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  • Prints on Wood x LA Art Show 2016

     

    la art show jeff gillette 3Los Angeles' annual LA Art Show was in full effect last weekend, and Prints on Wood was in the building. Between Thursday, January 28th and Saturday, January 31st, the LA Convention Center was the spot to catch the 21st annual LA Art Show (LAAS), unveiling the event's very first year exclusively focusing on on Modern and Contemporary art-- designating a separate space completely for the LA Fine Art Show, where Traditional and Historical art will be on display.

    We're really excited about this year's assortment of artists and exhibitors, and just had to give you guys a taste of the festivities.

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    Above, you can see a snippet of what the Daniel Rolnik Gallery cooked up for the event. Rolnik, photographed here, is hanging out chatting with an attendee as he tends to "Kilduff's Bakery." The set up is in collaboration with performance and visual artist John Kilduff, whose Youtube video series titled “Let’s Paint” showcases the artist painting food while on a treadmill. The antics have earned him the title of “the Most Inspirational Outsider Art Maniac You’ve Never Heard Of,” according to VICE.

    At "Kilduff's Bakery," you can also expect Turtle Wayne’s snack packs, Ferris Plock’s pizza sculptures, Tripper Dungan’s hand-carved wooden donuts, Kat Philbin’s sushi paintings, Bwana Spoons’ boba-drinking-sloth toys and Porous Walker’s soda fountain drawings.

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    This year's Littletopia region of the show is a real treat. Here, you can see archway construction by artist Jeff Gillette, and a shot of Jeff signing his LAAS x POW exclusive print titled, "Castle Slum."

     

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    Castle Slum is a 16 x 10 in. print -- both signed and hand-numbered by the artist -- that we are so excited to have worked with Jeff to produce. You can still buy your copy of the print until Tuesday, February 2nd by clicking here!

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    A humble hello to the Juxtapoz booth also. Couldn't have had a better space for the POW booth to set up shop across from. As we mentioned earlier in the month, POW was also lucky enough to produce an LAAS exclusive with Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine founder, Robert Williams. Williams came correct with a thoughtful piece titled "Puppets Orchestrating Puppets," which you can view, learn more about as well as make your purchase, by clicking  here!

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    Be sure to follow @PrintsonWood for more #LAArtShow coverage. Till next time!

     

  • Pow Chats: A Conversation with Jaime 'Germs' Zacarias

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    If you're unfamiliar with illustrator, painter and Cali native, Jaime Germs Zacarias, fear not; there's a lot to know about the rising artist, so you're not behind. We touched on need-to-know info regarding Germs and his first POW release earlier this week, but now, we take a more in-depth look at the artist and his colorfully surreal piece, "Straight Outta South LA."

    Hey Jaime!  I understand you grew up watching wrestling a lot, and you often times use the imagery of the Luchador mask within your work now. Can you talk about the symbolism of the mask and why you utilize it?

    Growing up, I was a fan of wrestling. At the time, I didn't have any ideas of using the mask as an icon, but as I began to get older and get more in touch with my roots as far as Mexican wrestling and Chicano culture, I began to use the mask as a symbol to [represent] the mystery behind a person. The mask represents strength, mystery and culture. A lot of my creations involve the mask and overtime, it's just transformed.

    What do you remember about painting "Straight Outta South LA?" How was the piece born and what was the process like? 

    A lot of my work is pretty spontaneous. I don't really plan my paintings; I just kind of go along with the piece. I make changes, I edit. I can work days and days on one section and then come in the next day and paint over it., so i don't really have a sketch prepared or anything. I usually just come in and listen to good music-- most likely jazz. I kind of just feel it and improvise.

    Nice. Are there any other casual fixtures as far as your process goes that accompany the jazz music? Do you like to create in a certain space, or do you have any other quirks about your process?

    I usually like working on multiple pieces at the same time. For this piece, "Straight Outta South LA," I was working on three panels that were pretty large in size-- 4 ft. x 5ft.

    I like to work on multiple pieces because I like to bounce around instead of just focusing on one piece. Each piece has a flow to it. At the same time, I'm using the same color palette and the same themes. It's just easier for me to work on different pieces at the same time because I get bored of sticking to one image. I also find myself to be more productive when working on different paintings at one time.

    Can you tell me about the other imagery showcased in "Straight Outta South LA" surrounding the Luchador mask. I see the text and some other symbolism as well, can you touch on other visual elements represented?

    It's mostly just the color of growing up in Los Angeles. It's a melting of all these different colors, cultures and races. So I chose colors that I'm currently really into-- a lot of magenta and turquoise colors. The flame represents not so much riots, but maybe the destruction the city can cause. The halo represents a more religious background, representing some what of a religious icon. I really gravitate towards centerpieces; a lot of my paintings have centerpieces. I think I got that from collecting baseball cards and comic cards as a kid, and also growing up in a Catholic environment. I always gravitated towards the Virgin Mary and similar centerpieces.

    You've been busy over the last couple of years working and displaying art. Can you tell me about some of your recent art shows?

    I jut recently had a show in Arizona at the Museum of Art and it was curated by Cheech Marin. I'm apart of his collective, so I did a show there last summer. The summer before that, I did a show in Bordeaux, France with Cheech also. I would say those two were the last major shows I did.

    Awesome. What do you have coming up now? Any shows or projects you can touch on?

    I'm working on a piece right now for ThinkSpace Gallery. They're putting a show together in Hawaii called the Pow! Wow! and they asked me to submit a piece. It's a big group show, so I'm working on a 16 in. x 20 in. painting right now to go towards that.

    I just recently did a big mural in Pacoima, and at the end of the month, they're going to do an unveiling of the wall. It was 30 ft. x 40 ft.  private commission and I spent about a month painting that. So I'm working on some more work for the unveiling coming up. I'm also going to have a one-man show in 2017 in Fullerton at the Fullerton Museum of Art.

    Be sure to keep up with Germs over the next few months as he continues to lay down fantastic work. You can nab Germs' "Straight Outta South LA" now, until January 17th. To learn more about the print, and to make your purchase, click here.

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