Now a stronghold of the New Contemporary art scene, Roq La Rue was founded by a young Kirsten Anderson (full disclosure: Kirsten Anderson is the Editor at Large at Hi-Fructose) in Seattle in 1998 when the idea struck her while working at an art supply store. Since then, the gallery has evolved from its DIY origins to a nationally-recognized art space that showcases work from artists like Josh Keyes, Travis Louie, Femke Hiemstra, Ryan Heshka, Madeline Von Foerster and many others. Kirsten Anderson is credited for proliferating the now widely-used term “Pop Surrealism” with her book Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art, published in 2004. We spoke with Kirsten about how she has seen the art world evolve in recent years, the origins of Roq La Rue, her wildlife activism and her personal art collection. Read our conversation after the jump.
In 1989, Douglas Nason purchased a Robert Williams serigraph from Greg Escalante. From this moment, a friendship blossomed and the two started Copro Nason Fine Art Publishing in 1993. After curating group shows at various venues, Copro Gallery found a permanent home in 1999 and is now a hallmark of the Los Angeles gallery scene today. Curator and gallery director Gary Pressman (whom we recently interviewed for our ongoing “Gallery Spotlight” feature) joined the team in 2002, and the gallery has continued to show important artists such as Mark Ryden, Travis Louie, David Choe, Luke Chueh, Chet Zar, Audrey Kawasaki and Dan Quintana as well as introducing fresh talent to the art world. Though Douglas Nason left the gallery in 2008, Copro Gallery has continued its mission of showcasing boundary-pushing works of art. This Saturday, August 17, Copro Gallery celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a huge group show with an extensive roster of artists. See our preview of the show after the jump!
A self-described art junkie, Andrew Hosner co-founded Thinkspace Gallery with his wife Shawn and their partner L. Croskey as a natural progression of his passion for the New Contemporary Art Scene in Los Angeles. Since its inception in 2005, Thinkspace has been one of the first galleries to give many of the artists who have graced the pages of Hi-Fructose — like Audrey Kawasaki, Stella Im Hultberg, Natalia Fabia, Kukula, Andrew Hem and more — major exhibitions that helped launch their careers. Andrew Hosner sat down with Hi-Fructose to discuss the origins of Thinkspace, his role as the gallery’s curator and his prodigious, private art collection. Read our conversation after the jump.
Culver City’s Corey Helford Gallery has a group show in the works that challenges its artists to explore a single color in a 16-inch-by-16-inch monochromatic painting. “Shades” features work from Chloe Early, Revok, Tom Bagshaw, Esao Andrews, David Stoupakis, Lola, Martin Wittfooth and other artists known for their liberal use of color. It’s often said that constraints force one to be more creative, so we’re curious to see the results of this color experiment. “Shades” opens July 27 and will be on view through August 7. Take a look at an early sneak peek of the show after the jump.
This Saturday, April 6, New York City’s Jonathan LeVine Gallery will debut two solo shows, Jim Houser‘s “Search Party” (Houser is featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 17) and Josh Agle (Shag)‘s “Thursday’s Girl.” Featuring eight new works and a site-specific installation, Houser’s “Search Party” is made up of images within images — layers of painted wood panels and found objects that connect in narratives that reflect upon the artist’s past. Read about Shag’s “Thursday’s Girl” after the jump!
Tom Thewes is an artist that currently lives and works in Detroit, Michigan. He creates highly detailed paintings and murals with spray paint. His subject matter varies from sinister creatures to depictions of super heroes or other iconic pop figures such as Evel Knievel flying through the air. As Owner and CEO he has been very involved in the ©POP Gallery. ©POP Gallery, located in Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, was one of the first art galleries in the country that was dedicated to showcasing the “lowbrow” aesthetic. The gallery has featured many top artists such as Mark Ryden, Robert Williams, Eric White, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Isabel Samaras, Shag, Shephard Fairey, Ron English, Bask, Yumiko Kawikawa, and more. See more after the jump!