December 16, 2014
“Pit Mischief” opened Saturday night at a great reception with music from local Anaheim band Fissure. The show, featuring photos by Angela Boatwright, has over 100 prints for sale for only $50, and a number of high-quality, framed art prints as well. The show will be up until January 18th, so be sure to come check it out for yourself!
December 6, 2014
If you oftentimes find yourself in a group at parties listening to unbelievable stories of things that happened in mosh pits and wishing you had maybe gone a bit more crazy in your younger years Angela Boatwright’s new show at AR4T may make you insanely jealous. Entitled Pit Mischief, this show features photos of the kind of fun many of us only dream of, or some may feel nostalgic for. Angela talked with AR4T’s Andrea Gillanders about music, the scene, and what she hopes to bring to Orange County.
1. You’ve said in a past interview that music saved your life… would you tell us a little about your history with music? as well as photography? to help explain how these outlets shaped your life?
I was absolutely obsessed with metal for as long as I can remember – since I was 10 or 11 years old. I liked a lot of pop, freestyle AKA “roller skating music”, & R&B too…and new wave, industrial, The Cure, Dinosaur Jr., etc. Actually I think the Go-Go’s were my first official favorite band, I remember scribbling their name all over my coloring books when I was maybe 7. Regardless, I clicked into metal fairly early. Def Leppard had #1 hits at the time, all the cool kids loved Ozzy and as I got older Guns N’ Roses debuted and Headbanger’ Ball was THE thing. I evolved from hair metal quickly into thrash and into my 20′s and 30′s I was simultaneously possessed with the black metal of that time and back-in-the-day NWOBHM. Now it’s power violence. Regardless, I’m an only child, my teen years were pretty lonely to put it lightly. But both my parents encouraged music in the house always; metal was there for me and I dove in completely.
2. You lived in New York for a long time… getting to experience the days of CBGB and Max Fish… what are some of your favorite memories from those days? Also, how has LA been treating you, do you miss New York?
I miss New York in waves. Most of the time I’m able to compartmentalize it and then out of nowhere I’m emotionally and physically desperate for New York and the life I lived while I was there. It’s funny, my bed and one window in my L.A. apartment are in the exact same spot as my NYC apartment (where I lived for 17 years) and if I close my eyes I can viscerally put myself back in NYC easily. Occasionally while driving in L.A. a specific patch of freeway will remind me of the east coast and for minutes I’m thinking I’m on my way to Rhode Island or Philly. It’s weird. Nonetheless, I did go to CBGB’s quite a bit but I missed the core experiences of the ’70s and ’80s. I moved to NYC in 1993, and saw some amazing shows there. I had a band briefly and even played CBGB’s once. Max Fish was my home for sure, for 10+ years. I had so many best-day-of-my-life events there, I used to have the number one score on their Playboy pinball game for example. It was all great. Great times.
3. Do you think social media and facebook / instagram has helped the art of photography or hurt it?
That’s a very broad question. Like anything it’s how someone uses it. I do think it favors the artists and creatives that know how to market themselves in the simplest terms. Creatives that are multi-layered might have a harder time drawing a consistent audience. Wes Lang is a great example of someone who doesn’t have an Instagram or Facebook and to the best of my knowledge he’s doing well.
4. What are you looking forward to communicating with Orange County through Pit Mischief… what do you want people to take away from the gallery?
August 22, 2014
I hope people leave the show with all sorts of different reactions. I don’t have any particular hope for the audience in terms of perception. I personally am absolutely obsessed with small shows – at clubs, backyards, bars, etc. I love music that makes kids go insane,whatever that may be. I love the conviction that comes with youth and the ability to turn that teenage passion into a life-long career. I’ve been shooting shows, especially shows with mosh pit activity for almost 25 years. And I love the bands to death but it’s the kids that show up night after night to support these bands. It’s the kids that buy the shirts, the CDs, the in some cases the beer coozies and sweatpants. It’s the kids that leave the show, happily, with scrapes and bruises. I love the kids the most.
This August we hosted two separate shows in the gallery… both beautiful exhibitions of work filled with color, commentary, heartfelt emotion and fun. Four gifted artists from different parts of the country coming together to share their experience with you…
June 27, 2014
This past spring, Katherine Clarke Langlands spent time in Santo Domingo exploring and creating a new body of work titled “Making Planets.” She sent us an update of photos and stories of her time there.
April 3, 2014
Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow is proud to announce a landmark exhibition, the first ever two-man show from renowned artists Russ Pope and Neil Blender. On view April 5 through 27, 2014, this will be the first time this well-known duo will show art together in California.
Viewers taking part in this exclusive and rare exhibition will get to see two of skateboarding’s most influential artists side-by-side, with their the seedy characters, loose, conservative lines and social themes. ”Baggage Claim” explores social concepts in the two artists’ complementary character-based themes and color palettes – which Pope says will come across as “darker” to those familiar with his work.
Pope and Blender conceived “Baggage Claim” together. Pope explains: ”It’s claiming your baggage, claiming all your life’s baggage. Usually the content of the things I’m working on are social commentary, things that happen in my life, like daily diaries, or what’s happening in my environment that I’m reporting on. Making art and sharing it with people it is exposing yourself and putting yourself in a vulnerable position – politics, thoughts, even colors. Laying baggage out for all to see.”
“Baggage Claim” opens Saturday April 5th, 6 – 9pm with support from Pizza Port Brewing and Vans, along with a special DJ appearance by Lance Cyril Mountain.
March 14, 2014
The Canvas Cooler: Silver Lake
Photos and words by Jesse Fulton
The RedBull Curates Canvas Cooler Project : 20 different cities. 20 invited local artists in each city creating their own mini cooler. In LA the event was held at the historic Mack Sennett Studios - A really nice open layout for the party, which days earlier was set up for a late night Grammy Party. Two winners from the night were to be sent to Miami for the scope art show.
March 10, 2014
Thank you to everyone who came out to the opening of ‘Greetings of the OC’ this past Thursday. The turn out was awesome, and I think everyone had a lot of fun. Special thanks to Pizza Port for the wonderful beer! Thank you to DJ Burnout for the tunes!
To those who couldn’t make it, be sure to come on down the the gallery to check out David Blake’s awesome works. The show is up through March 30th.
March 7, 2014
Some of you may have noticed AR4T has a new beautiful bench in the gallery. This unique piece was made by our friend Craig de Pfyffer.
The bench led a past life as a 80 year old deodar cedar planted in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, along with 200 others, as part of a civic beautification movement in 1935. Since then the group of trees have been classified as a city historical landmark. In late 2011, a windstorm with winds reaching 100mph hit Los Angeles, toppling this and one other deodar.
AR4T’s Sam Crane spoke to Craig about the bench and his practice:
February 27, 2014
Next Friday, March 6th, marks the opening of a new show at the gallery, “Greetings from the OC” showcasing new work from David Blake, a Midwestern expat who now calls Orange County home.
Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow spoke to David Blake about his work and the upcoming show: