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Previews: Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez – “Year of Atomic Bird” @ KP Projects

Tomorrow night (October 5th) in Los Angeles, KP Projects will be opening a solo show from Johnny Rodriguez (aka KMNDZ) entitled Year of Atomic Bird. For his first showing in the West Hollywood space in three years, the locally-based artist has prepared 40 new paintings including some impressively scaled pieces (see the 60” x 48” Atomic House painting below) that weave a narrative about a society of birds has taken it upon itself to save humanity. Taking his tried an true visual language featuring rusted weaponry, bird and their houses, and ornamentation […]

Previews: “Post It Show 14” @ Giant Robot 2

This Saturday (December 1st), Giant Robot 2 will be opening another iteration of their long running annual show featuring artists creating works on Post-It notes (or some approximation of those ubiquitous sticky notes). Curated by Mark Todd, Esther Pearl Watson & Eric Nakamura (interviewed), Post It Show 14 will feature over 400 artists and 3,000+ art pieces. The gallery will open from 12:00-2:45 PM for collectors to preview the works but please understand that it’s first come first serve when the show opens at 3pm and there […]

Upcoming: “Gilded Horizons” @ KP Projects

This Saturday, November 11th, KP Projects in Los Angeles will be opening a new group show entitled Gilded Horizons. Included in the exhibition are Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez, JP Naeng, Jean-Pierre Arboleda, Melany Meza-Dierks, and Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed), who contributed the stunning new geisha painting seen above among other works. If you want to attend the opening, RSVP to [email protected]      

Upcoming: “Something Over El Arco Iris: Chicano Landscapes; 1971 – 2015” @ Museum of Latin American Art

Starting on September 19th, the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach will be opening their doors on Something Over El Arco Iris: Chicano Landscapes; 1971 – 2015, an exhibition that features work from Southern California-based Chicano artists. The roster includes a selection of paintings, drawings, photographs, mixed media works and rare studies from Carlos Almaraz, Yolanda González, Gronk, Wayne Alaniz Healy, Ramses Noriega, Frank Romero, Jamex and Einar de la Torre, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, Shizu Saldamando, Roberto Gutíerrez, Jose Ramirez, and Ana Serrano. In addition, […]

Showing: Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez – “I’d Rather Love You” @ KP Projects / MKG

Showing at KP Projects / MKG (Merry Karnowsky Gallery) in the main space (also see Verlato in the back), Johnny Rodriguez (aka KMNDZ) currently has a selection of prime works on display for his fans in Los Angeles. As mentioned in our interview with the locally-based artist, I’d Rather Love You is a deeply personal show drawing from his struggles in the last several years as well as taking inspiration from important influences in his life such as his father and his beliefs. Stop by for a look yourself through March 7th. […]

Interviews: Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez – “I’d Rather Love You” @ KP Projects / MKG

This Saturday night, February 7th, the newly branded KP Projects / MKG (Merry Karnowsky Gallery) will be presenting a new solo show from Johnny Rodriguez (aka KMNDZ) entitled I’d Rather Love You. Only recently informed that he will be showing in their main gallery space, the Los Angeles-based painter is up to the challenge and has never felt in more of an artistic groove as now. Hear about his thoughts on the show and more in our question and answer session below… Arrested Motion (AM): Can you tell us […]

Upcoming: KMNDZ – “I’d Rather Love You” @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery

After showing with Merry Karnowsky in 2012 (covered), Johnny Rodriguez (aka KMNDZ) will be back on February 7th with another solo show. I’d Rather Love You will feature imagery that we have come to love from the Los Angeles-based artist featuring an interplay of intricately detailed birds, bombs, flowers, jewels, numerology and other paraphernalia rendered in a rust-colored palette. In the works is also a massive 8 feet painting that will serve as the centerpiece of the exhibition. Discuss KMNDZ here.

Openings: “Praeteritum Nunc Futurum” @ Merry Karnowsky

Over the weekend, the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles showcased work from artists that they will work with in the future with a group show entitled Praeteritum Nunc Futurum. Listed officially were artists like Greg Simkins (seen above), Todd Carpenter, devNgosha, Andrew Hem, KMNDZ, Travis Louie, Nathan Ota, Lezley Saar, Jeff Soto, Nicola Verlato, Edward Walton Wilcox, Mark Whalen, William Wray but pieces from others could be seen as well. Take a look at more photos from the opening reception below… Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss this show here.

Baby Tattooville ’14: Art Jam!

Bringing together 14 accomplished and sought after artists in the lowbrow art world is not easily done, and a feat worth noting all on its own. But having those artists collaborate on a single piece of art, creating it in a day and a half, then have prints signed and distributed all within a weekend is nothing short of miraculous. AM was on hand to catch the entire process, from the blank canvas to the last ten minutes when the piece was laid flat to allow […]

Baby Tattooville ’14: Show & Tell

It is Saturday afternoon, its 100 degrees and Baby Tatooville is turned all the way up. The event is in full mingle mode as attendees join and speak with artists as they create the personal works for this year’s gift bags. Besides getting a glimpse of the painters as they create, as people work through the room, they are greeted by the artists offering to sketch for them or sign prints, books or other memorabilia. Below are pictures including Brandi Milne sketching for a collector, […]