La Luz de Jesus Heart Logo 
LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY 
4633 Hollywood Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667 
Rat Fink's Revenge
A Tribute to Ed "Big Daddy" Roth
June 7 - 30 
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7th, 8-11 pm
 
Download a PDF of the press release here

 

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth (March 4, 1932 - April 4, 2001) was an artist, cartoonist, pinstriper, custom car designer and builder who created the hot-rod icon Rat Fink and other extreme characters. Roth was a key figure in Southern California's Kustom Kulture and hot-rod movement of the late 1950s and 1960s and is one of the fathers of Lowbrow Art. He turned the automobile into a moving sculpture and through his hot-rod-art and cartoon character Rat Fink inspired and helped launch the careers of artists such as Robert Williams and Rick Griffin. In the decades that have passed, Roth's original fans have grown up to become artists, filmmakers, mechanics, and executives. Roth has become an action figure, a bobble head, and has achieved timeless cult status along the way. At first it may have seemed that Rat Fink was originally drawn for us to laugh at, as ephemera.  Now he's the one laughing. Rat Fink's Revenge indeed! 

 

This collection of 40 Rat Fink statues is taken from the book Rat Fink's Revenge, compiled by David Chodosh with Ken Morgan and Michael Polis. The project originated as a way for the author and contemporary artists to exorcize their inner Fink-the sick monster inside that needs to come out and show itself to the world. All the contributors, for whom Rat Fink is part of their soul, were given the same foot tall resin model kit to customize.

 

La Luz de Jesus in partnership with David Chodosh, is proud and honored to present this collection based on Ed Roth's most notorious Custom Monster featuring Kustom Finks by Anthony Ausgang, Glenn Barr, COOP, Ron English, Natalia Fabia, Mark Mothersbaugh, KRK Ryden and many others.

 

Preview the show here

Bobby Furst
Don't Push Me
June 7 - 30 
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7th, 8-11 pm
Download a PDF of the press release here
 
Assemblage artist 
Bobby Furst's studio / compound sits on the edge of the Joshua Tree National Monument. It is an artistic wonderland, filled with his creative works made from old industrial and household items, block lettering, musical instruments, weapons, helmets, signs, even a motorcycle, many of which express commentary on the tragedy of war and the state of the environment. Bobby turns objects upside down and inside out using color, form, texture, shape and words, inviting viewers to see familiar objects anew, thereby creating new worlds and new landscapes of language and image, to stimulate conversation about the social, political and environmental realities in our world today. 
 
As a child, Bobby would roam the trails of his neighborhood, Laurel Canyon, collecting sticks, stones, bones, etc. Walking to school on Thursday mornings he would raid the local trashcans and stow his finds in bushes to be taken home later that day. Making order out of the chaos of these castoffs was the beginning of a life-long pursuit of collecting stuff and assembling art.

 

As a teenager in the late sixties he wanted to become a photojournalist after accompanying his father, Peter Furst, now an anthropologist and art collector, to Tepic Mexico where the senior Furst documented the life and visionary art of the Huichol Indians. In the 1970's Bobby spent time photographing musicians and concerts, street people in Hollywood and Venice Beach, and went on location to Mata Ortiz, Mexico for a month to document the now famous potter Juan Quesada (in the late nineties those photographs accompanied a retrospective of Juan Quasada's work at the Museum of Man in San Diego, California.)

 

In 1998 Bobby went with a friend to the studio of assemblage artist George Herms. Soon after, at a garage sale, he met a painter attending the Santa Monica College of Design Art and Architecture who mentioned that George Herms taught there and that classes began the next day. Since admission to the school was by the administration's' approval of an artist's portfolio, Bobby arrived the next day with art work in hand hoping to get into Georges' class. Bobby spent the next year and a half, ten hours a day, seven days a week creating art at his studio space at the school.

 

Don't Push Me is a collection of Bobby's works, hand-picked and curated by Billy Shire.

 

www.bobbyfurst.com

 


Lee Joseph Publicity for the Visual Arts

(o) 818-848-2698 - (c) 818-415-5543

 lj@leejosephpublicity.com  

   

 Follow us on TwitterView our profile on LinkedIn View my photos on flickr