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THE BLACK CAT GALLERY
11523 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066
310. 313. 4931

DARKWAVE
Five Artists Explore Surfing and the Violence of Los Angeles

Featuring Work by Sandow Birk, Andy Moses, Steve Olson,
Timothy Williams and Norton Wisdom

 

KPCC Video Interview with Andy Moses & Timothy Williams: http://www.scpr.org/culture/2009/12/28/darkwave/

 

 

View Surfboard video: http://www.vimeo.com/7769533 

 

(Los Angeles – December 2009)  Five Los Angeles artists who share a passion for surfing will exhibit works of various media, November 7th at Black Cat Gallery, in DARKWAVE—a group exhibition exploring the spiritual aspect of surfing and stark violence in Los Angeles. Participating artists include: Sandow Birk, Andy Moses, Steve Olson, Timothy Williams and Norton Wisdom.

For most people – especially those outside of California who view Los Angeles as an idyllic oasis of movie stars, bikini-clad beach divas, and a laid-back, sunny lifestyle – a connection between surfing and violence isn’t immediately obvious. So DARKWAVE has been carefully curated to challenge viewers to mine the artists’ work for such connections. Williams, however, can shed some light on the inspiration for the exhibition. “One evening I was painting in my studio in Venice Beach.  I took a break, stepped outside the door and was held up at gunpoint by five men,” explains Williams, also curator for the show. “That’s when this wave of realization hit me: I could very well pay the ultimate price for creating art and surfing in L.A.—in an instant I had an immediate connection to all the unsuspecting people I read about across the city who have suffered from random acts of violence.”

From that harrowing experience, Williams learned to use a firearm: “between my own experience and stories about serial killers like BTK or L.A.’s own Richard Ramirez, I realized that a line needed to be drawn—there would be more than a cell phone in the studio to protect my wife.”  The protective device also features heavily in Williams’ bullet-riddled, surfboard paintings for DARKWAVE.
In fact, process plays heavily into the work of all the participating artists. Birk’s most recent work is marked by an exhaustive immersion and research into his subject matter; Moses shuffles, tilts and coerces paint into striking movements across his convex canvases; Olson airbrushes directly onto defused bombs; and Wisdom has mastered painting to live music performances.

The opening reception will feature a fashion show with work by Torn by Teeth, Terrell Moore and Grace Havlak, a wine tasting courtesy of Shipwrecks, and a tequila and mescal tasting courtesy of Métl.

 

WHAT
DARKWAVE5 Artists Explore Surfing and the Violence of Los Angeles
Featuring works by Sandow Birk, Andy Moses, Steve Olson, Timothy Williams and Norton Wisdom

WHERE
Black Cat Gallery
11523 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90066

WHEN
"Last Set Wave" Closing Reception Saturday, January 16, 2010 6pm-10pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit www.blackcatart.com or call 310-313-4931

PRESS CONTACT
Brent Turner
the Campbells public relations
323-300-6132
brent@thecampbellspr.com

 

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