Once again Crewest took part in this year’s Beyond Eden, a multi gallery event showcasing talent from select Los Angeles galleries. Showing for Crewest were works by the following outstanding artists Chaz Bojorquez, PaperMonster, Miguel Paredes, Man One, Victor Sepulveda, Huit, WERC, and Mefee.
On display by Chaz Bojorquez was one of his rarest prints (available only through Crewest) “Los Avenues” a limited edition serigraph, one or two printed in 1987, Los Avenues was made using a very extensive process by the artist. The paper is first prepared using ‘zolatone’ paint (a multi-colored automotive industrial paint) prior to printing the silkscreen image. Then using sandpaper to wear down the letters into the background creating an ‘asphalt’ street look. He then layed down three separate stencils and paint with spray cans, two white highlights off the cross, and a black border around the entire print.
PaperMonster had an entire wall where four of his most compelling pieces hung just waiting for art lovers to look closer and notice the layers involved in each piece. People do not realize the amount of layers and work involved in the art made by this stencil artist. Today, stencil artists are getting more and more in depth with their craft everyday and PaperMonster is a stencil artist who pushes the envelope by layering the canvas with hand cut comic book pages. He sprays his stencil with great precision and no overspray. Crewest believes he has brought the art of stenciling to a new level.
Miguel Parades, who recently had a solo show at Crewest, had four pieces on display. Art lovers are very attracted to the bright colors and subject matter of the artwork by the hard working Miguel Paredes.
Man One had several pieces on display; one in particular was his 2008 aerosol on canvas piece titled “Power Trip”. Art lovers were really taking their time looking at this piece. Power Trip was created as his direct reaction to the destruction and removal of one of the most historical moments in Los Angeles graffiti history, Meeting of Styles LA in 2007 (“MOS-LA”). MOS-LA was an event organized by Man One, Crewest and The Friends of the LA River where over 200 artists painted 10,000 square feet of aerosol murals in a two-day festive event at the Arroyo Seco in the LA River. Even though it was fully permitted by LA County, they later changed their minds and decided to fully censor the murals by buffing all of the work of over 200 of the most talented artists in Los Angeles. Showing at Beyond Eden, were works by some of the artists who participated on MOS-LA whose works are priced in the thousands by the way. These same including Mear, Chaz Bojorquez, Man One and Werc.
We waited months for the works by Mefee to arrive. We were overly excited to release long awaited works by Mefee at Beyond Eden.
Dedicated and from over seas, Huit had one solid piece on display which showed his own futuristic, high tech vision of a modern city.
Victor Sepulveda whose work has extended beyond the constraints of the automobile exterior into the fine art world with his beautifully rendered drawings and paintings of Mexican Revolutionary figures had several collaboration pieces with Man One on display during Beyond Eden.
WERC had a few pieces which give without asking for a return and become a challenge for the viewer's set beliefs.
Collectively, all our artists selected for Beyond Eden impressed many and represented well to the over 3000 attendees.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the pieces above, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit our artist section on Crewest.com to view additional works. Click here.
“The Sharpie Show II” is an exhibit featuring unique works of art from all over the world, created solely by practitioners of the famed marker. These artists have decided to uncap their creativity using nothing but a Sharpie!
Check out this slide show of pics from last year's show:
Click Here view last year's very successful Sharpie Show for those who missed it.
Please read below for submission guidelines:
-Email samples of your artwork and/or website for consideration to: email@example.com
-No more than 3 pieces per artist will be accepted.
-All pieces entered shall not exceed 36" in any direction (all entries combined)
-Artwork must be created with at least 60% Sharpie product, 100% preferred
(any color , size, + marker style accepted)
-No unframed works on paper will be accepted.
-Art must be ready to hang. If necessary, please properly frame the work in a manner which can easily be hung and protects the piece from damage.
-Artist responsible for ALL shipping costs to and from gallery, no exceptions.
-Retail prices shall be within reason.
-Sales commission 50/50 split (between artist/gallery) on sold artwork.
-Open to artists 18+ years of age.
*Submission does not guarantee inclusion to the show. Final decision is up to the curator and gallery director Man One.
