Thursday, February 9, 2012

Neighborhood Fame

The latest issue of the Los Feliz Ledger includes an interview with Soap Plant / WACKO / La Luz de Jesus Gallery owner Billy Shire. Local reporters came here in November on the occasion of the 25th anniversary exhibition and remarked about the 40 year history of the shop that houses the most important pop contemporary gallery in Los Angeles (if not the world). Following our coverage on TMZ, MNET, and most recently The Layover, it's been a hotbed of local and international coverage. It's also great to see Billy's contribution to pop culture recognized and appreciated by the people right here in our own neighborhood.

Just in time for Valentine's Day (or rather precisely on Valentine's Day) we'll be hosting the release party for Danni Shinya Luo's first mass market hardcover art volume: Soft Candy. The first 100 pre-orders will get a signed bookplate featuring all new artwork, commemorating the event. The signing will also launch an exhibition of the pin-ups featured in the book, and those drawings are all available for purchase right now. Lucky collectors have been snatching up very affordable published artwork for between $140 and $250. This may be your last chance to own an original piece of artwork before her prices reach the next level. I booked her first show here, and I'm both proud and excited to see her career taking off in a big way. Congrats, Shinya!
Soft Candy book launch and exhibition:
Tuesday, February 14th 7-10 PM.

Well unless you've been under a rock, you've seen our good friend David Choe all over the news lately. Seven years ago, Choe was hired to paint murals throughout the Facebook offices in exchange for stock options. Those stocks have just been valued at more than $200Million, and as a result David has been hounded by media worldwide as interest in his art skyrockets. Well it just so happens that we have two David Choe original drawings for sale. They were commissioned for publication in a fanzine called Gristle Magazine back in 2000, which was published by our very own Sean Stepanoff. The drawings are classic Choe; graphite, ink & watercolor on moleskin paper, measuring 11" x 17" and currently available for $3,000 each.

Call me (Matt) at the gallery to purchase, pre-order or for more info about these or other gallery events: (323) 666-7667.

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