This is a short film made in my studio talking about painting and a conversation about the King. Two of my favorite subjects.
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Check out my new book. Forty small portraits of my Facebook Friends. Based on profile images
taken from my “friends” pages. A comment on how social media has subverted the word, “friend”.
Reception: March 16th 4 – 6pm
Museum Of Art and History
665 West Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster, CA 93534
These are three new pieces that were commissioned by a world renown champion extreme skier and stunt driver.The jet, “RF-18″, is seven feet long. The “Apple Cooper” is 4 feet long and the skier, “Cristal man”, is about three quarters life size.
I will have over thirty paintings in this exhibition. A survey of work over the last 10 years. Save the date and join me…….
The story ends. Seems with a little help from a certain counselor of the law who composed a well worded letter to our friends at Louis Vuitton, the mad chase to shut down the creative process has come to a close. The “fair use” doctrine has swayed the kind folks at LV to see the light. They pursue the issue no further and I am once again free to “hang” and sell my “jets” at will. I guess they realized that their F-18 sales were not in jeopardy! Until next time!
It is a classic tale as art continues to imitate life and so on. About a year ago I created a couple of sculptures in a series I am calling my “Corporate jets”. Well fast forward to a few weeks back to the showroom where the jets were displayed, (I won’t say where. Just that they were in a great and very visible location in LA). The “jets” in question were covered in the Louis Vuitton logos in a very tongue in cheek way. They were as you can see, a parody about luxury brands and how they are used. Well the good folks at LV decided that they were very unhappy, (I guess sales of Louis Vuitton F-18 fighters has really dropped off)! Short story, they sent a threatening letter to the LA showroom demanding that they be taken down and in fact they wanted to confiscate them. Which leads all of us to questions of appropriation in the name of art. When it is OK and when does it cross the line? Artists have wrestled with this for years and some are still being questioned about it. Now it seems including myself. In researching this topic I have found some interesting facts under what is called the “Fair use doctrine”. Something to look up if you are interested. Just ask Roy and Andy and Sheppard or any artist who has used imagery from popular culture or corporate domains. Some are considered giants of pop and post pop art world even though they clearly “borrowed” from a multitude of resources. Some have been sued but at the end of the day appropriation has been a part of the art world from the beginning. Now there are well informed and reasonable arguments on both sides. In the case of LV vs. JD it seems a bit absurd to the point of being bellicose. More to follow…..
Q Art Salon is 2,500 square feet of open loft space divided into three levels, set in the heart of the Artist Village. Director of Q Art Salon, Jose Quant, is as a resident of Santa Ana and Director of Courbet Art Circle, an artist studio that has been operating in the Downtown Artist Village since 2006. Like neighboring gallerists, business owners, and residents, Quant hopes to see the local Artist District continue to grow and flourish. “We would love to have more contemporary work and established artists exhibit in the Downtown. The more galleries and artist spaces in the area, the more the Artist Village will continue to grow,” comments Quant. “Q Art Salon hopes to add to that community growth and energy.”
“Some Girls Smile, Princess” Oil on Linen 54″x40″ 2012