The BuildingSpotter at Curbed LA has noticed the Space Invader second-story job on our building and was kind enough to post a lovely photo and detail of it today. We have a sort of endearing and enduring history with Curbed LA, which, if you’re interested, you can check out here and here and now here and here.
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Over the course of approx one month, artist Dave Decaro, who goes by the name Daveland, created a portrait of Dolly Parton as the red-headed wench from The Pirates of the Caribbean exclusively for the “Dollypop” show at the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, which opens on Friday September 12, with a country-fried reception from 8PM to midnight. Here, ripped from his website, is the painting’s progression from drawing to as-good-as-finished-save-for-the-tweaking, a work’s most important moments. To see Daveland’s other gorgeousness, go here.
[Ed note: Look at which area Dave began his painting.]
In case you heard the rumor that country superstar Dolly Parton died on Friday of congestive heart failure in a Tennessee hospital and figured we started it to boost interest in our upcoming “Dollypop” art show at the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, well, just stop it. How dare you! Dolly is “alive and well,” according to David Dotson, president of the Dollywood Foundation. Apparently, Parton’s only affliction is persistent rumors of her premature death. “There was something a couple of years ago – I think it started on the Web,” said Dotson. “Seems to be plenty of rumor-mongers out there.” Re this current one, he says “it came out of the blue on Friday night. I have no idea who or why it started or spread like it did. The most important thing is it’s a rumor.” Now, if we had started the rumor, we would be telling you now that the Parton-themed show opens Friday, September 12, with a gala country-jamboree reception from 8PM to midnight. But we didn’t, so we won’t. (Fox News)
On our walk to get coffee and a sammy an hour or so ago, we peeked in the window of the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery and saw WOW’s John Durkin attaching to the wall a tiny blue box with blinking lights that looked like it was designed by an apprentice of Kenny Scharf. We shrugged at him through the glass and continued walking. Upon our return, we found this photo and message from Durkin in our email:
When you saw us in the gallery, we were mounting a device created by the Black Cloud Citizen Scientist League, a collaboration between UC Berkeley scientists and students from LA’s Manual Arts High School. This little blue box monitors five environmental variables: light, temperature, noise, co2, and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compouds), and once every minute it sends a text message containing current data to a server. The little box will live in our gallery collecting data for one week. You can explore the data the group has collected so far at this website. To get in, fill in these items in the drop-down list:
On Saturday, I attended a class at Machine Project Art Gallery in Echo Park, where the scientists from Berkley showed us how to build our own VOCs / light sensors using an arduino board (http://www.arduino.cc) and some parts from Radio Shack. We also learned how to display the data collected by our sensors on our computers using processing. I will be building other robots using these techniques during my copious free time.
– John Durkin
Paul Richmond, one of the contributing artists in the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery’s “Dollypop” show (opening September 12), was interviewed today in his local Columbus, Ohio, alternative journal, The Other Paper, and tells how his art not only helped him come out, but got him invited to the memorial service for Tammy Faye who, along with Dolly Parton, is a “diva inspiration” to him. Look carefully at his Oz-themed painting above: Dolly’s the Good Witch and that’s Paul in the ruby heels.
Here is a gorgeous, iconic pic of Dolly Parton with Keith Haring from back in the day (like around 1983 maybe) that I found on my computer. Just a little something to tie the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery’s upcoming “Dollypop” show to the artworld. Give it a little GRAVITAS, you know.
– James St James