Please see below for important dates and deadlines:
Artwork must be received by: Sunday, November 28, 2010
Opening Reception: December 4, 2010 from 6-9pm
Downtown Artwalk: December, 9, 2010 from 6-9pm
Show closes: Sunday, January 2, 2011
To submit, please email us at:
110 Winston St.
Los Angeles, CA
(No phone calls please.)
We are so very proud to feature Mason Brown during the month of October. Mason Brown is an insanely brilliant graphic artist and filmmaker who seriously gets down with cardboard in a way unimaginable. As founder of Cardboard Robot, a company which makes top of the line cardboard furniture, Brown moved on further and has now brought his newest invention Clocky.
We were lucky enough to catch an inside look at this insane artists home to realize not only does he make Clocky but he lives in a world of Clocky. He is consumed by his creative vision and continues everyday to perfect the Clocky.
Now on display in the featured artist room, Mason Brown has created an installation which is a slice of the world of Clocky. His cardboard creations have taken over. Check it out:
Clocky pieces and merchandise are available online and can be viewed on our available artwork section of the Crewest site by clicking here.
The origins of Clocky...
A fortune telling machine cloaked under the
guise of a temporal device,
Clocky is assumed to behold infinite wisdom
and can predict future events.
Ask Clocky a question, roll the icosahedra die provided, turn
the pentagram dial the number
of times determined by the die and the position of
Clocky's wings will dictate your answer.
Powered by the unknown, Clocky is
marked by emblematic symbols
including - but not limited to: owls, stars, checkers,
moons, and the all seeing eye
that eternally sits and watches over us all.
Available in limited addition,
you too can possess the key to unlocking the future.
Do You Know What Time It Is?
About the Clock Builder...
Mason Brown is a graphic artist and
filmmaker who resides
in Long Beach, California.
In 1998, Brown founded
Cardboard Robot as an extension
of various multi-media projects
developed by the artist. Resulting from exhaustive
research into the realm of religious
mysticism and secret societies,
Clocky is the invention of Mason Brown -
Founder and Creative
Director of Cardboard Robot.
A veteran of Desert Storm, much of Brown's
work is aimed at promoting social awareness
through politically charged images. Started as an
8mm short film by the same title about
the excessive age of technology, Cardboard Robot
presents work in many disciplines including
an apparel collection and re-purposed cardboard
furniture all under the creative direction of
Now through the generous donations of many
devoted disciples of the Church of Clocky,
home of these mystical fortune telling devices,
Clocky has been realized into a limited
series of hand screen printed, signed
and numbered devices
hand assembled by the artist.
If you have questions, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 213-627-8272
New to Crewest and showing for the first time ever at the gallery, James Gillette has a piece now available titled "One Eleven".
One Eleven is a 24 x 36 acrylic & paint marker on wood piece made in 2010 and costs $900. Only available during the Faces of Skid Row Exhibition and comes with a generous perk. If purchased, the artist will donate his ENTIRE proceeds to The Midnight Mission.
"Many things are seen and experienced but never again spoken about or even mentioned and my experiences in Skid Row reflect on this. Only so much can be put into words and/or images and so much more remains unknown. This piece is a tribute to the mystery of an experience and the things that remain unsaid." - James Gillette
If interested in purchasing the above piece please contact us at the gallery or via email at email@example.com.
"When you think of homelessness, one usually thinks of adults on the streets. What about homeless kids? To me that's the most devastating affect of homelessness, the kids and families who have no where to go. In this painting I decided not to use an actual subject for the image, but rather a composite of child's images I found. I wanted to depict that emotion of hopelessness more than an actual person in this piece. My hope is that people are moved to action by this painting and this exhibition.” - Man One
The piece above is titled "Sadness" and the look within the child's eyes says it all. Sadness is 36 x 48, Aerosol on canvas, 2010 and is now available.
Purchasing inquiries can be made to info@crewest or you can call us at the gallery at 213-627-8272.
“Sometimes when a message needs to be said, art is the best way to say it.”
By Luna George
“Skid Row is virtually synonymous with poverty, violence, and homelessness but in the midst of struggle also lies genuine humanity stripped down to its core. Faces of Skid Row is a fundraiser and exhibition to bring awareness and to benefit those currently living homeless in the Skid Row area in Downtown Los Angeles” says Juxtapoz.com. On October 23, 2010 from 6 to 9 pm Crewest will host a huge fundraiser benefiting the Midnight Mission, an organization dedicated to providing Skid Row residents with shelter, housing, educational services and job placement. A $10 dollar donation will be asked at the door in which all proceeds made at the door will be generously donated to The Midnight Mission by Crewest. Those wishing to attend must RSVP their attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, 10% of all art and merchandise proceeds will also be donated to The Midnight Mission by Crewest. All are welcome to attend and participate.
