Thursday, December 31, 2009

"Urban Confluence" opens at C.A.V.E. Gallery Saturday January 9th.

Experience the creative energy sparked by imaginations that run amok in the City.

The January exhibition at C.A.V.E. Gallery will showcase the work of a talented group of art renegades, whose dynamic compositions are inspired by the surrounding urban environment - the density of buildings, the serendipitous interaction of city dwellers, and the hope that elements of nature will find their way into our urban daily lives.

This exhibition will feature an interesting diversity of cutting edge works, including paintings, mixed media collages, pen and ink, and unique hand-sprayed stencils.

In addition to showing their artwork in galleries, several of these artists also seek out empty, ignored, monolithic urban facades as their canvas and have created urban scale murals as public art.

Hans Haveron: Mural in Houston

Codak & Kofie: Mural in Highland Park

Greg Boudreau: Mural at the Bus Stop Bar in Seattle
Eatcho and Josh Wigger: Mural in Fresno

Last month, we caught up with Daryll Peirce (Oakland) at Miami's Art Basel. Daryll was invited as part of the epic Primary Flight installations to paint his iconic "arterial- botanic" city organisms on the streets of the industrial Wynwood area.

Focused on exploring the connectivity within humanity and its claims of control over social systems, habitat, nature, and the future - Daryll’s artwork pendulates between the satiric and esoteric, optimistic and pessimistic, scientific and spiritual, bold and poetic.

Daryll Peirce and Jim Darling: Primary Flight Miami '09


We are looking forward to kicking off 2010 with this exciting show that will hopefully encourage some thought-provoking reflection on our current urban condition.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

"The Way of Flow" Featured Artist: Patrick Gannon (Tokyo)

Patrick Gannon has created an impressive series of work for his featured show this month at C.A.V.E.  Gallery. His artwork, created entirely of cut-paper and wood in his studio in Tokyo, Japan, brings together influences from his life and experiences in urban Japan with his upbringing on a farm in New Jersey.  Fascinated from an early age by mythology and fables created to explain the world around us, Patrick is inspired to express and reveal a wondrous and pensive world of thought and emotion in his artwork.  His skill, technique, imagination and composition make each piece a unique treasure. 

CG: How has Japanese art and culture influenced your artwork:

PG: I moved to Japan for the first time back in 1994, long before I even started thinking of creating art professionally.  Back then, I drew in two very different styles; either ultra-realistic or cartoons.  Eventually, these styles merged and evolved into what I do today.  I love the cleanliness and simplicity of Japanese art and design, from hanga woodblock prints to anime and manga to the design of everyday household products.  I actually went out of my way not to be influenced too much by the Japanese art which I saw around me every day.  It all sort of crept in subconsciously.  I think my use of space and color owe alot to my life in Japan.  

I came back to the US in 2000 to go back to school, then moved to Tokyo in 2005.  The diversity of styles, colors, and textures of the paper over here have had a huge impact on my work, allowing me to evolve in ways I probably couldn't have done anywhere else in the world.  My life here is also a big influence on my work;  there's a sense of separation from the rest of society, of being an outsider due to language, race, culture.  At the same time, living here has changed the way I see the world.  I also think that my work has absorbed a little of the Japanese character; optimistic on the surface with it's fetish for all things cute and kawaii, pensive and a little dark underneath, but in a very introspective and accepting way.

CG: When did you first start collaging with paper? What were your influences/inspirations for this technique?

PG: I started using collage back around 2000, when I was experimenting with different media in school.  I tried a whole lot of mixed media back then; paper + acrylic, paper +watercolor; paper + oil (that was a mistake), paper + scratchboard (kinda nice, really).  Eventually, I got some great advice from one of my professors, Dick Kreple.  He suggested I "let the paper be paper", rather than try to force it into the role of another medium.  I took that advice, and eventually culled the other media from the work.  Now I enjoy the purity of the paper, and using it in a kind of found-object way.  

I was kind of lucky in the beginning in that I didn't know of many people using cut paper.  I had to invent my own techniques from scratch.  Early on, I found Michael Bartalos' work jazz-inspired work, then David Wisniewski's great children's books.  Later on, I discovered the rich Chinese / Japanese history of the technique, and I've tried combining what I like best about these styles with what I do.

CG: Can you please describe your process/technique? 

