Lou Beach, Hudson Marquez, Jayme Odgers, Mel Weiner art exhibition at Billy Shire Fine Arts July11

Four artists display a mixture of media at Culver City gallery
July 2, 2009 - PRLog -- Lou Beach
Hudson Marquez
Jayme Odgers
Mel Weiner

July 11, 2009 -August 1, 2009
Reception for the artists: Saturday, July 11th, 7-10 pm

5790 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
phone: 323-297-0600
fax: 323-297-0601

on-line press release with images:

Lou Beach
Award winning illustrator, former stunt pilot, grafter and a much-admired pop icon of Los Angeles’s wild era of illustration in the 1970s and 80s, Lou Beach has remained a vital force in today’s competitive world of popular art, creating imagery for clients such as Wired Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Random House, McGraw-Hill, and Houghton-Mifflin. Beach began his career in the 1970’s designing eye-popping 12” by 12” album cover art and created the visuals for releases by David Sanbourne, Weather Report, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Eddie Hazel, The Carpenters, Weird Al Yankovic, Neville Bros., Flying Burrito Brothers, Blink 182 and many others. Born in Germany in 1947, his name is actually the phonetic pronunciation of his real last name, Lubicz. Beach is happily married, with two children, and lives in an old California home with two dogs and two cats.
"I love the art of Lou Beach because it cheers me up. Lou Beach's art is smart, witty, original, and surprising." - Matt Groening

“Funny, smart, twisted, brilliant...just a few of the words that apply to Lou Beach's beautiful collage illustrations. 'Much better than mine' also apply.” - Terry Gilliam

Hudson Marquez
“As the internet continues to spin its world wide WEB, magazines still have staying power. Whether it’s the feeling on gets from flipping through the pages or the variety of topics for people of all ages, many are attracted to the physical space of the news stand. Magazines let you browse with your human search engine. In this show I have put my personal stamp on a few magazines" states Hudson Marquez. An active participant in the arts and political movements during the late sixties in New Orleans Marquez moved to San Francisco as a member of the Ant Farm Art Collective. At Ant Farm Marquez was the driving force behind the iconic Cadillac Ranch sculpture in Amarillo, Texas. He was also instrumental in Ant Farm's public performances, museum exhibitions, inflatable structures, architectural commissions, illustration work, and videos. Mr. Marquez left Ant Farm in 1973 to co-found TVTV, the seminal "guerilla television" group that is considered to be the ground breaking pioneer of non-fiction television. TVTV was the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Columbia Dupont, for excellence in television journalism. As member of TVTV, Mr. Marquez was voted into the Broadcasting Hall of fame.

Jayme Odgers
"My work is an elaborate typographic conceit. Coming from the world of graphic design, I have long had a love affair with letters, words and typography. Typography can be a first step to making abstract language visual. Ironically, language began as image. Word structure is processed in one hemisphere of the brain and imagery in the other. My work operates in the schism between these two realms” states Jayme Odgers. A recipient of over 100 awards of excellence in design including Gold and Silver Medal Awards and an international silver Typomundus Award for excellence in typography, Odgers was selected along with fourteen world class artists, including David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and John Baldasari, among others, to do an official poster for the 1984 Olympic Games. His work has been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Art, Arco Center for the Visual Arts, the Albright-Knox Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museo Fortuny in Venice, Italy and is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian s Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City and The White House in Washington, D.C. Odgers was recently commissioned by the Metropolitan Water District to design two public art fountains for their headquarters (next to Union Station, downtown Los Angeles) and is collected by the likes of film director Shawn Levy, director Allen Jaffe, The California Museum of Design, Fashon Designer Sue Wong and many others.

Mel Weiner “Mosaic Boxing Series”
The mangled, distorted and contorted qualities of the boxer have always fascinated Mel Weiner. As a child, he would watch The Friday Night Fights from Madison Square Garden in New York City. The black and white feed of these fights and the classic artisans of the “sweet science,” Sugar Ray Robinson, Carmen Basilio, Rocky Marciano and Kid Gavilan, etched a permanent spot in Weiner’s psyche. Using mosaic glass for his works, Weiner sees a bond between his medium and boxing in that both are ancient crafts and feels that the mosaic portrait has timeless iconic relevance. “Mosaic Boxing Series” will feature large 34" x 43" mosaics of Carmen Basilio, Sugar Ray Robinson and Cassius Clay  with smaller 12.5" x 16" portraits of Roberto Duran, Jake La Motta, Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao and others, along with a series of ink drawings.

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