La Luz de Jesus
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90027
La Luz de Jesus Gallery presents:
The Greatest Group Show On Earth!
March 2 - April 1, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, March 2nd, 8-11 pm
La Luz De Jesus Gallery proudly presents their annual juried group exhibition, "Laluzapalooza." This gigantic, no-theme show features works from some of the freshest and most relevant artists working today. Over 9,000 submissions from commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, animators and working gallery artists had to be sorted-through, and we've finally narrowed it down to 120 artists. The official piece count is awaiting verification, but you can bet that it will be another (tastefully) jam-packed, salon-style exhibition. There are some familiar names from our ever-growing roster of feature artists, but an overwhelming percentage of the work comes from a brand new batch of undiscovered, emerging talent.
For the past fifteen years, their annual group show was called "Everything but the Kitschen Sync," but it began life in October 1986 as the "Día de los Muertos" show which was entirely focused on the folk art, sculptures and imagery of Mexico's "Day of the Dead" celebration. By 1995, gallery owner and curator Billy Shire felt the show had run its course and presented other themed group exhibitions such as the 1996 "21st Century Tiki Show" curated with Tiki Oasis founder Otto von Stroheim. In 1998 Shire decided to present a non-themed show dedicated to illustrative and narrative artwork. As many local artists work in commercial graphic art fields such as illustration, cartooning, animation, etc., the show was named "Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists." In 2004, Shire changed the show title to the more encompassing and less-cumbersome "Everything But the Kitschen Synch." Several spelling and name variations later, here we are...
"Everyone looks at this show for new and interesting artists" states Shire - and indeed, not only does La Luz de Jesus pick artists from the group show for future smaller group and solo shows - numerous curators and owners of other galleries also keep their eyes on the yearly show for potential artists to add to their rosters."
"This is the one show annually that most patrons look forward to seeing, as it's a chance to discover new artists in the venue that has launched so many careers," notes gallery director Matt Kennedy. "Every year we manage to discover a new conglomeration of fresh talent, and among them a class of breakout successes. That's really a credit to the accessible talent pool. The quality and availability of instruction (both in schools and through independent study) coupled with the the culture that this city attracts, fosters a welcoming environment for people with the ability to create -often in reaction to their individual situations."
Please join La Luz de Jesus as we continue to support the latest and most original efforts from the nation's alternative art scene.
The "Laluzapalooza" Artist List is as follows:
Deanna Rene Adona
Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Edward Robin Coronel
John de Fazio
Michael "POGO" Kortez
Norbert H. Kox
So Youn Lee
Danni Shinya Luo
Menton J. Matthews III
Kat Marie Moya
Annie Murphy Robinson