7/9/11

Scene Report: Non Toxic Revolution Campaign Exhibition Opening @THIS, LA,CA.

Non Toxic Revolution Campaign Exhibition-Opening Night, THIS Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 7/8/11

The new show at THIS should be called, "Shepard Fairy & A Guy That Takes Pictures: No Big Whoop." Seriously, at this point, who isn't over Shepard Fairy? I mean we here at HDD have mad respect for the guy. And rightfully so--among all the stuff you already know, dude got arrested in Mpls several years ago for putting up OBEY all over Uptown.  We're just saying that, I don't know, it's like, not exciting anymore or something.  Andre the Giant gots a big enough posse now, dontchathink? Not that we wouldn't love to put the mother up in the B.A.G. though... 

ANYWAY, the show is all for a good cause and stuff--to inform and educate about the dangers of toxic chemicals in our environment and food supply and the link to breast cancer.  All the work was created using non-toxic materials.  That part was cool, but overall the show is a little underwhelming.  Especially after loosing a couple years of our lives behind the wheel trying to get to Highland Park from Venice.  We have a serious crush on Cali, but man, the traffic is total bummer... 

ANYWAY, the guy whose photos are on display is Patrick O'Dell.  He takes those kind of everyman-with-a-digital-camera-and-a-blog-or-a-Flickr account pictures that you see all over the Internet...including right here at HDD.  Simple shit, but totally, totally cool.  We're all for it.  We had to laugh though, as we overheard a couple of h-words discussing the finer points of his photography.  "I love how he captures the color of these pop bottles."  Ahh ok.  That's just pointing the camera at some bottles of colored soda and clicking the top right button, but whatevs.  Yeah, it looks cool... 

ANYWAY, THIS itself is pretty rad.  We had been wanting to check it out since it opened a couple years ago.  It's a gallery operated by five artists who have pooled their resources to bring art and creativity to the neighborhood.  They are clearly tapped into the overly popular and massively hip "lowbrow" scene--graffiti, wheatpaste, RVCA, Juxtaposition Magazine, etc.  For example, Space Invader had a piece up right above the door.  The peeps in attendance were mostly of the aforementioned h-word variety--milling about drinking Tecate (the California PBR) and boxed water.  You know the deal; that's art these days--"Beautiful Losers."  And just as much as we poke fun at it, its also the kind of like, the way we prefer it too. 







THIS Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 7/8/11

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