April 10, 2010 – May 5, 2010
Reception: Saturday, April 10, 6:30 -10:00
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Giant Robot is proud to host Living Space, an art show featuring new work by John Pham.
John Pham is a Los Angeles-based, Xeric Grant-winning artist and creator of the ongoing graphic novel series Sublife, published by Fantagraphics, in addition to making work for various galleries and clients.
The work in Living Space portrays a cartoon world with its own set of laws and internal pop-inspired logic. The flat, vibrant colors and abstract lines clash with caricatures of urban, Los Angeles streetscapes and the people who live there. Rules of perspective and representation are willfully ignored in the gouache paintings on panel; the familiar figures, faces and places are distilled into contorted, colorful versions of themselves. Everything becomes, in effect, a cartoon. At first glance, the fluorescent-skinned, fractured people and pop candy-colored buildings may seem alien and off-putting. Upon further inspection, and with some familiarity, they prove inviting, friendly and, most importantly, human. The pieces will be mostly gouache paintings on panel with a few sculptures.
Harper’s is also ailing—”readership down 35k, newsstand sales plummeting” but still funded by the MacArthurs. (Wow: according to that NYT article, Harper’s has 18 people on full-time editorial staff. That’s an awful lot.)
This weekend is New York City’s massive underground and alternative comic book convention MOCCA, hosted by, and named after, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. Here’s how much beloved Williamsburg comic booklet-proprietor Desert Island will be celebrating:
The event also marks the debut of two special projects:
1) An amazing new screenprint produced with Paul, available for the first
2) Our brand new FREE all-comics newspaper Smoke Signal, featuring killer
work by 46 artists.
Come grab a free newspaper, have a beer, and snag a signed book by Mr. Hornschemeier. What could be better?
Immediately followed by Future Ink around the corner at BQE Eye Level
I picked up Smoke Signal yesterday and it’s one of the better comic papers I’ve come across– 28 pages featuring at least 50 artists, with original strips from more well-known artists (Johnny Ryan, Ron Rege Jr., Lauren Weinstein) and more underground favorites (Sam Gaskin, Noah Lyron, Zach Hazard) alike. Make the trip to Williamsburg or MOCCA this weekend to pick it up.