UPDATE: Print orders will start shipping on Wednesday Jan 16th.
The “Sedation Pill” print is inspired by the title of my favorite Public Enemy album “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”. I think the biggest problem in America is the indifference and complacency about important issues that results from much of the population being perpetually hypnotized by conspicuous consumption, social media, entertainment, and self-medication. Using sedation and escapism for relief from the rat race might make us less aware (blissfully ignorant) but also less empowered to improve our role within the rat race… a vicious cycle of cause and effect.
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SOUND & VISION was my first solo show in London in five years, so I felt a lot of pressure to make round 2 with the Stolenspace Gallery a strong showing. I displayed over 200 pieces of art across two spaces, including a record store install with 1,000 of my own records, as well as doing three large outdoor painted murals. In addition, I asked my friend, frequent collaborator, and favorite DJ, Z-TRIP to create the soundtrack for the show,and also perform at the opening to really bring the sound to SOUND & VISION. Photographer and videographer extraordinaire Jon Furlong documented the trip and we have a series of video shorts from the trip with supplementary interviews with me. As you can see in the video, I’m indebted to the posse of Dan Flores, Z Bomit, Jason Filipow, and Jon Furlong for working long hours to help everything come together. Check it out!
MTV just did a piece on my friend Justin Van Hoy who passed away recently. The spot turned out great and I was interviewed for it as well. Justin was an amazing guy, so please take a few minutes to check it out. We miss you Justin!
His book is available at amazon.com
I am joining Three Days of Love, UNIFY and Birth 2012 along with millions around world to unify common goals and dreams with folks who want to move forward.
I’ll be speaking on a panel with David DeGraw, an independent investigative journalist and the founder of the 99% Movement, with moderator, Steven Starr, producer of the documentary, FLOW: For Love of Water and founder of Revver, a video sharing website that hosts user-generated content.
When you buy the gold package for $145 you can attend a special live panel tomorrow morning with me from 10:30-11:30 AM.
Buy tickets here for the event in Los Angeles on Dec. 20, 21, and 22 http://dld.bz/bSakJ and attend the Gateway on Friday night at Agape, the Saturday gala event at Agape, the VIP reception with speakers and the Saturday night Dance After Party with Donna De Lory, Android Jones and many others.
OR watch for free at the Birth 2012 Global TV Broadcast http://dld.bz/bTJGW.
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“My very talented former coworker, Ernesto, and I collaborated on a Day of the Dead skull print a couple of years ago. Ernesto has created an ongoing series riffing off of that print design. This print, which he releases tomorrow, is the latest in the series! Check it out. ”
18×24 3 Color Screenprint, Signed and numbered edition of 100, $35 USD + Shipping
To Be released Thursday December 20th on hechoconganas.bigcartel.com
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A lot of people ask me what I think about the brouhaha around Jeffrey Deitch and LA MOCA. I think he has been treated unfairly and It puts me in an awkward position… I’ll be perceived as biased because Deitch has included me in commercial and museum projects and my design studio helps MOCA with graphic design(for very modest fees). I am biased in favor of Deitch, but not because of personal interest, but because I’m biased in favor of people who share my philosophies about art and culture. In my opinion, Pop Art eroded the perceived barriers between high and low art. Good art is good art, and something being called “high” or “low” is often based on elitism and where the art and artist reside on the ever changing curve of acceptance by cultural gatekeepers. I think Deitch tends to be ahead of the curve. It was refreshing to see this video interview with Kathy Grayson, director of The HOLE Gallery discussing Deitch. The beginning of the video is silly, but hang tight for Kathy’s commentary, I think she gets it right. Check it out.