Nov
5
12:00 PM12:00

Meet Gary Ward

The Salon hosted LA artist Gary Ward and his solo exhibit opening for 'The Midnight Drawings' on October 15. With a mostly sold out show, we invite you to meet Gary and view his collectible work on the last day of the exhibit.

‘The Midnight Drawings’ is a series that exudes its title - drawings, works, ramblings and musings done in the quiet of night when daily external noise comes to a halt. Ward committed to doing one drawing per day, around midnight, for an entire year, and has amassed a plethora of work. Though he has traditionally worked on paper in a mixed media format of charcoal, oil pastels and graphite, this show successfully introduced collaged works presented on canvas.

About Gary Ward:

Los Angeles native Gary Ward has a deep-rooted and inveterate relationship with Visual art. Using drawing and painting as a creative outlet, this lifelong exercise has evolved into a compelling restorative practice.

Ward pursued a creative career as a producer in both the digital and film realm in a career now spanning 30 years. However, at no point did he abandon his passion or commitment to drawing, sketching and scribbling whenever possible as an almost journal-like practice. In 2004 Ward was asked by Glu Gallery in Los Angeles to exhibit his work. Initially reluctant, he eventually approached the opportunity without expectation. The intensely personal nature of his work immediately resonated, and to Ward’s surprise, the show completely sold out.

He has continued to show at various galleries in the area, most recently at PYO gallery in downtown LA, where he completed his first mural. Ward has acquired an extensive and prominent list of collectors including Dave and Jordyn Grohl, Nick Valensi and Amanda de Cadenet, Molly Simms, Dewey Nicks, Selma Blair and many others.

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Oct
15
to Nov 4

Gary Ward: The Midnight Drawings

Opening reception: Saturday, October 15, 6-9pm

Exhibition through November 5

WHAT:  The Salon welcomes Los Angeles-based Gary Ward in a solo exhibition, ‘The Midnight Drawings’. The series exudes its title - drawings, works, ramblings and musings done in the quiet of night when daily external noise comes to a halt. Ward committed to doing a drawing per day, around midnight, for an entire year and has amassed a plethora of work for his most extensive exhibit to date. Though he has traditionally worked on paper in a mixed media format of charcoal, oil pastels and graphite, this show will also introduce collaged works presented on canvas. The style remaining the same, of course, intended to convey raw emotion and sharp wit throughout its perfectly flawed presentation.

About Gary Ward:

Los Angeles native Gary Ward has a deep-rooted and inveterate relationship with Visual art.  Using drawing and painting as a creative outlet, this lifelong exercise has evolved into a compelling restorative practice. 

Ward pursued a creative career as a producer in both the digital and film realm in a career now spanning 30 years. However, at no point did he abandon his passion or commitment to drawing, sketching and scribbling whenever possible as an almost journal-like practice.  In 2004 Ward was asked by Glu Gallery in Los Angeles to exhibit his work.  Initially reluctant, he eventually approached the opportunity without expectation. The intensely personal nature of his work immediately resonated, and to Ward’s surprise, the show completely sold out.

He has continued to show at various galleries in the area, most recently at PYO gallery in downtown LA, where he completed his first mural.  Ward has acquired an extensive and prominent list of collectors including Dave and Jordyn Grohl, Nick Valensi and Amanda de Cadenet, Molly Simms, Dewey Nicks, Selma Blair and many others.

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Sep
17
3:00 PM15:00

The Salon Welcomes Dennis Morris: Acclaimed Photographer To Sign Copies of ‘The Bollocks’

Throughout the entirety of 2016, Punk has been celebrating its fortieth anniversary in the UK with extensive cultural events paying homage to the transformative movement. Paired to coincide with the timely nature of this important tribute, The Salon welcomes acclaimed documentary photographer, Dennis Morris as he signs copies of his book The Bollocks: A Photo Essay of the Sex Pistols, with prints from the book proudly on display.
About The Bollocks, words by Dennis Morris

The 70s was a dismal period in England: high unemployment, unions out of control, the economy on a massive decline, England had lost its way.

Punk came.

We wanted to change everything, we wanted a piece of the pie, we wanted our own heroes. The Sex Pistols filled this role, four faces of the New British Youth, brash and ready. Ready to take no prisoners, ready to kick down the door of Establishment, ready to fulfill the dream.  From the first time I met them, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, I knew they meant it! 77 was the year, one long, short, chaotic, mad, amazing roller coaster year.  The hysteria, the hatred, the backlash from the media and the Establishment came because the band, these four individuals, had the nerve to challenge the very things British society has built as standard. They mocked the Royal Family (“God Save the Queen”), they mocked the Establishment order of fun (“Holidays in the Sun”). The youths identified, the youths wanted to destroy, to destroy and rebuild. The Sex Pistols sparked the largest musical rock revolution in history and started the punk movement..Their extreme music sense, fashion style and their punk spirit still today influence society and artists from a broad range of fields including music, fashion, film, art …

About Dennis Morris

Dennis Morris started his career at an early age. He was 11 years old when one of his photographs was printed on the front page of the Daily Mirror.  Accustomed to raising money for films and camera parts by taking photos of christenings and birthday parties, Dennis was suddenly on to something; his hobby and all-consuming passion could be done for a living.

It was whilst bunking off school to wait for Bob Marley to arrive for sound check at the Speak Easy Club on Margaret Street, that Dennis's music photography career really began. Marley, quite taken with the young teenager who was waiting for him, invited Dennis to come along and take pictures on the remainder of the tour. Running home to Dalston, Dennis packed his bag and jumped on the bus. His photographs of Marley and The Wailers became famous the world over, appearing on the cover of Time Out and Melody Maker before Dennis had even turned 17.