By Preston Craig
“Crewest, a Los Angeles-based art gallery, bears witness to the struggles of the residents of Skid Row. Faces of Skid Row, the first exhibition presented by Curator Luna George, showcases the most appealing illustrators, sculptors, street artists, fine artists, graffiti artists and photographers inspired by the experience of being homeless in downtown Los Angeles” states Sonali of Uprising Radio in a radio interview with Luna George.
In a recent statement made by Curator Luna George, George states, “The concept of Faces of Skid Row was created because there was a heart-felt and serious need to help those living on Skid Row. Bringing together this diverse group of artists was the best way I could accomplish getting the message out to the public to help the people of Skid Row. These artists have a way of creating works that capture your eye because it’s fresh, bold and appealing to today’s eye. Sometimes when a message needs to be said, art is the best way to say it…All artists in the show were carefully selected for Faces of Skid Row due to a charismatic talent each possess within their specific genre. Each artist has been carefully observed over the years and the curator knew this show would be perfect for them to express and display their charismatic works for the public to enjoy and to appeal to all senses.”
By Eriberto Oriol
Creating possibility in someone that moves them to action where that possibility did not exist before is the underlying purpose of Faces of Skid Row. At this time, the exhibition itself has caught the attention of local university students who have become inspired to participate in helping those living on Skid Row. The exhibition and curator hope to further its efforts and inspire others to join in on October 23, 2010 at Crewest.
Bob Motown, Branded, Dash, Dave Kawano, Enik, Eriberto Oriol, Estevan Oriol, Euth, Ezra, Graham Walzer, Gregg Stone, James Gillette, Juan Balandran, Lalo Alcaraz, Man One, Michael Pizarro, Mike Street, Oscar Magallanes, Philip Lumbang, Preston Craig, Shing Yin Khor, Smear, Thomas the Messenger, Two Rabbits, Mas, Ruthie Pie, Mason Brown
Crewest is located at 110 Winston St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 and can reached at 213-627-8272 or via email at email@example.com. Their website is at: www.crewest.com.
Fundraiser Night is sponsored by: Jarritos, Roaring Lion Energy Drink, Urth Caffe, Earth Café and Big Man Bakes.
Media Contact: Luna George
By Thomas the Messenger
Creating possibility in someone that moves them to action where that possibility did not exist before, is the "Power of Art" we are experiencing.
On behalf of Crewest and Curator Luna George you are cordially invited to experience the "Power of Art" a fundraising event in conjunction wuth the currently runnin exhibition "Faces of Skid Row" benefiting The Midnight Mission and those who are currently living on Skid Row:
Date of Event:
Saturday, October 23, 2010
6 - 9 pm
110 Winston St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
With live painting by Sergio Rodriguez and live music by DJ Phyz Ed
Bob Motown, Branded, Dash, Dave Kawano, Enik, Eriberto Oriol, Estevan Oriol, Euth, Ezra, Graham Walzer, Gregg Stone, James Gillette, Juan Balandran, Lalo Alcaraz, Man One, Michael Pizarro, Mike Street, Oscar Magallanes, Philip Lumbang, Preston Craig, Shing Yin Khor, Smear, Thomas the Messenger, Two Rabbits, Mas, Ruthie Pie and Featured artist Mason Brown
Delightful treats for the evening:
Complimentary delicious cupcakes donated by:
Big Man Bakes
Complimentary Tasty Vegan Cheesecakes donated by:
Refreshments provide by:
Jarritos and Roaring Lion Energy Drink
We are asking for a $10 donation at the door.
100% of door donations and 10% of all art and merchandise sales will all go to The MidnightMission on this night.
We leave you with the following, click to read entire story and see you on Saturday:
"New Art Exhibit Shows 'Faces of Skid Row" - Uprising Radio
"Skid Row is virtually synonymous with poverty, violence, and homelessness but in the midst of struggle also lies genuine humanity stripped down to its core" - Juxtapoz.com
"New exhibit showcases life on Skid Row" - USC Daily Trojan
Click here to view available works online
Artwork inquiries can be directed to email@example.com.
