Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead is an absolute favorite of mine. I saw some of the work when I dropped off my coffin and this year is looking stellar. Please come out tomorrow and say “Hi”.

Tragédie / June 04 – 26 / Beep Beep Gallery

We are all raised on very specific types of stories. Those of heroism and triumph, those of valor and beauty. Fortitude, honor, perseverance, love. Stories to bolster our passion and enrich our spirit, told to inspire and uplift. Tales that, through their fantasy, inevitably become improbable ideals and impractical touchstones. Rare standards when compared to truth. Instead, we have exchanged knights in shining armor for Apocalyptic horsemen, fair princess-maidens for damaged harlots, and magical kingdoms for flooded cities. Happy endings for sad realities.

"Tragédie" explores stories of melancholy. Inspired by history and fiction, Louis N LaPierre and Sanithna Phansavanh reinterpret narratives through drawings and paintings.

The opening reception will be on June 04, 7 to 10pm, at Beep Beep Gallery, one of Atlanta's most beloved independent spaces.

Sneak-peeks and process shots of the show can be viewed here and at the show's Tumblr.

696 Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308.

I’d like to thank The Academy…

The opening reception for “Knock on Wood” was beyond wonderful. It wouldn’t have been nearly as magical without the following people:

Thank you to Modern Skirts for playing an amazing set (they played on suitcases!) and for truly being fine, fine, fine gentlemen.

Thank you to Alex Goose for providing a perfect soundtrack. I got stopped multiple times by people asking for the playlist.

Thank you to Tim at StreetLocal for hooking people up with amazing and free goodies. Your dedication and loyalty through the years has been invaluable, brother.

Thank you to Erica for thinking of and organizing the Atlanta Tumblr Meetup at the show. Thanks for helping a (then) stranger out based solely on the premise of sharing art. Hello to all the fine Tumblr folks that I met!

Thank you to everyone who helped promote the show on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. Hi Malissa!

Thank you to Kelly and Maggie at Young Blood Gallery for giving me the opportunity to show at their gallery.

An extra-crispy and super-sized family-meal thank you goes to my closest friend Dehanza Rogers. She filmed/edited the video promos, flew out from LA to attend, and helped me hang the show. Your friendship has been a blessing.

The biggest thank you I can give is to my wife. I won’t gush on The Internets, but she knows how to hold things down. Always. I love you. Also, thanks to my little boy who gave up his room so that I could have a temporary studio.

But, most importantly, thank you to everyone who came out (what’s up Derek, flying in from NYC?!). I am beyond humbled and grateful for your support and patronage. Atlanta, you made me a proud and happy man.

I owe everybody a long, warm, and awkward hug. Come get ’em! <3

“Knock on Wood” / Post-mortem

It’s been about a month since the opening reception for “Knock on Wood”. I started to write down notes on the show right away, but then I decided to give myself some time before I did a post-mortem. I figured that I’d be able to look at everything constructively, to view details without a rose-colored tint. There were some things that turned out better than expected… and, there were definitely some things that could have been done differently… but, overall, I’m really pleased with how things went down. I won’t get into everything, but here’s a list of things about the show.

A list of things about the show:
01. The free-art-scavenger-hunt promotion on Twitter was really fun to do (thanks to everyone who participated!).

02. I ended up getting some love from The Creative Loafing when they highlighted the show as a critics’ pick for the week’s events. Online and IN PRINT. Totally rad.

03. The Signal wrote an article about me and the show (what’s up Jhoni and Savanna?!).

04. LOTS of people showed up despite the intermittent rain. That completely blew me away.

05. It was hot in the gallery. Both literally and figuratively.

06. I got to meet a ton of really cool people. Hi everybody! :)

07. Good friends are good friends. I love you all. I love you enough to help you carry furniture the next time you move. Call me.

08. I went into the reception thinking that my litmus test for the night’s success would be how much fun people had. As it was my first solo, I definitely wanted the night to have a celebratory mood. Most openings are terribly pretentious, snobby, antiseptic, and off-putting. I kept hearing over and over how people enjoyed the energy and spirit of the night. That feeling alone put me over the moon.

09. I factored in the current art market, the economy, and Young Blood’s audience when I priced my pieces. I wanted them all to be as affordable as possible, so I kept the price-point around what I would feel comfortable shelling out for art. My art should be in your home, not mine. I sold about 80% of the show. Trivia: I refused to look at the walls all night. I didn’t want to know what had and hadn’t sold. I didn’t see all of the red dots until the day I de-installed the show.

10. Numbers 08 and 09 as told by Lindsay.

11. “My number” is the number 11. The show was on the 11th. I got a tattoo of an 11 after the show at 11:11pm.

12. I used QR tags. People with QR readers were able to check out progress shots of a few pieces while they were in the gallery. So, while they stood there looking at the finished piece, they could also use their smart phone to see it being painted.

13. I’m already planning for the next solo show.

**EDITED** FREE ART Scavenger Hunt.

After a couple of comments/requests from various folks, I’ve decided to move the hunt back a day. I’d like for as many people as possible to participate, and Saturday just makes more sense. So…

On September 11th, before the show, to help get into the spirit of things, I plan on giving away seven pieces of art. I’ll put them around town and then send hints through my Twitter account. I’ll start tweeting at 11am with hints about the first piece. Then, at the top of every subsequent hour, I’ll tweet hints for another piece.

So, at 11am, I’ll give hints for the first piece. 12pm, there will be a new set of hints for the next piece. 1pm, hints for the third piece, and so on until 5pm. At 5pm, I’ll post a map of where all of the pieces are.

It should be a fun little experiment. I hope you get a chance to play!