another interesting stairwell
kimberly, myself and ian...more pokey, pokey
scene from via cafe, our new favorite eatery in chinatown
kimberly...waiting for din din to arrive
and thanks to chuck for being the hand held picture taker king of the WORLD!