PG: My work usually starts either as a doodle in my sketchbook or, more commonly, as a simple, ambiguous concept which develops into something more concrete.  When the idea starts to solidify and the timing feels right, I sit down with a small sketchbook and start scribbling.  In the past, I was very analytical about my approach, trying to find a reason for everything I drew in a picture.  Lately, I've found that thinking too much makes things a little stale, so I try to let my mind wander, and just sketch whatever comes to mind.  When an idea feels right, I start to work out the composition.  I draw small, maybe around 3 inches tall or so.  When I'm happy with the layout, I'll scan it into photoshop and blow it up to the size of the final piece.  I'll tweak the composition, and add elements such as faces or pieces of more detailed sketches.  I print this scribbly mess out, then trace it onto tracing paper.  I'll nail down the basic shapes and characters, then start in on details.  Things tend to change alot in this phase, with new elements being added or removed until I'm happy with the results.  I also start to work out my layers here, deciding on what will be my base color (usually the border of the piece and outline of the main character).

Here's where I start in on the paper.  I've got a huge collection.  I typically start with a basic color combination in mind, but I'm open to letting this change as it goes along.  Most of the time, the image chooses the right papers for it, despite my original intentions.  Take the Tiger piece, "From the Bamboo Forests of the Night";  I originally planned to use a pale green and beige background and to use a dark blue-black for the stripes.  The great advantage of cut-paper is that I can keep trying different papers and color combos all through the process, as long as I don't glue anything down.  So, on a lark I slid the final background paper underneath the tiger, utterly convinced it wouldn't work, and it did.  I went back and forth between 3 different background papers for awhile before finally choosing that one.  None were bad, but each one had a totally different emotion to it.  Once I choose a color for a particular piece of the image, I trace the shape onto the back, then cut it out with an NT cutter (pretty much a x-acto knife).  I use about 3 different glues right now, depending on what effect I'm looking for.  I think the gluing is the toughest part, especially as the cutting gets more complicated and the pieces larger.  Cutting is actually pretty relaxing, sort of like meditating.

Be sure to come in to see C.A.V.E. gallery's December group show, "The Way of Flow", featuring Patrick Gannon, alongside a talented group of thirteen international artists who have created memorable work conceptually inspired by the flow of wind, water, air and breath - and what this movement means to life, thought and emotion.  

Friday, November 20, 2009

November's "Print of the Month" is by Portland Oregon artist Zach Johnsen. The title of the print is "Ring around the Collar". Zach will be participating in our upcoming April 2010 group show: They Moved the Tombstones, but not the Bodies, alongside artists: Eatcho, Jason Graham, Robert Amador, Josh Wigger, Jesse Balmer & Tom Keating.

We look forward to featuring this talented posse - all of whom are active in a handful of creative endeavors. For example, check out the link to Tom Keating's animation:

Friday, October 23, 2009

Studio Visit with Shervin Iranshahr

I was recently in Pittsburgh PA and had the opportunity to visit the studio of legendary oil painter Shervin Iranshahr. Shervin was born in Iran and has lived in Vienna. In 2006, after many years active in the Los Angeles art scene, he moved to Pittsburgh for the inexpensive urban charm of Iron City.

It's a always a treat to meet with Shervin in his studio and catch a glimpse of the mind-bending works he is creating. He is in a constant state of creativity, and always seems to have several works going at any given time.  Shervin is one of the most prolific artists we know - with an impressive and brilliant body of work.

Soon after his arrival in Pittsburgh, Shervin co-founded "The Academy of the South Side" (ASS) with Tim Meehan and Dan Vogel. This now established, creative institution teaches oil painting and drawing from live models. Shervin offers the students one on one training, single session classes, as well as 8 week 16 week long sessions. He also organizes group shows featuring his students at ASS, including emerging artists Yvonne Kozlina, Dan Vogel, Phillip Seth, Jason Angst, Ryan Lee and Tim Meehan. ASS has developed into a well-respected art and community center, spearheaded by Shervins' creative genius and larger than life persona.


 In addition to painting and teaching classes at the Academy, Shervin also designs and prints T-shirts. Some styles are adorned with interesting and detailed stitching integrated into the design.

In March 2008, C.A.V.E. Gallery had the opportunity to feature a series of Shervin's artwork, and we continue to stay current with new work by this prolific master. Below are some of Shervin's beautifully intense oil paintings available at C.A.V.E. Gallery.


 We look forward to forward to showcasing more of Shervin's artwork in 2010 - stay tuned!

