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Music, Hollywood, Fete ‘Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion’

Photos and Story By MARCY KRAFT

“Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion,” a pop-up gallery collaboration between rocker Billy Morrison and street artist Plastic Jesus brought rockers to Gibson Brands Sunset on Friday night for an opening reception.

The two artists have been fans of each other’s work for some time and “Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion” is their first public collaboration.

Billy Morrison with Billy Idol and Plastic Jesus - Photo © 2017 Marcy Kraft

Billy Morrison with Billy Idol and Plastic Jesus – Photo © 2017 Marcy Kraft

Exhibit is ‘Everything we Hang Onto’

“Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion” is described as “everything we hang onto in society to make us oblivious of our own plight and our own situation in life, such as idols, drugs … anything we pick up in culture.”

The artists were on hand to greet guests Friday night and Saturday.

"EXTINCTION" - 48" x 36" Acrylic on Canvas by Billy Morrison

“EXTINCTION” – 48″ x 36″ Acrylic on Canvas by Billy Morrison – Courtesy Billy Morrison

Billy Morrison: Rocker-Turned-Artist

Billy, who is best known as the guitarist for Billy Idol, is a long-time art collector and began creating his own artwork a few years back. His work was also shown last year at the Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills, and I enjoyed that work immensely, so I was eager to see his new pieces.

“Creating the art was the easy part,” Billy said.

Billy’s solo pieces for this exhibit were months in the making and there’s a joy in finally seeing them on display. The challenge, Billy shared, comes from watching 500 of your closest friends come to critique the work as a part of the process.

Guitar installation on display - Photo © 2017 Marcy Kraft

Guitar installation on display – Photo © 2017 Marcy Kraft

Star-Studded Reception Included Ozzy Osbourne

Judging by the pieces displayed, I doubt Billy will receive any negative input on his work. His art is a fun and provocative collection that the crowd at the opening appeared to enjoy. In attendance were celebrity friends Billy Idol, Ozzy Ozbourne, Carmine Rojas (from David Bowie), Fred Durst (from Limp Bizkit), Steve Jones (from the Sex Pistols), Brandon Boyd (from Incubus), Rob Zombie, Shepard Fairey, and new recording artist Steve Costello.

"EQUALITY" - 48" x 36" - Acrylic on Canvas.

“EQUALITY” – 48″ x 36″ – Acrylic on Canvas by Billy Morrison – Courtesy Billy Morrison

The Art-Crowd ‘Look?’

Billy told a newspaper recently: “Ultimately, I want people to walk away feeling like they were entitled to be there. My personal art collection is pretty substantial, and I’ve spent a lot of money on a lot of iconic pieces, and yet when I walk into some galleries I’m treated like a homeless guy because of the way I look, because I don’t fall into the art-crowd look.”

Most people I spoke said he looked like the rocker-artist that he’s known to be.

Billy Morrison in Camp Freddie with Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney and Matt Sorum - Photo by Cyril Rickelton-Abdi

File photo of Billy Morrison in Camp Freddie with Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney and Matt Sorum – Photo by Cyril Rickelton-Abdi

Plastic Jesus in Attendance

Plastic Jesus showcased a 12-piece mixture of his new and known works while Morrison created 12 new mixed-media paintings specifically for this showing.

Plastic Jesus is know around LA for having erected the 6-inch wall around Donald Trump’s star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and erecting the life-size gold statue of Kanye West entitled “False Idol” that stood near the site of the Oscar Awards on Hollywood Blvd. This statue was also on display at the showing.

A full collection of Morrison’s work can be found at Billy Morrison’s website. 

To purchase a piece from this collection, email info@billymorrisonart.com for more information.

Kim Gordon’s ‘Coming Soon’ Installation at Schindler’s Fitzpatrick-Leland House

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Kim Gordon’s Coming Soon on display at Rudolf Schindler’s Fitzpatrick-Leland House in Los Angeles. PHOTO COURTESY GAGOSIAN

By CARREN JAO — When two art forms meet, there is always a negotiation.

Artist and musician Kim Gordon, best known as a founding member of the rock band Sonic Youth, wrestles with this in her latest site-specific installation, Coming Soon, on view at Rudolf Schindler’s Fitzpatrick-Leland House in Los Angeles.

“It was a constant competition between architecture and art,” says Aaron Moulton, the show’s curator and director of programming for Gagosian Los Angeles, who adds that exhibiting Gordon’s work in the 1936 spec house presented a challenge because they could not control the lighting and there was only one proper wall for displaying art. Yet, Coming Soon also echoed the real challenges of living with art.

READ MORE at Architectural Record.

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