It was Dennis's photos of Marley that caught the eye of the young Johnny Rotten. Rotten, a massive reggae fan,had long admired Dennis's work and requested that he take the first official shots of the Sex Pistols upon signing to Virgin Records. Still in his teens, Dennis was the same age as the Pistols and they soon learned to trust him completely, allowing him unrestricted access to their strange and chaotic existence. For a year, Dennis trailed the band, taking hundreds of undisputed classic shots of the band. The only photographer to put the Sex Pistols fully at ease in front of the lens, Dennis's work with the band established, not only their public image, but also Dennis's position as one of the most exciting and striking music photographers in the country.

Dennis currently resides primarily in Los Angeles. For more information on Dennis please visit http://www.dennismorris.com

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Jul
30
to Aug 27

Faceless: The Salon Welcomes THEOHUXXX

The Salon welcomes visual artist THEOHUXXX in his debut solo Los Angeles exhibition, FACELESS. The exhibit examines the beauty of the human form in its raw and vulnerable state through thought provoking imagery and lively obscurity. Twenty-five mixed media works will be displayed thus marking the inceptive solo exhibition from this ascending contemporary talent.

Opening reception: Saturday, July 30; 7 - 10p

Exhibit on display through August 27

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Oct
10
to Nov 7

Corinna Spencer: Mourning Portraits

The Salon (at automatic sweat) is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by Corinna Spencer.  This is the artist's first solo exhibition in the United States.

Love and obsession are central to Corinna Spencer’s work. Through portraiture she explores the effects and manifestations of fixation or romantic love from both sides of a relationship, whether real or fictional.

For The Mourning Women Spencer has focused on the effects of death and mourning. Inspired by Victorian Mourning photography Spencer blurs the line between the mourning and the mourned for. The loss and simultaneously the memento of love are present in these portraits.

Corinna Spencer lives and works in the UK and has exhibited nationally and internationally including New York and London. Recipient of the Nottingham Castle UK Open Solo Show Prize in 2014, Spencer’s solo show Portrait of a Lady, 1000 portraits commissioned by Nottingham Castle is currently on show until January 2016.

Opening reception: Saturday, October 10, 6 - 8 PM.  

Corinna Spencer, Mourning Portrait No. 1, 2015 Acrylic on paper      

Corinna Spencer, Mourning Portrait No. 1, 2015 Acrylic on paper

 

 

 

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Jan
31
to Feb 28

American Remains

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SeMen SPeRmS, Nick Stewart

American Remains

January 31, 2015 – February 28, 2015

The salon at automatic sweat is pleased to announce American Remains, an exhibition of sculptures and installations by SeMeN SPeRmS and Nick Stewart. 

The exhibition presents a collection of artifacts from a proposed mythology that straddles the indistinct line between American history and rural legend. Inspired by the decrepit highway-side nowhere towns of the southwest, the works offer warped satellite dishes and abandoned single-wide trailers as the weathered remnants of westward expansion. These ubiquitous emblems of a proud historical narrative about a prosperous America are presented alongside idiosyncratic icons of contemporary desert folklore, characterized by supernatural suspicion, eerie phenomena and UFO sightings. 

Nick Stewarts objects seek to excavate desert myth in the form of mutilated cattle hides shaped into six-pack-rings, which have been branded with a design that evokes both astral patterns and the corporate logo of an automobile manufacturer. Familiar objects such as a dented street lamp are distorted into paranormal forms, while satellite dishes specked with metal lesions , assume a watchful, almost anthropomorphic presence.

SeMeN SPeRmS sculptures reconstruct and reframe the desolate desert scape from a distance, dwarfing its earthly immensity and depriving it of anthropological context until the barren topography starts to seem  post-apocalyptic, if not entirely lunar. The homespun style of his miniatures elude to a tradition of model hobbyists, while the bleak content matter disturbs the quaint escapism of toy model sets. The artists’ American desert is not an open expanse of freedom shaped by the antiquated tale of manifest destiny, but instead a barren celestial surface, a post-apocalyptic wasteland and government test-site.

American Remains considers the place of this contemporary American folklore within the historical narrative of the nation, forcing questions about the filters that parse national fact from fiction, Roswellian syndrome from national heritage. In this exhibit, the patriotic voices of the founding fathers are forced into direct dialogue with desert dwelling lunatics preaching about crop circles from the pages of the national enquirer. It is both a history text book and a camp fire story; a CNN headline and a wives tale muttered by the town drunk from his bar stool pedestal.

written by Claire Bargout

An opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, January 31 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

For all press inquiries, please contact Brooke Gerson at brookegerson@gmail.com.

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Nov
8
to Dec 13

Gary Ward: Almost Good Enough

Opening reception November 8, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Primitive in approach and execution, Gary Ward's drawings and collages combine influences from a variety of media.  Ward uses images from magazines, scrawled messages, slogans and raw charcoal and ink drawings to achieve a skewered view of life in today's media obsessed society.  A self-taught artist, Ward's influences are varied and include Cy Twombly, Richard Prince, Barry McGee, Ed Ruscha, Neil Young, advertising, film and Pop Culture.

"Gary Ward uses charcoal, graphite, oil pastels, and an overall sharp wit to examine humanity's mess of emotion over the confusion of body and identity.  Ward, a self-taught artist based in Los Angeles, says he is interested in how the mind and hand talk to each other in one uninterrupted sitting.  He likes to see the authorship of a flawed line and honors how each mistake can spontaneously change the work in a new direction" - Beautiful Decay Magazine

Gary Ward, fig. 23, 2014, acrylic marker, graphite and pencil on paper, 10 x 12 inches

Gary Ward, fig. 23, 2014, acrylic marker, graphite and pencil on paper, 10 x 12 inches

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