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Pop-Up Art Exhibit by Rocker Billy Morrison and Controversial Plastic Jesus Draws Art, Rock Stars

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.

VIDEO: Kanye West Stops San Jose Show for 25 Minutes: ‘I Would Have Voted On Trump’ He Says

VIDEO courtesy of KMEL

Photo by BRANDON WINTERS, Story by By DONNA BALANCIA

Never one to shy away from controversy, Kanye West drew boos at a San Jose, Calif., concert when he told the crowd he ‘Would have voted for Trump’ … that is, if he had voted.

West, who has announced that in 2020 he would run for president, used up 25 minutes of ticketholders’ time, apparently to prime the pump for his own political career. He went into his speech after a fan threw something at him while he was on stage at the SAP Center.

“You threw something at me,” he asked, singling out the alleged perpetrator. “Does someone else want to throw something at me? I’ve got the power to get that guy kicked out, roughed up, whatever. But stay here. That’s your opinion. Express your opinion,” he said.

Kanye West fele photo by Jason Persse

Kanye West file photo by Jason Persse

“That’s a woman right there saying ‘I love you,’ after I just said there were things that I liked about Trump’s campaign,” he said. “That’s not supposed to happen, right? Case in point they’re saying ‘I want that old Kanye not that new Kanye.’ I guess we’re not gonna sell out the rest of the tour now.”

“Sometimes things you don’t like to happen, need to happen for change to happen,” he told the crowd.

“There are things that Benjamin Carson believes in that I believe in,” he said. “I think that Benjamin Carson should be a consultant. I think HIllary Clinton should still be a consultant, I think Bill Clinton should still be a consultant. I think Obama should still be a consultant. Instead of (I didn’t vote for you for) president so now I’m not gonna give you information that could help you help all of us. … I loved the debates.

“This is already the beginning of change. Sometimes you think things that are bad have to happen in order for change to happen,” he said. “Sometimes you might have to not get your way to really understand what to do in the future to be able to get your way.”

GRAMMYs: McCartney, Dylan and … Tom Jones?

Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Rhianna -- Photo courtesy of Grammy.com for CaliforniaRocker.com California Rocker

Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Rihanna prep for performance — Photo courtesy of Grammy.com for CaliforniaRocker.com California Rocker

LOS ANGELES — Honorees take all different styles and shapes at the GRAMMY Awards.

But 2015 is definitely a nostalgia year as Paul McCartney and Tom Jones were set to perform, and Bob Dylan was honored.

With 84 categories in 2015, there were several wins that viewers tuning in to CBS at 8 PM EST would not see.

Early winners include “Happy” by Pharrell Williams for Best Music Video and 20 Feet From Stardom as Best Music Film.

Ricky Dillard, nominated for Best Gospel Album for Amazing, was outshone by Erica Campbell, whose Help won the statuette.

“I feel I am blessed to be a nominee,” Dillard told California Rocker. “I’ve been around a long time.”

“Don’t get yourself get cornered by fear,” said Angelique Kidjo, winner in the Best World Music Album category. “Every one of us have the power to transform this world. What I tried to do is give the voice to the African women. They want to live in dignity.”

Another veteran, Toni Braxton, secured a Best R and B Album win with Love, Marriage and Divorce, surpassing Aloe Blacc, whose album Lift Your Spirit was considered a strong favorite in the category.

Rockin’ performances are expected during the evening, with McCartney teaming with Rhianna; Beyonce teaming on a Selma tribute with John Legend and Common and 60s sex symbol Jones performing with Jesse J.

Jones said: “I got my first GRAMMY in 1965, 50 years ago exactly, and I got it for Best New Artist, now (I’m) back with Jesse J  for ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin.’”

Dylan was honored with a fundraiser Musicares concert Thursday night and he gave a speech that moved the audience.

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