Our good friend and talented artist/photographer, Eriberto Oriol, has recently launched a new website to promote his photos of LA culture and namely graffiti over the years.
Check out the website where you can also purchase high quality giclees and prints of his work.
Oscar Magallanes has shown at Crewest on numerous occasions and was even our featured artist for last year’s Top of the Dome. Now, Oscar Magallanes currently has on display another one of his signature style pieces “Veterano” during our Faces of Skid Row Exhibition.
Veterano is a representation of the beliefs of the artist and is mixed media on wood.
The artist’s statement of beliefs are as follows:
“I believe we need to identify that which is harmful to our community and our environments and we must actively work towards positive change. I also believe that we as a community need to educate ourselves in our history in order to provide a strong basis as to who we are as people of our descent and help celebrate our cultures and the struggles that we, and those before us have persevered. I am an artist, and it is with these beliefs that I create my art."
If interested in purchasing this piece (or other works from "Faces of Skid Row") go to our Available Works Section (click here)
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were truly lucky to have Mike the Poet, a spoken word artist and performer, come out at the Opening of Faces of Skid Row on October 2, 2010. His performance had energy and his words were powerful. The truth was spoken.
We would like to share the following piece by Mike the Poet "Skid Row" which was exclusively written for the his "Faces of Skid Row" opening night performance:
By Mike the Poet
Skid Row intersects
With the Toy District
But don’t get it twisted
It’s no place for kids.
Skid Row shrinks & grows
When the sun sets.
The industrial back streets
Of Skid Row by day
Do brisk business.
Hong Kong Wholesale,
Apparel, Textile Warehouses,
Fabric stores & Fish Markets.
When commerce closes down
go the metal garage doors
And out come the homeless.
By day they can be found in
Basketball courts, porta-potties,
Brick buildings & back alleys.
The Midnight Mission &
League of Women
are a small safety net.
Still not nearly enough beds,
Are used instead;
Spread over 10 square blocks.
Lighters flicker on & off,
Some are here on purpose,
Some on accident &
Some were left.
All of them are
One eye open,
Trash cans on fire,
Packs of tents,
The brave ones sleep alone.
It’s a short distance between
Heaven & hell
Along the Nickel.
Los Angeles Street
Is the Berlin Wall --
A liminal thoroughfare
East of Luxury Loft Land.
Steps away from
A few blocks away
From Pussy & Pooch.
Ice Skating in Pershing Square,
The Oscars at the Biltmore,
In the Historic Core are next door
To Skid Row watering holes.
This has happened before
On the Lower Eastside &
San Francisco’s Mission District.
Redevelopment or Gentrification.
How do we reconcile
these merging worlds?
If we had the answers
Would Skid Row still be here?
Would they sleep somewhere else?
Would they sleep in the River?
To those stressed about the homeless,
What do you suggest?
People aren’t garbage,
They can’t be swept
In the recycling bin.
Furthermore the homeless
Were here before the lofts,
They were here before
The Art Walk.
They are a product of
Trickle Down Economics,
A product of the free market.
Emerson spoke of the Over-SouL
Today’s man is much more cold,
We are the richest country in the world,
But you’d never know on Skid Row..
Skid Row intersects
With the Toy District
But don’t get it twisted
It’s no place for kids.
Please visit Mike the Poet at: http://www.myspace.com/mikethepoet
Faces of Skid Row Exhibition will be on view through October 31st. Come on by! Don't miss out on our fundraiser night on October 23, 2010 from 6-9 pm.
For more info, email us at email@example.com
In Theaters Oct. 8TH, 2010
Painting by Unification Theory music by Phyz Ed. In the house was actor Denzel Whitaker.
It was a good time for all those who attended. Free tees and giveaways, lots of media interviews and great art + music.
We look forward to doing more with Universal Pictures.
Available Artwork Online:
All works from this show are available for purchase online at: Crewest:Available Works Section.
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Fundraiser Night OCT.23:
Fundraiser night is scheduled to happen on October 23rd.
We will be asking for a $10 donation at the door in which all proceeds will go to The Midnight Mission. Please assist in promoting this event.