Friday, October 16, 2009

The "Other" Venice Film Festival

The 6th Annual “Other Venice Film Festival” is happening this week! (Thurs. Oct. 15 – Sun. Oct. 18). As the festival grows each year, films will be shown at various local screening rooms in the Venice neighborhood – Beyond Baroque at 681 Venice Blvd, SPARC at 685 Venice Blvd, and Digital Domain at 300 Rose Ave. Catch “The Doors” tonight followed by a Q/A with Val Kilmer. C.A.V.E. Gallery artist Christopher Hall has created the art for the promotional material. Christopher will showing his artwork this weekend at Digital Domain – in conjunction with the screening of David Arquette’s short film “The Butler’s in Love”. Several pieces of Christopher’s artwork are also on exhibit at C.A.V.E. Gallery. For more information visit

Thursday, October 8, 2009

DabsMyla at C.A.V.E. Gallery

We still have 3 awesome pieces in the gallery by the artist duo: DabsMyla!
Dabs is a prolific illustrator and graffiti artist who spent his teenage years growing up in Melbourne in the Early 90s. The graffiti scene influenced him greatly in his style and technique. These days his characters come to life in more contextualized environments than ever before, whether they are painted on walls in the streets, or on canvases in the gallery.
Myla was also raised in Melbourne where she was obsessed with detailed painting and drawing from an early age. Throughout her life she continued to develop her artistic ways, and now concentrates on detailed cities and landscapes. Three years ago, along with Dabs, they combined forces to solely collaborate on their works together.
They currently live in Hollywood, Los Angeles, spending everyday working on artworks, painting walls and being influenced by the wonders of their new city.

The much anticipated October show opening reception (Friday Oct. 2nd) had viewers from far and near coming in to check out the beautiful series of work on exhibit by our talented featured artists. Guest DJs included Andy Beat & Patrick Icon. John Park live painted on the patio to everyone's amazement. Featured artists Tatiana Suarez (Brooklyn) & Jessica "JAW" Cooper (LA) were in attendance, representing both coasts. Delicious bite-size snacks were provided by the awesome FLAKE restaurant next door. If you did not make the opening, please stop in the gallery - you should see this show in person! We are open Wed. - Sun. 11am - 4pm (or make an appointment with us!)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Featured print of the month!

C.A.V.E. Gallery is starting the "Featured print of the month" showcase! We are excited to kick off this series with South African artist Jade Klara, whose artwork is inspired by Japanese kawaii, the colourful South African lifetstyles and classic story tales. Her print "Spookasem" is a captivating piece that sparks the imagination and makes the viewer nostalgic about childohood fantasies. The Archival Giclee Signed Limited Edition Print is 9" x 15". $80 Unframed; $250 framed w/UV Plexiglass.

Friday, September 25, 2009

October show at CAVE gallery

C.A.V.E. Gallery presents Coisas Esquisitas, featuring Danni Shinya Luo, JAW Cooper, Kendra Binney, Tatiana Suarez, and Tina Darling. The show will exhibit new work by these five artists, whose distinct styles evoke a poetic feminine energy, and a captivating expressive complexity fueled by an exploration into the human condition. Each artist incorporates symbolism and inspiration from the natural world, in unique, playful, subtle yet thought-provoking compositions.

Coisas Esquisitas is a show not to be missed!

Artist at CAVE: Gosha Levochkin

Gosha is an artist currently showing at CAVE this month. For Gosha, growing up during the fall of the Soviet Union, there wasn't much to do so he started drawing. When Gosha moved to Los Angeles, he was introduced to a different kind of style of art that immediately inspired him to paint. Over the years, Gosha experimented with different mediums and learned from his “mistakes”, and has developed a unique memorable style.

Gosha was always inspired by cities. To him, buildings that have been tagged or deteriorating with age give cities more character. He is intrigued with how people live their daily lives in urban density and clutter and somehow make it all work. This series reflects on how each person has their own view of their city that lives in their minds.

Abbot Kinney Festival

The annual AK Fest is this Suday (Sept 27th). We co-sponsored a booth (with ThinkSpace) for Michael Pukac. It' should be a great/busy/fun afternoon. Michael will be live paining. If you are in Venice check it out & check out the "On the Bright Side" show. Last day to. 507 Rose ave, 90291

September group show

This is the last weekend to check out the September group show "On the Bright Side". It is such a great show, we hate to see it end.