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Art Radar: 7.28.11

Anthony Lister

Anthony Lister

Internationally acclaimed street artist Anthony Lister is as much a man of mystery as he is an embodiment of both talent and genius.  These are just a few good reasons why an established and well respected company like Junk Food Clothing would collaborate with the artist through their newly minted Junk Food Art House.  An innovative platform that allows for creative initiatives in film, art and fashion, Junk Food pairs artists with limited edition product capsules that are sold at premier retailers worldwide. Junk Food Art House will launch this Friday, July 29, 2011 with massive collaboration between Anthony Lister, HVW8 Art + Design Gallery and Junk Food itself.

If you’ve been bustling around the streets of Los Angeles this past week, you’ve probably noticed the “wanted” posters of lost DC Comics Super Heroes – part of a teaser campaign to prepare audiences for Friday night’s presentation.  The artwork created specifically for this event, in signature Lister style, is an exemplified battle of the ideologies between good and evil. As Lister says, it is “a metaphor to reference ancient mythological battles between heroes and villains, authority figures and survivalists, pseudo-equality and the general human condition today.”

The event will feature a series of custom murals throughout the gallery space, as well as a special large-scale painting done just for the show.  Open to the public from 8pm – 10pm, HVW8 Art + Design Gallery is located at 661 N. Spaulding Ave., Los Angeles, CA.

Girl With a White Dog by Lucian Freud

Reflection by Lucian Freud

As the art world mourns the death of curious British painter Lucian Freud, we take a minute to examine some of his most remembered pieces.  An artist whose interest in the psychological became more and more apparent with each new work, Lucien Freud had the ability to incite both wonder and unease with the stroke of a brush.  His images of the naked body, contorted and flushed, are remarkably memorable – a testament to Freud’s meticulous and somewhat sedate process – only affirming the artist’s mastery of figurative painting.

Danielle Feliciano

Luke Ellison

15 students participating in the MFA program at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) recently shared some of their current projects at the Burnet Gallery.  In partnering with the Burnet Gallery’s stART program, which offers support to new and emerging artists, MCAD encourages their MFA students to conceptualize, create and exhibit art on a professional level.  With an opening reception held last Friday, July 22nd, 2011, the show featured artists such as Daniele Feliciano, Vadim Gershman, Chungli Huang, Jack Pavlik, Luke Ellison and Kayla Plosz, just to name a few.

With the artists still in the thicket of their studies, becoming comfortable with their ideas and determining the messages they wish to relay through their work, the show ignited a sense of inspiration and growth.  Luke Ellison’s painting of a house floating amidst the skies with jagged roots reaching to the bottom of an unseen earth, proclaimed movement and abandon easily.  Danielle Feliciano presented tarot-like prints, beautifully crafted and divulging fantastical stories.  These were fueled by various characters, from a rabbit man surrounded by fox-like creatures to a belly-dancing goddess below the body of a naked boy wrapped in barbed wire.  Her ability to present images that could readily suffice descriptive words is just a sample of her artistry yet to come.

A cohesive collection of emerging artists, the Burnet Gallery assumes the difficult task of selecting individuals to participate in the “Get stARTed” show each year.  However, from the process of selecting, to creating, to planning and finally to exhibiting, it can be rightfully said that this is where some household names are discovered and futures are enhanced.


Mexico City artist “SANER” will have his first solo show at Mid-City Arts in Los Angeles, curated by Viejas Del Mercado this Friday, July 29th.  Check out the teaser video below and get riled up about the exhibit. All artwork will be FREE to the public.

Mid-City Arts / 33third L.A. is located at 5111 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019.

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One Response to “Art Radar: 7.28.11”

  1. C_Rocka C_Rocka says:

    Love the shout out to my alma mater MCAD! Love seeing MPLS mentioned in pieces, great write up of all the artists. I’m most curious about Anthony Lister and wish I could be in LA for his latest opening.


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