In just a couple of days Laluzapalooza will open to the public. Now in our 27th year, this is the longest running group show in town. And rather than get comfortable, we've gotten edgier. This year we've expanded the parameters to include photographic and digital art. Whether or not we make this a habit depends largely on the quality of the work in each medium. Not surprisingly, we're getting hyped by Los Angeles Magazine (click the photo at left) and the L.A. Weekly, with more print and web mentions dropping daily.
This Friday at 8 PM, come and see the best 223 pieces by 123 odd artists from six continents.
After extending the Laluzapalooza submission deadline from December 31st to January 31st, Billy and I had to sort through over 15,000 images to select 220 or so paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages and (gasp) photographs.
Regular patrons will see a noticeable difference in the tone of the show, reflecting a shift toward labor-intensive work of all mediums. We've still got work from animators, tattooists, graphic designers and commercial illustrators, but this year we've also allowed photography and digital art. We didn't expect to change format so radically, but there were some pieces that suited our format so perfectly that we gave them a pass on the usual parameters. In fact, we're confident that there's a "WOW!" factor in this year's Laluzapalooza you won't see in any other group show.
This is, after all, a juried show opened to all artists, and with such a fierce, heightened calibre of competition, there just isn't room for everyone–whether veteran or newbie. Below is this year's Laluzapalooza roster. Congrats to you all!
Jeannie Houston Antes
Edward Robin Coronel
John de Fazio
Daniel Martin Diaz
Steve Diet Goedde
Mary Ancilla Martinez
José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros
Eric Van Straaten
Laluzapalooza 2013 opens on March
1st at 8PM.
The exhibition will run the entire month, closing on Sunday, March 31st. As soon as the images are formatted for the website, I'll add links to this page and pre-sales will be possible. Some pieces have actually sold already (!) to enthusiastic collectors monitoring the facebook accounts and blogs of their favorite artists, so if you know you want something, shoot me an email and I'll see if I can't secure that purchase for you ahead of the masses.
4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
La Luz de Jesus Gallery was established in 1986 as the brainchild of entrepreneur and art collector Billy Shire, considered largely responsible for fostering a new school of California art and prompting JUXTAPOZ Magazine to dub him "the Peggy Guggenheim of Lowbrow."
Showcasing mainly figurative, narrative paintings and unusual sculpture, the exhibitions are post-pop with content ranging from folk to outsider to religious to sexually deviant. The gallery's objective is to bring underground art and counter-culture to the masses. Past shows have been groundbreaking, launching unknown artists who have since become famous, such as Manual Ocampo, Joe Coleman, and Robert Williams. A new exhibit opens on the first Friday of each month, with an opening reception that Details Magazine calls "the biggest and best party in Los Angeles."
Gallery Director Matt Kennedy first came to work for Billy Shire in 1991, and managed the gallery until 1995. It was during his tenure at the original Melrose location of La Luz de Jesus that the Kustom Kulture movement exploded. These years are now recognized as the Golden Age of Lowbrow. Kennedy returned as Gallery Director of La Luz de Jesus in March 2009.