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Unlocking The Truth

A short film about me, “Obey The Artist“, by Ondi Timoner, two time Sundance winner for her documentaries “Dig!” and “We Live In Public”, just premiered at SXSW. I think Ondi did an amazing job on the 15 minute piece on me, which is part of her A TOTAL DISRUPTION project. As a perk of going to the premier, I was able to see some other fun films that were part of the program. There was a fantastic film about artist Kehinde Wiley, an igneous film called Best Sound about making music from the sound of a guy getting drunk, throwing up, and washing the shirt he wipes up his puke with. There was a great piece about the record label DFA, who have put out records by The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem. My favorite doc, because of its subjects, was about a heavy metal band called Unlocking The Truth, comprised of 12 year old black kids from Brooklyn. These kids rock and have such a passion for what they are doing. They are multi-disciplinary shredders because they skateboard too. I think I’m gonna watch them open for Motorhead the 2nd week of April. Check them out!

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Jello Biafra

The Dead Kennedys album “Plastic Surgery Disasters” was one of the first punk albums I bought back in 1984. I loved the music and lyrics from the album, especially the song “Bleed For Me” which skewered Ronnie Reagan’s foreign policy and human rights record.I bought all of the Dead Kennedys albums that were out up to that point and they were a big part of my evolution toward questioning authority and corporate greed. “Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables” is a classic. I have been able to work with Jello Biafra,  the singer and brilliant  lyricist of The Dead Kennedys, on a few projects over the years, and when he asked me to design a portrait skateboard of him for Powell-Peralta I knew I’d ask Glen E Friedman if I could work from one of his photos. Glen liked the way the skateboard turned out enough to suggest we do a screen print. Jello agreed and all three of us signed it. I think this is a pretty special collaboration considering how influential Jello and Glen have been in my life. Oh, Winston Smith deserves a shout out, because he created the Dead Kennedys logo and the Alternative Tentacles logo which are included in the collage.

By the way, Jello Biafra and his band The Guantanamo School of Medicine will be playing live at the Roxy in West Hollywood on April 6. I’ll be there and you should be too. It’s gonna rock.


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Opening Reception this Saturday for APEX


Opening Reception: Saturday, March 8 • 8-11 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 8 – April 5, 2014

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is proud to present an exhibition of new work by San Francisco based street artist Apex (aka Ricardo Richey). The works in Warp & Weft are a fresh twist on his 2011 Indigo series, which was originally inspired by Apex’s personal love for jeans and his desire to use denim as a fine art surface in a way that incorporated his street art roots.

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This Paradise Turns print was inspired by some old photos I saw of oil derricks down on the beach at Playa Del Rey and Long Beach. There are still oil drilling platforms visible from the beach in Santa Barbara. Beyond just the environmental hazards of oil spills and climate change, the idea of trouble in paradise is also about our lack of foresight in transitioning away from oil, which is finite, to energy sources which are renewable. The tide will turn, and the question is whether we will be technically equipped to adapt, or will the things oil provides, that we take for granted, halt catastrophically?  A few of my prints recently have dealt with oil and gas, so if you missed them and want to read further explanation, check it out.

Oil & Gas Building Print
Endless Power Print 

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Shepard @ Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Arrested Motion posted a great preview for my upcoming exhibition at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.  The show is titled The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns and it opens May 22.  I am honored and excited to show alongside Jasper Johns.  Check out the article

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Bob Casale funding

DEVO have been one of my favorite bands for many years. I think they are one of the smartest, most creative, and subversive bands ever. I have been fortunate enough to see many DEVO shows and to befriend Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale,  the band’s founding members. Recently Bob Casale of DEVO, Gerald’s brother, died unexpectedly. He leaves behind medical expenses and a family unprepared for the loss or costs. The pleasure and creative inspiration DEVO has provided for me and many others can’t be given a dollar value. Please help to support Bob’s family by making a donation. http://www.gofundme.com/Bob-Casale-Donations
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Oil & Gas Building

Industrial power has been a point of pride in America since the early 20th century, and many  impressively iconic, if monolithic,  architectural landmarks have been erected as symbols of industrial dominance.  The Chrysler building, the General Electric building, and the Sears Tower come to mind. Dominant industrial forces may build great monuments to their success, but those physical manifestations of their power and ego often correlate to the dangerously disproportionate influence they have on politics and policy. This Oil & Gas print is about the volatility of giving an industry with too much power the ability to manipulate politics in its favor despite the dangers to the environment and climate change. The situation is going to blow up in our faces metaphorically, and already has for too many people literally as well(remember the BP explosion and spill?). A lot of people freaked out that the Obama administration lost taxpayers about 600 million  by investing in Solyndra, a solar panel company developing a new technology, which went bankrupt. However, few people seem upset that the U.S, govt. gives approximately 25 billion in tax breaks and subsidies to the highly profitable oil and gas industries. The Solyndra investment did not work out, but the need to fund new, renewable technologies, should be obvious when the rapidly depleting oil and gas sources become more difficult and dangerous to extract every passing day. The only reason the govt. subsidies are so disproportionate is because of the massive power the dying oil and gas industry still has.

The Oil & Gas industry, which includes multinational and independent oil and gas producers and refiners, natural gas pipeline companies, gasoline service stations and fuel oil dealers, has long enjoyed a history of strong influence in Washington. Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 million to candidates and parties since the 1990 election cycle, 75 percent of which has gone to Republicans.

Though oil is finite, our reliance on it is so extreme that the power wielded by those who control oil is virtually unlimited. Oil and gas companies and the car manufacturers who profit heavily from gas powered engines used their power and influence to overturn a zero emissions law in the state of California, effectively delaying electric cars arriving on the market accessibly for ten plus years. It is dangerous for an industry to have that much power.

We need to cultivate renewable alternatives, and for the sake of the future, we need to push the govt. to support the developers of new technologies rather than subsidizing old fossil fuel models moving toward obsolescence .

Check this article on the political influence of the Oil & Gas industry.

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We just received a new order of stickers!  Many new designs to collect and stick. More details below.

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Cleon Peterson | End of Days | New Image Art

My good friend and co-worker Cleon Peterson is doing a show of his awesome dystopian paintings at New Image Art on Feb. 22. These paintings look amazing in person, so if you are in LA check it out!


22nd FEBRUARY – 22nd MARCH, 2014

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Tim Hussey: True Story

My friend since middle school, Tim Hussey will be doing a show on March 8 of his new paintings at Launch LA.  Tim and I skateboarded together and compared drawings in Charleston as teenagers and then we both attended RISD and majored in Illustration. I’ve enjoyed watching his work evolve in many great directions over the years. Tim’s new body of work is great, so check it out in person, but you can get a taste in this interview by Mark Murphy.

Opening Reception:

170 S. La Brea Ave., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA
323. 899.1363

Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm
and by appointment

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