Saturday, April 28, 2012

BBC America LOVES Scott Hove!

I just wrapped an interview with Our Food host and London Times food critic Giles Coren, who was absolutely gaga over Scott Hove's cakeland installation, My Own Private Apocalypse. The clip, which compares and contrasts the food and culture of East vs. West LA, will air later this year on Giles' new BBC America show, the title of which is yet to be confirmed.

I got Coren to admit that the east side is better (off camera, of course), but it probably didn't hurt that a couple of our patrons recognized him from his correspondent gig on The F Word. Congrats to Scott Hove and much thanks to the BBC America folks and especially Giles Coren for singling us out to represent the cool quotient on the East Side.

Scott Hove's Exhibition comes down tomorrow evening as does Joe Sorren's When the Rain Comes and the Johnette Napolitano pop-up show, Still in Hollywood. The gallery will go dark until Friday when we open the biennial Rogue Taxidermy Show (preview now posted!)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

What's One of the Ten Weirdest Places in LA? Right here, baby!

Photo by Greg Dyer
The LA Weekly just ran an article on the Top Ten Weirdest Places in the city of angels, and we made the list!

From the article:

9. Wacko/Soap Plant
This Hollywood-based shop is another trip through the mind of an eccentric Angeleno -- store proprietor Billy Shire. The assortment of unique books, bizarre sundries and limited-edition toys at Wacko/Soap Plant actually inspired an adjoining art space called La Luz de Jesus, which exhibits lowbrow and pop-surrealist art from the likes of Gary Baseman, Camille Rose Garcia and others. 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323-663-0122,
Come join the weird party tonight at Fish Fry #3 (8-11pm)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

We're high fashion -just ask ELLE!

In the latest issue of Elle Magazine, Grammy Award winning artist Norah Jones takes readers on a tour of her favorite places in Los Angeles –and we are one of them!

If you take a real close look in the right margin you'll see my photo credit (which ought to make my mom happy). I've definitely noticed a rise in couture-clad clientele of late, but that may have more to do with Billy's Thursday Night Fish Fry and Community Social concert events.

This month's Fish Fry features performances by Bob Forrest (of Thelonius Monster fame), Dylan Dray and the Diamond Back, and the Poubelle Twins in their Cabaret Slap Booth! There will also be a puppet show and other acts, with surprise guests aplenty. A previous concert highlight was an incredible collaboration between Inger Lorre and Human Drama. With Johnette Napolitano's art exhibition currently on the gallery walls, this could be a Fish Fry for all time! Just sayin'...

This is also the last week to catch the Joe Sorren and Scott Hove exhibits, so make it a point to visit La Luz de Jesus Gallery between now and Sunday night because next week the gallery will be dark as we install the biennial Rogue Taxidermy Show.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Joe Sorren progress shots and the TAX REFUND SALE!

Two weekends ago we opened two amazing exhibitions, each in their own space. In Gallery II we've got a Cakeland extravaganza from Bay Area artist Scott Hove. This is becoming something of a biennial April show. Here's some great footage of Scott on the Cooking Channel:

In the front gallery we debuted our first new Joe Sorren show in seven years! When the Rain Comes features seven new paintings (most of which have already sold), each of them museum worthy. I just received a set of work-in-progress shots from Joe, with his commentary beneath each image. The finished work, "Entwine" just happens to be available (as of this writing).

There was this one cool stage where it was all these fluid but crushed, broken hands; unfortunately no shots were taken of that stage, because, at the time, I thought it was ruined… Here is the start. On the far left you can see two figures, kinda… I just realized that the piece starts with two figures entwined, and also finishes that way. Weird.

(detail of the loose, two figures i was talking about, backs to us, looking out at the sea)

Then this:

then this, I felt like I was approaching where the painting needed to go, but …

… after taking a trip overseas with super painter, Eric White; when I got back, I couldn’t find my way back into the piece. Thus, the forest of broken-hands period of the painting, mentioned at the top. Then, after a little while of drying and some sandpaper to knock back the peaks, it shifted sideways to here:

then playing and developing…

and then... here it is finished:

Many thanks to Joe for letting me borrow this series from his excellent blog. The show will be viewable until Sunday, April 29th. We've also got some rare prints from his last exhibition at Billy Shire Fine Arts.

I just posted the new Art in the Hallway exhibition in time for our annual Tax Refund Sale. There are more pieces than are posted on the site, so get in touch with info on secondary market masterpieces from our very own Joe Sorren, Eric White, Danni Shinya Luo, Miriam Wosk, and many others. We'll be paying all the sales tax for you from today through Sunday on original art purchases, and we've issued a $50 shipping credit toward mailing pieces purchased out of state, so it's easier than ever to spend that Refund Money wisely. Call or email for info!